It confounds me to no end that every Thanksgiving, a day in which we give thanks for all that we have, is immediately followed by a day created by retailers to prey on us by luring us in with the prospect of a deep discount on an item that we want.
The display of people at their most vicious and greedy never fails to put me in a state of shock. The fact that a riot will break out over a video game or this year’s hot new doll is almost sickening. Yet at the same time I can understand it.
The holidays put a strain on our pocketbooks as well as our good graces, the appeal of getting a good deal on something while being in a crowded area with others that have the exact same goal as you, instantly puts you into a survival mode; much like hyenas surrounding a water buffalo.
Your adrenaline is high and our instinctual competitive drive kicks in, when these two things combine it is a recipe for violence. Adding in the fact that the economy is weak and people have less to spend each year that it fails to improve and that makes black Friday an infinitely amount more toxic.
Below is just a small sampling of the violence created out of otherwise good people just looking for a deal.
In 2006, a man in Roanoke, Virginia shopping at Best Buy was recorded on video assaulting another shopper.Unruly Wal-Mart shoppers at a store outside Columbus, Ohio, quickly flooded in the doors at opening, pinning several employees against stacks of merchandise.Nine shoppers in a California mall were injured, including an elderly woman who had to be taken to the hospital, when the crowd rushed to grab gift certificates that had been released from the ceiling
In 2008 a crowd of approximately 2,000 shoppers in Valley Stream, New York, waited outside for the 5:00 am opening of the local Wal-Mart. As opening time approached the crowd grew anxious and when the doors were opened the crowd pushed forward, breaking the door down, and trampling a 34-year old employee to death.
The shoppers did not appear concerned with the victim’s fate, expressing refusal to halt their stampede when other employees attempted to intervene and help the injured employee, complaining that they had been waiting in the cold and were not willing to wait any longer. Shoppers had begun assembling as early as 9:00 the evening before.
Even when police arrived and attempted to render aid to the injured man, shoppers continued to pour in, shoving and pushing the officers as they made their way into the store. Several other people incurred minor injuries, including a pregnant woman who had to be taken to the hospital.
The incident may be the first case of a death occurring during Black Friday sales; according to the National Retail Federation, “We are not aware of any other circumstances where a retail employee has died working on the day after Thanksgiving.”
During Black Friday 2010, a Madison, Wisconsin woman was arrested outside of a Toys ‘R’ Us store after cutting in line, and threatening to shoot other shoppers who tried to object. A Toys for Tots volunteer in Georgia was stabbed by a shoplifter.An Indianapolis woman was arrested after causing a disturbance by arguing with other Wal-Mart shoppers.
She had been asked to leave the store, but refused. A man was arrested at a Florida Wal-Mart on drug and weapons charges after other shoppers waiting in line for the store to open noticed that he was carrying a handgun and reported the matter to police.
He was discovered to also be carrying two knives and a pepper spray grenade. A man in, was trampled when doors opened at a Target store and unruly shoppers rushed in, in an episode reminiscent of the deadly 2008 Wal-Mart stampede
On Black Friday 2011, a woman at a Porter Ranch California Wal-Mart used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings.
It was later reported that the incident caused 20 injuries. The incident started as people waited in line for the new Xbox 360. A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. The witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line.
Another account stated: “The store had brought out a crate of discounted Xbox video game players, and a crowd had formed to wait for the unwrapping, when the woman began spraying people ‘in order to get an advantage,’ according to the police. In an incident outside a Wal-Mart store in San Leandro, California, one man was wounded after being shot following Black Friday shopping at about 1:45 am
It doesn’t even have to necessarily be Black Friday for violence to break out on the holidays. Last year I personally saw two women get into a fist fight over a frozen turkey. Also please be aware that Black Friday is starting much earlier this year so tensions will already be high this week as people ramp up for the sales. My advice to you is to stay home and enjoy the time with your family, it is much more important than a shiny new toy.
With that being said, I won’t fault anyone for choosing to head out into the cold come Friday morning, but if you do make sure that you keep calm, no toy or electronic gadget is worth losing a life… or taking a life over.
