What I Did To Prep This Week: January 24th 2020 – January 30th 2021

Hello Pack. I hope everyone has had a good week of winter prepping. We have had a roller coaster weather ride, going from unseasonably warm, a couple of inches of snow – and yet more mud than ever before on our survival retreat.

I am so sick of dealing with mud. As much as I hate winter, I would very much prefer doing barnyard turnout on frozen ground than in a mud bog.

My hubby scored some great deals during a restaurant supplier sale. He purchased the #10 cans of fruit that have a two year shelf life (shown in the photo above), a 50-pound bag of potato flakes, and copious amounts of oxygen absorbers, this week.

The oxygen absorbers will come in quite handy when we start putting the potato flakes into mylar bags and store them in buckets.

It is the time of year that we replenish the ice in our ice house. The walk-in cooler that is a part of the home butcher shop that came with our survival retreat property gave us the perfect setup for an off grid ice house.

The door to the walk-in is thick and heavily insulated with styrofoam. All we have to do is fill buckets (with firm-fitting lids) with water during the winter, and then allow them to freeze.

Once the water in the buckets has frozen, we carry them into the ice house and line the top of them with straw or sawdust to help insulate them further. This year we are going to build more shelves in between the rows of ice buckets to garner more off grid food storage space.

With a bit of luck, the off grid ice house lasts through June in our Ohio environment. Hopefully the addition of more rows of ice buckets and adding another layer of styrofoam to the walk-in door will garner us another month of off the grid refrigeration this year.

In other preps, we are still waiting on more goat kids to be born. Hopefully I can find another Pygora billy goat to continue plans to grow the herd significantly.

The Pygora herd will be sheared in the spring and their mohair sold – funneling the money back into more survival retreat projects and related preps.

The extra goats will also provide more free land upkeep, increased goat milk yield, and even meat if the SHTF, and we need to use the wethers as a source of protein for the family.

The remaining prepping time this week was spent working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp. I am beyond thrilled about the 3-day event is coming together. We have both prepping families and expert presenters from around this half of the country and into the South, attending.

It has also been really nice to connect with more Pack members on PrepperNet. If you have not done so already, please check out both the online self-reliance community and the Old School Survival Boot Camp event websites – you will not only be glad you did, but doing so could potentially save your life one day!

This Week’s Questions:

  1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?
  2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

114 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: January 24th 2020 – January 30th 2021”

      • Hi Jean,

        I picked up some antique Christmas ornaments cheap that I’ll hold until next November and then sell. I also lucked into some vintage tools including wood planes that I think will go well on ebay after I figure out which ones and what tools I’ll keep for TEOTWAWKI.

        We finished a house clean out (they didn’t tell us the guy died and laid there for 2 or 3 days before anyone found him so that was a fairly new experience for me – (I hadn’t loaded bodies in to bodybags since 1972 in the jungle and had forgotten how bad they smell).

        We did the vicks vaporub in the nose trick and burnt some scented candles. This was our first house to clean in the new business and it was an eye opener. I expected to find porn and wow, did we, and since they were shady titles and the guy was dead we bagged all that stuff and sent it to the landfill. We didn’t find anything of great value but made good money so that is the key.

        We are dealing with one of our dogs, he’s 13 and he and his friend were picked up from a rescue by DW about 10 years ago. He started passing out so we took him to the vet last Monday and they did an x-ray and said he has cancer in his heart and they give him 2 weeks to 2 months to live. We are loving on him and making his comfortable as he can be until it is time. I told one of the elders at church this morning that I have watched people wither and die easier than I can watch this dog.

        I hope everyone is keeping safe. There are no vaccine shots available in my part of Georgia. DW is 67 and I am 70 so we are in the range to get them but unless you know someone it’s a no go. For the time being that is fine with me.

        73

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        • Wow , the old tools were a definite score!
          I have a commercial cleaning company and while we have yet to do a clean up
          for a body left long term we have done 2 murder scene clean ups. It is definitely a little creepy
          Sorry about your pooch. We put down our Molly in December. She was 17 and had a breast tumor that grew to fill my palm. It was a pretty sad time in our family . Blessings to your time that you have left with him . Hope they are pain free

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          • He Nell,

            We are very happy about the tools as I believe we will make more selling them than we charged for the cleanout (after I take what I need to round out my tool set).

            We will definitely ask more questions before we accept our next clean out to make sure there aren’t remains of the remains staying behind. While I’m adept at picking up body parts and stuff and not really squeamish (had to do some body police up work in the jungles in the early 70’s of enemy folk) but these days using early 20s helpers and having to invest in the PPE and education on what you do and do not pick up with hands, it’ll be more expensive.

            Hank is continuing to do well on the meds he is on (Rimadyl) and he is sleeping a lot of the day away (he was doing that before he was diagnosed, old dogs and old men love their naps). I know the time is getting closer as he is off his feed quite a bit so we won’t let it get to the point where it is bad for him. I believe facing his demise is harder on me than watching the demise of several family members over the years.

