Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Russian Professor Predicts Fall Of U.S. In 2010

Not sure I totally agree with time table. I can't see it happening the way this guy predicts but nonetheless very interesting...

Here is permalink...

Monday , December 29, 2008

MOSCOW —

For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media, who are interviewing him twice a day.

A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Professor Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.

"There's a 55-45 percent chance right now that disintegration will occur," says Panarin. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario — for Russia."

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control.

...that is all.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Friendly Reminder...

Come January remember a few small things to ensure your families safety:

1.) Check/change/test all smoke detectors. Change the batteries and test functionality.

2.) Clean the dryer vent if you have a dryer in your house.

3.) Change the furnace filters.

4.) Do a visual walk around of your place. Pay particular attention to the foundation, windows, doors, utility boxes, outdoor outlets. Give everything a thorough once over. Make sure everything is as it should be and there is no rot, insect damage or any other potential issues.

5.) Go into your attic (if you have one) and visually inspect your roof from the inside. This will help you catch leaks before they turn into real headaches.

6.) Check your water heater/furnace/AC units and make sure they are all in good shape and clean them up a bit if needed. Check for leaks and if you live in a cold climate put insulation on your water heater to save some cash.

7.) Check your vehicles tires and make sure there is tread left and the tires are in good shape and not in need of replacing.

8.) If you have water storage I usually empty and refill once a year. If you don't want to empty and refill, toss a few drops of bleach into the water (amount varies by water volume).

9.) If you have a cat or dog schedule their rabies booster with your vet.

10.) If you have any gasoline stored add some Sta-bil to keep it fresh. Be careful how much you store...also pull out that generator and start her up if she hasn't been used in a while to make sure she works when you need her.

...that is all.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Be A Survivor: New Years Resolutions...

Damn, did 2008 fly by quickly...seems like just yesterday I started this blog and now we are going pretty strong 7 months and 200+ posts later. I figured I would share some of the New Year's resolutions I am going to try and make for the 2009 year. I do believe it is important to at least to TRY to make yourself better at some point in your life...so why not start fresh with a new year?

1.) Get myself in better shape - I am by no means a tub o' lard. I am 6'2" and just at 238 lbs. I do take cholesterol medicine...but that is it. I really want to get back into running a few miles daily. My resolution is to get serious about getting back to my fighting weight of 212 lbs. and running 2-3 miles a day.

2.) SAVE EVEN MORE money - My wife and I are pretty good with money. We have a mortgage and 2 car payments and no other debt. We are close to paying off her car - THAT WILL BE DONE ASAP, after that we will pay my truck off. I want to have just my mortgage by the end of 2010. NO SHIT, excuses or any other kind of crap...it will be done.

3.) Quit smoking - actually cheated on this one. We were gonna quit in January but said we had enough in October and quit cold turkey...so I am ahead of the game on this one ;)

4.) Prep, prep, prep - my goal this year is to get a few more cases of ammo and a few more cases of MRE's to suppliment what I have already. I also want to implement a rainwater collection system at the house (priority number 1!!!). Lastly I want to pick up a GOOD water filter and a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 shotgun.

5.) Because my post on taking things here and there generated so many "Mother Theresa" types I pledge to "steal" even more ketchup and salt packets from all those hard working restauranteurs! Just kidding on that one ;)

REAL #5 - To try an keep blogging as often as I can, to entertain and inform you with the meager knowledge I have on any subject I write about.

Good luck and God Bless in the new year...2009 here we come!!!

...that is all.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

And yes I mean Merry Christmas...not Happy Holidays or Happy Winter Solstace...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Wishing the best to all the bloggers out there and the folks who enjoy reading them!


...that is all.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grabbing Stuff Here And There...

I figured I would share this after reading Kaiservontexas describe how he has been collecting salt packets...

You may think I am a bit strange but the wife and I obsessively gather free condiments from places to the point where we have boxes of each.

We grab handfuls anytime restaurants are dopey enough to leave the stuff out self service. I grab them when I can and anytime someone says you need and salt, pepper or ketchup...I always say YES!

We have containers full of salt, pepper, ketchup, sugar, plastic forks/spoons/knives, honey, napkins, Equal, straws, mayo and mustard. As a matter of fact I have enough to probably outfit one of these fast food places for a week :)

Hey I am just saying grab a few more than you need every time you go out somewhere and you'll have yourself quite a nice stash in no time at all. Not only that, condiments should be an important part of everyone's food storage plan because they make bland food taste a whole hell of a lot better!

...that is all.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Free As In Beer: ZoneAlarm Firewall

Time for another episode of Free as in Beer where we give you the best of the best we have found for FREE!

I work in IT and see the consequences of poor security with PC's all the time. My family calls me all the time asking for me to fix their PC's which usually are riddled with viruses, spyware, trojans, root kits, among other things.

The absolute minimum a person should have on their PC is a firewall and some type of virus scanner. Well my friends I have the first part of your problem under control with ZoneAlarm Firewall from Check Point. I have used this on and off for years and it is a quality product for absolutely free!

A firewall limits what traffic can enter and leave your PC by following predefined rules (which can be adjusted as needed). As packets come into and leave your PC the firewall determines if they should be allowed to go on their merry way or be detained for questioning ;)

This is a pretty robust firewall and is much better that the one included with Windows. You have more control over this one and it is highly customizable. They have a pay version of the firewall but the free one does a nice job.

