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One Man Knocked Down A Wall In His Basement. What He Found Still Shocks Me.

When you renovate a building, a general rule to keep in mind is to know what you’re knocking down. A careless swing of the sledgehammer can result in damage to pipes, wiring, and load-bearing beams. Or, in the case of one house in 1960s Turkey, things could get just plain weird.

While redoing his house in 1963, a man in the Nevsehir Province of Turkey, in an area known as Cappadocia, knocked down a wall. He was probably not thinking that much of it. However, instead of seeing something expected, he found himself looking into a tunnel.


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One of the many hidden tunnel entrances to Derinkuyu.

What he had found, unbeknownst to him at the time, was the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu. Derinkuyu was an entire city carved into the stone below Cappadocia, reaching some 60 meters down. It had 18 levels, and included residences, churches, food storage, wineries, and even a school. It was designed to house some 20,000 people as well as a number of livestock. It features vents to the surface and several discreet entrances like the tunnel found behind the wall. These hidden entrances suggest that the city was built as a precaution in order to shelter the population in times of war or natural disaster.


A Derinkuyu winery. The city was designed to support people for a long time.


This large room with its vaulted ceiling was used as a religious school. The city of Derinkuyu was used by Christian populations from the early Middle Ages up until the early 20th century.
An illustration of an underground city like Derinkuyu. Note the church on the bottom level. Cities like this were used during times of Christian persecution, so religious items would be placed on the lowest levels for protection.

The elaborate subterranean city was connected via stairways and passages, and even connected to other underground cities through tunnels that stretched for miles. It’s thought to have been initially built during the seventh and eighth centuries BCE, and was in continual, frequent use through the 12th century. Based on the church found on the fifth and lowest level, it seems the population was Christian, and probably used the city during wartime. The city was also used as a refuge from the Mongolian invasion in the 1300s and up through the 20th century for Christian people fleeing persecution. It was finally abandoned for good in 1923.

Most of Derinkuyu’s entrances are hidden, and each of the five levels can be closed off separately with huge stone doors. The room for livestock and food stores, as well as a 55-meter shaft used as a well, means the inhabitants planned to be able to stay there for a long time. There were even arsenals and escape passages in case things became desperate.

One of the massive stone doors that would block off entrances. The hole in the center would be fit with a beam so the door could roll open and shut.
The city was built to shelter people in times of strife. During peacetime, it was mainly used for storage.

(via Sometimes Interesting)

When the city was rediscovered by that fateful renovation, it had almost been forgotten. Since then, it’s gained fame as the largest of the underground cities in the area.

After its rediscovery, the city opened to tourists in 1969. Today, about half the city is available to the public. There’s no news about what happened to its accidental discoverer, though we hope he got a new house.


NYPD Commissioner Strips Detective of Badge and Gun Over Rant on Uber Driver

Once again we have come across an abuse of power by the police and luckily, someone captured it on video for us. Here is an excerpt from a article with video included:

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton publicly apologized Wednesday to the Uber driver who was subjected to an expletive-filled and xenophobic roadside rant by an NYPD officer. The incident was caught on a cellphone camera and went viral after it was uploaded to social media this week.

The officer involved, identified as Patrick Cherry, is also a member of the FBI’s top-secret Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) — an elite, multi-agency team headquartered in New York. Bratton told reporters Wednesday that the department has placed Cherry on modified duty and taken him off the task force. The officer was also required to surrender his gun and badge, according to the New York Post.

“I want to extend an apology to the driver of that vehicle and the two passengers in that vehicle for the behavior of that officer,” Bratton said at a press conference. “That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.”

Video of the incident, shot by a passenger from the back seat of the car, shows the detective shouting at the driver and accusing him of committing “three traffic and law violations.” The driver and passenger remain fairly calm throughout the incident.

Cherry also mocks the driver’s accent and screams obscenities at him.

“I don’t know what fucking planet you think you’re on right now,” the cop yells before slamming the car door and walking away briefly. He then returns with a traffic ticket and berates the driver again, demanding to know how long he’s been in the country.

At one point the detective said he would arrest the driver but isn’t going to “because I have things to do… This isn’t important enough for me. You’re not important enough.”

The passenger, Sanjay Seth, who uploaded the video, claims the Uber driver did nothing wrong, except honk his horn as the detective attempted to park his unmarked without signaling.

“It’s not your fault, this guy is just a dick,” Seth says calmly in the video. “He’s on a power trip right now.”


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Hate Mosquitos? This Easy Trick Will Stop Them From Ruining Your Summer Nights!

If you’re a fan of mosquitos, raise your hand… nobody? Didn’t think so. Mosquito bites itch, leave marks, and they can also spread diseases.

In theory, we can wipe out mosquitos but alas, we need them as they are an important part of our ecosystem.

Apparently, fish and other insects feed on them and you know how that whole chain reaction thing goes. So how do we go about our lives coexisting with these annoying bloodsuckers?

The internet has your soon-to-be-mosquito-bite-free back! Check out this surprisingly simple trick to help keep the mosquitos away. Needless to say, this trap attracts mosquitos so you’ll want to place it away from you.



I’m NEVER Going To Buy Cough Medicine Again… I Wish I Knew This Before!

Nobody likes being sick. Catching a sore throat, cold, or flu can make even the happiest person miserable. All the associated aches and pain can make it feel like you’ve just been hit by a bus.

