Monday miscellany

I’m currently seeking product, gear and book reviews – if you have bought a great product or book  (or one not so great) and you would like to let the pack know all about it then email me.

YouTube video : Interview with Gerald Celente of the Trends Journal: A War with Iran Will be the Beginning of WW III.

This map shows that current Tennessee population growth centered around the middle Tennessee area surrounding the capital city of Nashville experienced the greatest growth. Why we’re looking at maps, here is another one for Tennessee Population Density, 2010, according to the map norther section of Eastern redoubt area has up toward the Big South Fork area has the lowest concentration of people.

What you can and can’t buy at Google shopping… interesting, but I’ve never heard of an anal impaler. :pain:

Grandma’s packing : “More than 70,000 women between the ages of 51 and 65 got their concealed weapons permits here in the Sunshine State in May 2012 alone.”

What Recovery? This graph pretty much says it all… The “recovery” that we’ve been hearing about is a sham – this from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The ‘New Gestapo’? Maine Gov. Blasts Massive Expansion of IRS Agents :

He reportedly said:

“This tax will add to the $500 billion in tax increases that are already in Obamacare. Now that Congress can use the taxation power of the federal government to compel behavior or lack thereof, what’s next? More taxes if we don’t drive Toyota Priuses or if we eat too much junk food or maybe even pea soup?

This decision has made America less free. ‘We The People’ have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo – the I.R.S.”

Your health : 9 Surprising Health Boosters.

Global Economic Decline Is Here, Now : The ISM manufacturing report for June was actually quite dramatic in the details. The overall index was down 3.8 % to 49.7 %.

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  1. Hello Pack! So happy to be back. Looking back it has been almost a month since I have been able to catch my breath or to really get back into prepping. I have been able to post once or twice, so now I am able to start up again. Aunt Jackie’s estate is now taken care of and estate sale is over. I can actually stay home now and concentrate on my preparedness. Grandma is now in a nursing home and is recieving regular visits. So…now that I have lost soo much time it is going to be hectic here catching up.
    Traded my chest freezer for a stand up and it will be nice to be able to see what I have rather dig to the bottom with frozen fingers. We were pleasantly suprised to find that Aunt Jackie had a hand crank weather radio and flashlight while cleaning out for the sale. Yes I did snag them up!! She also had several boxes of powdered milk, lots of canned goods, tarps, canning jars, pressure cooker, winter gloves, misc. tools, many bunje cords, among many other smaller items. So, in a way we did prep this week. The Neice and Nephew (my husband) were able to keep the money raised from the sale, so now we have our cash stash for when times become rough. Though, even with what we were able to keep from her estate, I still feel like we are severely behind. I really need to get on the ball and get more food stuffs stored and reorganize what we do have. New lists will be made of what we will possibly need and hopefully be able to find at garage sales this summer. So watch out, next week we should have a whopper of what we prepped this week.
    Again, so glad to be back home with my pack. Hope that you are all doing well and are sucessfully getting ready. I cant wait to see what you all have been up to and to catch up with all of my prepper friends.

  2. Forgot to mention. Our green beans are not doing well. My hubby has been watering every day and our crop will be very thin. Zuchinni is producing slowly and tomatoes are going gaing busters! The pickles are not going to amount to much, thank goodness for the farmers market. My best girlfriend’s neighbor has a lot of green beans and hopefully we can get in on their bounty. I think our problem with the beans is that they are too shaded and new garden bed with little fertilizer. We are on sand and this is one place we did not get a chance to bring in manure. We also used off brand seeds. Wondering if the “cheap” seeds have anything to do with it. Food for thought.
    I think that we are fully updated now. You all know my life story. Hehe! Hey the chatter box is back!

    • Ammie,

      You might try adding some chicken litter (manure) to your sandy soil. I have friends in Florida that keep chickens just for the litter. A word of caution…don’t over do it…a little goes a long way. Maybe it won’t be too late to save your beans.

      • You know, that is a great idea! We have added it to our large garden. Sadly, we have neglected the bean patch. Next time we clean the coop we will mix it in to the soil around the beans and give it a good watering. Thanks for the reminder. When things get so hectic you tend to forget some of the little things.

        • Ammie,

          You can get an immediate boost for your green beans if you mulch them now with some peat moss. You can add it now to help keep the plants watered and cool. Unlike adding manure now, it won’t burn. Your plants will produce a bit better. Then, when the peat moss is saturated to the point that it stays wet (that will take a few days) spray the green beans with seaweed extract (kelp powder). That will also give them a boost.

  3. axelsteve says:

    Well in new york city you can`t buy a soda larger then 16 ounces but you can buy a 40 ounce beer.Then a pack of smokes cost you over 10 bucks. And people make fun of California?

    • Michele says:

      People can bad mouth California all they want. I live in No. California and have most of my life. Within about a 2-3 hour drive, I can be in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite: beach, mountains, lakes, deserts – it’s all here.

      FYI, despite what you may see on commercials, not all of California is a beach, not all Californians are surfers and earthquakes are in the coastal areas, not in the Mountains.

      The only ‘real’ local disaster around here is a stupid smoker throwing a live butt our his/her window and causing a wildfire.

      The weather out here never gets below mid-twenties, and that for maybe a few days to a week every winter (and I am up at the 2500 ft level) and it is so rare, many people’s pipes break – they just aren’t prepared for that cold of weather.

      I get snow, but most of the time, it’s gone the next day – it doesn’t hang around for weeks and weeks.

