What To Do if Someone Is Following You

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You are walking down the street at night. You hear footsteps behind you. They are drawing closer, growing louder, and the tempo of the steps is increasing. What do you do? First, Don’t be Paranoid. Are you actually being followed? Situational Awareness Develop Situational Awareness to notice if you are being watched or followed. Start … Read more

Choosing Between Bullies and Snowflakes

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Bullies are weaklings who pretend to be tough. Snowflakes are weaklings who prefer to be weak. They both represent extremes of dysfunctional and maladaptive behavior. They can also be viewed as a circular rather than linear model. Snowflakes do plenty of bullying by their incessant whining and reporting their outrage to sympathetic third parties They … Read more

How to Disappear for Good

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I disappeared almost two decades ago. I did it to leave behind abusive so-called family and supposed friends. I had to take extreme measure to protect my physical health and wellbeing, my sanity, to reach goals, and experience personal growth and development. I cringe at who I would be if I had remained in the … Read more

11 Personal Safety Odds & Ends

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I learned from a young age the world was not a safe place. There were people who were not just willing, but eager to hurt you. Some of them were your own family. Others were your peers you saw at school every day. Others were strangers or minimal acquaintances. Nowhere felt safe. When I was … Read more

Fly-Tying 101

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by Derrick Krane I went through a rough period financially after getting out of graduate school. I could not find work in my chosen field, criminal psychology. I worked per diem (as needed/as available) at a halfway house for the severely mentally ill, and part time at a corrective program for drunk drivers, and during … Read more

The Best Pepper Sprays for Survival

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by Derrick Krane The use of force continuum ranges from Command presence, in which your very presence deters aggression, all the way up to lethal force. Between these two far ends of the spectrum are less-than-lethal self-defense tools, including a Taser, Stun Gun, or Pepper spray. Pepper spray, more technically known as OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) … Read more

Survival Food Bars, Crackers & Cakes

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Energy bars, aka power bars, aka food bars, are small rectangular, nutritious, palatable, have a long shelf life, are simple to prepare, and are easy to carry. The recipes I have presented below make use of several common ingredients; peanut butter, wheat bran, wheat germ, protein powder, and honey. Here are five recipes for delicious, … Read more

4 Switchel Recipes You’re Going to Love

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Switchel is a refreshing and healthy beverage made from citrus fruit, a sweetener, such as molasses, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, warm spices such as ginger and cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar. It is debatably of either Caribbean or Colonial American origin, and was drunk by farmers doing hard physical work in the heat, … Read more

The US-Israel Relationship

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The United States and Israel are good friends. Israel is regarded as the most important ally the United States has in the Middle East.  The US has provided Israel with military and economic assistance, and we share intelligence. The State of Israel The State of Israel is a small nation, about the size and somewhat … Read more

Emergency (or Everyday) Food Nuggets

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Food nuggets, aka energy nuggets,  power chunks, power balls, aka many other names, are small, nutrient dense and calorie dense balls or cubes bigger than a marble and little smaller than a golf ball. They ideally meet the following criteria: They are easily packed and transported, are lightweight and do not easily crumble or fall … Read more

How to Detect Human Predators (Now as well as when SHTF)

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by Derrick Krane The only thing that keeps some humans from doing unspeakable things is the threat of punishment. If they get caught, they risk incarceration or other legal sanctions, as well as social sanctions of embarrassment and humiliation, and social rejection. They may fear punishment in the next life. This accountability stays the hand … Read more

Power Gels for Survival

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by Derrick Krane Power gels, aka energy gels are small packets of complex carbohydrate syrup, usually some combination of maltodextrin, brown rice syrup, honey, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and flavorings. Though these are technically not power gels, I have also included packets of pureed fruits and veggies aka Baby food on this list.  These packets … Read more

On Becoming Hard to Kill

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Never make it easy for the bad guys. If anyone ever wants to assault you, rob you, rape you or kill you, it should be the hardest thing they have ever done in their life. Always make the bad guys work for it.  Becoming Hard to Kill has become an internet meme attributed to Tim … Read more

Safe and Secure Apartment Living

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by Derrick Krane Burglary is the intrusion into an unoccupied or believed to be unoccupied commercial or residential property with intent to steal items within.  Home invasion is the intrusion into an occupied or believed to be occupied residential property with the intent to steal items within, and/or assault, murder, rape, kidnap or hold hostage … Read more

How to Stop Being a Snowflake

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by Derrick Krane A snowflake has become a term to describe an entitled, whiny, weak, sensitive person, whose anxiety is easily triggered. They want everything their way all the time, and are easily offended. They take offense on behalf of others who are not offended. They have no limits or boundaries on how extreme they will … Read more

A Review of President Trump’s First Year in Office

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by Derrick Krane I have seen 10 US presidencies in my lifetime, and have never seen an American president subjected to such hatred and vitriol as the current holder of the office. People have made threats, wished death upon President Trump, have wished rape upon his wife, Melania, portrayed him decapitated, and blamed him for all … Read more