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Cody R Wilson has figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he’s putting all the information online so that others will join him.
This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up. Cody Wilson, a 25 year old University of Texas Law student, is an advocate for the open source production of firearms using 3D printing technology. This makes him a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue. MOTHERBOARD sat down with Cody in Austin, Texas to talk about the constitution, the legal system, and to watch him make and test-fire a 3D-printed gun.
Check out our podcast with Cody here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Podcast-Cody-Wilson
Produced By Erin Lee Carr
Edited by Chris O’Coin
Homesteading is quickly turning into a very popular lifestyle in these modern times.
Genuine homesteaders come from all backgrounds, ages, and family sizes.
They originate from every walk of life – from scientists to city-slickers to hippies.
They live on the tops of mountains, prairies, and even in cities. Homesteaders are known to be humble, sincere, and truly dedicated to their organic lifestyle.
Here are 10 inspiring homesteading blogs that offer a wealth of information about the authentic homesteading way of life – in no particular order:
Our One Acre Farm is a blog that offers advice on organic cooking and recipes, backyard farming principles, wildlife, wild edibles, and chicken habitat protocol. Other homesteading topics on the site include juicing and how to make homemade treats.
Little Mountain Haven is a great resource to learn about permaculture, eco-friendly gardening tips, mountain living, and how to parent on a homestead. Some homesteaders choose to experiment with permaculture and winter gardening in order to grow heirlooms that will help conserve seed genetic diversity.
This blog revolves around the concept of “going solar” and offers advice on a wide range of various energy saving resources such as off the grid electricity, wind and solar power, and energy saving appliances. Building and living off the grid is no easy task. Here you’ll find helpful information on these complex subjects along with information on aquaponics and how to raise chickens.
This interesting blog offers advice to homesteaders on how to smoke meat, container gardening, wild foraging, and the teachings of ‘First Peoples from the Americas’ regarding honesty, bravery, respect, humility, truth, love, and wisdom.
Topics from this fun blog include organic cooking and preserving, gardening tips, craftiness, and wholesome family traditions from two Texas sisters just learning and sharing their experience as they follow their journey of self-reliance.
Homesteading and backyard farming are a growing lifestyle for many people. They’re making the conscious decision to live in a more respectful manner with the earth through farming, crafting, gardening, and cooking.
Native cultures never seemed to have a problem with sustaining the natural ecological balance of nature. They cleverly used their resources on hand relative to their region and wasted nothing. This blog captures that forgotten spirit by talking about topics such as gardening, poultry, food preservation, DIY, and small changes that make a huge impact.
Urban Homestead is a ‘forward thinking’ blog about urban homesteading, simple living, biodiesel concepts, and information on a transformational Outreach Program.
This is a blog to help people make the giant leap towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle on various subjects including garden planning, beekeeping, filleting fish, and solar energy. In other words, it shows people how to return to a simpler way of life.
Mother Earth News is the quintessential homesteading blog. Topics include organic gardening, natural health, livestock, DIY, renewable energy, eco-friendly homes, green transportation, and general homesteading tips – a classic blog and guideline to clean, green living.
Living entirely off the grid is attainable, although not easy. And for those people who don’t have definite plans to live off the grid entirely, they’re still making a remarkable difference to both their communities and families with every step they take.
A few homesteaders embrace the latest innovative technology together with the old and attempt to put a unique spin on a traditional idea. They depend, to some extent, on the external world – perhaps for technology, schooling, groceries, or electricity. Many are adventure seekers and are simply willing to learn and progress.
When a catastrophic event occurs, most people focus on day-to-day survival.
However, it is just as important to think about the trades and skills needed to survive long term.
A good trade is one that is valuable to you and those around you.
It should also be easily tradable for goods or services critical to survive.
When the time comes to rebuild and refocus on the future, prepare yourself by learning one of these trades.
Having any level of medical knowledge is one of the greatest strengths for a survivalist to possess.
One of the main benefits of medical training is that it’s immediately valuable.
During a catastrophic event there will be limited access to proper medical care.
This can make a small cut the difference between life and death.
Just having someone with basic knowledge in your group will greatly increase your chances of survival.
Household product manufacturing
Knowing how to make any type of cleaning tool like soap or laundry detergent is valuable.