            DW was given a new dog, 3 year old rat terrier, out of a foster home. Buddy is bouncy and full of life and coming back into his own after the first day. His mama had hm and met a guy who turned out to be abusive to him and yelled and kicked at him so we are working hard to get his trust factor back up to where it should be. He spent a lot of time sitting in my lap last evening so I think he will recover nicely and be a good addition to Clifford, Hank’s best buddy in the world (they were rescued together).

            Keep smiling (no one can really tell under the mask but I recognize smiling eyes in a heartbeat).

          • There are states that heavily regulate the death and. crime scene clean up field.
            Ours is not one of those, but I looked into it and into the certifications . They charge ALOT! And worth every penny as far as I was concerned.
            I will share this tip. Peroxide is the only good cleaner for bloodstains , luminol and Fingerprint dust.
            Good luck on your business and hopefully you won’t ever need that tip

          • Nell,

            I never had to clean up a crime scene or serious decay scene. I just investigated them or hauled the bodies to the ME. We left the cleanup to folks like you and you deserve every dollar they pay you.

          • Nell,

            Lucky so far you haven’t had a long term dead body. I’ve been to a bunch between police work and paramedic. Some fresh murder/suicide scenes are interesting enough.

          • I am glad I have skipped that experience so far.
            I am not squeamish, so “interesting ” is a good word
            I guess.
            If I lived in a big city I probably would have gotten certified and added that specialty to my business.
            There are a lot of people that, emotionally , can’t do that kind if clean up.

          • Nell,

            Yeah, they are bad sometimes. The worst are when children are involved. Guaranteed bad dreams.

            As for the smell on those seriously decomposed scenes, the only thing that really works is an SCBA (the air tanks firefighters use). However, they are expensive. Most cops use Vicks VapoRub under their nose, but even that is not that effective. Better than nothing. Easy to keep a jar in the crime scene kits. One cop I worked with had no problems with smelly corpses. He had been a railroad police officer and he said nothing is worse than a dead bum in a rail car in summertime in Arizona. I believed him.

          • A dead rat in any heat is a smell that you can’t miss. Bad memories of working in an office and co-workers trying to locate the cause of the odor. Wharf rat died in the curtain. ?

  1. 1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?
    I’ll have to put some thought into that.
    2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.
    That depends on where you live. I have chickens, goats, dogs, and cats. Each serves a useful purpose.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -Puppy is really growing.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: pepper,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -My HAM license went through, and I have my call sign. I didn’t realize that by searching the call sign in the FCC database, my name and address is given. This is concerning to me. Does this bother anyone else?
    -A cousin gave said something that was really uplifting to me. She said that she was telling her coworkers that of all of her family, I was the one that she could always count on. I’m glad I can be there for her, and she’s always there for me.

    It’s going to get bad very soon. Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

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    • PG,

      The name and address things on the FCC call sign lookup is not anything new. I’m not happy about it, but not much can be done.

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      • That’s what I discovered. I guess I’ll just live with it. I would like to post my call sign on here, MeWe groups, and Preppernet so I can talk to like-minded people, but I don’t want my name and address known.

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      • Babycatcher,

        Maybe I’m getting some young lady interested in the midwifery trade? #1GD was absolutely enthralled with the video I showed her of child birth (done by a midwife). The vid was of a birth done on a bed, probably somewhere in Africa, but the vid quality was crystal clear. The only one I found of a water birth was kind of crappy quality. That is how #1GD was delivered.

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        • Awesome!! Yep, thats how some midwives get started. They witness the birth of a friend or sibling, and the spark is ignited. One birth i went to(not my client) the 8 year old sister wanted to catch. Midwife helped, but sister was the first hands laid on the baby, and she was thrilled. Had gone to all the prenatal visits too! I love waterbirth! It is usually so much easier on mom and baby! Congrats for your daughter on making that choice! ?ps, last time i was in your area, i toured a birth center(we dont have any here, now). It was nice!

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          • BC,

            #1 daughter was 9-years old and watched her sister be born. Normally the hospital didn’t allow siblings in the delivery room, but #1 was so well behaved all day they let her. She got to give her new sister a bath (helped by a nurse, of course).

            #2 daughter, at 5 years, got to watch her brother deliver as well. That hospital refused to allow #2 in, but we brought her in anyway as we had promised she could watch if she behaved during labor. She behaved, so we brought her in. Pissed the charge nurse off, but oh well.

            Unfortunately for the midwifery trade, neither daughter was interested in going further, but both were really good sisters and helpers for their mom. I think #1 daughter is a super mom too.

        • Also, if you google home waterbirth, there are vids of twins and VBACs(vaginal birth after cesarean). Absolutely fascinating! I never get tired of it.

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  2. This weeks questions answered on a flipphone now that i got a card again. 1 i spent most of my adult life without refrigeration and cant imagine life with it. I had a frige when i lived in town years ago but never used then sold it. 2 dogs and cats but they are not livestock, chickens, and maybe goats and rabbits. 3 this week i spent my last 20 on a phone card hence being here. Other than that i did next to nothing. Oh i uploaded the new version of my book on thursday as i spent weeks editing, adding chapters, and reworking old ones. Also im on facebutt again as sean obrian of bombay ny my current alias. I also sent a stack of articles to bwh and backwoodsman magazines also why i was online thursday despite 2 feet of snow and -10f outside

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  3. The only prep I will claim the s week is 4 new Trojan T105 batteries .
    Off grid refrigeration here is 54 degree spring flow .
    Muscovey Ducks . They forage well ,are hardy ,give eggs and meat plus entertainment. Good mothers.

