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February 2016

Feb 4, 2016 - "How to identify two harmful spiders" Joseph Parish. We all have sat back in our easy chair and watched the reruns on the discovery channel as they show dangerous spiders from around the world. The quality of their shows is always above reproach. Let us suppose you were given two glass containers which had one spider in each. Your job would be to decide which spider was safe and which one was poisonous. In such a life and death situation you can count on biology to come to your rescue. It is through biology that you can distinguish which of the spiders are poisonous and which one is harmless. Click here

Feb. 2, 2016 - "Upcoming Events" Be sure to check out the upcoming events listed Events Listing on the left.

Feb. 1, 2016 - "Knot Night" Just a reminder that the South Jersey Survival Skills group will be holding a meet-up this evening at 7 PM on making critical knots. The skill class will be held at the Pfeiffer Center located at 301 Blue Bell Road in Williamstown, NJ. The cost for this class is $3.00 per person. Knots are unfortunately and dying skill set. If you fancy yourself any kind of a survivalist, prepper or outdoors person then you better have a very solid handle on knots. Please bring rope with you to class. For this exercise the simplest and cheapest rope would be to get 100 feet of cotton clothes line. DO NOT BRING POLY OR PLASTIC ROPE it is impossible to tie with and is completely unmanageable. The reason for using a $1-2 cotton clothes line rope is that we can cut it up and use several pieces so that you can take one of each properly tied knots home to use for practice. Please note again, the big room was not available so we will be in the small room upstairs.This will be a fun hands on meeting .. bring your friends the more the merrier.

Jan 29, 2016 - "Rigging for Winter Fishing Demonstration" L.L.Bean Marlton Outdoor Adventures will hold a meet-up on Saturday, January 30th at 1 PM in Marlton New Jersey. It will be held at the L.L.Bean Marlton store located at 500 Route 73 S, Marlton, NJ. The Rigging for Winter Fishing Demonstration is a great way to discover if your fishing gear is prepped for winter fishing. Stop by and learn from their experts the best way to rig your gear for success during the winter season. Please make sure you go to and register. The event is free. Hope to see you there.

Jan. 22, 2016 - "Situational Awareness and Predicting Future Events" By Joseph Parish. Wouldn’t it be great if we had the ability to read the evil doers minds? We would know ahead of time when an individual intended to rob us or to do us harm. Unfortunately, we do not possess that ability and most America cities are now total out of control when it comes to the amount of violent crime within its borders. This is where an understanding of situational awareness would come in handy. Click here

Jan. 18, 2015 - "Anyone can store up on their favorite foods" By Joseph Parish. The going joke around our family is the thought of “going shopping” in our food storage room. We have a 10 foot square room dedicated to food storage and nothing else. Right now the room is overflowing with quart and pint jars, purchased food in cans, and quart/pint mason jars of home canned products. Some of the food is in the form of dehydrated products both commercially bought in number 10 cans along with those that my wife and I have dehydrated ourselves. We never toss food into the trash basket. What we do is dehydrate it and store it in quart mason jars. The jars are labeled with the product name and the date it was made. If you plan to do likewise be sure not to cook your foods with any sort of oil or butter otherwise it will go rancid. Click here

Jan. 18, 2016 - "How to Make Tear Gas" By Ryan. Tear Gas, also known as ‘Capsaicin’ is the active oil in red peppers. If you don’t think something derived from a pepper can be as good as CN or CS tear gas, think again. Even if a person is maced, he can still function if he is motivated enough. Capsaicin is an irritant that will close nasal passages causing the person to breather through their mouth, in turn forcing them to inhale the capsaicin which causes an immediate reaction…choking. Capsaicin will affect the eyes with extreme irritation and .tearing. In addition to irritating skin, basically your skin feels like it’s on fire. Capsaicin isn’t ‘lethal’ by normal standards, and its affects are not permanent. Click here

Jan. 18, 2016 - "Native America Fox Walk and Wide Angle Techniques" By Joseph Parish. I have always said that we could increase our survival knowledge by learning and observing some of the skills practiced by the Native Americans. I have always pushed myself to my limits on learning new and different techniques therefore I was more than willing to try any sort of hidden knowledge that I could learn from the various Indian tribes. The knowledge leaned from them proves once again that knowledge is power. Although skills such as basket weaving and other domestic traits would be certainly be appreciated, I was at that time more concerned with the security aspects of their primitive life. My goal was to analyze and inspect the ways that these early American population armed and defended themselves against aggressive foes. When the SHTF it will not be like attending a Boy Scout Camp, things are going to get down and dirty. Many will freeze to death in the winter while dying of heat stroke in the middle of summertime. We would like to hope that these techniques would be an unlikely scenario that the average survivalist would never need to employ but it would not hurt in the least to learn it. Unfortunately, like many good skills we often find that the methods used for a particular action has been lost in time. Click here

