Survival Myths From The Internet

The internet is full of bull shit. Misunderstandings and outright hoaxes. While some are harmless and fun. No one would get hurt trying to build a boulder made of legos. Myths in the survival realm could get you killed. In the past I’ve done a bit of myth busting from time to time. I’m a skeptic now and generally disbelieve everything until I try it. This leads to finding out what works and what doesn’t.  Some things are just plain dumb. So let the Myth busting begin.

Mountain Dew Lantern Survival Myths

Mountain Dew Lantern

Mountain Dew Lantern

This set off my B.S meter the first time I saw it. This survival myth was on some camping hacks list. I tried to find it to link to but don’t see it around anymore. The idea is to add baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to some Mountain Dew. The result is a chemical reaction that makes it glow. I remember the seeing that and loosing credibility in the rest of the list. There was no way that could work. None of those ingredients could produce  chemiluminescence. At the time I saw it I happened to have all those things lying around. It of course did nothing It was just another survival myth.

 

In TEOTWAWKI I’ll Lose Weight

Nope probably not. I’ve heard this often. I’l be fat now and when the shit hits the fan I’ll lose weight. This is usually based on having a higher workload during a collapse and living off stored food. Well if you have been following the advice of eat what you store and store what you eat probably not. You’ll be eating highly processed food. Which is why your fat now. If your not gardening now trying to start it then won’t work. Many won’t be able to make the switch. Most prepare to preserve their life style. Im sure you have entertainment backed up. Many will continue to eat and watch movies will they run out of food and are then crewed. Too late to make a change. Get fit and active now

 

Survival Myths

There are so many survival myths we can’t cover them all. In the past I’ve tackled some of the big ones. As new ones come up I’l be there with my survival myth busting axe to destroy them. Do you have any favorite ones? Any new ones that have just came out? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Big Survival Knives

There are two kinds of survivalist in this world. Ones that use big survival knives and ones that uses axes. You may have them both but generally prefer one. I am a big survival knife guy. I’ve never cared much for axes. I’ve used a few and will use one often in the future.  In fact I just bought my first axe. It will not be going out camping with me ever. I prefer to use big survival knives to process wood. Let me share some of the reasons why with you.

 

Buck Hoodlum big survival knives

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Episode #25 Mark Goodwin Prepper Recon

Prepper Recon

Prepper Recon

 

 

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Join James and Mike with Special guest mark Goodwin from the site Preperrecon and new book Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics.  Mark Goodwin is a Christian constitutional author and the host of the popular Prepper Recon Podcast which interviews patriots, preppers and economists each week on PrepperRecon.com to help people prepare for the coming economic collapse.

Mark holds a degree in accounting and monitors macro-economic conditions to stay up-to-date with the ongoing global meltdown. The troubling trends in the political and financial landscape have prompted Mark to conduct extensive research within the arena of preparedness. He weaves his knowledge of economics, politics, prepping and survival into an action-packed tapestry of fast-paced, post-apocalyptic fiction.

Today Mark is here to talk about his new book Retreat Security And Small Unit Tactics. The book is co written by David Kobler aka SouthernPrepper1 on YouTube. It focuses on how to secure your home. Tips to deter invaders. Set up defenses. It also goes into tactics for training as a small unit. It goes over hand signals to move a unit. The full review of the book will be coming soon

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  • Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics.

  • How did you partner up with David.

  • Easy things to increase home security.

  • Items to stock up on for security.

  • Gear and weapons.

  • Training.

  • Tactics.

  • Resources?

  • Economy?

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Giving Us All A Bad Name

I’ve met some wonderful people in the survival world since I started Survivalpunk. Loving, caring and giving people. Some of my best friends are part of this community. I wish all the people I come across could be as wonderful. They are not though. Sometime you come across some real pieces. They are bigots and idiots. They blame this group or that one for all the problems. They buy into the party lie. They don’t seek solutions only point fingers. I came across one recently and quickly had to get rid of them.  These people only give us all a bad name. They contribute to the image many have of the survival community. We not crazy gun toting racist fear mongers. Guns we have but our hearts and minds are clear. Let the rant commence.

