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7 Things You Should Know About Wilderness Survival

The wilderness is like women, can’t live with ‘em and can’t live without ‘em!

Perhaps that’s why they call it ‘Mother Nature’.

The thing about the wilderness is that as liberating and refreshing as it is, it also can be dangerous and angry, and at such times, it’s best to know a thing or two that might come in handy and maybe save your life.

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People who do indulge in the serenity of nature often are experts and have researched their way through before they had started their journey.

It’s better to know some tricks before you go out traveling, you never know what the future might have in store for you.

Here 7 things you should know about wilderness survival.

7) What to Eat and What Not to Eat

Do you know that there is a tree called Manchinee? It is so poisonous that rain water dripping from its leaves can burn your skin.

That’s one thing you should look out for.

There are books that distinguish poisonous plants from the non poisonous ones and plants are something that you should stay away from if you don’t know which ones they are.

This leaves you with two choices, either stick to animals and fish, or start learning about plants. Insects are tricky too, so before you go out in the field you should have full knowledge about what poisonous insects may lurk in that particular area.

I cannot place enough emphasis on this point, since consuming poisonous plants and/or insects while you are venturing through the wilderness can be fatal.

6) How to Make Your Own Fire

First you would need to fashion a dry wood with a knife or a sharp rock.

The dry wood should be relieved of its outer coating and another dry wood (this one should be smaller but have a good grip) should be used to rub against it to create friction and ultimately, fire.

The bigger piece of wood should have a flat surface on which the other wood can be rubbed against, without slipping off. Once both of the pieces of wood are ready you need some timber nest or the covering of a coconut to get started.

Sit on top of the bigger stick so it wouldn’t move and rub the tip of the smaller stick against the flat side of the wood until you are able to see smoke.

When you do, start rubbing harder and then, when you are certain it’s hot enough, place the timber nest on top of the smoking wood.

Be careful to not suffocate the smoke, fire needs oxygen too you know, so let it breathe.

Blow lightly over the nest until the fire ignites, voila!

5) Insect Danger

There is a type of worm usually found in tropical rainforests that can penetrate through your skin, lay eggs inside you and then after much pain and agony, kill you.

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Insects are surely one of the main things that you need to look out from.

They can crawl into your tent, in your sleeping bag, lay eggs in your drinks and much more without you ever finding out. They are the perfect criminals with untraceable crimes.

When out in the wilderness, make sure to have mosquito repellent and nets that can hover over you while you sleep.

4) Getting Food and Water

This doesn’t mean all that much if you don’t have enough food and water.

You need to make sure that you’re hydrated well during treks. You will also need to ensure that you have either ration bars to keep you up, or hunting materials like a rifle or fishing rods.

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Water purifiers are essential for you to survive for long.

Many times, you would see ponds and swamps, if you decide to drink the water from it, you could get sick. But with water purifiers, you can sip it all in, and imagine its usefulness the next time you’re thirsty and there’s no clean water.

Just multiply the feeling by hundred, because when you’re alone in the woods, there’s not much you can do and nobody by your side to hug it out with.

3) Animal Danger

There are whistles that produce ultrasound noises which can be very useful when you need to scare away some animals, but I suggest the traditional way; build a fire, because you need to be awake in order to blow a whistle and what if a bear comes halfway through the night?

A rifle can be used both in hunting and for protection against hungry wild beasts.

2) Calling For Help

Sometimes the solitude of nature can be very overwhelming, and when that happens, you can find yourself in desperate need of attention. This is what you do at such times:

Firstly, you would need an eye-catching colored piece of cloth and a stick from which you can make your very own flag and stick it into the ground at a high place from which tourists and helicopters can spot it.

Then you need to go out of your shelter every day to far off places, searching for people and before you come back, write something on the rocks or trees you pass by so if people see them, even when you’re not there, they would still know of your existence.

Write something like:

  • HELP
  • DATE
  • NAME

Also, remember to keep yourself highly visible in every way possible.

1) How to Make Your Own Compass

You’ll need a compass to guide you or else you wouldn’t know whether you’re going out of the forest or further in.

But to do so you’ll need a needle (a wire would also do just fine) and a magnet which you probably won’t have in the middle of the wilderness.

So, you’ll need a piece of cloth made out of silk or wool. You will need to rub the needle from eye to point for a bit and then place it on a leaf.

Let the leaf float on water with the needle on top of it and watch the needle first adjust itself, and then point north. Salvation!