Accordingly, there are all types of remedies you can buy at the local drug store but they usually don’t come cheap. And just what’s inside of them anyhow?

Well, if you want to give the home-made route a shot, here’s an incredibly easy and delicious way to help you sooth a sore throat.

Wow! I’m not even sick and I want to try them. They really do sound tasty yet healthy!

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DIY Cough Medicine


When The Grid Is Down – How Will You Cook? – You Will Need This DIY Suvival Stove

You Could Use An Open Fire, But Why Not Conserve Your Wood Supply And Use Something More Efficient?

With the proper wood stove, you don’t have to limit what you eat, You can cook like you normally would do on your electric stove. The stove we are going to talk about in this article is called a rocket stove. This stove design could also be made out metal, but for our survival situation here we are going to go for an easier build using bricks.

This rocket stove is an efficient stove so you won”t have to go out and gather a ton of wood. And since all we need to build it is some bricks and wire screen it’s also fast to get going. And since it will have a nice flat top you will be able to use all your normal kitchen cook ware.

So now’s the time to go gather a couple of dozen bricks so we can get started. It would also be nice to have some larger bricks or slabs for the base. If materials are plentiful, you might consider building the base up a foot or more to bring the cooking surface up to counter height.

Here are the instructions I found for building this stove.

DIY rocket stove

Find some flat ground outside and choose your location carefully. Next, take one of your two small bricks and three regular-sized ones and arrange them atop the two large bricks so that there is one opening on a side. It should be in a U-shape, with the large bricks acting as a base or foundation.

*********MAKE SURE THESE ARE FIRE BRICKS*************

Next, take some wire screen and set it above the U-shape. Your fire will sit on top of the wire screen and the ashes will fall underneath it. Cut the wire screen so that it fits on top of the U-shaped bricks, and then make another U-shape on top of the wire screen and the existing U-shape, using identical bricks. (At this point, you’ll have the two flat bricks at the bottom, with the U-shaped bricks over that, with the wire screen atop the U-shape, and then with another U-shape over everything.

Now, take the rest of your bricks and begin stacking them up over what you have. These bricks should be placed on top of the opening produced by the two U-shapes in the manner that they close off the U, but the center of these bricks (see illustration) must be left uncovered save for the wire screen that will be deep inside the rocket stove – so that smoke can escape and you can obtain heat for cooking.

In short, your rocket stove should now resemble an outdoor, homemade chimney with the wire screen cutting through the bottom. You can make your stove as high as you believe it needs to be, but you don’t want to make it too high or too small.

The next step is to add a roof to your stove. Place another sheet of wire screen over the top of the stove, and secure it with a couple of more bricks or pieces of wood..

Now with your stove built it is time to light the fire. The tinder goes on top of the bottom screen allowing the ash to fall below, and allowing air to come up from underneath.

Now you can put the pots on top and start cooking.

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5 Bushcraft Skills That Changed My Life

Everyday you perform mundane tasks like driving your car, buying food at the market or turning on the lights in your home. You’ve become accustomed to all of the modern conveniences our modern society affords us.

But what if a natural disaster or political turmoil were to strike your region?

What would you do if there were no electricity for your house or petrol for your car?

Suddenly, day to day living has become a struggle and the future looks bleak.

Bushcraft skills are techniques for living off of the land with a minimal set of tools and equipment.

Bushcraft skills will enable you to survive in the wild, away from modern conveniences.

Being Self-Sufficient is the Ultimate Survival Skill

Learning bushcraft skills will empower you to thrive in a natural environment. Being able to start a fire or tie the correct knot can be the difference between eating or going hungry and ultimately, life or death.

By learning these bushcraft skills, you will gain confidence and the positive outlook that are essential for surviving the most difficult of situations.


1. Harness The Power of Fire

Humans have been using fire for over a million years. It’s the one bushcraft skill that supersedes all others in importance.

A fire provides you with warmth, a way to cook food, purify water, create smoke signals, harden wooden spears, melt snow and it will keep most wild animals at bay during the night.

Starting a fire can be a challenge if you don’t have any matches or a lighter. So it’s important to assess your situation for things that will aid you in creating a fire.

Glass, batteries, soda cans, pieces of concrete and metal rods can all be utilized to create a fire. You will need different grades of wood to use as tender, kindling and fuel.

Tender is a small bit dry grass or hay that lights easily. Kindling is small twigs and sticks that will burn a little slower than the tender.

The fuel wood will be pieces of wood that are large and will burn for a long time. Always gather twice as much firewood as you think you will need otherwise you may have to go looking for wood in the middle of the night.

A magnifying glass can be used to start a fire on a sunny day. Place the glass about 2 to 3 inches above some dry kindling. Blow on the tender when it starts to smoke and it should flame up. Then put kindling and larger pieces of wood loosely over it to fuel the fire.

If you find a soda can you can smear toothpaste or chocolate onto the bottom of the can and rub it around for a few minutes. Wipe it off and you should have a very shiny metallic surface. You can use this like a parabolic mirror to concentrate the suns rays into a hot spot that will light a piece of kindling.

If the only thing available to you is wood, you can use the wood plow method to start a fire. Tale a small plank-shaped piece of dry, soft wood and a stick of hard wood that is about one half to three quarter inch thick and long enough to give you a good hand grip.