 

Giving Us All A Bad Name

Giving Us All A Bad Name

If Only You Had Voted This Way

If you think that the world would be a better place had Mitt Romney won you are wrong. It would be the same. Some of the minor detail might be different. We would still be seeing growth of an ever more tyrannical government. We would still have Obama Care. Which is based on Romney care. Russia would still be provoking a third world war. ISIS would still be causing trouble. We would still be in massive debt. Calling people idiots because they voted this way or that not helping. YOU are playing right into the government’s class warfare.  You are not enlightening them. They now will fight you harder than ever.

 

 

Giving Us All A Bad Name

Making idiotic uninformed statements makes us all look bad. You are giving us all a bad name when you say bigot and racist remarks. I judge people by their actions. Their character. Not on stereotypes and prejudices. Saying your purging your facebook of liberals  is narrow minded. I disagree with you on a few things so I don’t want anything to do with you. Whining and crying cause are different from you. Grow the fuck up. One day going through the Survivapunk twitter feed I noticed a follower was posting about white supremacy and the Aryan race. That got them blocked. That is not a little different. Thais into crazy land. We don’t need them in this community. We are going to need strong communities in a collapse not hatred. The government can keep it’s class warfare. I give my friendship freely. Prove through your actions you don’t deserve it and lose it. I don’t care what political party you belong to or don’t. Either you are good or not.

 

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Gluten Free: A Lifestyle Not A Product

The phrase Gluten Free is popping up all over the supermarket. No longer are they confined in a special area. It is becoming a label to slap on everything. A buzz word. Potato chips are labeled gluten free. Well no shit they are gluten free. Potatoes don’t have any gluten in them. It’s like saying the sky is free of flying monkeys. Yes gluten is bad.  I’ve covered it before. So if gluten is bad, gluten free is good. This is a logical fallacy. Just because something is free of gluten does not mean it is good. Today I’ll cover some of the reason why this is.

 

gluten free

gluten free

Foods Without Gluten

Gluten is found in grains such as wheatbarleyrye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It is added to some random foods as well. Oats for example get  contaminated from being processed in the same factories. So out of an endless amount of foods only a handful contain gluten.  This is the reason I don’t feel being gluten free is a hard choice. I’m not celiac so I don’t have severe reactions. I know some sauces at restaurants could be contaminated so I avoid them when possible. By sticking to a basic paleo, unprocessed diet you are gluten free. No meat, Veggies, Fruit or nuts have gluten.

 

 

gluten free

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Gluten Free

The store is filled with gluten free products now. I’d say 80% of it s complete garbage. Rice Krispies are gluten free. Potato chips are gluten free. These foods are certainly not healthy choices. They are now being labeled Gluten free. The other big issue is in items that would normally have gluten in it. Things like gluten free pretzels and crackers.  You would think that making then without gluten would be a good thing. It is not though. By removing the gluten containing ingredients they are forced to add something. That something is usually a lot of somethings and mostly chemicals. Many times the replacements are not much better for you. It is an out of the skillet and into the fire situation. I always flip over gluten free products to read the ingredients. It’s a weird hobby of mine. You will find some crazy ingredients.

gluten free

gluten free

Just Eat Healthy

Stop going out of your way to justify eating bad. Stop trying to mimic your old ways of eating that was bad. I don’t miss making a sandwich. I don’t need paleo bread. I have made it. Maybe a couple times a year. You can live without crackers. You are comfortable with certain things and look for them to be gluten free. With so so many food choices why get hung up on a few. Go try something new.

 

 

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Purge Happening For Real

Today’s post will be a short one.  I’m exhausted after recording back to back podcasts last night.  Today’s even busier and I’m writing this on my phone.  I just wanted to open a discussion on this purge idea going around on social media.  I first saw about this on Facebook about purge Louisville.  The details on it were limited. I’m still not sure what’s real and what’s hoax. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on though.  So let’s get to it.

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Dealing With Waste During A Disaster

This is the second part to our waste management series. It’s a dirty topic but it needs to be dealt with. The first part was all about toilet paper. I covered everything you could want to know about keeping a clean behind in a grid down situation. Everything from the short term to the long term and sustainable. So we covered the wiping aspect now what do we do with the waste? I have a few thoughts on it. Everything from the short term to long term. So let’s deal with this waste.