...that is all.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Does It Pay To Play By The Rules...

GREAT article I found on bankrate.com

"Does it pay to play by the rules?
By Jay MacDonald • Bankrate.com

Everywhere you look these days, someone is being rewarded for bad behavior.

Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers, mortgage lenders, even homeowners who knowingly bought homes they couldn't afford -- all have abandoned the moral high ground and are now heading down to bailout town, where the fat cats dine.

With bailouts seemingly blowing in the wind, it's hard not to feel like a chump for being fiscally responsible.

Does it still pay to play by the rules?

Peter Schiff, president and chief global strategist of Connecticut-based brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital, believes government policies are undermining people who behave well, while rewarding those who are irresponsible.

The government is sending out the wrong message by letting everyone involved in this financial folly -- lenders and borrowers alike -- escape the consequences of their actions, says Schiff.

"People say, 'Oh, this isn't fair that people have to suffer,'" he says. "Well, yes it is; they made their bed, now they have to lie in it."

No price to pay
Schiff is author of the 2007 book "Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse." He was among a handful of pundits and economists who correctly forecast the current financial meltdown.

To illustrate his argument for how the government rewards bad behavior, Schiff cites the example of the Streamlined Modification Program, or SMP. The SMP is a recently implemented joint effort on the part of the private sector and the federal government to bring mortgage payments for some delinquent homeowners to below 38 percent of monthly household income.

“What the government is saying with the bailout is, 'be irresponsible, be reckless, and you'll get rewarded.'” Under the SMP, struggling homeowners who are 90 days or more late on their mortgage payments -- and whose loans are owned by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or participating lenders and servicers -- are eligible to have their loan restructured to reduce their monthly mortgage payments. Restructuring could include lowering a homeowner's mortgage rate and increasing the length of the loan term to up to 40 years.

"If by not paying your mortgage for three months you could qualify for a mortgage modification that would lower your mortgage payment for the next 30 or 40 years, wouldn't you at least be tempted?" Schiff asks.

Life's rules say that if you earn and save, one day you'll be able to buy a house. But Schiff notes that under the SMP's goal of reducing mortgage payments below 38 percent of gross income, the less you earn, the lower your mortgage payment will go.

"What does that say?" he asks. "It says that if I'm earning $100,000 a year right now and can cut my income to $50,000 a year, my mortgage payment is going to be half as much. Over a 30- or 40-year mortgage, that could be a $500,000 to a $1 million handout."

It is important to note that as part of SMP, homeowners whose mortgage rates are cut especially sharply early in the program could see their rates increased somewhat after a set period of time.

Proponents of the SMP also argue it has provisions to discourage opportunists. Homeowners must provide proof of having suffered a hardship, such as a job loss. Those who participate in the program also must sign a form stating that they didn't deliberately default on their mortgage simply to qualify for the benefit.

"But you're talking about people who already lied on their mortgages in the first place by exaggerating their income," Schiff says. "So why wouldn't they lie here?"

Usually, a failure to pay your mortgage lowers your credit score. But with a loan modification, Schiff says, "you'll probably have a higher credit score because now your debt-to-income ratio when you start repaying is going to be a lot better.

"If your mortgage gets cut in half, you're a much better risk than an idiot who is struggling to make his mortgage payment."

Schiff is convinced that angry homeowners will queue up right behind the victims of predatory lending in hopes of landing their own mortgage modifications. He's especially frustrated by the thought that the program could benefit unscrupulous lenders who created the subprime mortgage mess in the first place.

"You're going to have all these mortgage bankers who have nothing to do cold-calling the country, trying to encourage people to qualify," he says. "Instead of encouraging people to exaggerate their income, now they're going to lie to minimize their income."

Faulty assumption
However, Charles Geisst is not so sure people will exploit the government's good intentions.

"That was the same assumption used to revise the bankruptcy laws a few years ago, that people were taking advantage of bankruptcy and using it as a tool. I don't think so," says Geisst, professor of finance at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., and author of "Undue Influence: How the Wall Street Elite Puts the Financial System at Risk."

"I'm sure some did (take advantage), but I think it was just a matter of people being in over their heads and not realizing it," he says.

Kathleen Day, spokeswoman for the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, N.C., believes it's wrong to point the finger of blame at borrowers who have fallen into a pit of trouble and are now looking for help to climb out.

“If anyone thinks that they're an idiot for acting responsibly, just look at the mess we have.” She says no one in their right mind would join in the subprime debacle voluntarily.

"If anyone thinks that they're an idiot for acting responsibly, just look at the mess we have," she says.

In fact, she says, the majority of people who took out subprime loans actually have played by the rules and acted responsibly, despite a widespread perception to the contrary.

"Were there some outliers? Sure," she says. "But just looking at the mortgage market, 90 percent of the people who got subprime loans live in their homes, and six out of 10 who got a subprime loan in 2006 had a credit score that would have qualified them for a traditional, lower-cost loan."

If anyone has failed to play by the rules, it's the lenders, she says.

"It's not the people who took out this debt, it's the people who gave it to them who weren't playing by the rules through irresponsible underwriting."

Do the right thing
Even if bad behavior is being rewarded, there are compelling reasons to play by the rules, according to Bruce Weinstein.