Use your knife to create a 1 inch groove down the center of the plank. With the plank lying flat on the ground, rub the hardwood stick through the trench until you have a decent amount of wood dust. Then, lean the plank against yourself so the wood dust gathers at the bottom of the trench.

Proceed to rub the stick vigorously through the trench until the wood dust begins to smolder. Add your tender and kindling while blowing on the smoldering wood dust until it lights.

2. Master Knots and Ropes

Knot tying is one of the essential skills needed to survive in the bush. Knots are used to create shelter, traps, snares, tools, weapons and clothing.

The four knots I would recommend learning first would be the square lashing, diagonal lashing, shear lashing and the tripod lashing. As the names suggest, these knots are used to bind polls together and are excellent for constructing a shelter or any framed structure.

The double fisherman, double overhand and square knot are all great utility knots that I couldn’t live without. The double fisherman and the square knot are used to join two similar-sized pieces of rope. The double overhand is a great stopper knot and will keep your line from slipping out of other knots.

3. Track What is Around You

Knowing what is around you is vital to long term survival.

By using tracking skills, you can hunt game for nourishment, find fresh water and food sources and even keep tabs on other people in your area.

Animals generally keep to set patterns of travel unless acted upon by outside forces and experienced trackers can tell how long ago something passed by and the general size and weight of the animal based on print erosion and depth and size of the impression.

4. Forage for Your Food

Foraging for edible plants is a primary skill that is essential for survival.

Wild greens, berries, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms can be found in most temperate zones.

Knowing what is edible and what is toxic can be tricky because some plants and mushrooms look very similar to each other. Never eat a plant or berry because it was eaten by a bird or deer because they can tolerate things that are poisonous to humans.

One of the most common edible plants is the dandelion. Dandelions are easily recognizable and every part of the dandelion is edible. The leaves make a great green salad and the stems and roots can be cooked into just about any dish.

Clover is another common edible plant and is great as a salad and the flowers can be dried and used to make a refreshing tea.

I recommend picking up a field guide for plants that are specific to your area or region and that has been published in the last five years.

5. Hunt or Snare your Dinner

Probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills, hunting is a way to add protein to your diet. The success of your hunt depends on your ability to observe prey or evidence of its presence, and then create a plan to either track it down or trap it.


Photo source: Irish bushcraft club

Keeping tabs on an animal’s daily movements will allow you to know when and where your prey should be in the near future. Inspecting the animal’s droppings is another way to indicate what, and possibly where, the animal has been grazing.

Tracking and killing an animal can be very resource intensive. You could spend hours or even days and still come home with an empty stomach. One way to avoid such a large expenditure of time and resources is the use of snares.

The main advantage of using a snare is that it frees you up to address other essential daily tasks while your dinner is caught.

Snares can be as simple as little loops of wire on a tree branch to capture birds or squirrels or as complex as a spring loaded trigger snare for larger game like rabbits.

One thing to keep in mind is that snares do not discern between animals and humans. It’s highly advisable to clearly mark you snares to avoid harm to other people in the area.

The Bushcraft Brain Exposed – 20 Fascinating Facts

The Bushcraft Brain Exposed – 20 Fascinating Facts

Survivalist training and outdoor skills have been quickly growing in popularity in recent years. More people are choosing to learn how to survive in the wilderness with basic skills that were employed for thousands of years by humans.
These skills have earned the moniker “bushcraft.”Bushcraft enthusiasts have trained their brains to think differently when confronted with the untamed elements of the wilderness.

The skills and techniques these experts use are a mix of Old World methodology and modern technology without the help of electronics. Bushcraft goes back to basics and survival in its simplest and most practical forms.Inside the Bushcraft Brain

A bushcraft survivalist does not simply rely on tools and a few tricks to keep themselves alive in an unforeseen emergency.

A bushcraft survivalist learns how to survive in the wilderness, because they can. Tools are a big part of bushcraft, but bushcraft is much more than using a knife or hunting tools.
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The brains of a bushcraft survivalist are filled with information about their environment, the usefulness of plants, fire-building skills, shelter construction, water filtration, trap making and setting, navigation, and more.
Below are 20 interesting facts housed in the bushcraft brain.1. You Live Off the Land

Bushcraft isn’t an extended camping trip. It involves survival using what you have on hand and the environment surrounding you.

You are not trying to keep yourself going until you are rescued. You are building a livable space for yourself among the wilderness, harnessing nature’s vast resources for your own purposes.

2. You Start With a Good Knife

Any serious bushcraft survivalist won’t skimp on a quality knife.

A knife is a tool of many uses when wielded properly and efficiently. Bushcraft knives are sturdy and sharp, and can be used for everything from slicing materials for a fire to hunting and killing an animal when necessary.

3. Fire Can Be Made Numerous Ways

In bushcraft, matches and lighters are luxury, but not unheard of entirely. Other methods should always be in your arsenal of knowledge, too.

Bushcrafters learn how to make fire from a fire drill, striking rocks to form a spark, and the use of a mirror to reflect sunlight on tinder until it smolders.

4. You Must Respect Nature

Bushcrafters respect their environment and understand that they may not be the apex predator in the wilderness.

Blithely exploring a natural environment can get you hurt or killed. Be mindful of your surroundings including, animals, plants, insects, natural formations, water sources, and weather. Underestimating the wild is not just dangerous it’s stupid.

