Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Human Ingenuity for Survival

Episode 128: Season 4 ep.4


Vince and Erika make their way south in the Battle for the South adventure. They employ creative strategies to keep themselves under the Federal Forces radar. Today we explore human ingenuity with special guest Samuel Culper, former Military Intelligence NCO and founder of ForwardObserver.com.

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Lessons from Samuel

Human ingenuity can be defined as a person's ability to think through processes and devise systems to improvise, adapt and overcome. It indicates that when you are presented with a problem you can devise a solution. 
There are many examples of human ingenuity in every aspect of our daily lives. People also use this ability to stay under the radar of the law. Smugglers dig under walls and build elaborate systems to travel back and forth. They use unmanned vessels to transport illegal products in the oceans. Drones have flown drugs over prison walls and provide a new way for terrorists to surgically strike targets without the use of suicide bombers.  

Worldwide culture is harnessing human ingenuity to decentralize the globe. Bitcoin and Crypto currencies provide a way to circumvent centralized banks. However, this increased ability to individualize has created a new threat to nations. Small groups that needed the power of a nation to launch cyber attacks in the past, are now capable of completing such attacks themselves.

Another example of human ingenuity at work in the military intelligence community happened in the 1980s. A Soviet Counter Intelligence Analyst studied the files of known or suspected CIA assets in the Soviet Union. He built a matrix of indicators to detect CIA activity. This led to an exposure of agents throughout the Soviet Union.

Necessity causes ingenuity to happen. When humans are faced with problems it causes them to think of solutions. When our lives or the life of our loved ones are on the line we tend to stretch even farther out the box to develop a solution. 

http://www.forwardobserver.comHowever, many times we fall back to our level of training. If you haven't been exposed to the stresses of a given situation it is hard to develop a creative solution. The body actually has three responses to stress: fight, flight or freeze. Usually people freeze when they are overwhelmed by a new situation. You need to have exposure, experience, and information to be really ingenious. 

It is imperative that you start practicing being exposed to these stresses now. Adversity will show you what you are made of and you will gain confidence so your brain functions under stress. A great way to simulate this stress is to wait until a major event happens, for example the Furgessen Riots. Data mine Twitter, the radio, the news, social media and all open source material. Then sit down with a map of the area and try to plot the details on the map. Try to keep your map updated to real time. This will give you some great real world experience.

The advantage goes to the most informed and ingenious thinkers. Your enemy gets a vote in any war or conflict. If they are more ingenious, they will have a tactical advantage. Advantages stack up in any conflict. "When change on the outside is happening faster than change on the inside the end is in sight." (Quote by Jack Welsh) You have to plan well in advance. If you can't keep pace with what is happening outside your door, you're going to lose. Having an information advantage provides you with an early warning system. In order to be creative you need to be a subject matter expert. To make forward thinking decisions you need good information. If you don't have this information, you will have an intelligence gap. Gaps are exploitable and can put you in great risk.

Samuel Culper

"Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He now runs Forward Observer, a threat intelligence services company based in Texas."

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster Without Land, The Walls of Freedom and Battle for the South. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Setting a Tone


Episode 127: Season 4 ep 3

In this chapter of Battle for the South, Master Sergeant Bennet catches up to Star and Sean on the river boat. In order to get the information he needs he must establish a tone immediately. Here to talk with us about establishing a tone, what that means and how you can apply it to your survival leadership qualities is L. Douglas Hogan, author of Oath Takers and The Tyrant Series.

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Tone Setting Lessons from L. Douglas Hogan

Establishing a tone refers to setting up the parameters and style of leadership based upon the people you are leading. A leader must be able to adapt the tone to fit the situation they are in. The specific tone must be a fluid concept so that the leader can adapt and overcome any circumstance. The people you lead are not automatons, a leader needs to flex because different people will respond to various motivators.

You must find out what tone will be appropriate for your team. What will the team respect you for? What leadership style do they respond to best?

There are many benefits to setting an appropriate tone for your team. You will maximize the team's effectiveness and cohesion. Without a solid tone you do not have a team. You have a group of people acting on more of an independent basis, each going their own direction because there is no leader to follow.

People are either naturally born leaders or become them when they are thrust into the moment. The leadership seed that can blossom in that moment can create a very powerful leader. Remember that learning and doing are two very different things. You can read all day long but until you have to apply those concepts through communication and diplomacy you really don't know what it is like to lead.

