Nature’s Abundant Resource

– Burns quickly and will make a good fire lay in damp conditions due to it’s resinous wood. The sap/resin is usually found seeping out of the outer bark where an injury has occurred. Pine resin can be used as an artificial skin for shallow cuts and has antiseptic properties. The sap itself is flammable so caution should be observed, however this makes an excellent fire extender. Pine pitch is an adhesive that can be made by slowly heating and adding equal parts binder, i.e. charcoal or cattail fluff. Needles of eastern pine trees have more vitamin C per weight than a freshly squeezed orange. A nutritious tea can be made from the needles as they are also high in vitamin A. A collection of dead needles make a good addition to a fire lay as they are highly resinous.

Willow– Since this tree requires a wet area to grow well, this is an excellent water indicator. Leaves and inner bark contain salicin, which is a chemical compound found in aspirin, a decoction makes a decent headache remedy and chewing leaves should help a toothache. The branches are long and new growth is fairly straight, which could make arrow shafts.
Tulip Poplar

Poplar– A tulip poplar is what Daniel Boone’s canoe was carved from. Although technically a magnolia, the tulip poplar is easy to carve so making a spoon or spatula is possible. Leaves and bark are very astringent so it will draw infection out and drive toxins away. Used as a fomentation it will relieve poison ivy, drawing the oils away from the skin. The inner bark provides bird nesting material as well as tinder bundles.

Oak– Very hard and a good choice to manufacture tools such as an ax handle. Oak is long burning and makes a good coal bed for cooking. Remember, fire is for heat and coals are for cooking.
Red Oak

Red Oak– Great for building as it handles stress very well.
White Oak

White Oak– This is much more medicinal in use. The inner bark can help relieve sinus congestion and headache. Antiseptic in nature makes a good mouthwash as a decoction. High in tannin, the bark and leaves are astringent.

Birch– Bark contains oil that is so flammable is will likely burn even when wet. The bark produces thick black smoke that will drive insects away in the summer. When using open flame birch requires little to no processing to create a quick warm fire. When found in colder climates and in high altitudes, birch is plagued by a parasitic fungus called chaga. When sliced thin, chaga makes a great tinder and when made into tea it has medicinal properties. Birch is also an excellent wood to carve.


US law enforcement bulking up on riot control gear…

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Concerns about Ferguson-style disorder continue to build

Paul Joseph WatsonAPRIL 20, 2016

Makers of riot control products are seeing increased demand from law enforcement bodies across America who fear Ferguson-style civil unrest hitting other areas of the country, according to a new report.

The report, published by Sandler Research, says that demand for surveillance drones is driving growth, with new systems that deploy water canons to “handle large crowds and demonstration(s)” also proving popular.

Riot control systems are expected to “generate revenues of over USD 3.5 billion by the end of 2020,” with North America being one of the primary growth areas for upgraded weapons due to “militarization of the police department and other law enforcement agencies” in the aftermath of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Purchases of long-range acoustic devices, whips, batons and armored vehicles that will be used to “disperse, control, and arrest…

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Wild Edible/Medicinals


Poultice Gathering plant leaves and flowers raw and then macerating them.
Macerate– Soften by soaking in liquid and/or chewing.
Infusion– Steep for 10-15 minutes and consume after straining.
Decoction– Like an infusion but requires the material to be boiled instead of steeped. Bark and other roots work best for this. Consume after boiling half the liquid away and strain.
Wash– This is a type of infusion used to clean instead of consume.

It is a good idea to pick a few plants that are readily available in the area rather than trying to memorize all types of plants. This will aid in collection and identification.


Cattail– Nature’s supermarket and pharmacy. Young shoots are edible raw or boiled, root stock tuber can also be eaten. Pollen from seed heads can be used as a flour and young seed heads can be eaten like corn on the cob.

Wild Parsnip Black Creek
Field Parsnip– Root can be baked like a potato and is a great starch. Use caution, dermatitis can occur from contact with this plant.

Dandelion– Makes a great salad or you can munch on the go. Rich in Vitamin A and flowers can be eaten as well. Roots make a coffee substitute when dried and ground.

hickory nut
Hickory Nuts– Nut meat is a good protein.

black walnut
Black Walnuts– Another good source for protein, green leaves can be used as a wash for skin drying conditions like poison ivy.

Raspberries– common fruit in summer, good source of vitamins, eat raw or make infusion tea or accent another dish.

Common Elderberry– Very common from summer to fall. Eat raw or boil for a tasty drink.


-There is a gel in the base of the sheath when the shoot is removed that is anesthetic and antiseptic, think of it as aloe. Young shoots make a decent toothbrush.

Charcoal– Not a plant but is useful against plant or food poisoning. Grind and mix with water to induce vomiting. Also helps to absorb toxins left in the stomach.

Mullein– Has been used for centuries as a decongestant. Great for cough and cold remedies, use green leaves for wound dressing.

Jewel weed– Chemicals in the juices help to soothe contact dermatitis from poison ivy and other other plants. Use as soon as possible after contact.