5. Your Clothing is Your Shelter

Building a shelter may be on the top of the list for an inexperienced survivalist, but you should consider shelter when you dress before heading out into the wilderness.

Your choice of clothing should keep you warm if necessary, protect your skin from sun, poisonous leaves, and poor weather conditions.

Clothing isn’t meant to be anything more than a temporary measure for shelter, but it should be fully utilized.

6. Hunting and Trapping Provides More Than a Meal

Part of bushcraft focuses on hunting and building trap devices to catch game and fish.

Without protein, the body has a more difficult time keeping up the energy needed to continue surviving in a harsh environment.

You should also learn skills on how to gut and break down different animals for food preparation and reusing certain parts of the animal like tendons and bones.

7. You Need To Be a Hunter-Gatherer

Hunting is useful, but is not guaranteed to result in a substantial meal every time out.

Foraging is an excellent way to sustain your diet when meat is unavailable. Edible plants and berries can be good sources of much needed vitamins that meat cannot provide.

8. Tracking Provides You With Information

Tracking animals is essential when hunting, but bushcrafters will tell you that you learn more than where an animal is located.

Animals can lead you to a viable water source or a food source you can forage. Keep in mind, animals need to eat and drink as well, and they are probably more familiar with their surroundings than you are.

9. Knot tying is a Versatile and Necessary Skill

Learning to tie a variety of knots can make or break your survival experience.

Knots are used to build shelters, fashioning tools or weapons, constructing rafts and traps, or creating equipment like baskets or sleds.

10. Water is Your Lifeblood

The need for a viable water cannot be overstated. Bushcrafters must know how to find, purify, filter, and store water.

Different methods can be employed to make water safe to drink, but boiling is among the most popular.

Traveling with a pot to boil and store water in is a good idea, but you should also have another vessel to collect rainwater, which doesn’t need to be filtered before drinking.

11. Waste Can Do You Harm

If you are fortunate enough to hunt down an animal, but there is too much meat to eat in one sitting, it is important that the meat does not go to waste.

Learn how to preserve the meat safely by drying or smoking the leftovers into jerky for later meals.

By allowing meat to rot, you could be throwing the only source of food you have away until more is obtained and that is easier said than done in the wilderness.

12. Food Attracts Other Predators

Bushcrafters are mindful that they are surrounded by living things. Butchered animals, cooking meat, or rotting flesh can attract other hungry animals to your camp.

Always keep food properly stored and discard unusable material far away, from where you’ve set up your camp.

13. Knowledge Can Keep You in Good Health

First aid skills are important because you are likely to be injured in some way while out in the wilderness. Without immediate access to help, you have only yourself to rely upon.

Natural remedies found in the environment can provide treatments for pain, fever, stomach upset, and other ailments, so do your homework!

14. Bleach Can Purify Water

A couple drops of bleach per pint of water can purify the water and make it safe to drink. The dirtier the water, the more drops you can add.

15. Dehydration Can Hit You Unexpectedly

You can become dehydrated without even realizing anything is wrong. Many body functions use water, using up what is already inside your body.

Drink water often and rest frequently, especially in hot weather.

16. Bushcrafting Requires Research

Learning about the environment you will bushcraft in is vital to your success in the wilderness.

Understanding a certain area allows you to get to know the layout of the area, the animals and plants, and which tools will be the most useful to you.

17. Packing Light Keeps You Nimble

Bringing tools you don’t need or are wrong for an environment is a waste of space and can weigh you down. You will move much faster if you are not encumbered by useless items.

18. Pine Needles Make a Great Tea

Fresh, green pine needles can be steeped in boiling water to drink for a Vitamin C boost. This is especially helpful if you are feeling under the weather.

19. Bushcrafting With a Partner Can Keep You Sane

A bushcraft experience can become lonely after awhile. Bringing a partner gives you someone to commiserate with and share the workload.

20. Documenting Your Experience is Part of the Learning

Keep an accurate account of your experiences as they happen in a journal.

Bushcraft is a collection of skills that take time to hone and mistakes will inevitably be made.

You will learn faster if you teach yourself how and what to improve upon.

This Church Is Growing, And We Mean That Literally — It’s Made Of Living Trees

There are two things that have long been a part of Barry Cox‘s life: trees and church. When Barry was 10 and growing up in New Zealand, he even wanted to be Pope. Needless to say, he abandoned that career goal, but his love for churches (particularly their architecture) continued. He traveled throughout Europe and the Americas, studying churches large and small, old and new, then came home to New Zealand and started Treelocations, a tree moving business.

Cox loves trees, and his business allows trees to be moved, roots and all, to a new location. He’s even taken to “rehoming” trees on his own property, resulting in a forest of trees that would have been otherwise cut down.

After the start of Treelocations, Cox’s next project began to take form. He says the idea struck him all of a sudden one day back in 2011. “I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church’ — and so it began,” he says. He built an iron frame and based his design on the churches he’d spent so many years studying.

Cox then started planting trees.

The walls of the church are an Australian tea tree varietal with thick, lush foliage. Cox keeps it in shape by trimming it every six weeks. The roof is made from cut-leaf alder, a deciduous tree that’s flexible enough to be trained up along the iron frame. It has much sparser foliage, which allows light inside. In a few years, the alders will be able to support themselves, and the frame will come down.

