A Magic Journey

A Magic Journey:
By: E.L. Jacobs
JourneyA Magic Journey: When I was a small boy I made a journey in a covered wagon, going with my parents from their homestead in Oklahoma Territory to the part of Kansas they had come from, and back again to the homestead. This was not one of those painful and heroic passages through wild-Indian country, across deserts where men died of thirst, over mountain passes where oxen were skinned for rawhide so that dismantled wagons could be lowered down the sheer faces of cliffs: there are no heroics in my saga. Yet I have never, I think, taken a more romantic or exciting trip. As I look back on the long ride in a vehicle now vanished, but then to be seen (in Oklahoma at least) in fair numbers, I remember many things that have stayed with me for the same reasons that would have kept stout  Cortez from forgetting what he saw from a peak in Darien. Continue reading A Magic Journey

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The Collapse Started Yesterday! w/ James Wesley Rawles

“The Collapse Started Yesterday”  live broadcast on American Preppers Radio!

CollapseStarting us off with tonight’s broadcasts, The Gun Show with “The Collapse is coming”

It’s time to sell everything you don’t need, and can’t use for barter later.” New York Times Best Selling Author James Wesley, Rawles says. Find out why in an interview by Dave Womach.

He’s the world’s foremost expert in the field of prepping, military intelligence, and all things related to The End Of The World As We Know It. In fact he’s coined the term American Redoubt, which is a location for all preppers to establish a retreat, and popularized the term TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).

Rawles is renowned for his work on www.SurvivalBlog.com. If all of the knowledge he has accumulated and written about was printed, it would be more than 9,000 pages in a book. He’s literally a walking, talking, encyclopedia of well researched information. This expert realizes the complexity of our nation, and the fragility of the systems, and is not only sounding the alarm but he’s helping people prepare.

You’ll be surprised to hear what his thoughts are on the number one item that most preppers overlook, yet will save your life. Furthermore, he breaks down the top three threats that he expects us to encounter as a nation, and what you can do to prepare for them. Think you know all you need to survive? Think again.
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Mutual Assistance Groups

AssistanceAssistance Groups: You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours! Mutual Assistance Groups aka MAG’s are the epitome of this old saying with a lot more to boot. What are Mutual Assistance Groups, Mutual Assistance Associations or a host of other names? What can a MAG do for you or not. The term when searched on line brings up a bevy of entries, 2,980,000 on one search engine alone. That’s a lot of information to digest.

AssistanceMutual Assistance is a term used in many areas of living, our electric companies and other entities wishing to work together for reasons such as economic, efficiency and productivity often form these types of alliances. But wait, we are talking about personal preparing, what does a MAG have to do with us? The prepping community began talking about and forming MAG’s around 2010 and some probably much earlier, as many saw the handwriting on the wall in that if and when it all hits the fan, no one is an island as they say, no one person can do it all, can cover all the skills. It is a proven fact organized well; there is power and safety in numbers. So surviving and preparing folk embraced the concept of Mutual Assistance Groups. MAG’s come in all sizes and personalities, how do you sort it all out.

In essence to quote my guest this Sunday, Charley Hogwood, of Ready Go Prep ( Personal Readiness Education Programs) http://readygoprep.com/website/ a MAG a is “a group of like-minded individuals who pledge to assist each other in times of crisis.” The need or reasoning is pretty clear however this same reason creates a plethora of questions including who, what, when, where and how. The Other Side of a Preppers Path examines the MAG this Sunday. Lynna has tapped well known instructor and prepper, Charley Hogwood asking him to share his extensive knowledge on MAG’s. Charley recently posted a series of articles available at http://www.livingreadyonline.com/emergency-preparedness/ what-is-a-mutual-assistance-group regarding MAG’s. Rest your eyes and tune in to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, hear the the questions you want to know.

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Preparations and Prioritizing!

