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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 18th, 2015

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A buddy of mine was talking about current events and how it seems like the “zombie apocalypse” is coming. He was not aware of my interest in preparedness. I mentioned to him about the Meet Up group I attend every month and he was interested. He asked a lot of questions and we had a good conversation. He may attend my next Meet Up event.

The questions asked were the typical ones……

What

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First Impressions: Ganzo G704 Folding Pocket Knife

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I could easily develop a serious knife collecting problem. So far in my 45 years I have managed to keep my fascination with knives in check. One of my most recent additions is the Ganzo G704 folder. If you are not familiar with Ganzo they are a Chinese manufacturer of knives with a decent reputation. Popular Ganzo supplier GearBest.com sent me the G704 to review.

As you can see by the

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 17th, 2015

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Seems like daily there are more reports of existing threats that reinforce the need to prepare. Don’t let those naysayers who live in an oblivion of ignorance plant seeds of doubt that preparations for “whatever” is anything but common sense. It is necessary.

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“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to

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Preparedness baby steps…….

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Visiting some websites you can get the feeling that if you do not live on a huge farm, off-grid , 3 years of food storage, massive garden, farm animals, and military platoon ready for action – that you are not prepared.

This might be true if Earth is being invaded by an evil alien force.

It just makes sense to have “extra stuff” on hand to help with different situations. Kid gets cut outside playing?

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Survival Sun Cooking Webinar for ModernSurvivalOnline readers

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Learning to cook with the sun has help me be better prepared and baking outdoors has reduced

my utility bills. Sun Ovens are the most commonly used solar cooker to activate the sun’s

power to bake, boil, and steam food.

 

I thought you might enjoy learning more about how to harness the power of the sun to cook so

I invited Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International to teach an interactive online seminar.

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Skill Set That’s Beneficial to Readers in a Homestead or Survival Situation

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by C.M.

As a single mom of two children, I had never thought about preparing for any type of disaster. During Y2K, I was young, in love, and newly married. During 9/11, I found myself newly divorced and raising an infant and toddler by myself. Prepping was the last thing on my mind. I was happy just to get by day by day. In the years since, I realized the awesome responsibility

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 13th, 2015

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There continues to be a lot of chatter of a pending financial crisis coming – soon. Talking with a lot of “non-preppers” it seems like this feeling of an impending crisis is spreading.

A friend of mine just found out his father-in-law recently got his CWP. Why? Worried about the times that lay ahead. His brother-in-law just acknowledged that he started storing away extra food. I recently started a preparedness “Meet Up” group via MeetUp.com

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Book Review: Tools for Survival by James Wesley, Rawles

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This post was published previously HERE on MSO.

I can remember back in my early childhood going out to my fathers shop and looking at all his tools. These pieces of metal and wood were mysterious devices that allowed my dad to work on cars, craft things from lumber – and get things working again around the house once they broke. He always wanted me to help him in his endeavours but like many other

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Gerald Celente Is Predicting That A Stock Market Crash Will Happen By The End Of 2015

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Rourke: The following was originally published here over at the excellent The Economic Collapse blog.

 

Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute has just gone on the record with a prediction that there will be a stock market crash by the end of this calendar year. If you are not familiar with Gerald Celente, he is one of the most highly respected trends forecasters in the entire world. He has been featured on CNN,

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 12th, 2015

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My cruise to the Bahamas last week was awesome. I traveled from South Carolina for a Monday departure. We boarded on Monday and we headed out sailing overnight to arrive in CoCo Cay Tuesday morning at 7:00am. Weather was beautiful running around 90 degrees with clear blue skies.

Spent the morning and early afternoon on the beach and snorkeling in the crystal clear water. We saw tons of tropical fish. Just incredible. We boarded the

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Video of the Week: Making a simple alcohol stove

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

There are a gazillion ways to make an alcohol stove and everyone has their own favorite design. Here is one relatively simple design that can be

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Emergency Essentials monthly sale for August

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August brings in another awesome sale from Emergency Essentials. This month the sale focuses on Mountain House Freeze Dried Food. I have put back a substantial amount of common, everyday foods and am now focusing on Mountain House freeze dried products.

