Tuesday miscellany

FEMA Ordered to Prepare For ‘Mass Fatality Planning’ in Bill Introduced Into Congress : “The Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster [nuclear melt-downs, CIA false flags, and pharma-terrorists’ pandemics] that results in mass fatalities.” Thanks to Michael G for the link.

Your healthKiwifruit helps kick the common cold : This month the British Journal of Nutrition thinks so. It published a study suggesting Gold Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) will decrease the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infections in healthy older adults.

More for your health – Seven ways to use honey for whatever ails you : “Lots of us may like to use a little honey as a sweetener for our morning coffee, toast or tea, but there are several uses for this tasty little treat – in its pure, raw, non-pasteurized form, it can do more than just bring a smile to our face.”

And still more – Cannabinoid Medicine : “The federal government is ignoring the science that has repeatedly demonstrated that marijuana is not dangerously addictive, is less harmful than alcohol, and in no way causes the social ramifications that got it banned for in the first place.”

$4,500 in Gas Siphoned in Latest Calif. Pump Heist : “With the price of gas in California reaching record highs, thieves are increasingly targeting gas tanks with the most recent heist siphoning more than $4,500 from a gas station over a span of three days.” Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Food Prices Rising: Reaching Near Emergency Levels, Riots Expected :  “Food prices have been rising for quite some time, and aren’t showing any sign of slowing.”

Global Food Prices Set To Soar–Again : “The last food price bubble triggered riots around the world. Now prices are set to rise again, say complexity theorists. It stands to reason that people become desperate when they can’t feed themselves or their families.”

Gun microstamping could close American factories : “I understand that gun owners’ rights and the Second Amendment haven’t really been a touchstone in this year’s elections, but that doesn’t mean that the battle isn’t still being waged. One story out this month hits pretty close to home for me, both figuratively and literally. It involves the Remington Arms plant located in Ilion, a village in upstate New York. They are currently battling a pending move by the state government which would force them to put laser etched microstamps on the firing pins of all their weapons, driving costs through the roof.”

Food Stamp Participation Rises : “The jobless rate may be down, but food stamp participation is way up.”

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  1. Homeinsteader says:

    Found this interesting article on survival uses for a TAMPON! I know this will elicit chortles, chuckles, and a few bad jokes (please try to keep the comments somewhat “clean’), but here goes! I find it interesting…

    7 Survival Uses for a Tampon (plastic applicator type)


  2. Homeinsteader says:

    Steve Nolan with SurvivalWeek.com gives what I think is a clear, concise synopsis of where we are and where we’re going…and to some degree, how we got here….in case you’d like to read it, as it DOES affect us all.


    An October Surprise
    By Steve Nolan with M.S. Wall

    The term October Surprise dates back to the many events that have occurred around this time of year in the presidential election cycles. (read more at the link above)

  3. axelsteve says:

    My neighbor has diabetes and keeps these honey straws in the saddlebags of his bike when out riding. He eats one when he starts to feel low on sugar.Sounds like fema is not our friend planning for our demise. I never trusted any gubmint agency anyway, especially since the tsa was formed.

  4. Homeinsteader says:


    CBS Reporter Lara Logan Says Obama Is Lying About Winning War Against Taliban

    Anybody out there shocked?! ; ) LOL!!!

    • GeorgiaBoy says:

      I actually am shocked that CBS would have say anything negative about his Obamaness this close to the election.

      • Georgia………I agree……..but between Lara and the young lady that broke Fast and Furious and wrote the book on it……..I give a lot of credit to the generation they are representing! Bless them!

  5. Food pricing. I’ve been “paying attention” locally for almost 2 years now. As Americans we have enjoyed low food prices compared to our incomes for a long time. We have gone from enjoying it to expecting it. Yet every year we loose farm land, use food/feed for fuel, divert water for lawns/golf courses/recreation/”endangered species” protection, and any number of short sighted things. Then our finite resources start to run low, prices go up, it affects the quantity of “toys” we can buy or our recreation, and we are all surprised and angered.

