Monday miscellany

1. A man comes onto a bus with a gun. Now what? : “SALT LAKE CITY — Does a person carrying a gun have a right to get on a crowded bus, or a train, even if other passengers are nervous about a stranger with a gun in the wake of violent shootings that have claimed the lives of children and adults?”

2. Some interesting how to videos on YouTube. And a product that you might be interested in taking a look at – I’ve not read it myself, but it looks interesting enough – Hard Times Survival Guide for Women.

3. Bill would make it a crime to share concealed weapons permit data with feds : “SALT LAKE CITY — New gun legislation surfaced Friday to prevent the state’s list of concealed weapons permit holders from being shared with the federal government.”

4. 21 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Have Become Training Centers For Sexual Deviancy : “Why do men and women have a such a hard time relating to each other in a meaningful way in America today? Could our oversexed culture have anything to do with it? In the United States today, we are constantly being bombarded with sexual messages. Just think about it.”

5. Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing? : “If the economy is improving, then why are many of the largest retail chains in America closing hundreds of stores? When I was growing up, Sears, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all considered to be unstoppable retail powerhouses. But now it is being projected that all of them will close hundreds of stores before the end of 2013.”

6. Gun dealers report shortages of ammunition : “Retailers say much of the demand is from gun owners who are stockpiling in case certain weapons are banned.”

7. Is the Dollar Dying? Why US Currency Is in Danger : “The U.S dollar is shrinking as a percentage of the world’s currency supply, raising concerns that the greenback is about to see its long run as the world’s premier denomination come to an end.”

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  1. HomeINsteader says:

    For those of you taking aspirin on a regular basis, EVEN ONCE A WEEK, you might want to read this post from “The Douglas Report”, William Campbell Douglas, II, M.D. (for those not familiar with his work):

    You can also read here a piece, “Eggs Are Healthy, After All”

    Regular aspirin use linked to wet AMD

    The news on aspirin just keeps getting worse.

    Hot on the heels of a study I just told you about that finds — again — that regular aspirin use can lead to blindness, a second new study puts some numbers on that risk.

    And if you’re taking aspirin yourself right now, you might want to sit down for this one.

    Yeah, it’s that bad.

    The study of 2,400 Australians finds that regular aspirin use — forget once a day, we’re talking even once a week here — can TRIPLE the risk of wet age-related macular degeneration.

    Wet AMD is the more serious of the two forms of the disease. It is more severe, more likely to lead to blindness, and — more importantly — it is incurable.

    It’s also the rarer form of AMD, at least among people who don’t take aspirin. In the new study, just 3.7 percent of those who used the drug only occasionally went on to develop it.

    But for people who took the drug once a week or more, that risk shot up. Nearly 10 percent of them became wet AMD patients, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    On the plus side, think of the bonanza for eye doctors here. Aspirin could be their own version of an economic stimulus program.

    Maybe they’re the ones really funding all the “wonder drug” commercials and still trying to convince docs to recommend daily aspirin use to all their patients. But unless you’re planning to spend some time with an ophthalmologist yourself, do yourself a favor and skip the aspirin.

    There isn’t much reason to take it anyway.

    Supposedly, aspirin use can prevent the clots that lead to heart attack and stroke — but in some patients, they can actually CAUSE those clots. And other studies have shown that any small benefit is more than offset by the risks, including the risk of severe internal bleeding, bleeding ulcers, and bleeding in the brain.

    Who needs it?

    If you want to protect the heart and thin your blood at the same time, stick to fish oil instead. (Note from HI: not all fish oils are alike; some are rancid sitting on the shelf; Krill oil is best, but, is very expensive in comparison; read the labels, but, few will tell you WHICH fish it came from – cod is best, if you can’t afford krill. Just make sure your fish oil is not rancid – if it smells rancid (you know that smell!) it is. Take it back.)

