Thursday, January 13, 2022

Prepper Gear #EpicFail + Good Alternatives

By Tim Gamble

#EpicFail -  Ozark Trail 6-Gallon Water Jugs

There is a serious design flaw in the Ozark Trail 6-gallon water jugs sold at Wal-mart stores (and elsewhere). This design flaw lead to 100% of my Ozark Trail jugs leaking within two years of my purchasing them. These green water storage jugs have an X-design stamped on two sides. This X-design apparently creates weak spots in the material, eventually leading to leaks along the edges of the X.

Several years ago, I bought four of the Ozark Trail water jugs at Wal-mart to use as part of my water storage. I filled them up and put them in a spare bedroom that I use for storage. About six-months later, I noticed that one of the jugs had developed a leak along the X on one side. I had to throw out the leaking jug, of course. But it had leaked over 1/2 of the water out onto the floor. It soaked through the carpet to the wood below, causing it to buckle and warp. 

Over the next year-and-a-half, all three of the remaining Ozark Trail jugs started leaking, all along the same spot - the edges of the X stamped in their sides. This X is a serious design flaw that apparently will cause all these water storage jugs to start leaking eventually. If you have these jugs, you may want to check to see if they are leaking yet. I suggest feeling along the edges of each X for moisture. 

Luckily, after the first jug leaked, I placed the remaining three jugs on plastic sheeting, which prevented the floor-warping damage done by the first leak. Lesson learned: make sure that any leaking water storage won't do any damage. 

Good Alternatives: I now use the 7-gallon Aqua-Tainers by Reliance. I have a dozen, at least two of which are over five years old, yet none of them have developed any leaks. I have them on the floor, with plastic sheeting underneath them, under a couple of tables in the spare room, with more supplies on top of the tables.  

(Tip: If you have have a spare bedroom, consider getting rid of the bed, and put in tables and shelving for your prepper supplies. It is a good storage solution and a great excuse to not have relatives stay overnight!)

I also have about 65 of the glass 1-gallon table wine bottles, now filled with water. I know that sounds like a lot of wine consumed, but I've been "collecting" those bottles for a number of years now. 😊 I like them for water storage because they are not too heavy and are easy to handle. They are stackable (at least for one layer) by placing a sturdy board across the top of the bottom set of bottles. 

I recently added some stackable plastic 3-gallon jugs I found at Wal-mart, but have only been using them for a few months. Its too early to give them a proper review. 

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Friday, December 31, 2021

Forecast 2022 - A Survivalist's Perspective

By Tim Gamble
December 31, 2021

This being the last day of 2021, I thought I would try my hand at a number of predictions for what might happen in 2022. I'm not pulling nay punches here. I doubt everything on this list will happen, but I am equally certain one or more may happen. 

Black Swan and False Flag

A "Black Swan Event" is an extremely negative event that is unpredictable and unknowable beforehand. However, it can be said that a Black Swan is more likely to occur during highly chaotic times - the more chaotic the situation, the more likely a Black Swan will occur. The ongoing pandemic and various governmental overreactions, a US President whose health and mental-capabilities are questionable at best, ongoing global supply chain problems, and numerous geopolitical flashpoints (Iran-Israel, Russia-Ukraine, Belarus-Poland, China-Taiwan, China-India, India-Pakistan, etc.) make for a highly chaotic situation, thus greatly increasing the likelihood of a Black Swan in 2022. The exact nature of that Black Swan is unknowable, of course. 