There are disadvantages the leader must endure to maintain the tone. The specific disadvantages differ with the tone that is set. Hitler and Gandhi both set tones. They were very different tones. One was a dictator using fear and one used peace to protest his concerns to the British Government. The dictator can only maintain his tone when he can use fear to ensure control. Once that fear is gone the dictator must face some very hard consequences. Although Gandhi made many self-sacrifices to peacefully protest, he earned the respect of many followers who gave him control because they respected him.

In a supervisory role you need to have fairness and firmness across the board. You are not going to treat individuals with different needs the same way. If someone has antisocial tendencies you will have to gently motivate them while someone with passive aggressive tendencies will need a firmer hand.

If you lead, rather than dictate or manage, people will want to help you accomplish your goals because they respect you and want to join in your success. It becomes a rewarding experience for both the leader and the supporter. Treat your followers with respect and help them achieve their goals.

A long term survival situation will require a mix both military and civilian leadership skills. Military tones of leadership styles have been developed through trial and error over centuries. Once you agree to join you sign yourself over the United States Government, agreeing to be ruled by a combination of dictatorship and leadership. Rank allocates authority over another individual but the individual's character will decide if he becomes the leader his is supposed to be or not.

In survival groups, most decisions always default back to the leader but these groups are usually lacking in a command structure. In most military settings when a leader is lost it is clearly understood through rank who will be the next leader. That clear understanding needs to be established in a survival group as well, far in advance of a disaster. Everyone in the group needs to understand the process and succession. Everyone should be part of a rank and file system and receive leadership training. You never know when you will be called upon to lead. However, you must never outwardly show a sign to a leader when you are in a survival situation. Knowing who is leading the group is a big advantage for an enemy.

The leader of the group needs to know everyone's skills and put the right person in charge of each task required. They must know how to delegate resources appropriately. Trust in you supporters to do their job and that trust will be reciprocated.

In situations of distress there is a tone known as Command Presence. This concept is taught in the Use of Force Continuum by correctional facilities and law enforcement agencies. Command presence refers to the ability to step into any given situation and be recognized as the voice of authority. The person in uniform, whether that be a police uniform or a designer suit, is recognized immediately as the commanding person. This is established because of the way they hold themselves and often solely because of their attire.  Often times their presence can be enough to de-escalate stressful situations.

In a long term survival situation this command presence can be hard to gain through uniform identification. The person with the command presence must be recognized and respected or they must possess the auditory skills that can stop people immediately. There are many ways to establish a command presence: violence, trust, or a track record of solid decision making are a few examples.

It is a tricky business deciding what tone to set for each situation. Follow your instincts. A good leader will anticipate the needs of her supporters and adjust. Learn what motivates them and how you can use that to get goals accomplished.

Once very important thing to remember when you are in this leadership role is a leader should never lose personal emotional control. Freaking out or blowing up doesn't inspire others to follow you. A leader also needs to make decisive decisions. Listen to your supporters and make a solid choice.

Please feel free to leave tips and pointers on creating a MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) below.


Introducing No Light Beyond

Mason Loss was a single father, separated from his seven year old daughter Lydia Nicole, when the United States was suddenly devastated by several massive coordinated EMP attacks. Having sustained life threatening injuries in his search for her, he awakens from a two-year coma to find that the world is not the way he left it. To make situations worse, Yellowstone has erupted and expelled an ancient microscopic organism that threatens the course of human survival. Now, Mason must traverse the ashy suburban landscape in search of his now nine-year old daughter. Along the way, he discovers a far more terrifying enemy than humankind can safely manage.

L. Douglas Hogan

L. Douglas Hogan is a U.S.M.C. veteran with over twenty years in public service. Among these are three years as an anti-tank infantryman, one year as a Marine Corps Marksmanship Instructor, ten years as a part-time police officer, and seventeen years working in state government doing security work and supervision. He is the best-selling author of “Oath Takers”, has authored four books in a series titled Tyrant, and is working on the sixth a final book of the series. He has been married over twenty years, has two children, and is faithful to his church, where he resides in southern Illinois.


