How to Get Rid of Flies

Ever been assigned fly detail at an outdoor family event, or get tired of yelling at the kids to close the door as they’re letting flies in? My favorite is the fly who was born to pester only me… landing on my food, on my drinking cup, on my arm all the time knowing I couldn’t kill it with my bare hand, then vanishing as soon as I reached for the fly swatter. How many times have you wished you knew how to get rid of flies?

Know your enemy:

Military strategy is military strategy and the first thing a commander will do is order intelligence on the opponent. You must know your enemy in order to defeat your enemy. Let’s do a little recon on the fly. Are they dangerous or just a nuisance?

  1. There are 100,000 known species of flies and probably as many not yet identified species. That’s at least 100,000 different enemies with different tactics, likes and dislikes, etc etc. No small task.

  2. Make no mistake about it … flies are carriers of diseases. How? Well, it’s a little gross, actually a whole lot gross, but … although flies are attracted, by their sense of smell, to solid food and waste, they are not able to eat it. When the fly lands on the food it creates a solution, which breaks down the solids into a liquid, and vomits it onto the food. It then sucks up the liquid substance and contaminates the food at the same time.

  3. This contamination of food is exponentially increased because the fly is a restless insect and will fly from food to waste, food to waste, continually infecting food in multiple places or multiple foods as it darts about.

What types of diseases do they carry?

You’ll want to know how to get rid of flies after contemplating this list. A fly will spread:

  • Salmonella Enteritidis generally known as food poisoning.

  • Typhoid and Paratyphoid fevers

  • Diarrhea

  • Dysentery

  • Cholera

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Anthrax

  • Tuberculosis

  • They are also identified as carriers that can transmit the eggs of parasitic worms.

Sand flies, which are normally found in South America, Africa and Europe, are known carriers of a microorganism that inflicts the disease Leishmaniasis, which eats away the human skin. These flies are about 1/8th of an inch in size and leave red bumps and blisters where they bite.

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Horse Flies also called stable flies can bite a human, which is very painful and can draw blood. Obviously by creating an open wound the risk of infection is severe. A horse fly bite should be medically treated just as any other cut or open wound would be.

Biting Midges are tiny, tiny flies that can make one consider suicide in order to get away from their constant pestering. They are known to fly in groups, swarms, gangs whatever you want to call it, but they never seem to attack on their own. There are always enough of these badgering pests to make life miserable and their blood sucking feeding habits pose a severe health risk.

These examples are but the tip of the iceberg. If you’re not ready to know how to get of flies by now … well, I think you are. The repellents and deterrents, there is a difference, we’ll examine are all natural ingredients therefore we know they are safe around humans and animals. I’m not saying don’t buy or use store bought pesticides, I’m saying read the labels first to insure they are safe. Making yourself or your pets sick because you were too lazy to read the label is kinda stupid.

Vodka Repellent:

I have no idea how this was discovered, maybe drunken Russians who were not bothered by flies when everyone else was? In any event Flies Hate Vodka! It’s believed they can’t tolerate the smell, but who cares as long as it works. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of Vodka. Buy the cheap stuff it works just as well

  • 1 tsp of lemon eucalyptus oil

  • 2 tsp of aloe Vera juice

  • ½ tsp of essential oil blend

  • One spray bottle

Pour these materials into a container and thoroughly mix. Once mixed, pour the solution into a plastic spray bottle and saturate all exposed skin with the mist. You can also spray areas, like a picnic table, lawn chairs, etc in order to repel the flies.

Lemongrass Oil Repellent:

Again for whatever reason, lemongrass oil is repugnant to a fly’s smell and can be used to create a strong repellent that also serves as a room freshener. What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of hot water

  • 20 – 30 drops of lemongrass essential oil

  • 1 plastic spray bottle

Thoroughly mix the ingredients together and pour into the spray bottle. Spray the solution along doorways, windows, screened in porch or any other fly infested area. They will not like crossing the invisible fragrance boundary.

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Clove Deterrent:

The fragrance of clove is quite enjoyable for most people, but flies, especially house flies, can’t stand the odor. Exactly what we want to hear. Needed Materials:

  • 1 lemon

  • 8 to 12 cloves

  • Plate (paper is fine)

Take the lemon and cut it into equal halves. Poke half the cloves into each half of the lemon, place each half on a separate plate and place the plates where you want to deter the flies.

Sugar Fly Trap:

One thing flies and I have in common, we both love things with sugar in it. That’s where we part company. Let’s use the fly’s weakness to sweets to get rid of him. Remember the old saying “You catch more flies with sugar than vinegar.” Well, it’s a fact. What you need:

  • A Wide Mouth jar (empty mayo jar, pickle jar, canning jar) I suggest not using anything you don’t want to throw away, because you’ll want to discard the jar after an afternoon of outside activity.

  • Fill the jar @1/2 full of water, pour in a spoonful or two depending on the jar size or how sweet you want to make the trap, of sugar. Sugar substitutes don’t work as well as pure sugar, but can be used. Be sure to mix this solution thoroughly, you don’t want sugar settling to the bottom.

  • Using a sheet of stout paper (like resume paper or construction paper) roll it into a cone shape. Either paper clip it or staple it closed as you don’t want the cone to unwrap while in the jar.

  • Cut a 1cm diameter hole at the apex of the cone. That’s a little hole for those of us that don’t do metrics real well.

  • Insert the cone into the top of the jar opening like a funnel. Be careful to not submerge the cone opening into the water as you don’t want the paper to become water soaked and fail.

Here’s the deal. The flies will be attracted to the sugar water through smell. They will venture down the cone tube and enter the water or land on the side of the jar and eat. Once inside they won’t be able to fly up the funnel through the tiny hole, becoming trapped and doomed. If they escape your hole is too large. Redo.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel Repellent:

This natural outdoor fly repellent that works mostly against house flies. To make this repellent, you would need following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 30 – 60 drops of eucalyptus oil

To make this repellent mix 1/4 cup witch hazel and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. After this, add 30 – 60 drops of eucalyptus oil in the solution and shake the mixture well.

Now, you can apply this repellent on the uncovered areas of your body. It’s a good idea to not spray into your eyes or mouth.

Camphor or Citronella smoke:

Citronella and Camphor both are very good at repelling flies. In general flies hate smoke, but when the smoke is from a citronella candle or a piece of camphor then it becomes doubly effective against them. Light a citronella candle or a piece of camphor and spread the smoke in the fly infested area and you could see them leaving the place instantly.

Milk Sugar Pepper Trap:

Want to rid flies like your ancestors? This type of trap has been used since ancient times and is especially efficient against those very pesky fruit flies. You would need:

  • Milk- 1/4 litre
  • Sugar- 3 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1 tbsp

Pour all the ingredients in a pan, heat them for 5 to 10 minutes on simmer setting. After heating the solution, remove from heat and pour it into shallow bowls, then place them near the fly infested area. Fruit flies will be drawn to the bowls and as soon as they land on the solution they will suffocate and drown.

Home Made Fly Paper Traps:

I personally think fly traps hanging from the ceiling covered with dust and dead flies is disgusting, however, you can’t argue about its efficiency of trapping flies. If it didn’t work they would have stopped making them a long time ago. The theory is simple. Coating the paper with a sticky sweet solution, hang up and nature takes over. Even though they are moderately priced, if you were going to hang … say 25 or 30 in a barn and weekend cabin, the cost can escalate pretty quickly. Let’s see what we need to make our own fly paper traps:

  • Sheets of brown paper or thin cards
  • Scissors
  • Heating Pan
  • A large sized spoon for stirring
  • Corn Syrup
  • Water
  • Thread
  1. Cut the brown paper sheets into 2 inch wide strips.
  2. Use a needle and thread to punch through the paper and tie a loop on the end for a way to hang the paper.
  3. Take equal parts of corn syrup and water and pour into a pan. The amount of solution depends on how many traps you want to make, but in any event don’t go skimpy because you’ll need to dip the paper. Place on stove.
  4. Constantly stir the mixture while it heats to boiling temperatures.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, lay the paper strips, fully emerged, into the mixture and allow it to soak 4 to 5 hours.
  6. Remove the strips from the mixture and hang up where you want to place them. If you don’t know where you want to hang them, hang the temporarily because the paper must dry.

Additional methods to address fly issues:

  • Cover as much skin as possible, either with clothing or insect repellents

  • Avoid day outdoor activities when flies are at their peak energy levels. But then again, at night you’ll have to deal with mosquitoes, I’ll take the flies.

  • Use fans to create a constant and rather strong wind current across the patio, porch, etc.

There are much worse pests than flies, but that doesn’t mean we have to endure their constant buzzing around trying to contaminate our food and infect us with diseases. The suggestions listed above do work … I’ve tried them myself. But when it comes to a war of how to get rid of flies … a good old fashion fly swatter works miracles.

Suicide in the Wilderness

I’ll assume committing suicide in the wilderness is not your goal when venturing out into the forest or desert, but an excitingly anticipated adventure can easily turn deadly in the wild. How? Well, accidents of course, falling from a cliff while attempting a selfie. Being mauled by the bear you didn’t notice because you were busy taking selfies, or being crushed by the huge branch that broke off the dead tree at a most inopportune time. These and probably another fifty accidental occurrences could result in death or severe injury. However, depending on how you view it, a death could be the result of a suicide in the wilderness.

The point I’m trying to drive home here is, going into the wilderness unprepared can end in tragedy. If you know this and still venture out into hostile unexplored areas, it could be viewed as a suicide should tragedy occur. Let’s look at a few examples or tools which could be construed as contributing to ones own demise.

Suicide Tips:

Venture into the wilderness without shelter. This stat does not include accidental deaths, but one must remember @98% of reported deaths from being lost in the wilderness are the result of exposure, which translates into the person died of hypothermia or heat stroke. The best method to avoid this type of potential deathly situation is to protect yourself with a shelter. That does not necessarily mean you need to pack a tent on your back, although that’s a good idea, but you must have the knowledge to use natures materials to construct a suitable shelter.