As a modern day staple in first-world countries, soap is one of the best tools to fight off infection.
Poor human hygiene causes diarrheal and respiratory illnesses that easily spread in unclean environments.
If an infection spreads among your fellow survivors, a bar of soap is your best bet to stop it from getting worse.
When it comes to rebuilding, the help and expertise of carpenters will be highly sought after.
Carpenters can help produce new homes and the furnishings that go in them.
Carpenters are skilled at woodworking and molding items to meet custom designs.
It’s also important for those pursuing carpentry as a trade to know how to do it with old-fashioned tools.
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Gardening, seed production
After everything has been scavenged for food ten times over, it’s important to know how to produce fruits and vegetables on your own.
Fresh produce isn’t just desirable because of its health benefits, but it may be the only food option.
More important than gardening, seed production will be in huge demand.
Learning how to produce, grow and store seeds will be highly valuable.
Gunsmithing and ammunition production
You can pretty much count on the fact that people are going to need guns.
With the gun manufacturing industry at a halt, there will be a huge demand for gun repairs and homemade ammunition.
Learning gunsmithing will be a valuable trade that will keep your arsenal stocked and your weapons properly cared for.
Learning one or more of these trades will give you a fighting chance to make it when it’s time to rebuild.
If you are anything like me, you have always loved mushrooms. Let’s face it, mushrooms growing is a great way to assure your family of a regular supply of this excellent food.
Most people put off mushroom growing because they feel like it takes some special skill-set, or at least extremely specialized growing conditions.
This is absolutely not true!!!
Mushrooms are actually just as easy to grow as anything else, and they can be a great deal easier to grow than many other kinds of food.
That’s a relief, right?
When I found that out I was pretty excited because it meant that I’d be able to grow mushrooms for my family.
Mushrooms often need less care and require growing conditions that even allow people in cities to grow them.
How crazy is it that you can grow mushrooms in your own apartment?
There are many people who have gone through the Mushroom Growing for You Course and are now growing mushrooms in their homes and you can be one of them.
If you live in the countryside, you can grow mushrooms as well.
As someone who is into living off the grid and survivalist tips, this is great news for you because you can grow mushrooms on a far larger scale because you have much more space available.
But even if you live in the city, and have a garden shed, you could grow your mushrooms in it.
All mushroom growing takes is some growth medium and some mushroom spores or spawn, as they are also called.
Yes, that’s all it takes to grow mushrooms. Now while mushrooms may not take up too much space and they don’t require too much care, you need to make sure that the ambiance they are growing in is optimal.
Mushrooms do not thrive in like, so make sure you keep light away from them.
If you are growing mushrooms in your house, you can grow them in a closed box that will keep the light out, and you want to keep the temperature inside the box stable. For further information on optimal conditions click here.
If you are growing mushrooms in a shed or in your green house, you’ll need to ensure that there is a very minimal amount of light that is on them, and also make sure you exclude draughts.
You’ll need to maintain a stable temperature range as well because mushrooms are extremely susceptible to changes in temperature. If you do not maintain the proper temperatures your mushrooms are in trouble. That’s why we recommend the course in the banner below.
On the other hand that’s all that it really takes to grow mushrooms. You just need spawn and the growing medium. Place the spawn in the growing medium and place it in a dark, moist place. Water it regularly every day, and pretty soon your mushrooms will be ready for harvest. There really isn’t all that much to mushroom growing.
When you were a kid, you probably loved power outages.
Blackouts were a chance to see what the world would be like without electricity, the hum of motors and lights polluting the sky.
For a moment, you could step back in time and experience the world as a simpler, less technologically driven society.
The biggest blackout in the history of the United States occurred on August 14, 2003 during the height of summer.
The question isn’t when a blackout is going to happen, but are you prepared for it?
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As an adult, you know the risks of a blackout.
You know that when the power goes out in the middle of summer, your family gets put at risk of prolonged exposure to the elements.
Items in your refrigerator are going to begin to spoil, and a power outage can cost you more than you’re willing to lose.
In the winter, you can freeze without backup sources of heat and depending on your location, the pipes in your home can burst as the walls cool and the pipes freeze.
Blackouts can come at any time, and while only temporary, there is no reason for your family to suffer if you’re prepared.
If you don’t yet have an emergency kit, you’re asking for trouble when the next blackout hits.