PreparationsPreparations and Prioritizing! A common ailment among us is that proverbial, that can’t happen to me! However, once you come to the realization that in fact bad things happen, and could happen to you a fire is ignited within the heart and mind of the prepper to begin their preperations. We thirst for information and a driving priority to quench the thirst and relieve the drought very often leads us down the wrong path. In our haste we look for quick relief leading us to the most accessible medium of information readily available to most everyone. The great omnipotent Internet unfortunately is often a purveyor of misleading and blatantly false facts.

A quick click reveals scenarios not even imagined the comet Ison, Fema death camps along with a vast variety of other unlikely scenarios! Really how much should these kinds of speculated disaster factor into your preps? How do you know where to begin and what to believe anymore?

PreperationsIn the world of preparations having the ability to prioritize needs and wants is a vital life skill. This week on The Prepared Canadian  I’ll discuss vetting the information that your research has uncovered and how to prioritize your preparations, but I won’t stop there. Many preppers make the mistake of concentrating on storing up vast amounts of food, while putting off other issues like security and shelter. This sort of tunnel vision becomes a wolf in sheep’ clothing leaving you caught off guard and open to more problems than you ever thought possible.

Keep the wolves away by learning the 6 basic areas of preparedness and how to get started with a little of each, then how to go back and improve each of these areas in rotation, giving you the best chance to have a well-rounded plan that never stops improving and will never let you get caught with your pants down.
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Standing Up Against NDAA!

ndaaStanding up against NDAA: There are so many things that have happened in this country in the last decade that it is hard to keep up with the atrocities. On this broadcast we are going to focus on one in particular.

If you remember about 2 years ago now when you were stumbling drunk and kissing all the ugly girls at your New Year’s Eve party 2011. The most peaceful president in the history of our nation, a veritable Gandhi, was signing into law The Indefinite Detention Clause, $88.5 million for “ongoing wars” and a bouquet of other foul policies. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 is a United States federal law. We often worry about the beasts that we think are coming this is a beast sitting on our couch with us every night.

ndaaOn This broadcast of I Am Liberty we have a great guest for our topic, Dan Johnson of PANDA www.pandaunite.org . The young man who started the fight against this insane bill and with some hard work has garnered great successes. A young man you should hear about much more often. Unfortunately the America isn’t turned on by the possibility of indefinite detention rather they would concern themselves with how much MDMA their favorite pop star can snort before disrobing and making a music video.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a true expert on the topic. If you are interested you could make this cause part of your Initial Contact before 2014. Either way you have an excellent opportunity to chat with a true American who is fighting for all of us. Don’t miss it tonight on I Am Liberty

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Making The Holes Whole!

holesMaking The Holes Whole! As folks who try to live a self sufficient lifestyle it is important to us to try very hard to make sure that we have everything necessary to carry out our every day tasks and have a comfortable life, no matter what obstacles the world may throw in our way. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about the current state of the world and the things that were floating around in the ether we call the internet. Certain things seem very dismal to say the least.

There are times when a single sentence can strike you as very profound. In this case, the conversation about the coming potential “end of it all” led to her question. The question was “So, where are your holes?” “My holes?” I asked. “Yes, she said, where do you think you need to fill in any holes in your preparedness plan?” At first I thought and felt that we were good, I went down that mental checklist we all have at a time like this. Water, check. Food, Check. Light, heat, cooking fuel, check, check and check. It wasn’t until I got off the phone with her that I realized exactly how profound the question really was! Continue reading Making The Holes Whole!

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Krutch and “The Geography of Hope”

Krutch , JosephKrutchKrutch, Joseph Wood and The Geography of Hope! Join us for this broadcast as Goat Hollow reads for us an amazingly prophetic story written over 50 years ago. Deceased author Joseph Wood Krutch (November 25, 1893 – May 22, 1970) and his story of the Western frontier through his eyes relates his  vision of the wilderness as it was then and what would become of it in the future. Seeing into the future Krutch gives us his remarkable vision of the transformation created by those that settled the frontier. People of the day wanting what had been untouched  because of desires to have and thoughtful needs making what was then a landscape lacking in beauty a wonder to behold.

