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Is our System Collapsing in Real Time?

Tucker Carlson thinks our system is collapsing in real time. Hard to argue with that. But if the dollar dies, so will the global financial system.
These young raccoons observed our late-night dog walk from a tree and we observed them back.

It has Been a Wild Week on the Homestead

Our local wildlife becomes more visible as winter approaches and they are trying to pack on the pounds. Also some unrelated comments about inflation.
storage foods in buckets

How Would you Spend Two Grand on Prepping?

If you had $2,000 to spend on prepping, what would you buy and why? Pete outlines some options and gives his recommendation.
an FBI gun and badge

Our Institutions are Politicized and No Longer Trustworthy

Its not just institutions like the FBI that are untrustworthy these days. You can lo longer trust your bank or other financial institutions.
Manual toothbrushes may be better for preppers than electrics.

Don’t let Perfect be the Enemy of Good Enough

Are you letting your pursuit of the perfect prepper gear, retreat, or plan stop you from achieving results that are good enough?
A line of people starting at their phones instead of talking to each other.

Why Won’t they Let us Chill?

Social media is turning us against each other by highlighting differences we would otherwise never know existed. We need to chill.
bad news

The R-word is Beginning to Look Inescapable

We won’t know if the fourth quarter is officially a recession until months afterwards, but we’ll feel in our wallets, on the jobs front, and in housing prices.
You can see how this inside-the-waistband holster and gun could be easily concealed by draping the shirt over it..

New Mexico Governor Bans Guns in Albuquerque

We must act to stop the use of so-called "public heath emergencies" to ban guns in New Mexico or it will be happening in your state.
A trail in the autumn

Things are Slowing Down for the Fall and Winter

The garden is slowing down, the new chickens are laying tiny eggs, the firewood is dry and seasoned. I can' wait for winter.
S&G Combination Lock

Liberty Safe Company is Sucking up to Tyrants

What you can do to keep your guns and other valuables safe after the revelation that Liberty Safe Company has a backdoor.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the rate of inflation exceeds 100 percent annually.

Are you Prepared for a Partial Collapse WROL?

In the U.S., gangs are looting high-end stores. In Argentina, flash mobs are looting grocery stores. That may be what our future holds.
Sealed jars of pasta with oxygen abosorbers.

Quick and Inexpensive Additions to our Prepper Pantry

I've had enough of paying $3 to $10 for canned meat and turned to this inexpensive solution for my prepper pantry. Its about $25 cents per serving.
honey jars filled after our recent harvest.

The Honey Harvest is In

The honey harvest is behind us. It was fun but sticky work and yielded 200 pounds of two different colors of honey.
Butchering a chicken isn't easy for the new homesteader.

Butchering and Processing Chickens on the Homestead

Homesteading lesson on butchering chickens results in some insightful findings for potential future homesteader
COVID-19 is back.

Inside the Coming COVID Crackdown

The government is trying to bring back the fear of COVID, leveraging it to gain control of the populace. Don't let them.
Teamsters strike signage

Unions Gain Bargaining Power as Strike Threats Drive Up Pay

Unions are have The pendulum has swung towards the unions which have had success negotiating significantly higher pay for members.
The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor may have been the catalyst of the United States to enter WWII, but the war began more than two years prior when Germany invaded Poland.

The Start of the Next World War

Will historian consider February 24, 2022, the start of World War III? Conditions seem ripe for the war in Ukraine to spread.
This homemade feeder is designed to allow bees to open feed on pollen substitute without letting it get rained on or blown away by heavy wind.

Making a Bee Resupply Run Across the State

It's getting close to honey harvest time, and time to help our bee colonies get prepared for the long, cold winter.
A homestead girl with goats

Before you Start Homesteading, Try This

Before you live your dream and invest in a homestead you should make sure you can handle one of the least popular chores.
Mad Max lived in desperate times. Are we heading down the same road?

Are we Living in a Mad Max World?

Are we heading down the road to a Mad Max scenario? If so, what does that mean and how can we prepare for it?
A multitool and a fly fishing rod and reel

Should Preppers Carry a Multi-Tool?

Lots of people carry multi-tools, but are preppers better off with something else, or should they not leave home without it?
A canoe is an excellent post-SHTF survival vehicle and tool.

Weight Loss During a Wilderness Survival Trial

We analyze a five-day wilderness excursion and uses it to discuss the demands and pitfalls of bugging out to the wilderness.
Grocery shopper in an aisle

Are You seeing Food Shortages and Empty Shelves Again?

Are India's rice export restrictions and threats to Ukrainian shipping causing panic buying and another food shortage?
Road sign says trouble ahead

The U.S. is Downgraded Beyond its Credit Rating

The downgraded credit rating and tough economic times are a symptom of a bigger problem. As we head into election season, expect things to get worse.
Driver at the wheel

The Value of Unpredictability and Having Alternatives

There is comfort in the same-old, same-old, but being predictable can also be dangerous. Add some unpredictability into your life and your commute.
Glock 48 magazines

Upgrading the Glock 48 for Concealed Carry

The Glock 48 is a nice gun, but it holds only 10 rounds and has a not-so-good trigger. Pete addresses both these issues.
A packed refrigerator

Living Without Refrigeration: Annoyance or Disaster?

Our refrigerator died during the hottest week of the year. and took more than a week to repair. Here's how we handled it.
green beans on the vine

We’ve got Beans Coming out of our Ears

Our garden is producing well, maybe even over-producing. Anyone have a good recipe that uses green beans and zucchini?
Sam Thayer’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America

Book Review: Sam Thayer’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants

If you plan to forage for food after the SHTF, you need this book. An excellent resource for the prepper, homesteaded or bush crafter who wants to live off the land.
A waterfall filling a drinking glass

Look to Long-Term Water Needs at Your Retreat

When buying a retreat or a prepper property, think not only of today, but what we may face years or decades from now.
Pallets of rice at Sam's Club

India Bans Rice Exports As Global Grain Shortage Looms

India has banned rice exports, sending shock waves through the global marketplace and threatening higher food prices.