Be sure to check my next newsletter where I will give you some tips on how to react and what to do should you be caught in the middle of mob or swept up in a riot on Black Friday or any other day.
There are numerous devices available that will filtrate water while outdoors; however, how do you filtrate water for survival when these water filtration devices are no longer available? Our ancestors filtrated dirty water for survival while traveling, hunting, migrating, etc. and survived with this information passed down to us today. Although there are several fancy gimmicks available on the market that make filtrating water much easier it is nevertheless extremely important to have basic survival knowledge memorized for the worst case scenario.
No matter the situation, if you find yourself at the mercy of nature searching for clean water for survival the first most basic tip will be to boil it. This does not work with all water found just forms of safe drinking water such as water found in running streams, rivers, snow melt, etc. Especially if this water will be collected in large amounts for many people the water will need to be boiled as to ensure its purity.
Although commonly a quick sip can be taken from streams, rivers, or other forms of running water it is extremely important to boil the water as long as more than a few cups worth are collected. Be sure to play it safe when collecting large quantities of water, although it may appear clean it may not always be.
If on the “go” and water is very scarce than use moss to filtrate small amounts of water found. Sometimes moisture has already been collected inside of moss and can be squeezed and sipped. As well as moss will remove large debris that can be found in the water and is unsafe to drink. Moss does not however purify water entirely however.
Use moss to sip from small quantities of water found by absorbing the water within the moss and squeezing like a sponge. This method will not work so great on extremely muddy or dirty water but will work on water that may appear slightly “iffy” upon appearance. The sponge method can also be used with the moss for collecting small amounts of water to fill a canteen or water bottle with. Be sure to keep this method in mind if resources are scarce and travel on foot is long.
Believe it or not some of the elements that can be found in nature can be used as part of a filtration unit. For example, rock, gravel, and even pulverized charcoal are all used in filtration units to purify water. These units can be quickly built with elements that can be found in nature around you especially if water is muddy or dirty to an unsafe drinking extent.
If collecting water in the quantity of just a few cups worth than collect either sand or gravel or possibly a mixture of both in a small container. Cut or poke very small holes at the bottom of the container to let the water drain through. Fill the container with water and collect the water that falls through at the bottom, repeat this method if water still looks questionable. If collecting water for a larger quantity than a larger container can be used under the same method. Once the water has been cycled through the filtration unit two to three times than boil the water to ensure purity. With this method of filtration it is important to always boil the water afterwards prior to consuming.
The quality of life you will have after a grid collapse depends on the choices you make today. In the end, it’s all about choices. You have the opportunity, right now, to make your life after the grid comfortable and worry-free or one of constant struggle to survive. The choice is yours.
There are solutions available, and there are people who can help you. But you must take the initiative. What you do after reading this article could determine your lifestyle tomorrow.
You can choose to enjoy a beautiful off-grid home with plenty of food, water, good shelter, safety, security, and electrical power. Do your homework. Determine what you have and the how fast you use up these resources—your burn rate. Then decide how many resources you will accept in an adapted lifestyle. As you identify your needs, strive to meet as many as you can. We’d all like to have a 20kW system that is 100% available and costs little to buy. But only a few can afford this.
If you can’t have it all, then decide how much you can have and develop a plan for obtaining the additional resources that are currently not in your home power generation system. If you’re following your plan and the “event” happens, quickly adapt to your new reality and move forward. Implement and activate what you have, and seek to improve on this condition.
For example, if you have a backup generator, use it sparingly. If you have a natural gas generator, use it wisely. A backup generator running on natural gas is great, but how long can you count on NG gas being available? The same goes for gasoline or propane. What if propane fuel trucks can’t get there and you can’t buy gas? How long will your backup generator keep working before it sputters and stops?
If a fuel supply runs out and you can’t get more fuel, adapt. Switch to a secondary power source. Perhaps you can use solar panels that charge a bank of batteries. Remember how long these batteries can last (amp hours) and how long it will take to charge them back up. A 30 amp-hour battery can (theoretically) put out 30 amps for 1 hour. Or it can put out 5 amps for 6 hours. (Recall the articles I wrote on actual battery discharge and recharge times.)