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  4. I did my grocery shopping twice again this week and keep adding a little more to my food stock. Got to keep on getting that stash deeper.

    Things are fairly quiet in the Orlando area. The local morons are being reasonably behaved for the time being. Of course, the next time a police officer shoots someone who is not white, things will probably get goofy again. Meanwhile the standard criminal types are still killing each other off. Deepens the gene pool.

    I finished reading the Antifa Handbook. I was underwhelmed. It was like reading one of the dry communist books I read earlier in my life during my know thine enemy phase. BLM admits they are Marxists. I guess they can get a lollypop or two for being truthful about that. The Antifa people are communists, but few of them will admit it if they are even smart enough to know that is what they are selling. The anti-racist philosophy they espouse is a sham. If Antifa got control of government, that would change fast. Can you spell gulag?

    As expected, Antifa went stupid in Portland and a couple of other places right after the inauguration. BLM has been oddly quiet. Enough about all those imbiciles.

    #1GD has been exceptionally well behaved for a four-year old. Smart too. She came to me on Wednesday and told me she could hear water dripping and I should come with her. Sure enough, the drain plug on the bath tub in the spare bathroom was closed and the faucet had a very slow drip going into about three-inches of water. I think my cleaning lady accidently left the drain closed on Tuesday and the faucet dripping very slowly. It would never have overflowed the tub as the emergency drain could have easily handled the water flow. But it was very smart on granddaughter’s part to correctly recognize a potential problem and report it promptly to an adult. With my crappy hearing, I would never have heard the drip. In fact, I could barely hear it standing next to it with my hearing aids in and watching the drips.

    #1GD is back in pre-school two half-days a week. She is enjoying it very much. She said she missed going during the Kung flu mess.

    On Friday, #1GD was watching a cartoon on PBS Kids, and one of the characters mom was in the hospital having a baby. GD started asking questions. She already knew babies were born from the mother’s vagina but was unclear on the complete concept. I tried to explain and finally asked if she wanted to see a video. We watched a good one on YouTube. Very clear. GD was absolutely fascinated and watched the whole thing from crowning to cutting the cord. I knew guys who passed out watching vids like that in EMT school. GD was all eyes. I was waiting for her to ask how the baby got in there to begin with, but she didn’t ask. I was going to punt that one over to her parents. ?

    #2GD is doing well and trying very hard to stand up on her own. She will probably do it easily within a month, if not less. She is a happy baby just like her cuz. I wish I could see her more often, but her parents live a lot further away from me than #1GD does. But they send videos.

    My Ex sold her white elephant condo. She is renting a small apartment and an attached office space for her sewing and quilting machines. She also just bought a 30’ motor home and plans to tootle around the country. I cautioned her about carrying her pistol in some states, even if it was hidden away in the RV. I also told her it wasn’t a good purchase at this time as fuel prices were probably going up thanks to Biden and family. She is going to rig it up with a HAM mobile radio and a CB radio. She also wants to get a solar power setup to operate some of her electrical devices instead of running the generator when she is parked.

    I’ve been having serious pain in my knees from arthritis for some time. I bought some things called DocSleeves that are supposed to help ameliorate the pain through support. They came in the mail on Thursday and I put them on right away. I had them on for only about an hour and there was a noticeable reduction in pain. There is still some pain, but tolerable. I’m happy. I can actually stand up from a chair and not moan and groan. Those of you with knee pain might want to give DocSleeves a look-see.

    Weather has been chilly, although mostly sunny. High temps are around 60ish, but that is Central Florida in winter. Beats hell out of winter in Michigan. Supposed to go up to 73 today.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?

    I don’t keep much refrigerated. I’ll use my ice chest to keep the few items cold until I use them up.

    2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.

    As I’m not very familiar with livestock, I think chickens would be best. My son has some skill with the birds as does my Ex.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

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      • I have been using Glucosamine (1500 mg) with chondroitin (1200 mg) for over 40 years ago. One tablet daily. About 15 years ago I added glucosamine (1500 mg) with MSM (1500 mg) one tablet daily. There purportedly is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

        My knees seem better now than 40 years ago.

        Do not expect instant relief. If you are bone on bone I suspect it will not help at all. I purchase at Costco.

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    • Zulu, so cute to hear about your granddaughters. I have a question about your knees. Do you feel them grind? (Hope not, ’cause that’s my issue.)

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        • Zulu, whew, that’s good. I suspect rheumatoid people are more prone to that, and earlier in the game. Medicare changed its rules last year and instead of getting the set of injections, one gets corticosteroid shots and then off to 12 visits of physical therapy. Yep, that makes the pain worse. Wonder how quickly we’ll get to no more Medicare after 75 like Zeke Emmanuel said.

