Off Grid Air-Conditioning!

Off Grid Air-Conditioning
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Off Grid Air-ConditioningOn this episode we are talking about off grid cooling. The ideal solution is to have enough solar or wind power that you can run a window unit or potable AC unit. However, we don’t all have that option. So this week we will be talking about some alternate cooling ideas that can be used in a grid-down scenario and are really cheap. Why do this? Because being grind down in the summer is going to suck. Anyone living in the summer heat and humidity that has had an air conditioner break knows what I am talking about. That AC stops working and your quality of life drops fast. We talk about some of the ancient ideas of using fans, airflow, and Read more “Off Grid Air-Conditioning!”

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Getting Caught Off-Grid

Getting Caught Off-Grid
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Getting Caught Off-GridIn the following player we are discussing the reality of the electric grid going down and a personal story about me being somewhat caught off-guard. I have been on vacation with my family this past week in the North Georgia area with Tropical Storm Alberto coming through. So, like a good little prepper, I packed a small propane stove, my EDC, my camping cook set, and a family size battery powered lantern. However, I was unprepared for the power going out unexpectedly and being off grid sucks. The power going out is different from camping and even preppers are not fully prepared to deal with it mentally. Read more “Getting Caught Off-Grid”

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Harvesting Rainwater Reality Check

Harvesting Rainwater Reality Check
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Harvesting Rainwater Reality Check“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As preppers, we all know how vital water is to survival. We have the filters, the chemicals, the storage barrels, and most of us have a storage plan for drinking water. What happens when you run out? Have you planned on resupply your water reserves? This episode of Reality Check we talk about harvesting and using rainwater. We cover some of the problems you have to think about like pollen, roofing grit, bird poop, paint, mold, and general dirt that is on your roof. The best materials to use as catchment surfaces like tin, concrete, shingles, Read more “Harvesting Rainwater Reality Check”

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Learn Your Country’s History!

Learn Your Country’s History
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Learn Your Country’s HistoryHistory reports that George Santayana once famously quoted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A very famous line that we are seeing applies more and more these days. Mark Twain also famously commented on this same quote when he said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” This week we will be talking about learning history, more specifically learning the history of your country. Be it US, Russian, Chinese, British, Japanese, French, German, etc. It is your obligation as a citizen to know your countries history and what did or did not take place. Winston Churchill once said that, “history is written by the victors.” Read more “Learn Your Country’s History!”

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Combating Cyber Warfare

Combating Cyber Warfare
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Combating Cyber WarfareAre you afraid of being hacked by a nation state bent on Cyber Warfare? Have you ever been the victim of a hack attack, Ransomware, or identity theft? Join me on the next Reality Check as we discuss Cyber security.

This week we will be talking about some common sense things you can do to stay safe online like keeping a reliable anti-virus up-to-date, keeping your OS updated, not clicking on links in emails, changing your online passwords on a regular basis, using complex passwords or passphrases, making regular backups of your data, and putting a freeze Read more “Combating Cyber Warfare”

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Tactical TV Remotes for SHTF

Tactical TV Remotes for SHTF
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Tactical TV Remotes for SHTFThis week we are having a little fun with surveillance cameras. Cameras are ubiquitous and most everyone carries one in their pocket. We see the traffic cameras, CCTV, and webcams and to many people, this is good news as the technology can be used to protect us or by giving us the ability to see what goes bump in the night. Webcams allow us to have a face to face conversation with friends and family. Being able to see a person and know they are OK based on their appearance can be worth the world to a parent or child. But, not all of this is rainbows and unicorns. There is a darker side to having all these cameras and it comes in the form of an invasion of privacy. Public and private cameras can be used to peer into our lives without our consent from great distances. Read more “Tactical TV Remotes for SHTF”

