Venezuela Is Out of Food: Foreshadows U.S. Collapse? (link)

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The author lays all the problems of Venezuela at the feet of a socialist government and, perhaps they are solely to blame, however, I would warn you that any government has the capability to do exactly what Venezuela is doing right now.

When government’s existence is threatened (read: the folks in power may soon NOT be in power) all sorts of crazy laws and rules get put in place, often at the whim of some government official, and such rules can completely change even day-to-day.

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The Bush Winch: Engine-Powered, Wheel-Attached Vehicle Recovery Tool (video)

I originally found the Bush Winch, which seems to be a neat idea to be sure, referenced here but figured I would just share the YouTube video below. They say it works for all manner of vehicle (e.g., 2WD, 4WD) and even forwards or backwards. If you fear getting stuck in the outback (sounds like it was made by Australians) then this tool may be just for you, though, you need to ensure it will fit your particular vehicle (they provide an online tool for that)… just be sure to attach it to your drive wheel, lol.

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How to Turn Your Spouse Into a Prepper (video)

Funny, he says it’s all about education and avoiding scare tactics… I’d always figured it was about decades of wearing your spouse down until they succumb to your wishes. Maybe not. 😉 In my opinion, prepping is something that a person either “gets” or they don’t and, unfortunately, a spouse is often the first and most important person that can be difficult to convince.

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USA-Made Dream Hammock System + Bug Net (video)

Dave Canterbury shows us a USA-made complete hammock system made by Dream Hammock. I’m not quite sure which model of hammock this one is but there are several to choose from, though, I’m guessing it’s the ThunderBird at about $145. Overall, he’s pleased and particularly likes the strap system (it’s easy to hang), the fact that it’s completely self-contained, includes the bug net, and can pack away fast, among other things…

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Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (link)

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This looks so easy to do I think I’m going to start saving my apple scraps and give it a shot this month. After all, my wife loves the stuff for a variety of reasons, from use in recipes (such as to make buttermilk) to topical skin aid (like wart remover), as part of a sore throat tonic, and plenty more. Other than having to stir the batch once or twice a day for a week or two, this couldn’t be easier…

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Posted in DIY Projects, Water / Food

TIP: Keeping Feet Warm in Your Sleeping Bag (video)

I thought most folks knew to do this but maybe not. FYI, you could also warm a water bottle and stuff it in the bottom of the sleeping bag to help keep your feet warm…

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Posted in Camping / Fire, Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

Altoids Tin Survival Kits Are Silly

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I’m sure I’ll upset a few people here, likely due to some nostalgia they have for Altoids tins or whatever, but, in my humble opinion, these mini survival kits are silly.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve made versions of them myself and I even carried an “improved” version in a GSI Lexan N-Case (because it’s waterproof and very sturdy) for quite a long time but I continued to find that these “extra” mini kits, whatever they were contained in, ended up getting left at home more often than not.

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20 Uses for 2 Liter Bottles (link)

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The following is quite a compilation of ways to use a typical 2-liter soda (or water) bottle for survival, including plenty of videos. I’m surprised, however, that it didn’t mention SODIS but I did discover a few interesting ways to use them which I hadn’t considered before, such as a makeshift pillow, bowl (duh! I should have realized that), wind turbine, and more:

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12 Self Defense Tips for Children (video)

I’ve been focusing on older folks self defense lately, particularly the ladies, when I realized that I hadn’t pointed out self-defense tips for children yet! Here’s a decent video on the topic, though, I would add/emphasize a few things as well:

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Earbuds Case Fire Kit (video)

This video just goes to show you really CAN put a fire kit in anything, even an old earbuds case. Personally, I would prefer an Altoids tin for the size and because it’s likely more waterproof than an earbuds case, but I like the effort.

She’s added a good variety of fire starting supplies and gear, including fat wood, lighters, stormproof matches, “trick” birthday candles, various fire starters such as live fire, and something I’d never knew could catch fires… guitar pics.

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