A "False Flag Event" is an event that is designed to disguise its real cause in an effort to blame another party for it. This is a form of manipulation and psychological warfare, and may be employed by governments, political parties, or other groups in an effort to further an agenda by controlling public opinion. I believe that False Flags become more likely as those who are in power become increasingly fearful of losing that power. With the Biden administration hitting record low approval numbers, the failure of the (Marxist) Build Back Better Bill, and the increasing likelihood of Democrats losing both the House and Senate in November, the chances of one or more False Flag events in the USA is very high in 2022

Likewise, as the people continue to revolt against the insane lockdowns and mandates around the world being pushed by the globalist Elites, the chances of  False Flags in other countries is greatly increased for 2022 

Economic Forecast

Inflation and supply chain problems will continue throughout 2022. Inflation is here to stay for quite some time, particularly for food and household goods. Despite the wishful thinking of some financial analysts and other talking heads on TV, inflation  is not "transitory" but rather is becoming entrenched. The actual causes of inflation - too much money (monetary and fiscal policy) chasing too few goods (over-regulation and supply chain problems) - are not changing in 2022. Furthermore, once raised prices seldom come down to pre-inflation levels. Current high prices are mostly permanent.

Two notable exceptions to continued inflation may be fuel prices and home prices. Oil and gas may fall if we go back into lockdown mode or if a global recession hits, due to decreased demand. On the other hand, the outbreak of war in the middle east (most likely Israel - Iran) or in Asia between China and Taiwan (if the US and Japan get involved) could cause higher prices and short-term shortages. 

Home prices are starting to look like a bubble, with dramatic increases over the last couple of years. The bubble may burst in 2022, or it could hold off until 2023. One interesting indicator is the number of "experts" telling us that things are different "this time" with home prices. In reality, things are rarely "different this time"  with bubbles of any sort. The "different this time" crowd are really just hoping to keep making the fat commissions and high bonuses the bubble is providing them. They louder they become in their assurances that things are different this time, the more worried I become. 

Supply Chain problems will continue throughout 2022, even is the pandemic insanity eases. Root causes of the supply chain problems are not found in the pandemic or lockdowns, but were merely exposed by them. Root causes go back many years, and include over-reliance on foreign manufacturing, a shortage of shipping containers caused by our massive trade deficit (more containers coming here but not being sent back there for lack of exports), a massive shortage of truck drivers, and even a shortage of trucks available to be put on the road if we had enough drivers, among other things. These causes will take years to resolve, not to mention lots of political will, even after pandemic insanity subsides. 

The job market will continue to be problematic, with continuing uncertainty over vaccine mandates, and potential lockdowns in blue states, which has caused a lot of people to simply drop out of the job market, making the actual unemployment figures artificially low. At the same time there are a lot of chronically unfilled job openings and a lack of skilled (in the right ways) labor. If we do move towards more lockdowns, or if inflation and supply chain problems tip us into another recession, the job situation will only grow worse. I see little reason it will grow better.

As to the lack of skilled labor, this is mostly a self-inflicted wound by the companies and industries complaining about it. In order to save money, most companies no longer want to train their own workers, preferring instead for the workers to get trained on their own (trade schools, community colleges, etc.). This has been going on for a couple of decades now and the situation will not change in 2022.

I put the chances of a recession in 2022 at 75%. Reasons include continued inflation, continued supply chain problems, continued anti-energy policies, and a problematic jobs market. Black swans, false flags, and international conflict could also push us over the edge into recession. 

Build Back Better

The (Marxist) Build Back Better bill is dead in the Senate. I seriously doubt they will even have a vote on it in January. Moderate Dems don't want to be "put on the record" voting for it. But even if they do hold a vote, it fails. However, the Build Back Better agenda is NOT dead. It is too important to the Globalists and the Deep State. Biden will likely implement parts of it by executive order.  Other parts of the Bill will likely be stripped out and voted on separately. These smaller parts will likely pass with Republican help (notably various "moderates" who worship at the altar of compromise such as Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham). I predict that by the end of 2022, at 70% of what is in the Build Back Better bill will be enacted one way or another

International Chaos

America's weakened military and extremely weak political leadership is endangering the world, as the world's bad actors are encouraged to pursue their goals and agendas in the power vacuum. Here are what I see as the potential flashpoints in 2022:

