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Anyone have a complete copy of Lights Out by Halffast that they could email me? I can't find a complete version anywhere? Thanks
 

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I just finished reading "Survival, how a culture of preparedness can save you and your family from disasters."
by Lt.Gen. Russel L. Honore' (2009) Atria books division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4165-9900-5

It is mostly about the general's experiences during the hurricanes of 2005 while in command of Joint Task Force Katrina and about how certain conditions during the aftermath of the storms were the result of the failure of local authorities to properly prepare for a worst case scenario. For example one town had a functional generator (that was too small for what they wanted to use it for any way) but had not arranged for fuel to be available for their immediate use after the storms. Other facilities had suitable generators but they were flooded and rendered useless because they hadn't had them installed above the flood plane. General Honore' believes every family should prepare for the worst case scenarios and not depend on the government swooping in and saving them. He offers suggestions for preparedness, and each chapter ends with a list of lessons learned. It's not the only survival book you should have but it is a good primer if you're just getting into prepping or trying to convince your family to get with the program. Have your doubting spouses read this book.
 

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"Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy During A Prolonged Food Crisis" An ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratories) publication mentioned in NWSS (Nuclear War Survival Skills). ORNL5352 By Kay B. Franz and Cresson Kearny

I believe http://survivalring.org/ has it on DVD. My hard copy cost me $66 from NTIS in '09. (I wanted it REALLY bad!!)

Just a suggestion.......
 

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Farnum's Freehold and Tunnel In The Sky, by Robert Heinlein. Survival Poaching, by Ragnar Benson, and Jerry Porneille's Lucifer's Hammer. If you'd like to see what shtf will look like, THE BOOK OF ELI movie is close to being as horrific as what we'll see. most will suicide, it will be so bad.
 

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A Good Set of Reading Material...

I was at the library the other day and they happened to have the Foxfire 40'th Anniversary book setting out front. I checked it out, as I read the 12 volume set many years ago (late 80's early 90's). I decided to do a Amazon search and then decided to purchase all the books (used of course) and now have all 12 on their way for right at $100 and a little change delivered. These books have invaluable insight into surviving/living without what most now consider necessities but are actually luxuries. No real reason for this post other than a heads up for those of you who have not read them or have not read them in a long time like myself.
 

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James Wessly Rawles

Don't know if anyone has read any of James Wessly Rawles books but besides the various action scenarious he does give what I think are good tips along the way when reading his books. Just a suggestion. Frank
 

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this guy? http://survivalblog.com/precepts/ have you actually used any of his tips or tried them out? Did they work for you? Do you find following his concepts and precepts practical?
 

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The ultimate guide to U.S. Army SURVIVALS skills, tactics, techniques.

Edited by Jay McCullough
Sky horse publishing.( wwwskyhoursepublishing.com)
ISBN-13:978-1-60239-050-9(all.paper)
ISBN-10:1-60239-050-9(all.paper)



U260,U48 2007
335.5'4-dc22 operational military science unified operations

953 pages of facts. $10.00:thumbsup::clap: at Ollies for a few failed pages, mistakes in begining production.
Regular $24.95 retail perfect!:confused:

Had all these pamphlets other loose survival books...this two inch thick!
put order to more than I have in a lot of my books supporting this one.

I haven't read all of this book just getting it...a good field manual night time reading, teaching classes in your en campment., field practice and researched best approaches.

"YOU CAN ALMOST BE AS INFORMED AS OUR HEAD EXPERT..".
SARGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH!":)
 

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Contents for those interested ......or courteously thinking of getting it!
 

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Apologies for the "necro-posting."

James Rawles appears to be the "Dean" of the modern survivalist movement, inheriting the mantle that Mel Tappan once wore. (Some of the old timers here may have been started or accelerated down the "survival weapons" path by Tappan's monthly column in Guns & Ammo around 1979-80. :) )

Rawle's https://survivalblog.com/ is dedicated to Tappan. It's contents are broad and deep.

His novels are exciting page-turners that pause now and then for detailed "instruction" on various skills and tools baked into the narrative (similar to Atlas Shrugged periodically interrupted for a philosophical treatise. :) ) The ham radio bits were eye-opening to me, including the guy with a pocket-sized dot-and-dash tranceiver used to communicate with the homestead while struggling to get home for Afghanistan after TSHTF.

A fun part was the "market" that one community in the American Redoubt holds when the reality-driven "lockdowns" imposed by tooth-and-claw civil-disorder have eased after a few years. Specifically, the things that turn out to be really hot commodities in the post-collapse world. Hint: Keep those bricks well stacked - bricks of .22 lr! (Thinking about this later I added a stash of Bic lighters to my stuff.)
https://survivalblog.com/
 

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I've not revisited this thread for a while

but IMHO you should read Thomas Jefferson's Notes of Virginia https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/notes-state-virginia

Lewis and Clarks https://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu/

Porcher's Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests http://waring.library.musc.edu/exhibits/civilwar/PorcherRSFF.php

although you will find much good information in these three documents , My intent in mentioning them is to use them as a Template to start your own personal inventory of the Natural resource around you particular location that you can tap as needed

Porcher would be especially useful in this regard .. for example Quinine used to treat malaria ( and lately made famous as a Presidential cure for Covid), doesn't grow in America , but even back in the Civil War, malaria was a real problem.. The African Slaves of that time were equally susceptible, but did not seen to suffer from it. that was because they recognized a native Tree to the American South that also grew in Africa and that possesses all the medically useful qualities of Quinine . Porcher "stole " that knowledge and used it and many other plants that had the medicinal effects of blockaded plants that would otherwise have to be imported past the Union blockade.