The emergency kit should contain enough food, water, and supplies to last at least 72 hours.
Canned foods that don’t need to be heated, energy bars, bottled water, and gels that have a long shelf life are all good options.
Keep a list of when your goods expire, use them, and replace them with fresh products.
You should also have a basic first aid kit and learn how to use it before an accident occurs.
Don’t use the emergency kit unless it’s an actual emergency to prevent opening yourself up to a situation where you don’t have the necessary supplies.
Every emergency kit should also have a battery powered radio to listen to the news, flashlights, and plenty of batteries.
Fill the empty space in your fridge and freezer with plastic bottles.
Allow for proper air flow, but don’t leave extra room in your fridge or freezer.
Keeping frozen and chilled bottles of water in your refrigerator and freezer allows your food to stay fresh even when the power goes out.
As the fridge and freezer warm up, the frozen and chilled water will help keep your food cold and prevent spoilage.
If you do have a power outage, don’t open that refrigerator or freezer unless you absolutely need to.
This can help ensure that any medications and foods that need to stay cool don’t get put at risk.
Keep your car full of gas, or better yet, have a good set of bicycles for everyone in your family.
When there is a power outage, gas stations pumps won’t work.
You can also keep gas in an approved storage container and replace it weekly to ensure that there is always gas on hand in the case of an emergency.
Additionally, if you have an electric garage door, know how to open it if there is no power to your house.
Often, this seemingly simple problem can become very serious if there is a power outage, some gets injured and you have no way to get your car out of the garage.
Alone in the Wild is a 2009 documentary television series commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Tigress Productions, a UK independent producer. It was co-produced with the National Geographic Channel. Ed Wardle, an accomplished extreme photographer, created and filmed the series. Throughout the adventure, during which he never saw another human, Ed tweeted daily outgoing-only messages about his experiences. The goal was to survive solo for three summer months.
The series was produced by Dick Colthurst of Tigress Productions, Bristol. It was commissioned by Tanya Shaw of Channel 4, London. The multiplatform aspect of the project (including the use of Twitter) was commissioned by Adam Gee at Channel 4.
Jack is 93 years old, lives alone five miles from the nearest road (the way he likes it) and has a different view of life.
“I’m just different than most people. I’d rather go back than go ahead,” Jack English said in a recent video by filmmaker Grace Jackson.
Living in a cabin made from materials off the land, English can go up to two weeks without seeing a single person.
He said he “fell in love” with the area when he first stepped foot on it, coming to hunt deer at 11 years old. Decades later he learned an isolated parcel was being auctioned and he bought it.
“I think the main thing is that it doesn’t change,” he said of the property. “It seems to be the same as when I first come here.”
He had always wanted to set up his permanent residence there, but his wife, Mary, and other responsibilities prevented him from doing so. It was on his last visit to the hospital where Mary was being treated for cancer that she gave him permission to move there after she died. And he did.
“Life has its problems, but it’s like my wife always said, ‘it’s how you contend with those problems that will be the result,’” he said. “I look back and I really did have a good life.”
We got you started last time with our basic tips for living off the grid in 7 Tips For Living Off The Grid.
Now it’s time to get serious about living off the grid and start erasing your digital footprints.
The NSA recently revealed that it has an increased power to monitor people’s email and phone calls.
These tips are all about regaining your privacy, control of your life, and increasing your freedom.
Social networks and websites that track your identity and essentially force you to give up your rights to use their services should be ditched immediately.
Cut the cord with any company that wants you to give up your personal information to gain access to basic social media features.
Start calling people, write letters or visit the people you care about and don’t fall into the trap of giving up your privacy for a status update.
Everything you do online can be seen by your Internet Service Provider, and by proxy, the government and anyone else that has access to your network.
Learn how to use TOR, a multi-layered privacy tool that was actually invented by the US Navy to create secure and anonymous connections online.
With TOR, you can also access the sites that governments and search engines don’t want you to see.
It protects your anonymity and makes what you do on the Internet your business and nobody else’s.
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Debt is one of those crushing diseases that prevents you from getting out and doing the things you want.
Find a way to start sending even a couple extra dollars per month to pay off your credit cards and other debts.
Start now and you can be debt free sooner than if you only pay the minimum payments required.