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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bugging-Out with Children

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boat Bugout

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Top Three 2017 Christmas Gifts


Number one on my list of gifts I would love to receive, if I didn't already have one is the TOPS Knives Tahoma Field Knife. I bought this sweet a$$ knife in Arizona this last spring and fell instantly in love. It is composed of 1095 high quality steel. Its considerable size makes it useful as a machete or hand knife. It is double bladed for about three inches down the knife making it proficient at stabbing as well. It has a built in handle for a bow drill, used for starting fires in the bush. It also features a steel pry area on the handle so you don't break the tip off, doing something stupid. I'm in love with this knife and for $160 bucks you can't go wrong.

Number two on my list of things I would love to receive, if I didn't already have one, is the Alexapure Pro Stainless Steel Water Filtration System. I've written about the Alexapure before. This bad boy will filter five thousand gallons of water before you have to change the filter. It is very durable and requires no electricity or power to filter your water. You can leave it on the counter for everyday use or take it with you camping and filter water from the lake. Great investment and replacement filters are reasonably priced as well.

Number three on my list of things I would love for Christmas, if I didn't already have it, is of course, The Changing Earth Series. Books are a great thing to give as a gift at the Holidays and who wouldn't love an apocalyptic read to pick you up when your feeling down. Now, you can go over to Amazon and find my books there but you are going to get ripped off. If you go over to my website or go to Lulu.com you can get the best deal on the internet for all four books. If you really want to impress your loved one feel free to contact me and request signed copies, but you better hurry up because time is a ticking. Yes, I am going to charge you for the books and shipping and handling but just imagine the look on your loved ones face when they open up the book and see that personalized signature written just for them. They will love you for your gift. As an added bonus, you get a gift as well.  You are going to enjoy hours of peace and quiet as they pour through the pages immersed in the story.

Have a Merry Apocalyptic Christmas!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Back to Basics

Episode 124: Season 3 ep 43




Erika and Vince deal with the repercussions of the Federal Governing Board decision. Dale and Lisa Goodwin, hosts of The Survivalist Prepper Podcast, join my husband, Brock, and I to get back to basics and discuss all the interesting prepping solutions we have been learning on our journeys.

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"The plan is to mobilize to handle the aftermath. No one has any idea what to do with more refugees."

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Back to Basics with Dale and Lisa

After discussing some of the intricacies of crafting The Walls of Freedom story, our conversation turned to the basics of prepping and tidbits we have picked up along the way. One of the first topics that we addressed was wilderness versus urban survival and the different tools that may be applicable to each but not necessarily both. A crescent wrench, for example, would be much more useful in a city environment than a wilderness one.  

Continuing on with the back to basics theme, we discusses fire starting. We decided the number one thing you should be doing right now is stocking Bic lighters in mass quantity. Regardless of how many lighters you store, you should also know how to use a ferro rod. One of the neat tips Dale has picked up is using a chemical known as Potassium permanganate. This nifty chemical is an antiseptic for wounds, will clean your water, and it can be used as a fire starter. It is also important to learn how to actually get a fire going. Your spark will have to be nurtured into a flame. It is harder than you think and it takes practice. Another good tool for fire starting starts with a cotton ball. You can take the ball of cotton, rub it in petroleum jelly and wrap it in squares of tin foil. Then when you want to start a fire, you cut a "x" pattern into one layer of the tinfoil and pull out a tiny bit of the cotton. Light the small amount you have pulled out and the cotton will burn for a while. Alternately you can use jute string that has been soaked in wax. It works like a wick and is water proof. 

The next topic we discussed was shelter building. Every go-bag should have a tarp in it. Take the time to practice different construction methods. Walking stick can be a useful tool on the trail and provide you with a tent post for the evening. Improve your knot tying skills, especially the ones you will be relying upon the most. This differs depending on geographical location. There is a big difference between building a shelter in an urban environment versus a wilderness one. In an urban environment you will have a much larger amount of useful supplies available. However, in an urban environment you need to be aware of the structural integrity of the buildings, depending on the type of disaster. In either case, you do not want a big shelter. You want one just big enough for your team to fit snugly. Look for an area where you can build a fire and reflect the heat back off of a concrete wall or rock outcropping. 

The basics of survival always involves water purification. There are many methods available but none of them will work for some types of chemical contamination. You have to know where your water has been. With any filter it is next to impossible to really know how well it is working. Distillation is the best method of removing contamination. It is still not effective for some types of chemical contamination. Once you learn the principles of how this process works, it is easy to build a distiller. Find creative ways to do it through practice. Basically, you are capturing the steam from the boiling process. Distilling does take a lot of work compared to some methods but it is the best. Individuals in an urban environment should begin thinking of areas that contain water: water heaters, pipes, hoses, swimming pools. That water will still be there when the grid goes down. 