First thing you do in a survival situation is do an inventory of what resources you have ... could take years , best to start now ..

But it's not the specific info on the plants , Porcher also describe where and how to find the plants since many plants prefer a certain type of soil a certain amount of water and sun even certain sides of hills and mountains , dry or wet or in between ground ect.

if you look you will find many useful plants that are complete worthless to folks who don't even know their names , some are weeds in your own yard , some might be the other side of the hill and are only known as a pest in modern Times but were once staples of life in other places and times

The survival book I recommend is your notes on local resources for food and industry .. here in the South we often see Osage oranges laying on the ground under a tree, a tree that provides wood that is vastly superior to Yew for making Bows to hunt with .. all good to know stuff when the stores run out .

If you were to kill maybe Three deer for food, you have also created enough uneaten food to support a human being that those deer would have eaten had they lived .. the trick is knowing which plants that deer eat that you can also safely eat

and only you know the local terrain

even in the suburbs , my favorite example are Redbuds .. it is just a really big pea plant covered with yummy pea pods with edible leaves and flowers to boot , sure would be a shame to starve to death with one untouched in your yard. a note of caution you also need to what parts of a plant at what time of year are safe to eat . Might mention if you have Clover , my favorite is the Red variety supposed to be stronger against cancer folks pay good money for it at the herb shop but aside from that it is also a bean plant ( real tiny beans ) but you can ground up the dried flowers and make a powder that works well to extend you wheat flour for baking and as a bonus it also completes the amino acids in wheat to make a complete protein . I just cut around it when I cut my otherwise totally unfertilized of poisoned lawn .. I also have a lot of that stuff , what's it called?/, that is an antidote for poison ivy .. I'll have to go look it up :) just kidding , but you should go look it up for real
 

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Some of these books you may have seen at gun shows. The original press has apparently bought out by these folks. There are many different things here for different ideas about the Zombie Alpaca Lips. deltapress.com
 

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Anyone have a complete copy of Lights Out by Halffast that they could email me? I can't find a complete version anywhere? Thanks
I spent 17 years in 4CRPG ( 4th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group - Canadian military reserves) - One of the exercises our patrol group did was to develop a winter survival program and teach winter survival skills to Canadian Regular forces personnel. I was part of a number of winter survival schools.
Our curriculum was teaching what worked with the resources available in the area, including teaching students to recognize and identify resources, as well as being intuitive with all resources they identified that may enhance their survival experience,
Mors Kochanski was a great resource in developing our winter survival course.
Our courses were held in February or March when ambient temperatures were usually - 30C or colder and night time temperatures could drop to - 40 C or F (both are the same)
Not only were we teaching survival skills, we were teaching self confidence, and self esteem.
If a soldier could survive 3 nights with a tin can, axe, 5, matches, 12 feet of snare wire, and 12 feet of rope at -40C in Northern Alberta, they had the confidence to survive a -5C night while on patrol .
The key to survival is to practice your skills. Camp out in your back yard in good weather, bad weather, and the dead of winter. - Also if a major storm comes through. During a survival situation you do not get to pick the weather.
This should be a $20 book,

Northern Bushcraft: Expanded Edition: Kochanski, Mors: 9780919433519: Books - Amazon.ca
 

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I've read 3 of James Rawles books and found them very informative and entertaining. Some nights I just couldn't put them down and read into the wee hours. I believe Mr. Rawles is one of the best authorities on survival skills, fire arms use, home security, home grown food production and emergency medical skills. He is also a born again Christian who believes in the power of prayer and has his faith in God the creator. He is almost prophetic with his analysis and description of the current political, social, economic and out of control criminal times our nation is facing as 2021 unfolds before us.
 

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I've read 3 of James Rawles books and found them very informative and entertaining. Some nights I just couldn't put them down and read into the wee hours. I believe Mr. Rawles is one of the best authorities on survival skills, fire arms use, home security, home grown food production and emergency medical skills. He is also a born again Christian who believes in the power of prayer and has his faith in God the creator. He is almost prophetic with his analysis and description of the current political, social, economic and out of control criminal times our nation is facing as 2021 unfolds before us.
My favorite motto from the good Chistian but no-nonsense survivalist group at the center of novels' community is, "Give until it hurts."

I informally added the concept to my own food storage general plan; I hereby make it a formal addition. ("No. 26 - More calories for the inlaws, etc.")
 

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Tempest2 ----- I'm not aware of any such expression as "give until it hurts" in scripture. But there is a scripture "Bring the tithe into the store house and I'll pour you out a blessing you will not be able to contain". I've brought my tithe into the store house for the past 60 + years and I've found that scripture to be true in my life.
 
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