    • Mystery Guest says:

      I don’t think aspirin is the cause. The people who developed this condition, yes could possibly have taken aspirin.
      My father had arthuritis since he was in the Navy. He took BC powder, and he took aspirin by the handfull. Yeah he wore glasses but he didn’t develope anything worse.
      My mother had rumatoid arthuritis, she took aspirin until she started taking stronger things.
      I suffered with sick headaches have taken aspirin for years and almost daily. The only problem is now I am old enough to have thin skin and it causes more bleeding with a scrap.
      I now have back problems. But I do tend to wait and see if I can work some of the hurt out before I take anything.
      I think it has to be a combination of something such as inoculations with the then taking of aspirin. I am not allergic to aspirin by itself nor codiene. But the two together will make me have large and I mean large swellings like bee stings.
      I think taking fish oil is excellant for heart etc. and think everyone should take it. But don’t think it will do much for pain.
      And caution is always to be practiced.

    • I don’t take much aspirin but I do take cod liver oil for my heart health. In fact when I went to my eye doctor he asked if I take fish oil or aspirin.

      Also I was told by the Dr.’s eye tech for optical health, eating leafy green veggies is what nourishes eye, NOT carrots or orange veggies as I was told for 50 years. I protested her claim but she kept saying I was wrong and the carrots never helped my eyesight. She was even snotty about it.

      Now I don’t get it. I started eating carrots more than ever for the last 7 years (since I grew buckets of carrots and squash, sweet potatoes in my new garden) and I haven’t needed stronger lenses for that time and the progression of deteriation of my eyes have halted..even a reading test proved my eyes hav’t changed…. but the 10 years before that, I was needing stronger lenses every 2 years and I was not on a carrot, orange veggie regimine. My wrong thinking is doing good so I won’t stop because of a new study or what eye doctors say.. These things come and go so much–it’s bad, no it’s good, no it’s bad.

    • Joseph trimmer says:

      Our Founding Fathers Understood! Why Gun Control Is Bad for ALL Americans!

  2. Mystery Guest says:

    #1. Every person on the bus that is legal should have a gun on a bus, train etc.
    #3 good, good, good idea.
    #4 Sex is over sold and over priced.
    #5. The projected sales of a company to show that it is a thriving business in case of wanting to sale it is one reason and projecting sales for 10 to 15 years into the future. Strip malls. economy.
    #6 Well we already knew this.
    #7 It will never be dead as being known as our currency. But indeed they (whomever) wants to strangle it to death.

  3. Mystery Guest says:

    Just heard that Barrett Firearms has written California that they will no longer be serviceing any of the guns of the California police etc.
    Make them puppies hurt.
    Wonder what dippy moron will try to pick up the business?
    They are writing to other states with the same statement.

  4. Mystery Guest says:

    I forgot to mention that last night I had a chance to listen to Alex Jones. I don’t think he is over the top so much.
    As with any one you listen to you have to be able to digest it then spit out what isn’t quite edible.
    But I found he had some sound ideas or theories even if they were just that.

  5. With the treat of gun bans the people are responding by retail survivalism. 22 ammo is very scarce locally in my area. 223 40 cal and others all also hard to fins same with 06,308 and mosin ammo.Lucky gunner and midway are also out of 22 anything. I have been meaning to get some 45 and mosin for my son but I have not been able to find the mosin.There was some 45 at the wallymart but it was the 200 or 250 round box and it was out of my reach at the time.TDL is definatlly the top ammo salesman of 2013.As far as the deviancy in schools tdl is the author of that also. Playing the gay card for the boy scouts is repulsive sexualizing children with the gay agenda. What does he want the rainbow scouts?

  6. #1. Another good reason for all interested parties to carry a weapon. If you were intent on doing harm to others, getting in a steel box with others packing guns should be a serious deterrent.

    #2. This information should not be available to the general public anyway. The Privacy Act prevents release of information containing a Social Security Number.

    #5. But I thought the economy was in recovery?

    #6. Really. You’d think they’d have noticed before now.

  7. Utah gun case ? been to salt lick city a few times ………doesnt take much to spook people in Utah , everything scares them . Just sayin .

    The Dollar ( Peso ) dyeing ? ALL unbacked currency is dying .

    Ammo shortage ? said it before , say it again ….THERE IS NO AMMUNITION SHORTAGE !!! , manufacturers are going at full capacity in the popular calibers , WE THE CONSUMER are the problem , the whole problem , and nothing but the problem ……………what do you think happens to supply and demand when panicked paranoia strikes ? You get a jackass that buys up 50 boxes of whatever at a single outing , screwing availability for everybody else because he is SO scared that it will disappear ” overnight ” by act of some phantom agency …………..This is bullshit people !!!!! stop being part of the problem . It will be there in quantity if you will get a grip and controle your nerves .