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    • Zulu,

      I have sent this message to GA Red who is taking over for Ohio Prepper. I wanted to make sure I posted it here as well.

      Message:

      There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

      Background

      GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

      Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

      The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

      Current News

      In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

      Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

      Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

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    • Well, I managed to fall while bowling but didn’t hurt anything. I also lost balance walking around some uneven areas of the house on Friday, including slipping in the mud on the back side of the house and winding up with mud along the side of my right leg. Can use say, “graceful, not?”

      This Week’s Questions:
      1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid? For long-term, I hope to have a solar system set up before then, but that depends greatly on finances and location. Inevitably, we will have to reduce what is refrigerated as well. For short-term, we have a generator that is powerful enough to run the refrigerators. Our neighbor also has a natural gas, whole house generator. While natural gas might not be available long-term, it sure would be nice to have currently.
      2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why? Given our current location, chickens or rabbits would be high on the list of preferences. We eat a lot of eggs and chicken, so chickens would likely come first and with a rooster, renewable. Rabbits would be quiet. Since we love cheese, goats would be nice but not at our current location – not enough room. I also enjoy goat meat when properly prepared.
      3. What did you do to prep this week? More cleaning, organizing, and purging.

      Discovered an issue with one of our refrigerators that the DH is still diagnosing. Going through the refrigerator items that will need to be thrown away. Fortunately, it was still cool, just not cold so most things from that refrigerator are still edible.

      Co-worker asked me where to find ammo earlier in the week. Given that she doesn’t venture far from her current location, we stopped at a couple of places and found some for her. It was pricey but that’s how supply and demand work. It was also more plentiful than expected.

      Added several cans of pears and several salmon fillets to the rotation. Found some items in stock at one store that haven’t been in stock for several months. I arrived early at that store and was interested to see the shelves being re-stocked when they didn’t look particularly empty. I found the timing interesting as well. I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but sometimes things that smell fishy really are.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Did you notice that Chucky said “first we TAKE GEORGIA then we CHANGE AMERICA? He didn’t say win Georgia
      Yeah, I got to listen to all those nauseating commercials way too often.
      2. What do Democrats want to change America into? Social and/or Communist country where the elites rule more openly than they do now, destroying the middle class and making the poor more reliant on the rich for the mediocre handouts.
      3. Do you think 2A sanctuaries will stop the attack on the 2A? It won’t stop the attack, but it may slow it some. Watching the local news for 30 minutes this morning is evidence of the continued attack here in Hotlanta. There was a story specifically discussing the number of shootings in one particular area of the city. They failed to mention that it’s criminals doing the shooting and that it’s also a high crime area due to gang infiltration.
      4. Does the fence and razor wire at the Capitol remind you of Nazi pow camps? As others have said, it reminds me of all kinds of high security places, including prisons.
      5. Is the stock market real? Having owned stock in all kinds of stuff (beginning at the age of 10) from a personal business to AT&T and Hershey, I’ll say that stocks themselves are real but the market itself gets manipulated by a combination of the news media and groups or individuals with the ability to buy and sell large volumes of stocks at any given time. I have found that mutual funds tend to do better over the long haul with less overall risk. Cash is fine as long as you aren’t trying to “grow” it into something bigger, especially since it actually devalues over time, and not everyone can stash precious metals in the quantities required for long term growth. Ultimately, whatever you do with your money is a risk, so you have to pick and choose how and where you take that risk.
      6. Should we boycott companies who attack conservatives and pull all our money out of the stock market? I’d LOVE to do that but have to ask, “At what cost?” There’s the cost to me personally of the actual prices of some items being more at a different company. Then there’s the cost to the folks who work at those companies potentially being out of work because I (and many others) have chosen to buy things elsewhere. Some of my shift away from certain places has been prompted by their inability to keep items we use regularly in stock, but I’m not sure the new source is any better than the old source. I only know of the political stance of the original source because its “leader” is outspoken in the media spewing his leftist beliefs. When someone says, “Buy local. Eat at locally owned restaurants. Don’t buy from big corporations. Support mom and pop businesses.” I hit the pause button. Often times, these “corporate” places are locally owned franchises, so while you are shopping/buying big, you’re also supporting the local folks and the local employees. Ultimately, I do believe we ALL need to become more conscious of our choices and do more research to find better alternatives, but we still have to do what is financially best and conscionably best for ourselves.

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  5. Puppy is almost due for his shots. He was doing his bucket head run again. Maybe he is trying to hide so he doesn’t have to get shots. Nowadays I can’t blame him. ?

    Power
    Charged batteries in the :
    GPS, laser flashlight, rechargeable flashlight, SW radio, power source, tractors, truck

    Fuel
    Topped off all vehicles and cans. Gas is only going to go up in price. Added fuel injection cleaner and fuel-stab.

    Firewood
    Cut down another dead tree and cut into rounds and kindling.
    It will be another cord when quartered.

    Garden
    Pulled remaining carrots for stew.
    Added to compost
    Seeded buckets with green onions.
    Can’t wait to grow more food like tomatoes.