Originally this may sound ridiculously simple, but …. next time you’re in the wilderness stop and survey the immediate area. Then from what you see, imagine constructing a primitive shelter that would at least partially protect you from heat and cold. You may find yourself astonished at how difficult that may be. You require a certain amount of knowledge, adaptability and construction savvy to utilize several different available materials to build a primitive shelter.

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Amazing what can be built

Suicide in the Wilderness Tips:

Most people, by nature, don’t want to face or think about an unpleasant experience occurring, much alone a life or death scenario. This is a person’s first potential fatal mistake. Have you ever read or heard of a person intentionally going into the wilderness totally unprepared just to see if they could survive the harshness of nature? “Just for kicks let’s see if I come out alive.”

99.9% of wilderness survival situations begin quite innocently. A canoe trip down the lazy river, a day hike with friends, or a father son hunting or fishing trip, all innocent adventures. However, we miscalculate the risk involved and are suddenly faced with a life and death scenario. The canoe tips over in the river and all the supplies are swept away in the middle of nowhere. An unexpected storm hits while you’re hiking at high altitudes with no shelter or the father accidentally shoots himself in the foot. These and a hundred other things could happen which turns the fun day trip into a nightmare.

The only thing you can do is take a reality check of your plans before you leave… after is far too late. No, you can’t think of everything nor could you carry everything needed to address all types of situations. But … you can do the basics.

  • Nice sunny day … take a jacket just in case the weather turns

  • Drinking fountains along the hiking trail … take a bottle of water anyway

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll return…. Hard to find someone you don’t know is missing

  • Have a well supplied bug-out bag in the trunk of your car

Suicide Tips:

Dressing stylish. A day hike will probably mean meeting other hikers and one must be dressed stylish in order to impress. Short shorts, a sports bra top and flip flops, maybe sandals, creates an exciting appearance. It’s also an excellent way to die prematurely. Wearing the wrong clothes is an open invitation for disaster. There are a few Cardinal rules which should be adhered to even if you think they’re stupid.

  • As a rule always dress one layer warmer than you anticipate you’ll need. If its a 90 degree morning, wear a tee-shirt, but tie a windbreaker around your waist or around your shoulders. You may grumble all day about towing this annoying jacket around with you, but if the temperature drops by 20 degrees F, you’ll be very glad you have it to put on.

  • Along this same line. Forgetting your second layer of clothing in the car, or closet or at the front door hopefully would not come back and bite you in butt. There’s little worse than shivering in the cold and knowing your warm jacket is in the backseat of your car, 20 miles away.

  • Clothing of the right type of material. If you are an outdoors person you have probably heard the slogans “cotton kills” “cotton is rotten” and “friends don’t let friends wear cotton.” Once cotton clothing becomes wet it loses all its warmth retaining qualities and actually contributes to making you colder. Wear wool clothing when possible.

  • Have a shell jacket and pants tucked away somewhere. These articles can be squeezed into small packs and will help protect you from snow and rain.

  • Keep in mind …. most cases of deadly hypothermia occur in temperatures above 40 degrees F. You don’t need to be at the North Pole to die of exposure.

Suicide in the Wilderness Tip:

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It Can Happen

Many people feel if they are hiking or what not in a public area or that they know the area, there is no need to know how to navigate. Just follow the trail. A potentially deadly mistake.

  • A short version. The entire summer I was helping my father-in-law log his 600 acre parcel of land before returning to school. I knew every inch of that 600 acre parcel. While deer hunting that winter I climbed to the top of a hill I knew very well. The entire mountain top had the appearance of an Apocalypse. The winter gray sky and devastation bewildered me and left me totally lost. What happened was loggers had clear cut the area since I had last been there leaving me confused and slightly panicked.

Anybody, experienced or not can easily enter a thicket of trees and brush and get turned around. You will swear you know where you are going, the entire time traveling deeper into the wilderness. It’s important to remember the survivalist saying “Two is one and one is none.” Meaning if you only have your cell phone GPS to guide you and it stops working you have no navigation help. If you count on your GPS also take a compass or a map. Familiarize yourself on how to navigate by the sun and/or stars. You may encounter a situation you had no time to plan for. Knowledge doesn’t break or gets lost.

Suicide Tip:

The wilderness is a strange thing. If you’re lost in a stand of timber and brush, you can hear the rescue workers yelling for you, but they can not hear you yelling back at them. Defies logic, mine anyway, but its true, So you can be yelling your head off and the rescue personnel will trek right on by. Moral of the story is you need to know how to signal for help.

Any well supplied sports store or gun shop will have an area dedicated to devises to be used to signal for help. They will include whistles, mirrors, flare guns, emergency beacons, radios, GPS locators, etc. etc. Know how to signal from natures bounty. Remember the number Three (3) which is an internationally recognized signal for distress. Pile three piles of rocks where they can be seen. Build 3 fires, one fire may be mistaken for another campers campfire. Use SOS in the snow. Learn how to draw attention to yourself.

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Suicide in the Wilderness Tip:

They say that without fire man would have never evolved into what we are. The ability to cook our food offered us an advantage over other animals. I don’t know…I wasn’t there, but I do know what fire means to me:

  1. Warmth. There’s nothing better than a roaring fire to warm the body and soul.

  2. Protection. A raging fire will keep wild animals and a lot of insects at bay providing protection in a hostile world

  3. A fire can be used to signal for help. Few things can be seen for miles like a fire at night and smoke during the day.

  4. Can be used to purify life giving water.

  5. And can be used to cook wild meat

  6. Can be a companion on a pitch black night

Always have more than one method of creating fire. Matches can get wet, lighters run out of fluid, rubbing 2 sticks together work once in a lifetime. Carry a fire starter, flint and steel, and tinder.

Tip:

Where’s the water? We all know, or should know, we are mainly made of water, @70% I think, therefore the idea that going without water for only a few days, (3) will result in death should come as no surprise. The issue may not be where is there water, it may be all around, river, lake, stream or pond, but the issue is where is safe water?

Water running along a babbling brook, clear as a bell, may contain waterborne organisms such as Giardia or Cryptosporidium which will inflict severe suffering on the drinker. You won’t die, but the severe diarrhea and vomiting will make you wish you’d die. Additionally the constant fluid loss only compounds the problem of dehydration, which is what you were attempting to avoid in the first place.

There are many methods for purifying contaminated water, but we’ll look at only a few. The first is obviously boiling the water over a fire, which will destroy any harmful bacteria. There are chemical tablets designed specifically for this purpose. Water filters, which look like a straw will filter dirty water. Bleach will also make potable water as will filtering through charcoal ash. Learn as many of these water purification methods as possible. Your life may depend on it.

Final Suicide in the Wilderness Tip and Summary:

Be Prepared” the famous motto of the Boy Scouts was not created to be a catchy or cute term. It’s a life long lesson that everybody should follow, but many who venture blindly into the wilderness do not. For some reason they think the hardships are only on the TV set, or they are immune to such situations. I can’t answer for them, but I can tell you “Nobody is exempt or protected from the unexpected.”

Know these 5 Keys to surviving in the wilderness:

  1. Know how to build a shelter

  2. Know how to start and maintain a fire

  3. Know how to find and produce potable water

  4. Know how to signal for help

  5. Know how to locate food

Suicide in the Wilderness should probably read how not to commit suicide in the wilderness, but I thought I’d try a different approach and maybe reach more people.

 

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EMP Attack

Many experts claim an EMP attack on America would be much more devastating than a ground impact nuclear explosion from a missile. Really? Number one … what is an EMP? EMP is short for an Electro Magnetic Pulse and I’m not intelligent enough to explain exactly how it works, but what it does is the stuff nightmares are made of. In short everything built with a circuit of any type would immediately fail … stop working.

Take a second to wrap your head around that. It means anything with a computerized circuit, all automobiles from the early 60s until today, trains, buses, subway systems, computers, cell phones, everything just stops working. Our electricity driven society, our power grids, will come to a standstill.

Again, think about some of the repercussions that will result from this stoppage of functions. Do you realize there are nearly 4000 commercial airline flights in the air at any given time. Seconds after the EMP all the planes would immediately begin spiraling out of control as they plummet straight to earth because nothing on the plane will work, including the engines. That horribly calculates to roughly 400,000 people dying within two minutes of the pulse. The scenarios could go on and on from vehicle traffic deaths, subways, trains wrecking, hospital life support systems shutting down. It doesn’t take much of an imagination to easily account for 2 to 3 million deaths with the first 30 minutes after the EMP attack pulse.

As an after thought … people fear the exposure to radiation from a nuclear explosion, and rightfully so. Think about every nuclear powered facilities in the United States that produce our electric, then think about everyone of them crashing… just like Chernobyl. Without computerized controls to make water transfer, etc etc the reactors will overheat and catastrophes will occur.

This is overwhelming! Let’s back up for a second. Why all the chaos immediately after an EMP attack?

Imagine if you can a world suddenly without radio, TV, cell phones, internet, refrigeration, washers and dryers, microwaves, sewage disposal, clean water, cooling, heating, gasoline, natural gas, the list is endless. Remember … this is not a glitch or a tree limb taking down electrical power lines for a few inconvenient hours … this is permanent!

It may take a day or two for the total shock of a world ended and another in its place to sink in, but people will eventually realize the food chain has been severed. There are no means to get meat, dairy, eggs, produce or any other food stocks from the farm to the city. 300,000 million people will descend on every grocery store, gas station, quick shop, mom & pop store, fruit stand and devour every bit of food. Many people will begin hording, stealing, taking by force, doing whatever they deem necessary to protect their families. That usually does not coincide with the rule of law. Food will disappear fast.

Many people will assume America’s allies will come to their aid, but recent actions by America to life long allies have broken any alliances. In reality they are happy America has met its doom.