    • Mystery Guest says:

      You can look at the so called “Ammunition” shortage in several ways.
      Yes, they are manufacturing more. So is this to get a lot more money in higher prices for same said product? Is this in itself a ploy.
      Yes, the consumer made the shortage. BUT remember “It”, “They” and “Them” caused the so called panic buying, with the Fienstein etc., mucks saying they were going to mess with gun owners, buyers etc. This fact cannot be ignored.
      I am glad that those that could bought.
      I believe all avenues leading in and out of this mess was to cause the ordinary person grief and it hasn’t completely come to a head yet.

      • Truth to what you say , they did cause the panic . But we dont have to react to it in such a way that benefits no one . Buying certain types of weapons is the immediate concern . Yes they do go hand in hand , but backing off on panic and in one respect , irresponsible ( bulk ) buying up of ammunition , causing empty shelves for others , needs to be addressed . Ok , say for example , as a .223 weapon owner , you buy up 10 – 30 boxes at the store , leaving none for the next guy that has just as much right to the 2nd amendment as you do . What does that person really think he is going to be doing ? Individual combat with the ” authorities ” ……all day , every day ? C’mon , that guy is going to get smoked as fast as he pulls it out and levels it . Does he expect to be part of an organized resistance movement ? ok , thats better in the standpoint that now your in a group and your fallen enemy will provide you with ammunition and other things . Just sayin . My question is this , is it not better to buy only 4-5 boxes , and leave some for others ? ……does this not help spread the capabilities of resistance if more people are able to get it ? Its too bad that people have to feel the panic in the first place ………..should never have had to happen if we had reasonable and non reactive government . Good luck to all in the coming months .

        • Mystery Guest says:

          I do not know if this is what one could ever consider fair.
          We do what we do for varied reasons.
          But there are other things that can be done if things get as bad as we think they will.
          Big 5 already has a limit on what they have. I see that as a factor in the future.
          And speaking of future we will have to wait and see what comes.

        • Aye , and may we all make it .

  8. Damn Republicans **visualize angry face**

    North Carolina state representatives have introduced a bill that would “clarify” state law to specifically prohibit the baring of women’s breasts. Women worried about showing too much of their “private area” should use pasties, or perhaps duct tape.

    The proposed legislation, House Bill 34, would make it a Class H felony to expose “external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast.”

    The AP reports that, depending on the intent of the exposure, women could face up to six months in prison for an errant areola,

    If it’s a felony to see a woman’s boob… then I don’t want to see a man’s boob either. I’ve seen some guys that easily had a B cup and they sure weren’t as nice to look at as a woman’s B cup.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I can understand communities wanting to limit adult entertainment. What I don’t get is why so many are against nursing in public if done with discretion. Babies need what they need when they need it. We have practically criminalized the stay at home mom, and any domestic act she may do. It seems I might be the last female to think this way. My grandmothers were fercious hillbilly amazons. One had 11 babies, the other 8. They worked from long before sun-up and still played snuggle bunny with their hubbies when the lights went out. One was Baptist Republican and the other a Methdist Democrat. All of their children graduated high school, many graduated college or technical school, non had to get married or had a baby out of wedlock (there were one or two little scandles when they were young adults.) All the men served in the military honorably. Love of God, self, family, and country was and is our credo.
      So I say no to hoochie mamas and yes to baby mamas.

      • What happened to equality? If a man can show his B cup boobs then why cant a woman? I think everyone will agree (men and women alike)… we’d rather see shaply woman boobs than flabby, saggy man boobs.

      • TGM, I agree completely with your coment.
        I would add that it is pretty sad that women don’t know to cover their breasts unless we make a law. I believe breasts are beautiful. I also have a 17 year old son who doesn’t need to run into bare breasts in public. The punishment sounds completely crazy, but I don’t think bare breasts on parade at the corner are good for anyone. What happened to common sense?
        SW, I think the difference is this…men see boobs and it sets off a firestorm of sexual attraction. Women see mens boobs and think, “He’s cute” or “That guy needs a shirt”.
        Shout out to the writing contest winners! Thanks for your efforts!
        God bless you all.