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5 Things that Happened in 2015 in Green Power While You Weren’t Paying Attention

Green Power, or alternative energy, has been around since the beginning of time.

However, those which have harnessed the power of natural elements have generally been those which are not corporate minded.

Yet, as more and more people are turning to cost –effective energy and power options, developments are constantly on a global scale concerning Alternative Energy.

Here are 5 developments in Alternative Energy which have occurred since the beginning of 2015.

1) President Obama Announces Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015 President Obama announced that he is implementing a nationwide limit on Carbon Dioxide Emissions from power plants.

According to the report released by the White House, the bill will shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants.

The power which these plants provided will be subsidized with wind and solar power.

President Obama has also stated that “next-generation nuclear plants” may be an option as well.

The report from the White House states that the bill will force a decline in carbon dioxide emissions by 32% by the year 2030. Of course the baseline is not starting this year but will be back dated to 2005 (you get better results that way).

Each state will be responsible for meeting carbon pollution targets. Those states which do not meet the desired targets will be subject to government involvement.

2) REM 2015

REM (Renewable energy markets) will be hosting its 2015 summit in Washington DC October 18-20th.

The Summit has been around since 1996 and has focused on developing clean energy among the top industries.

The summit is the only conference of its kind currently.

Because the summit is internationally based, many of the ideas concerning Alternative Energy and green power legislation are birthed at REM.

The conference boasts that “80% of the top Green Power Purchasers in the US have attended REM”

The REM summit is not just limited to businesses (though that is the primary target) individuals which want to learn more about green energy and alternative power options can attend the two day summit.

Those which are serious about living off grid would do well to see what developments and technologies are being implemented in the coming year.

Technology usually starts at the corporate level and trickles down to the common market.

You can bet that if there is a new method of renewable energy presented at the summit that it will soon be marketed to the public.

3) EDF Closes sale on Catalina Solar Project

The EDF Renewable Energy Company closed the sale of the Catalina Solar 2 Project. 

The solar plant is located in Kern County, CA. 

Through this sale Southern California will be provided with an alternative, renewable energy (under the Southern California Edison) under a 20 year PPA.

Those which are concerned with off the grid living will be pleased to know that EDF is the U.S’s leading independent renewable energy provider.

EDF also has renewable energy plants in Canada and Mexico.

4) India continues to develop more renewable energy facilities as the population rises

India is the third largest energy consumer in the world due to its population of over a billion people. 

Where the country relies primarily on coal (a biomass form of energy), the demand cannot meet with the supply. 

As such the government is adding 15 gigawatts of capacity to its current plants with a expectancy of a total of 60 gigawatts being added by 2022.

Government involvement is still not enough to meet the energy needs and so many of the industries within India have contracted private companies to build solar and other renewable energy facilities within the country.

Such companies include the Welspun Group and the Essel Group.

Where we can hope that these steps will be a step forward in minimizing emissions, if nothing is done to the current situation (which has a 45% coal market and the third largest contributor globally of CO2), the renewable energy may not have much of an effect on the country.

5) Australian Labor party votes for a 50% renewable energy plan

On July 25th, 2015 the ALS (Australian Labor Party) passed a motion to take a 50% renewable energy target to be met by the year 2030.

The trading scheme will go to the 2016 elections in an effort to gain legal support on the commitment. 

Should the commitment get the support of the government, the bill would be around $60 billion to implement.

They would need to build 10,000 additional wind turbines and 80,000 additional gigawatt hours. However, this number is not definitive, as the ACIL has stated.

Current reductions in turbine costs, an increase in individual renewable energy living, reduction of the demand for electricity in the traditional sense, and other factors may drive the projected $60 bill down.

As you can see, there are some very big things to happen in Alternative Energy since 2015.

Survivalist and off the grid living technologies are likely to see a shift as America, Australia, Europe, and Asia commit to lowering their CO2 emissions.

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It is quite likely that countries will try to compete to have the “greener” country (think of the race to the moon just with alternative energy). 

This means that the prices of solar panels are likely to drop in order to gain “residential” investors, major corporations are likely to see incentives for wind turbines (especially tax credit credits) and housing developments will implement renewable energy as a major selling point for new developments.

The downside is that as these developments occur, smaller consumer green products are probably going to see a spike in prices.

As the “green” becomes the new norm, you can bet that retailer will jump on the wagon and try to milk the profits as best as they can. It is advised that you start getting your alternative energy supplies now (before the 2016 election) to avoid higher costs later.