"The reason to do the right thing is simply because it is the right thing to do," says Weinstein, author of "Life Principles: Feeling Good by Doing Good."

Weinstein -- a professional ethicist known by the moniker "The Ethics Guy" -- says individuals should not adjust their moral principles simply for financial gain.

"If it is wrong, for example, to run up a huge personal debt without having the means for paying it off, then it's still wrong even if 100 or 100,000 other people are doing it," he says.

As our parents tirelessly explained, moral rules exist for a reason.

"Imagine what our society would become if we created moral rules not on the basis of their inherent rightness or wrongness but by how a lot of people actually behave," he says. "By this line of reasoning, we would have to say that lying, cheating and stealing are ethically permissible or even laudable. This, of course, is ridiculous."

For her part, Day argues that bailouts don't reward irresponsible behavior as much as people think. A mortgage modification is nothing to covet, even for profit, she says.

“The reason to do the right thing is simply because it is the right thing to do.”"It is no picnic to get in line to seek a loan modification," she says.

Day insists that homeowners who receive a loan modification are "not being bailed out." Instead, they are receiving a new mortgage rate they can afford.

"They're not even going to be given the rate they should have been given; they're just going to be given rates they can afford, which may or may not still be more expensive than they should be," she says.

In addition, a mortgage modification comes with a heavy price for borrowers in that it is likely to hurt their credit, she says.

"You don't want to ruin your credit rating and then be subject to real loan sharks," Day says. "That is not a bargain."

However, Schiff insists the advent of Bailout Nation increases "moral hazard," the concept that ignoring -- or worse, bailing out -- bad behavior only serves to encourage it in the future.

That sends a dangerous signal to people who have played by the rules in the past, Schiff says.

"What the government is saying with the bailout is, 'be irresponsible, be reckless, and you'll get rewarded; be responsible, and you get punished because you'll have to pay for all the irresponsibility of everyone else,'" he says.

"You can't have a society like that. It won't work."

Jay MacDonald is a contributing editor based in Texas."

...that is all.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Be Prepared: Self Defense For Women

I worry about my wife. I worry when she takes the dogs for a walk at night or is home alone when I am traveling on business. Mind you we live in a very nice area but in reality that means very little. Trouble travels if you know what I mean...

My wife hates guns. One thing that is out is her learning to use any of my guns. The biggest problem is if she didn't take learning seriously...an attacker could take it from her and the situation has just gone from bad to worse.

I taught my wife a few things and equipped her for the event where she may be targeted as a victim. This is mostly geared for women but hell if a bigger guy is attacking you these would be valid for a male as well.

First and foremost, my wife carries mace and a whistle. The mace is effective against most folks when sprayed directly in the face. The whistle is to blow as loud and as much as possible should some one lay a hand on her. These items are on her keychain...which she ALWAYS has. You need to have these avaialble when you need them so make it habit to carry them.

Speaking of keys...they sure do a nice job of gouging an eye. Ladies, go right for the face holding the keys so they are protruding from your fist and punch as fast as hard as you can in the facial area of your attacker.

When a lady is being attacked by a male all bets are off. The attacker should expect a brutal primal reaction from the woman. I have instructed my wife and showed her the technques need to fight back.

BITE - If a body part is within distance bite it as HARD as you can, to the point of biting it off if possible. This works great with fingers, ears and noses, among other things. This is your most effective technique because it hurts like hell and is fairly demoralizing when someone spits one of your fingers back into your face.

GOUGE - go for the eyes and throat. Use your thumb and do it it as hard and fast as possible.

KICK - women are naturally good at this and can generate good force doing so.

SECRET WEAPON --- MEN MAY WISH TO STOP READING NOW ---

The biggest thing I have taught my wife if she is being attacked especially by a male, is to go for the testicles. Even through the pants this can debilitate the attacker.

Grab a handful AND TWIST as HARD as you can.

Kick them in the testicles.

Punch them in the testicles.

Unless your attacker is superman or is wearing a cup he will drop to his knees and most likely see stars for quite some time.

Do whatever you have to do to survive!

...that is all.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

RANT WARNING: People - Wise Up Please

I found this article in USA Today and it really irritates me. We are now reduced to blaming credit card companies for people losing their houses.

Next the tooth fairy cutting back will take it on the chin...thousand of homes foreclosed on because mythical figure leaving less coinage under childrens pillows.

People have dug themselves into a majority of these situations. There are of course exceptions where hard working people have hit a rough spot or lost a job but many simply SPEND MORE THAN THEY MAKE. Is that such a hard concept to understand?

There is a guy in this article, well shit let me just quote it...

"Spaulding, 40, says he's a conservative spender who got trapped under $70,000 of credit card debt and high finance charges after 15 years of relying on his credit card for emergencies, such as car repairs. In a letter to the Federal Reserve, a bank regulator, Spaulding complained that "credit card companies are the reason why hardworking Americans like myself struggle for years.""

A CONSERVATIVE SPENDER???? $70,000 in credit cards??????

Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks this is unbelievable?

Here is the kicker....wait for it....wait for it....

"Spaulding complained that "credit card companies are the reason why hardworking Americans like myself struggle for years.""

Are you kidding me....holy mackeral....let me rephrase that for you.

Spaulding complained that "hard spending Americans are the reason why hardworking Americans like myself struggle for years.""

We are our own worst enemy....STOP WITH THE CREDIT ALREADY!!!