    Thor’s questions
    1. Did you notice that Chucky said “first we TAKE GEORGIA then we CHANGE AMERICA? He didn’t say win Georgia.

    2. What do Democrats want to change America into?

    3. Do you think 2A sanctuaries will stop the attack on the 2A?

    4. Does the fence and razor wire at the Capitol remind you of Nazi pow camps?

    5. Is the stock market real?

    6. Should we boycott companies who attack conservatives and pull all our money out of the stock market?

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    • Tara’s questions

      1.How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid? Solar power

      2.What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.

      Chickens, eggs, meat high protein. They eat bugs and are renewable. Down side roosters give away your location.

      Rabbits could be just as good and quieter.

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        • Z36,

          Your statement on rabbit meat is incorrect.

          “A meat rich in quality proteins (around 21g per 100g) it is also lower in calories and sodium than the majority of other meats. An excellent source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements: High in vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.”

          However, it is low on fats which is where you could run into an issue if that’s all you ate. You could actually starve from lack of calories.

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        • Z36

          Yeah beans and rice could help tremendously.

          As well as rabbit stew, rabbit chilli, cajun rabbit ,rabbit fricassee, ect. I sound like Bubba from Forest Gump.?

          And don’t forget about Bugs Bunny, Hasenpfeffer.

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          • Thor1,

            Funny, I was just thinking about that Bugs Bunny cartoon. Great minds think alike. Of course, that can be scary too. 🙂

    • Thor’s questions
      1. Did you notice that Chucky said “first we TAKE GEORGIA then we CHANGE AMERICA? He didn’t say win Georgia. It’s a mindset.

      2. What do Democrats want to change America into? I think they want a return of the classes; the nobility, a small middle class, and serfs. Problem is, most people don’t want to be in the last, and the “nobility” is anything but.

      3. Do you think 2A sanctuaries will stop the attack on the 2A? “Attacks on 2A”? No. Progress at disarming us, yes.

      4. Does the fence and razor wire at the Capitol remind you of Nazi pow camps? Seen Gitmo lately. Any “containment area” has those.

      5. Is the stock market real? I pulled out what I could when Bernanke “had a thought” and the market dropped 300+ points one day. People are desperate to make and keep their wealth, so they try to “play the system” and get burned. In junior high we had a class on finance (checking and savings accounts and the stock market). Then a risky stock had a PI of 20 or higher. Look at it now.

      6. Should we boycott companies who attack conservatives and pull all our money out of the stock market? As I said, I have no money in the market. DW can’t do anything with her IRA until she leaves the company (part of the deal); if not for that restriction, we would have no money in the market I could not afford to loose.

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      • JP,

        I have sent this message to GA Red who is taking over for Ohio Prepper. I also posted it for Zulu and Thor. We need to have a conversation about this ASAP!

        Message:

        There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

        Background

        GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

        Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

        The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

        Current News

        In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

        Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

        Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

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    • Thor,

      I have sent this message to GA Red who is taking over for Ohio Prepper. I wanted to make sure I posted it here as well.

      Message:

      There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

      Background

      GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

      Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

      The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

      Current News

      In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

      Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

      Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

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  6. Thor’s questions

    1. Did you notice that Chucky said “first we TAKE GEORGIA then we CHANGE AMERICA? He didn’t say win Georgia.

    To him it means the same thing.

    2. What do Democrats want to change America into?

    That’s simple. A communist government.

    3. Do you think 2A sanctuaries will stop the attack on the 2A?

    In the short term, yes. They will make things difficult for the Dims. Will they have lasting effect? Too hard to say at this stage.

    4. Does the fence and razor wire at the Capitol remind you of Nazi pow camps?

    It doesn’t have to be Nazi. Any authoritarian government would suffice. Actually, keeping the extensive fencing around the White House, makes me think Biden is terrified for his safety. Possibly for good reasons. Even the Kremlin wasn’t barricaded like that.

    5. Is the stock market real?

    It depends on what you mean by real. Are the reported numbers correct? No, I don’t think so.

    6. Should we boycott companies who attack conservatives and pull all our money out of the stock market?

    I think that is a very good idea.

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      • Thor1,

        I keep very little money in the bank. All of my income is auto deposited (not by choice), but I pay my bills as soon as possible and withdraw most of the remainder. I do keep some money in the bank for regular expenses, such as tanking up on gas and buying groceries. I also dislike carrying around a lot of cash but I do have some on me in case something crops up that prevents debit/credit card use. You know, some minor impediment like a hurricane. 🙂

        In general, I’d rather hold onto my money than let the bank do it. If they gave me a decent rate of interest (like 10% plus), I might reconsider. I’m not going to hold my breath for that.

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  7. (1) I hope to set up solar power enough to run a small refrigerator and a window unit air conditioner. Those two items are critical living in Florida. (2) goats are my number one pick! They provide milk cheese yogurt Kiefer soap and meat. Chickens would be a close second.(3) I have Bantam eggs in my new incubator and will candle them on Monday. I have tomato seedlings under a grow light to get a Headstart on my garden. I also ordered in special sunglasses as I have developed extreme sensitivity to certain lights. My farming life continues as always with harvesting growing and preserving food.