Living off the grid is about freedom and you can only have freedom when you aren’t obligated to other people.
Go through your home and cut the wireless networks, wireless phones and anything else that emits radio waves.
If nothing else, shut everything down at night so that you can sleep better without the constant hum of electronics.
The constant noise made by electronics and machines can affect your ability to sleep and your productiveness during the day.
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If you can get rid of one appliance that does the work of two, then get to it.
Don’t keep appliances around that clutter your home and limit your mobility.
Consider investing in appliances that don’t require municipal sources to power and run.
You shouldn’t put yourself or your family in a position to require municipal sources to shower, cook dinner and stay healthy.
Invest in technology to catch rainwater, use stoves that attach to external propane, and have a backup system to heat your water if something happens to the the local utility company.
Keep extra gas and other types of fuel on hand, so that you are never caught surprised by any emergency.
Most speed limits are about 35 to 45 miles per hour.
A competitive bicyclist can reach speeds that surpass 30 miles per hour.
While it’s not expected for you to reach those speeds, you can greatly reduce your reliance on your car and increase your health by investing in a good quality bike.
The better the bike, the faster you can go.
Get a good road bike and you should have no problem getting around town and 20 to 25 miles per hour.
This can greatly reduce your gas consumption and give you a mode of transportation in case your car breaks down.
You can even buy special canopies that go over your head when it rains and rail guards to prevent grease from getting on your clothing.
Stockpile cans, water and other items you need during an emergency.
As climate changes threaten to wreak havoc on our way of life, it makes perfect sense to ensure that you have enough food to least at least a week.
Once you have a one week stockpile, start looking into methods to prepare for a one month and even one year supply of the things you need to keep your family safe.
Read this article to learn about beginning food preservation.
In the modern world, self-defense and being able to effectively defend oneself and one’s family from harm are becoming survival skills on par with being able to work on a car and locate safe sources of food quickly.
The ever-growing popularity of the Israeli-born martial art Krav Maga is one prevalent indication of this trend.
In this article, we will discuss seven crucial Krav Maga techniques everyone from school teachers to commandos should know.
Please note that nothing in this article should in any way be considered a substitute for proper training from a licensed, skilled instructor in Krav Maga.
Your pen, keys, belt, even your credit cards are all potential weapons.
Most people consider these items essential to getting through the day, but rarely consider how they might be employed as a weapon if necessary.
Pens and keys can quickly become stabbing implements, while credit cards can be employed as slashing weapons.
Look around you and see what items you could use as weapons if you absolutely had to right this second.
At the heart of Krav Maga is the idea of retzev, Hebrew for “continuous motion.”
In a combat situation, you should always be moving either toward or away from your opponent, but the endgame is always to ensure your opponent is no longer a threat at the end.
This could mean simply disarming, rendering unconscious, or possibly even killing your opponent.
Areas like the groin, shins, eyes and throat are all vulnerable areas with a lot of soft tissue and nerve endings.
In the middle of an encounter, striking as many of these points as you can, as quickly and as hard as you can, will generally take your opponent from feisty to face-down in a hurry.
Remember that in a combat situation the only rule and scoring criterion is survival.
Choke holds, arm bars, leg locks, and other forms of submission techniques are all valuable to the hand-to-hand combatant.
If an opponent is off balance, having his shoulder dislocated, or being choked unconscious, that person is unable to wreak havoc on you.
If you find yourself in a position to use a submission technique and end the encounter, do so.
Here is a video showing over 150 techniques:
The KISS principle applies in Krav Maga as much as anything else.
Krav Maga is essentially stripped-down street fighting.
If you see a weakness or vulnerability, do not hesitate to use it. If your attacker has a slight limp, go after the weak leg.
If he’s holding a knife like he’s not sure what to do with it, work on his weakness.
If you can throw something and thereby force your attacker to maintain distance, do it.
Do whatever you must without overthinking it.
There is always the chance your attacker will be armed and you won’t for whatever reason.
If this happens, understanding how to defend against attacks from knives, clubs and even guns will drastically increase your odds of surviving the encounter.
You can practice these techniques in your own home using improvised weapons with someone you trust.
The primary objective of Krav Maga is to keep you alive and as close to unharmed as possible.
All the training in the world won’t help you if you come into an encounter without the will to do whatever it takes to survive it.