There are only 3 things I would ever have debt on and for many folks it is unavoidable - and it should be minimal debt - not on a McMansion for instance:

1.) A HOUSE
2.) A CAR
3.) AN EDUCATION

Other than that if you can't pay for it with cash for cryin' out loud don't buy it.

I may get some hatemail on this one but so be it. Stop buying stuff and maybe you'll have some money in the bank.

...then again anyone who reads this blog probably knows this :)

...that is all.

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Free As In Beer: Trillian Instant Messenger

Well I am starting another series on Be A Survivor called "Free As In Beer".

This series will let you in on some stuff I have found or use that is free...pretty simple concept. Still with me? Ok so some of this stuff is free for "personal use" which means basically you can not use it while making money...like at work for example.

Anyhoo, the first one I am passing along today is an instant messenger program that I have been using for years and is quite powerful. You can sign into multiple accounts including Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ and even IRC...all at the SAME time. Plus there isn't any advertising or spyware in it. It does ask if you want to install The Weather Channel Desktop, just uncheck that.

The program is called Trillian (They have a Pro version that costs $$$ but the basic version works well enough) and like I said I have been using it for years. I concurrently sign into all my accounts I have accumulated over the years and chat away. The program is pretty darn configurable and I really haven't found a program that rivals it yet. I would highly suggest you give it a try.

...that is all.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tourist Tips (How Not To Stand Out)

Found this article on how not to look like the typical clueless American tourist. Some of the tips are actually quite good and will help you blend or at the very least not stand out too much.

I have traveled to a few foreign countries and there are always a few dick head tourists that give Americans a bad name, so when it Rome at least respect the Roman culture. Check the loud and boisterous "I'm entitled because I am an American" BS at door because it makes us look bad and at the very worst could make you a target.

Be respectful and polite, the tip about learning few phrases like "please" and "thank you" in the native tongue make a lot of sense. It shows you respect the culture enough to make an attempt at it even if your accent or pronunciation is not 100% correct.

How Not To Look Like A Clueless American Tourist

...that is all.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Few Simple Tips For the Winter And The New Year

Well a new year is fast approaching and winter is upon us. There are some things you should do to prepare your house and yourself for the winter and the new year.

1.) I use January to change all the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in my house. I change the batteries every January whether the detector is signaling the battery is low or not. This is too important to fool around with, change the batteries once a year (or as needed if it is sooner than that)!

2.) You should change the filters for your furnace at MINIMUM twice a year. They recommend once a month but I don't think it needs to be on monthly basis. I personally change them every 2-3 months depending on if they are dirty or not. Don't let these filters clog up because it will cause wear and could even damage your homes heating and cooling system.

3.) If you have garden hoses and faucets on the outside of your house and are in an area that experiences freezing temperatures you have some work to do. Shut the water off for the faucets inside the house and then open the faucet outside and let it drain, now leave it open until you turn the water back on in the spring. Bring the hoses into the house after draining them to prevent them from being damaged. If you don't take these steps your pipes could burst due to freezing.

4.) Seal all cracks in your home and put up storm windows or cover windows with plastic on the inside to prevent heat lost and save tons of money on heating costs.

5.) If you have an oil furnace make sure you have gotten your yearly delivery. You don't want to run out when the temperature is really low (which is the way it usually happens).

6.) If you live in an area that gets snow make sure you have a small shovel and a brush/scraper in your vehicle so you don't get caught unprepared. It also doesn't hurt to throw some cardboard or kitty litter in your car in case you need it to get "unstuck" (use it under the tires to help grab). If you have a pickup make sure you throw some sand bags or some type of weight in your bed to aid with traction on slippery roads.

...that is all.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

In an effort to give you some insight into my warped world (just kidding) I figured I would share a few of my favorite things with my readers:

Favorite Gun Manufacturer - Smith & Wesson.

Favorite Knife - Gerber LMF.

Favorite Food - Big, greasy bacon cheeseburger with fries.

Favorite MRE - Meatloaf.

Favorite Vehicle - Pickup Mid to Full size.

Favorite Movie - Tie between "Last of the Mohicans" & "Fight Club".

Favorite Band - This is tough so here are a few: Weezer, Pink Floyd, OLD Rolling Stones, Van Halen to name a few.

Favorite Saying - "I was born at night...but it wasn't last night."

Favorite Color - Me and Johnny Cash have a lot in common.

Boxers or Briefs - None of your business!

Favorite Post Apocalytic Movie - 28 Days Later.

Favorite Book (fiction) - The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Favorite Book (non-fiction) - "Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer"

Favorite Pistol I Own - S&W M&P 9c

Favorite Rifle I Own - Ruger 10/22...everyone should have one.

Favorite Blog - The Simple Dollar

Favorite Pastime - Reading or watching movies.

Favorite Caliber - 7.62x39.

Favorite Ammo - Winchester White Box (good value).

I think that is enough for now...

...that is all.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

How To Survive Going Back To School

Amazingly I have done pretty well in life. I have a good career with a good company working in a field I enjoy - Information Technology. I did go to college but I never graduated. My father passed away while I was in college and with him leaving us so did my ability to afford to go. I quickly quit school and got a full time job to try and help make ends meet. I dabbled here and there going to community college while working but I always had a good job so there was no real drive for me to take it seriously.