        • Anything that is off limits is going to set off attraction of some sort or another. Hate to be the bearer of bad news… Your 17 yr old is probably seeing more than this 40 yr old LOL

      • I never minded babies being nursed in public. I think it is more appropiat then some punk with his pants falling off.It is allot more wholesome then hip hop music.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          Amen to that!

        • HomeINsteader says:

          I nursed my babies wherever I was, whenever they were hungry – but I ALWAYS carried at least one extra baby blanket for discretion. I have never appreciated a woman floppin’ her boob out as a pubic display in the name of “progress”, or “childcare”, or, whatever excuse they make. A lady is always a lady, and doesn’t need to be told how to be a lady.

      • I agree with you T-G Ma. I nursed my babies for a long time, and sometimes in public. I was discrete, in fact so much so I had a few people try to sneak around the blanket to see the baby, until I told them I was nursing, and would like a little privacy, thank you. But even if the mommies are not as discrete – so what? There is nothing sexual about nursing babies, nothing wrong with breasts, and if the prudes don’t like it or think there is something wrong with feeding a baby, they can turn their heads and look away.

      • I have heard about a few other states that made similar laws then had to go back to modify the law to allow for women who were feeding their babies. I’m betting they’ll have to do the same.

        My mom had her children in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At that time, doctors were telling women it wasn’t healthy to nurse their children. My mom told her doctor where he could stick it and nursed us. Logical woman – natural is always better.

        My own children had mommy milk until they were 11 to 12 months old – even though I worked full time. I was lucky enough to have a place where I could bottle my own milk to store for my girls to drink when I was at work.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Just another example of bad advice dispensed by the American Medical Model; and they’ll send you the bill.

    • As the DH says, I rather see a woman’s boob than all the violence, blood and gore on TV and in the movies. Why do they make such a big deal out of something as beautiful as the human body and don’t make a big deal out of the violence?

      • + 100 , you said it all . but you must remember ……..its NC ( probably Raleigh ) ………….most of the guys I saw walking around that metro area looked like they were not into girls………….if you get my drift . Just an observation .

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Does kind of make you wonder how it is they have nothing better to do.

  9. Tactical G-Ma says:

    1. I lived for a few years in Alaska during the 70’s. Everyone carried. Bears, moose, bad guys. No problems. Please always assume everyone you meet is carrying. Hypervigilance is a good thing. Open carry and concealed carry should be optional. The only places I think should be barred are jails and bars not serving a full menu of food.

    2. That survival guide for women might be a good investment. Animals can smell menstrual blood for some distance and will attack. More good ideas included. Think I will buy.

    3. It is against fed.statue to list guns sold to whom. I think info of ccws issued should remain with the county in which issued so long as a standardized background check is used. Men can marry men and every state has to honor it. Every state should honor my carry permit.

    4. Kids are no more oversexed now than 100 years ago. No one (very few) parents, schools, societies in the U.S. demands virtue, standards, morality, self-respect. Kids do not comprehend fatal diseases, premarital pregnancies, consequences of their actions. If you are not a hands-on parent 24/7, kids will do what they want to do. Period. Does that mean you have to be a jailor? Yes.

    5. If businesses don’t plan for future markets, or don’t target the right demographics, they should go under. This bailing out crap is for the birds. Grants, Woolworths, Lovemans, etc. have gone. In my neighborhood, shopping at Kmart is upscale. Let the chips fall where they may.

    6. Supply and demand.

    7. Of course the dollar is dying! Look at the flippin deficit!

    Thanks for the info on aspirin. Many meds have terrible possible side effects. I don’t take any NSAID unless absolutely necessary. Each of us should try to make the most informed decisions when putting stuff in our bodies. For some, the benefit of aspirin outways the risk.
    My personal preference in krill oil is Mega Red. It is expensive but it is small, shelf stable, and your sweat will not smell fishy. It is carried at Sams and one tiny pill per day plus eating salmon and tuna will fix you up.

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Agred! MegaRed is the best.