KrutchWe often hear the lament, remember the past lest you repeat it, join in Wednesday and learn from the flip side.  How one man’s thoughts put down on paper become a prophetic vision of the future which is TODAY. A little over 50 years ago Krutch an American writer, critic and renowned naturalist /conservationist penned a “preppers primer” though neither he or his readers would relate to the term.  A common man expresses the desire of many for a simpler life contemplating the realities of the day and their impact on the future.  How will current action and choice impact not only the present but future, asking does it make a difference why the action is taken?  Choose wisely, because “common sense is at least the beginning of wisdom.”  After listening surely you’ll agree visionary should be added to the description of  Mr. Krutch. An eye opening journey from the past to today.

“There is no more perfect parable to illustrate what happens when know-how becomes more important than common sense- and common sense is at least the beginning of wisdom”

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Source: Originally published Jan. 1968 The American West
Author: Joseph Wood Krutch

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Of Knives and Guns!

Knives and Guns

Of Knives and Guns on The Human Path: Buying, caring for and using knives and guns can be overwhelming to a lot of people. Learning enough practical information about these very important tools and weapons before making a purchase can help save a lot of money and frustration. Join Sam Coffman as he discusses several points to consider when choosing, caring for and using various types of knives for various types of situations. He talks about common questions such as, “How much should you spend for a decent knife?” “Folding blade, multi-tool, fixed-blade or something else?” “Carbon or stainless steel?” “How long and what type of a cutting edge?” “How do you sharpen and care for a knife?” “What difference does the handle, sheath and shape of the blade make for different types of jobs?”

Knives and GunsIn addition to knives, Sam also discusses some gun basics this week. “What are some important considerations prior to spending money on a gun?” “Advantages and disadvantages to rifles vs. pistols and semi-automatics vs. revolvers and bolt-action rifles?” “Where do shotguns figure in to the mix?” “What are some simple training drills you can do at home to improve accuracy and gun handling without even having to spend money on ammo or go to a range, and why is it so important you do these kinds of drills?” “What are some of the common controversies around different caliber ammunition?” “When does caliber matter and when is it irrelevant?” Join Sam as he discusses these and other frequent questions that many people have when wanting to purchase and use a knife and a gun, both for utility and defense.

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What is a Prepper? & Heart Felt Loss for P.B. N.

Bexar profile People ask me all the time, what is a prepper? Are we what some people think preppers are? Those strange people you see on reality TV that give you the creeps or the homesteader you see at the farmers market. I guess there will always be some that meet that stereotype, but for most preppers we look more like the Wikipedia definition of a prepper “Prepper is an individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances.” Preppers just purchase more insurance to cover what each individual sees as likely probability to occur.

PrepperAs a prepper how can you find your place in the prepping community, find your niche of like minded people? Do you take the chance to open yourself to meeting other preppers or do you stay alone? Where can you find other like minded people? Once you make your connections do you go it alone or do you form a group? Which would give you greater survivability or greater flexibility? Join BexarPrepper for her final show “Preparing For Life’s Storms” Tuesday September 24th at 8 pm central time where we’ll talk about this a so much more.

From the producer: It is with great regret for the network and myself personally to see our host Bexar Prepper of Preparing For Life’s Storms leave the network. I have know doubts that I speak for anyone that knows Bexar that she will be missed dearly on Tuesday night’s. She has provided all of us with a wealth of information, great guests, and a whole lot of fun. It has been my greatest pleasure in working with Bexar and while saddened I still look forward to this broadcast. Fortunately we will still have the wonderful information she provides through her YouTube channel and if you are not a subscriber I encourage you to do so by going HERE! I hope that you will all join us in chat to listen, learn and give thanks for more than a years worth of hard work and effort Bexar has given to help us all on our road to self reliance and independence through this network.

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Instincts, realizing and the uses!