5 Most Important Skills to Keep You Alive

So you think that you can survive on your own in the wild?

I hope so.

However, you may want to consider your disaster plan, your survival kit, and your emergency skills before you venture out on your own.

Don’t worry. You can get yourself fairly prepared for the worst case scenario with 5 essential skills.

1) Self Heimlich maneuver

As a prepper, your focus is to be self-sufficient.

More than likely you have a bug out bag, and a survival kit.

Yet, none of these preparations will do you a bit of good if you choke to death on a piece of beef jerky.

Being as you will more than likely be setting out by yourself in a survival situation, it is critical to know how to keep yourself from choking to death.

To perform the self-Heimlich maneuver:

Try to cough it up. Do not try to gag yourself as you will push down whatever it is you are chocking on.

Make a fist with your strong hand and place it right below the ribcage.

With your other hand hold your fist. Lean forward and drive the fist up.

If needed push your fist against blunt object (which will not impale you) to add to the force of the thrust.

Repeat if necessary.

2) How to treat a cut

There are two main types of cuts which preppers and survivalists will encounter.

There is the brush it off and man up cut (typically referred to as a scratch) and then there are those which require medical attention. 

For minor cuts and scratches just ensure that you clean the wound as you do not want it to get infected. Do not scratch it and let it scab over. For more serious cuts you will need to look in your survival kit and get the first aid kit.

For cuts which are one to perhaps two inches, you may be able to use superglue to hold the wound together.

Before applying the glue, clean out all debris from the wound.

Wash the cut with water and use rubbing alcohol if you have it. 

If the wound continues to bleed, apply pressure until the bleeding stops.

Then add the glue.

Ensure that you hold the cut closed and that you do not glue your fingers to the cut accidently (as you would have to snatch your fingers away from the cut and it would open and hurt twice as bad).

Cuts which are longer than one to two inches will require you to stitch the wound.

It is recommended that you do not try this on your own unless it is necessary.

Put an illustrated guide in your first aid kit as well as a sterile needle and thread for such situations.

3) How to put out a fire that gets out of control

Not all fires are created equal and each one has a different method of extinguishing it. Typically, you will want to cut the oxygen from the fire.

The easiest way to do this is with dirt. Yet, what happens when the fire is quickly spreading? Sure you could try water, but that is one of your key survival items. To put out a fire that is out of control:

If you started it with a grease do not use any type of liquid, you will only spread it

Dig a ditch as quickly as possible to protect contain the fire (throw the dirt on the fire as you dig to kill two birds with one stone)

Remove all large dry branches from the area. The more debris you clear the less it can burn

Reduce the wind to the fire. As fires need oxygen to survive, cutting down the wind will reduce the flame

Once you have made a containment ring and have minimized the oxygen and debris, start piling dirt on the fire. Work from the outside edge inwards

Number Four: Treat a sprained ankle

When in a survival situation, preppers may have to cover large spans of ground quickly.

Therefore, it is paramount that you know how to train a sprained ankle and still remain mobile. Where you will be slowed down in your progress, you will not be immobilized.

Use your emergency first aid kit from your survival kit to get gauze. Bind the leg so that is restricts the movement of the ankle.

If you have prepped for a situation where you can use a crutch by making a topper for your walking stick (similar to a bearing block) attach the topper and use the crutch for support.

If you do not have a crutch adapter made for your walking stick, you will need to find a forked branch about shoulder height to lean upon and serve as a crutch.

The downside to this is that there is no way that you can minimize the weight distribution on the leg really.

Your pack will either have to be rearranged so that the majority of the weight is on one side, that you can carry it by hand, or you will just have to make due.

Ideally, you will want to find a spot to rest for a day or so.

Keep in mind that a sprain can take up to 6 weeks to recover from.

5) Finding water and combating dehydration

Keeping yourself hydrated is the key to survival.

Finding water is relatively easy if you know how to go about finding it.

First, follow the animals. If you can follow deer trails (or other animal trails).

Animals like to stay close to water and so following them will lead you to water.

Secondly, if the temperature is high you will want to drink water every 30 minutes or so to keep from dehydrating.

Walk in shaded areas to keep yourself from overexertion.

8 Survival Gear Items you Literally Can’t Live Without

If you are preparing a survival kit for off grid living, then you need to ensure that you can do so effectively.

Stocking your bag with the proper survival gear is essential to ensuring your survival.

Here are 8 items which are a must.

1) Dehydrated Food

The first few days which you will be surviving will be the hardest. You will need to find food, construct a shelter, and find a source of water.