    • “4. Kids are no more oversexed now than 100 years ago. No one (very few) parents, schools, societies in the U.S. demands virtue, standards, morality, self-respect. Kids do not comprehend fatal diseases, premarital pregnancies, consequences of their actions. If you are not a hands-on parent 24/7, kids will do what they want to do. Period. Does that mean you have to be a jailor? Yes”

      Agreed. Parents or even a single parent households doesn’t seem to teach morals and integrity anymore. If they did… that would solve a LOT of problems.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        SW, the parents would have to be there first, in order to be able to teach the children. The majority of children today are raised in one-parent homes. The rest are raised in “extended family” homes, if they’re lucky. Or, they raise themselves (“latchkey” kids). The model of two parents, with one sacrificing personal career outside the home to raise the children, is the exception now, and not the rule.

        I fell into this trap. I worked outside the home, thinking I was helping my family, and paid “caregivers” to raise my children for me; but I also had a lot of times “in-between” (corporate moves for the DH’s career) in which I was home to raise my own children. Looking back, I’d rather be home, raising them myself, than paying someone else to do it – no paid caregiver can take the place of Mom or Dad. No paid caregiver will put their heart and soul into raising your child; that’s not their purpose. The results will be your problem, not theirs.

        Having said that, I was raised by a Mom with a slew of children and limited education, who did it on her own. Yes, we had a “father”, if you want to call him that – at least for a few years. We raised each other – we didn’t have “childcare”, and could not have afforded it, under any circumstances. This is to say I AM FULLY AWARE of the sacrifices required in single-parent homes.

        I am simply saying, we have forfeited “family”, among other societal stabilities, and we reap what we have sown.

        But, I agree – if we could just return to the family model and raise our children ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it for us, in a “hit and miss” sort of way….but that would mean not having everything we want as quickly as we want it…that would mean a return to having to work and build up to “better things”, over time…and we are not a patient people.

        If only we would learn to “be content with such as we have” – a Biblical precept.

        • I wish I could have stayed home with my children but by the time we had children, the ex and I couldn’t afford for me to NOT work. I was fortunate enough that my mother and my ex MIL were there for my first child, splitting the weeks. Unfortunately they both told me that they would not take on two, so my girls started daycare at the same time. On the other hand, I was very fortunate to find someone who was like a grandmother to them.

    • good analysis .

      • G-Ma for PREZ!!!

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          That’s sweet of you. But there is a reason old women don’t have babies. I would take some of those young punks out and call it a late term abortion! 😉 then I would probably use the codes that agent carries where ever the pres goes. Feel me?

          • LOL , I see a lot of kids walking around that could be the pro abortion poster child .

            • T.R.

              I saw a guy yesterday, that had a wife and two kids with him he had a red Mohawk and those big holes in his ears – he looked like a dumbass – I felt sorry for the girl and had to ask myself what was she thinking.

              • I could go on about ” what was she thinking ” …….but I dont want to be called a nazi and get kicked off the site lol .

              • Unfortunately, I see a LOT of questionable “dudes” with girls and ask myself the same question. However, I have talked to some of those questionable “dudes” and realized that a few (not many) are pretty nice guys. I even have a nephew that has the ugly holes in his ears, but he’s also a prepper. You just never know – “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

                • Tactical G-Ma says:

                  GA Red
                  Every generation has its trends. The tats, shrapnel, and ear accoutrements do not make a person bad. But many who go to extremes are confined to the fringes of society and have a pool of people to make friendships with who have troubles with social practices unless you are maori warrior.
                  I am troubled when people go to extremes that cut themselves off from the mainstream completely.

                • I have a nephew that also looks like that …….the kid is a waste of skin , has the drug monkey on his back and doesn’t want it off . He was wasted one day when I was visiting and got in my face ……he was on his ass looking up at me shortly there after . I dont go anywhere near him anymore , because I know that I’ll end up sticking a knife in him .

  10. HomeINsteader says:

    IS the US dollar dying as world currency? You betcha!