Jan. 18, 2016 - "Survival Hint" Here is a hint on how to avoid being detected by drones when you transverse the forest or other area. The key is to remain still as even with today’s modern drones the mere act of standing still makes it difficult for them to see you. It is usually your movement along with the IR heat signature which reveals where you are located. If you simply sit still and wrap yourself in one of the emergency aluminum, heat reflecting blankets the chances are low that a drone will detect your location. Even better is to go to any military surplus store and request to purchase what is known as a “Wooby.” The clerk will likely hand you a camouflaged nylon blanket. Take this blanket and sew the aluminum blanket to its back. You are now completely camouflaged from both IR detection and the human eye. If you are dressed in military cammies you will in effect be invisible as long as you remain still.

Jan. 17, 2016 - "Tai Chi Class" In case anyone is interested in learning Tai Chi there wil be a class scheduled for Monday Jan 18, 2016 between 11:00 - 12:00 PM. The training session will take place at the Laurel Delaware Public Library in the Woodruff Room. The facilitator for this event will be Chris Collier. Chris will lead the Tai Chi classes this day and each week with instructional DVDs. This group is adaptable for chair or wheelchair workouts. If you would like more information you can contact: Kenda Kile 302-629-2524

Jan. 17, 2016 - "Primitive Glue and Adhesives Class" I am happy to report that I attended a very useful and interesting class yesterday. The class was on “Making Primitive Glue and Adhesives.” The two hour session was held at Killens Pond State Park in Felton Delaware. The class was intended to instruct you in making your own adhesives using nothing more than tree sap or animal hides. The class was well worth the time spent to attend and the instructor plans to offer as many as twelve different primate skills classes this coming year. I will post the classes here and hope to see some of my visitors there at future classes.

Jan. 17, 2016 - "Understanding Quarantine and Isolation" By Joseph Parish. Today we have been experiencing many different and strange diseases some of which science has no understanding of. It is very likely that if such an illness where to surface within our neighborhood that the federal government or even the state for that matter would either place us in a quarantine status or isolate us from the rest of society. Although this response may not be conducted out of malice but rather for the safety of the population as a whole it still does not make us a happy survivalist. If and when this would take place it would behoove us to understand a little bit about what quarantine and isolation actually is. Click Here

Jan. 17, 2016 - "Biological Threats of Ebola Virus and Anthrax" By Joseph Parish. It is highly likely that in the event of a major terrorist attack the means of destruction will likely be of a biological nature. Being preppers and survivalists it is our responsibility to prepare for such events. In order to properly prepare we must know something about biological germs in general. Click here

Jan. 16, 2016 - "Biological Evolution versus Cultural Evolution from a Survivalist Viewpoint" By Joseph Parish.  Cultural changes correspondent to the biological changes in that cultures may evolve in explicit ways which may enable those people who reside within the particular culture to be better prepared to accept their environment. The idea of social Darwinism was coined as a result of the close similarities between culture and biological type of changes. It is significant when studying any culture that we accept the concept that different societies develop diverse cultural values. No two societies completely embrace the values which have been established by one or the others. There may be certain aspects which have been adopted into the nature of the social order but they usually do not accept everything obtained from the other group. As we review those countries which were conquered or colonized we see some very permanent changes taking place in their cultures. Examples of this can be found in history as we see the Romans adopting some of the Greek concepts. Click here

Jan. 16, 2016 - "What made Native American peoples vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers?" By Joseph Parish. Being a survivalist we can and should learn how the future will revolve if we take heed of the lessons kindly provided to us from history. A typical example would be the Native American’s and how they were vulnerable when the white man arrived on the continent. There were several traits which made this particular group of people vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers. First, the people themselves were ill equipped to deal with the European invaders. Their numbers were quickly reduced as a result of famine, forced labor, epidemics involving contact with European diseases and wars. Click here

Jan. 16, 2016 - "Interfacing Port Facility Technology to Fight Terrorism" By Joseph Parish. With the current emphasis being place upon security in public and private locations and especially within our port environments we naturally must view such potential threats as detrimental to our national security. Traditionally ports may be private enterprises however since the majority of foreign products enter our country via ports it falls under the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that these ports are safe for cargo and personnel. All measures must be taken to guarantee that no WMD enter the port areas. Since 2001 we have made great strives in improving our security policies and our response to those threats and as a result our ports have been mandated to enhance their response to possible terrorism. Technology has played a major role in preparing the ports for these possible scenarios as port security personnel and local police agencies become better equipped with modern state of the art security tools. Click here

