Dealing With Venomous Snakebites

A Guest Blog Post by Lewis Miller What is the first thing that you are going to do if a venomous snake bites you or one of your loved ones? Sit for a moment and think about this question. If you love camping, hiking, or any outdoor activity, then you cannot afford to be ignorant. Most venomous snake bites can kill their victims within 24-48 hours. Some cases can be as fast as 6-8 hours (depending on the snake and location of the bite). Lucky for you, this guide will help you in the right direction and might save your life. Please read this guide from the beginning to the end and do not …

Attack your attackers? Amazon adds ammunition to the argument

One of the most controversial issues in current public relations and crisis communication thinking is the issue of dealing with attacks from the media. I have run into this several times in the past year in work I have been doing so I know it is very much a live issue. The non-confrontational answer: 1) remain focused on telling your positive story 2) don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel 3) don’t elevate a story beyond what it is making the situation worse by drawing more attention to it or drawing it out into a longer crisis The confrontational answer: 1) A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth 2) reputation is based on credibility and if the attack …

The True Threats of Unscreened, Unvetted, Illegal Immigration

America has softened and improved on many controversial topics over the last 50 years. There…

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The Politics of Food Fear

We live in a strange time. Particularly when it comes to food. Without any doubt our food is cheaper, safer and of higher quality than ever before. We have far more choices. We have far more industry and government scrutiny. Yet, more and more people–particularly young people–seem scared to death of their food. I saw a recent study that showed concern about our food is rising faster and is a greater concern in our country than foreign policy and just about any issue that affects our future. Food fear stems from multiple causes. Let me suggest a couple at least. Constant, global news. Media (including bloggers, social media channel managers, lawyers, etc.) understand there is public concern around …

The Hammock Experience

Building up my ability to hammock camp I found some great parts that make up the whole. The post The Hammock Experience appeared first on American Preppers Network.

Making Decisions Under Stress: The OODA Loop

This is a Guest Blog Post by Adam A. Lawrence We all know that if it can go wrong, it will go wrong. How would you make effective decisions when your emergency plan falls apart around you? Remember this acronym: OODA. Massive wave from a storm surge overtaking a boat dock. What is OODA? OODA stands for Observe-Orient-Decide-Act. The concept of the OODA Loop was created by United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. It is a decision making tool used to make effective decisions based on the current circumstances of a given situation. The first step is to Observe your surroundings and take into account the conditions around you. The…

Security In A Digital Age

Cast your mind back a few decades. It was 2000 AD, and wifi was all the rage. Wireless router. It was more expensive than the standard wire coming out of the wall, so just about all of the early adopters were people with money. A couple of computer geeks I knew at the time, guys that were really savvy about all this internet stuff, decided to make a play for the brass ring. Their idea was to load up one of their cars with computer equipment, and drive around the swanky neighborhoods. If they detected a wifi signal, they would park on the street in front of the house and listen in. Almost always, they would get loads of personal information with virtually no effort …

Lost Dog Update

Katy at the vet Remember the little puppy I found, crying and alone next to the crushed body of her Mom? Remember how she was so heartbroken that she would just sit still and stare at nothing? At least, that is, until I introduced her to Pete the Dog? Katy and Pete I thought you might be interested in an update. This is Katy as of today. Pete and Katy She was 5 1/2 Lbs (2.5 kilos) when I found her. Katy is now 35 Lbs (16 kilos), all in a little more than 4 months. Kids! Seems they always grow really fast. In case you are wondering, Pete was 50 …

Does your Horse Read Human Emotions? 

Do you have any pets? If yes then the bond between you and your pet is strong or not? If both the questions’ answer is yes then I might not be wrong that your pet easily read your emotions. Just like dogs, horses also read their owner’s emotions. Generally, we all believe that only cats and dogs can make a strong bond with their owners as well as understand and communicate with them. But it is also applicable in case of when you are a horse owner and you have a strong bond with your horse. Many of us also have the same feelings when they are with their beloved horses. But do you think that…

How much damage can a reputation crisis do? Ask Chipotle

Lots of discussion about how much harm a reputation crisis can cause, long and short term. I’ve written on this quite a bit in the past using a study out of UK which showed that the longer term recovery of the share price was directly related to the perception of the character of the leader or leaders as demonstrated by actions they took. That is one of the most important things folks in crisis management need to know. Chipotle is hurting. The gizmodo story makes it painfully clear just how much the e.coli and other food related illnesses have cost…

Join Me at the Back to Basics Summit 2017!