I have reached a point in my career where my immediate Manager basically told me if you want to go any higher within the company the degree bigots will require you have at least a Bachelors.

Hell I don't even have an Associates! She is looking out for me and HIGHLY recommended I go back to school. The company I work for pays for everything except books...UP FRONT (I pay no money at all except for books, if I fail the class I need to reimburse my company) So I am basically a moron if I don't take advantage of this right? You bet!

Well I haven't been in school for quite a few years...I have to admit I was a little afraid I would do badly or just look like a dope because I MUST have forgotten a lot of the basics. Here is what I did to try and ease my way back into things...

1.) Be extremely organized, you may be making up for lost time and knowledge but good organizational skills can help you get back into the swing of things.

For example I have the course calendar and syllabus printed out for each course I am in and clearly visible in my office. I have all the work expected of me for the entire semester right there in front of me.

2.) Budget your time wisely would be my second piece of advice. Making sure you have time set aside in order to get all the course work completed without that feeling of being rushed. DO NOT procrastinate because it will bite you in the ass I promise, either in the form of shoddy work or having to choose between priorities and school losing completely.

I have time set aside every night to study, write papers or "clean things up" as I like to say. I may not have to use that time every night but it is set aside in case I do. I always budget MORE time than I think I will need to complete a normal assignment.

3.) You may be in class with high school graduates who have very little in the way of life experience. Your experiences will be valuable to them and you should share them. DO NOT push your own beliefs on anyone, if debates in class head in a direction you don't like by all means try to argue your point effectively. Many younger folks (NOT ALL, so no hate mail) have a fresh perspective on things although sometimes it is a bit naive. We "old timers" have lived through more and can definitely be more jaded and cynical when it comes to just about anything.

Share your experiences in a respectful way and you could help mold the way the next generation views our world.

4.) Hang in there when the going gets tough. I had to take some math classes and they about beat me down. I was not ashamed to go to the tutoring center and ask for help or buy that book on remedial math. Let's face it; if you don't use it...you lose it. Don't fret as it will come back and is easier to comprehend something the second time around.

5.) Pat yourself on the back as you are bettering yourself and possibly your families' situation by getting a higher education. If nothing else you will certainly grow personally and broaden horizons you may not have known you have!

If you don't have the money or the time to go back to school, READ, READ, READ, READ and one last time, READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...that is all.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 19

Weekend Roundup:
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Roadblocks Part 1

The Tip:
To protect your identity from being stolen, make sure you shred all financial and personal documents. Do not just rip them up and throw them away. Get a GOOD cross cut shredder and use it to shred all documents that you would not want to fall into the wrong hands.

BONUS: The shredded paper can be use as cage liner for a pet, litter for a cat OR EVEN added to your compost heap. Paper breaks down very nicely and will add to the nutrients in your soil.

...that is all.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Be Prepared: Wear A Hat!

One of the most important things you can bring into the bush with you besides a knife and a flint is a hat...yes that's right, a hat.

The old saying goes...when you are cold put on a hat.

My favorite type of hat to bring into the bush with me in temperate climates is the venerable "boonie", made famous by U.S. special forces.


There are several reasons why I prefer this hat over the numerous others out there:

1.) It is light-weight and made of cotton (not great for the real cold weather but we are talking temperate climates here).

2.) Chin strap to keep it secure on your noggin.

3.) Wide brim for very good sun protection (both sun glare to the eyes and sunburn on the face).

4.) My boonie has loops around it to insert small objects like sunscreen or bug dope.

5.) SUPER compact...when I am not wearing it it can be crumpled into a small ball and placed in my pocket or rucksack.

In the colder climates I usually prefer some kind of wool skullcap to try and keep the head warm and snug.

I must say though, head over to your nearest Army-Navy store and pick up a boonie for $10, it will be one of the best investments you can make.

...that is all.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

5 BEST Kinds of Tinder I Have Found

Tinder is the basis of starting a fire...it is what takes the spark or burns long enough to ignite kindling (bigger sticks) and finally your fuel (BIG sticks). Everyone has a favorite type of tinder, below are the five best I have personally tried and found to have worked very well.

1.) Cotton balls saturated with Vaseline - This is tried and true and works very well. The cotton balls burn almost like candles due to the vaseline and give you a decent amount of time to get your kindling ignited.

2.) Dryer lint - Lint from your dryer is cheap and plentiful and goes up in flames very well, which is why you should clean your dryer vent on a regular basis or your house will be kindling. I use this alot and it is one of my favorites because it is free.

3.) Birch bark - Birch bark burns well because of the oils in the bark. This is great tinder from nature and will even burn wet. You cannot go wrong with birch bark. Recommended by survivalists everywhere. The caveat is there must be birch trees in the area you are for this to be available.

4.) Fine steel wool - People are shocked by this one for some reason. Fine steel wool takes a spark great and burns even better.

5.) Dried out pine needles - In South Carolina we have a boat load of pine trees so this is a readily available and plentiful fuel. Dried pine needles work great, take a spark well, and burn well (although quickly).

...that is all.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

People Will Never Learn...

So much for people crying poverty. The sales figures for Black Friday are in (preliminary) and spending was UP 3% from last year. I just want to vomit in my hat to be honest.

People crying and bitching they can't afford shoes for their kids who have to walk to school both ways up hill...standing in line to buy the discount 50" LCD TV from Best Buy. What a joke.