Inside, there are pews and a marble altar from Cox’s family church in Shannon, where he grew up, served as head altar boy, and dreamed of being Pope. To top it all off, a rambling rose grows up and across the top of the church, blooming all throughout the summer and filling the space with its fragrance. The whole structure is surrounded by even more hedges and flowers.
Originally, Cox had planned on using the church for his own enjoyment and keeping it private. However, many of his friends and relatives were so curious that he finally opened the Tree Church, as it’s now known, to the public in January 2015. His nephew was even married in it, and soon other couples were following suit, including some who are not religious. “We are not religious at all, but felt that the Tree Church gave our wedding a sense of venerability in a natural, relaxed, and non-denominational way,” one bride explained.

The entrance.

In front of the church, there’s a labyrinth, which takes its layout from that of the ancient city of Jericho.

Keeping up the Tree Church, as well as the grounds surrounding it, can be a daunting task, but for Cox, it’s a labor of love.

Getting everything just right for an event can take up to eight hours, and Cox isn’t even done. He plans to build a European garden behind the church (to balance the labyrinth in front), as well as a natural amphitheater for outdoor events.

See some incredible views of the living, breathing church here:


You’ll Never Believe What This Guy Built With Just Wattle and Daub

We came across the Primitive Technology YouTube channel and just had to share this story… (Video is after the pictures so be sure to scroll down to watch)

I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees.

A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut.

The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water.

The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing.

Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material.

An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside.

The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather.

The whole hut took 9 months from start to finish. But it only took 30 days of actual work (I abandoned it for a few months before adding bark roof, chimney and extra daub ).

Here is the process of building the wattle and daub hut.



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Steven Tyler’s New Country Song With Off The Grid, Gypsy, Hippie Music Video Goes Viral

In this great new music video, Steven Tyler is no stranger to the trends sweeping our planet.  It is a return to Hippie with an Off The Grid twist.  It is loving nature, home and family grown.


With the addition of the Gypsy wagon, a drum circle in the field, and the shot of him standing in front of the giant tree, Steven portrays a human love and care for nature while singing country about love.



Which Medications Should You Store?

This is a question we’re often asked…

Whether you’re prepping to be snowed in for a week or for total collapse of society, it’s good to have some medications stored up.

Of course the next question is, well what medications should you store?

Most of us don’t have the space to keep an entire stock pile of pills in our house.

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That means that we need to prioritize those crucial, long-term prescription medications.

But how else should you prioritize your medication preps?

Check out this video from Patriot Nurse to learn more about which medications you should stock up on.

We’d love to hear what you thought about this video.

  1. Daily meds for survival – e.g. insulin
  2. Pain meds
  3. Allergy/Sedation/anti-nausea meds
  4. Respiratory (chest cold) meds (Mucinex, etc.)

Did you get value from it? Let us know below!




Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s Time to Panic

Have you noticed anything odd going on this morning? Oh yes. Let us be the first to tell you that the time to panic is upon us.

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ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.

ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.

ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.

It seems our nation’s centers of powers are facing a mysterious and spreading collapse.Click to watch

What are you doing about it?

 Do you think Anonymous is behind this?


Survival Gear: 10 Must Have Items to Survive When SHTF

Survival Gear; 10 Must Have Items to Survive When SHTF

Millions of Americans believe that in the not-too-distant future, America, and possibly the entire world, could be mired in a disaster of epic, Armageddon-sized proportions.
Whether it comes from social upheaval, natural, act-of-God disasters, economic failure, world war, or even extraterrestrial attack, concerned individuals are preparing for the worst.
Collectively, the apocalyptic event is known as when the SHTF, and is expected to be the ultimate challenge to mankind’s survival.
SHTF stands for Sh*t Hits the Fan.The Internet is fairly replete with information on what to expect and how to prepare for such a catastrophe.
Individuals preparing for impending doom are called doomsday preppers.
However, even governments have accepted the possibility of a rapid, virtually overnight natural disaster, or the total downfall of organized, civilized society.Huge underground warehouses have been constructed and are being stocked with seeds from nearly every tree and plant known to man.
In addition, animal and human DNA and the most beneficial medicines are also being stocked to give humanity a chance to survive any impending disaster or even the Armageddon, be it natural, extraterrestrial, or man-made.

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10 Things You Should Have in Your SHTF Survival Supplies

Whether you have a family or are an individual, there are certain things that are crucial to your survival in the event of a local, national, or worldwide calamity. You will need to provide food, water and shelter; those are the big three you will need for you and your family to survive.

Any creature comfort-related items beyond that won’t be absolutely necessary in an emergency. If you have the ability and resources to satisfy additional needs and desires, that is fine, but the primary three needs are what will help you survive and what deserve your focus.

The following list of basic items should be included in your survival kit, or bug out bag.

1. Tool For Cutting or Chopping

This item should be of substantial size to accommodate cutting or chopping down trees for cooking, warmth, and possibly even shelter requirements.

A hatchet or large survival knife, complete with a honing stone and sheath or carrying case is preferred. A hatchet may also be used as a hammer.

Some survival knives even have tools in the handle, things like: compass, string saw, light fishing tackle and even a small sewing kit.

2. Multi-Purpose Tool

A multi-purpose tool has a number of elements that go beyond simple cutting, making the multi-purpose tool an exceptional item to have.