While you are doing these activities you must have some form of nutrients in order to keep yourself going.

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Dehydrated food can be used as a means to keep you going. Do not eat your entire stock, however, in the first few days.

You will need to reserve some of your dehydrated food for times when the game trail runs thin.

2) Water Purification tablets

Where it is true that you can boil water to purify it to an extent, you need to have a water purifier for the times when the water is clearly not stable.

Water purification tablets are lightweight (which is a critical factor to consider when packing your survival gear) and can be bought in large quantities.

As a survivalist, you will need to ensure that you have at least 3 days’ worth of water at all times.

Even if you have boiled the water, it is best to use a water purifier to kill any bacterium which might have formed throughout the time in storage.

3) A Leatherman Multitool

Apart from your standard buck knife, you will need to have a Leatherman multitool with a large range of tools.

Again, this is for the storage considerations as well as for the functionality.

Consider how much space a saw, screwdriver, knife, file, tweezers, magnifying glass, and scissors would take up in your survival gear if packed separately.

It is recommended that you store your Leatherman in an area where water and dirt cannot get into the crevices and damage it (I would recommend storing it in a rolled up sock).

4) Socks

Ask anyone who has been in the army or in a survivalist situation and they will tell you that the key to keeping yourself healthy is to keep your feet dry and warm.

Wet feet can quickly immobilize anyone, especially in conditions where the foot has sweated and become irritated from walking.

When walking through streams and wet areas, it is advised that you change your socks to keep fungus and other cont Pack plenty of socks in your survival gear.

Not only will you keep your feet safe from developing athlete’s foot and other funguses, but the socks can also be used for storage, strainers, and if needed emergency bandage strips.

5) A hand axe/hatchet

Much of your survival will depend on your ability to utilize nature to your advantage.

However, if you do not have anything in which to make new tools, you are greatly at a disadvantage.

A common knife will not be enough to maintain the tools which you need.

Lumber will need to be cut in order to make shelters, spoons, bowls and fishing spears. 

Also, the axe will be needed when larger game (such as deer or goose for example) needs to be cleaned.

A standard knife simply is not strong enough to cut through some bone and tissue.

The hand axe can also be used as a backup knife if needed. Alongside your axe and knife should be a whetstone to keep it sharp. A blade that is dull is not of any use.

6) Flint and Steel

A survivalist will need to stay warm as well as cook food.

Where you could make a bowdrill, the materials to do so may not be readily available or the weather conditions may not allow for you to get a fire started in that manner.

Flint and steel should be kept in your survival gear as a backup for when you cannot start a fire from other methods.

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Store each separately, not to avoid starting a fire by accident (which is very rare but it could happen), but to avoid chipping of the precious material.

When possible collect additional flint. If you run out of steel, you can use the back of your knife as a substitute.

If you prefer, you can also purchase steel strips or flint and steel packs.

These are great tools to get you started.

However, you do need to know how to identify flint so that should you run out you are not without a fire.

7) A first aid kit

Common sense would dictate that you pack some form of medical treatment.

Yet, for those that need it stated, pack a first aid kit. Ensure that it has gauze, bandages, antibacterial cream, a needle, thread, superglue, aloe for burns, a thermometer (solar powered), tweezers, and fingernail clippers. You may also want to include an arm sling if you can.

Allocating a substantial amount of space to your first aid kit is necessary for your survival gear. Where some would focus on the clothing and the food, it would be more beneficial if the survivalist was well prepared for situations which are uncontrollable and outside of nature.

8 ) A complete guide to Plants and Herbs

When you are in survival mode, especially if you have been a few days without food, your mind may not recognize potential food or toxins.

A plant and herb book will help you to quickly and appropriately identify whether or not a berry bush will provide you with nourishment or with poison.

We all know not to eat the red mushrooms, but which ones can you eat?

What plants can be used for toilet paper?

What plants can be used to help a toothache?

A plant and herb guide should be able to answer some if not all of these questions for you.

11 Things I Wish I Knew About Prepping When I First Started

Modern estimates show that there are as many as 3 million preppers in the United States alone as more people than ever are noticing just how unstable the world can be.

Everyone has their own reasons for prepping and this will affect how they approach this ongoing process, but there are some common mistakes that most beginning preppers tend to make.

For those that are ready to ensure the safety of their family and loved ones in the event of a disaster, here are 11 important tips to keep in mind when setting off on this journey.