Porta Potty  Waste

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Episode 24 Conflicted The Card Game

 

Conflicted The Game

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Join James and Mike along with special guest Mikes Wife as they play an entire game of conflicted the game. I thought it would be great to not just do a card but an entire game. We play through several rounds and determine a winner. We read some really great, thought provoking cards. Most of all we had a great time. Also on the show we talk about the crossfit games and the winners. Which is a few weeks old at this point. James talks about the Serval App for phones. It allows text and phone calls without phone service. I used it on a phone with no sim card and made a call. More testing on it in the future. I was looking at some off grid communication without buying extra hardware. Mesh technology could be the answer. We talk about the give Mike a nickname contest that is still going on. If you want to cast your vote comment down below.

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Paleo And Exercise: A One Two Punch

I’ve been following a paleo lifestyle for a few years. I was overweight most of that time too. Heck I’m still overweight but not by much. If I was following a strict paleo diet why was I still fat? What was the huge secret I was missing? There were many reasons for my failure. Many misunderstandings I had about things. I had to dial in and find what worked best for me. Mostly though I had to get out of the cave and get active and social. Paleo and exercise go hand in hand.  Today I’ll be talking about why you can’t skip the workouts.

 

James Carrying a Warrior Paleo

James Carrying a Warrior

Overeating

Eating a paleo diet is more nutrient dense. To anyone following the diet you know this. Even knowing this you might still be making mistakes.  Grains for all their celebrated greatness are lacking in nutrients. On a paleo diet you learned to not weigh and measure your food. Eat until satiated is the prescribed wisdom. While that is great some will overeat on that. Your either used to eating a larger amount or are not sure what satiety feels like. Many have been programed to eat on a clock. Must eat at this time or that time. Must eat this many or that many meals. Trying to eat 6 nutrient dense meals in a day is not good. Do not eat because the clock says so. Eat when you are actually hungry. Eat until you are not hungry nor full.

 

Paleo Lunch

Paleo Lunch

Excess Energy

I started crossfit in December 2013. One of the first things my coach said to me was I had the diet under control now needed to use that energy. Eating strict high fat paleo gave me tons of energy. Which I did nothing with. The 24 hour globo gym bored me. I would go whole months without going. I didn’t know a single other person in there. My workouts, when I did them, were boing. I tended to use my excess energy by watching Youtube videos on the couch. Even good healthy calories end up as fat when you do nothing.  While I still enjoy some Youtube it’s no longer marathons.

 

Paleo and Exercise

One Solution is never as good as a ton. To burn this excess energy I tried to find as many active things as possible to do. First was I joined a crossfit gym. For me the high intensity varied workouts were perfect. I show up say Hi and get to do something new everyday. I’ve  seen more results from this randomized training than anything else I’ve done. My fitness level has sky rocketed since joining. Everyday I do things I could not before.

 

Hiking Paleo

Hiking Paleo

Get Active

The other big two things I do are hiking and throwing the Frisbee. I love hiking and I’m surrounded by beautiful Tennessee trails. I try to go do a day hike at least once a week now. Man has evolved to walk and run through trails. I find the time spent in nature is meditative. After a hike I always feel more calm. I keep a frisbee in my car now. I will play with it every chance I get. Stuck waiting for seats at a restaurant? Get out your disc and play a little. Play is a very important part of life that is gone in most adults. Playing is next to sleep in stress reduction. Find something you like to do and do it. Weight comes off and life quality goes way up.

 

 

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Toilet Paper In a Collapse

 

Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper

Were going to get dirty today guys. Or more accurately were going to wipe away the dirt. Toilet paper and waste disposal is not a subject we’ve discussed on Survivalpunk. Until now  that is. It is not a glamorous part of survival. Nobody want to think about life after flushing. Unless you think about it now though your going to wish you did. A little prior thought about this foul subject can go a long way. Not only will it save your nostrils but possible your life. I’m deciding to break this into a two part post. This first part will focus only on toilet paper. Wipe away your fear and lets get right to it.

 

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