Medicinal Plant Map of the United StatesMedicinal Plant Map of the United States This is a 1932 map of medicinlal plants by Edwin Newcomb. This shows the medicinal plants in each state. Below is a clickable map that can be blown up by holding your CTRL and rolling your mousewheel forward. There is also a link that will take you to a cartography service to get an actual high quality map printed if you...

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100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items On the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash. Repurposing is...

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Disaster Prepardness in Annapolis Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters. Anne Arundel County is vulnerable...

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What a real life economic collapse looks likeWhat a real life economic collapse looks like I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term...

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A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drumA vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn't carrying anything toxic

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Gun Rights Group Loses Challenge to ATF Tracking Near Mexico

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guerilla-fighterA firearms group based three miles from the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders were massacred lost its bid to block U.S. efforts to track sales of military-style assault weapons in states bordering Mexico.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today rejected arguments from the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. and two gun dealers that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ requirement that dealers in four states report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles violates a ban on creating a national firearm registry.
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Lawmakers facing recall bids over strict gun laws in Colorado

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0800A031COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  A Democratic campaign office here usually would be quiet this time of year, a few weeks after the state’s legislature wrapped up work and lawmakers headed off to summer vacations.But even though it’s not an election year, the office is in full campaign mode, with volunteers working the phones and reviewing maps in anticipation of a new front of modern campaigning — the recall phase.

A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights. In an era in which recall efforts are booming, from governor’s offices down to town councils and school boards, the Colorado efforts will serve as the first test of gun-rights groups’ ability to punish elected officials who expanded gun control laws after last year’s Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., shooting massacres.

In Colorado, gun-rights activists wasted no time seeking recalls to oust state Senate President John Morse and three other Democratic lawmakers. The targeted lawmakers weren’t necessarily the main advocates for ratcheting back gun rights, but all come from districts with enough Republicans to give opponents hope they can boot out the Democrats and replace them with lawmakers friendlier to guns. Colorado is the only state outside the East Coast to have adopted significant statewide gun controls this year.

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CERT Survival Cooking. Packing your B.O.B.


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There are three main things to consider when dealing with “survival cooking”, at least as we are defining it - CERT

  • · What scenario are you planning for
  • · What food should you store
  • · How will you cook it, if required




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The Do’s and Don’ts of Break-ins

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What do you do if you are the victim of an attempted crime in which you were forced to shoot the perpetrator in self-defense? Here are some no-nonsense guidelines from security experts, policemen and Lawyers.

Wounding an intruder is a bad idea. Hopefully you would rather not have to shoot anyone at all. If you’re looking forward to taking a life, you might want to get that checked out. But if you must shoot, don’t shoot to wound. More and more in our broken legal system criminals are suing the innocent victims that were forced to shoot them, for violating their civil rights!
Also, a dead intruder will not be able to tell his side of the story, often making your side the ONLY side told. More important, don’t hesitate, which is something you might do because of your uncertainty about the laws. Trying to be right in the eyes of the law has caused many innocent deaths. It is much better if you strive to be righteous.

crime-shooting-3You want to be right. MUCH MORE IMPORTANT, YOU NEED TO THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. If you are not sure, then you’ll come into conflict with an adversary, whether it be on the street or in your home, who will act as if they are sure (because they have already chosen not to care) and they’ll shoot faster and attack more ferociously because they’re more committed to battle. That’s often why victims lose. Don’t bring your weapon out all the time, but be serious about it when you do.

Your basic problem, if authorities examine the evidence, is to show that your life was in danger. If you were faced with a knife or other deadly weapon, your fear was certainly justified. Therefore your actions will be likewise justified. It doesn’t
matter where the knife came from. Even if it was part of a matched set from your very own kitchen, the fact that the perp had it in his hand (his fingerprints on the handle) will help. Your testimony (after being counseled by an attorney) that he was threatening you will also help.

