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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

‘Survival Saturday is  a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

You just can’t trust anyone, or so it appears in this week’s Survival Saturday round-up.  We’re all being programmed. Our culture makes the following things normal: food only comes from stores, kids must spend most of their time in a government-run school, and we all require constant entertainment. Industrial food, anything you view on television, and the school system all seem to have agendas that include making tons of money and churning out obedient little citizens who don’t question anything.

The flour recall is way worse than just the bags in your pantry.

Last week, General Mills announced a recall of three brands of flour due to E. coli contamination. The recall affects 10 million pounds of flour.  Holy cow, that’s a lot of flour. In case you missed hearing about this, the affected products are Gold Medal All-Purpose, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens All-Purpose.

These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

E. coli is an extremely serious foodborne illness that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly, the young, pregnant women, and those with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible. You may recall the virulent Jack-in-the-Box restaurant E. coli outbreak of 1993. 74 stores across the nation served the tainted food that killed 4 children and left 178 more victims with permanent brain and kidney damage.

But, like a Ginsu knife ad, that’s not all. There’s more than just the original recall! A surprise gift from the processed food manufacturers.

The potentially tainted flour was also distributed to restaurants and food production companies. And they aren’t telling us which of those companies may have received and used the flour.

Huh. That’s nice. Well, don’t worry your pretty little head about it, because the FDA says you don’t need to know. “A spokeswoman for the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine said the agency’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network did not include information in its outbreak notice about the flour sent to food producers because it would not have had meaning for the general public.”

We can probably look for some processed food recalls soon. Food Safety News said, “If the flour was used by producers for foods that are not baked or otherwise cooked before sale to consumers — such as raw cookie dough, pizza dough or pie crusts — there could be secondary recalls in the works.”

If ever you needed more reason to grow your own, buy from people you trust, and avoid all things processed, the massive recalls that have been occurring lately have to cause you to think twice about what you’re buying from the store. I got dinged myself with the most recent recall, products that should have been absolutely fine (that huge recall of frozen fruits and vegetables.)

Industrial food simply can’t be trusted.  Buy local and cook from scratch. I promise. It’s not as hard as the mainstream would have you think.

Who really controls what people think?

If you haven’t noticed the extreme bias and outright dishonesty in the mainstream news, you’ve probably accidentally stumbled upon the wrong web page and it’s highly likely that I’m just going to make you mad or hurt your politically correct feelings.

Well, there’s a very good reason that the so-called news is propaganda. Six megacorporations own all of it. And that means that the propaganda goes further than just the news – it’s also positioned into “entertainment” too. Everything mainstream is touched by Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, News Corporation, Viacom, and the CBS Corporation.  If they want the majority of people to think a certain way, they have the power to make it happen.Emmy award winning reporter Bernard Goldberg wrote a whistleblowing tell-all about the left leaning bias of the media that you’ve got to read.

Entertainment is designed to bias your way of thinking too. The word “program” for what you see on television could hardly be more apt, because it does just that: it programs you for a certain future, certain expectations in life, and to lean toward certain opinions. (Like: guns are scary, rules are good, and you need to become a debt slave so you can own cool new Product X.)

According to a great article on the topic by Michael Snyder, the average American watches/listens to 10 hours per day of programming. That means if you take the folks who don’t watch TV at all as one end of the scale, there are people watching MORE than 10 hours a day!

How do those folks get anything done? Oh….wait…..

A hacktivist group called the Ghost Squad Hackers dedicated this month to hacking the daylights out of the mainstream news corporations. They’ve hit Fox, CNN, and NBC with DDoS attacks. It appears that GSH has a loose affiliation with Anonymous, who was silenced last month as they attacked every major bank in the world. Nick Bernabe’s article sheds more light on this most recent hacktivist brouhaha.  Wouldn’t it be fun if they managed to break into the news one night and actually tell some truth to the listeners?

8th Grade Curriculum Includes Quiz About Pimping Hos and Stealing Cars

Good grief. There’s an old joke math quiz that was floating around many years ago. It’s very politically incorrect, and not in that cool way that most of us like to be politically incorrect.

