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Gun control efforts are not over

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Yesterday there was another terrible shooting involving multiple victims in a public place. Three people dead including the shooter at a mall in Maryland. On January 9th a student was shot in a high school in Tennessee. On January 13th a 71 year old ex-cop shot a man for texting in a movie theater. The next day a student at a Middle School shot two of his classmates with a shotgun. On the same day a student was shot near Albany High School in Georgia.

2013 no doubt will bring back many memories of mass shootings.

Many of these are

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Update on West Virginia water contamination problems

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Below is an update from Warren who has documented the water contamination issues in West Virginia. 

Officially, all of the water has been cleared and most people are once again bathing and cleaning with it, me included.  A lot are not drinking it yet however.  I suspect that will go on for a long time.  The water company president drank a big glassful on tv the other night to prove it is ok but the Governor said he wasn’t going to say it was safe…that’s not his call.  A lot of people are pissed at the Governor for saying that

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Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove

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This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.

I was recently contacted by the folks at SoloStove.com about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.

 

 

Upon initial inspection the fit in finish was immaculate. I deal with Quality Control in my regular job and am used to looking at  things with great detail. I was pretty impressed.

 

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Do You Have What it Takes to Raise Backyard Chickens?

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by Nate Smith

The simple fact that you even find yourself reading this article probably means that you satisfy the first requirement of raising backyard chickens: desire. Obviously, without a strong desire to keep chickens the occasional hassles and burdens of doing so would quickly become overwhelming, leaving you wondering why you ever got started with such a silly idea in the first place! So let’s go back to assuming that you do at least want to have and raise chickens, whatever your reason may be (and the reasons can be many). There are a few more requirements

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How Solo Stoves work…..

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I recently came across this picture that shows how a Solo Stove works. I own one and love it. Not just because the Solo Stove is a sponsor of mine but the thing is just great. Lightweight, portable, and easy to use – the Solo Stove is an excellent backpacking stove to have in a survival kit or get home bag. 

With a nearly endless fuel supply (wood) the Solo Stove can be relied upon to cook many meals. I reviewed one back in 2012 – check it out HERE.

For more info on the Stove – visit their

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Can I Keep Chickens in My Backyard?

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If you have made the decision that you would like to try your hand at keeping some chickens in your backyard, there are a few considerations that you might want to make first, and although you have probably thought of some of these, there just might be a few that might come as a surprise.

 

Legality of Raising Backyard Chickens

Probably the very first question you should ask yourself about raising chickens is, can I raise chickens in my backyard?’ You know, legally. I know, I know. If you are slightly stubborn like I tend to be you

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Ramblings from John Gault’s Homestead

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If you are a long time reader you may remember frequent commenter and sometime contributor John Gault. He comes around now and then but over the past couple years has written some fantastic stuff – and I thought I would share with those that maybe failed to read his work the first time around.

John Gault lives in Georgia on 40+ acres of country land. He left a good paying job and relocated to this small piece of paradise. John has been working his land and moving step-by-step towards building something he can not only call his own but provide

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks……Why I left Texas

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The following post is a continuation of On Government and Responsibility. 

As a native born Texan, there was never a doubt that ‘the eyes of Texas were upon me’ and that Texas was the best state in the union. Yet after retiring for the third time, I began to seriously think about becoming an expatriate. I owned a successful ranch in the in a lowly populated area in Panhandle of Texas. The ranch exported food and energy. I was secure in my person and secure in my finances.

 

One of my careers took me around the world, often to

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Preparedness, football and ……..whatever

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Looking ahead to the 2016 Presidential elections I am really curious to see what the Republican Party are going to offer up as a candidate. Chris Christy? Seriously? Sure – he would be better than Obama but is he going to guide this county in the right direction? I don’t think so. It is likely whomever is nominated for the Republicans will end up being the lesser of two evils….again. Hate to be negative and I hope I’m wrong but there are just too many uninformed voters out there – on both sides.

My Crossfit and dieting continue to

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Class warfare at its best

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The following came to me via a chain-email and thought it was great. Feel free to share it on Facebook, Tweet it, or send to all your friends via email. Rourke

 

The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like The folks who are paying for the free stuff, because The folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer Afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And the folks who are paying for the free stuff Want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more Free stuff on top of the free stuff they are

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News you NEED to know…….

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 The news is presented in an effort to provide information related to current events that may effect our lives in one way or another. Government intrusion and its efforts to demean the United States Constitution are often highlighted. Other news which may be related in one way or another to the many reasons we prepare are also showcased in an effort to keep you informed….and possibly motivated.

Another installment of “News You NEED To Know”, via 

MSO News Correspondent Hunter.

 

 

 

EPA coming for your wood stove.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/07/epa-proposes-new-restrictions-for-new-wood-stoves/

 

 

Figures fall way

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Reminder: Special sale at Emergency Essentials

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Every month Emergency Essentials puts many of their products on sale. Often these highly reduced items can receive even a larger discount when bought in quantities of 6 or more.

Here are a few highlighted items for January - 

Peanut Butter Powder – 44 oz. cans – Regular Price: $16.75

SPECIAL SALE: $13.39 (only $12.99 when ordering 6 or more)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gourmet Freeze Dried Pet Food with Real Beef – 13 oz – Regular Price: $29.99

SPECIAL SALE: $19.99 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freeze Dried Garden Vegetable Combo  - Regular Price: $46.80

SPECIAL

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Food Storage Recipes….Part 3

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Here is the third and last part of a series of posts highlighting some awesome recipes using foods commonly found in prepper’s food stores.