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Let’s pause and compartmentalize some immediate effects of an EMP attack.

1. To begin with it won’t take long before the entire population is reduced to a “hunter/gather” society.

  • With no working vehicles or delivery trucks working, their electrical circuits are fried, there will be no food deliveries to restock empty grocery shelves.

  • Just as bad, all foods requiring refrigeration will begin to go bad within a matter of a few hours. Imagine a freezer full of ice cream after 4 hours of no refrigeration, but instead increasing temperatures. A pool of muck.

  • Cooking the unfrozen meat will not keep it from spoiling, it’ll only slow the process.

  • Smoking meat is the only way to insure long term edibility. Anyone know the steps required to smoke meat? Thought not.

2. What happens when the lights go out for good?

  • We immediately think of our own comfort at home, but … what happens when the power to every prison and jail in the United States fails? How do you think Americas 1,000,000 (that’s one million) inmates are going to react? Mass riots? Mass breakouts? Mass killing and looting? Mass mayhem?

  • What about medical facilities, hospitals and nursing homes that care for the ill and elderly? Within mere minutes people who depend on life support systems will begin dying.

  • People requiring life saving surgeries will begin dying, more each day.

  • People who require certain medications to sustain life, such as insulin for diabetic patients, which must be refrigerated or go bad, will begin dying for lack of medicines.

3. Death from the skies as jumbo jets and small aircraft fall from the skies.

  • As alluded to earlier, the 4000 commercial airline flights which occur every hour of the day, will begin falling from the skies.

  • There will be no emergency landing procedures. All on board equipment, including engines, will stop functioning.

  • Communication with air controllers will cease.

  • Directions of where airports or possible emergency landing possibilities are located will not be communicated.

  • Millions will die as a result of these crashes, directly and/or indirectly.

Worse Places to be in an EMP attack:

Not that you’ll have any choice, but you may, so here in my opinion are the most dangerous and/or deadliest places to be in an EMP attack.

Commercial Airplane:

The only good thing to say about being in a commercial flight is your pilots are well trained professionals. If there is any chance of a safe crash landing, these pilots will be able to accomplish it. Emergency landings on ground are much more likely to succeed than a water landing. Additionally, since there is no lighting anymore, a night time landing will be more difficult than a daylight landing.

In all honesty, it is quite likely all of the 4000 flights will end up in tragedy, but there’s always a chance of a miracle. They happen everyday.

Trapped in an Elevator:

An elevator disabled in a tall skyscraper, in a large city, may be the most terrorizing experience one could be subjected to. You may be trapped for a matter of hours or days on end. If you work or live downtown and regularly ride elevators your chances of being trapped are greatly enhanced. Based on that fact, it would be a good idea to learn ahead of time the buildings emergency procedures for loss of power.

  • Be rather firm about knowing exactly what the building’s emergency plan for power loss, and most likely people trapped inside elevators, details. Don’t settle for “We’ll call a maintenance man” or the “elevator company.”

  • What if the maintenance man lives 10 miles away? How will he get there without transportation? Same with the elevator company. Where do their employees live?

  • Remember, neither cell or line line phones will operate. How they gonna call anyone?

  • Lastly, let’s be honest here. Who would you be concerned more about … taking care of your family or trying to reach a stranded elevator full of strangers?

That’s why it’s important to have a partial escape plan in mind before the emergency strikes. You can’t think of everything and more than likely you’ll need help, more than one person, to escape. But while everyone around you will be bewildered, you will be able to initiate a plan of action.

  • Keep in mind the entire building may be pitch black, even in the day time.

  • Be sure to make a lot of noise until someone acknowledges your presence and plight.

  • Lack of Ventilation: Another concern pertaining to being trapped in an elevator is lack of ventilation. Buildings are artificially ventilated with HVAC systems which of course are dependent on electricity for power. Shut the power off in the middle of summer and it doesn’t take long for these buildings, and especially interior elevators, to become an oven. Worse yet, these buildings are equipped with electronic ventilation systems which turn over the air supply, which won’t work without power. This stale air can quickly become unhealthy.

Trapped in a Highway Tunnel:

Imagine yourself clipping along at 65 mph half way through a tunnel when an EMP attack occurs. In an instant you are plunged into total darkness along with every other person and vehicle in the tunnel. The tunnel lights have stopped working as well as the circuit driven cars and trucks. There are no good choices here. Stop as soon as possible and you risk being run over by the concrete truck which was tailgating you. Attempt to slow down gently and run the risk of smashing into the vehicle in front of you. Every choice, every action is a terrible one.

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Total Pitch Black Darkness

The only good thing that results from the EMP attack is, if you survive the massive collisions and carnage of twisted metal and broken glass, the chances of an explosion or flash fire by igniting spilled gasoline is remote because there are no electrical components to spark. Unfortunately this doesn’t rule out sparks created by metal sliding along concrete or other material.

Can I Survive an EMP attack?

Thus far, and with good reason, an EMP attack sounds like a dooms day devise with no chance of surviving the effects. The world has come to an end. That is not true, but its possible life will never be the same. Even those who are preparing for SHTF scenario will be unprepared in this situation. For example:

Most Prep-er/Survivalists will automatically buy the most expensive bug-out vehicle they can afford. They want it large enough to accommodate everyone, four wheel drive, rugged, Hummers, Jeeps and Suburbans come to mind. However, few consider these vehicles are most likely dependent on electrical circuits to function. An EMP attack renders them totally useless. Very few would consider buying a predated 1965 or older vehicle for transportation. These vehicles have much less electrical dependent parts and those parts can be removed and stored in a Faraday Box / Cage which will protect the items. After the EMP attack, reinstall these protected electrical components into the vehicle and you have ready to go transportation. ATVs and motorcycles are also less dependent on electrical circuits, but are restricted in their carrying ability. Having several mountain bikes on hand is also another option.

Bear in mind…any operating mode of transportation you possess will make you a target of thieves. Plan accordingly.

EMP Attack Protection:

There are ways to protect your electrical components against the effects of an EMP attack, but it’ll require planning much like everything else a survivalist plans for. Once the event happens its too late for action.

A Faraday Cage is one such protective devise and can be constructed out of scrap metal containers, an old microwave oven and other materials. The goal is to redirect the electro magnetic pulses away from your components, insulating them from damage.

  • You can use any metal container, metal filing cabinets, metal gun safe, ammunition boxes, etc. etc.

  • For added protection wrap this box with some sort of copper covering, mesh, wire, etc. which will help ground the box redirecting the pulse.

  • Wrap each devise in a non-conducting material like paper, plastic or cardboard and place inside the Faraday cage.

  • Protective layers is the key. Much like dressing in layers to keep warm, wrapping your electrical devises in layers is the best protection method. For example, place the devises in a tool box, then place that tool box into a larger tool box, then wrap the entire thing in bubble wrap with a copper ground.

What to Protect:

Obviously this type of protection causes many problems. The devises and items stored in the protective enclosure can not be used again unless its an emergency. Like I said if the event happens, you won’t be able to quickly throw the devises back into the Faraday and close it up. Everything happens within seconds, not hours. So what to protect? That’s a personal issue, but here are some suggestions:

  • Emergency AM/FM radio

  • Two way radios

  • emergency medical equipment

  • solar battery charger

  • laptop

  • Ham radio

  • Inverter

  • Small generator

  • Extra batteries (all sizes)

  • Any electrical components you removed from escape vehicles

  • Watches (windup or solar powered) Time is important. It gives a sense of normalcy and will be important in coordinating meetings with other survivors.

This article creates more questions than answers, which I hate doing, but the issue is so massive covering everything would be a monumental task. I wanted to raise the flag on the effects of an EMP attack and offer a couple of helpful solutions in dealing with it. I realize sometimes a little knowledge is worse than not knowing, but … damned if you do … damned if you don’t. Welcome to my world.

How to Sleep Warm

Ever watch the series “Naked and Afraid”? Quickly, it’s a demonstration of a man and woman naked, with the exception of a tool each, and their attempt to last 21 days in the wild. The reason I mention this is in spite of biting pests and other aggravations the contestants are always able to grab a few hours of shut eye except … when they are cold. Knowing how to sleep warm can be more than a comfort matter, it can literally turn into a life and death matter.

Risking Hypothermia is a (excuse the pun) a good way to not wake up again. But let’s forget hypothermia and just concentrate on getting a good night’s rest after an exhausting day of hiking or climbing. Trying to sleep while cold, we’re talking the 50 degree F night in a damp tent or on the ground, not minus -20 F of the Arctic, is nearly impossible. The constant shivering of the body attempting to maintain core temperature will not allow you to sleep.

Let’s discuss sleep … what is it and how do we do it. Obviously sleep is when we enter into an unconsciousness that allows our body to mend and recuperate from the day’s strenuous activities. Although this is a critical part of staying alive, our bodies have a temperature range of @ 65-75 degrees F, that are ideal for sleep. Venture outside these parameters and you start experiencing difficulties going to sleep.

Do you know a person who has worked the night shift all their life and have difficulty sleeping on the weekend? That’s because their body has been forced to adapt to a new and abnormal sleeping schedule. Normally, every night as the sun sets, the darkening environment signals our brain its time to get sleepy and begins producing a hormone called Melatonin, a natural sleeping pill.

Scientists believe this natural instinct has not changed since the beginning of mankind, as darkness hid danger, therefore it was a perfect time to stay put and rest. This process also tells our body to begin dropping our body temperatures as a cooler environment is better for sleep. However, if the environment becomes too hot or cold, it can interfere with our sleep cycle and disrupt our natural sleep-wake pattern leaving us as tired when we wake as when we went to sleep. Learning how to sleep warm in a frosty environment will allow your body to recuperate instead of fighting the entire night to remain warm.

Tips to stay cozy on back-country trips:

Perform Light Exercises Before Bed: Keep in mind you want to increase your body temperature, but not to the point of sweating, as that can be counter-productive.