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Tracking Techniques

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Tracking Techniques

Tracking, or “reading sign”, is an ancient skill. Tracking involves looking for deviation in the way things are supposed to look. If you see something that looks out of place, stop and examine it further. Try to determine what occured. Not all sign is caused by humans or animals. Look for spoor that is unlikely to be caused by nature (when Tracking).
Two basic kinds of Spoor –ground spoor and aerial spoor. Ground spoor is any sign found on the ground…footprints, vehicle tracks, overturned rocks, blood stains, burn marks, etc. Aerial spoor is all above ground sign– trampled vegetation, broken cobwebs, broken brush, and blood stains above the ground are examples. Spoor is further categorized as confirmed and unconfirmed spoor. Confirmed spoor is finding an actual footprint.

Aerial spoor or other types of ground spoor are considered unconfirmed. Whenever possible, start tracking with confirmed spoor, and study it to further identify it and distinguish it from other prints. (Like, he walks heel to toe, and drags left foot… the footprint has a notch on the right side of the right heel) It is easiest to spot tracks on trails. If not following a distinct trail, look for footprints in areas where it’s easiest to place a foot.

Tracking easiest in soft, damp soil, in sand and heavy dust. Snow can help and hurt tracking efforts, because although it is easy to track footprints after a heavy snow, it covers up tracks before the snowfall. Always track with head slightly up and looking 10-20 ft ahead of you. Try to track into the sun if possible…shadows will be cast into indentations on the ground. If you are having trouble tracking or you are tracking away from the sun, look back over your shoulder and down at the spoor to confirm (and use shadows to your advantage). DON’T WALK ON SPOOR. Caution those in your party not to do so either. Move from track to track to confirm spoor, and be certain of your last confirmed spoor before moving on to the next. If you lose trail, go back to last confirmed spoor and walk in concentric circles until you find new spoor. Spoor should be carefully examined to determine 4 things:

1) Approximate number of people in group you are tracking
2) their direction of travel
3) the age of the spoor
4) the type of spoor

Easily remembered in acronym NDAT–Number, Direction, Age, Type, Number of people tracked– simplest method takes the length of average stride and measure on ground between tracks, between two points. Drwa 2 lines across the tracks perpendicular to the direction of travel. Count the number of footprints between the two lines. reasonably accurate for small groups (less than a dozen). Number of people can also be determined by differences in footprints, i.e., size, tread pattern, sole and heel, and other differences between shoeprints.

The direction of travel, as well as age of spoor, can be determined by a variety of factors, which constitutes the basic science of tracking. Basic factors include displacement, staining, littering, and weathering. You can tell a great deal by about the party tracked by determing these factors. it is also important to know the terrain in the area you are tracking in. Get a
map and study the terrain. Weather effects are also important, determining such factors as the history of wind and rain in recent days.

Footprints tell alot, Men weigh more than women and have larger feet. Women and children have a smaller stride. Their footprints will not be as deep. Deep toe marks in smaller spaced steps indicate a heavier load. Deep toeprints in wide spaced steps mean someone was running. A person walking in someone else’s tracks will leave deeper impressions and have less distict edges. The last person in the party will generally leave a clear set of footprints. Drag marks could indicate injured or wounded.
Sunlight will cause crumbling of the dirt ridge which outlines a footprint in moist soil. This generally happens within 1 hour. Rain will round out or obliteratethe edges of a footprint. In low marshty areas water will remain in a footprint muddied for 1 hour. Wind will displace leaves and other small debris into footprints. As time passes, footprint outlines will become less

Vegetation bent blades of grass show direction. but it springs back Grass freshly walked on will be slighly damp from the plants juices. grass blades will remain green for about a day after being broken. If there is dew on the ground, parties passing by will leave a darkened trail for a few hours.

Overturned leaves will have a darker underside. Scufffed foliage and bark will display a lighter color. Frweshly broken twigs and leaves will be lighter and greener in color. The pulp will begin to turn brown within 10 hours. Rocks overturned rocks will leave a darker underside, if soil is underneath. teh part that was originally exposed may have moss and lichen growths on it. overturned rocks take a few days to dry in the direct sun. Mud carried from one place to another may indicate where the party came from. Water will always be muddied downstream from fording sites.