    My market watch has been pasta in 1 pound packages. It was 88 cents, then it was $1 and on sale for 88 cents. Then is was $1.04, then $1.08. 20%+ in less than 2 years. Inflation is at what, 3.5%? (BS). Since we eat our staples out of a pantry we stock up when it goes on sale. That used to be every 6 weeks or so, now it’s every 6 months. It really hurts people who don’t or can’t stock up in larger quantities (due to financials or space).

    Now we are seeing more government regulation on growing our own food. This leads to more Food Stamps, which leads to more government control. Supply chain problems (discussed earlier) lead to shortages, which leads to civil disobedience, which leads to more government control.

    Who wins? Those that believe big government is the answer. It doesn’t have to happen, but individually we use bog government to impose our will on our neighbors. That’s okay, but what happens when it’s us that is being imposed upon? Things get messy. Prepping is one of the things you can do. But only one. YOU must get involved in government to make it smaller and less intrusive! If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. There is no “Option C”!

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Yes, indeed, JP! We are a nation of “spoiled brats” (and I speak of myself as much as anyone). We’ve come to EXPECT low prices on food – but that always comes with a price – usually, gubment intervention. The big guys get money; the little guys go out of business.

      We were having a discussion on here last month about the TRUE food inflation percentage vs. what the current administration claims; I was able to cite several specific examples in which particular foods had increased in price by as much as 30% in less than a month. And I could do it again, ON THE SAME AND EVEN DIFFERENT FOODS – 30% increases in the last few weeks, after last week’s runs to China Mart and “the big warehouse” store.

      I also noted that one of the few canned food products I buy is holding at only about a 10% increase, but now comes in a “shorter” can – 2 oz. less product.

      Tell me again how inflation is holding at 3.5%?!!!

      • Gettin tired of being lied to? I am!

      • SurvivorDan says:

        TFMrsSurvivorDan and I used to be at odds about me buying things like 80 lbs of American Beauty pasta at 59 cents/lb or 60 lbs of NY strips at $5.99/lb and 50% off of that! But y’all know that is what we have to do to fill our pantries and freezers without going broke. I have counseled folks with less resources to get a week ahead in their finances so they can take advantage of buying in quantity during sales. Seems there are always other priorities like a new X-Box or some other toy. When food prices sky rocket maybe they will get the clue.

  6. While pertaining to nothing in today’s Miscellany I did see this and thought I’d pass it along in case anyone was interested.

    Ruger 10/22 Multicam Takedown Rifle by Specialty Sports
    $380 with a “backpack style” case


    • Homeinsteader says:

      t2rs: yes, it does! ALL miscellany belongs under “miscellany” – anything we might benefit from!

    • Careful with that site. Virus infested.

      • Nope, no virus there. Not even a tracker according to Ghostery, which finds 3 on this site (Facebook Social Graph, Google Analytics and WordPress Stats). I even went through the source code line by line.

        • tommy2rs,

          Google Analytics and WordPress Stats are stat counters so we can keep up with how much traffic the blog receives and inbound links etc. This is how I know that the blog receives an average of 10,000 hits per day. It’s kind of like a clicker and every time a new visitor arrives on the blog the counter gets clicked.
          The Facebook Social Graph keeps up with which pages on this blog that were “liked” by Facebook users.

          • MD, My bad and I apologize. I know what they are and what they do and I should have added that they were benign trackers. Which is why I don’t block them like I do many, many others. My experiences cleaning and delousing pc’s for others taught me well what was safe and what was not, how to detect, block and prevent infections. I keep a very close watch on what passes through my machines and unless I deliberately release one on my test platform I don’t get infections. The Boss on the other hand, well let’s just say she keeps me in practice and my skills up to date even though I retired from the pc repair business.

  7. Firing pins are easy to change out and readily available…..

    Or, keep the brass and reload it, as I do, again, easy once you have the equipment.