1. Start Living Below Your Means

The start of this process is all about taking a hard look at one’s life and figuring out what is necessary and what can be left by the wayside.

Beginning preppers should do everything in their power to not just live within their means, but to start living below their means.

Whether it is putting off a new luxury car or finishing paying off debt, no one wants to begin prepping with huge monthly bills and ongoing debt.

Even something as simple as cutting back on eating out or taking a few movie channels off the cable bill is a great place to start.

2. Remember Those with Special Needs

If you have begun prepping you most likely have at least a handful of family members and close friends that must be taken into consideration.

In addition to the basics such as food, water, and shelter, it is also important to begin planning for any special needs and medical considerations.

Some may need a large supply of insulin shots or other medication while others need to stock up on some extra pairs of glasses or contacts.

3. Stay Healthy

There is nothing as important to prepping as ensuring that you and your family are as healthy as possible.

When a disaster occurs there is simply no way to plan for exactly what will unfold, but a healthy and in-shape individual is going to be at a distinct advantage.

Healthy people are more likely to survive extreme weather changes or even fend off a common cold or flu that can turn deadly when there is no medical infrastructure.

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4. Make Plans for Work and School

In an ideal situation a family is going to be together within a few steps of their essential gear when a catastrophe does take place, but the chances of this are somewhat slim.

Couples and families with children need to consider their options when they are at school, at work, or even across town getting groceries.

At the very least, this should include a place to meet and a timeframe for meeting no matter everyone’s location.

5. Have Access to Important Documents

Every family member should have ready access to important documents including passports, drivers licenses, marriage certificates, and ownership papers for one’s property and vehicles.

The physical papers should ideally be kept in a waterproof bag inside of a water-resistant safe with a combination that immediate family members know.

It is also a good idea to keep a few flash drives around with all of this information lus some digital survival guides.

6. Determine the Most Likely Natural Disasters in Your Area

There is no single style of prepping that is right for every family in every location, and this means that some time must be taken to personalize a plan according to one’s unique needs.

A global food shortage or severe drop in the stock market make affect the entire world, but families should also take a look at localized disasters such as flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, or wildfires that are likely to occur near their home or shelter.

7. Plan for Entertainment

Having some sort of plan for entertainment is nearly as important as any other step in this process.

Many families will cover the essentials of survival, but this could be a major mistake if a long-term disaster takes place.

One major component of survival is optimism, and this is going to require a positive mindset.

There are few ways better to keep one’s spirit up than to have at least some form of entertainment or way to pass the time.

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8. Become a Good Neighbor

Immediate family members are always going to come first, but what happens when you need to rely on your neighbor for something after a disaster?

The most logical step is to prepare for every eventuality, but no matter how well one plans, a friendly, loyal, and helpful neighbor could be invaluable.

Staying on good terms with a neighbor and maybe even getting them into the prepping lifestyle can go a long ways.

9. Always Compare Prices

banner-2One of the biggest issues for most preppers comes down to the overall costs.

Bunkers, defensive gear, food, and other supplies can quickly move into the range of millions, but this is only one extreme end of the spectrum.

Taking the time to compare prices is a great way to keep expenses as low as possible.

Instead of making all of the purchases at once, preppers should keep a running list of goods that they need and then pick up the extras as they go on sale.

 

10. Test Everything Yourself

Prepping is about much more than reading a survival manual or picking up some tips from old preppers.

A true survivalist is going to thoroughly test every single part of their plan and every single piece of equipment before the big day happens.

Some of the survival skills that may be required after a catastrophe will take some time and practice in order to get right amidst chaos.

11. Continue Taking Baby Steps

A final tip for new preppers is to remember that this is an ongoing process and it will often take baby steps as well as some trial-and-error.

Once the basics of food, hydration, self-defense, and shelter have been collected, many of the other items can be picked up over time. Attempting to tackle this project in a single go will often lead to frustration, and frustration will result in mistakes.

Developing a survivalist mindset is the most important part of preparing for any disaster or chaotic mishap. These few tips will help all new preppers on their path towards not only surviving a worldwide event, but to thrive when any of these catastrophes take place in the coming years.

How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrator From… Beer Cans?

This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! If you produce your own vegetable crops, you’ll know that many of them ripen within a very short period of time, leaving you with way more than you can eat fresh – so it’s necessary to find ways to store your surplus produce for the remainder of the year. If you live in a sunny climate, a solar dehydrator can save on both the purchase (easily $500) and the running cost of an electric dehydrator or a freezer and reduce the space needed for home freezing or canning/bottling. 