    Dick Bove: US Dollar Will Be ‘Overthrown’ as World’s Reserve Currency

    Read Latest Breaking News from

  11. Stores like Sears, K-Mart and J.C. Penny are going out of business because they are dinosaurs–you can get the same or similar merchandise at amazon a lot cheaper. (Pennys used to be a good place to get clothing, but just in the last year you can see a noticeable difference in the quality of the clothing. I get my dh the same brand of shorts every year. I got him another pair this year and we took them back–the fabric was thinner, the stitching used to be double stitched but they switched to single stitching, and the button was cheap, like it would pop off after a few weeks of wear.) I have even started buying groceries on amazon–tea in particular is a lot cheaper on amazon than at Publix or Walmart.

    • Probably didn’t help that an article I read recently said some of the Craftsman tools were no longer made in the USA. If Sears would revert back to a primarily USA goods store. then they might survive.

      • Agreed, SW. I have an idea to get Motor City back to its glory days. What if they brought back some of the classic cars–like a ’55 Chevy, ’32 Ford Roadster, ’57 T-bird, ’69 Camero. How many rich people around the world would love to have a freshly minted vintage classic? This is the kind of push we need in this country–a push to be proud of American products.

        • Sadly too many corporate flunkies are only looking at their big profit boost buy buying cheaply made foreign junk. Then the quality American stuff goes out of business or their jobs get shipped over seas.

          If the powers that be would put enough tariffs on the imports so they are just slightly higher than USA goods then maybe the companies would bring the jobs and products back to America.

          • HomeINsteader says:

            Those corporate flunkies are protecting their own jobs; most of them report to a Board of Directors, and the BOD expects the company to post a profit with each and every quarter – it all comes down to $$$$, because most BOD members have a vested interest. Same is true of most “non-profits”, believe it, or not, the worst, IMHO, being the American Red Cross (volunteered with them for many years) – you might be shocked if you knew how much of the “donated” money they hoard – and the BEST, IMHO, being The Salvation Army.

            • Corporate flunkies may be protecting their jobs, but their jobs are to make a profit. Is it ONLY OK to increase profit as long as the jobs are in the US? Our biggest problem is too many government regulations making it cheaper to do business overseas.

              As for the Red Cross vs the Salvation Army – the Salvation Army wins every time with me. A LOT of the bigger non-profits have gotten out of hand and lost sight of their mission – The United Way comes to mind. If you want to know your money is doing the most good, do some research on the bigger ones and learn to read their financials. Your other choice is to get to know some of your small, local non-profits – they tend to keep the money in your area and keep their overhead costs really low.

              Another thing to consider where The Red Cross is concerned as it relates to investing funds – some non-profits are required by their by-laws to keep a certain amount of funds in savings/investments and work with the income generated from the investments. There’s a term for it (that I can’t remember at the moment) and it helps sustain the existence of the non-profit.

              I’ve been working with a couple of non-profits over the last few years and overhead costs can eat them alive if not careful. The more they grow, the more it can get out of hand. Just a mail box in one of those UPS stores is about $300 a year – a lot of non-profits are run by individuals from their homes and it can be safer to have a box.

              Bottom line – get to know your non-profit and how it works. You might be surprised by how much they do with how little they receive in contributions.

              • The term is Endowment. Sometimes people donate specifically to fund an endowment or the non-profit designates with their by-laws that a percentage of all general donations will go toward an endowment.

          • Actually, the EPA is putting companies out of business as often or more often. I talked to a company that sells sheets through fundraisers at schools about it. They wanted to open a plant in the US to make the sheets here and the EPA regulations would not allow it. I think it’s good to regulate to a certain extent but regulating people out of business is just plain bad for the economy.

  12. HomeINsteader says:

    OH, goody! Does this mean I’ll qualify for a job now? (see last Friday’s post on libtard-dem-introduced federal legislation requiring employers to hire felons)

    or, does this mean I don’t have to worry about my heirloom seeds (if I had any, which I don’t) or any guns (if I owned any, which I don’t) making me a felon?

    Federal law: Every living American can be arrested right now for felony possession of drugs made in their own brains

    Learn more:

  13. To: H-D,

    I hope memory serves me correctly here, but weren’t you interested in growing your own cooking oil? (This is something we should all look into, IMO–it’s difficult to store cooking oil and without it, you have to boil most food). Here’s the link to an interesting website–this guy jerry-rigged an oil press out of $14 worth of hardware.