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Things like scissors, knife, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, bottle opener, and other attached tools are not as frivolous as they may seem.
In a true survival situation that impacts entire cities, regions, or countries, you may need to scavenge for foodstuffs.
Fresh foods may be contaminated; even if they aren’t contaminated, they are not going to last for long; canned goods, bottled water and other liquids may be your only options.

The additional tools can be used for animal skinning and constructing or maintaining a functional shelter.

3. Water Purification or Filtration

Fresh water may be contaminated; that will require purifying or desalinating water to satisfy hydration needs.

Humans can survive only a few days without fresh water.
There is a variety of items available online that can be used hundreds or even thousands of times.

It is highly recommended that your survival kit includes several.

4. Fire Starter

Matches are fine, but they can be easily ruined by water or even humidity and mildew. It is best to go with what is called a permanent match, or a flint or magnesium rod.

The permanent match is an enclosed “match” that stores inside a metal container and lights up when removed from the container.
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The flint and magnesium rods, when scraped with a steel object such as a knife blade, create sparks that will ignite dry tinder and paper.

In the eventuality that you do not have any tinder or paper, cotton balls soaked with petroleum jelly will work exceptionally well.

5. Duct Tape

There are far too many practical, helpful uses for duct tape to list here.

However, a few of them are: fire starting, building and repairing furniture, building and maintaining a shelter, emergency first aid care, crafting an emergency glass or bowl, and repairing tools.

There are entire websites devoted to the use of duct tape for a vast array of uses. Include as much duct tape in your survival kit as you possibly can; you will not regret it.

6. First Aid and Emergency Kit

Include basics like band aids, material for tourniquets, eye pads and cloth compresses, safety pins, thermometer, compass, antibiotics and painkillers.

Place them in a waterproof container, preferably something flexible if possible so it will conform to the inside of a backpack or duffel bag and use less space.

A double-zippered plastic bag is one option to consider.

7. Para-Cord or Rope

Para-cord is the cord that keeps parachutists safely attached to their parachutes when jumping.

It is also what individuals use for rock climbing, and is designed to be super strong and durable. However, rope is a good replacement in emergency situations because paracord can be used for shelter building, rescue, perimeter security, traversing structures and much more.

FYI – paracord doesn’t work as a suitable replacement for climbing rope, however in an emergency situation it may be a last resort that you can use while still keeping your bug out bag light enough to carry. If you have extra room, we highly recommend adding climbing rope if you absolutely believe you’ll need it.

8. Fishing Gear

If you have enough room for a fishing rod and reel, that’s great. However, only the basics are really necessary: lures, fish eggs, and fishing line will work.

You can always organize and cast the fishing line using a tin can, bottle, or stick.

If you can dig up worms with a flat stone, or even your axe or knife, that will help too. Grubs, caterpillars and other bugs also make great bait.

9. Poncho

In addition to being good as rain gear, a poncho can also be used for shelter and even for warmth if necessary.

It can also be used as an over-the-shoulder bag for carrying stuff, or it can be used to construct a travois, or litter, to carry wood, supplies, or an injured person.

10. Flashlight and Extra Batteries

A reliable, compact LED flashlight is indispensable for the purposes discussed here.

The ideal way to supplement a regular flashlight is to get one that recharges by turning the attached handle; the light does not last as long as a regular flashlight, but they are perfect for non-emergency use to save battery power in the LED flashlights.
And if you do run out of batteries, a rechargeable flashlight will at least provide you with some light.Remember that most batteries, after they have run out, will regenerate somewhat after a few weeks or longer if just left alone outside of the flashlight.
Also, if flashlights are going to be stored for days or longer, remove the batteries so they don’t slowly drain.Obviously, if you have a family to care for and protect, you should try to fit multiples of some of the aforementioned items, like: water purification and filtration items; first aid supplies, fishing gear and extra batteries.
If possible, each teen and adult should have their own multi-purpose tool, poncho, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and fishing gear in their own backpack or bug out bag.While the chances of such a disastrous event, one that would impact the entire United States or the world, may seem like science fiction, there are many conditions and situations that suggest the distinct potential for the worst case scenario.
Earth has a fragile ecosystem, which many think is being compromised by human irresponsibility; scientists do not discount major earthquakes or meteor crashes in our not-too-distant future; religious conflicts and terrorism are on the increase; reported extraterrestrial activities on and around our planet have also increased.Being prepared for any eventuality is always a good thing, and it is the prudent individual who takes heed. If you are of that mold, then the aforementioned 10 items should be in your survival plan.Keep this survival gear in mind.

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness Part 3

This is part 3 of the 7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness series..

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Being mentally tough is a very impressive way to live.

People that have this extraordinary ability have trained themselves to behave in this particular way.

Since it takes concentration and focus, you will need to understand that there are habits that these people utilize.

They practice these habits on a regular basis. It becomes second nature for them to be on top of things in order to get more done on a regular basis.

When you use the 7 habits of the mentally tough, you will able to have your life in order.

Mentally tough people have priorities that they stick to, and they continue to handle their responsibilities making them very successful in all areas of their life.

Here are the 7 habits that you can use to increase your mental toughness. You should begin to do them on a regular basis and practice them thoroughly.

1. Focus on what is important in your life.

Developing the ability to focus on certain issues takes training.

It’s important to write down your goals and attain them.