I went to Wally World to do food shopping and people were packing their carts full of toys and electronics. People are lemmings pure and simple, and they will camp out to buy the lastest iPhone from Steve "Hand"Jobs and then bitch they can't afford to fill the tank on their Hummer. Honestly other than that I don't know what to say...

...that is all.

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A Nice Vacation...

I am Flea's medulla oblongata, Flea has enjoyed the last week of not posting. It is called rest and avoiding burnout that occurs when one has a busy life.

Anyhow we shall resume normal programming this week with a limited 3 post per week performance.

I will be here all week and make sure you try the veal.

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday today. Enjoy your turkey and day off...try not to eat too much.

A special thank you to all the men and women serving in the armed forces that cannot be with family.


Good health to you and God bless!!!

...that is all.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

XENU Link Sleuth

I ran across a nice piece of FREE software in my travels recently. It certainly isn't new but it is new to me.

This software will be useful to anyone who runs a blog or website and wants to check and make sure they don't have any "dead links" laying around. A dead link is one that no longer works...in other words a person goes to your site clicks a link and gets the famous "Page Cannot Be Displayed" message (The site may have been deleted or the link moved).

The software is called Xenu Link Sleuth and like I said it is FREE. You put in your starting URL and it will crawl the entire site verifying the validity of the links...Nice tool, just thought I would pass it on.

...that is all.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 18

Weekend Roundup:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with survival content. We have 15 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!

Check out the new product below...can't wait till they make them for S&W M&P.


On My Mind:
Finished another semester in school, escaped with two A-'s...not bad. I have been busy as hell with work and other stuff. Doing my best to keep up with the blog and still sneak in some Fallout III time in there as well.

Please get the word out on my blog and if you haven't already subscribe to my feed...IT IS FREE! - Subscribe to Be A Survivor

If you would like your blog or website added to the Be A Survivor link list, let me know. Before asking, please make sure you have some content, it is related topically to my blog, (for example a site on baseball would not fit in here), is updated on some sort of regular schedule and I will be happy to try and help you out.

On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
Wool Clothing For The Outdoors

Stealth Survival
Shotgun Ammo - Choices For Self-Defense

Kaiservontexas' Musings
Chicken Little

The Simple Dollar
5 Simple Water Conservation Methods

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
The Big 3 Bailout

The Tip:
When changing the oil on your vehicle before installing the new oil filter take your finger and dip it in CLEAN oil, run your finger around the gasket of the new oil filter then install it. This will help with a nice seal and keep the gasket from drying out.

...that is all.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Additional Link Love For My Fellow "Survivalists"

Here is some additional love for the sites who took the plunge and joined "The Survivalists"

I should say with the exception of me the sites are listed in the order they joined from most recent to the trailblazers.

Yours Truly - Don't think a link is needed since your are here already ;)
Stealth Survival
Code Name Bulleseye
The Survivalist Blog
Prepare: Tips to Survive the End of the World
Starting to Speak My Mind
Crazy Kook
Abraham's Blog
Circle of Oroborous
The Aspiring Survivalist
Everyday Prepper
Utah Preppers
Kaiservontexas' Musings
The Healthy Survivor
Keep It Simple Survival - The first one to join besides me...guess this makes Mayberry Vice President!

Join "The Survivalists" ...I'll make you famous.

...that is all.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Towing Safety

Towing is a skill everyone should know, when I say this I mean from soup to nuts...hooking up to a trailer and driving safely with it attached to your vehicle.

To attach the trailer to a vehicle two people are best but it can be done by one person. Line the vehicle up with the trailer and back up to it as close as you can leaving about a foot or two of space between the tongue and the hitch ball. I usually get out at this time and make sure the tongue is raised up enough, if it is I get back in the vehicle, if not I raise it some more. Now comes the tough part if you are by yourself...back up slowly and keep checking how close you are by either getting out and checking or asking the other person to guide you. If the trailer is not super heavy you may be able to wrestle it a bit closer by hand if you have to.

Once you have the tongue over the ball get out and lower the trailer onto the ball. You will know if it is on correctly, once this is done push down with your foot on the trailer coupler to lock it onto the ball. I then raise the wheel up an out of the way and attach the electrical and safety chains. Your trailer may have come with a hitch coupler lockpin, if it did go ahead and put that in place...it keeps the hitch coupler from unlocking accidentally.

Some Safety Information:
The MOST important thing is to know the weight of you fully laden trailer and what the towing capacity of your vehicle is. Based on the above your vehicle should be fitted with the correct hitch classification and ball size.

If you tow more than your vehicle is rated for you risk damaging your engine and if things go badly enough actually hurtiung some one.

Trailer Hitch Classification (This is typical)
Class I 2,000 pounds GTW
Class II 3,500 pounds GTW
Class III 5,000 pounds GTW
Class IV 7,500 pounds GTW
Class V 10,000 pounds GTW
GTW=Gross Trailer Weight (including car or boat together, if applicable)

Some things to be aware of everytime you tow:
-Make sure the trailer is level, if it isn't get a hitch ball mount with the rise or drop you need to make it level.

-Make sure the hitch ball mount is securley fasted to the hitch receiver, usually uses a large cotter pin.

-Make sure your hitch coupler is secured over the ball.

-Make sure you actually raised the wheel the tongue rests on when the trailer is not hooked up.

