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Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove

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Rourke: 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

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Just what constitutes “SHTF”?

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Whether it is in the pages of this website or countless other places across the Internet the perspective over what constitutes a “SHTF event” is often discussed. Typical characteristics involve power outages, communications down, food shortages, fuel shortages, lawlessness, and economic collapse. Disagreement begins to surface when specifics are put forth.

How will the population react? How much will race play a role? Will civil war break out? Will a top secret government army come

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Terrorist Cell in Heart of United States?

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Evidence is mounting that there is a possible terrorist cell operating in the Columbia, Missouri area. Over the past several days local Walmarts have reported having multiple incidents where men are purchasing large quantities of prepaid cell phones and paying with cash. These “throw aways” are often used by terrorists and criminals for communication purposes due to the lack of traceability to the buyer and the difficulty for law enforcement to conduct surveillance.

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Per Arlene’s request – Rourke’s Christmas list

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Arlene responded to my comment about not knowing what to get my wife for Christmas – and asked for men to speak up about gift ideas. I generally tell my wife I don’t want anything as being married to her is a gift all year round.

Normal response: “Yeah. Whatever.”

 

It just so happens I did send her a link to something I would like to have. It was a CRKT Chogan T-Hawk. Fellow

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Allergy or Side Effect?

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This post was originally published HERE on DoomandBloom.net.

 

A medical caregiver has many responsibilities in a disaster. Everyone knows that their duty is to deal with injuries and illness, but few are aware of their obligation as medical archivist; that is, they are responsible for knowing the medical history of the people under their care. Part of that medical history includes what medicines to which a patient is allergic.

 

Many people will

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Everyday Items You Should Have on You to Withstand an Apocalypse

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By Cherie

In the event of an apocalypse, you want to be fully equipped with tools that increase your chances of long-term survival. Prepare yourself through tactful outfitting of everyday accessories that can withstand harsh conditions. Many of the devices you use are powered by battery or electrical energy, which may not be at your disposal in an emergency situation, so make sure you own devices that are sufficient enough to sustain power and support

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Rourke’s Weekly “Prepper Christmas Gift” 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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SHTF Scenario: Armed man knocks on door and asks for food

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Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right decisions.

 

For this scenario:

It has been 24 hours since the power went out. Terrorists have struck at

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Efforts in preparedness organization

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Organizing supplies is going well but taking longer than I would like. Trying to use some common sense in placing those items used more frequently to be most accessible while those rarely needed stuck in the back behind something.

I have ammunition housed in ammo cans and labeled by caliber and quantity. Those are meant for storage while other boxes are shelved in a cabinet for everyday use. Basically the ammo cans are hands off

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Underrated Survival Prep – Candles

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My wife is a candle freak. We have spent a small fortune on Partylite and Yankee Candles over the years. They are decorative and are functional providing light in a lightless room. When it comes to preparedness candles are a huge resource often overlooked.

Incredibly inexpensive with an indefinite shelf life candles have been around since 200 BC. Beyond providing valuable light candles are useful for other purposes such as fire starting, cooking, and to

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Free Survival & Preparedness Kindle eBooks

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Here are today’s FREE Survival & Preparedness Kindle eBooks. Grab these books while you can – most are available for free for a Limited Time Only!

You can read Kindle books wherever you are and on any device with the Free Kindle App – you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use the app!

These eBooks will cover topics such as survival, preparedness, gardening,

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Scenario: Do you leave your kids to look for your spouse?

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Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right decisions.

For this scenario:

An EMP hits, you work with some local neighbors to lookout for each other but you

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A Prepper’s Nightmare

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Rourke: This Blast From The Past was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan. Mental rehearsal is important. As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education. In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination. If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare. You most likely woke up sweating and your heart beating

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Purifying water with bleach

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Survival and preparedness is not all about zombies and being all “tacticool”. Often it is as simple as having water that is safe to drink. A well known method for disinfecting water is with common household bleach. Bleach is inexpensive and readily available at any grocery store.

Why bleach? Most municipalities use chlorine as part of their system to sanitize water for human consumption. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in bleach and is

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Review: Olight S1 LED Baton Flashlight

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I have dozens of flashlights ranging from very small and just a couple of lumens to larger super bright models. Ever since I was a kid and had an old silver flashlight that had an ultra-cool button on the switch that allowed me to do morse code with it I have been hooked. Flashlights today are lighters, smaller, and much brighter than just a decade ago.

The Olight S1 Baton represents modern flashlight technology at

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Butter, Knives, and Videos…..oh my!

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MSO sponsor CampingSurvival.com is an industry leader offering a huge assortment of survival and preparedness products at great prices. Owner Tom Sciacca has released a couple of video’s highlighting new product lines recently added.

The first is for clarified butter. Clarified butter has a very long shelf life – 15 years or more. It can be used in recipes in place of regular butter however it is only used at 1/4 – 1/3 the amount

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A Survivalist Mindset Amongst Apathy

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Rourke: The following was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

Apathy is described as a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and passion. Over the course of these last couple of years I’ve found myself more inclined, empowered by a sense of urgency and righteousness in my beliefs, to speak with others, sometimes at great length, about my views concerning preparedness and the necessity of possessing a survivalist

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Video: EoTech & AR15 Carbine POV Shooting

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I realize this will not be the most exciting video ever watched but for those that do not understand the benefit of a holographic optic it is very telling.

I waited a long time before spending the money on a high-dollar EoTech 552 and have never looked back. For close-to-medium ranges it is phenomenal. It offers super fast target acquisition and super rugged. There are other similar optics out there some costing more –

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Giant World Seed Bank

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A few hundred miles from the North Pole and above Norway a set of islands called “Svalbard” exist. They are controlled by Norway and are hosting something that is quite unique – a Doomsday Seed Vault. This Global Seed vault holds over 1.5 billion seeds. This is an incredible amount and within those seeds a tremendous variety exists. Wheat alone is represented by over 50,000 collections from all over the world.

The intended purpose

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Video of the Week: Tour of the Bug Out/Stealth Van

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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.

Check this video out from BiblesnBarbells. I like the concept of the “stealth van” and Anthony gives us a tour. Pretty cool!

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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 – November 2nd, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Reminder: Next week I will be AFK so my daily “From the Desk of….” will likely be absent.

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A few years ago I started a monthly series called “Call to Action“. These served as a reminder to look at particular areas of preparedness, grade your level of readiness, and take action to improve it as necessary. I am

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Excerpt from American Exit Strategy

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The following excerpt is from the fantastic book American Exit Strategy written by Mark Goodwin. It is being reprinted with permission.

Let me set the stage: In the book there is a Presidential debate taking place between three candidates – Governor Howe(Democrat), Congressman Marcos (Republican), and Independent candidate Paul Randall. Paul Randall is a Republican but running as an Independent. What follows are the closing statements from Paul Randall after both Howe and Marcos

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From the kitchen of John Rourke – October 29th, 2015

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When the grid goes down and the zombies are walking the streets the craving for something sweet will continue onward. I just recently discovered this no bake cookie recipe that everyone else seems to have known about except me.

Over the years at parties and special occasions I actually have eaten some of these never knowing the simplicity of the recipe and preparations. All ingredients can be part of any food storage program.

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