Blood Stains Blood will be red when fresh, quickly oxidize and turn brown. Look for stains on leaves and underbrush as well as the ground. Height of blood off the ground may indicate location of wound. Amount of blood indicates severity. Litter Look for discarded litter. Sunlight will discolor light colored litter in two or 3 days. Compare differences in sides exposed to the sun against the sides not. Rust spots may occur in as little as 12 hours in some geographic regions.

Animals and Insects Look and listen for for wildlife and insects. Most animals will flee areas when man goes. Listen for fleeing animals; note their direction. Animal tracks superimposed on party’s tracks indicate spoor was made during or before nightfall, since animals are mainly nocturnal. Spoor over animal tracks indicate spoor was made after sunrise. It generally takes 1 hour for a spider to repair it’s web.

Campsites Campsites can reveal a great deal. Check campfire’s heat. The way the fire is laid out can indicate an experienced woodsman. The location and layout can indicate whethere the party was trying to conceal presense. Marks on ground can indicate equipment or weapons. Can also indicate number in party. Look for discarded items, can reveal much. Last tip…you can’t learn to track by reading about it.You can practice by having members of your party go in different directions and then trying to find them. Start slow…give them a ten minute lead. Eventually, you’ll be amazed at what you learned to observe and accomplish.


Checklist for Family Preparedness


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Create an Emergency Plan
l Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather,
earthquakes, and other emergencies.
l Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
l Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
l Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
l Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
l Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
l Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
l Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
l Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by
disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
l Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
l Pick two meeting places.
1. A place near your home in case of a fire.
2. A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
Take a Basic First Aid and CPR Class
l Keep family records in a water-and fire-proof container.
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
l Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container,
such as a backpack or duffle bag.
l A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers.
Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
l A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
l A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
l Blankets or sleeping bags.
l A first aid kit and prescription medications.
l An extra pair of glasses.
l A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
l Credit cards and cash.
l An extra set of car keys.
l A list of family physicians.
l A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as
l Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

Escape Plan

In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your house, apartment, or mobile home on a
moment’s notice. You should be ready to get out fast.
Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen, show the
location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of emergency supplies
(Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits, and utility
shut off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from
each room. Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of
fire. Be sure to include important points outside, such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways,
and porches. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency
evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.

Home Hazard Hunt
l In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move,
fall, break, or cause a fire is a potential hazard.
l Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
l Fasten shelves securely.
l Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
l Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
l Brace overhead light fixtures.
l Secure water heater. Strap to wall studs.
l Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
l Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources.
l Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.
l Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.
If You Need to Evacuate. . .
l Listen to a battery-powered radio for the location of emergency shelters.
l Follow instructions of local officials.
l Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
l Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
l Lock your home.
l Use travel routes specified by local officials.
If you are sure you have time …
l Shut off water, gas, and electricity, if instructed to do so.
l Let others know when you left and where you are going.
l Make arrangements for pets. Animals are not be allowed in public shelters.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit Include:
l Battery powered radio and extra batteries
l Flashlight and extra batteries
l Blanket
l Booster cables
l Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
l First aid kit and manual
l Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut
l Maps
l Shovel
l Tire repair kit and pump
l Flares
Fire Safety
l Plan two escape routes out of each room.
l Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire.
l Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire, feel the bottom of the door with
the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
l Install smoke detectors. Clean and test smoke detectors once a month.
l Change batteries at least once a year.
l Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken household members in case of fire.
l Check electrical outlets. Do not overload outlets.
l Purchase a fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
l Have a collapsible ladder on each upper floor of your house.
l Consider installing home sprinklers.