Instincts TigerPrepping, realizing our natural instincts! The natural instinct to prepare, to be aware of what is happening around us is inherent in every living creature on this planet. However, man like no other living organism has the ability to modify his instinct without knowing he is doing so. Animals exist, survive, and thrive on their instincts. While man not only exists with the will to survive and thrive he also looks to consciously learn and expand the knowledge he has to better the conditions in which he lives. As man progresses his instinct regresses, replaced by the tools and toys he has created in an effort to improve his existence. Man now lives with instincts that have been modified with that which he has created leaving him with the core roots of his instincts buried within his own progress. Realizing this is the first and most important step to self reliance and self sustainability. Understanding you have hidden instincts is the first step in exercising and making them work to your advantage as they were intended.. Continue reading Instincts, realizing and the uses!

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Hope! The Simpleton and Common sense.

The following article, written over a half century ago, I recently stumbled across and for myself it was one that I could not let go of. I read and re-read several times, each leaving me with new visions of what was and what is, of what I hope to be and what I hope I am.  I researched, found, and got permission to post this article here to share with you. I hope that you will take the time to read in it’s entirety and your thoughts good or bad will enjoy it as much as I and share with others.

The Geography of Hope:

Hope Baja“It is a lovely and terrible wilderness, such a wilderness as Christ and the prophets went out into; harshly and beautifully colored, broken and worn until its bones are exposed, its great sky without a smudge or taint from the Technocracy…. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value…. We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope”:

The geography of hope, as Wallace Stegner has described it, is a rapidly diminishing resource on the American continent in an age in which hope itself becomes increasingly scarce. In one of its most recent “Exhibit Format” publications, the Sierra Club of California has produced a stunning memorial to one of the few lands left whose harshness, isolation, and beauty remains biblical amid the clutter of the twentieth century; the long peninsula of Baja California. With a pungent, reflective text compiled from the works of naturalist-philosopher Joseph Wood Krutch, and the artistry of Eliot Porter’s camera, Baja California and the Geography of Hope is a monument to a land not yet altered to man’s purposes.

hope bajaThe  discovery of America meant different things to different people. To some it meant only gold and the possibility of other plunder. To others less mean-spirited it meant a wilderness which might in time become another Europe. But there were also not a few whose imaginations were most profoundly stirred by what it was rather than by what it might become.

The wilderness and the idea of the wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit. Here, as many realized, had been miraculously preserved until the time when civilization could appreciate it, the richness and variety of a natural world which had disappeared unnoticed and little by little from Europe. America was a dream of something long past which had suddenly become a reality. It was what Thoreau called the great “poem” before many of its fairest pages had been ripped out and thrown away. The desire to experience that reality rather than to destroy it drew to our shores some the  best who have ever come to them. Continue reading Hope! The Simpleton and Common sense.

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Community preparedness, knowing neighbors!

Community PreparednessCommunity preparedness, a great reason to make that initial contact with your neighbor. I think as a goal, a goal not just to get prepared but to better the American lifestyle we should push to meet a handful of our neighbors before the end of the year. Let’s take it even one step further. In fact, how about pushing to at least begin discussions on one major community level project before years end? This goal is one that will serve to not only create the ground work for your community but also give you a base from which to leap into 2014. Continue reading Community preparedness, knowing neighbors!

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Life Changes! Be Ready!

ChangesLife changes! We all know the only thing that is constant is change. Are you ready for the changes that could come your way? Flood, fire, drought, hurricane, tornado, extreme cold, terrorist event, economic issues and more occur constantly, a fact proven over and over. Now is the time to prepare for the unexpected events of life not later. Preparing for the unexpected is something that should be sooner than later. According to articles dating back to Feb of 2012 some 3 million residents of the good ole USA are considered preppers, so the news is out. Together with this number and the unknown numbers of people quietly preparing their lives the need for clear, honest information is a necessity. Where can you find the information you need to be prepared, to protect your loved ones, to learn what is needed to lead a life of preparedness that creates both peace and power. Continue reading Life Changes! Be Ready!

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