 

Why Dry Food?

Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! They’re also great if you’re out back-packing and need to carry lightweight supplies.

The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. Rick gives us good instructions and a clear view of all the steps of the creation process so it’s possible for anyone who has basic DIY skills to have a go.

As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. The other would be to add some fly-screen to the air intake and top vent to keep any bugs out. I would rate this as very important! Also it might help to bring the dehydrator indoors at night to avoid damp getting in.

 

How to make the most of this device

Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.

To use spray paint, like this inventor does, it’s crucial to use the right kind of face mask for the solvent vapor or use paint with a brush to stay safe. There could also be concerns about toxic chemicals in treated timber (I would definitely use untreated timber (and perhaps paint the outside surface to preserve it) and food-safe silicone would do instead of glue.

This kind of dryer would also be ideal for quick drying of onions or garlic after lifting before they are stored for the winter.

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What are these Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers that Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US?

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Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD’s CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500,  a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.

Goldsmith told Popular Science: ” Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there.

Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.

“Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that’s listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don’t really know whose they are,” Goldsmith said to Popular Science.

It’s probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported:

Not the NSA, cloud security firm SilverSky CTO/SVP Andrew Jaquith told us. “The NSA doesn’t need a fake tower,” he said. “They can just go to the carrier” to tap your line.

ComputerWorld points out that the fake towers give themselves away by crushing down the performance of your phone from 4G to 2G while the intercept is taking place. So if you see your phone operating on a slow download signal while you’re near a military base … maybe make that call from somewhere else.

In an amazing coincidence, police departments in a handful of U.S. cities have been operating “Stingray” or “Hailstorm” towers, which — you guessed it — conduct surveillance on mobile phone activity. They do that by jamming mobile phone signals, forcing phones to drop down from 4G and 3G network bands to the older, more insecure 2G band

 

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10 Survival Tips for SHTF Scenarios

In a SHTF scenario, all things are possible.

From a nuclear explosion to civil war, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. The problem is that most people think that they are prepared, when in fact they are not.

So, in order to better prepare you for the unthinkable, we have compiled a list of 10 things that will better help you when shit hits the fan. 

1.The City WILL Fall

If you live in a large city, you may want to rethink that. When hell breaks loose, the city will crumble. People will be fighting, stealing, raping and murdering, and you do not want yourself or your family caught in the cross-hairs.

If you are unable to leave the city, you should invest in either property in a rural area or invest in friends who own property in a rural area. Make sure that you are honing in on all of your skills though, most people will deny you access to their land and goods if you have nothing to bring to the table. 

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2.Evacuation Route

No matter where you reside, you will need a couple of evacuation routes.

So what if you have the PERFECT plan laid out. If that route has been blocked, damaged or made impassable, you will need a secondary one.

When deciding which route is best, make sure that you take the road least taken. In other words, do not take common exits and routes that are well known.

When chaos ensues, you will realize that everyone else is taking the same road, you will be better off and able to move quicker if you are not having to stop and wait for traffic. 

3.Diesel Vehicles

So, you bought a Prius? Well, when the grid goes down, so does that smart, high gas mileage car. It doesn’t matter if you drive one, as long as you have another hard-fuel vehicle ready.

Diesel will be more readily available than gasoline. If you get something that is military-grade diesel, you will also be able to use things like rotten/dried leaves as a means to make your own fuel.

Do some research about how to do that now because when SHTF, you will not have time. 

4.Self Defense

Self-defense does not mean carrying a gun that you have never shot. Self-defense means knowing multiple ways of how to defend yourself and your family in a bad situation.

Whether you are trying to escape a rabid dog or trying to overpower someone whose goal is to hurt you, self-defense is essential to survival.

You can start with reading this article about 10 self-defense techniques everyone should know.

5.Stay Fit

All of the escape routes, self-defense maneuvers and survival skills that you have learned will get you nowhere if you cannot outrun the situation.

You need to start working out and exercising now because you will not have time to hit the gym when things get rough. 

6.Basic Survival Skills

You will need to know AT LEAST your basic survival skills.

You should be figuring out how to catch your own food, how to sew basic stitches, start fires, find and filter clean drinking water, CPR and even which plants are poisonous. If you cannot distinguish poison ivy from an English Ivy, you need more lessons!

Survival is more than getting away from the bad people. It is surviving on your own when you have no one else to turn to. 

7.Advanced Survival Skills

So, you know how to do everything in number six?

