Time To Be A #Prepper – NASA Confirms White – Red Dwarf Binary Star System – Planet X or Nibiru? #preppertalk

NASA Wise has confirmed the existence of a binary star system that is “particularly surprising”.  Check it out:

If any of the prophecies, legends, stories, tales, tablets, biblical scriptures et al that have pointed out some type of celestial event coming, NASA has certainly confirmed one possibility in space.

Will it fly by us? Is it Nibiru or Planet X? Or is it just another scientific discovery?

I certainly won’t be waiting until the last minute to figure out whether it is or not, but I will be prepping all the way!

Merry Happy Prepping!

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Looking for the Safest Spots in the World? 10 Super Secure Places.

Here are 10 of the safest and most secure places in the world.  A couple of these bunkers/tunnels are a prepper’s dream!  Enjoy.

1. London Tower

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London Tower

Inside London Tower, lies England`s crown jewelry, Koh-i-noor, and ,a 109k diamonds, Star of Africa. London Tower is guard with armed forces, steel walls and thousand of CCTV camera. Any robber or burglar will think millions of time to breach the Security system

2. Sealand

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SeaLand

As the name implies, Seland is a country with lands of seaAlthough, the place is secluded in the middle of the ocean, this area is fully protected and it stands on its own international jurisdiction. The  location itself is located 10km across Suffolk beach ,England. It rules by a king and this area also has its own Independence day.

3. Granite Bunker

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Granite Bunker
Granite Bunker is an old bunker data that have been used since cold war. It is located in Salt Lake city and the bunker itself was built 200 meters inside a granite mountain.The front gate/door alone is featured with 12 tons of metal. It is so strong so that direct hit from a tank cannot penetrate it.

4.Norad Central.

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Norad Central
Norad Central is controlled by United States Air force and it is still operate effectively till this date. Norad Central is a building that was constructed 600m under Cheyenne Mountain. It is framed with 1.319 steel and each steel weigh 450kg .The building  covers 18.000 sq  area, 14X180m rooms with 2x 25 tons doors, and 15 rooms with 3 levels high.

5. Bold Lane Parksafe

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Bold Lane Park Safe
Bold lane park safe ,Derby, Derbyshire, England, was designed to be the safest parking area in the world. The parking area is facilitated with motion sensors and 190 surveillance cameras. Once the sensor indicate suspicious activity, the security team will checked it immediately. In 2003, BBC focus had listed Bold lane as one of the most secure places in the world

6. Fort Knox

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Fort Knox
Fort Knox is one of the most secure gold reserve in US. The building is located in Kentucky and it still operates till this second. Inside the building, kept thousands of gold bars, confidential data of US governments, and include the original script of Magna Charta. The door is 20 tons solid steel and it is guarded by trained forces with heavy weapon, surveillance cameras, and other advance electronic security system

7. Area 51

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Area 51
Since at the front gate, Area 51 is an exclusive territory for most people in US and the rest of the world. In this area, US Air force designs, builds and tests their new weapons, missiles and defense systems. Area 51 is located in Nevada desert and beside their secret activities, this place was known for the UFO crash site.

8. Data Fortress –Alpen Swiss

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Data fortress swiss
Data Fortress is a secret bunker in Alpen mountain Swiss  belong to Mount 10 company. The bunker become famous because many confidential documents, data and files are kept  here. The bunker is monitored 24/7. It is facilitated with thousand CCTV cameras, motion sensors, armed forces and heavy metal gate.

9. Florence Prison

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Florence Prison
Different from other fortress, this fortress is a special fortress to keep criminals, murderers, drug dealers, robbers and rapers stay inside. The prison is located in Colorado, US. The prison has 1000 jail from steel, and it is featured with long distance active sensors. At the outside of the fence, the security forces prepare hundreds of tracking dogs to stop the bad guy from their flee

10. Air Force One

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AIR FORCE ONE
Air Force One is an iconic plane and it is known for the advance technologies and defense systems. Boeing 747-200B Air Force One is featured with advance tracking system, Anti- nuclear shell, advanced telecommunication and satellite system, include Aerial refueling system and many other more. In a critical situation, this plane can fly in the air for a week.

Of course, you can always create your own safe place at home, using our security laminates – keeps the culprits out!

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Protect Your Money: 5 “Waste Not Want Not” Food Saver Ideas

I have a few pet peeves about wasting food and sometimes it seems like its inevitable.  Hence this post.  I wanted to find the most interesting and useful tips about saving food which in turn saves money.  Here are 5 ideas that I found (with more to come):

DON’T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN …

1. You make tomato sauce but only use a couple of spoons of tomato paste. The rest just sort of sits in the fridge till …

Enter Martha Stewart:

Most recipes call for only a small portion of tomato paste — you use a tablespoon or two, and the rest invariably goes to waste. To save the remainder: Carefully open both ends of the can with a can opener. Remove one metal end, and discard it. Leave the other in place. Wrap the entire can in plastic wrap, and freeze overnight. The next day, use the metal end to push the frozen paste out the open end. Discard can, tightly rewrap unused portion, and store in freezer up to 3 months, slicing off just as much as you need each time you cook.