Get pre-registered now for this FREE online summit! I’m so excited to tell you about the Back to Basics Summit!  For those of you unfamiliar with online summits, they are a little like going to a conference or convention at an event center where you can attend classes with top notch instructors, except it’s all …

The 6 Big Prepping Goals of 2019

The New Year is upon us and we are facing yet another year to get… The post The 6 Big Prepping Goals of 2019 appeared first on American Preppers Network.

Hiking For Beginners: Four Tips For Your First Adventure

A Guest Blog Post by MIKE MILLER So, you want to go hiking… But, you’ve never hiked before. Maybe you’re nervous, lost, or confused about how to get started. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there, and no one is born a hiking expert. We all have to develop our skills from scratch. In this article, I’ll give you some pointers on how to get started hiking. These tips will create the bedrock of your hiking experience. Always hike with a partner. Don’t Go At It Alone Although solo hiking is an excellent way to clear your mind and get some alone time, the truth is that most beginners should find a hiking buddy. The reason…

Teaching Kids Situational Awareness with Games

A Guest Blog Post by Ashley Glinka Ashley Glinka is a former Federal Agent, mom to 3, personal security instructor specializing in families, and the creator of Luxe Life With 3 a blog focused on family and safety. http://www.luxelifewith3.com/ You are going on a hike through the woods; your 6-yr. old is lagging because the keep finding “amazing” stones/branches for their collections. You are talking to your wife and 4 yr. old as you walk along the twist and turns when suddenly you realize you don’t hear your oldest. What just happened? Is your family prepared? How are your situational awareness skills? Is this…

Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu Recalls His Father’s Suicide

I was visiting the Xiu Xiu website, since every now and then Jamie Stewart will write something of interest: either dramatic life stuff, or fun silliness, and came upon a really intense post about his father’s suicide which occurred 10 years earlier. Here it is in full: On November 13th, 2002, 10 years ago, my father, Michael, killed himself. He may have actually died on the night of the 12th, but my mom found his body on the 13th. Her own mother had died only 6 months before. I have never told anyone my entire experience of those days or of the funeral. …

Vegas, Baby!

In case you didn’t see the announcement on Facebook or Twitter a couple of weeks back, Gun Noob will be at the NSSF SHOT Show in Vegas. If you’re new to shooting, the name might not ring a bell. The SHOT Show is, according to the website “…the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.“ This isn’t like a gun show at the county fairgrounds. Essentially, it’s the…

Winchester to move Model 70 production to Portugal in 2013

Winchester has recently admitted on its Facebook page that 2013 will see Model 70 rifles assembled in Portugal instead of South Carolina. Winchester states that the change will allow them to increase their output of Model 70 rifles to meet demand. Parts for the rifles will still be made in the U.S.A., but will be shipped to Portugal for final assembly and fitting before being shipped back to the U.S.A. for sales and distribution. SX2, SX3, and Model 101 over/under shotguns are already manufactured according to this model, so it must be more efficient than it sounds. Winchester aficionados already differentiate between pre- 1964 and post- 1964 manufactured Model 70 rifles. Will this change of final assembly point add yet…

Biofuels and Hunger: The story from Guatemala

Timothy Wise It’s bad enough when bad policy causes unneeded suffering for those governed by that policy. It’s worse when the victims include those far from the policymaking. Such is the history of U.S. farm policy. Today, that history is being written in places like Guatemala, where the U.S. ethanol boom is contributing to hunger and landlessness among that country’s indigenous majority. Thanks to the New York Times’ Elisabeth Rosenthal, we can see that history unfold in all its ugliness. She traveled to Guatemala for her feature, As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs. Her expose makes my own, which showed how U.S. corn ethanol has driven up corn import costs for poor countries, seem like just…

Stephen Resnick, professor of economics at UMass-Amherst, dies at age 74

On January 2nd, we lost a brilliant economist, Stephen Resnick, one of the founding members and a cornerstone of the heterodox Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Steve, a devoted and fabulous teacher,  touched the lives of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students over his career. Steve, along with his colleague Richard Wolff, worked tirelessly for decades to transform Marxian Economics and influenced the researching and teaching of scores of students. He will be sorely missed. Here we reprint an early obituary, written by one of his former students from Umass. -Gerald Epstein Greg Saulmon, writing in The Republican: Jan 3rd, 2013, Stephen A. Resnick, a professor emeritus of economics at …

Sweet Green Pickle Recipe

Sweet Green Pickle Print Prepare and chop all the veg into fairly small dice. Break the cauliflower into small florets. Put all veg into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and cover with water. Put a plate in to weigh it down and leave overnight. Next day drain the brine and put the veg in a pan with 300 ml (10 fl. oz) of the vinegar. Add 250 ml (8 fl.oz) water and bring to the boil. Drain immediately and do not allow the veg to cook. Put the remaining vinegar in another pan, add the spices and the flour mixed with a bit of vinegar so it is a paste. Warm the pan and add the sugar and stir over a low …