China-Taiwan. China has long wanted to take Taiwan, and has publicly stated on many occassions that they will do so militarily. With a weaken US military and an even weaker President (who may as well be a paid employee of China), China will never have a better opportunity to take Taiwan as they will in 2022, and China knows it. The probability of China moving military on Taiwan in 2022 is nearing 100%

This conflict is one that could easily expand into a true world war. The Biden administration may do nothing more than diplomatic and economic sanctions. However, there is still a chance that the US and Japan may try to defend Taiwan. North Korea may become involved on China's side, which would bring the South Koreans into the mix. India, fearful over Chinese military expansion, may join against China. Pakistan would then attack India. Russia, long with eyes on some of the northern islands owned by Japan, may also jump in. You see how quickly this could escalate into a true world war, with China, Russia, Pakistan, and North Korea on one side, and Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, and a weakened US on the other side. Notice how many nuclear powers are involved in this scenario? The dangers are huge. 

China-India. There is an ongoing border dispute between India and China, with China wanting several large border regions currently controlled by India. This dispute has already lead to actually military conflict between the nations, most recently in 2020, when China killed 20 Indian troops in Ladakh.

China-Japan. China wants a number of islands currently owned by Japan due to there strategic importantance for international shipping.

Russia-Japan. Russia and Japan both claim a number of islands in the northern Pacific. Russia is currently deploying missile defense systems in this area.  

India-Pakistan. Both nuclear powers. Both hate each other. Tensions are rising and accusations being hurled. 

Iran Nuclear Weapons. Iran is openly pursuing nuclear weapons once again, and they were already getting close. The US and the West seem determined to pretend it won't happen. Chance of a successful nuclear test by Iran in 2022 is 65%. By the end of 2023, the chance is 96%. 

Israel-Iran. Always a potential conflict between these two, and with Iran getting very close to becoming a nuclear power, it could erupt with Israel trying to stop it. However, this seems increasingly less likely as Israel seems to realize they will be in it alone thanks to US weakness.

Belarus-Poland. Belarus has been provoking Poland along their border over the last year or so, probably at the prompting of Russia. Russia wants control of a sliver of northern Poland, giving them a land bridge through Belarus to Russian Kaliningrad (take a close look at a good, detailed map of this region to understand).  

Russia-Ukraine. Russia has grown tired of Ukraine's threats and NATO's broken promises, and wants a large piece of Ukraine. The truth of this dispute is very different than the official narrative generally reported in the West. This is a problem created by the West and by the CIA. I think there is a 50-50 chance that Russia moves against Ukraine in 2022. This chance goes to 100% if the US gets distracted by a war with China over Taiwan. We cannot fight those two wars at the same time, and Russia knows it. 

COVID Pandemic

The biological danger from the COVID virus is about over, as the extremely mild omicron variant is providing safe and effective natural immunity against all strains of the virus. The political and economic danger inflicted on us by the intentional actions of the Globalist Elites will remain with us for some time to come. Expect the Globalists to continue using the pandemic to push their agenda in 2022, even as the actual threat obviously disappears.

A Final Prediction

There seems to be an increasing level of cooperation between China and Russia. I have a gut feeling that we may see a coordinated event where Russia attacks Ukraine and China attacks Taiwan on the same day. This would confuse the US and the West, and divide and weaken our response. Chance of this actually happening is 35%.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Quercetin Phytosome and other natural ways to boost the immune system

Legal Note: I am NOT a doctor or other medical professional, and nothing I write in this article or on this website should be taken as medical advice. I cannot diagnose or treat any illness, nor is that the intent of this article. Please exercise personal responsibility and carefully consider the information in this article as to its suitability for your particular circumstances. You you are sick, or think you may be sick, please consult a medical professional. 

As reported by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Bryan Ardis, several medical studies, and other sources, Quercetin Phytosome seems to fight COVID as effectively as Hydroxychloroquine, yet it is easier to find. Other natural ways to boost the immune system, such as vitamin C, vitamin D3, and Zinc, are also being suggested, including by the Florida Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo. 