Well, now you need to start worrying about other things. If you don’t know how to shoot a bow, this lesson could really help you in a survival situation.

You should be learning how to track animals and people, how to use different vines to make cords, how to store food so that it doesn’t go bad and anything else that could help you.

Think outside of the box because everyone and everything else will be trying to survive as well.

8.Discover your Inner BOB

You don’t know who BOB is?

Oh, well, you need to get to work on that! BOB mean bug-out bag. In a bug-out bag, you will have everything that you need in a hurry up and go situation.

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You will have things like first aid kit, fishing twine, water, food, firearm with extra ammo, raincoat (these are handy for so many different survival things), medications and anything else that you think is necessary to have at all time.

So, discover your inner BOB, make friends with him and get your butt in gear.

One last note, do not pack the bag so much that you cannot carry it because then it is useless.

9.Food and Equipment Trail

If you already have your evacuation route planned, you should start thinking about other things.

In an emergency situation, you may not have time to pack up your car, so you need to have some necessities stored along your evacuation route.

If you are traveling country roads, dig a whole near a familiar landmark and bury some essential items in it. You would be amazed at how much you can store along your route, and how handy this will become. 

10.Be Mentally Prepared

All the primping and prepping will be useless if you have not mentally prepared yourself for an emergency situation. You should start going on survival camp-outs, now.

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You should have timed drills using your escape route. You need to make sure that all of your hard work pays off.

Basically, you need to think like you are the last person (or family) on Earth who is sane and in control of the situation. There are many other ways to plan for a survival situation, but this list is a great place to start if you are just beginning your trek to surviving ultimate demise.

BREAKING: California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Handgun Ban AB 1964

 

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The following is a press release from CAL-FFL,

Democrat-authored Assembly Bill 1964 will further criminalize the sale of handguns to law-abiding, background-checked Californians.

ROSEVILLE, CA (July 18, 2014) — In a Legislative Update issued earlier today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed Assembly Bill 1964 (Dickinson), a measure that will eliminate the “single shot” exemption to California’s Roster of “not unsafe” handguns. AB 1964’s changes to section 32100 of the California Penal Code, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015, will make it virtually impossible for law-abiding residents of the Golden State to acquire a “non-Roster” handgun in common use for lawful purposes, like self-defense.

In an October 11, 2013, veto message for Assemblyman Dickinson’s previous handgun ban attempt, Brown said, “AB 169 would close a loophole in the single-shot exemption. That makes sense.”

“I wish I could say that we were shocked by the Governor’s irrational decision to sign AB 1964,” explained Brandon Combs, president of California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees(CAL-FFL). “Sadly, the status quo for elitist Sacramento politicians is to ignore the Constitution and act with blatant hostility towards our Second Amendment civil rights and sound public policy.”

“While we are certainly disappointed by Governor Brown’s support of AB 1964, we are also more committed than ever to fight every last attack on our right to keep and bear arms,” Combs concluded. “This is just one bill of many on our radar, and we encourage our friends in the firearms community to steel their resolve and focus on the upcoming battles in August when the Legislature reconvenes.”

To read CAL-FFL’s veto request and for more information about AB 1964, please visit http://www.calffl.org/2014/07/cal-ffl-asks-gov-brown-veto-handgun-ban-bill-ab-1964.

Gun rights supporters can oppose the remaining gun control bills by sending a letter to members of the California Legislature and Governor Brown at http://www.DemandRights.org.

California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL) is California’s most tenacious and complete advocacy group for Second Amendment and related rights, with over 100,000 individual supporters and members including firearm dealers, training professionals, shooting ranges, collectors, gun owners, and others who participate in the firearms ecosystem. CAL-FFL advances the interests of its members and the general public through direct lobbying, legal actions, education, and public outreach.

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Media Contact:

Brandon Combs, President
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5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

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I came across this list of 5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading and had to share it with you…

Usually I point my readers toward a specific article on other sites that I found particularly useful and wanted to share. Today I’m giving you my list of 5 survival blogs I think you should be reading. All five were chosen because they each regularly publish quality survival and prepping information for you.

*In No particular order

1. The Survival Blog – Jim Rawles’ Survival Blog is one of our favorites and rightfully so, he writes interesting articles and his reader’s submissions are excellent.