(Geepers, I used to just plastic wrap and elastic it. Duh. And then it would just not be so good looking the next week.)

2. Left over pasta gets, well, you know, ewww.

Pasta is super starchy hence, when left over without proper assistance, ends up being a sticky mess.

I’ve heard that mixing in your sauce works.  I’ve tried that, but it just doesn’t taste quite the same, so what I do now is separately store the sauce and pasta.

The best thing to do is to add olive oil into the pasta while its still slightly warm, but not cold enough yet to get sticky.  Mix well, you don’t need a lot but enough to make it glossy.  Store in a ziploc bag or I just leave it in a bowl covered with a plate in the fridge overnight.

The next day, I simply boil water, drop the pasta in for no more than 30-40 seconds, and voila. The pasta is ‘refreshed’ and tastes delicious.

3. Vegetables like carrots & celery go limp in the fridge.

Part A)

While it may hold true that vegetables that have lost their ‘crispness’ in the fridge may have also lost their nutritional value, I also don’t believe they have lost all their nutritional value.

Ice cold water is the droopy vegetables saviour.  Carrots, celery, asparagus, broccoli – even lettuce, will become crisp after a 1 to 2 hour chilly soak.

Part B)

In order to avoid veggies from going limp & mouldy, wrap them up in kitchen paper first, then put them into your re-used bags or ziplocs into the veg drawer. The paper helps to reduce any moisture from getting in, resisting mould growth & help to preserve crispness.

4. A recipe calls for wine, but only 1 cup & you really won’t be drinking the rest. It’ll just sit there.

I found this on a food site for which I forgot the address. Stupid. Never thought about freezing the stuff.

Waste no wine…

Submitted by Evie, Holywood

Freeze any left-over bits of wine in yogurt pots. It all adds flavour and richness to stews, risottos, pasta sauces and even gravy and you dont have to open a new bottle every time.

5. You have no clue what to do with ‘all that stuff’ in your fridge? Oh ya, let’s make a Garbure! (It’s French for “all the stuff” soup.)

Gather up all the bits from your fridge – coarse outside lettuce leaves, that bendy carrot, bit of onion, green tops of leeks and spring onions, a few herbs, etc… Put in a pan with water to cover; add a stock cube or meat jelly or gravy or even those leftover bits of tomato sauce and boil until the veg are soft. Whizz in processor or liquidiser. The French call this ‘Garbure’ and it’s almost always delicious and different each time. Can be thickened with leftover potato, or some small pasta shapes can be added, or a cooked chopped bacon rasher. Soy sauce and a slowly poured beaten egg will make it Chinese-ish. Curry paste,and garlic, or grated cheese, or mushroom ketchup … almost any mixture you invent will taste better than a tin of soup, and it’s practically cash and additive free!

I will definitely be on the prowl for more tips & ideas, so follow us here on our blog for Part 2, Another 5 “Waste Not Want Not” Food Saver Ideas.

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10 Unusual and Useful Hiding Places for Valuables at Home

Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, so if they do enter your home, they want to be out quick. Break-in, run-out.  Money, jewellery and small electronics are the choice prizes for most of these culprits, since small to pocket and carry is what they want.

1. A Decoy Can Be The Best Place to Hide

There are several ways to distract burglars, the best one being to leave out a decoy.  One of my favourites I’ve heard is to leave a jewellery box on your bedroom dresser or a box in your sock drawer that contains $50-$200 in cash, some fake gold & cubic zirconia jewellery plus one key with the label, “safety-deposit box”.  Albeit you may lose a few bucks, the illusion has been created and the deal sealed with a fake safety-deposit key.  The burglars will take that and run, as the majority of break and enters last no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Always remember, burglars can’t afford to be seen or heard, so they need to be quick.  With adrenaline pumping, their decisions will be immediate and reactive to what they have found.  A decoy is a perfect way to satisfy them.

Other great places to consider:

2. Sew an extra “pocket” at the bottom-back of long window curtains (not sheers).

3. An empty, opaque aspirin, medicine or vitamin bottle. Roll up your money, use an elastic & insert.

4. Tape your money envelope & even small jewellery (use duct tape, a handy person’s best friend!) to the bottom of your dining room or kitchen table.

5. Tape your stuff to the bottom of your cat’s litter box. Or in the alternative, wrap it up in skid marked underwear (ewww is all I said when I heard that one!)

6. A couple of coffee cups, with your valuables taped inside, upside down in the dishwashing rack or machine.

7. Suitcases or chests with false bottoms.

8. There is usually a compartment hidden at the bottom of stand up and table lamps.  As long as you are careful (electricity), its a good stashing place.

9. Hidden crawl spaces underneath your home.  Air ducts in an apartment.

10. In plain sight specialty modified items, such as furniture & even documents, like these (which I love!):

And to top off the good, here’s a few of the worst I’ve heard:

Sock & underwear drawers

Glove compartment of car (like really?)