    Two reasons I like the M4 platform, brass catchers, and I can change the firing pin with no tools in 5 minutes.

    • GeorgiaBoy says:

      Could the face of the firing pin be filed down ever so slightly, but enough to remove the micro stamp? I would think that might be another solution if the stamp isn’t too deeply cut.

  8. Not that this stuff isnt important but ……………..after awhile does or does not the gloom and doom stories get to a point where they become self defeating ? not slamming , just sayin .

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Sure feels that way TR. Believe me…I don’t need much to get more depressed and anxious!
      But we gotta know what’s going on so we can anticipate what’s coming, eh?

    • Homeinsteader says:

      “Doom and doom”? Or, “staying informed”? I prefer to think of it as staying informed, but, yes, it can become a “heavy burden” at times. That’s when I slip away for a few days to my BOL and lose myself in the long list of work awaiting me there…physical work which drains the body but strengthens the soul, IMHO.

      But at the end of the day, when I am sitting down to a campfire-style meal, I look out my window of my TT and watch the deer dining at dusk, and my troubles disappear, if only for a short while.

      Even Y’eshua/Jesus Christ had to “step away” for a while; that’s why we’re told in the Word of Holy G-d that He (Y’eshua/Jesus Christ) went to the wilderness and stayed for many days, until He was revived and ready to deal with it all again. At those times, He often went to His “prayer closet” and met with G-d the Father Almighty, One-on-One. That, too, is a very powerful “recharge”.

      It’s important to have a means by which to “recharge your batteries”; whether that be going to a movie that you might enjoy or staying home to watch one, enjoying a fine meal with good company, meeting with the Lord in your private place, or going to the wilderness for a season….

      • I hear ya ……..but how much is fact and how much is purely speculation …….just because I have a gun for self defense , doesn’t mean I will ever need to use it . Just sayin

  9. Homeinsteader says:

    A prelude to war? It is no longer a “rumor”; Netanyahu has ordered that elections be moved up.

    NETANYAHU ORDERS EARLY ELECTIONS: How does this fit into the PM’s war planning?
    by joelcrosenberg


  10. Homeinsteader says:

    “The Survival Mom” (Lisa Bedford) offers these webinars for October:

    This month’s webinar schedule: New canning class and 3 experts!

    NEW! Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m. CT: “Basic Food Canning” This class covers the basics of safe food canning practices, what equipment you’ll need, and more.

    Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m. CT: “Healthy Food Storage with Enerhealth’s Darren Craddock” Darren will be sharing with us information about the healthiest types of food to store, foods that are nutrient dense rather than empty calories. Insure your family’s long-term health with this valuable information.
    Thursday, October 18, 8 p.m. CT: Special guest, Mike Phillips of Next Level Training. Mike was in the second season of Top Shot and now owns a firearms training facility. He’ll be talking about firearm selections, good training practices, and will be answering your questions.

    Tuesday, October 23, 8 p.m. CT: “EMP Preparedness” Join Rob Hanus and me for an informative evening of fundamental information about the dangers of EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) and CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), how they will affect your life and how you can prepare for either event. Rob is the host of The Preparedness Podcast and has done extensive research on EMP and has done multiple experiments to find the most effective Faraday containers.

    November Webinars

    Webinar dates and times are subject to change.

    NEW! Thursday, November 8, 8 p.m. CT: “How to set up a safe room” You don’t need to install a high-tech saferoom in order for your family to have a secure place to shelter in case of a storm, home invasion, or other scary scenario. Learn which room of the house is the best location as a saferoom, how to equip it, and what to do to make it as safe as possible.

    Sunday, November 11, 3 p.m. CT: “Food Storage Basics”, This class teaches basic, but important, concepts that will help you determine what to store, how much to store, mistakes to avoid, and lots more.

    Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. CT: “How to be a Prepper” What does it mean to be a prepper, and is it the same as a survivalist? Lisa talks about the evolution of the prepper movement and how to become a prepper yourself without going off the deep end!


    go to the above web site and click in a few minutes before starting for the webinars you want to “attend”.

  11. Microstamping: Colt Manufacturing (the civilian side of Colt) announced it was building a new plant in Florida last year and Remington bought Para USA which is in North Carolina so for both moving would be less of hardship than the $12 per unit cost of adding microstamping. Not to mention the hostile business and firearm environments and tax increases in Connecticut and New York.

    Plus Florida is a non-union right-to-work state so Colt Manufacturing could wave bye bye to the UAW.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Tell them to look toward Mississippi; we have leadership who will do what is necessary (as long as it is legal, ethical, and moral) to get new business in here – and have been doing it for decades. Mississippi is set to lead the nation in food production and we have the highest water aquifers around. We have Castle Doctrine, which extends to anything you own, including personal vehicles (you have the right to defend what’s yours), we still say, “please” and “thank you”, and look you right in the eye when we speak. Tell ’em to “come on down’! But you MUST learn to say, “y’all”!!! ; )

    • tommy2rs,
      I concur with your thoughts. there have already been rumors of firearms manufacturers preparing to move to more welcoming venues, taking the jobs with them, and letting those who are laid off know exactly why & who.

  12. Homeinsteader says:

    Texas Schools Punish Students Who Refuse To Be Tracked With Microchips


    • They should fight that in court ………what people do OFF school property is their own business . It would be like your employer wanting to track you off work hours and off their property . This doesn’t even belong in places like China .

    • Can you imagine what the money going into this program could do to feed familes? Buy books? Put shoes on kids feet? Buy desks? Hire a janitor to clean a filthy restroom? Whatever? Makes me sick that these fools would do this!

  13. In theory it sounds like a good idea that emergency agencies should plan and prepare,but I have a feeling that the plans include arrests,relocation,seizing of supplies,guns,food,guns,meds.guns,water,and of course ‘temporary’ martial law.
    Not sure I agree with this.I think that many drugs should be available to doctors to prescribe as needed for ailments,but I’ve seen too many people ruin their lives with the ‘non addictive’ cannibinoids through self medicating.Not to mention the permenant brain damage and severe lung damage.
    Gas …the new gold!
    Inflation 3.5%?…NOPE!…that number doesn’t include food or fuel,which are skyrocketing 11%..12%? Food …the new gold!
    Guns they are trying to make it so difficult and expensive to make or own that they won’t hafta ban them…thanks UN…I feel much safer now.
    Lemme get this straight…if you’ve given up even trying to find work cause there just aren’t any jobs…they just say that you don’t count anymore!? No wonder the unemployment rate is dropping.Guess I’m gonna need more food stamps from Obama’s stash!

  14. SurvivorDan says:

    Mandatory micro-stamping. The knee-jerk reaction of anti-gun, liberal geniuses.

    How about DNA recognition grips on all firearms so they won’t function for the non-designated user?

    Or individual serial numbers on all ammunition brass?

    All firearms must have a built in functioning micro-camera recording the immediate environment (audio too) or they will not function.

    Metallic micro-tags in the gunpowder that trace back to the individual box of ammo whose purchaser must be licensed and records kept for 50 years.

    No firearm will be capable of being fired without the registered owner wearing his/her magnetic coding ring.

    All firearms must be stored at the closet police station and signed out for legitimate use (3 hrs at the nearest shooting range where the ammunition is kept).

    Some of the above gun ‘safety’ devices and regulations are not economically practicable and some are not even technological possible.
    But all have been proposed both here and in other countries.

    Might cut down on violent crime though. I guess sacrificing our liberty to be secure little sheeple wouldn’t be such a bad idea. 😉
    Sounds much safer…..

  15. SurvivorDan says:


    Please……no potty mouthed comments of indignation. I was joking.
    From my cold dead hands………… 😉

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