-Make sure you attach your safety chains and they are crossed, the right chain hook to the left loop and the left chain hooked to the right loop.

-Verify you securely connected the electrical hookup and make sure your brake lights and turn signals are functioning.

Backing a trailer up can be very annoying for folks who are not used to it. The trailer will go in the OPPOSITE direction you turn your wheel. You will also need to adjust the wheel frequently or you will quickly find that you have formed a 90 degree angle. This just takes some getting used to is all. I can place my trailer right where I want it in my garage now because I have done it several times. The FIRST time I did this I had to pull out and back in at least four times to get it where I wanted it.

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Be A Survivor Chili Recipe

I love chili and I have been making my own for years. Everyone claims they have the best chili recipe...I am no different of course.

Flea's Famous Be A Survivor Chili:
Ingredients
2 lbs 80% lean ground beef
1 whole yellow onion (diced)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste - I do it by taste)
1/4 of a Hershey bar (yes chocolate)
2 Nice sized jalapeno peppers (remove seeds and mince)
1 large can kidney beans
1 large can of tomatoe sauce

Brown the ground beef and DRAIN THE GREASE!!!

I throw the browned ground beef in a crock pot with everything but the beans and let it cook on high for about an hour or so.

I then throw the beans in and let it cook for another hour and a half to two hours on high.

You can taste at this time and see if you need to add any seasonings.

I serve over white rice and throw some shredded cheddar on top.

Not bad considering I came up with this during my bachelor days.

...that is all.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Guest Post - Riverwalker: The New Food Crisis - "Plastic Food"

Today, once again we are blessed to have one of the great survival bloggers out there guest post on Be A Survivor. Riverwalker blogs over at Stealth Survival and continually churns out a multitude of great information. If you have never visited his site make it a daily stop...you won't be sorry.

The ability to preserve food for use during shortages was critical to the survival of everyone. Foods were dried, pickled, salted, stored in underground root cellars and fermented to allow longer usage and storage of a very perishable food supply. These storage methods have now become a huge industry which has become less intent on preserving the nutrient values of our food and more on making large profits. Their ultimate goal is now to produce foods which look pretty, smell great, and taste wonderful, and lasts “forever” on the grocery store shelf. In the search for higher profits, this has become the primary method of operation by the processed food industry. We are just now beginning to suffer the effects of “plastic food”.

Chemically tricking our senses into believing that our processed food supply is nutritional creates a real danger to everyone’s health. Artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial smells, artificial sweeteners, and other chemical substitutes for minerals and vitamins in processed food are becoming more prevalent everyday. We are being misled into wanting and consuming foods which are nowhere near anything that that could be considered real and nutritious.

People purchasing packaged food products are usually unaware of the true nature of what they are buying. They see pretty packages and colorful labels and never take the time to actually check the contents. What you see is not always what you get! The gap between the original food product and its chemically processed counterpart can be so wide as to make the nutritional content of little or no value. Without the addition of chemical substitutes and artificial ingredients, it would have little or no nutritional value.

Large companies are placing their emphasis on profits and not people. Many food additives and preservatives have as yet unknown side effects on our health and yet continue to be used regularly in our food. People need to wake-up and realize that the effects of chemically-altered processed foods can be a real danger. Foods that look good, smell great and taste delicious may not always be healthy for you.

This has also created further problems for people with problems due to food intolerance.

People with diabetes, lactose intolerance, or gluten intolerance, etc. can have problems finding foods which do not have some sort of ingredient that sets off dangerous side effects for their health. Learn to read the labels. Know what the different names for some of the chemical additives and flavorings are and know when to just leave it on the shelf.

If people stop buying processed food items that have been so altered chemically that they no longer can be considered “real” and start demanding processed food items that are healthy and nutritious, companies will be forced to change the way they are doing business. They will be forced to start making processed food items that are healthy and nutritious..

Avoid “plastic food”! Better health for you and your family will be the end result."

Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker


Thanks RW and keep up the fine blogging!

...that is all.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Be Prepared: Fish At A Moments Notice

One thing I absolutely love is fishing. I have been doing it since I was a small child tanks to my dad. One thing to consider is, you never know when you will happen upon a perfect fishing spot or your life may depend on being able to catch some food.

I will describe the very basic setup I have that is in my vehicle at all times. It is always available to be yanked out when I happen upon a promising looking body of water. I always take my fishing kit with me when I go camping or hiking as well for the same reason. Keeping the purpose of this kit in mind, it is small and fits entirely in a fanny pack.

My kit consists of:
a telescopic 6 foot Shakespeare Ugly Stick
a Shimano spinning reel
a very small tackle box that I made from a small plastic parts organizer
a fanny pack
my fishing license
a small garden trowel (for digging for worms if needed)
small hand towel

The tackle consists of:
some snap swivels
some assorted hooks
4 small balsa bobbers (the long slender type)
a few lures (mostly rooster tails and spoons)
a multitool (used mostly for knife and pliers)
some split shot weights
a small bottle of salmon eggs

That is it. I cannot say enough good things about the telescopic pole. It slides down to about 12 inches and it 6 foot when fully extended. There is a lot to be said for having a full size fishing pole because it gives you options (and it isn't as delicate as some of those micro poles).

I always string my reel with 10 pound test line...this also gives me options for some larger fish if I am careful.