Survival Fighting


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Back in August 29, l984 the term “Survivalist” hadn’t yet been trashed by the mainstream media (today if you mention this word, everyone assumes you’re talking about a crazed person spouting Bible verses, wearing camo, and about to go off his gord). And when I wrote this article for a “Survivalist” magazine, something like 90 percent of the US population was worried about an economic collapse, a nuclear war, and/or other similar disaster.
The US was spared such problems, but I’m sure those in other parts of the world who might be asked about the subject would be quick to tell you that things haven’t been so pretty. Folks in Afghanistan, Kurdistan, or any of a hundred other spots that have seen savage fighting over the last few years. And I’m told folks in the North/South Korea, the Middle East, and Pakistan/India areas take the threat of a nuclear war pretty seriously as well.
Since things in today’s world can go down the tube in the blink of an eye with a terrorist attack or the over-throwing of a government, I feel justified in “reissuing” this article which not only has appeared in print but also became an “underground best-seller” on first the computer BBS systems of the 1980s and later showed up in various FTP Internet sites during the early 1990s. So now it’s seeing yet another rendition on the Web.
I suspect at least a few of the readers of the article have had the unfortunate privilege of putting some of the lessons outlined below into practice. It’s such possibilities that force us to learn about the savage art of war. Because no matter how peaceful you may be, there’s always a bully of one type or another that’s ready to knife, shoot, or nuke you. Being prepared to fight back not only improves you chances of surviving said knifing, shooting, or nuking, it also makes you less apt to be attacked. The last thing a bully wants to do is pick on someone who can protect himself.


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Reinforcing your home’s doors


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Most parts of a house have one job to do, like keeping out the rain or providing power. Doors are different. They have to do double-duty and be easy to open and close for you, but impossible for anyone else. And security versus easy access can be a difficult balance.
Security would be simple enough to solve with double locks, extra deadbolts and lockable throw bolts top and bottom. But then you would be standing there forever working through five or six key combinations every trip in and out. You could invest $750 to $1,000 in a state-of-the art electronic lock that reads your fingerprint, or pay for installation plus ongoing monthly fees to link your door locks to a security monitoring service.
The problem is that most intruders aren’t sophisticated thieves who picklocks or bypass alarm systems. More likely they’re thugs who kick down the door – often still attached to the jamb – and are in and out in minutes. The upshot? You can’t make a house burglar proof. But you can dramatically improve exterior door security without compromising easy access.
Most exterior doors come to the job site pre-hung. That means the manufacturer provides the door, jamb, hinges, and sometimes the surrounding trim plus locks all assembled and ready to go. And to ensure that their products work as intended, manufacturers generally add cross bracing and temporary screws to keep the door properly positioned in the jamb during installation.
Prehungs cost more, but save time. And these days, you’re well off having the factory mortise hinges and locks instead of a carpenter in a hurry onsite. The package (braces still on, hopefully) is set into a rough opening between wall studs. It’s called a rough opening because there is a little maneuvering room – just enough to make sure the door assembly is dead plumb even if the studs aren’t.
Then the assembly is pinned in the opening with shims (pieces of angled wood shingles) and a few nails. Some carpenters use a series of shims on the sides and a couple across the top. But some skimp, and leave the assembly supported in only a few spots.
That makes your door and jamb about as strong as a cardboard box. So what’s the point of installing elaborate locks on a door attached to a jamb held with shims and a few finishing nails? There is no point. Without pulling the trim on the exterior and interior walls, there are several easy DIY ways to make a door a lot stronger and safer.


Pry off the doorstop – the trim on the jamb that the door closes against. Find where the jamb has been tacked through the shims and drive a long screw in each location. Long means about three inches –enough to reach
through the 3/4-inch jamb, the 1/4-inch or so shimming space and about two inches into the adjacent wall stud. Don’t over-tighten the screws. That could bow the jamb and throw the door out of kilter. Drive them
flush, then reinstall the stop. Now the doorjamb is secured to the house frame, which is impossible to kick


Improve the door connection to the strengthened jamb by removing at least one screw in each jamb-side leaf of each hinge (usually it’s a short screw), and substituting one that will reach well into nearest wall stud. Now
the door is strongly secured to the jamb plus the house frame making an even more formidable barrier.