  1. Stand with your legs apart. Breathe deeply and raise your arms to the ceiling. Roll your shoulders backwards

  2. Exhale and lower your arms to rest at your side

  3. Inhale and raise your arms to the ceiling again, stretching as high as possible

  4. Do 10-12 reps

Drink Warm Liquid: There’s little better to warm yourself than to drink a hot beverage before turning in. However, avoid hot cocoa or coffee with caffeine as it may keep you awake. Choose a herbal tea or a mug of hot water with lemon and honey.

Wear Layers of Clothes: The rules that apply for staying warm during active times holds true for inactive periods. Layer your clothing in order to trap body heat before going to sleep. Clothing such as wool long johns, flannel shirts, sweaters, long sleeve t-shirts all add to keeping you warm. Additionally, should you awake too hot, you can peel off a layer of clothing to compensate without going to the extreme of opening your sleeping bag.

Layer your Sheets and Blankets: By layering your blankets you retain more heat. Place a thick blanket next to you, then a thinner blanket, continue alternating until you run out of blankets. This will help keep you warm and if you become too hot you can peel one layer off at a time without an extreme temperature change. Down comforters and wool blankets are excellent choices, as are down filled sleeping bags.

Footwear: The feet and hands, the outer extremities, are the first to feel the cold because they are the first parts the body restricts blood flow. As you age, and smokers, circulation of blood becomes harder, thus staying warm is harder. Wearing wool socks will greatly enhance the chances of keeping your feet warm and work better than wrapping the feet in a blanket. Keep an additional pair handy in the event one pair is not enough.

This leads to another foot issue. If you wake up needing to pee you’ll need footwear to insulate your feet from the ground. Having warm slippers, easy to use, will work better than trying to lace up boots. It’s important to relieve the urine as the body will expend heat keeping it warm and it’s hard the sleep with such an urge gnawing at the mind.

Snacks: If you are in an area where risk of animal intrusion into the tent looking for food is minimal, keep a candy bar or two within reach. Eating food will warm the body as it burns and digests the calories.

Cuddle: In the event of severe weather conditions, and severe is what you consider it not the “experts”, there is nothing wrong with cuddling with your partner, male or female, in order to share body heat. It’s a basic survival technique the military teaches.

Water Bottle: Some people may not even know what a hot water bottle is, but going to bed with one placed between your legs in order to warm the femoral artery will keep you warm for a long time. If its initially too hot, wrapped clothing around it until it cools.

Mattress or Pads: The ground will retain cold and pass it onto you. Therefore, getting up off the ground, by placing something between you and the ground will make sleeping warm much easier. Foam pads, air mattress, layer of dried leaves or cedar branches all serve as insulation.

Inside a shelter: Sleeping inside a shelter, cabin or house, offers additional methods on how to sleep warm.

Space Heater: There will be times you don’t or can’t warm a large area. For this situation use a space heater in close proximity to warm the immediate area. Be careful of creating a fire hazard.

Bath: Soaking in a hot tub of water or taking a steaming hot shower will increase the body core temperature.

Heated Bedding: Invest in a good quality electric blanket or heated mattress.

Insulate: This pertains to inside and outside environments. Drafts can cause you to be cold no matter what else you’ve tried to do to stay warm. Check for any openings that allow a draft to enter and plug them up with whatever material available.

How to sleep warm seems to be a pretty trivial subject …. until you’re freezing and shivering trying quite fruitlessly to go to sleep. Then it becomes somewhat important … like the most important thing going on right then.

 

 

 

Learn Not to Die in a Forest Fire

Climate change is a fact whether you want to contribute it to mankind’s actions, Godly intervention or just the ways of science and nature. To deny it justifies you being classified a pure fool. Nature is changing and as it does it has dramatic effects on mankind, from rising sea levels, never before experienced blazing temperatures and, somewhat overlooked by some politicians, the increased rates of forest fires. Currently California and several other states are fighting enormous forest fires which are consuming thousands of acres of land, reducing them to blackened ash. It’s time to learn not to die in a forest fire. If you’re thinking I’m being a little over dramatic …. you’ve never experienced the horrors of a forest fire.

The danger has always been there, that’s why “Smokey the Bear” was created as a public service announcement that would draw attention and be remembered, and it has been a tremendous success. So why the increased danger and attention? The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimate they will fight over 700 wild land fires this year. That’s not only a dramatic increase in number of fires, but the size and ferociousness of the fires makes fighting them much more dangerous and time consuming.

Per a Fire Department announcement of Butte County California, “The public needs to be aware of fire safety – that’s part of backpacking and hiking now days. People need to pay attention to their surroundings and provide for their own safety while being responsible in a forest.” in other words … learn not to die in a forest fire.

What’s climate change have to do with this? Scientist believe climate change is responsible for the extreme drought conditions the Western United States is experiencing as well as the extreme high temperatures, a perfect combination for instantaneous combustion and fire starting.

Recently in Oregon back country a 15 year old boy threw a firecracker into a ravine, normally an innocent act. This one firecracker started a blaze that consumed 200 acres of standing timber and trapped 176 hikers, who thankfully made their way to a popular swimming hole at Punch Bowl Falls, where they waited in the water for the fire to burn away around them. Had they not reached the water the chances of all 176 hikers perishing in the flames would have been high.

A similar fire broke out a few miles from this one, the Eagle Creek Fire, and consumed 50,000 acres, with damages estimated at 40 million dollars before it could be contained. Although several firefighters were injured, there was no loss of life which was considered a miracle.

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that up to 11 states will see the average annual area burned increase by 500 percent over the next 20 years. 500 percent! That’s enormous! NWS spokesperson Pawlitz “the reality is anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation will have to accept fire as a daily reality and will have to learn to deal with it.” In other words, learn not to die in a forest fire.

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Analyze direction of smoke

Different Types of Forest Fires:

To the novice a wall of flames approaching you is a fire … a big fire. But in reality fires are broken into 3 categories, based on hazard level of fires and the propagation speed. Crown fire, Ground fire and Peat fire.

  1. The fire classified a Crown fire is the most dangerous. These types of fires burn trees and depending on the wind speed and direction can move with astonishing speed making them very deadly.

  2. The Ground fire is characterized by burning of grasses and lower bushes, but if not contained can develop into a crown fire as it begins to burn trees.

  3. The Peat fire is the least dangerous to humans, but can be extremely irritating as peat will smolder and release pungent smoke into the air which will cause a person to choke and perhaps vomit. Once removed the person quickly returns to normal.

Regardless of which type of fire it is, it’s rather easy to detect the outbreak of fire.

  1. You will smell smoke

  2. Observe restlessness of birds, depends on the time of year. If they have babies in nest they will panic as they know their chicks are in extreme peril, if not nesting they will fly continually or tree to tree.

  3. Should you begin to see wildlife react strangely or untypical such as deer passing close by or normally unseen animals, coyote or fox, suddenly visible

These are all sure signs of something being wrong. It may be an approaching thunderstorm or other natural event, but be sure to investigate. Your life may depend on it.

Fire in close proximity:

Let’s assume you or one of your party has accidentally started a fire and you spot it. Move quickly and with purpose to tend to the issue, but don’t panic. Panic creates irrational decisions and actions which will only compound the severity of the problem.

  1. Detecting a small grass fire immediately extinguish it by spraying water on it or covering it with soil. Small areas can be put out by stamping it out with your feet or throwing wet clothing over the flame. Green limbs may also be used to stamp the fire out.

  2. If you realize you are not going to be able to put the fire out on your own, it’s important you leave the burning area before you become trapped or overwhelmed with smoke. You’ll most likely have a sense of responsibility and accepting the fire is out of your control may not be easy, but you dying in a fruitless attempt to extinguish the flames will help nothing. Get Out!

  3. You want to totally escape the fire, not run back into it if it outflanks you. Check the direction the wind is blowing. Unless you know you can make it to safety, your truck is parked close by, never run with the wind as the fire can travel, wind assisted, faster than you can run. Travel perpendicular to the wind as your chances of walking around the fire are greatly enhanced.

  4. If there is no wind or you cannot determine the direction of flow, search for migrating animals or birds as they will always know the best way to escape.

  5. If you have a cell phone call 911. They will send rescue personnel to fight the fire and/or rescue you.

  6. No cell service, but you are familiar with the area, run to the nearest body of water, open clearing, forest road, creek or pond. Cover your mouth and nose with clothing to keep the smoke from completely disabling you.

  7. Final Action. If you find yourself surrounded and unable to escape the flames you must do whatever possible to survive. Locate an area which has already been burned, it may still contain hot embers so kick the upper layer of ash away. Lay down, the air along the ground is less smoke filled, cover your mouth and nose and wait for the fire to pass. This of course is a last chance action as chances of surviving are … let us say … not real good. Upon succeeding in escaping the fire, immediately contact the authorities.

Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure:

Ever hear that old saying? It goes along with Learn Not to Die in a Forest Fire. Taking simple preventive measures will possibly prevent the need to use drastic and possibly dangerous measures to get out of harms way. People who enter the woods normally don’t consider the dangers they may encounter.. if they did they may change their mind about going. Use these simple methods to help insure your safety.

  1. Pay attention to the weather forecast and current news headlines. If they indicate a higher than average possibility of a potential fire, it may be better to postpone the trip.

  2. Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. It’s hard to look for someone if you don’t know they’re missing.

  3. Whatever food and water you plan to take … increase that amount.. just in case

  4. Make sure your cell phone battery is fully charged. Technology has made dead zones for cells less prevalent, but a dead battery is still a dead battery.

  5. Unless you are well equipped don’t venture too far off the beaten path. There is plenty of privacy within walking distance of safety.

  6. Lastly, use extreme caution building a fire and be sure it is totally out before leaving.

According to all the Experts, Wildfires are going to bigger and more frequent in the future, this what you must do to increase your chances of survival.