Plantain– Helps to draw out foreign objects from wounds like thorns and splinters as well as poison from bites and stings. Use as a poultice by chewing and placing on wound.

Mint– Helps to soothe a headache when rubbed on the temples. Dried mint and dandelion infusion are useful against upset stomach and will help relieve diarrhea. Made into a decoction and gargled mint will help against a sore throat.

Yarrow– Used for centuries to help blood clot in deep wounds. Also has anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to break fevers by inducing a sweat when consumed as a tea. Insect repellent.

Boneset– An infusion will help break fevers. A poultice of green leaves will help deep bruises and even bone repair.

10 Tips For Bushcraft

1. Use your knife as little as possible. Seek alternate methods for anything but the most essential tasks.
2. Never pass up good, dry tinder. You don’t know when you will stumble upon some again.
3. Never let excess meat go to waste. Dry extra meat for later consumption.
4. Make use of an entire animal. Use innards for bait and bones can be made into tools.
5. Use dead fall for shelter and fire. Avoid burning excess calorie usage that comes with felling trees.
6. Water is precious. Collect any and all rainwater you can.
7. Run traps in a daisy pattern around your camp, not in a straight line. This will aid in calorie conservation.
8. If possible, set up camp near water.
9. Always think about your next fire. Save tinder or make char cloth with your current fire.
10. Travel during the most pleasant times of the day. In hot weather travel in the morning and late evening, rest when it is the hottest. In cold weather travel when the sun is

How to survive a mass shooting… flee, hide, bite, spit, cover, shoot back, play dead and more

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

[Repost: NaturalNews]

As a concealed carry permit holder trained in handgun combat, I’ve learned more than a few things about surviving an encounter with armed shooters. In this two-part audio series, I share valuable, practical advice on how you can survive active shooting scenarios, with or without your own firearm.

These two special reports, linked below, cover concepts like:

• Fleeing the scene

• Fighting back with firearms

• Fighting back without firearms

• Closing with attackers to neutralize rifles: grappling range

• Unarmed attack methods: eye gouges, biting, spitting, hair pulling, groin shots, using expedient weapons like forks and chairs

• The concepts of “cover” vs. “concealment”

• The physics of gunfire… don’t believe the Hollywood myths

• Why vehicles do not provide cover from gunfire

• Playing dead and using other bodies as concealment and cover

• The importance of being armed (where legal to do so)

• Why gunmen never expect people to fight back

• Why waiting for the police to arrive and save you is a horrible mistake


So it’ the end of the world and people are going crazy, what would the average person look like? What would they be wearing? Would they be loaded down with incredible amounts of military style gear? I would bet that most people would be panicking and look frantic. The idea is to not stand out, right? You don’t want people thinking you have stuff they want. I do not suggest running around pulling your hair out and tearing your clothes, I think it would be a bad idea donning your external plate carrier, gun belt, BDUs and a slinged AR15. There has to be an in between.

I think having the right gear and tools is essential but personally I wouldn’t want to be surrounded by 1,000 panicked people looking like I have everything they all want. The less people know, the better off you will be. There is enough to be said about OPSEC(operational security) to make an entire other post, so I’ll save that for a later date. A military style BOB serves a good purpose and would likely prove functional, but it also screams “I knew this was coming, I have stuff!”Looking panicked is a bad idea, because anyone paying attention would see you as a target, so you want to look serious and dangerous. You want to look like a difficult target, while not looking like you have things other people want. You will want people to leave you alone. You should look confident but not standoffish, and definitely don’t look scared.

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“Don’t Wait For Help, Help Yourself”


One problem with most people is when something bad happens, they expect someone else to do something. There was a story at a local Jack In The Box where one man was beaten by four assailants until he suffered a severe brain injury. While this assault was taking place the employees watched but did nothing. A lawsuit was filed by the man who was in a coma for over a year following the attack. The man won $20.5 million as the court held that the employees did nothing to prevent the attack and did nothing once the attack started.

While an active shooter scenario is different, I believe we have an obligation to step up. That whole “don’t be a hero” business is bologna in my opinion. If you have the ability, you should do something. After all by the time the police get there, you could be dead. Don’t wait for help, help yourself.

Even if you are unarmed, there are plenty of instances where an unarmed person bested an armed assailant, especially if there are a lot of you. There is a difference between someone who wants something from you and someone who wants to kill you. If a bad guy demands your wallet or purse, give it to them. If a bad guy is walking around shooting people, kill him. Active shooter’s often carry a back up weapon, so disarming him will not be enough, you must stop them.

In a recent interview a policeman was asked about active shooters and he said “We have learned that we can’t wait it out, we have to get in there and get him.” The faster the bad guy is stopped, the more people will live. Period.

