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  1. I think it's less that people are more cynical than that the media has become less trustworthy. Cynicism is about our ability to trust. I think what we're dealing with is that the media has managed to prove themselves untrustworthy. Or perhaps the media has always been that way but with the many means of communication now open to the average person we can now see that they're telling stories rather than reporting news. But think of how the news is reported now... it's had to become exciting to appeal to viewers.. maybe as viewers, we've changed the media from reporting the news, to telling stories to hold our attention. hmmmmmm
  2. This can be really neat. Plus helpful. Real time lightning map. http://www.lightningmaps.org/blitzortung/america/index.php?lang=en
  3. My answer is "more".. no matter what you have the answer is "more"
  4. My thought was growing stevia and then drying it so that you can add it to the tea as it brews to make sweet teas.. rather than grinding it to stir in like a sugar. Honey - get an ice cream shovel if it's in a large container. You know the ice cream scoops that are flat not the round ones. They're STRONG and you can scoop crystallized honey from a bucket with those.
  5. "appliances" 1 waterbath canner 2 tall pressure canner 3 pressure canner 4 hand crank grain mill 5 ice chest 6 ice chest 7 good lg whisk 8 good sm whisk 9 heavy wooden spoon 10 bucket and plunger "washing machine"
  6. Kitchen Tools 1-3 - cast iron, 2 12 in. skillets, 1 8in skillets 4- chef's knife 5 - best carving knife 6 - can opener 7 - colander 8 - measuring spoons 9 - gravy shaker 10 - lg stainless steel pot And this tells me that I really need a better can opener in the camping gear.
  7. I would do it. I often use some apple sauce to fill in a batch. Just did it with apricot and you can't tell. But the blackberries with raspberries would be good.
  8. Can I tweak this a bit? I have a trailer for camping gear that is always packed. It could be hooked up almost as fast as everyone could get loaded up. So I'd like my lists to be things to pull from the house to go along with what I have out there. Because that's what I need to think through. So like I don't need dishes or pots from the house because those are in camping gear.. but I'd need to grab my cast iron skillets among other things. Or is that too far outside the parameters? If so then I won't post more on it.
  9. Seeing stuff floating around now saying that as long as your doc writes the script so that you can get generics and such you can still get the basic med and delivery for much cheaper.. just not name brand.
  10. Deflation is a reduction in the amount of money in circulation typically causing depression and falling prices. A depression is a correction period following an inflation (an increase in the amount of money in circulation causing money to lose it's value and so prices rise). Really great book if you want plain easy to understand economics "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy" by Richard Mayberry https://www.amazon.com/Whatever-Happened-Explanation-Economics-Investments/dp/0942617649/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472017888&sr=8-1&keywords=whatever+happened+to+penny+candy
  11. I wonder though. Statistics show that kids are safer now than they were when I was growing up. I wonder how much of the danger is the perception because now we know what happens to people from all over rather than mostly our town and nearby towns. And I think this applies to a lot of things. Anytime anyone claims that something is horrible and is pandemic but objectively you're mostly either hearing about the same event over and over and over ad nauseum.. or you hear about only a few events that are quite dispersed. I think in a lot of cases the accessibility of the internet and they hype of the media create a feeling of danger that is out of proportion from reality.
  12. Now fires in Oregon... man caused.. sounds like they suspect arson.. what?!?!?! is wrong with people?
  13. Some things like the Autistic person may be something that could be kept in a computer file so that when dispatch pulls up the info on the house, they'll get that info. I don't know what may be allowed in the files but it's something to find out about.. that would help you the same as the signs without the dangers of predators also seeing the signs. Or at least way less chance.
  14. While I was signed up for both so I followed the link to keep from getting doubled up
  15. Be careful to check how much it costs and what you'd get... even with 3 of us needing glasses it's cheaper to pay out of pocket for every 2 year eye exams and glasses (love zenni optical) than it would be to pay every month for vision coverage.
  16. Nice thing about freezing as opposed to canning is you don't have to worry about the ph of the ingredients.. any spaghetti sauce can be frozen. I don't even use a recipe for mine.. just tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, onions, browned hamburger, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, rosemary, a splash of red wine.
  17. For allergies increase vitamin C.. your body uses vitamin C during a reaction and so by increasing the vitamin C your reaction will decrease. I can manage most of spring and summer just by increasing vit. C.. there's still some days I need a benedryl or so but that's better than all the time. And speaking of old time drinks. I saw this link the other day for "shrubs". http://thesurvivalmom.com/shrubs/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=The%20Survival%20Mom&utm_content=Cherry%20Shrub:%20A%20Different%20Kind%20of%20Summer%20Drink
  18. I find they do season a bit like cast iron and work the better for it.. just be sure to use the dark pan directions instead of shiny when something has it.
  19. Another thought that's wandered through my mind is... are we making ourselves less able to fight off/handle various things.. it's like the more we are able to detect and the safer we make stuff the more easily we get sick from even very minor things. Which is entirely possible..
  20. soak and let just barely start to sprout.. just a little bump on the end.. then use it.. or dry and grind it or eat like nuts.. but it helps with the digestive issues.
  21. Here's more about the difference between the HARD wheat.. red vs white. I've found that a 50/50 mix of hard red and hard white gives me the nutty flavor that people who like whole wheat want and the softness that the hard white imparts.
  22. You might be able to tell from pictures.. red and white hard wheat are smaller and really hard.. red looks red while whte is a kinda tan. soft white isn't quite as small.. I'd look at pics and see if it's obvious to you.
  23. This is less TEOTWAWKI and more everyday emergencies. But if you have differently abled people in the household.. especially ones with mental disabilities so that they may look normal but not function normally.. a lot of sheriff/police offices and fire departments are able to enter notes into an address so that if something happens the responders can be made aware of the situation. Think of the situation where a young man with the mental capacity of a 7 year and the body of a 16 year old matches a very general description of someone wanted for something and the police see him in his own yard and they come screaming in shouting at him. He's not going to respond as an adult. Also find out who orders and communicates evacuations. They may have a list for people who need more help as well.
  24. Rather than just omitting them.. I would use more cucumber in place of the onions. So instead of 4 cups cukes and 2 cups onions.. you'd do 6 cups cukes. That way the bulk of your recipe stays the same with regards to the vinegar and spices and all.
  25. Even some Prime items will say something like "once it ships".. that it's an item that takes longer to ship. And you can't count the holiday weekend.. so 2 business days generally.. The reason I like it is often free shipping is tied to order total.. it's sure nice to be able to order a $12 item when I need it, than come up with the extra money to top the $25 total to get the free shipping... and then have it take a couple of weeks to get here. And check your actual tracking numbers because the estimates may say one thing and the actual tracking another.
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