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    • Having an air conditioner in a grid down situation discloses your location and the fact that you are a prepper. I would learn to live without it, like the locals did pre-AC.

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        • Goatlover – when Babycatcher said that about AC and refrigeration disclosing your location, I thought about how often you’ve described your location as being remote and figured you’re too far from anyone to be easily noticed. On the other hand, we are not. If we moved to center the farm in South Georgia, I doubt we’d be noticed either but I’d rather move to North Georgia than South Georgia.

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  8. Goatlover,

    I could run a small reefer with the Jackery 1000W and 500W power banks I have that are solar rechargeable. However, I think running my CPAP is a higher priority for me. Most of my food stash does not require a reefer and I will cook small enough portions to not have left overs.

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  9. Wow, I can’t believe January is coming to an end all ready. Boy. It’s been awful our city, on Thursday finally after two month’s of letting outsiders come in to use and abuse our system and services, illegal camping on the library and in front of city hall the Mayor and Police Chief, started the clean up a day early so 10 blocks were closed off to the public, but you still had protesters coming in to try and stop there efforts. We found out later in the day that Antifa, were here and many more people were coming up from Portland Oregon, and Seattle, to start God knows what and we are 3 blocks from this whole commotion it was a tense day for sure hubby’s job was canceled so we stayed home. Many of the homeless were taken in by other homeless organizations, or they left with people, and another organized area in our city, put up a safe area to try and get help for them.

    On the up and up hubby, put two new ceiling fans up in the two bedroom’s, that match our house age 1925 craftsman home, and it sure updates but keeps the flow of this old lady she is 96 this year. I love this house and each item we replace or repaint I just don’t want to leave and the hard part isn’t the City, it’s the people who run the city and the bleeding heart’s, that wreck it for the rest of us.

    Hubby’s family, finally put his dad to rest yesterday, it was hard as we couldn’t be there I’m glad everything is over and now the family can start to heal.

    I did do a small grocery run , just staying on top of keeping everything in order, starting to pack up item’s were not using getting stuff together to donate . We are taking it one day at a time that’s all we can do I can’t wait for better weather, it just makes you happy and love hearing the birds chatter and sing, lifts me out of the dark days of winter. Have a wonderful weekend pack and stay happy:)

    Question 1. I don’t have anything set up for off grid refrigerator, except ice in the freezer and ice chests, for very, very short term.

    Question 2. I would say Chicken’s, and a milk cow thankfully we have friends who do we can help them out.

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  10. This Week’s Questions:

    1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid? No plan as yet.

    2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why. Small cows, the breed escapes me right now. Dairy and meat!

    3. What did you do to prep this week? Well…

    3 generations at Saturday morning breakfast this week. A good time was had by all.

    Sold off some more ammo; the money is going for debt relief.

    Topped off and added to the food stash. Items we like are finally coming back in stock (for now) so we are taking advantage of it.

    Supply Run: Regular grocery top off; insulated leather work gloves; Book: The Theft of Americas Soul; SPAM; canned beans; canned roast beef; Mylar bags; sugar free cough drops; Book: The Patriots (non-fiction about 3 of the Founding Fathers).

    Received: Book: ANTIFA, The Anti-Fascist Handbook (* know the enemy *); mag loader for G43X; AF Cheese Blend; mag loader & pouch for G17; hard candy; hobby parts; seeds;

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  11. Interesting news

    Biden allows China to do a mocked attack on the USS Roosevelt.

    The US sends 3 warships into the Black Sea. Russia deploys missile system.

    Whitehouse and capital might be abandoned according to a journalist.

    Florida is trying to say Trump can’t live in Mar a Lago even though he is the owner. If he wanted to take a crap on the 18th hole, it’s his property.

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  12. Hello all
    Well we made the 13 hour trip to our homestead. We will be here several weeks working on the house . After two months of being back at our home in Texas dealing with the business, yearend paperwork and burying two siblings , it is nice to be back here in quiet countryside. It is cold and rainy , as we go about getting settled into our RV and our routines here.
    Added some items to our food stash and ordered some flashlights. Thats about it for the prepping this week. I have spent quiet a bit of time reading and watching a few videos from my prepping and homesteading groups. That counts I guess
    Oh and my husband bought me a cute little Henry. Although unable to add anything to use in it. ( we of course have some but adding to that would have been nice )
    I have thought about refrigeration and I have no idea what we would do about that long term. Its something that I feel is of great importance and needs to be addressed.
    I would have to say Chickens , although its tough to choose one
    Well hope all the pack is healthy and safe
    Take care everyone

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    • Sounds like a long drive of 13 hours. Bet you are glad to be back even if for awhile where you can kick off the dust. Henry is a sweet present. Be safe and get a little rest.

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      • Thank you Jean
        It is a long trip. Hopefully within a year to 18 months. We will have the house Finished here and be ready to sell the business and house in Texas and make the move. Takes us a little longer to get things done than it used too. Lol.