The goal of Krav Maga is to neutralize your attacker and ensure he does not try that again.
Planning ahead for an unexpected evacuation is crucial for safety and survival.
Whether you are facing a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, chemical spills or any other kind of disaster that requires you to leave your home, you should always have a solid evacuation plan in place that can help get you and your family out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
Knowing what kind of disaster is heading your way will help you determine the best route that will help you avoid the disaster path so that you can get to safety.
You should be able to find out what’s going on just by listening to a radio, television news channels, or police scanner.
It is important that you figure out how you are going to gather your family members during an evacuation.
Often times, the disaster will cause phone services to stop working and you won’t be able to call anyone.
The best way to get everyone together is by choosing at least three meeting locations in your town in case one of the destinations has become unreachable.
Getting to safety is a priority during any disaster, so knowing where you will go and how you will get there is an important aspect of evacuation planning.
You need to make a list of emergency shelters in your area, along with a list of emergency shelters in nearby towns that you can drive to just in case all of the shelters in your town are inaccessible.
You should also become familiar with alternative routes that will help you get to the next safest shelter.
Before you evacuate your home, you will need to gather important documents such as your identification card, social security card, debit/credit cards and bank information.
You will also need to bring prescription medications and basic necessities such as clothes, bottled water, canned foods, and personal care items.
You should also gather items that are irreplaceable such as photo albums and computer hard drives that contain important information.
And if you have enough time, it wouldn’t hurt to bring along valuables such as jewelry and collectible items that you can sell for other things that you need.
After you’ve answered the four questions above, you will have an evacuation plan that gives you a much better chance to escape and survive any kind of disaster that comes your way.
Learn more about what you should put in a bug out bag here —> The Top 10 Essential Items for Your Bug Out Bag
An EMP strike is an electromagnetic pulse that will wipe out electronics throughout an area.
As a nation, we are almost incapable of realizing how much we rely on electronics in our daily lives, so when an EMP strike hits, it will take a day or two for other people to realize the vast implications.
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One of the first steps to reacting to an EMP strike begins long before it happens.
You should have plenty of batteries and food on hand to live a few weeks, months or a year into the future.
If you’ve been planning ahead for emergencies, you’ll have most of what you need on hand.
If you’re at work when this happens, get home as quickly as possible.
The family should understand what to do in case of emergency as well.
A disaster plan should be fully ingrained in them.
It’s important to have them all gather at home when an EMP strike hits.
Cars, buses and other transportation will have ground to a halt, so you’ll need to have discussed an alternate mode of travel in advance.
While everyone else is waiting for the government to step in and fix things, you should be out shopping for supplies.
You already have plenty on hand, but cash will be useless if the loss of electricity continues for weeks and months.
Looting will be an issue later too.
It’s vital that you get everything you can now.
Take a bike with a basket or a wire carriage with you for carrying the heavy load.
You don’t want to be limited by the weight.
The tub, empty bottles, sinks and other containers should be filled with as much water as possible.
You should have water purifying tablets on hand, or buy them on your trip to the store.
It’s important to have as much water as possible before the water stops flowing.
Click here to learn more about long term water storage.
While you may not have to go underground or into a bunker quite yet, the home should be shored up against random attacks.
As time goes on, people will begin to panic or hunger will descend upon them.
They will break into homes for food or supplies.
There might not be any communications right now, but eventually there may be.
You’ll want to monitor radio stations with the small, hand-crank radio that you bought long ago.
Any news that leaks through will keep you more informed and better able to protect your family.
Before the EMP strike, you should have been evaluating your neighbors for who will be helpful during a crisis, and who will be a drain on resources.
Band together with neighbors who will be a help to your family.
It’s okay to help your less prepared neighbors, but ultimately, your family’s survival is paramount.
Don’t wait to start rationing food. You don’t know how long this situation will last.
Having plenty of food doesn’t mean you should waste a single drop of it.
The water should be rationed to the most important things too.
Most of the preparation should be done prior to an EMP attack.
It’s vital to plan down to the seemingly smallest detail to be sure your family is safe and secure.
You can’t count on anyone but yourself and your family in the event of an emergency of that magnitude.
Make sure you’re self-contained and able to live that way for an extended period of time.
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Start preparing right now because you never know when a natural or terrorist disaster may strike.
