Personal 2013 Year in Review

by suburban January 2, 2014 Personal
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2013 was an interesting year for me.  I didn’t blog as much as I have blogged in the past, and I think that was apparent to everyone.  I prepped less this year than I have in the past.  In fact by comparison to the past several years, it was mostly nonexistent.  So what didn’t I […]

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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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Sucker Punched

by suburban December 30, 2013 Health
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You’re going along in life.  Everything is going well.  Then *WHAM!!*  Something small, silly yet devastating happens that knocks the wind out of your sails. So it was for me the week before Thanksgiving this year. The Monday the week before Thanksgiving somewhere in my day I ate something my entire digestive system didn’t like […]

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The EBT Scare, Panic, and the Lesson

by suburban October 14, 2013 Economy
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Over the weekend you no doubt heard about the EBT outage that bright the system to a halt.  If you don’t know what EBT is, it means “Electronic Benefits Transfer” and is the electronic version of the “Food Stamp Program.”  So, this means that  instead of receiving paper food stamps and paper checks, you are issued […]

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Budget Ham Radio

by suburban August 30, 2013 Communications
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This article is by Cameron Green, of Green Academy of Personal Protection (GAPP). In 2003, the northeast of the United States (as well as parts of the midwest and Canada) suffered a severe power outage.  Traffic lights were not working so gridlock was rampant…. the subways and other  mass transit were not working so peoples […]

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Everyday Carry Items To Be Used For Personal Protection

by suburban August 2, 2013 EDC
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This article is by Cameron Green, of Green Academy of Personal Protection (GAPP). The key to everyday carry (or EDC) is not burdening yourself with too much nonsense but still having the necessary tools to take care of yourself whether they be weapons, survival equipment, or luxuries.  Putting it bluntly, if you carry too much […]

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My Guerrilla Berkey Water Filter Project in 20 Minutes or Less

by suburban July 13, 2013 Bug In
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As far as I am concerned, this project has been well overdue.  Especially in the wakes of both hurricanes Irene and Sandy.  With hurricane season just barely upon us, and the loss of power, etc. last year, I thought it was time to prepare a bit for what might be to come.  In hindsight, this […]

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Are Pre-2011 Nickels Worth the Hedge?

by suburban June 29, 2013 Economy
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It has been argued by those in the prepper and survival community that because nickels (pre-2011ish) contain 75% copper and 25 % nickel will appreciate with inflation and/or precious metals.  It’s been said that the price of the nickel will go up in a post economic collapse scenario.  My own preliminary research says this is debatable.  I’m […]

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Summer’s Here, Work, Future Plans, and Prepping

by suburban June 25, 2013 Bug Out Vehicle
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Well, summer is officially upon us.  When it came it came with heat and humidity.  With that there are supposed to be severe thunder storms all week here in NJ.  I’m getting used to the rain, and am going to start calling New Jersey, “New Seattle” shortly.  Heck, I’ve only been camping twice all season, […]

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Quick Review of the Gerber Bear Grylls Knife Sharpener

by suburban April 1, 2013 Bear Grylls
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I picked this up over the weekend because when I was out at the family home / Bug Out Location, I realized I forgot a knife sharpener.  So, when I ran out to pick a couple items up for the family dinner, I also picked up the Bear Grylls Knife Sharpener.  Not unlike the Bear […]

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