Before your next hike in the woods, here are a few helpful strategies if you find yourself staring at flames and rising smoke.

  1. Use your head before heading out on a hike. People anticipating a short trek may walk in flip-flops, carry little water, no food and are dressed wrong. Do not wear synthetic fabric clothing as it will melt into your skin if exposed to hot temperatures. Wool fabric is actually your best protection, but is hot to wear.

  2. Check weather forecasts.

  3. Check news media for reports of fires anywhere your planned destination.

If You Spot a Fire…

  1. The first thing you do is determine wind direction by analyzing the smoke. If the smoke is traveling straight up, that indicates there is no wind and that is good – the fire will move slowly.

  2. If you see the smoke is streaming in one direction across the horizon that’s bad as it indicates winds and the blaze will travel fast. It’ll also tell you if the fire is coming your way or traveling away from you. Should it be coming at you, don’t hesitate. Run! Get out of the forest asap.

  3. By the nature of the beast fires burn uphill. Knowing this your best bet is to travel downhill and upwind using dirt roads, stream-beds, or the hiking path if it is not enclosed with adjacent or overhanging vegetation. You want to stay away from anything that will burn if possible. If possible walk in a perpendicular angle to the fire in order to flank it.

If You are caught in a Fire with No Escape: Learn Not to Die in a Forest Fire

Professional firefighters have become trapped by fast moving and unpredictable forest fires so you becoming trapped would come as no surprise. As stupid as this sounds … try to stay as calm as possible and think. You must adopt the attitude of wait there no matter how uncomfortable … and it will be extremely uncomfortable.

  • Outrunning a raging inferno is impossible, therefore your goal is to wait it out.

The safest place in an active fire zone is what firefighters call the “in the Black” an area which has already been burned to ashes by the flames which now have moved on to fresh tinder.

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Safe Haven

  • Locate a depression, the deeper the better in the topography, such as a roadway with a ditch and little to no vegetation. Lay down on your stomach, feet towards fire (face away from the fire), dig a hole and stick your face in it to help avoid breathing smoke. A handkerchief or other piece of clothing, not synthetic, placed over your face will help.

  • As the fire burns around you, consuming the forest and low vegetation, the heat will become intense. Your clothing may become so hot you want to yank them off, your hair may singe, hair on your arms will singe, it will be terrifying. But… remain hunkered down in your ditch. If the fire is that intense all around you there is no escape, no safe path to run to safety.

  • Don’t immediately get up and try to run away as the fire passes you. That will be your first instinct, but the fire may reverse direction which will happen if the wind reverses direction. Wait as long as you can to insure the fire is moving away then find a path away from the blaze remembering to stay in the “Black” if possible.

Curiosity Killed the Cat:

After it is totally safe, it’s quite normal for people to want to view devastation. I’m sure there is a clinical name for it, but I’ll call it curiosity. A forest devastated by fire is something to see as it holds an Apocalyptic feeling of how the end of the earth will look like.

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Stunned but in danger

It will take years, perhaps decades for the environment to become stable again and this poses a danger for gawkers in the area. Damaged standing trees are of particular danger as dead limbs, some huge and deadly, could fall at any time. Burned out root systems can be precarious hiding invisible holes a hiker could step in and become severely injured. One must remember vegetation holds the ground in place, without it mud-slides, rock-slides and flash floods become dangerous and more possible.

Learn Not to Die in a Forest Fire While at Home:

We’ve talked about being trapped or encountering a fire while hiking or otherwise being outside. Probably 95% of the people exposed to the dangers of an out of control forest fire will be at home as the infernal approaches. Let’s look at what to do.

  1. Take Action Immediately! The fire won’t wait on your timetable …it has its own

  2. Quickly review your evacuation checklist. In the panic it is easy to overlook a pet.

  3. Ensure your emergency supply kit is still in your vehicle. Did dad take it out to put his golf clubs in the trunk and forget to put it back.

  4. Quickly check what you and your children are wearing. If it’s summer the kids will most likely be wearing shorts and flip-flops. Change clothing to long pants, long sleeve shirts and boots. A cap, dry rag or goggles will help protect against flying hot embers.

  5. Some may argue this point but … leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials. These professionals do not take an evacuation notice lightly, they want to help you avoid being caught in the fire, smoke or road congestion. Additionally it helps them do their job by keeping roads clear and not having to concern themselves with you. Besides, in the event the forest fire travels too quickly they may not be able to reach you for a mandatory evacuation order.

  6. Law enforcement agencies are typically responsible for enforcing evacuation as they have access to the latest fire location, winds, terrain, closed routes, etc. Follow their directions immediately. You may not be in a hurry, but the family with four kids behind you want to get away, now.

  7. You may be directed to a temporary shelter or assembly area.

Returning Home:

Do not attempt to return home until fire officials determine it’s safe. They know your anxiety and will clear access as soon as they know its safe.

Unless you have experienced the agony of losing everything you have, whether by fire, tornado or other natural events, there is no way to express the emotions you’ll have. You can’t allow yourself to walk blindly into harm’s way. Assuming your residence has survived the flames.

  1. Be alert for downed power lines. A live power line several blocks away can kill you.

  2. Check propane tanks, regulators and supply lines before turning them on.

  3. Check your residence for any hidden embers or smoldering fire

  4. Check for unwanted animals, snakes for instance, that escaped to your house.

Learn not to die in a forest fire is no laughing matter. It can be one of the most terrifying experiences you’ll ever endure. Knowing what steps to take in different fire scenarios could very well save you and your family’s lives. Learn not to die in a forest fire and reread this article.

Brush Fire Along I-84

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Time Machine

The United States is currently in great peril and is on the verge of being defeated and run by Russia. We have a traitor in the White House, greed has bought and sold the Republican controlled congress, and everyone seems to be spell bound by this lying con man. Perhaps the issue of a Cyber attack is just beyond our comprehension. It is mine. I’m quite computer illiterate, as I believe a large majority of trump supporters are, so instead of explaining the intricacies of computer war, let’s take a different view of what’s going on in America today. Let’s compare apples to apples so we Cyber challenged Americans may better understand. For that let’s jump into a time machine and venture back in history, but maintain some of the characters who are currently ruining America.

December 7th 1942 the United States is attacked by a foreign power, Japan. Their intent was to strike a knock out blow to America by destroying its Navy. They knew the American people were split over the war in Europe, therefore if they annihilated America’s Navy power in the Pacific, public discourse would result in America surrendering, or at least reaching a favorable peace agreement with Japan.

December 8th 1942 President Trump addresses congress.

December 7th 1942 will go down as the day the biggest misunderstanding the world has ever witnessed happened. The navy of the Japanese empire, while undertaking naval practice maneuvers, may have accidentally hit several United States naval vessels stationed in Hawaii. It must be said Japan is not admitting it was their aircraft involved, only that they were in the area practicing. We must tread lightly before wrongly accusing someone of intentional attacks on the United States.”

The Republican congress stands and applauds the President for seven minutes, while the horrible Democrats sit on their hands.

In fact,” begins President Trump “The attack could have come from a rogue nation we know nothing about, or pirates … it could have been Japan, but it could have been a lot of other countries.”

January 2nd 1943 President Trump delivers a fireside radio chat to the American people.

I know some people are stupidly screaming for us to declare war on Japan, but I won’t do that because we’re not sure they attacked Hawaii. Sure they attacked the Philippines, but the Philippines is not an American colony or friend, no more than Puerto Rico is. What do we care what happens to them? Give them some paper towels and tell them to toughen up.”

February 1st 1943 at a news conference.

President Trump, why haven’t we sent any troops to Europe to help the United Kingdom? I mean Germany has declared war on us haven’t they?”

Who asked that question?”

Me sir, Walter Cronkite CNN news.”

Fake news!” Trump spits. “Someone else.”

Same question Sir.” Anderwrx Zuzinski Russian News.

Well, as you know our military is not prepared for war. They don’t have the equipment or the training to go to war yet. This military mess was created when Hoover was in office. You can’t blame me, although I ignored the clouds of war and the facts for the last 2 years. It was Hoover. Hoover did this.”

A secret closed door meeting of a select number of Republican Senators and Congressmen.

Mitch McConnell Republican majority leader starts the meeting. “We have a problem that we must address. Some news media are insinuating President Trump is somehow in cahoots with Japan, Germany or both because he refuses to acknowledge the world is at war.”

What can be so important you took me away from my workout,” asked Ryan arguably. “You know I’m jumping ship. F**K you rats. I’ve got a million dollar lobbying job waiting for me.”

Listen, Trump has agreed to give us huge pay increases, increase our medical benefits while destroying it for others and giving us Supreme Court Justices of our choosing so we can become essentially a dictatorship. Don’t like what did. Sue us and take it to the Supreme court.” The entire room erupts in laughter and back slapping.

But,” Mitchell continues “In order to do that we have to keep the damn Democrats, the people and especially the news media, except Fox news, from exposing him. I’m open to suggestions.”

Devin Nunes waves his hand in the air. “Sir, I can run interference for President Trump. Between me, my House Republican cronies and Fox news I can make Trump look like a knight in shining armor.”

Latest report in the Japan involvement investigation:

The Special Prosecutor and the Justice Department has issued charges against 12 Japanese military officials including Admiral Yamamoto and Toto accusing them of intentionally planning and executing an air raid against the United States Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor. Photos of Japanese aircraft were identified by ID numbers and the Japanese fleet was observed launching and recovering these aircraft.

President Trump in Europe instigating a fight and discord among the allies.

Well, Toto has denied bombing Hawaii before, but … to shut you damn news people up, I’ll ask him again if he did it. Although I already know the answer.”

President Trump! Why meet with Toto at all with these revelations?”

I’ll tell you what,” spat Trump, “You are the enemy of the people! I think it’d be great if we can be friends with Japan.”

But what about the attacks?”