    • Bam Bam,

      That is a Piteba oil press in the picture. The same kind that I have. It is not that expensive, but it sure isn’t 14 dollars.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Bam Bam,

      Yes. We ordered hazelnut trees because they will grow in our area. We want to have a source of cooking oil when the grocery stores shut down. The wait is 4 years for the nuts and society may not last that long. I would like to get an oil press soon. I’m still looking for that $14 contraption.
      With the destruction of the dollar by the federal reserve I think we wont get nuts from our trees soon enough.

      I would like to know if black sunflower seed sold as bird food is safe to extract oil for cooking.

      In the shell nuts keep long term; we should stock up and press the oil as needed. Since you’re the shopping guru, in what month should we stock up?

      • I read that the black sunflower seeds produce more oil than the type you eat… and to use those 🙂

      • H-D,

        Kate named the kind of oil press that was on the link I provided–and she said it wasn’t $14. I must have gotten that from another website. I will look for it.

        I do have a suggestion for you–something I picked up while researching–why not grow sunflower seeds in the meantime? And stock black oil sunflower seeds. This will help until your trees start producing.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        HD, not Bam Bam, but, found some nutritional info on hazelnuts I’d like to share (because I didn’t know!):

        Hazelnuts are sweet in taste and incredibly nutritious. Botanically, the nuts are fruits from the “birch” or Betulaceae family of trees. The “Filbert” (C. maxima) is similar kind and related to common hazel but only differing in having the nut more fully enclosed by the tubular involucre. In Britain, the nuts are usually enjoyed as “cobnuts.”

        Scientific name: Corylus avellana.

        The hazel is a small deciduous tree, originated in southern Europe and Turkey. It is now being cultivated in many regions of the world, including USA as an important commercial crop.

        Hazel tree begin producing fruits about three years after plantation. During each spring season, the tree bears attractive inflorescence (catkins), consisting of the cluster of monoecious flowers arranged closely along a central stem that ultimately becomes fruits by autumn.

        The hazel fruit is a nut produced in clusters; with each nut held in a short leafy involucre or capsule enclosing about three-quarters of the nut. Each yellow-brown color nut, roughly spherical to oval in shape, is about 1.5-2 cm long and 1.2 -2 cm broad, featuring a light scar at the base. They fall out of the leafy involucre or capsule when ripe, about 7-8 months after pollination.

        Hazelnut oil, extracted from the nuts, has been used in as base or carrier oil in medicine, and in aromatherapy.

        They are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin E, they are gluten free..and more (see the site above).

        Hazelnuts are available in the market year around. In the stores, different forms of hazels are sold such as shelled, shell-less, salted, sweetened, or ground, etc. Try to buy unshelled (with the outer shell) raw nuts instead of processed ones. The nuts should feature bright brown-yellow color, compact, uniform in size and feel heavy in hand. They should not feature any cracks, molds, and spots and free of rancid smell.

        Unshelled hazels can be stored in cool dry place for years. Store shelled (without their outer coat) nuts; however, inside an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to avoid them turn rancid.

        If they’re like most nuts, they will be most plentiful in early to mid-fall of each year in our part of the world, and, thus, should be best price then.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        HD, as to the black sunflower seed question…as long as it has not been heat-treated or chemically-treated in any way, it would probably work, and might even be safe to eat. But there’s the kicker – you have no way of knowing; it’s being sold as bird seed, not for human consumption, so process or additives do not have to be disclosed.

        Personally, I’d grow my own sunflowers producing the seeds I want – sunflowers are very easy to grow and they grow UP – not OUT – so you don’t need a lot of garden space for them – then I’d save seed from those and expel what I don’t need to save for roasting/eating and future growth.

        • Does anyone have problems with birds eating all their sunflower seeds? If so, what do you do to stop them?

          • HomeINsteader says:

            I grew sunflower seeds until recently, and I can’t say that I had a problem with the birds, but, I have cats roaming the hood (not mine!) and dogs I let out…so, perhaps that is a deterrent enough? But the squirrels, now, that’s another story. Of course, the dogs love to chase the squirrels away, as well. I have one dog that loves to catch and kill the squirrels, so, I have to watch her like a hawk! I don’t want them killed (well, not yet, anyway!).

