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Reading Disaster Signs from the Animals

by suburban January 17, 2014 Guest Post
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There is no shortage of people that are happy to tell you their predictions about major disasters, or even the end of the world. Just check the headlines on any number of small blogs or the tabloids, and you will find at least a handful of people at any given time predicting our demise or […]

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You’re NOT Welcome Here!

by suburban December 31, 2013 Bug Out
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This is what hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who own property in the New York Catskill mountain area were told in 2011. Local residents as well as state police turned legal property owners away from access to their land in the fall of that year. But allow me to digress for a moment before the […]

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Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

by ST January 31, 2012 Civil Unrest
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(Note: This article is both a stand-alone piece as well as a response to the article “Who would you bug out with?” that appeared recently on this site.) ”If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel (Jewish scholar & theologian, 30 BCE – 9 […]

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The Final Preparation – Part 3: Trust Worthy

by ST January 24, 2012 General
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 In the first two parts of this series I discussed many of the misconceptions and blatant head-in-the-sand reasons people offer for not doing any estate planning and we discussed an overview use of a Will (Last Will & Testament). In the final part of the series I want to discuss one of the most misunderstood […]

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The Final Preparation – Part 2: Where There Is A Will…

by ST January 17, 2012 General
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In the first part of this series it was pointed out many of the ridiculous and frankly lame excuses people often give for not preparing (“getting their affairs in order” as the old saying goes) for their ultimate demise. Regardless of a disaster, we are all going to meet the same fate in the end. […]

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The Final Preparation – Part 1: Dare to Consider

by ST January 10, 2012 General
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Death and taxes. The two things the old joke says can’t be avoided (and these days I often think the order of those two should be reversed!). No matter how fit we are, how healthy a life style we live, no matter how great our healthcare is, it doesn’t matter. Sooner or later, as the […]

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National Traffic System – A Good Resource to Know!

by ST January 3, 2012 Civil Unrest
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No, this isn’t about driving or getting from A to B. The National Traffic System (NTS) is a network of amateur radio operators around the country (there is similar operations internationally but with different rules) that in times of emergencies can rely brief messages into and out of a disaster location. Organizations such as the […]

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The SHTF Is Here – Hurray (NOT!!)

by ST December 27, 2011 Economy
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That title caught your attention for sure! But believe it or not, there are people out there who actually want and hope for a massive, national SHTF event! You can see it in the way many people on a large number of prepper sites write or the videos they produce. They are outright gitty at […]

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Of Leadership, Reliability, Responsibility – and Preparedness

by ST December 20, 2011 General
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Reality check: Some people are just more prepared for events of life than others. “Events” can be anything from a personal emergency to an unexpected home expense to a family emergency to a natural disaster to something good like a great job or investment or trip opportunity when it presents itself. “Prepared” can be anything […]

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2011 Urban Farming in Review

by ST December 13, 2011 Gardening
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2011 was a pretty good year farming wise at home. For an urban (I do consider myself urban) backyard container farm we did pretty good. And more importantly, we learned a lot to apply for next year. Starting out we added several new containers to our farm. I was surprised my wife went along with […]

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