Review: Red Cross Blackout Buddy Flashlight

Quick.  The lights just went out–where is your nearest flashlight?  Can you find it in the dark?  And does it have fresh batteries so it will actually work when you need it?  Well, if you’re at my house with kids, I know where the flashlights are supposed to be and sometimes they are actually there and most times the ones that are where they belong will light up at least for a little while.  But not always. So when I read about the Red Cross Blackout Buddy, I thought I better get one and test it out.  Here’s how they work.  The flashlight plugs in to a wall plug and you LEAVE IT…

Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu Recalls His Father’s Suicide

I was visiting the Xiu Xiu website, since every now and then Jamie Stewart will write something of interest: either dramatic life stuff, or fun silliness, and came upon a really intense post about his father’s suicide which occurred 10 years earlier. Here it is in full: On November 13th, 2002, 10 years ago, my father, Michael, killed himself. He may have actually died on the night of the 12th, but my mom found his body on the 13th. Her own mother had died only 6 months before. I have never told anyone my entire experience of those days or of the funeral. At the time I …

Vegas, Baby!

In case you didn’t see the announcement on Facebook or Twitter a couple of weeks back, Gun Noob will be at the NSSF SHOT Show in Vegas. If you’re new to shooting, the name might not ring a bell. The SHOT Show is, according to the website “…the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.“ This isn’t like a gun show at the county fairgrounds. Essentially, it’s …

The fifth limb: neck stretches and exercises

The fifth limb or the neck as it is more commonly referred to has to be one of the most neglected but most over worked muscles in martial arts. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve experienced a stiff neck after not stretching and warming up the neck muscles properly and then pulling a muscle

Stephen Resnick, professor of economics at UMass-Amherst, dies at age 74

On January 2nd, we lost a brilliant economist, Stephen Resnick, one of the founding members and a cornerstone of the heterodox Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Steve, a devoted and fabulous teacher,  touched the lives of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students over his career. Steve, along with his colleague Richard Wolff, worked tirelessly for decades to transform Marxian Economics and influenced the researching and teaching of scores of students. He will be sorely missed. Here we reprint an early obituary, written by one of his former students from Umass. -Gerald Epstein Greg Saulmon, writing in The Republican: Jan 3rd, 2013, Stephen A. Resnick, a professor…

The Return of Austerity-The View From Africa

Leonce Ndikumana Following the intense debate on the fiscal deficit during the U.S. presidential campaign, fiscal consolidation continues to dominate discussions in policy circles and academia. The large fiscal deficit in the U.S. and sovereign debt woes in the Eurozone are used by proponents of the “small government” mantra as a means to advance the belief that fiscal consolidation is the only way to bring the economy back to sustained growth and full employment. While the arguments are not new, the current circumstances of a global recession and a slow recovery in the U.S. make it somehow easier for proponents of this school of thought to fool the public into believing …

Sweet Green Pickle Recipe

Sweet Green Pickle Print Prepare and chop all the veg into fairly small dice. Break the cauliflower into small florets. Put all veg into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and cover with water. Put a plate in to weigh it down and leave overnight. Next day drain the brine and put the veg in a pan with 300 ml (10 fl. oz) of the vinegar. Add 250 ml (8 fl.oz) water and bring to the boil. Drain immediately and do not allow the veg to cook. Put the remaining vinegar in another pan, add the spices and the flour mixed with a bit of vinegar so it is a …

Review: Red Cross Blackout Buddy Flashlight

Quick.  The lights just went out–where is your nearest flashlight?  Can you find it in the dark?  And does it have fresh batteries so it will actually work when you need it?  Well, if you’re at my house with kids, I know where the flashlights are supposed to be and sometimes they are actually there and most times the ones that are where they belong will light up at least for a little while.  But not always. So when I read about the Red Cross Blackout Buddy, I thought I better get one and test it out.  Here’s how they work.  The flashlight plugs in to a wall plug and you LEAVE IT THERE.  You don’t need to take it out …

Vegas, Baby!

In case you didn’t see the announcement on Facebook or Twitter a couple of weeks back, Gun Noob will be at the NSSF SHOT Show in Vegas. If you’re new to shooting, the name might not ring a bell. The SHOT Show is, according to the website “…the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.“ This isn’t like a gun show at the county …

Houston McCoy, 1940-2012

Who is he?  Find out here. He put his own life on the line to save others.  There is no more fitting epitaph. (Hat tip to That Guy.)