2. The Survival Mom – Lisa, the Survival Mom, is a great resource for the modern survivalist prepper with a family. The term “survivalist” usually brings images of men clinging to their guns in the wilderness but The Survival Mom provides regular people with great ideas for prepping in everyday life. (Like the Survival Mom Vehicle Kit)

Click here to read the other 3 Survival Blogs –> 5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

How To Disappear In The Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial

We came across this article and had to share… we’re sharing the beginning and you can read the rest with the link included at the end of the article if you want to learn more!

You never know when you might need natural camouflage.  Whether to escape and evade or to hunt and stalk, blending into the wilderness around you might be a necessary part of your survival scenario one day and it’s important that you understand the basics.  Luckily, the process is fool-proof – and – surprisingly fast.

THE BASE LAYER

It all starts with muddin’ up!  It goes without saying that this method of natural camo lends itself to warm weather scenarios.  This process also works much better on BARE SKIN.  I started the whole process by striping down to my skivvys and then scooped some goopy clay-mud mix from the edge of the pond.  There’s really no delicate way to do this – just smear it on!  I had to go Garden of Eden style in these shots with a Burdock leaf for the sake of decency.

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Get it on nice and thick.  A thick, wet base layer is critical.  Once you’re all mudded up, the next step is pretty easy.

 

DUFF AND FOREST DEBRIS

Forest duff, debris and leaf litter cover the floor in every type of forest environment.  What better material to use than the stuff that exists naturally in the area that you’re in.  Just grab handfuls of forest debris and slap it all over your wet gooey base layer.  It will stick and as the mud dries, it will become cemented into place.  You can even roll on the ground.  You’ll be surprised what your fly-paper like body will pick up.

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Read the rest of the article: How To Disappear In The Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial

Later Amendments (11-27)

This is a continuation of our post sharing the Bill of Rights.

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Later Amendments

Amendment 11

Lawsuits against states

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

February 7, 1795.

Amendment 12

Presidential elections

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;–The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;–The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.]* The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

June 15, 1804.
Superseded by Section 3 of the Twentieth Amendment.

Amendment 13

Abolition of slavery

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce these article by appropriate legislation.

December 6, 1865.

Amendment 14

Civil rights

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

July 9, 1868.

Amendment 15

Black suffrage

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

February 3, 1870.

Amendment 16

Income taxes

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

February 3, 1913.

Amendment 17

Senatorial elections

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislature.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

April 8, 1913.

Amendment 18

Prohibition of liquor

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

January 16, 1919. Repealed by the Twenty-First, December 5, 1933.

Amendment 19

Women’s suffrage

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

August 18, 1920.

Amendment 20

Terms of office

Section 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Section 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Section 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

Section 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.

Section 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

January 23, 1933.

Amendment 21

Repeal of Prohibition

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. The article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

December 5, 1933.

Amendment 22

Term Limits for the Presidency

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

February 27, 1951.

Amendment 23

Washington, D.C., suffrage

Section 1. The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

March 29, 1961.

Amendment 24

Abolition of poll taxes

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

January 23, 1964.

Amendment 25

Presidential succession

Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

February 10, 1967.

Amendment 26

18-year-old suffrage

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

June 30, 1971.

Amendment 27

Congressional pay raises

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

May 7, 1992. (Note: Congress submitted the text of this amendment as part of the proposed Bill of Rights on September 27, 1789. The Amendment was not ratified together with the first ten Amendments.)

Original Source: USHistory.org 

The Bill of Rights

Too often it seems that we forget what our rights our as citizens of the United States of America. With everything that has been going on throughout the country it’s important that we pay attention to our unalienable rights to protect ourselves and prepare ourselves for anything.

Be sure to share this article with everyone you know so that they are aware of their rights as well. The more that we spread this, the more people will start to wake up.

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Original Ten Amendments: The Bill of Rights

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789.
Ratified December 15, 1791.

Amendment I

Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

Right to bear arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

Quartering of soldiers

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

Search and arrest

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

Rights in criminal cases

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

Right to a fair trial

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

Rights in civil cases

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Bail, fines, punishment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

Rights retained by the People

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

States’ rights

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

 

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Click here to read Amendments 11-27

93-Year-Old Legend Living Off The Land In California Wilderness

Meet Jack English

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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.”

Here’s some Resources to Live Off The Grid

 

 

7 More Tips for Living Off The Grid

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.

  • Ditch the Social Network

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.

  • Go Down the Internet’s Rabbit Hole

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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  • Pay Off Your Debts

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.

  • Reduce Radio Interference

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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  • Reduce Your Appliance Usage

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.

  • Change Your Mode of Transportation

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.

  • Create a Stockpile

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.