      I spent 6-1/2 years in No. Virginia, and during the winter, there were times the HIGH for the day was 18 degrees – FOR 6 WEEKS STRAIGHT! I got to live through hurricanes, tornados, ice storms and the lovely FREEZING weather.

      I’m glad to be back home in California and I’ll stay here where I belong. California is not the looney bin you’ve all been told (except maybe LA).

      • axelsteve says:

        Michele I have lived in california for about 49 years. Born here also.I do not plan on leaving it any time soon. I have lived in marin county,Sonoma county, and Lake county.

        • I have family that live in Fresno, one of the more maligned cities of the U.S. But I think you can count the products on one hand that you can’t grow there than any other place in the world–fresh kiwi, grapes, olives, lemons, oranges, you name it. My whole life I hated olive oil until I tasted it fresh from a farm 10 miles from the city. I could go on and on. and the big cities are as close or as far away as you desire,although there a lot more beautiful places to live than Fresno! What I also find amazing are how friendly the people are. I used to be deathly afraid to visit because of all the violence and gangs I heard about. You just never hear about all the good people. Just my 2 cents.

  4. WW3 ?…………..bring it on !!! that would be the prime opportunity to start a revolution while the standing army is away on foreign soil and set things right . it would be good to see a return to nationalism worldwide . Unfortunately for all involved , mother nature has natural checks and balances for animals that breed too much , in the case of humans , its warfare . The planet , as well as ourselves could use the population reduction .In the past , during the cold war era , nuclear war was a possibility if one got desperate enough , so both sides had almost every nation on earth targeted , one reason was to prevent 3rd world nations from rising up to dominate a decimated Soviet Union or Western power in our case . Almost everything we prep for when we get down to it , is directly or indirectly a result of overpopulation ………think about it .

    • michael c says:

      No, we prep for the “de-population” that is coming. We just don’t want to be there.

  5. JP in MT says:

    War with Iran. We told the Israelis that they couldn’t have a working nuclear weapon for a year. That time frame ends in Dec 2012. Iran is not afraid of us or anyone else, the Israelis will do what they think is in their best interest. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Thats why Americans are despised the world over , we try to tell everybody how to act and try to occupy everyplace we have no business being . Hate to say it , but a little smack down may do us some good and help us get our head out of our butt . Then again , I fear nothing will shake up the sheeple enough to question what the gooberment tell them . ={

  6. Soggy Prepper says:

    I didn’t hear about this in the lamestream media news. Why? I think an informed and aware public that knows the truth of what is going on is much better then having them ignorant and afraid when something does hit the fan. Iran is also mass producing missiles as we speak.

    I’m so glad Russia and Iran are becoming friendly. Throw in Syria telling America to stop meddling and we have a great starter to the next WW.

  7. riverrider says:

    we got power!!! whoohoo! man, the ac feels good. now for the recovery. loads of clothes to wash, dishes etc. refill the water tanks and jugs. charge the batts, restock everything. plus all of the new stuff i wanna do for next time. i see this outage as a harbinger of things to come…… have a couple of products we were tickled with during the outage, some not so much. i’ll try to do a review asaic. glad to be back in the 21st century, until the next storm which is right outside my window now. my new slogan is “test your preps folks! “

    • Congrats !!!!!!!
      Was in Maine during a few power outages , fortunately it was winter ……………I just remember taking everything out of the fridge and putting them on the counter because the fridge was too warm lol .

    • Tinfoil Hat says:

      Glad your back online RR. Looking forward to your write ups

    • d2 prep says:

      RR, glad you are back amongst the living! Will be waiting to hear your analysis.

    • sw't tater says:

      rr, So glad you are able to get things back up. Looking forward to your learned experiences and reviews. Here , we got rain last three days so far about 2 and half inches on porch. were almost 14″ waiting for ground to be ready for disc, the breaking plows would barely turn it before.

    • village idiot says:

      Alright, river, I’m happy as heck for you. Glad to have you back on the grid, and into the 21st C. I’m really looking forward to your report. However, a little misfortune came my way today, as we received 7 in. of rain in a 2 hr. period, and my house is flooded. More later.

      • Lantana says:

        Oh no! VI, good luck with the clean up.

      • worrisome says:

        VI, it IS all about being ready for anything isn’t it? Crazy times, hope all will be well!

      • Michele says:

        Bummer, sorry to hear that.

      • Sorry to hear about the flood. You can send some of your excess h2o our way. Michigan is severly dry and we could use it. Hope that your preps are ok and that it didn’t do too much damage.

      • riverrider says:

        vi, dang man, sorry as heck about that. good luck in the clean up effort. another reason i don’t have carpets, just rugs. i can hang them out onthe deck rails to wash and dry. hang in there.

        • village idiot says:

          river, got the padding and carpet dried out, padding and carpet back in one bedroom and noticed that the baseboards have separated from the sheetrock. I’ve got to have a carpenter come over now and look at replacing the sheetrock. More crap. But we will persevere one way or another.

    • Michele says:

      Congrats!!! Feels great doesn’t it.

      I remember what it was like for 5 days without power. The really good thing for me was, I found I took it like a trooper, switching to cooking on the woodstove, and out cutting and hauling firewood in everday. Not bad for a grandma.

  8. Looks like is down again. Wonder if he got hacked again? I’m starting to get afraid to even visit his site you never know when you could get infected with a computer virus that hackers have put on his site.

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