Part One can be found HERE and Part Two HERE.

If anyone has any more feel free to send them in – emergencycd(at)gmail.com.

 

#11  Sun Baked Chicken and Lentil Stew

by Harry

 

Ingredients:

4 medium carrots or approx 2 cups of dehydrated carrots that have been rehydrated

1 medium onion or approx 1 cup of freeze dried onion that has been rehydrated

1 cup dry lentils (rinsed and drained) – I use red lentils,

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Guest Post: 7 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

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7 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

by LF

When tornado season arrives, it’s important to make sure that you and your family know what to do when a twister strikes. If you’re caught off-guard, the results can be tragic. Even a little bit of warning can save lives. So if you find yourself with a little bit of time to prepare, here are seven ways to get you ready.

Establish Your Shelter Spot

Tornadoes can leave one house virtually untouched while it flattens the one next door. Since you never know for certain the level of damage

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Food storage recipes……Part 2

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Here is Part 2 of food storage recipes that several readers sent in last April. Many people store extra food but few have specific plans on what to make from their food stores. Hopefully these recipes will help. In case you missed Part 1 from yesterday it can be seen HERE.

Hungry yet?

 - Rourke

 

#5 Thanksgiving Casserole

by Becky

1 box (4 cups) stuffing bread (we use Mrs. Cubbins’ Stuffing, resealed in mylar bags for long-term storage)

1 can (10 oz) chicken OR 1 pint canned chicken (homemade)

1/4 c. olive oil or coconut oil

1 can condensed cream of

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Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven

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The following article was originally published back in July of 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Readers requested me to bring back some “Blasts from the Pasts”….here we go.  - – Rourke

Introduction

One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food.

 

The most abundant fuel available is wood.  There are many ways to use wood to cook food…the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”. 

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Food storage recipes……Part 1

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This past April I put out a request for food storage recipes. My intent was to have some kind of contest with all the recipes that came flooding in. Unfortunately – the actual number of recipes received was relatively low. Rather than let them all go to waste I figured I would go ahead and publish some of them.

Thanks Harry for the idea to begin with!

 

#1   Southwestern Black Bean and Chicken Soup

Hi Rourke, My wife has attempted a few recipes over the past year using some of our food storage items.  I like this one the

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First hand account from the West Virginia contaminated zone……

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Recently I had “Warren” leave a comment regarding the West Virginia water contamination situation. Realizing that he was smack dab in the middle of the event I reached out to him with some questions and a request to share his experience with ModernSurvivalOnline.com readers.

Here is a first hand account from Warren in West Virginia:

I’ll answer your questions  as best I can…

 

How did you handle washing clothes?  We were lucky to know of a laundry mat just outside the impacted area.  It is near a farm we own.  The farm is our retreat if you will so we

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West Virginia water contamination….are you ready?

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There has been a developing crisis in West Virginia effecting over 300,000 people across nine counties. Currently the State of West Virginia has declared a state of emergency in these areas due to severe water contamination. Citizens can no longer use tap water to drink, bathe, wash, or cook with.

Grocery stores have had a run on all bottled water sources and shelves emptied out. Tanks of potable(drinkable) have been being brought in to assist. As you can imagine life has changed dramatically for these residents. Numerous businesses have had to shut down as well.

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Emergency lighting from frying a turkey!

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How can frying a turkey bring us heat and light? Good question – so glad you asked!

Cajun Frying a turkey involves a lot of peanut oil – 3 gallons for a medium to large bird, at $10 per gallon, or more, depending on the brand and where purchased. Have you ever wondered if there isn’t a better use for that expensive peanut oil used to Cajun fry your turkey each Thanksgiving than just the recycle center? Well, I did…and I found it!

Peanut oil burns very well, unlike some other oils. Plant-based oils burn, including olive oil, but

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Freedom to Preach

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The following post is religious-based. If you do not want to read anything related to religion – skip it. If you do – please read on. It was published originally over at JamesRobison.net. It can be seen in its original format HERE. – – - Rourke

 

 Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” He announced, “I am the truth!” The enemy’s assault on freedom is built upon and supported by lies. Satan, the father of all lies, fiercely assaults truth.

As I shared in last week’s commentary, I was kicked off television for

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GOATS FOR THE LONG HAUL

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The following post was originally published in 2012 on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Readers requested me to bring back some “Blasts from the Pasts”….here we go.  - – Rourke

by P.M. 

It seems that everyone has had one bad experience with someone’s pet goat, and for that reason, I hear many folks disparage the entire species.  Now, just imagine that you are an intelligent, sociable creature and someone has chained you to the

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You don’t have to agree….but be respectful

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I have talked on this before but it seems like many people out there travel around the Internet just to be flat out negative. No matter what someone writes or expresses people try to point out something just to be critical. For those of us who take our time to research and write we do not need disrespected.

There are all kinds of people out there and I know the VAST MAJORITY of the MSO Family are respectful and appreciative of the efforts. But man, it gets frustrating at times. We all do not have to agree but come on…be

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The Paladin Go Bag Toolkit

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The following post was originally published back in 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke

 

I was the lucky winner of the Paladin Go Bag during the last ModernSurvivalOnline.com guest post contest.  Rourke asked me if I could do a review of the bag after receiving it.  Upon receiving the bag, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  I made my Paladin Go Bag a portable toolkit for emergency repairs on vehicles.

 

Before we start, a bit about me, so you can understand my “qualifications” for reviewing this bag,

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