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Friday, February 14, 2014

Preparing for blackouts, Jar lantern, Are you the problem or solution

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"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government..."
-- Alexander Hamilton


6 Tips to Prepare for Blackouts

It’s been a tough winter for many and like other folks, we’ve had several power outages…thank goodness we own a generator…

1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.


2. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there's room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. Chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration.


3. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.


4. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.


5. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.


6. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.


DIY Jar Lantern

The Jar Lantern is a contemporary take on the traditional gas lantern. It was inspired by seeing sunlight refract through my glass water bottle one afternoon, and thinking to myself that it was a bit like carrying a jar full of light. This brief moment of illumination sparked something in my mind that made me wonder how I could capture this experience more permanently.



What if you chose to live off the grid – even ditching all utilities – only to learn that the local government has rules against such a lifestyle? Even worse, what if you wanted to live off the grid and the local government threatened you with eviction?

is still America, but that’s exactly what is happening to one Florida woman who is a guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio. Her name is Robin Speronis, and her inspiring story of self-sufficiency has made national headlines – as has her fight against the government that is trying to boot her from her home…

Robin decided to go off the grid after her husband passed away several years ago. Listen as she tells us:

  • What gradual steps she took to go off the grid.
  • How she lives, day to day, without utilities.
  • What tips she has for other off-the-gridders.
  • Why she is refusing to give in.
  • What the next step is in her legal fight.

Robin’s fight is our fight. Don’t miss this week’s episode!


Why is it that so many Americans today refuse to offer their own solutions to the problems they perceive in the world? Is it laziness, stupidity or both?

How would you go about living day to day without the bureaucracy, the welfare, the infrastructure and the safety nets? This is how all liberty movement activists are going to have to start thinking if they want to change anything.

The nonparticipation principle is best summarized like this: When facing a corrupt system, provide for yourself and your community those necessities that the system cannot or will not. Become independent from establishment-controlled paradigms. If you and your community do this, the system will have one of two choices:

  1. Admit that you do not need them anymore and fade into the fog of history,
  2. Or reveal its tyrannical nature in full and attempt to force you back into dependence.

In either case, you win. You have taken proactive measures to remove yourself as a cog in the machine. The machine can then try to demonize you or attack you. But it will ultimately attack from a place of social and moral weakness, and you will defend from a position of logistical and moral strength.

Stop waiting for the system to change. Change the way you live and survive. Build your own localized systems and walk away.

Learn a vital trade skill; grow your own food; purchase resource-rich, raw land; learn self-defense methods beyond what law-enforcement personnel are trained in (which is not too difficult); take emergency medical technician training courses so you can provide general and emergency medical care for your family; get your children out of the State-run common core indoctrination centers and home-school them; and build neighborhood watch groups, emergency response groups, barter markets and alternative economies.

Decentralization is about dissolving our unbalanced relationship with the state and taking away its power to dictate how we live.

Revolution must be directed at the oligarchs, not just their mascots. And if anyone asks you to rally around a revolution that does not name central banking and international banking entities and the men who run them as direct culprits, they are probably controlled opposition. We don’t need a French or Bolshevik Revolution to replace old puppets with new puppets; we need to go to the very heart of the cancer that has stricken our Nation and remove it. If this means we have to physically fight back, then so be it; but we must be smart in how we fight.

In the end, the average citizen is his own defender, his own governor, his own industrialist, his own kingmaker. He may consciously realize this, or he may be oblivious. All the solutions are right there in his hands, waiting to be used. The saddest truth of all is that the only thing holding him back from legitimate freedom is he. Only when we stop avoiding the pain required to procure independence will we finally have it.

Brandon Smith is the founder of the Alternative Market Project, an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for barter and mutual aid. Join today and learn what it means to step away from the unstable mainstream system and build something better. You can contact Brandon Smith at:


Survival Seed Bank-Non GMO ½ Acre- 8500 Vegetable Seeds

All seeds included are Non-GMO & non-hybrid

8,500 seed count survival seed bank that includes 30 different varieties of delicious, easy to grow vegetables! Also included are instructions for planting, harvesting, and reusing the seed stock. This kit will plant about 1/2 acre in size if spaced correctly.


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Land of the free? Government shuts down kids' lemonade stands, issues fines
The most innocent of childhood business ventures, the lemonade stand, is quickly becoming something of a mascot for the downward spiral of America into an oppressive police state. Local governments all across the country are increasingly making headlines for shutting down lemonade stands and issuing fines to young children for not obtaining expensive peddler's licenses or vender's permits, or for allegedly violating local ordinances.

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TheBrainz said...

Sorry, most people I see are lazy, stupid, high or all three. It is why they are so easily controlled and why America is sliding downward in nearly every category in the world.

JAD said...

America is like the Titanic with crappy crew in Congress, a loser for a captain steering us toward an iceberg of bankruptcy, too many drunk passengers asleep in their cabin, a few heroes and the band plays on. Better find yourself a lifeboat.