It is essential that you are responsible for your food supply and starting to build an emergency stash now. Patriot Supply has some fantastic deals on emergency supply kits. Augason Farms also makes quality long term food. Canned goods substitute the long term food supply well. Remember though, it is important to eat what you store and store what you eat. Don't store something you don't normally use. Store what you normally use and rotate your products every time you add more. 


Dale and Lisa Goodwin

"In early 2013 Lisa and I decided to create SurvivalistPrepper.net and become a bigger part of the preparedness community, we are not the overboard tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, we are just like you, everyday Americans that enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.
Lisa is more of the prepper and I am more of the survivalist or outdoor type and we write articles ranging from first aid, to food storage to primitive and wilderness skills…basically anything that involves preparedness and survival." - Dale Goodwin

















 Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dangers of a Two Party System

Episode 123: Season 3 ep.42

In The Walls of Freedom story, Erika begins stands before the Federal Governing Board with Vince. In my book I used a three party system to illustrate my disdain for the two party system.  Our guest today, Dave Shestokas, discusses how this system came into being and the dangers of continuing to rely upon it. Dave has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years and is the author of Constitutional Sound Bites and Creating the Declaration of Independence.

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Two Party System Lessons from Dave

Now-a-days our political system in America focuses around two parties: Democrats and Republicans. The dual party system exists because of the presidential elections. It hasn't always been Democrats and Republicans. George Washington was a Federalist and he was succeeded by a Federalist. However the powers at be realized a long time ago that you couldn't elect a president without a large group of people behind you. It took a massive effort to win the majority of the electoral college.

Originally the number one electoral vote winner became president and the second runner up became vice president. Once competition intensified for the presidential role, it was decided that this was a bad idea. Competitors would become partners and this did not work out well. History has shown a long pattern of nitty gritty competition between the two dominate parties for control of Washington. Although, it may seem worse now-a-days it is not. There is more media coverage to bring us a play by play of every moment, which makes it seem like there is more conflict. 

The Federalists eventually evolved into the Wiggs.  The Wiggs party eventually split into the North and South during the Civil War. Lincoln founded the Republican party in 1856 from the Northern Wigg party. The current Democratic party was started with Andrew Jackson.

Although other parties exist they don't get as much air time. The Democrats and Republicans have become one "in charge" party. The image of competition keeps the populous entertained while they manipulate laws to favor keeping their parties in power. For example, the parties set political entrance deadlines with arbitrary dates that only someone planning a career in politics would be aware of. These types of rules favor the currently established career politicians who can make politics a full time job. 
The current political parties do their best to block the entrance of any new parties. It is true that independents do make it onto the ballets through state dictated signature requirements but rarely do they make it all the way to a national stage. Usually if the independents have a quality idea, the idea is consumed into one of the major parties that may or may not act upon it

Technology may be the best friend of new political entrants, currently. Technology has made it possible to reach individuals on a broad basis without the assistance of traditional media outlets. For example the Libertarian and Green Parties have gained quite a foothold due to this emergence of technology. 

In Mr. Shestoka's opinion, President Trump has been doing his very best to follow the laws of the Constitution and only make decisions based on the rights afforded him through the Constitution. If there is a major decision that needs to be made and the Constitution does not allow him to make that call he has been asking Congress to step up and do their job. Mr. Shestokas feels that if another major party is going to be created anytime soon, it will probably start with Mr. Trump. During his presidential election he broke a lot of molds to get elected and this momentum could help him to start a new successful political party.

David Shestokas
David Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. He studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Shestokas has been admitted to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1987, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1988, the Supreme Court of Florida in 2004, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 2006.
Mr. Shestokas founded the Law Office of David Shestokas in November, 1987. After practicing in areas such as criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, and business financing, he later served as Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, IL, from 1994 to 1998, involved in over 10,000 criminal prosecutions. During that time he also worked on the Felony Review Unit, participating in police investigations and making charging decisions in over 400 felony matters.