Jan. 16, 2016 - "Food Domestication and the Survivalist" By Joseph Parish. One of the indispensable elements necessary for human survival is food. Early man did not have the expediency of traveling to the local grocery store in order to obtain their daily supply of provisions but rather they were obligated to gather or hunt for those editable items necessary for their immediate survival. When meat was on the menu it customarily arrived in the form of already dead carcasses. We can distinguish that early man was not merely a gathering of nature’s bounty but a formidable scavenger as well. With the advancement of their Stone Age skills, the concept of hunting animals for food entered their lives, adding yet another means of obtained valuable provisions. Click here

Jan. 15, 2016 - "Stay Home" By Joseph Parish. Last week we had a little dusting of snow on the ground. It began in the evening and by morning it was completely gone. It was nothing to worry about and certainly not much of a danger to us. The problem that I see is what if our snow storm was listed as a major winter storm with a very wide storm front? Perhaps the weather man on the 6 PM TV weather report might inform the population that by 10 PM we can look forward to as much as 6-8 inches of snow with high wind velocities. Click here

Jan. 14, 2016 - "Navigating with Map and compass Basics" I attended a very informative class in Marlton New Jersey this evening. The class was offered and hosted by L.L. Bean and lasted about an hour and a half. Making the three hour ride to New Jersey I kept asking myself if I was out of my mind however after attending the workshop and being impressed with the instructor’s skills and knowledge I decided that the long ride was well worth it. The skills class was on “Navigating with Map and Compass Basics.” I thought I knew somewhat the basics of such a skill but as usual one can always learn something new. L.L. Bean offers an assortment of classes all the time. As each class becomes available I will start listing them on here. Perhaps if others in the area are interested we might be able to car pool together to attend the sessions. 

Jan 14, 2016 - "Community Security and the value of Intelligence" By Joseph Parish. It is a well known fact that in order for our military to be successful it requires fine tuned intelligence data. It would only behoove your survival community to act in a similar fashion as the military when the SHTF. Knowledge of what your enemy is up to has played a vital role in every war that has every taken place. Not only did Napoleon use intelligence to his benefit but our current enemies Al-Qaeda and ISIS use it as well. Click here

Jan 13, 2016 - As patriotic American's it is our responsibility to ensure that these Republican traitors do not get reelected.

Jan 12, 2016 - "10 must have OTC medications for preppers and 5 you don’t need!" By David Black. I was at a prepper expo and this question came up… what do you recommend putting in a first aid kit for medications. Now before I go on please look up these drugs on for better information on the safety of these medications and dosing because I don’t feel like plagiarizing today and they are more reliable than I am. Also some of the conditions below will be difficult or impossible to diagnose and treat if SHTF. So I am not responsible for any adverse outcomes. As always don’t be something you are not qualified to be… a Doctor. Click here

Jan. 8, 2016 - "Stockpile Your Gasoline for Emergencies" By Joseph Parish. There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind the value of retaining a good stockpile of gasoline when the SHTF. This action could very well put you one step up on the ladder to survival. During emergency conditions your generators, automobiles and trucks will require this essential fuel in order to function. In all reality, the very core of your survival will hinge upon possessing a viable supply of gasoline when needed. The bad part of this scenario is that gasoline does not normally store well for an extended period of time. Unlike food which we can reliably store for up to 20 to 30 years, gasoline does not offer us this beneficial option. This presents us with the dilemma of how to suitably store our gasoline supplies for long term storage. Click here

Jan. 7, 2016 - "The Easiest, Cheapest (And Tastiest) Animal You Can Raise For Food Is …" By Zach Dunn. Man, do I love chickens and fresh eggs in the morning. I also love hogs, and the pork that I can turn into Virginia hams and back bacon. Goats and cows provide milk and delicious red meat. But with the exception of the chicken, none are as easy to raise for food as the good old “rascally rabbit.” Click here

Dec. 29, 2015 - "8 Simple Effective Tips for an RV Boondocking Solar Power System" By Eddie. One of the biggest and most liberating changes in the 7 years that my wife, daughter, and I have been full-timing is to go solar in our RV. This was not without hesitation, followed by many mistakes before getting it to work for our “Real World” Boondocking RV lifestyle. Click here

Dec. 29, 2015 - "Mr. Snowden’s Hints of Things to Come" By Joseph Parish. When reviewing the news and the bits and pieces of information which it contains we must learn to listen carefully and always read between the lines. As a survivalist and prepper, I tend to listen to the news reports often and in a careful manner. One such news situation stands out clearly in my mind from the beginning of 2014. Mr. Edward Snowden was a contractor employed by the National Security Agency. During his employment as a systems administrator, Mr. Snowden accumulated what was to become known as his "Doomsday" packages. This collection of CDs filled with various bits of information and classified files were in his possession when he departed the United States. Click here