And some teacher in Alabama decided to give the quiz to her 8th graders. It’s loaded with references to pimping hos, selling drugs, knocking up girls, whacking people, and car theft. You can see the entire horrible quiz here.

Geez.  Speaking of programming. Let’s make drugs, irresponsible sex, and crime really cool and funny, shall we? How else will we populate the industrial prison system with the next generation of slaves who are forced to work for 13 cents an hour?

Hello, homeschool.

Meanwhile in Venezuela

If you’re watching Venezuela like I am, you know that things have gone from abysmal to the 3rd level of Hell.  People are starving. Not like, hmmm…it’s bedtime but I’m hungry and maybe I should make popcorn but maybe it’s too much work…kinda hungry. Starving. Literally.

You need to take notes because we in America could be on the same slippery slope.

Hyperinflation has hit the country. A carton of a dozen eggs costs $150. A pound of powdered milk costs $100.  (Here are the details about the insane prices, from an interview with a single mom who is trying to keep her children fed.) Solution: stock up on long-term emergency food and high-quality dry milk while you can.

In a collapse situation, the failure to prepare can lead to nutritional deficiency diseases that are nearly unheard of these days. Each of these links tells you how to prepare to prevent specific nutritional deficiency diseases.:

And speaking of collapses, shortages of medicine, poor nutrition, and health issues, this is one of the most interesting book reviews I’ve read in a long time.

Protesters who are tired of standing in long lines at government-owned grocery stores only to be turned away when the food runs out, marched toward the Presidential Palace. They were stopped by police in riot gear. This time. Although the Venezulean leader blames everyone and everything but his own (and his predecessor’s) Socialist leadership for the collapse, I think it’s only a matter of time before President Maduro ends up facing the angry mobs directly. Scenes from the French Revolution come to mind.

For a gritty look at life during an economic collapse, this book was written by a fellow who survived the collapse of Argentina.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Also keep in mind that when things go downhill, so does water quality. Not only are people starving, but, via Zero Hedge,  the water  flowing from the taps looks like this:

You’ll want to also focus on water preparation (read my book on the topic!) and invest in a high-quality filtration device like this one.

Build your pantry. Learn to grow food. I’ll bet the folks waiting in those lines wish they’d done just that before the SHTF in their world.

The Bookshelf

Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat

From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals

Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News

Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV

Venezuela Before Chávez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse

The Pantry Primer

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios


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The countdown is on! Next week, I’ll be sending out invitations to join a new intensive preparedness course with my buddy Lisa Bedford (of Survival Mom fame).

This unique and interactive online school is designed for a small group of highly focused students, willing to commit their time and energy to insure their homes and families are prepared.We encourage students to make Summer Prepping Intensive their own, choosing the classes, assignments, reading selections, and other activities that will best help get them prepped in a hurry.

In just 10 action-packed, intentional, and rigorous weeks, our students attend comprehensive online classes taught by some of the most influential names in the prepper and survival world. Classes are interactive, with time to address questions and concerns. Just a few of our instructors are:

  • Author and EMP expert, Arthur T. Bradley
  • Survivor of Argentina’s economic collapses, author Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL)
  • Michael Snyder, author and editor of The Economic Collapse
  • Herbalist, author, and podcast host, Cat Ellis
  • Author of the bestselling book, The Prepper’s Blueprint, Tess Pennington

Be on the lookout for an email with all of the details. Our subscribers will get the first shot at enrollment in this limited-space Summer Prepping Intensive. (Scroll up to the top of my homepage to be sure that you’ve subscribed!)

Anything to add to Survival Saturday?

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This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: Survival Saturday: Is Your Family Being Programmed by the American Way of Life?

About the author:

Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.


By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

Recently, I spoke with Rory from The Daily Coin about the potential for economic collapse and why we need to pay attention to what’s going on in Venezuela. We discussed how to prepare for it, why everyone needs to work on becoming more self-reliant, and some actionable steps that you can take.