Can you power all your electrical needs 24/7? Yes, but you’ll need a lot of power generation capability. A 20 kW propane generator will consume between 1.9 and 2.9 gallons of fuel per hour. Thus if you have a full 300 gallon tank, the generator should run for over 100 hours before it shuts down. If no propane supply trucks are available, then switch to another power source.
You can manage your electric consumption and really extend your electrical resources. Suppose your home is equipped with the following:
11 cu ft refrigerator with a 6 cu ft freezer – 685 watts, 5.7A
Before power goes out, prioritize and list these resources. In the next column, list the electric generation capability you currently have. Then study your list and compare it to your power generation capability. Do you really need each of the electricity consuming resources? Can you adapt to live without some? Can you shift to a circadian day-night lifestyle? You may not be able to generate 220 VAC for your dryer. Perhaps you could hang clothes out to dry.
You could consider investing in a DC refrigerator or freezer. They’re rated in cubic feet and by watt hours consumed per day. Here are some examples:
The efficiency of these can be improved and watt hours/day duty cycle decreased by gluing foam board insulation to the outside of these appliances. In one case, a 30% duty cycle and 480 watt hours/day consumption rating on a 70 degree day can be reduced with insulation to 15% duty cycle and 240 watt hours/day. You still need a good, reliable DC power source. Power management is the key. Try not to use your heavy power users at the same time.
And don’t try to do everything in your post-power grid world yourself. Seek others with similar interests, and form collaboration communities. Share resources when you can. And share knowledge. Don’t hold back. By sharing ideas and skills you help others succeed. They’ll help you succeed. By being part of a survival community many doors will open to you and you’ll enjoy mutual security in numbers. Use your talents, gifts, and skills to benefit the community. And participate in community events. At each gathering you’ll get ideas you can use. Soon the quality of life will improve for everyone and you’ll realize that we’re all connected.
If everyone does what they can to create real value for the community, sustainability will occur and threats to the power grid will no longer cause fear and helplessness. Don’t dwell on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have. Optimize on what you have for the benefit of all.
There are many ways to generate electricity. Be open for new ideas and new ways to light your world. Those ways are out there. You actually can enjoy sustainable electricity and thrive as a collective and sharing community.
The recent terror attacks in Paris caused Lisa and I to have a conversation about why prepping is looked upon as overreacting and unnecessary. The answer is very simple…
With the way preppers are portrayed on television and the internet you would think that all preppers have thousands or rounds of ammunition, enough food to feed an army and a tank parked in the garage. While these people are out there, this is not an accurate representation of preppers.
For anyone who is reading this and is not a prepper, or is wondering what prepping is all about, this article will explain why we preppers aren’t so crazy after all, and why prepping is about more than worst case scenario.
75 to 100 years ago prepping might have been a little excessive, but then again if you look at how people lived 100 years ago it’s not so different than what we preppers strive to be.
I’m not saying that preppers are trying to move away from technology, I’m saying we strive to be less dependent on it and learn how to live without it. Just about everything we do these days relies on a computer program in one way or another, and while these are great and convenient it wouldn’t take much to disrupt the system.
As the world gets smaller and technology grows it becomes easier for the bad guys to expend their reach and disrupt our lives from anywhere on the planet. We’re not fighting with swards and shields anymore, were fighting with bombs and technology.
These disaster scenarios that we think about are just symptoms of the real problem. It doesn’t have to be a nuclear attack, or Martial law, or even a financial collapse to turn our lives upside down, it can be something or someone right next door.
In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about a number of tipics ranging from why we prepare, to what we prepare for, to digging deeper into why we all do this in the first place. Here are a few subjects we covered in this week’s show.
For many preppers, getting started is the hardest part.
After all, as we’ve said before, becoming a prepper or a survivalist is a total upheaval of your lifestyle. You start to look at things in a totally different light. We’re not paranoid, but we’re aware of our surroundings and we know how and when to take action if it’s needed.
Part of this lifestyle is being equipped with the appropriate supplies. This in itesellf can seem like a daunting task for new preppers. It seems like every website I come across has a different list of “10 items every prepper MUST have!” or “10 SHTF supplies you don’t want to be caught without.”