The keeper is a small piece of hardware on the handle side of the jamb that accepts the latch and locking bolt from the door.
It’s another item often supplied with short screws that should be replaced. On an exterior door you may find two keepers (for the main latch and deadbolt latch) or one larger keeper that accepts both. On the hinge side you now have two or three solid connections to the house. On the handle side there’s only the keeper.
It’s a critical connection, and often the weakest link because the jamb is drilled or chiseled out to make room for the hardware. That weakens the jamb and makes it more likely to split away than other sections if the door is forced. If you were going to add only two long screws in the entire jamb, add them to the keepers, which secure the handle side jamb to the house.



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Disinfecting Contaminated Surfaces

Disinfect hard surfaces — floors, walls and counters — that may have been contaminated by flood waters.  Use this same solution for dishes, glass, and plasticware.

Disinfection Guidelines:
Remove loose dirt and debris from surfaces; Wash down area with a solution of 3/4 cup Clorox liquid bleach per gallon of water; Keep wet for 2 minutes and rinse. Clorox household liquid bleach is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a disinfectant that kills common bacteria.

In the Bathroom
To reduce odors that may result from sewage backup: Flush toilet; pour 1 cup Clorox liquid bleach into the the bowl; Brush entire bowl and let solution stand for 10 minutes; flush again Bleach eliminates odors and kills germs.

Washable, colorfast clothing and linens should be washed as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew and to disinfect laundry.

Exterior Cleanup
Excessive mold and mildew growth is common after flooding.  To remove mold and mildew from washable and colorfast exterior surfaces that may have been saturated by flood waters, follow these directions:

Outdoor Cleaning instructions
Remove loose dirt and debris from affected surface with a power hose; Keep surface wet with a solution of 3/4 cup Clorox liquid bleach per gallon of water for 5-15 minutes; Rinse thoroughly with power hose to remove any residue, Children’s toys, play equipment and outdoor furniture in contact with flood waters also should be disinfected before use.


   Food Handling
Be sure to dispose of any food items that may have come in contact with flood waters, even canned goods. Household liquid bleach is a safe, inexpensive and effective product that can be used in a variety of areas around the home to clean up after flood contamination.  And used according to label directions, Clorox liquid bleach is safe for the environment, breaking down primarily into salt and water.


Children and Their Response to Disaster

Children depend on daily routines:  They wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, play with friends.  When emergencies or disasters interrupt this routine, children may become anxious.

In a disaster, they’ll look to you and other adults for help.  How you react to an emergency gives them clues on how to act.  If you react with alarm, a child may become more scared.  They see our fear as proof that the danger is real.  If you seem overcome with a sense of loss, a child may feel their losses more strongly. Children’s fears also may stem from their imagination, and you should take these feelings seriously.  A child who feels afraid is afraid.  Your words and actions can provide reassurance.  When talking with your child, be sure to present a realistic picture that is both honest and manageable. Feeling or fear are healthy and natural for adults and children.  But as an adult, you need to keep control of the situation.  When you’re sure that danger has passed, concentrate on your child’s emotional needs by asking the child what’s uppermost in his or her mind.  Having children participate in the family’s recovery activities will help them feel that their life will return to “normal.”  Your response during this time may have a lasting impact. Be aware that after a disaster, children are most afraid that the event will happen again. Someone will be injured or killed. They will be separated from the family. They will be left alone.

Helping Children Cope with Disaster Earthquakes…Tornadoes…Fires…Floods…Hurricanes…Hazardous Materials Spills

Disaster may strike quickly and without warning.  These events can be frightening for adults, but they are traumatic for children if they don’t know what to do.

During a disaster, your family may have to leave your home and daily routine.  Children may become anxious, confused or frightened.  As an adult, you’ll need to cope with the disaster in a way that will help children avoid developing a permanent sense of loss.  It is important to give children guidance that will help them reduce their fears.