My bait strategy is to dig for worms, use the salmon eggs or lure fish using the several types that I have in my kit. That gives me some diversity and also provides me with options.

My rig can be use to cast, bottom fish or use the good old bobber...the key is to give yourself options!!! It was very inexpensive for me to put this kit together and I take it with me everywhere I go. It is small and compact, yet complete enough to allow me to fish several different ways for multiple species of fish. I have caught bass, trout, pickeral, catfish, sunnies, crappies and blue gills using this setup.

...that is all.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 17

Weekend Roundup:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with survival content. We have 13 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!


On My Mind:
Well getting the camping itch again...have to plan a trek out with the popup soon. You know what they say when you have the itch...scratch it!

Gas is now down to a $1.88 here...I can't believe how we have been screwed these last few years. Funny how "global demand" must have suddenly stopped...what a crock.

Please get the word out on my blog and if you haven't already subscribe to my feed...IT IS FREE! - Subscribe to Be A Survivor

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On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
Keeping the Core Warm

Stealth Survival
Salmonella

Kaiservontexas' Musings
AR-15 Magazines

The Simple Dollar
Walking Away to be a Stay at Home Parent

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
10 Gadgets for Survival

The Tip:
CFL bulbs are great for saving money and energy they use about 30% of the electricity a regular bulb does. A few caveats though, they must be recycled or disposed of properly as they contain mercury and because of this they are also hazerdous...so be very careful cleaning up if you break one.

They last several times longer and save you money so the benefits outweigh the risks...

...that is all.

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The Survivalists Update

My thanks to everyone who has joined our webring. We are currently up to lucky number 13!

If anyone has a site they want to add to the ring click the link at the bottom of this post and sign up...it is FREE and will generate some traffic to your site hopefully. The more that join the better the ring will work. If you want to join please make sure the topic of your site fits in with our theme which is Outdoors, nature, firearms, survival, disaster preparedness, etc.

Thanks!!!

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Survival Links: Steve's Pages....huh?

Yes that is right, I said Steve's Pages. This guy has links to electronic versions of TONS of military manuals...for FREE! That is right I said FREE.

Steve has a donate button on his page and I highly encourage folks who find this useful and download manuals to donate a little something to good ole Stevie boy. I am not Steve and I don't work for Steve...I just know a good thing when I see one.

Have fun...that should be enough light reading for you before you hit the sack (yeah for the next ten years).

...that is all.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bought Some More AK-47 Mags....I Wish...

Well a few days ago I placed an order for (4) more Yugoslavian AK-47 magazines for my Yugo M70 from Southern Ohio Gun.

Here is an email I received yesterday:

(Name Changed to Protect the Innocent),
We are out of stock on all our AK-47 magazines. Do you want me to backorder these for you? If you have any questions please let me know. If I do not hear from you by 11/18/08 I will have to cancel this order.

Thanks,
SOG, (Name Changed to Protect the Innocent)


I asked them to place them on backorder for me of course but the craziness appears to have started at this point. There is a gun show here November 29th and 30th and I am guessing that prices will be even more ridiculous than they normally are.

I really don't like the plastic mags but I may need to pick a few of those up to hedge my bets.

...that is all.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Game Review: Fallout III

Anyone who sees the avatar (picture) I have in place of my picture in my blogger profile and is familiar with video games knows I am a fan of the Fallout series of video games. I have played Fallout and Fallout II MANY times and I have solved them both. You may have noticed my posting schedule has been a bit erractic, well that is because I made the biggest mistake in my life...I gave in and purchased Fallout 3 knowing damn well HOURS, if not DAYS or even WEEKS of my life will get sucked into the black hole that RPG based video games. I curse the programmers at Bethesda for bringing my all time favorite series back from the dead.

This game is visually stunning...the grphics are unbelieveable, it is based on the Oblivion game engine which Bethesda is now famous for. The beauty comes at a price though...the game takes a beast of a machine to run. I have a 1 year old Dell with a Core 2 Duo processor 2.13 ghz, 4 gigs of RAM as well as an ATI Radeon XL1300 series video card and I can only run the game in low quality graphics mode (which is still frikin great).

Here are the requirements:
Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor Intel Core 2 Duo processor
RAM: XP: 1GB System RAM
Vista: 2GB System RAM 2 GB System RAM
Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better) NvidiaDirect X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
Supported Video Card Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce Series 200, 9800, 9600, 8800, 8600, 8500, 8400, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800; ATI HD Series 4800, 4600, 3800, 3600, 3400, 2900, 2600, 2400; ATI Series X1900, X1800, X1600, X1300, and X850

Not for the faint-hearted...

The game is fun as hell and actually starts with your birth...literlly you open your eyes after coming out of your Mom's womb into your father's waiting arms. The game play is fast paced as there in no turn based combat as there was in the first two games. This is a first person shooter make no mistake. All the familiar skills and special abilities are there as well as precision based attacks which Fallout fans will be familiar with.

A tidbit from the product description:
"For 200 years, Vault 101 , a fallout shelter, has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth."

Here is the teaser trailer...I can't stop humming this friggin song:


Here is video of actual gameplay from E3:


This is easily one of the best games I have ever played. I am a few hours into it and totally addicted at this point. If you are a fan of post apocalyptic game you will really like this game...assuming you have to hardware to even run it.

I give this 5 Nuke Colas out of 5!!!!

...that is all.

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