The truth is, we don’t all have the time, money or resources to acquire all this stuff right away, and a lot of it isn’t even necessary to begin with. To get started as a prepper, you need to go back to the basics and start by collecting the items that are absolute essentials for survival.
The video below is a great example. It lists 10 items that all beginning preppers need to have. Nothing fancy — just the basics.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
What did you think of “10 Essential Items for New Preppers?” Do you agree? Would you add anything to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments.
If it’s carving turkey for Thanksgiving, guaranteed, it’s always going to be my husband’s responsibility. It’s always been how it is for years now and I don’t really plan on changing that tradition. But it somehow made me think, isn’t part of homesteading and being self-sufficient knowing how it is to carve a turkey? So if you’ve never done it before and would want to find out how, like me, then this how to carve a turkey step by step is for us!
Let your turkey rest for about 30 minutes. This will help prevent the juices to come out when you start carving and make clean up much easier.
Start with the dark meat first. You should be able to notice a natural line going through the leg of the turkey. This is where the joints meet, slide your knife through it.
If you have a survivalist in your life, or if you are one yourself, you know how hard finding Christmas gifts for preppers can be.
Fortunately, we’re here to help you out.
I don’t know about you guys, but it’s hard for me to believe that Christmas is already right around the corner. It seems like just yesterday it was still 100 degrees outside.
Time sure does fly, especially this time of year. There’s no time to lose when it comes to shopping for Christmas — it will be here before you know it!
So if you’ve got a prepper in your life, check out our suggestions for Christmas gifts for preppers below. Know of another awesome prepper or survival themed Christmas gift idea? Share it with us in the comments!
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We’ve all seen how violent Black Friday can be. Every year, we hear reports of stampedes, injuries, arrests and even shootings at Black Friday sales all over the country. You might not think so, but this is one area where you might end up putting your survival skills to use sooner than you think (that is, if you do choose to go out and brave the crowds.)
I wanted to specifically focus on black Friday for this article as it is something that is a national event and not just localized to a single city. The chart below shows an estimate of the amount of money spent and the amount of people out on black Friday.
This many people focused into such small environments (the stores) clamoring for so many items, creates a powder keg that is just waiting for ignition (see my previous newsletter for examples if you need a refresher on what black Friday can cause).
It is in my opinion that the less expendable cash a person has, the more desperate they become to find a deal and the more easily prone they become to violence… and lets face it, money is hard to come by these days. Check out the chart below that shows just how many people to expect on the retail battlefield this year and just how much they are willing to spend.
With that being said, a riot can break out at any time and these tips can be used in any of those situations, not just Black Friday.
I will be watching the news safely at home come next Friday, but should you decide to venture out into the fray, please consider these tips below:
If you choose to stay in and avoid the hassle of Black Friday, I send a holiday toast your way. And for my friends, family, and fellow survivalists that choose to head out for a chance to grab that cheap 60″ Television, or the newly revived Furby, my thoughts are with you, happy hunting and I wish you a safe return
If you plan on traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays, you need to make sure that you and your vehicle are ready for the trip.
After all, nothing puts a damper on a holiday celebration like being stranded on the side of the road.
The folks over at Prepper-Resources have put together a great list of preparedness tips for those planning on traveling this holiday season. Check it out below.
Even while traveling precautions must be taken to ensure that if things go wrong while out on the road you and your family will be prepared to react. Why put all the effort into prepping at home if when you take a trip, you simply leave that mindset (and most of your gear) behind? Here are some tips you should keep in mind prior to making your Thanksgiving pilgrimage.
Prior to traveling
Is there anything better on Thanksgiving than a deep fried turkey?
Okay…maybe it’s not the most traditional method. But it is delicious.
Of course, making a deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving can also be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want is to spend Thanksgiving day in the ER with third degree burns or calling the fire department because you set fire to your house.
Don’t let that scare you, though — there’s no reason you can’t have an awesome and safe time making a deep fried turkey this Thanksgiving as long as you know what you’re doing and follow the proper safety precautions. Watch the video below to find out how.