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  13. 1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?
    Ans: haven’t had electricity in 14 months. I can or dry foods to keep them. Sometimes I cool leftovers in our 38° well water to use then the next day.
    2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.
    Ans: easiest to care for and feed are rabbits. But I love my chickens and fresh eggs too.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Ans: ordered more things for new solar power. I have been ordering a little at a time but I’m about ready to assemble it all now.

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  14. All,

    I went to the APMEX precious metals site just to take a peek at spot prices. I noticed that the silver was all marked essentially as on back order. This was very odd as I had never seen ALL silver items marked that way before. Then I got this article from The Epoch Times:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/reddit-forum-sparks-physical-silver-shortage-on-major-dealers-websites_3679079.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-31-2

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    • I guess keeping my mom’s silver flatware that wasn’t stolen and melted down during the late 70s-early 80s was a good thing. ?

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      • GA Red,

        That’s true.

        I just got curious about the silver price and took a look at my usual dealer. Coincidentally, a short time later I got that Epoch Time article emailed to me, which of course explained why all the silver stuff was marked as “Alert Me” (their way of saying the product was on back order). I had looked yesterday and just a few items were marked that way,

        The silver spot price also went up about $1.50 since yesterday too. I’m glad I have a decent amount of silver already on hand.

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        • I vividly remember my mom taking pictures of her silver flatware because of the numerous thefts of the time. I have half of it and my sister has the other half. Plated stuff can be found in Goodwill. I wonder how long it will stay that way.

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          • I think what you want to remember is that this is market manipulation. They want to run the price up then dump it. So this is not a time to buy but a time to hold . Then if you want to reallocate resources and think they are near the top dump some surplus silver to buy what you need . Set back enough to buy silver up again after they crash it.
            Look at what they have done with Game Stop stock.

          • Fixit,

            You are correct. I wasn’t planning on buying any silver now in any event. This market playfulness, or whatever you want to call it, is more than enough for me to stand pat.

          • Zulu 3-6:

            I’ve been there with PMs and ammo for a while. I have a price point for purchase, but neither has reached it. I’m “standing pat” too.

          • No plans to buy anything other than good and house stuff for a while.

            I remember a movie years ago about a character named Pete buying pork belly and market manipulation. Vague memories.

          • Do you guys remember in 1980 when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the world silver market? Damned near did it. They owned about 2/3 of all privately held silver bullion in the world. Ended up bankrupting themselves and nearly destroying the US economy in the process.

        • Zulu, oh yes, I remember the Hunts. Didn’t end well. Now, I expect silver prices to go way up. People will be panic buying. Yeah, the smart thing to do is sell off some at the top.

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          • Mari,

            I believe the Hunt’s started their run when silver was $6/oz. When it ended, the price was $50/oz, which was the highest ever recorded even until today. I just checked and silver spot is at $30.00. It’s gone up $2. 95 since yesterday. Most of the silver products on APMEX are still marked “Alert Me,” meaning on backorder. A few are available.

          • Zulu, wish I still had all my silver that my ex swiped from me back after our divorce, especially that roll of Morgans. Oh well. Prices will go higher & higher. If I had to guess, some of the banks & financial institutions might dump some when they think a peak is coming. Sure thing I won’t be buying at these crazy prices.

  15. Another week of being useless, if I didn’t have to feed my cats I wouldn’t even go outside. The weather is perfect for working outside but I just can’t do it.

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  16. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid? We have a spring fed pond. I will build a springhouse over the outflow.
    What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.Goats. They dont take upmuch space, they are more fun than rabbits, and if you have a cart and harness(I do, used to have harness goats) you can use them to help you clean the yard. They dont eat as much as horses. And they have great flavor, and the kids go for a pretty good price. Push comes to shove, i could keep them in the basement of the house(would have to move my workshop though!
    What did you do to prep this week? Bought a new to us car. Hubby needed something with better seats and larger cargo space, so he found a 08 Highlander that had JUST been brought into the lot. They hadnt even had time to detail it! We went and looked at it that day, they gave him a great deal on our RAV4(which was darn near immaculate) so we horse traded, and are happy as clams at high tide! We went to eat, and they detailed it while we ate, then we came back and stripped the ham gear out of the RAV. Easy peasy. Drives like a caddy!

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      • I bought a 13 highlander with 22 thousand miles on it
        In 2018. I love it.
        I bought one because a friend has a 08 with over 230 thousand that she has never had in the shop and she is finally ordering a new drivers seat Because hers is getting uncomfortable. That is A pretty good recommendation! Enjoy

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    • You will love the Highlander. Very sweet indeed. I got rid of my RAV4 last year and got into a Subaru Outback for a similar reason, needed more room, and the bucket seat now fits my bucket! Ha Ha!

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  17. I remember the name but not details. While I was the odd 15-year-old watching the news in 1980, there’s still a lot I missed or didn’t file in the data banks to remember later. There are things I remember that I’ve mentioned to the DH that he didn’t know about and he’s a year and a half older. Specifically, there’s an episode of Deep Space Nine that’s a take-off of Jim Jones. The DH didn’t know anything about Jim Jones and looked it up after I mentioned it. He didn’t start paying attention to much until a specific Georgia politician lied about something that was of interest to the DH. That was his wake-up call. I’ve been paying attention for a long time, at least peripherally.