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Apocalypse News Network

Apocalypse News Network
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Apocalypse News NetworkOn this show we will be discuss alternate news sources, what they offer, and how to find them. When we hear a story on the nightly news how do we know how much of it is true and how much is a political agenda? We have all heard the term ‘fake news’ and most everyone should know by now that all news agencies across the globe are used for propaganda. Everyone should also know that almost all news outlets are controlled by a handful of corporations or state-run agencies and those few corporations impose a skewed view in order to further their party’s or government’s agenda. This is not just a thing in the United States. If you think that US-based Main Stream Media channels are the only offenders, then you have not watched a news station located outside of the states. Read more “Apocalypse News Network”

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Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out

Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out
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Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s OutOn this episode of Reality Check we discuss what skills and trades you might want in your group. Every survival group always thinks there are a few people with skills that are shoo-ins. Everyone says they want a blacksmith, a doctor, an herbalist, and usually someone who can reload ammunition. Those are great skills to have, but what about a veterinarian, a pharmacist, or a dental assistant? What if I told you it is better to have a nurse, EMT, paramedic, veterinarian, or better still a combat medic than to have a doctor or a surgeon? What if I said that it is better to have someone who is dental assistant rather than having a certified dentist? Read more “Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out”

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Properly storing fuel for the Apocalypse!

Properly storing fuel for the Apocalypse!
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Properly storing fuel for the ApocalypseThis week we are going to be talking about some of the common techniques for storing fuel. This topic has been covered before, but it bears repeating since tornado is starting and hurricane season isn’t that far off. In this show, we are going to be talking about some of the common fuels to store and the industry practices to prolong the life of such. We are thinking in terms of potential energy, safety, cost, and resupply. Not all fuels are made the same and while you may be banking on storing gallons for diesel for your generator or hundreds of pounds of Propane for your grill. Read more “Properly storing fuel for the Apocalypse!”

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Places to Avoid in SHTF

Places to Avoid in SHTF
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Places to Avoid in SHTFIn this show, we are going to be talking about places to avoid when SHTF. We all see the pictures and videos of store shelves stripped bare before a major storm. We see the long lines at hardware stores with people buying plywood and generators. What about these places after a major event? We see the video and hear the reports of looters cleaning out the shoe, clothing, and electronics stores. Read more “Places to Avoid in SHTF”

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Winning the Prepper Lottery

Winning the Prepper Lottery
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Winning the Prepper LotteryIn this show we are going to be playing a little bit of fantasy. Sometimes you need to take a break from the doom and gloom and have fun. So tonight we are not going to be teaching a skill or cool prepper tool. Tonight we are going to talk about what we would buy if we won the lottery. This can be the multi-state ones where you receive millions of dollars or just a simple $100 scratch off. What items and things would you buy? Where would you go if you had the money? Remember this not a vacation, its prepping related. Read more “Winning the Prepper Lottery”

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Alternate Sources of Power in Grid Down!

Alternate Sources of Power in Grid Down!
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Alternate Sources of Power in Grid DownIn this show, we are NOT discussing solar, wind, or hydro per se. Everyone talks about having solar power in grid down, but there are other sources of power that can be had. Now we are not going to be talking SHTF, but merely the power grid going down. Think snow storms, hurricanes, and temporary power outages that only last a few days or a week. Did you know that regular analog phones lines have a constant supply of DC power? Don’t believe me? Read more “Alternate Sources of Power in Grid Down!”

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Lack of Family Contact after SHTF

Lack of Family Contact after SHTF
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Lack of Family Contact after SHTFIn this show, we talk about what it might be like if the big event happens and you can no longer talk to family or get news of their condition. After a SHTF event, the availability of news from across the nation and world might be severely limited. Are you or your spouse mentally prepared to break contact with your family and never be able to hear from them again? If your family is overseas or in another state you may keep in contact by Skype, email, or video chat and it’s no big deal. Even calling your parents on the phone keeps that bridge open. However, in grid down, you Read more “Lack of Family Contact after SHTF”

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