The investigation that says Japan was involved is rigged and a total witch hunt. A real shame. There is no evidence Toto was directly involved … if there was an attack.”

When you view today’s events through rose colored glasses of the past, what do you think?

I’m going to stop now. Why? Because it is completely crazy! Know what is very sad … this is what’s going on in America this very minute. This and a million other incredible events that undermine everything every decent American believes in.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

I’m not sure if watching Dracula movies as a youngster, the old black and white films, planted the seed of fear in my subconscious, but the idea of some nasty creature piercing my skin and sucking my blood totally disgusts me. Today I’m a grown man and know what … something sucking the blood out of my body still disgusts me. Everything from rocky mountain spotted fever to HIV and AIDS is transferable through blood. In an odd way I wish there was a Dracula, because there was only one of him, but today’s blood sucking killers are ticks and there are millions of them.

When discussing the negative effects of a nasty tick bite most people will think of Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe flu-like symptoms in a person. The disease may make you so sick you may wish you would die, but it is rarely fatal. However, a fairly recent tick induced disease has been identified by the CDC, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and although cases of Lyme disease far outnumber cases of RMSF, the later is on the rise. There have been 37,000 confirmed cases reported to the CDC from 2004 to 2016, and the numbers continue to climb.

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RMSF is a disease caused by the spotted fever group of bacteria known as Rickettsia, and due to its rapid spread once infected it is considered fatal if not properly and quickly diagnosed. A Wisconsin woman in her late 50s died just a few days after being diagnosed with RMSF as she waited too long to seek proper medical attention. The bacteria is most commonly transmitted through American dog ticks, mountain wood ticks or brown dog ticks. Don’t be fooled by the name, the majority of the reported cases are located in North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, all a far cry from the Rocky Mountains.

As I stated earlier, because of the rapid progress through the body, the disease can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is imperative to catch the disease in its earliest stages in order to cure it before severe damage can occur and the best method for that is learning the warning signs that you have been infected.

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

It’s imperative vigilance and common sense be utilized when self-diagnosing yourself when you fall ill. The early symptoms of RMSF consist of flu-like symptoms and wouldn’t normally raise any alarm of serious consequences. However, have you recently been exposed to any possible tick infested environment? Walk through a field of high grass or journey down a wooded backpack trail? If you have you have been potentially exposed to a disease much worse than the flu.

These symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected tick.

  • Severe Headache

  • High Fever and Chills

  • Stomach or severe muscle cramps or pain

  • Confusion or hallucinations

  • Nausea, severe diarrhea or vomiting

  • Unusual Sensitivity to light

  • Lack of appetite

  • A Rash appearing on the skin

Caution, a rash does not appear on every person, but if one does its a very telltale sign you are infected. The rash will vary in appearance, from a red and splotchy skin patch to a series of pinpointed dots, typically appearing at the palms of your hands or soles of your feet. Again do not ignore other symptoms just because a rash fails to appear.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is Deadly and on the Rise:

Medically Treating Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

I can not stress the importance of early treatment in order to avoid complications enough. If you suspect you are infected seek professional medical help immediately and tell them of your suspicions. If you’re wrong fine, but if you’re right you may have just saved your own life.

  • The doctor will draw blood for tests to verify that you are indeed infected, however he will most likely prescribe antibiotics before the verified blood tests come back because of the rapid and aggressive progression of the disease.

  • The traditionally preferred and most effective treatment is a round of antibiotic drugs known as doxycycline, particularly effective if administered within 5 days of experiencing symptoms.

  • Other treatments are an antibiotic called tetracycline, or chloramphenicol if you are pregnant.

Fortunately only about 3% of RMSF cases turn fatal, but because the infection can lead to brain damage, heart, lung and kidney failure, or meningitis if left untreated, the seeking out of professional medical care is highly recommended.

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Protection:

The best way to treat RMSF is to never get it in the first place and there are methods to reduce the possibilities. To calm your nerves, the National Institutes of Health estimates that only 1 in 1000 dog and wood ticks are carriers of the bacteria that causes the disease. Additionally, if you do get bit, but the tick is latched onto you less than 20 hours, the chances of infection are reduced.

A few measures to take to prevent the blood-sucking pests at bay.

  • Cover up when in tick friendly environments. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants.

  • Generously use tick repellent sprays, which contain at least 20% Deet, Picardin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Spray your clothes and all exposed skin.

  • Treat your clothing, gear or tents with 5% permethrin ( an insecticide) 48 hours before you enter the woods.

  • Shower after spending time in the outdoors and do a complete body check for the nasty things. Pay extra attention to body areas of creases such as underarms, ears, behind knees, between your legs in the groin area, and your hair.

  • Thoroughly check out your pets. Remember, they can’t check themselves but they can carry the nasty things inside your home.

  • If you have doubts about ticks in your clothes, throw them in the dryer on High Heat for 15 to 20 minutes to kill any hidden pests. If you wash the clothes first, use hot water.

Removing an Attached Tick:

A major problem can be produced by not taking the proper steps and/or the proper attitude when removing an attached tick. You don’t just grab it and pull it off or smother it with Vaseline or burn it with your cigarette. There are proper procedures.

You’ll need pointy tweezers, not the typical kind you pluck eyebrows with, as they have squared off ends and may not be able to grasp a tick as small as a poppy seed. you’ll also need rubbing alcohol or an anti-bacteria soap with water.

  • Clean the area around the tick bite with alcohol

  • Get your tweezers down onto your skin so you can grab the tick by the head or as close as possible.

  • Pull up slow and firm there’s no rush, don’t jerk or twist. If the head does come off while being pulled out and you can’t extract it … don’t worry. The body will destroy it and heal perfectly fine.

  • Once the tick is extracted, clean the bite area again with alcohol or soap and water.

Now What?

You essentially have 2 choices after extracting the blood sucking creep. Get it tested for disease or get rid of it.

  • For testing place the tick in a plastic bag along with a blade of grass and take it for testing. Unless there happens to be an outbreak of tick borne diseases in the area I wouldn’t mess with it, but that’s your choice.

  • Some State agencies perform tests, some don’t. Consult your doctor for more info.

To get the nasty thing out of your life:

  • Drown it in a container of rubbing alcohol

  • Flush it down the toilet. I don’t recommend this as I want the lousy thing dead

  • Wrap it in tape and throw in the trash

  • Burn it with a match or butt of a lit cigarette, I’m telling ya I hate these things

  • Do not crush them between your fingers. Number one its extremely hard to do and secondly you can incur the disease from doing this.

Removing a Tick From Your Dog:

Now I’m really peeved. Mess with me is one thing … mess with my dog and prepare to die. Using the same tools as utilized for yourself.

  • Depending on whether your dog is a short hair or long hair variety will dictate the degree of difficulty in searching for attached ticks. Do a slow and methodical search much like a crime scene detective. Start at the head and work down paying special attention to the leg/body area.

  • Once you discover a tick, use the tweezers to grab the tick, as close to the head as possible.

  • Be very careful not to squeeze the body of the tick trying to re-position it or by mistake as this can cause bacteria and disease carrying material into the injection site.

  • Pull straight out slowly and firmly, not twisting or squeezing. Slight bleeding may occur but is nothing to worry about.

  • After the removal, gently clean the area of the bite with mild soap and water, as alcohol will sting. Watch the spot for infection.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is no laughing matter and can be deadly. It’s important to understand removal of the tick and how it’s done is quite important. There is no trick or shortcut to make a tick release its hold until it has totally filled itself with the victims blood, completing its meal. Do not apply hot matches, nail polish, Vaseline, alcohol or other chemicals to the site. These methods do not work and could actually be harmful.


Five Knife Sharpening Tricks

A knife is the basic survival tool that without it, you will have a much harder time surviving. This was true for the caveman, the ultimate survivalist, and is still true today. The famous Swiss Army Knife is a prime example of a survival kit in a fold up pocket fitting form. However, you ever hear the old saying “You only get cut with a dull knife.”

There is a lot of truth in that rather odd statement. A sharp knife blade will cut exactly what you mean to cut with the least amount of expended energy, which is very important as extreme energy spent as you cut equals less control of the blade … less control heightens the chances of you cutting yourself. Thus the saying. Let’s look at five knife sharpening tricks that will help you keep a razor sharp blade edge.

1. Sharpen Often

When you buy a new knife the edge is machined to a perfect edge designed for that blade. If you wait for the knife to become too dull before sharpening, you’ll never be able to restructure that exact edge again. You can still make it sharp, but it’ll never be perfect again. If you’re using the knife, make a habit out of sharpening it every week or so depending on usage. You’ll be happier with a razor sharp knife edge, and you won’t have to spend a lot of time and work re-honing it.

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2. Stabilize Your Stone

I know there are people who can sharpen a knife nearly blindfolded once they begin, but that doesn’t me you or I can. If you use a slab shaped whetstone to sharpen your knife blade, it’s best if you stabilize (lock it down) to prevent it from wiggling. A wobbling sharpening stone creates uneven friction which produces an uneven pattern on the knife’s edge. Remember the desire to maintain the original edge angle for maximum performance, the stone wobbling puts that goal at extreme peril.

3. Maintain the Correct Angle

Some new knives come with a manufacturer’s suggested sharpening angle, but even if it does, who keeps the box and who reads instructions? Besides I really know of nobody, even experienced knife owners, who knows what the original angle their knife came with. The important point is to choose an angle when you begin sharpening your knife, usually 20 to 23 degrees, and hold that angle the entire time you are sharpening.

4. Maintain Consistency

What do I mean by that? Simply put … count your strokes as you sharpen and maintain the same number for each edge side. Over-sharpening one side of the blade will result in an odd edge bevel, which is not as sharp as an evenly shaped bevel. There’s nothing wrong with whistling while you work, just keep your count right.