I will give sources for these statements below. A couple of the sources I list give further sources for their content. There is a lot of information here for your continued investigation.

My personal belief is that in most cases natural methods of dealing with COVID are at least as effective as vaccines and "officially approved" medical treatments, with much less risk of potential negative side effects. But, again, this is my opinion. Please do you own research and form your own opinion. 

These nutritional supplements can easily be found, at least currently. But with ongoing supply chain problems, and government's disdain for anything other than vaccines for COVID, this situation could change in the future. Here are some links to these supplements on Amazon:
I am an Amazon affiliate, so anything you order from Amazon through these links helps support this website at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

3 Things To Do Today To Protect Yourself In The Digital Age

As 2021 draws to a close, now is the perfect time to do three things to help protect yourself and your family in this digital age. I did all three on Monday.

1) Change your passwords. There were six major data breaches this year, and hundreds of smaller ones. Millions of people had their personal information, including passwords and pin numbers, exposed. This stolen personal information is now for sale on the Internet (yes, there are websites that actually sell stolen data to the bad guys). One of the best ways to protect yourself is to change all your passwords on a regular basis. It is a hassle, but having a bad guy get access to your bank account, for example, will be much more of a hassle.   

I changed all my passwords on Monday - email accounts, social media accounts, bank accounts, car insurance, cell phone provider, PayPal, Amazon, Google, and so forth. It was a long list and took some time, but my safety and privacy is worth it.

Don't forget to change the password for your home Wi-Fi.

2) Add two-factor authentication (also called two-step authentication) to your accounts if available. Yep, it seems like a hassle to go through that extra step every time you log on to an account, but it is no where near as big a hassle as a bad guy getting into your account. 

There are several ways websites can handle two-factor authentication. You can set it up at the same time you change your password, and probably from the same page. Each website will walk you through the set-up process for their site. It really isn't hard. 

I was reluctant to use two-factor authentication because of the perceived hassle, but on Monday I finally added it to my bank accounts, PayPal account, and other accounts which store my financial information, including card numbers. So far it hasn't been as big a hassle as I imagined. Better safe than sorry.

3) Use the lock screen for your phone and other mobile devices. Lock screens use various methods - pin  numbers, passwords, fingerprint or facial recognition - to make sure that you are the only one with access to your device. No one thinks they will ever misplace, lose, or have their phone stolen, but it happens all the time. Think about how much personal data is stored on your phone, and how many apps on it have access to your accounts. All this information is freely available to any bad guy that gets ahold of your device if you don't use a lock screen. 

Once again, I was reluctant to use my lock screen because of the perceived hassle. On Monday, I finally set up my lock screen. So far, not a hassle at all. Don't forgot your pin number or password. Write it down on a piece of paper and stick it somewhere like a desk drawer (just don't carry it with you) in case you ever forget it. 

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Cancer - Warning Signs & Risk Factors

By Tim Gamble

I know from personal experience that ignoring health problems is bad, and self-diagnose is even worse. If you have any of the signs, symptoms, or risk factors mentioned in this article, I urge you to visit your family doctor or other medical professional. If you haven't been to the doctor for years, I strongly urge you to get a medical exam sooner, rather than later.  

There are many different types of cancer, many with specific risk factors and early warning signs. Generally speaking, possible warning signs and risk factors may include: 

Risk Factors for Cancer
  • A family history of cancer
  • Smoking or tobacco use (about 22% of all cancers are related to the use of tobacco)
  • Age (as a general rule, the older you get, the more likely to develop cancer)
  • Unhealthy diet, including high consumption of sugar
  • Obesity and physical inactivity (the greater the couch-potato, the greater the cancer risk)
  • Poor sleep habits (consistently failing to get adequate amounts of sleep)
  • Exposure to radiation, chemical toxins and other environmental factors