            If you find you have a problem with birds wanting to attack your sunflowers for seeds, try leaving out seed JUST FOR THE BIRDS (and squirrels – because you probably won’t be able to keep the squirrels out).

            I’ve tried squirrel bafflers, etc., on bird feeders and found them only “somewhat useful”, at best.

            Just think of it as fattening up the food source for when SHTF!

          • GA Red,

            I grew sunflowers two years ago – a variety that was specifically used for oil. I had to cover the heads with fabric to keep the birds away and the birds still picked at the fabric to get the seeds.

            You would have more luck with peanuts. I KNOW you can get them to grow.

        • Hunker-Down says:


          Thanks for the non-disclosure warning. I’ll buy the ‘food grade’ type.

          We don’t have room for sunflowers because I’m too lazy to fight the birds and squirrels. 🙂

          • Here’s another thought… In a SHTF situation… the birds could be shot and cooked. Tastes like chicken 🙂

    • I can see how someone could jerry-rig one – it looks a LOT like the meat grinder that goes to my mom’s old Sunbeam MixMaster.

  14. The End is near.

  15. Leading Geneticist: Human Intelligence is Slowly Declining

    and to prove the point
    Brothers blow up house while celebrating lottery win

    Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort. Granted this is in Washington state but a loony law in one place just encourages the rest of the loons to imitate it.
    One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners

  16. The Russians don’t just give you concrete shoes… they give you a whole suit.

    MOSCOW (AP) — The body of a Russian lawmaker was found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an $80 million debt, officials said Monday.

  17. 1. Visited Israel in the 80’s. Lots of Israeli soldiers with “assault rifles” walking around streets and on the buses. Never felt safer. Also father in AF and lived on AF bases, Armed soldiers, not gun free areas, never felt safer!
    2. Video looks interesting for survival skills. I like the ones that have lived it.
    3. States rights- good for Utah! Do not share such info with the FEDS.
    4..Duh, take out God, prayer, discipline, and you get brats. Homeschool people. Mine are/were. Also agree with Tactical G-Ma, parenting vigilance 24/7.
    5. NO more bailouts! Have you heard about potentially bailing out the newspapers (well at least the lib ones).
    6..Economics 101, supply and demand. Plus the gov is buying up all they can, and with big orders will get theirs filled first.
    7. The dollar at some point in time will no longer be the reserve currency which all countries must use to buy oil. So other countries will not buy up our debt. When that happens we are in for a major collapse of our civil society. This will not be pretty. Prep faster.

  18. Mystery Guest says:

    Cave man style. If it weren’t serious I would laugh. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone I did.

  19. riverrider says:

    tinfoil hat wanted me to pass on a reminder that you might be successful finding ammo off market, thru barter, trade or other exchange. he did same with good results. i reached out to a buddy and we may be working a mutually beneficial trade for 1k of 308! as tin said: think outside the box store.

  20. I gave a coworker 36 308 brass cases. He recently bought a remmy 700 in 308 and can`t find ammo locally. his dad is going to handload them for him.

  21. Man… wish I could find some of this 308 goodness locally.

  22. HomeINsteader says:


    Deep Roots at Home posts an interesting piece on preventing damping off of those tender seedlings:

    Prevent Damping Off In Seedlings~Use Chamomile Tea

    • Use sterile soil for starting the seeds and don’t overwater. That way you won’t get damping off. I have never had a problem with this in 25 years. You can make your own sterile soil each spring if needed (such as when the world ends).

      Another thing you can do is put a fan on the seedlings. This will help prevent damping off and the seedlings wont grow all spindly either. I put a fan on the tomatoes when they are about 3 to 4 inches tall. You get shorter growth, larger stems and a lot more leaves that way.

      When the world ends and you don’t have the use of a fan, put the seedlings outside in the warmest part of the day for a couple of hours, then bring them back inside. That accomplishes the same thing.

  23. Some retail stores are in trouble because they can’t compete. You can go to the local Sears store and fire a cannon off and not hit a customer. Go to the Walmart and the parking lot is full. Why? Simple I can buy things at Walmart for 70%, 60% and even 50% less then what the same thing costs at Sears or Penneys.

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