5. Grind Till Its Gone

Here’s a pretty spiffy trick. Use a Black Sharpie pen, place on top of knife edge, gently push downward and move the pen along the blade’s length, or mark each side of the edge by placing a line along the blade’s length. Either method, you now have an identifiable visible mark along the blade’s edge. That way as you are sharpening the knife you can see the black marker disappear. The remaining black marks tells you the areas you have missed sharpening. Repeat this trick as often as you need to create a razor sharp edge.

Obviously your knife is an important and useful tool which you should always take care of and sharpen to maintain its best performance. It’s an essential tool you can rely on during an emergency, while camping outdoors, or when the SHTF. But always keep in mind that although knives are useful, they are also dangerous. Always maintain your focus on the task at hand in order to avoid accidents to your eyes, hands or fingers.

Think how embarrassing it would be to go to the emergency room for stitches because you, a macho woodsman, cut yourself sharpening your knife.

Identifying Nine Dangerous Creatures

You’ve done one heck of a good job with your bug-out plan. Your escape route avoided the crushing chaos of snarled traffic jams, road rages and looting that had begun to commence. Your family is safe in a well fortified, well stocked and well hidden “safe bug-out place.” Congratulations.

It’s been six months and the world is still, at best, unsettled and far too dangerous to risk exposing yourself. The unusual has become the norm, the bug-out shelter has become home, the survivalists in the next valley have become neighbors. It’s becoming clearer with each passing day, the “Temporary Mindset” may have to change to a “Permanent Mindset” which changes everything. Instead of relying on an ever dwindling food supply, you now are going to be forced grow your own food … adopting a self sufficient life style.

For a self sufficient life style you will need livestock to provide nourishment, such as eggs, milk (goat and/or cow) and other farm critters. As you progress in your education you will become more aware of how important your livestock is to your very survival. You have a responsibility to feed them and maintain their health as any good steward of the land would do, but possibly the most important matter you must attend to is keeping the animals safe from predators…. And the first step on that matter is recognizing and identifying the culprits, which may vary according to location. Let’s identify a few common enemies.

Hawks:1 Identifying Nine Dangerous Creatures

These birds of prey are deadly, persistent and skilled hunters that can literally wipe out a flock of chicken in mere days. Let’s pretend the rule of law still exist, in reality doubtful, but for our purpose it is. All states that I know of do not classify the birds as nuisance animals or predators, therefore killing them is illegal. If you can’t shoot them, what do you do? How do you discourage them from feasting on your chickens before you do?

Here’s one person’s story:

My ducks and chickens free-range for days on end without a single problem. Then one day I walked outside with treats to entice them to return to their pen, when I realized I was short 4 birds, 2 chickens and 2 ducks, gone without a trace … work of a hawk. I was pissed! I wanted to shoot one of these so called majestic birds, but a hefty fine for doing so prevailed. I had to devise another plan, a method for teaching them a lesson in farm avoidance. Not an easy task.

Hiding in a comfortable camouflaged position with my 30-06, I waited for a hawk, crow or buzzard to fly overhead and squeezed off a shot in their direction. Surprisingly, my flock wasn’t fazed by the noise as I suppose they were accustomed to hearing rifle shots around the homestead. I was always careful to not aim near the bird, just in their vicinity, usually well low so the bullet would strike a hill. I repeated this action for the next 3 days, then scheduled the shooting exercise for 3 days every week for a month. I’m not saying there are no birds of prey around my place, but I haven’t seen any nor have I lost any more chickens or ducks.”

Mink: 2

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When I think of mink I envision a mink coat. I really didn’t even know what a mink looked like. They look like a killer by the way. They like to stay close to water, a creek, stream, pond or low areas where water pools. Letting your dogs and cats run free are a good deterrent for mink, but they are extremely stealthy and can avoid the most cagey barn cat.

Protecting against mink is no easy task and should be taken seriously and do not try to cut corners for expense. These nasty little rodents can get through a hole the size of a half-dollar, which means flexible chicken wire is no more than a slight delay before entering the chicken coop. Hardware cloth, the type of fencing used to build rabbit cages and floors must be used instead.

To demonstrate how cagey mink are, they have been known to burrow inside the bedding and nesting boxes and take a nap while waiting for the chickens to return to the coop at night to nest. That’s pretty calculating and cold blooded for any animal. Maintain a habit of taking your dog or grab a rake and check the coop or hut before allowing the birds to enter for the night.

It’s important to learn how to identify both the tracks and droppings of the types of predators that roam your area. For mink its wise to place snares, home made are fine, around the chicken coop and duck hut. If possible purchase an owl decoy, preferably motion-detector activated, as they are a mink’s worse nightmare. Motion activated lights will also work, but the owl decoy adds an extra element of terror.

Owls: 3 Identifying Nine Dangerous Creatures

Ironically, an owl decoy is your friend, but a live owl will decimate your flock within a short time. Again, you can’t shoot them and there’s no way to shoo them away, because they don’t hunt like other birds of prey, in the daylight. Owls, like most ambush predators, have extreme patience and will watch their intended prey for hours waiting until it is ultimately the safest time to attack before springing into action. Motion-detector lights, especially noise emitting types, will help deter an owl attack. If you have hawks around, you have owls although you may never see them.

Coyotes: 4

Finally a varmint you are allowed to kill – in most states anyway, because they create a life threatening danger to your livestock. Unless you have no other weapon, or are not a very good shot, use a 22 caliber rifle to hunt coyote as anything bigger is overkill. Large sized dogs are a good deterrent as the coyote will not engage in a fight with a dog unless he’s cornered.

Here’s possibly a deterrent you never heard of for coyotes … donkeys, especially mini donkeys. For some reason mini-donkeys take great delight in chasing coyotes and treating them as if they were a soccer ball. They will chase them down and kick them repeatedly until they kill the coyote or it escapes. Keep a mini-donkey in the pasture with the cows, in the barn with the horses or in a fenced area near the chicken coop or duck hut, will discourage coyotes and other predators from violating your sanctity.

Fox: 5

Fox are very sly and are extremely agile and silent killers. How many fox have you seen out hunting? Chances are not many if any as they are very cautious. In spite of their stealth a fox is easily startled and will immediately run away if startled. Motion detector lights are a good deterrent as the sudden burst of light will send the fox running, as will a dog or mini-donkey.

Weasel: 6 Identifying Nine Dangerous Creatures

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The weasel family, which includes mink, badgers, ferrets and skunks would be classified as terrorist if human. Instead of making one kill to eat, these critters will make multiple kills although they may just eat one. This makes them extremely dangerous as a menace because they may wipe out an entire flock, yet only eat the head of one chicken. Carefully hidden snare traps and cage traps are the best way to capture these little killers. These are wily creatures and will not walk blindly into a trap. It must be hidden and well placed.

Opossums: 7

I believe opossums live everywhere, seem to anyway. They are normally nocturnal, lazy and don’t cross well traveled roads very well. They will always take the path of least resistance when hunting a meal, as eating a rotting carcass is just as good as a live or freshly killed animal. Building a reasonably secure chicken coop and run will normally protect against opossum attacks. However, opossums have been known to bite the legs of horses and cows which presents the danger of Equine Protozoal Meloencephalitis (EPM) infection which can be deadly. Possums normally begin eating the abdomen of its prey first, therefore if you discover such a carcass its a sure sign you have an opossum problem, as it was runoff before finishing the meal.

Snakes: 8

Unless you live in the Arctic snakes will always be a problem, and they don’t necessarily have to be poisonous, although that’s an added danger for humans. Checking and plugging any hole you may find in a chicken coop or duck hut will help keep snakes away from eggs. I might note: Never kill a black snake as they feed on other snakes. What’s that old saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Raccoon: 9

These critters use their sharp claws to shred chicken wire, rip open feed bags, and climb a lot higher than one would anticipate for a meal. Their most valuable asset is their brains. A raccoon will normally consider a one step lock child’s play to open. Don’t think putting feed in a metal trash can and placing a large boulder on the lid will prevent a raccoon from getting in.

Final Tips: Identifying Nine Dangerous Creatures

Scrap wire is typically hanging around somewhere on a homestead or survivalist retreat. Once you have determined what type of predator is lurking about, choose pieces of wire sturdy enough to hold them and bend it into a simple slip tightening loop and hang in an area the predator has left droppings, tracks, or tried to enter a pen or barn.

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Motion detector lights on the exterior of barn can help deter possums from crawling into the stall. Typically, horses and large livestock are only hampered by possums if they get into their feed and spread disease. A trash can or plastic tub with a lid, or a barrel with a piece of wood and brick on top of it will not stop a hungry possum from getting inside. Keeping feed secure is just as important to livestock health and safety as building the perfect chicken coop is to prevent your egg-layers from getting slaughtered.

Weird Survival Tools

What exactly do I mean when I say weird survival tools? That’s actually a good question that I had to ponder for a bit. The best explanation I can give for weird survival tools is “Items and/or ideas that are not normally associated with being a survival tool.” Another way to put it is “I wish I had thought of that.

My intent in this article is to throw a bunch of neat little tricks at you that can be utilized to survive in the wilderness. All, I think, are actually an improvised replacement for a modern or designed wilderness tool which either we don’t have, exhausted the supply or broke. In any event … we need it … and don’t have it. Let’s delve into the world of weird survival tools.

Weird Survival tools issue #1

It’s a normal and necessary body function that everyone wants to avoid addressing, as if not everyone does it. Pooping, crapping, however you want to label it, is a normal daily function for nearly everyone with a normal digestive system. The process of eliminating body waste is, how do you say, no big deal. It’s automatic as you can’t hold it forever. The large issue for humans is how to clean ourselves afterwards, because failing to do so can result in severe chafing, which can be extremely uncomfortable and could nearly disable a person. So we’re on a quest for something to use instead of toilet paper which we have run out of.