In Garland, TX in May of 2015 a security officer was able to kill two mean who were both wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles. He was a traffic cop by day but was working secondary as a security officer at the time of the incident. The two men were there to kill as many people as possible at a Mohammad caricature exhibit. Apparently if you draw Mohammad, you deserve to die. Anyway, this security officer acted quickly and saved countless lives, while sustaining the only casualty which was a gunshot wound to the thigh. Don’t wait for help, help yourself.

Will To Survive

will to survive
There are a few things that I actually care about in this world, so when I do care I care a lot. I’ve been with a homeless man on the ground outside of a gas station in St. Louis as he spent his last moments on this earth seizing, then I stayed with his body until the paramedics got there. I was in a violent rollover accident that ejected the driver(a friend) and then the car landed on her, I heard her breathe her last breath, even though I didn’t initially know where she was. The hardest thing I have ever had to endure though is a 45 day period when I was not able to be with my son. I can promise that no one in history has ever fought as hard or relentlessly as I would if I was fighting to protect him. The will to survive I have for myself is high, but for my son I literally would not stop until I was dead. The is the will to survive you must maintain.

Everything I have ever read(books, magazines, articles, etc) I have seen that the will to survive comes second to none as far as importance during a survival scenario. In fact it ranks as follows: will to survive>knowledge/skills>kit/tools. It’s like a drug addict that goes to rehab, if they don’t want to get better, they won’t. They can have all the same tools, programs and treatment as a person that actually gets clean, but will relapse if they don’t want to stop. It’s the same if you are fighting for your life. You could have a decked out AR15, complete 72 hour kit and a completely stocked and modified BOV, but if you don’t have the “do whatever it takes” mindset, it’s all pointless.

If you are lost in the woods starving, but can’t bring yourself to tear apart a snake with your bare hands, you will die. If you are being beaten to a pulp but can’t make yourself jam your thumb knuckle deep into your attacker’s eye socket, you are in trouble. You should be able to do anything. The only exception to this is if there is something that you value more than your own life. Just as an example I made off the top of my head is a fire. It would certainly be easier to just run out of a burning house, but I would definitely have to locate my son and ensure his safe escape before I even started to think about my own safety. I think most parents would share this view, at least I hope. The tenacity to survive you must maintain is of utmost importance.

Like I mentioned before, I am not just making this stuff up. Practically everything I have ever read says the same thing, you must try to make it. While I have never been lost in the woods for days on end or experienced a major natural disaster, I do trust the experts on this. I mean there has to be a reason so many sources keep that the will to survive remains paramount.

SHTF Explained

A SHTF scenario is when all emergency services will be unavailable, and you will be on your own. I will not speculate on the likelilhood of these scenarious, I will just explain a few of the concerns people have.
Natural Disaster
Natural Disaster: I think we can all remember the chaos following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 1,800 people died with over 700 people still missing. 90,000 square miles and millions of people were affected. In New Orleans there was looting and pandamoneum. The National Guard was called in to aid in relief and also to restore order. As huge of a disaster as that was, it still was not a full on SHTF event. S definitely HTF for the people of New orleans, but nationwide it had a much smaller effect. Imagine half of the US were hit by something like that, like the Yellowstone super volcano. I did a little research on the Yellowstone “supervolcano” and found out the last full scale eruption happened about 640,000 years ago and spewed 240 cubic miles of rock, dust and volcanic ash into the air. Geologists maintain that the eruption history is not normal or predictable, but do not see an eruption in the near future.
Economic Collapse: If the US economy collapsed, there would certainly be mass panick. Imagine tomorrow you wake up and no one has any money, or at least it’s worth nothing. What would you do? Would you barter or steal? I would really advise against stealing, because it could cost you way more than the value you of anything you would steal.
Act of Terrorism: Like I already said, I won’t speculate to the likelihood of any of these events, but this one seems really far fetched. The scale of a terroristic act large enough to cause a SHTF scenario would be so hard to pull of, its really just not feasable. Think about 9/11/01, a devastating attack in New York City that took the life of +/- 3,000 people. Other than the immediate area, there wasn’t a panick to the point of lawlessness. Rage was felt, but not lawlessness.
Act of War: I recently watched a video warning that Russia will use a large scale EMP against the US before January 1st, 2017. I don’t know if this is true(Ihope not), but the video claimed it would whipe out pretty much every electronic device in most of America. I don’t think this is likely, but you can never know anything for sure until it either happens or doesn’t happen.
Infrastructure Failure: This scenario is a result of powerplants failing to produce the power needed for households and businesses. For whatever reason, the power grid fails, resulting in mass power outages. It is a scary thing to think about considering how reliant everyone is on electricity today. Any time the power goes out I almost feel lost for a minute until I go find the nearest flashlight, which is never far away. It is a good idea to stock up on batteries and candles.

Like I said before, I am not saying any of these are more likely than another one or even likely at all, but it is always better to be prepared for a situation that never unfolds than unprepared. The movie Book of Eli is a post apocalypse setting where the main character has had to become an elite and dangerous person in order to survive. He never attacks anyone and only uses his skills for defense. I think it shows a decent example of how the strong survive, but in a Hollywood kind of way.