In order to reach your goals, you need to focus on them at all times so that you can succeed in getting what you want in life.

Take a small notebook and write down your goals.

As you achieve them, you can mark them off. Once you develop other goals write them down to.

Always strive to have a variety of goals that you want to achieve in your life so that you work hard to attain them at all times.

2. Do not concentrate on failures, but decide to remain positive about your successes.

The people that can see that they aren’t perfect have been able to continue to try to improve on their positive traits.

This allows them to leave the failures behind them and move on.

When you have something that goes wrong, and you inevitably will, it’s important to put it behind you.

Not everyone just goes through life getting everything that they want, but the trick is to not dwell on the bad aspects, but to totally increase your ability to see how well you have completed several accomplishments in your life.

Take a notebook and write down all of your accomplishments.

Concentrate on them so that you can always use them as a basis for your continuing successes.

This exercise is simple and works well.

You will know what all you have done and feel better about yourself in the process.

Never spend any time dwelling on your failures because it will lead to a lack of energy to increase the positive aspects into your life.

If someone you know or love has a problem with focusing on their successes and always complaining about their failures, you can have them practice concentrating on their successes too.

Sometimes having more people involved can lead to a great amount of positive energy.

3. Practice letting things that are no longer important to leave your mind so there is more room for what is important and retain it.

Since brain matter doesn’t retain everything all the time, you will want to let the unimportant things go.

When they are freed from the brain matter, there will be many more thoughts and processes that can enter the space.

Keep the great information, and what is outdated and from the past will be let go.

Once you get used to doing this, it becomes easier to let those unnecessary aspects out of your mind so that you don’t think of them.

Think of it like cleaning out your closet and getting rid of older clothes.

It’s the same kind of process with letting the older and outdated issues to leave your mind.

If it’s difficult for to do at first, just keep trying to let those parts of your memory leave and gradually they will.

4. There is always more than one way to get things done.

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It’s important to remember that there are always other avenues to take when something needs to be accomplished.

Mentally tough people know this. They are always looking for other ways to complete tasks in the fastest way possible. It’s a good habit to get into. Always look for other ways that will allow you to fit more into your life in an easy way.

A good way to put this into perspective is to think about a computer.

There is more than one way to save your projects, and they accomplish the same goal. This type of behavior is necessary in order to move onto bigger and better things in your life.

5. Just like a physical athlete trains their muscles, a mentally tough person needs to exercise their mind on a regular basis.

Learning more and staying interested is a must for the mentally tough. You will fare batter by striving to achieve more and more brainpower by doing mental exercises every day.

Crossword and word search puzzles are extremely beneficial for keeping the brain working and engaged. Lots of people enjoy gathering family and friends around them when they want to get involved in these types of puzzles to add power to their brains.

Reading the latest events will also keep your brain functioning well. Newspapers and the Internet provide excellent sources for having the information that you need right on hand.

6. Boredom will create a lackadaisical way of life, so it’s important that a person cultivate many interests in their life.

Getting bored will lead to complacency. Mentally tough people are never bored.

They create new and interesting things to do in their life in order to stay engaged in the present and look forward to the future.

They constantly strive to encourage themselves to find new and better pastimes that challenge themselves.

You will want to make sure that you have interesting things to do. If you do find yourself bored, strive to attain something else in your life that you can work at to bring back your interest in obtaining a healthier attitude.

Taking a class is a great way to develop a better mental attitude and keeping yourself from getting bored. You can take classes online so you can fit it in when it is convenient for you.

If you want to teach a class, is another way to keep from getting bored in your life. Helping others to learn something that you’re good at is a way to give to others and know that you are capable in that area.

7. Refuse to have a negative attitude, and cultivate positive influences in your life.

Having a negative attitude will bring you down in many areas of your life.

Make sure that you continue to look to the future with an open mind and heart. Mentally tough people see adversity as a catalyst to bring about changes that will benefit their life.

They don’t dwell on what is negative, but use it to help them to achieve even greater things in life.

Since this can be a difficult thing to do, you need to make sure that you’re constantly putting positive influences in your life instead of the negative issues that will always be present in life at one point or another.

This will get you in the habit of looking on the brighter side of things versus the opposite way. Having the ability to do this is something that you should strive for on a daily basis.

You can use positive affirmations on a daily basis to keep the negative aspects from taking over.

Have your positive affirmation somewhere that you will see them.

Good places to put them are your desk, your dresser or on a bathroom mirror.

Take a look at this video of Jessica’s Daily Affirmations and you’ll get the idea!

At work, you can keep them next to your workspace in order to be able to read them often. These positive affirmations allow you to be constantly giving yourself a boost and believing in the better aspects of life will increase your ability to handle the daily pressures in your life.

Practice these positive affirmations with other members of the family too. Allow them to get the advantages too.

Practicing reading them as a family is a good idea because it will develop family unity and encourage all members of the family to strive to make the most out of their lives too.

Being absolutely stringent on following these 7 habits will allow you to become a mentally tough person.

Since you can do these things on a regular basis, once you develop these habits, they will come easy and natural for you.

In all cases, becoming mentally tough can lead to remarkable successes in your life. It is something that you will want to strive for to increase the enjoyment you will have in all areas of your life.

A mentally tough person is a happy and healthy person too.

You can and will be able to be this type of person when you practice the 7 habits regularly.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Bushcraft

There’s a reason many people love to venture into the deep quiet and mystery of the woods.

