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Solar Powered Flashlights, How Good are They?

I like flashlights; we have a ridiculous number of them.  If there is a good buy on a flashlight I have to have it.  They are kind of an obsession with me.  In my collection, I have several different types of solar powered flashlights and I have spent time testing them all.  Like everything, they have advantages and disadvantages.  But over all I think the advantages of solar powered flashlights outweigh the disadvantages.

The first solar powered flashlights that I encountered were the Hybrid Solar Flashlight that I published a review on in 2011, Hybrid solar flashlight review. At that time, I had owned several of the flashlights for a couple of years.  …

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What Information Do You, Our Readers Need?

informationI have been preparing since I was in my twenties and now that I am in my seventies, I will continue to do it as long as possible.  During my life I have seen many changes, as a child I can remember when we had no TV, a party line phone and an outdoor toilet.  Many of the tools that we used prior to the advent of power tools are now collectors items or considered junk.

I look at the electronics and power tools that are available today and how dependent everyone has become on them.  What will happen when the electricity fails? …

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Old Age and How It Affects Prepping

Old ageOld age is the one thing that none of us can escape.  Along with old age come the physical problems that to some degree are in all of our futures.  We lose our hearing, our joints don’t work the same and our memories get shorter.  But at the same time, we have accumulated a large amount of knowledge and hopefully financial resources.  Regardless of how hard we struggle eventually old age effects prepping.

So how do we deal with it?  Because of my age, this is an immediate concern to me.  While I am in good condition for my age, I would find it much harder to bug out on foot, so would my wife. …

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Gigapixel Images can ID You in Large Crowds of 100,000 Plus

You are standing in a crowd of approximately 700,000 people; you are way in the back. You don’t see anyone with a camera.  So you are hidden in the crowd right.  Well think again.  The new Gigapixel images that are available from various commercial companies lets you identify individuals in huge crowds.  The one shown in the following link Gigapixel images  lets you identify faces in a crowd of 700,000 people.  Put your cursor on the picture and click your mouse.  You will be amazed at what you see.

This picture is actually 216 photos that are put together during a 15 minute time period to create a picture of approximately 70,000 X 30,000 pixels. …

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Emergency Preparedness Fair

Here is a flyer for the annual fair put on by the LDS Church in Auburn California.  If you live close this is a good chance to learn some new skills.  The event is free and open to the public.

Howard

Emergency Preparedness Fair
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Saturday, Sept. 19
12pm – 5pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
287 Poet Smith Dr, Auburn Ca.
Free Admission
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Classes
Finance
Insurance
New Home Buying
Estate Planning

Information and Displays
Fire Prevention / Earthquake Preparation
Disaster Sanitation
Drought Tolerant Gardening
Ham Radios and Communication
Food Storage, Canning, Dehydrating, Pickling, Freeze Drying, and Cooking
Generators, Alternate Power, Wood Stoves
First Aid and Emergency Medicine
Water Purification, Filtration and Storage
Solar Ovens and Alternate Cooking
72 Hour or Bug Out Kits
Alternate Heating and Lighting

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A Few simple Tricks to Enhance Your Personal and Home Security

Because of something that recently happened to a friend of mine, the subject of personal and home security has been on my mind quite a bit lately.  Over the years, I have posted several articles on various ways of securing your home against break-ins.  Here are a couple of links that will give you some suggestions on how to secure your home, How to avoid being the victim of burglarsDogs for Security and Why You Should Have One, Pick the Neighborhood in Which You Live Carefully.

In addition to the above information on home security, I recently came across a couple of new ideas. …

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Cauliflower Potato Salad, A Real Treat

cauliflowerFor the past, several months I have been on the Adkins Diet and have lost just over 40 lbs.  This diet has worked well for me; I don’t feel deprived or hungry.  Because I love potatoes and miss them, my wife tries to find substitutes for them.  Now I like potato salad.  So the other day we had some people coming over for barbequed hamburgers and of course potato salad.  Now I love potato salad with burgers, so my wife makes me a cauliflower potato salad.  You substitute cauliflower for potatoes.

Now here I am at the table looking at a big bowl of potato salad and a smaller bowl of cauliflower potato salad.  …

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Economic Problems and Advice from an Old Man

economic problemsToday I am watching what is going on in Greece and looking for the lessons we can learn from it.  I think that the economic problems they are having is just the tip of the iceberg.  They are the canary in the coalmine.

The news from Greece includes the following.

  • All over Athens, people have been queuing tonight, but the lines outside the National Bank branches were by some distance the longest, reports Jon Henley. And that’s because the National Bank supplies the banknotes, and lots of other Greek banks, by midnight on Sunday, had no more of those.
  • While Greece’s government announced on Sunday night that the country’s banks would not open on Monday, that capital controls would be introduced and limits set on withdrawals, there was no official confirmation yet of what those limits would be.
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Security Window Film can Make Your Home More Secure

Security window films can make your home much more resistant to burglary attempts. They consist of polyester, or PET films that are applied to your windows or glass doors in order to hold them together if the glass is shattered (similar to laminated glass).  The difference between security film and laminated glass is that these security films can be applied to your windows after they have been installed.

Security film is thicker than regular window film that you buy to tint your windows. It normally uses a pressure-sensitive adhesive type of glue, which helps prevent glass breakage, along with holding glass pieces together while the glass gets broken.…

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Good Physical Shape and Why You Should Stay in It

In the past, I have always advocated staying in good physical shape.  I even mentioned it in a blog just the other day.  I have always been blessed with the ability to walk long distances without any problem and even at over 70 my joints are still good.

The other day a friend of mine calls up and says that he is going to hike a trail in Yosemite that he heard has some beautiful views.  Since I do enjoy photography, and he says it is all downhill I figure why not.  Now I have not been hiking regularly for some time (getting lazy in my old age) but since it is downhill why not.  …

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