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    • GA Red, rather the same around our house. I’ve been watching since ’69. The DP thought everything was conspiracy theory. His wake-up call was election fraud and Joe’s (yeah, right) frewing things up so quickly. Ha, wakey wakey.

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      • Mari – fortunately, the DH has been awake since before we met. We’ve been married nearly 20 years and started prepping probably 10-15 years ago.

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        • GA, good for you guys. It’s taken me 30 years to wake up the DP. I suspect he wishes he’d listened to me when I said “We gotta get out of NJ.” Oh well.

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  18. 1. How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?
    A few days w/generator. Winter, can pack into coolers & put in shed. Other than that, we’re out of luck & we’ll have to do without.

    2. What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.
    Chickens for eggs & meat. Plenty of bugs & seeds around beyond feed. Issue around here is hawks.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Slow week. Vax #1, dental appt, bought more paper products & sugar, made beginnings of seed order list. Can’t plant anything around here until late March, and I have seed for that.
    DP is getting a bit nervous about Joe’s BS re oil & gas. I smiled on the inside when he asked me to look up prices for fire mortar to repair the cracked chimney bricks at top of chimney so we can use fireplace (maybe get a woodstove insert). No way he should fix the chimney himself. Nope, nope, nope. He’s no good on the roof anymore, and I suspect repairs might be more complex than he thinks.

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    • My cousin (on the early end of 70), got on the roof about a month ago to repair a shingle that had blown off, lost his footing and slid off the roof kicking the ladder with him. He was thankfully on the short side of the house or he wouldn’t be here. Anyway, he landed on the ladder in his driveway, which broke his fall onto the hard concrete. He lucked out by only cracking his femur. He had bruises, cracks and scrapes galore. He said that was it for him. Never again, anything he needs going forward, he will hire out!

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      • Jean, oouucchh! Yes, there comes a time for older people to stay off ladders and roofs. My DP no longer has the balance to get on the roof. That’s after years of being a GC.

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  19. Thor’s questions
    1. Did you notice that Chucky said “first we TAKE GEORGIA then we CHANGE AMERICA? He didn’t say win Georgia.
    Yep, I caught that too. Arrogant twit. The House wants to codify election fraud forevermore with H.R. 1, aka “for the People.” Yeah, right.

    2. What do Democrats want to change America into?
    They’ll call it Socialism, but it would be totalitarianism complete with elite oligarchy (who are smarter than us) and proles (a few to be allowed to run small businesses).

    3. Do you think 2A sanctuaries will stop the attack on the 2A?
    At least temporarily. H.R. 127 must go down in flames or it’s game over & all heck breaks loose.

    4. Does the fence and razor wire at the Capitol remind you of Nazi pow camps?
    Sure. They want to protect themselves, but they forget they’re supposed to be working for us. Fed is above we little persons.

    5. Is the stock market real?
    Manipulated & often panicked.

    6. Should we boycott companies who attack conservatives and pull all our money out of the stock market?
    I boycott as best I can and email the dopey companies. I can skip Home Dopey and go to what local stores are left. Kinda stuck with stocks & bonds due to 401(k) & IRA.

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    • Rich P – That is an excellent prep. We are mostly debt free after deciding to take advantage of cashing out 401k without penalty to pay off our house. All we really have left is a 0% loan on the tractor but have enough cash to pay it off if needed. Even with a low interest rate on saving, it’s still a good deal.

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  20. All,

    Precious metal prices are dropping. Gold has dropped $25.00/oz to $1, 846.90 and silver has dropped $2.50/oz to $27.12.

    We shall see if things drop lower. However, silver needs to drop much more to interest me.

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      • JP,

        I think it will be lower still in a day or two. If those day traders types were actually involved in horsing around with PM prices, they probably learned that metal prices and stock prices are two different things. Hopefully it cost them a few bucks to learn that lesson.

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        • I have a friend that came late to the “store wealth in silver” game. I’m sure he was happy to see it go up. Although I am currently not in a “buy” position, I’d like to be. Right now I’m just watching.

          Now, when things go nuts again, prices start running over $2000 and $35 per ounce – watch out for the rest of the markets. Things will get “real spicy” then. Best to have your preps squared away before that happens.

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  21. ALERT********

    EVERYONE

    Watch OAN, ABSOLUTE TRUTH

    It’s a documentary by Mike Lindel my pillow guy.

    It is actual proof that the election was stolen by China and Iran among others Time, date, location of hacks into the Dominion voting machines. This is why they are going after him. It’s a real eye opener.

    Mike Lindel is a true Patriot

    PS. I’m going to buy more pillows.

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    • Here are air times on OAN for absolute truth.

      Air Times (EST)
      Friday, February 5
      1pm | 4pm | 7pm | Midnight

      Saturday, February 6
      8am | 11am | 3pm | 7pm

      Sunday, February 7
      1am | 4am | 7pm

      Monday, February 8
      1am | 3am

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