Just think about the mess that you would be in if something were to happen today.
Not only would you have to worry about your local stores not having enough food for everyone, but you would have to compete with others for available food supplies.
This is why you should start prepping for emergency conditions.
Although you might think that they are trivial, use the following seven crazy simple tips to build your emergency food supply:
Get a few extra items whenever you purchase your regular groceries.
Add the extra to your emergency food supply.
Yes, the price of food is high, and this might max out your funds.
However, it is best to buy a little extra food each week. Put it into storage.
Sure, it might cost more now. However, things will be worse if you are not prepared when something major happens.
Start building up your food bank now so that you won’t be caught unprepared later.
Learn all about survival foods.
Stock up on basics such as rice, beans, flour, peanut butter, cornmeal, salt, sugar, lard, canned meats, beef jerky and powdered milk.
Not all foods have the same shelf life. You need to learn the differences.
If packed correctly, many foods can last anywhere from 2 to 10 years.
For instance, beans last about ten years, and canned meats can last about five to ten years.
Always label each food according to its estimated expiration date.
You eat to survive.
So, it might be okay to delete the carbs during normal times; however, your goal will be different after a catastrophe occurs.
Carbs are needed to survive.
Foods such as beans, rice and flour will become staples of your diet.
When it comes to survival, the principles of Atkins and Jenny Craig will fly right out the door.
When it comes to survival tactics, there are many theories for why your world might someday change for the worst.
Maybe a bad thunderstorm takes out the electricity for a few days.
Or, it could be something apocalyptic in nature, and your family must live underground.
Stock foods that will accommodate varying degrees of survival.
You must plan for all different kinds of survival scenarios.
It is suggested that survivalists grow a garden or breed livestock.
What happens if there is a nuclear attack?
Those two options will no longer be viable.
Look at other options such as sprouting your own food.
Learn how to sprout seeds.
Buy plenty of alfalfa seeds, mustard seeds and broccoli seeds.
Pack plenty of spices such as rosemary, sage and vanilla.
Remember that they can both season and preserve many of the foods in your emergency food supply.
Your goal is to eat and survive; however, a little spice can’t hurt.
All in all, start stashing away for your emergency food plan today.
You probably don’t want to think about it right now, but think about what happens if you don’t.
The goal is to survive.
We recommend picking up a copy of the Home Survival Course by clicking here or clicking the image below:
The Home Survival Course is a step-by-step guide to protecting your family.
It’s got 4 major components and has been ruthlessly edited so it weighs in at a lean 59 pages. Packed inside are the 4 steps you absolutely must use to keep your family safe.Once you have your copy, here are the modules that are included inside:
Module 1– Top Secret Home Stockpile Blueprint
Module 2– The 2 Hour Water Purification Method
Module 3– Barely Street Legal Ways to Protect Your Home and Family From Thugs, Disasters, and Martial Law
Module 4– The Energey Independence Quick Start Guide
Bonus #1– The 72 Hour Quick Start Guide
Bonus #2– 14 Catastrophic Stockpiling Mistakes That Will Make Your Food Nearly Useless
Bonus #3– 10 Fatal Home Defense Mistakes
Bonus #4– MP3 Audio Files of all modules
When you are contemplating getting off the grid and living off of the land, one preoccupying issue is self-defense.
When you are in a spot where the police and assorted passers-by cannot give you aid, you need to be certain that you can defend yourself.
If you are married or have children, it is equally important for them to understand how they can protect themselves as well. We recommend learning and practicing krav maga.
The truth is that self defense is something that can be learned, and there are some very effective techniques that can be picked up by anyone.
If someone is attacking you and your hands are free, it is important to go for the most obvious and vulnerable targets right away.
In many cases, an attacker’s eyes are the first choice.
Hook your fingers into stiff claws and rake at the person’s eyes.
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When you are in the kitchen, you have an advantage over the attacker.
You know where all the knives are, and there are a number of things that you can smash over an attacker’s face and head.
Things like broken glassware and broken crockery can severely injure your attacker.
Being grabbed from behind is something that is deeply disturbing, and if you are not prepared for it, there is a good chance that you will freeze.
If you feel someone grab you from behind and drag you close to their body, you can do a move called a shin rake get away.
Shift all of your weight to one foot, lift the other and kick it back against their knee.
