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


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.


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:

2.) A CAR

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:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with survival content. We have 17 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!

On My Mind:
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
Boot Care

Stealth Survival
Survivalist 101

Kaiservontexas' Musings
Gun Economics

The Simple Dollar
Trent Releases His First Book!

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
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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