In 1992, after the Republic of Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union, Shestokas
joined attorneys of Lithuanian heritage from around the world as a member of the First World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers. The Lithuanian President, government officials, and the Lithuanian Bar worked with that Congress to restore the rule of law and a constitutional government after four generations of Soviet occupation.
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Along with volunteering at the Salvation Army providing pro bono legal services for the homeless, David has also given his time at the Quality Life Center to educate at-risk youth about the values ingrained in America’s Founding.

His latest book, Creating the Declaration of Independence,  takes you into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the weeks before July 4, 1776. Experience Lee’s trepidation as he knows when he proposes American Independence to the Second Continental Congress that he is literally risking beheading. Join Adams and Jefferson at City Tavern as they begin crafting the Declaration and follow the story of how Jefferson came to reluctantly draft the Declaration when few others, including Adams thought that Jefferson’s assignment was important. You’ll even learn a shortcut Jefferson used to craft a document of such immortality on such short notice and how that short cut affects the work of the Supreme Court today.
He has worked with Dr. Berta Isabel Arias on the Spanish language translation of Constitutional Sound Bites: C├ípsulas Informativas Constitucionales . This work represents, in a format that modern media consumers prefer, a long tradition of informing citizens about the country’s founding documents in their native languages. In 1787, fully one third of Pennsylvania’s residents were German speakers. Accordingly, of the 4500 copies of the proposed Constitution that legislature ordered, 1500 were printed in German. Everyone understands important ideas best in their native language, and C├ípsulas Informativas Constitucionales recognizes the growing importance of making available crucial aspects of America’s Founding and Heritage to this growing community of Spanish speakers in America.


Sara F. Hathaway 

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster, Without Land and The Walls of Freedom. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wild Foraging: Thistle

Thistle: Milk Weed (Silybum Marianum)

If you live in the west the Milk Weed Thistle is a plant you will know well. It invades everything that gets disturbed: roadways, pastures, etc. It's thick spiky stalk is a challenge to take down with the weed eater and darn near impossible to mow. As you wack it with the weed eater it sprays out a milky substance that leaves you drenched.

History

Gregory L. Tilford states in his book, Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West,that the native peoples of North America used to treat liver disorders and it is still used for that purpose today.

 Identifying The Plant

Milk Weed Thistle is another plant that will pick the heck out of you if you try to pick it. You must wear protective clothing or use needle nosed pliers when harvesting this plant!

The nettle plant can grow up to seven feet tall in favorable conditions. The milk weed thistle has a webbed pattern on the leaves. They are deeply lobed and grow in an alternate pattern. The leaves are often spiny and the stems can be up to two inches wide. The flowers vary depending on the species and can range from while to purple, resembling a mini artichoke. The plant blooms in April through July.

Eating Milk Weed Thistle

Milk weed thistle is edible in small amounts. The flowers are edible but the spines need to be removed. You want to eat the fibers. They are twelve percent sugar and are sticky and sweet. The roots and leaves are also edible. Most varieties are bitter and remembered only when needed for survival.

*Some thistles contain carcinogenic alkaloids. Do not consume this plant in large quantities.

Other Uses

The dying flower make excellent fire starters.

Medicinally

Milk weed thistle has tonic effects on the liver. The active ingredient, Silymarin, is found in the seeds. This chemical has been proven to strengthen, protect and regenerate liver cells. How do you know if you or your group member is suffering from liver disorder? Common symptoms include: frequent constipation, abdominal bloating, rapid mood swings, menstrual disorders, red, itching palms, small red abdominal spots or sore itchy eyes.

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. 

For this article I used these resources the most:

Ody, Penelope. The Complete Medicinal Herbal. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1993. Print.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Emergency Power

Episode 122: Season 3 ep 41




Erika and Vince arrive at the new capitol of The United States of America in The Walls of Freedom story. They marvel at the various ways the city produces power. Dale and Lisa Goodwin, hosts of The Survivalist Prepper Podcast, join us today to discuss the various methods you can utilize to produce emergency power in survival situations.

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Emergency Power Pointers from Dale and Lisa

Before we look at examples of current alternative energy options, you first have to know how much you "need" vs how much you can produce. You will not be able to produce what you use currently, unless you have endless funds. If there is a SHTF situation and you are able to produce everything your household needs to operate the same way it currently does, you will be a beacon in the dark, attracting all kinds of elements to your residence. 
With that said one of the biggest threats is losing meat that you have stored in freezers. Freezers use a lot of power and running them will be very difficult. Can your meat now because you will have limited time and fuel after a long term power outage. 