Rake your foot down their shin as hard as you can. If you have shoes on, this can take off a lot of skin.
Slam your foot down on the top of their foot.
This can actually break their foot and prevent further harm or pursuit.
When people freeze up from fear, they often also go silent.
This is something that can make it much easier for an attacker to do what they want.
Be ready to yell loudly if someone threatens you.
The sooner you yell, the more likely it is that you will be able to get away while they are nervous and unsure.
If someone is pointing a gun at you, remember to assess what they want.
If they just your wallet or purse, give it to them.
However, if they are trying to take you someplace, it is far better to get away as soon as you can.
Wait for a distraction, and then run away in a zigzagging pattern, making it harder for them to shoot you.
When someone has grabbed your wrist, drop down into a deep stance where you are well grounded.
Ball up your fist and push your elbow towards their body.
The more quickly and powerfully you do this,the more likely it is that they will be forced to drop your wrist.
This position keeps you strong and grounded while they are off balance.
While a fist is a great thing to hit someone with, remember that the hardest parts of your body are your elbows, your knees and your head.
Uses these parts on your attacker’s face, groin and stomach when you are trying to get away.
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When you want to strike someone’s through, strike the side rather than the front.
Stiffen your hand with all fingers stretched straight and together, and fold your thumb underneath your palm.
Strike the targeted throat area with your palm down, either forehand or backhand.
This can knock someone out.
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If you keep at least three feet between yourself and a possible assailant, you make it much harder for them to harm you. Maintain this circle of safety.
If you know how to throw a punch, lift your foot slightly when you draw back, and then step down and forward hard as you throw it. This gives you much more force.
There is no blueprint for all but there is a deep history of experience to draw from for off the grid living dating back ages.
Off the grid living is seeing a resurgence in publications online and offline today so more information than ever is available the moment you need to expand from the basics.
The first tip: Less is more (in the beginning). If you are embarking on a life off the grid start small.
Take only what you need to live and then move on to learning tips, tricks and processes suited specifically to what you encounter.
You may find only one tip below suits your definition of the basics. Develop according to your needs.
Brainstorm a basics list then subtract. Brainstorm more.
Repeat until you have an easily attainable minimized list to start a new life.
There are many ways to wash your clothes off the grid.
Some hook up regular washers and dryers to their solar power.
Others prefer to escape industrial age clothes washing all together and utilize hand crank methods as well as old fashioned scrubbing with a washboard.
Hand crank methods can range from a bucket with a hole and a plunger to well crafted authentic designs.
There is also the method of simply boiling a giant vat of water over a fire and soaking dirty clothing. For drying clothes nothing beats a clothesline and sun.
In winter months, many set up retractable clotheslines or folding devices indoors.
Newcomers to solar power often no idea how to store power collected from the sun.
People tend to assume it is not possible to effectively store up the sun’s energy from the day.
Solar power pioneers know the answer can be as simple as a car battery.
Running alternate currents from direct solar power and solar power stored on a car battery is the cost effective and reliable way to power a small residence without depending on the grid.
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For undiscovered rockstars and environmentally conscious world famous rockstars, as well as musicians of all kinds, creating a dedicated solar power system for musical equipment such as amplifiers is the smart way to go.
Rock out off the grid with a stack of car batteries, solar panels and equipment wired for the current.
Make some noise in the wild with a rig that doesn’t rely on the status quo for power.
Do you know about collecting rainwater?
A rainwater collection funnels this valuable resource into environmentally sustainable water use around the home and yard.
Landscaping is an excellent way to use rainwater while avoiding the grid’s water supply.
Rainwater is also commonly used to supply livestock if you expand into small scale livestock farming.
A clever and beautiful use for rainwater takes its form as a rain garden which are becoming popular off the grid.
Here are two more tips before you get off the grid.
The headline says it all. If you are going to live off the grid, then you can never have enough tools.
Make an inventory of your tools.
Find out what you have so will know what you need.
Ask friends for unused tools sitting in garages and attics.
Yard sales are a great place to pick up any number tools you may not even know you need yet.
Finally, if you are going to live off the grid consider investing in a biodiesel generator.
Off the grid living requires a power generator from time to time at the least.
Biodiesel generators greatly reduce carbon emissions and the fuel actually helps generator engines run smoother.
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