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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 26th, 2015

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Risk Assessment – something apparently I need to improve on.

A tree limb fell and pierced the roof of my shed. I decided to climb up on the shed, remove the large limb, and place a tarp over the area to protect it during rain storms. The ladder I own I found was just a bit short. Did that stop me? Hell no I am a man and I must conquer!! I climbed the ladder,

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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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Creating a raised bed garden

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Rourke: This post originally appeared HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants.

Blueberries ready for planting.

I purchased some blueberry plants at SAM’s – hoping they survive the project.

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Memorial Day…..

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Thank you to all that have served and sacrificed for me, my family, and my country. 

 

 

Video of the Week: EMP Trash Can Faraday Cage Testing in Lab

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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.

Capt. Michaels recently suggested this YouTube regarding EMP protection. Good stuff as it suggests an inexpensive but apparently effective method for protection. Here is the thing though

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 22nd, 2015

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I have enjoyed Expendables 1 and 2. Action packed movies full of action stars from over the years. Expendables 3? Not the greatest.

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Been slow responding to comments this week. Will catch up this weekend. Appreciate those leaving comments sharing thoughts and getting involved. You rock!!

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I did not put together a “Steals and Deals” post this week however I do want to mention something.

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Homemade MRE?

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First off – let me say that what I am about to describe does not replace a military-type MRE. Military MRE’s are superior to “home made” MRE’s in many ways.

For those on a budget – there is an alternative to military MRE’s – and they are sitting on your local grocery store shelf. They are called Hormel Compleats Meals.

Hormel Compleats are a tub-packed fully cooked food item. They can be eaten directly from

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 21st, 2015

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“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer……That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.”

– – – Rand Paul – May 20th, 2015 Filibuster on House Floor

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I have mentioned numerous times about the rising tensions between the United States

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Budgeting for Supplies – The 60% Solution

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Rourke: This post originally appeared HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

By Bernie Carr http://apartmentprepper.com/

One of the issues to consider when preparing for a disaster is where to focus your spending:

Do you focus most of your money on buying supplies to prepare your house or apartment (Shelter in place)?

OR

Do you spend money on gear so you can leave your area when disaster hits (Bugging Out)?

We’ve struggled with this question ourselves. Naturally you

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 20th, 2015

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Sorry for no “From the Desk of…” post yesterday. Just ran out of time especially with the troubles from Sunday with the website.

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Appreciate all the positive comments on my “What I like about President Obama” post. I put a lot of effort into it and glad so many enjoyed it.

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I schooled my 16 year old, 6 foot son in basketball Monday. My

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Review: Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight

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Flashlights are a critical item in prepping supplies. Every member of your family should have AT LEAST one flashlight with extra batteries. Over the past few years I have seen a huge performance increase and cost decrease in flashlights using LED technology.

Steamlight is a major brand name in flashlights. Known for their high quality and high performing lights – they are also known for not making the least expensive lights to

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Using Antibiotics Wisely

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE over at DoomandBloom.net.

 

Antibiotics are essential tools for success in long-term survival, but the government, the food industry, and some physicians and patients are fostering widespread resistance to many of the standard drugs. More than 2 million diagnosed cases of antibiotic resistance were reported in the United States in 2013, leading to 23,000 deaths and costing 30 billion dollars.

 

 

As a physician, I was often

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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 – May 18th, 2015

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The site was down most of the weekend. Cause was the periodic “ping attack”. Unfortunately it took Hostgator quite a while to get the attacker blocked. Usually customer service and tech support is fantastic. I wouldn’t change hosting companies for anything as they have done great over the years.

Due to the severe downtime I am WAY behind writing and scheduling things for the week. Please keep that in mind.

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SunOven.com webinar and special member discount still available

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The Sun Oven Webinar is still available for replay listening and I have to say it was extremely educational. I learned an awful lot about sun cookers and specifically the Sun Oven cooker. After the webinar I kind of had one of those “palms hitting the forehead” V8 moments wondering why I had not gotten more interested in sun cookers before

The webinar replay is open to members of the Patriots until midnight tonight(Monday night).

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What I like about President Obama

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 15th, 2015

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This will be a short one today.

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Several people have mentioned that they can see a small green box in the lower right-hand corner of their screen when coming here. I am experimenting with some chat functions to allow me to chat with you periodically. If it says “online” feel free to say HI.

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Imagine how great it would be if everyone grew some of

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North Korea launches ballistic missile from submarine

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in a show of strength to the world. While most do not consider North Korea a threat to the United States they continue to make gains in technology and military might. This latest demonstration is concerning. Consider EMP. A North Korean sub parks itself off the coast of Washington and launches a missile above the United States.

It detonates.

“Impossible” you say?

Watch

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Friday’s Steals and Deals

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Friday’s Steals and Deals contains great deals offered by many of our advertisers and official affiliates.

Click on the following website links to be directed to the offers from the featured companies. Deals and prices were accurate at publishing time.

Here we go…..

 

Food Storage from Emergency Essentials

Butter Powder – 2 lbs. 4 oz. – SALE: $23.95

Freeze Dried Pears – sweet food storage item – SALE: $26.99

MRE Vanilla Pound Cake –

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 14th, 2015

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The Sun Oven Webinar just finished and I have to say it was extremely educational. I learned a lot about sun cookers and specifically the Sun Oven cooker. Quite a fantastic survival and preparedness tool but also super fantastic for daily use as well.

The webinar was open to members of the Patriots. I was very pleased that Paul – the owner of SunOven.com – offered all those participating in the webinar a HUGE discount

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Dry food Storage Using 2 and 3 ltr. Plastic Soda Bottles

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Over the years I have tried several different methods of dry food storage with varying degrees of success and cost. I’ve tried buckets, Ziploc bags, and canning jars. What I finally stumbled upon almost by accident was 2 and 3 liter soda bottles.

I like sodas but hate to throw the bottles away! I had been making whirly-gigs out of them for the garden to keep the birds away but there are only so many

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

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There are times when I sit in my living room and my mind wanders to the things I am ignorant of. The experiences other humans have had in war, terror, and things unimaginable – I can only ponder. The sheer evil that I and most others have been sheltered from…well…..we need to be enlightened for our own good. This evil will not remain overseas and there are many indications our borders have been well infiltrated.

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The Greatest Threat To Our National Security

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The following was originally published over at the Center for Security Policy.

 

By Admiral James Lyons

When President-elect Obama declared that he was going to “fundamentally transform” America, not many Americans understood what that meant. They certainly did not understand that he did not believe in America’s exceptionalism and greatness. They were also unaware of his past Marxist indoctrination, blaming America for many of the world’s problems. Therefore, anything that undercuts and withdraws America’s

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