All power production requires some type of fuel. What type you choose relies a lot upon your geographical location. You can use sunshine, gas (natural gas, propane, diesel), wood or human power. In the past we have explored the gasifier option. This option utilizes wood to run generators, vehicles, tractors and much more. 

As Americans we are pretty spoiled when it comes to gas and energy options. We are used to stopping weekly at the gas station. Using easily accessible propane or natural gas to supplement energy supplies. Installing low cost solar options to cut power bills. Even kerosene is easy to come by in the US. In a future where these options become limited, life will be very different. In many areas of the nation staying warm in the winter or cool in the summer is a matter of life and death. Medications can enhance the effects of these climate threats. Also, some medicines require climate control to keep them viable. Even small scale disasters can be a threat to individuals who rely upon these medications and power to preserve them. 

The average car battery equals about a thousand watts of energy. There are conversions for estimating how many watts you need to run minimal power at your home.  At the most minimal level everyone should own a 600-700 watt power inverter. This is a link to a 1000 watt inverter that is reasonably priced on Amazon. It will hook to your vehicle like jumper cables allowing you to plug in power cords into your vehicle's power supply. This is only a short term solution. It takes about 1/3 of a gallon of gas per hour to power items this way. However, it is very useful to have. For example if you have a wi-fi hotspot you can plug it into your vehicle's power supply to connect to the internet and find out what is going on or connect with loved ones. It is a very useful tool to have on road trips or when bugging out. 

You can also create your own solar generator. The link provided will explain how to craft this small solar generator. It is essential that you know how much you are using vs how much your battery can take. If you over tax the battery you will reduce its life significantly. 


Another major consideration, if you have one, is your well. Well pumps require a lot of power to run. You will need to find a way to power the pump so you can still use it when you need it. There are solar options, hand pump options, or generator options.

You should have a quality solar phone charger as well. Dale recommends the Goal Zero products. They make a very good one that has a small solar panel and a battery. It is versatile enough to use at home and small enough to bug out with. Dale also recommend the Goal Zero Switch 10. You need something small and efficient but look out for deals that are too good to be true, usually they are. Skimping on your purchase here may come back to haunt you later.    

Decide now, do you want to rely upon others or upon yourself. Relying upon yourself means you need to know the basics of power production. Start small with batteries, small solar chargers, and kerosene lanterns and build from there. Learn to make your own solar setup so you can replicate it when you need to. It also would not be a bad idea to have a member of your MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) who is an electrician.

If you have a solar setup it is not difficult to maintain. Bigger panels are build to stand up to the toughest weather conditions. Small solar systems will need to be charged often or the batteries will slowly drain over time, leaving them dead when you need them. With the larger systems you will need to know more technical information. For example, the larger systems have limiters on the batteries so they do not overcharge. It can be complicated so start small and build from there.

The battery you choose also deserves a special mention. It is better to invest in a deep cycle marine battery rather than a car battery because they are made to be fully drained and recharged rather than maintained at a balanced level. Your goal of power production and use is to maintain the balance between the two but sometimes usage can outweigh production and the deep cycle battery will last longer. 

Additional Takeaways
  • If you know how to produce power and maintain these systems in a long term survival situation, your skills will be highly sought after. 
  • If the power grid in the US did receive major damage, it would not be easy to restore. Transformers are very expensive, produced overseas and not stocked for emergency situations.
  • Solar is the easiest source of power to utilize, but it depends on your geographical location. If you were on the plains, you may want to utilize wind power. If you are by a river, you may think of utilizing hydroelectric power. You need to get creative. What does nature provide that you can utilize? For example, gutter turbines may be a great source of power in an area that receives a lot of rain. 
  • Learning the motor process of power creation is the essential takeaway of practicing power production. Once you have mastered that, you can apply it to many different types of power production methods.  

Dale and Lisa Goodwin

"In early 2013 Lisa and I decided to create SurvivalistPrepper.net and become a bigger part of the preparedness community, we are not the overboard tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, we are just like you, everyday Americans that enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.
Lisa is more of the prepper and I am more of the survivalist or outdoor type and we write articles ranging from first aid, to food storage to primitive and wilderness skills…basically anything that involves preparedness and survival." - Dale Goodwin

















 Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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