Mountain House freeze dried foods have been proven to store up to 25 years. They are incredibly easy to prepare by simply adding water – then heat as needed. Mountain House foods are extremely

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 11th, 2015

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I had announced several times that I would be AFK (away from keyboard) all last week but I never mentioned what I was going to be doing. I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for the week. It was a blast.

I sailed out of Port Canaveral, Florida. First stop was the island of Coco Cay. Next was Nassau for the entire day. The following day was spent on the ocean and the last

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To our Military, Police, and Firemen

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I just want to say a very sincere “THANK YOU” to our military forces, our police, and our fireman for all that they do.

I am but a lowly Production Manager in small manufacturing company. I so respect and look up to these great men/women who risk their lives and go to work everyday to keep this country and its citizens safe.

Thank you!!!

Rourke

 

 

 

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 10th, 2015

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Political correctness has taken a another step towards total oblivion of common sense as the department store chain Target is removing labels which designate “girls” or “boys” in the toy, bedding, and other areas. The demise of America is well underway and the Liberal, Progressive, anti-Christian left is gaining foothold.

Ridiculous.

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Just an FYI in case you are unaware: Do not, I repeat do NOT enter the ocean with your

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Panhandle Rancher on……Active Shooters, Civil Unrest … and Despair?

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Recent homicide by shooting has once again caused a great sadness to come unto our society. Sadness unlike anything our father’s generation would expect or tolerate. That generation was predominately Judeo-Christian with well-defined values including a belief in sanctity of life. We are now at war most serious whether we believe or even understand it. This war has many fronts, some at physical locations, but the most insidious, nay the most dangerous, is the

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April 13th, 2029

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I recently found out that on Friday April 13, 2029 an asteroid will come very, very close to Earth. So close in fact that it will pass between the Earth and many satellite orbits. In much of the research that I have read – scientists state that the asteroid will come close – but will not come in contact with the planet. I hope they are right – although in the back of my mind

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Top 10 Survival Items for a Survival Kit

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This is a popular topic among survival & preparedness forums all over the ‘net. The list of items and different ways of ranking them are probably endless. There are a huge variety of factors that could go into deciding on what to include in a survival kit -including but not limited to weather, geographical region, hostile terrain or not, length of “event”, etc. Figured I would post my list here.

1. fire starting kit 2.

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Panhandle Rancher responds…..EDC

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Panhandle Rancher responds to comments regarding a Guest Post published here several days ago. The original article can be read HERE.

– – – Rourke

Every Day Carry, revisited.

 

Might I have erred by considering the military looking bag carrying male a threat? At least one reader thinks so. We have created a dangerous modern society and I submit there are more assaults, robberies, burglaries, and homicides

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Video of the Week: Putting together a stripped AR lower

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

YouTube can be a great thing in particular for finding out how to do something or fix something. Building an AR lower can be a daunting

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Priorities of preparedness…..

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I recently left a comment on someone’s FaceBook wall concerning preparedness – and left a list of “Steps to Preparedness”. Here is what I put:

Food & Water Shelter Medical Supplies Firearms

Shortly thereafter a comment was left disagreeing (which I have no problem) with the order which I placed the list in. The comment stated that Shelter should be first. Putting some more thought into “Steps to Preparedness” gave me some idea’s –

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks of EDC…….

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. The subject matter is extremely relevant.

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Not long ago, my daughter who is a third year medical student and I planned to dine at a nice restaurant which is co-located in a busy area along with other restaurants and fast food businesses. We were in a diesel one ton ranch

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Netflix pick: Jericho

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Netflix is an excellent deal in my opinion. For less than $10.00 per month you can access and watch thousands of movies, documentaries, program and more through your computer, TV, media player or entertainment system.

I am recommending the cancelled TV series Jericho as a “Netflix Pick”.

Summary of the series: Wayward son of Jericho mayor Johnston Greene (Gerald McRaney), Jake (Skeet Ulrich) returns to the rural Kansas town to collect an

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