The situation in the US right now is very comparable to the early stages of the  Venezuelan collapse. It’s essential to watch Venezuela and treat it as a cautionary tale, because the same signs are right in front of us.  How would you handle rationed food, rationed electricity, and mandatory cuts of work hours? What would you do if food was no longer available at the grocery store?

Even city dwellers in Venezuela have been told they need to grow their own food if they want to eat. If food is rationed, you can bet that the supplies will be meager. You’re going to want to supplement that if your family is to remain healthy.

Self-Reliant Resources:

The Daily Coin

Preppers Market

The Pantry Primer: How to Build a Whole Food Pantry on a Half Price Budget

The Prepper’s Blueprint

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

The Backyard Homestead

Backyard Farming on an Acre

The Urban Homestead

Hydroponic Gardening for Beginners

Venezuela Shows Us What an Electricity Shortage Looks Like

Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper:  Why You Need to Become More Self-Reliant NOW, No Matter Where You Live

About the author:

Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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By  – SurvivoPedia

Without a doubt, it’s harder to find things to do in the winter than it is when the weather is nice, but there are plenty of hobbies that a self-reliant woman can learn in order to fill her time.

In a post-SHTF life, you may have to learn to combine pleasure with utility; that is, what you do for fun may also need to serve a purpose. In the true pioneer spirit, we’ve put together this list of fun but useful winter hobbies for the self-reliant woman.

1. Indoor Gardening

Just because there is 3 feet of snow on the ground doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh flowers and herbs. Terrariums and herb gardens do well in the winter and if you have some windows that allow enough light, you can even grow some fresh vegetables such as tomatoes.

By saving your seeds from your summer garden, many flowers will even grow well indoors. We recommend purchasing some books on indoor gardening so that you have something to read and refer to as you start making winter delicious and flowery.

In preparation for your summer garden, you may want to get a head start by planting your seeds in February so that you can have young plants that are ready to go in the earth when the weather warms up.

2. Cooking

You worked hard all summer to can and preserve and now is the time to enjoy the fruits (and veggies!) of your labor. There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of stew or a mouthwateringly delicious apple pie to make your family smile. Cooking is a great winter hobby for the self-reliant woman because it serves two purposes: it brings you pleasure and fills hungry bellies.

If you enjoy cooking, putting together your recipes and making perfect sauces, dishes and desserts is a great way to relax and get away from your worries for a while. Since you’re only limited by your supplies and your imagination, you can do pretty much whatever you want in the kitchen and your family will love the results.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Top Winter Hobbies For The Self-Reliant Woman

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By  – SurvivoPedia

Winter is a tough time, especially if you’re used to being physically active. It’s easy to get bored and stir-crazy so you need to plan for this time in advance. If a disaster strikes or even if you get a bad storm, you may not have electricity or other modern conveniences such as computer games, the internet, or video games, so be sure to have a mental list of hobbies and a stockpile of supplies to get you through.

Here are a few suggestions for winter hobbies for the self-reliant man.

1 – Wood Working

Though electric tools are great, you don’t need them to make things from wood. All you need are some saws, sandpaper, nails, a hammer and maybe some stain or paint and a drill. Hand sanding is time-consuming but you’ll gain two things from it: a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a great eye for not wasting product that you’re just going to have to sand down. You’ll learn to cut much better, we promise!

Oh, and don’t forget: you’ll have a finished product that will be sturdy, reliable, and custom-made to meet your needs. Wood products make great gifts, too. Be sure to stockpile plenty of dry, workable wood and some extra blades, nails and sandpaper or else you’ll end up with a bunch of half-finished projects.

2 – Gardening

A great winter hobby for the self-reliant man is gardening. There’s no reason that your food should lack fresh herbs or, for that matter, some fresh tomatoes or peppers, because they can all be grown inside. You’ll also want to start your summer garden plants in early spring while it’s still freezing so that the young plants will be ready to go in the ground when it warms up enough.

3 – Models and Art from Scraps

You can make models or art from scraps that you have laying around the house. Metal, wood, or even paper Mache projects are all great ways to pass the time and make aesthetically pleasing works of art. You can whittle, machine or layer many different projects.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 12 Winter Hobbies For The Self-Reliant Man