Henry David Thoreau put it quite eloquently in his book Walden: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

But that fascination with the wooded wild does not always translate into safety, and in the end, you do want to come out alive. You must be prepared for a wilderness adventure by developing the essential survival skills that will see you through the length of the trip.

Are you considering a trip into the wild?


Would you call your survival skills a little less than perfect?

Have you always wanted to learn how to endure the elements and come out on the other side stronger and more resilient?

Then, follow our guide featuring the top “10 Things You Need To Know About Bushcraft.”

Bushcraft is a colloquial term for “wilderness skills.”

You don’t have to be a Boy or Girl Scout to master bushcraft — but you do need to be committed to practicing these skills and preparing for the terrain that awaits you.

It’s time.

Bushcraft 101 starts now:

1. Become an Amateur Botanist

A big part of surviving in the woods is knowing what resources you have freely around you that can help you.

That’s where your homework comes in.

You’ll need to study the plants, trees, fungi and other natural resources of the forest ahead of time.

By doing this, you’ll know if you can eat that wildflower, make a salad out of those plants and forage those ground mushrooms.

You’ll also know the plants you can’t touch or eat: Don’t eat the poison ivy!

It will take a little time to get good at identifying plants, but your goal is to become an amateur botanist in the process. Invest in a plant field guide to use as your cheat sheet.

2. Study Animal Tracks

Another important part of your homework for Buschcraft 101 is going to be to study animal tracks.

There are many types of animals in the woods — some of which can be very dangerous to you — so it’s important to know whether you are trailing a black bear or a friendly deer.

This also is a great opportunity to invest in a pocket field guide that will help you identify the tracks you see in the dirt, sand and snow.

3. Study the Night Sky

Your course and your navigation will change as the night approaches. It’s easy to get lost if you are hiking during the night, so being able to navigate your path using the sky as your guide is key.

Study the constellations so that you can orient yourself. Bring a long a compass that lights up in the darkness.

Use these in tandem, and you’ll be able to set yourself back on the right path — no matter where the night leads you.

4. Develop a Mental Tracking System

During the day, develop your own personal mental tracking system.

That means taking note of your steps from one landmark to other. You can use your smart phone or a pedometer to help you in this process.

You also can do an old-fashioned technique of marking your territory.

Bring along colorful strips of fabric or ribbon, and tie them to branches and trees along the way.

If you get lost, you can follow the ribbons back home.

5. Master Lighting a Fire in Undesirable Situations

Staying warm is key to survival in the woods, and part of learning bushcraft means that you’ll know how to light a fire in some of the most undesirable situations.

To that end, prepare ahead.

Pack a lighter and matches that will strike anywhere.



As you are trekking through the woods, collect kindling that is dry and dense.

You may find that it rains five miles down the path, and you’ll be thankful you collected that dry wood as you went along your way.

6. Learn to Chop Wood

If you’re at a campsite for a longer period of time, you may want to have an axe with you. This makes collecting and preparing dry, hearty firewood much easier.

You’ll need kindling to start a fire, but you’ll need more substantial pieces of wood to grow the fire and to keep it going in the night.

So purchase an axe, and then practice chopping wood in your spare time ahead of your trip.

Chopping wood is a strenuous activity that requires strength and concentration, so it’s a bushcraft skill that is very important to develop over time.

Build up your stamina before you’re out in the wild.

7. Learn to Fish with Simple Materials

Sometimes you’ll have the opportunity to diversify your camping diet with something more substantial than plants and nuts.

If you find yourself near water, then consider trying to catch fish. Sometimes you can catch fish and crabs with a simple fishing net.Bushcraft is a colloquial term for "wilderness skills."  You don't have to be a Boy or Girl Scout to master bushcraft...

That’s lightweight to pack and very helpful.

You also can make your own fishing rod using fishing hooks, fishing line and a strong branch.

8. Turn Water Into…

Well, maybe you can’t turn water into wine.

But you can expand your water supply by learning how to melt snow in order to turn it into water. Bushcraft skills are about adapting and using what you have around you to get what you need.

Melting snow is the perfect example of this.

Just make sure that you are prepared to purify that newly formed water.

You can pack water purification tablets and add them to the water to help protect your water supply and better protect against getting sick from waterborne bacteria.

9. Protect Your Food in a Tree Bundle

Critters and wood animals love your food, so rig a system to put all of your perishables into a pack or bundle that you can hang from a high branch on a tree.

It’s important to get the food off the ground and away from your tent, as animals are likely to approach you because of your proximity to a food supply.

You don’t want to be a bear’s dinner, so be safe with your food supply by getting off the ground and in the trees.

Even if an animal goes after your food bundle high in the trees, at least the animal will not be near you.

10. Build an Emergency Shelter

Finally, no how to build shelter no matter what the conditions may be.

If it is raining, learn how to hang a hammock with a tarp roof to keep you dry.

Learn how to set up a tent in the dark (Don’t forget your headlamp).

Know how to build a snow shelter should you encounter an unexpected snowstorm. Plus, always remember to keep your heating source outside of your emergency shelter.

You must do this to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

To get some practice, trying setting up an emergency shelter in your backyard that might address each of these extreme conditions.

Knowing how you will proceed will help you go into action when the time comes to seek dry, safe shelter in a hurry.