  • Oak leaves are strong and will resist crumpling or tearing

  • Soft bark from a few certain trees. Most bark is too thick or rough

  • Dried corn husk work well and is nothing new to farmers

  • Leaves from other plants, but of course be careful to identify the species

  • Smooth stones

  • Sphagnum moss

  • Water is used in Asian countries and in Europe, bidets are standard in hotels

  • A hillbilly told me this and swore it worked for him. When you need to do your business, lean against a tree or something than won’t break under your weight, reach down with both hands and spread your butt cheeks apart. You will not need cleaning using this method.

The internet is full of Redneck inventions, repairs, improvised things that are actually genius. This may be another. Ever wonder why animals never have to clean afterwards?

Weird Survival tools issue #2

If anyone has ever experienced a toothache they know there are few pains that are worse. You feel like your head is going to explode, it hurts to swallow, chew, breathe. Therefore, we can agree oral hygiene is important. You may balk thinking you’re only going to be camping or lost for so long. Could be, but what if this is a SHTF situation and you have no idea if you’ll ever have access to a toothbrush again. Better to have the knowledge and not need it, than the other way around. Like mama used to say “Better safe than sorry.”

  • Dogwood stems can be used as a toothbrush or a chew stick

  • No dogwoods around; a birch twig will do the same

  • A paste of wood ash will work as a toothpaste. Use your fingers to rub the ash around to clean teeth. Rinse thoroughly afterwards as the ash could irritate the gums and you don’t want to walk around with black teeth.

  • Got that morning breath cotton? Boiled water with pine needles provides a refreshing gargle and has some inherent antiseptic properties.

  • Small twigs, thorns or shavings can be used to floss the teeth, which can be as important as brushing.

When learning survival techniques there is no dumb or usefulness technique. You never know what you may face in the wilderness and the more knowledge you possess, the better your chances of surviving until rescued.

Weird Survival tools issue #3

Men being men, we won’t let them in on this tool. Menstrual Care, again is a normal function of females and must be addressed best as possible. For that we’ll retreat to the ways of the American Indian female:

  • Moss can be used – sphagnum moss is best

  • Soft hides such as rabbit, possibly squirrel

  • Milkweed Fluff

Weird Survival tools issue #4

There is no preparation for some things that occur in the wild, or your backyard, but depending on your tolerance for smells, an attack by a skunk could ruin your day, and/or days. In fact, a direct spray of skunk juice into the eyes with leave you totally blind for up to 5 hours, and the pain, like your eyes are on fire, is excruciating. A skunk attack is a serious matter and should be treated as such. Naturally the attack was unpreventable, nobody antagonizes a skunk, so we must be prepared to deal with it.

  • The first and easiest approach is to accept the smell. Some people don’t find it that offensive and it’ll definitely mask your human smell.

  • If you’re in Africa or South America, hey people take vacations, the acid mixture created by smashed up army ants (the real big ones) and rubbed all over your skin will eliminate the smell.

  • Believe it or not, urine helps. In fact pouring urine into your eyes after a direct hit is the only way to lessen the burning pain. Don’t ask me how or why, I don’t know the answers.

  • They claim pouring or rubbing tomato juice on the sprayed area helps, but friends tell me their experiences were not so good. Worth a try though.

  • Roll in the mud until completely covered. I suppose this encases the smell which would be of great benefit to those around you.

  • If you have access to baking soda and a soap solution, doesn’t matter what type of liquid soap, mix the two and wash your entire body, will require more than once, will help dilute the smell. If you are blessed and also have hydrogen peroxide to add to the mixture, you’ve hit the jackpot. This combination is very effective at eliminating skunk odor and reasonably fast.

Weird Survival tools issue #5

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It’s not uncommon to endure a dose of poison ivy if you travel very much in wilderness territory, but the itching can become maddening. You’ll scratch until you bleed which opens the skin to infections of other types, some quite deadly.

  • Rub the juice from the stems of a Jewel-Weed on the affected areas for relief.

Weird Survival tools issue #6

In the wilderness all open wounds should be addressed in order to stop further infection. A small cut on the arm may not appear to be a big deal, until it becomes infected, hot to the touch and reddening, the infection effecting the rest of the body. The need for sterilizing a needle or similar tool required for stitching may be required.

  • I suppose people equate their urine with being dirty because it is technically body waste and you can’t (shouldn’t) drink it, but urine is actually quite sterile. It’s a great substitute for washing a wound out if clean water or other medicine is not available. ** Being unsanitary is not the reason you shouldn’t drink your urine**

  • Use rock boiling to sterilize tools. If you have a container large enough and can withstand fire in order to boil water, use it, but if you don’t have a container you can still boil water without exposing your flammable container to the fire. Fill your flammable container, let’s say large banana tree leaves, with water. Place the tools into the water and let set. Then build a large hot fire, roll stones into the flames and/or hot ashes until they become very hot. Remove the stones from the fire, for instance dragging the rock out with a stick, place the hot stone in the water held in the banana leaf. The water will boil and the leaf will not be harmed.

Weird Survival tools issue #7

Self protection in the wilderness becomes of utmost importance as you are no longer on top of the food chain, in fact depending on location you may slide down to number 20 or 21. Man without a weapon is very vulnerable prey in the wild, but man has a brain to improvise. That sucker or Tootsie Pop you have in your backpack for energy has now just become a weapon. Hold the candy part in your hand with the stick pointing outward between your fingers. Punch an attacking wild dog in the head with your fist and it won’t phase it, but ram the candy stick into their eye and you’ll never be bothered again, at least not by that dog.

Weird Survival tools issue #8

I know you are not suppose to smoke as it’s bad for you, but if you do you happen to smoke, you have a valuable commodity in your possession. Cigarettes, actually tobacco, has medicinal purposes that are quite beneficial.

  • They are excellent for bartering. They were a treasured commodity in WWII

  • Should you incur a gut worm (parasites) eating tobacco, the nicotine, will kill it

  • Tobacco includes a naturally occurring antiseptic that prevents infection and relieves pain. Say you have a puncture on your arm, place wet tobacco on the wound and cover it with a bandage. If you have a toothache, put a moist wad of tobacco on the infected tooth and it’ll relieve the pain.

  • The tobacco makes excellent tinder for starting a fire.

  • Apply a chewed portion of tobacco directly to the skin where you have been stung or bitten by an insect for pain relief

  • If you have a small wound that just won’t quit bleeding, take a moist wad of tobacco and place it on the wound helping stem the blood flow.

Weird Survival tools issue #9

That box of noodles, bags of Cheetos or can of Pringles may be more important than supplying a food source. As we know food is the least of our concerns when faced with a crisis situation, but what else are they good for?

  • Cheetos & Pringles, especially ground up, become excellent tinder for starting a fire. A blazing fire for warmth, cooking, light and insect repellent is much more important that eating a bag of Cheetos which won’t satisfy your hunger anyway.

  • Noodles can be used as tinder and as a match. Ever have a candle in a jar that the wick burned down low and you can’t relight it because the flame from the match or lighter burns you? Light the end of the noodle and you now have an extra long match for reaching those hard to get places.

Weird Survival tools issue #10

Ever wonder what to do with all that bubble wrap? It’s fun to pop for a while, but that even gets tiresome. What else is it good for?

  • Bubble wrap has extreme insulation values. Wrapping yourself in a layer of bubble wrap is equivalent to having 4 cotton blankets over you.

  • In a crisis situation, extreme cold producing hypothermia, taping pieces of bubble wrap around a child could very well save its life.

  • Speaking of wraps. Saran wrap can be used for emergency treatment of an open gap chest wound. Any wound into the chest cavity will result in air escaping as the person breathes, and germs rushing in through the opening. A piece of Saran wrap plastic draped over the wound and taped in place will help until proper medical attention can be provided.

Weird Survival tools issue #11

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Quick! The SHTF and the world is suddenly upside down. You are rushing home when you pass a liquor store being looted. You have 30 seconds to grab a bottle of liquor for your bug-out trip. Which one do you grab? The one you like to consume in normal times would be the common answer, but Wrong! You want Vodka. Why? Let’s see why.

  • Vodka can used for a cough suppressant

  • Vodka can be used as a base for a variety of different pasta sauces

  • Can be used to clean and defog eyeglasses

  • Can be used for fuel and fire-starter

  • Sterilizer for tweezers, knives, medical tools of various uses

  • Can be weaponized as a Molotov cocktail

  • Sore Throat gargle

  • Repels insects when rubbed on skin

  • Skin toner, tightens skin and dissolves blackheads

  • Can be used to preserve food

  • Can be used as a topical medicine for insect bites, stings, cold sores, and open wounds of all sorts. Will also dissolve the adhesion of bandages for less painful removal

Weird Survival tools issue #12

No matter the situation, our personal security is always the first priority. It doesn’t matter how much we know or how many survival gadgets we have, they’re useless if we are totally incapacitated or dead. You’re in your garage and don’t have a weapon of any type and a huge man is charging up your driveway with a machete, what do you do? Run? Yeah if you can and if you think he won’t catch you. Beg for mercy? This is worse than the wild west, there is no law nor mercy. Fist fight? Fist against machete … good luck with that.

Grab the Bear spray! Grab the Dog repellent! Grab the Wasp Spray!

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  • Spray another person with bear spray during normal times and you’d better be prepared to be arrested and sued. However, in a lawless world, use the most effective counter-measure available.

  • Dog repellent is the next choice of weapon for self defense. Halt Dog is designed to keep vicious dogs at bay and will definitely daze and confuse an attacker while you either escape or acquire a better weapon

  • Wasp spray is the last choice as it does not pack the wallop Bear or Dog repellent does, but you have an extremely long range capability which is good. The farther the enemy is away when you attack the better. Wasp spray will burn the eyes, temporarily blinding the foe, so try and be accurate with your aim.

Ultimately weird survival tools comes down to unlimited imagination. Sometimes the key is the ability to see pass what the object is and its intended use and see what it could maybe do. It won’t always work, but the time it does it could save your life.