Dec. 28, 2015 -  " Build a 6-Month Food Stockpile on a Tight Budget" by Leslie Hale. Despite what you often see on TV and in the movies, stockpiling food is not only for those with conspiracy theories or living through a zombie apocalypse. It is now a part of life for those of us who are “what if” people or those with very strict budgets. Click here

Dec 28, 2015 - "Can These Ideas Save Your Electronics in an EMP Attack? By Joseph Parish. Around the prepper and survival circles we continually hear more and more discussions concerning the possibly of an EMP attack. These attacks may take place as a direct human act with nuclear weapon blasts at high altitudes or as an act of nature from our nearby Sun. Most preppers are now preparing for such an event and we thought it might be well to offer a few potential solutions to this upcoming problem. For a number of years now the preparation for a possible EMP event has always taken the back stage and has not been a major goal in my preparedness actions.  Click here

Dec. 26, 2015 - "Which is better shield or vest?" By  Joseph Parish. Preppers and survivalists are always on the look out for additional ways to provide security and safety to their family or group. As I was sitting here at my computer I began to think about the issue of security. It occurred to me that a question could be raised as to which would be better for protection - the ballistic shield or a ballistic vest? Before we can accurately determine which is the better choice it would first be necessary to understand what each of these are and the differences which exist between them. We will start out by defining the popular ballistic shield. We have all seen these items in use as we watch the news during periods of civil unrest. A ballistic shield is a protective device designed to either deflect or to stop bullets which are fired at the carrier. Click here

Dec 25, 2015 - "Shedding Light on the X in Xmas" Joseph Parish. During the holiday season we continually hear the complaints and responses of people as they notice the “Xmas” greeting in place of the all familiar “Christmas.” To many uninformed people this is an indication of disrespect and an attempt to remove the word Christ from the greeting making it a non-religious name. Others profess that those people who use the “X” in place of the word Christ are at best a lazy batch of people who are deliberately attempting to secularize the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. This would seem to mean that society as a whole was attempting to cross out or eliminate the word Christ from our vocabulary. Folks according to research conducted nothing like this is even remotely truthful or verified. Click here


Dec. 24, 2015 - "Are You a Domestic Terrorist?" Joseph Parish. Many people tend to become worried when they see widespread military activities taking place across the country. These people are generally concerned that our government is taking unnecessary actions intent upon curving their constitutional liberties. Usually these fears materialize in the form of our National Guard Units being deployed to various locations. I feel that we as survivalists often don pointed tin hats as we conceive possible scenarios for potentially dangerous situations. However with that being said the government frequently oversteps their bounds and fosters the tin hat scenario. Click here

Dec. 24, 2015 - "Is a West Virginia Retreat Feasible?" By Joseph Parish. We would all like to purchase our own survival retreat at some time or other however there often exist many diverse reasons which would avert these dreams from taking shape. Perhaps we just can not afford the payments on such a location when combined with our current living expenses or possibly ones credit might not be up to par to allow financing of such a venture. Either way it is an extremely difficult to task to achieve to say the least. Click here

Dec. 17, 2015 - "In Praise of the Lowly Carrot" Joseph Parish. Many preppers have small gardens from which they obtain a winters supply of food which can be canned, frozen or dehydrated. We grow a limited supply of edibles in the spring and summer however we also search around looking for those elusive bargains that you simply can not pass up. I am not a big raw carrot fan however I totally become engrossed with cooked and especially baked carrots. Noting could be better than eating carrots from the oven that has been cooked with a roast. Click here

Dec. 14, 2015 - "No fly list" Have you ever wondered if you were on the no fly list or you just want to make sure you are not than check it below

Dec. 12, 2015 - "Night Vision for the Survivalist" Joseph Parish. When bad times arrive at our doorstep and our modern electrical utility systems are no longer available and functioning we simply can not rely upon the moon or flashlights to illuminate our yards. If we were to check the latest issues of military related equipment we would readily see that like the all familiar body armor the night vision technology is increasing in complexity with each passing day. Unfortunately, this technology is not only made available for our military and in some cases the civilian population but is available to the bad guys as well. Click here

Dec. 12, 2015 - "Are your children prepared for Bad times?" Joseph Parish. When dangerous and appalling times approach they are generally complex enough for adults but can you imagine how they develop for young children? Sure your children may be doing well with the usual reading, writing and arithmetic however the “three R’s” by themselves will not get your children through life if and when the SHTF. They will need to develop skills such as critical leadership, multitasking, thinking, and above all teamwork. Only by mastering these social skills will your children be resilience and able to handle anything that life tosses their way. Click here

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