Warning Signs of Cancer

  • Changes in urination or bowel movements 
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Lumps or thickened areas in the breast, testicles, or elsewhere
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Change in the size, color, shape, or thickness of a wart, mole, or mouth sore
  • Cough or hoarseness that doesn't go away
  • Persistent headaches
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Persistent fatigue, nausea, or vomiting
  • Persistent low-grade fever, either constant or intermittent
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Repeated infections

NOTE: 
Having any one, or several, of these warning signs does not necessarily mean you have cancer. It is also possible to have have cancer without being aware any of these warning signs. Routine physical exams by a doctor are a good idea for everyone.


Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose cancer. If you do have any of the risk factors or warning signs, please consult your doctor or other medical professional.

See Also:  Eating for Good Health: Anti-Cancer Foods (and other tips)

Sources
Information presented in this article from the following websites:
  1. American Cancer Society 
  2. National Institutes for Health 
  3. Mayo Clinic 
  4. WebMD

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Heart & Cardiovascular Disease - Warning Signs & Risk Factors

Due to my own health problems in recent years (Type II Diabetes and Retinopathy), I have become a big believer in preventive medicine, with includes early detection of possible health problems. The earlier you detect a potential health problem, the sooner you will be able to do something about it. At the very least, early detection can help lessen the severity of health problems, and perhaps even prevent them in the first place.

There are many different types of heart and cardiovascular disease, but they may share many similar warning signs and risk factors:
 
Risk Factors for Heart & Cardiovascular Disease
  •  A family history of heart disease (a blood relative with heart disease) 
  • A sedentary lifestyle (little exercise or physical activity, a "couch potato")
  • Prolonged periods of chronic stress
  • Being overweight, and especially being obese
  • An unhealthy diet (lots of fast food, junk food, sugar, etc.)
  •  Smoking or tobacco use
  • Having high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or diabetes 
  • Age (as a general rule of thumb, the older you get, the more likely you are to develop heart or cardiovascular disease)

Warning Signs Heart & Cardiovascular Disease
  • Angina - chest pain, discomfort, tightness, or pressure
  • Fluttering or pounding in the chest
  • A racing or irregular heartbeat, feeling of "skipped" heartbeats
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Sudden fatigue or weakness
  • Severe headaches or unexplained bouts of confusion
  • Unexplained nausea or sweating  
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Cough that produces white sputum 
  • Swollen legs, feet, ankles, or hands
Having any one, or several, of these warning signs does not necessarily mean you have heart or cardiovascular disease. It is also possible to have have heart or cardiovascular disease without being aware any symptoms. 

Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose heart or cardiovascular disease. If you do have any of the risk factors or warning signs, please consult a doctor as soon as possible. 
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Monday, December 20, 2021

Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Type II Diabetes

By Tim Gamble

I am a type II diabetic, and I know from personal experience that early detection of diabetes is crucial in managing the disease and in avoiding the many complications that can result form diabetes. Had I been diagnosed earlier, I probably could have avoided developing severe retinopathy in my eyes, and would not have needed the 100+ injections and five laser surgeries that I have undergone in the last six years in order to save my sight.

Please take a few minutes to look over the following list of warning signs and risk factors for Type II Diabetes. Having any one, or even all, of these warning signs does not mean you have type II diabetes. But, please don't ignore these signs that you may have or may be developing diabetes. Check with your doctor, especially if you have multiple warning signs.

Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Type II Diabetes*
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent headaches
  • Increased thirst
  • Feeling that your mouth is dry all the time
  • Increased hunger, even after eating
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal (especially on the lower legs/feet)
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent urine infections
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
  • Tingling/numbness in hands or feet
  • A family history of diabetes (a blood relative with diabetes)
  • Being overweight (not necessarily obese)
  • A sedentary lifestyle (little exercise or physical activity, a "couch potato")
  • An unhealthy diet (lots of fast food, junk food, sweets, etc.)
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