Stereo equipment

Mattresses

The biggest suggestion when hiding your valuables is to have a second person you can trust to know where they are.  This holds true especially in the case of the elderly because should they pass, their valuables may accidentally end up either being thrown out or eventually sold at a garage sale.

Since burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, we suggest our quality security laminates for basement windows, patio doors and 1st floor windows. No burglar is going to try bashing glass over and over.  Otherwise, we hope that the ideas above help with securing your valuables.

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Natural Cleaning Tips: Recipes and Recycling Newspapers

There are an endless amount of harmful chemicals in commercial cleaners. I could list resources from here to eternity, point is, we can use much less harmful and even natural substances that minimize the environmental damages.  In fact, most of these ‘recipes’ can also save you money as well.  So have a look, try them out.

And, when it comes to NEWSPAPERS, here’s an old but very effective cleaning tip:

Many motel and hotel cleaning crews use recycled newspaper to clean with. Especially windows.  Quit using paper towels or those expensive towels that say ‘no lint’.  Newspaper cleans glass amazingly and it will not leave any lint behind.  I use it all the time and it really works. Use re-usable washable cloths in place of disposable paper towels.

Cleaning the natural way … recipes.

All surfaces – There are quite a few different recipes for all purpose cleaners that can be used on basically any surface in your home. One such recipe consists of 125 mL of pure soap, 4 litres of hot water, and an optional 60 mL of lemon juice to cut grease and to add a fresh scent. This can be used on all surfaces and should be rinsed off. The amounts of soap and lemon juice can be increased for tougher jobs. Another recipe is made up of 50 mL baking soda, 250 mL ammonia, 125 mL white vinegar, and 4 litres of warm water. Take note that ammonia is a dangerous substance and should be handled with care. Another cleaner can be made by dissolving 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a litre of warm water. Use a sponge to clean the surface then rinse with clean water. The baking soda will act as an abrasive to help remove dirt.

Scouring – One recipe for scouring powder is made by dissolving 10 mL of borax and 50 mL of pure soap flakes into 375 mL of boiling water. Let the mixture cool and add 50 mL of whiting (this is a chalk powder that will act as an abrasive). Pour the mixture into a sealed plastic or glass container and shake well before using. Another recipe entails mixing pure soap with either table salt or baking soda and scrubbing with a firm bristle brush.

Smells – Baking soda is a great deodorizer because it neutralizes both basic and acidic smells. An open box of baking soda in your fridge or pantry will reduce any unwanted food smells. Baking soda can be sprinkled on carpets, upholstery or mattresses before vacuuming to get rid of any bad smells. Sprinkling some baking soda in the bottom of your garbage bin will reduce bad food odours.

Dishes – To make your own dish soap place 500 mL of pure soap flakes in a pot and mix with 4 litres of water. Heat the mixture on medium heat until it boils. Let it cool before you use it. You can also add some vinegar to it for tougher grease stains. This soap cannot be used in dishwashers, so to make a soap that can, mix equal parts borax and washing soda.

Drains – There are a couple of recipes for environmentally friendly drain cleaners. The first is a mixture of 250 mL baking soda, 250 mL salt, 125 mL white vinegar and a kettle’s worth of boiling water. Pour the baking soda, salt and vinegar down the drain, followed by the boiling water about 15 minutes later. The baking soda and vinegar will react to cut through the fatty acids in your drain, and the salt will act as an abrasive. You could use the same method without the salt and with about half the baking soda. In this case you would only have to wait 5 minutes before pouring the water down the drain.

Ovens – Oven cleaners can contain some very dangerous compounds, and their fumes are usually toxic. Some more natural alternatives to commercial oven cleaners are available. One such alternative is to sprinkle water in the oven. Add some baking soda and scrub with very fine steel wool. Wipe off the mixture and the dirt with a damp sponge, rinse and dry. If there is a bad spill in your oven, sprinkle water, then salt on it while the oven is still warm. Once the oven has cooled, scrape away the spill and wash the area.

Toilet bowls – For stains in your toilet, make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste using borax and lemon juice. Apply the paste to the sides of your toilet and let it sit for about 2 hours. Scrub the surface thoroughly and rinse. Another technique is to sprinkle baking soda on the sides of the bowl and add vinegar. Scrub the surface with a toilet brush. For regular cleanings, use any all purpose cleaner or a simple mixture of vinegar and water to prevent stains from building up.

Carpets, rugs and upholstery – To clean and deodorize your carpet or upholstery, sprinkle baking soda liberally on the surface, leave it for about an hour, and then vacuum. For tougher stains, sponge a mixture of vinegar and water on the stain, sponge with clean water and then pat it dry. Soapy water with vinegar can also be used in the same fashion.

Countertops – For tough stains on countertops, let a few drops of lemon juice sit for a few minutes then scrub with baking soda. Other all purpose cleaners can be used on such stains, along with vinegar diluted in water. Make sure to wipe the cleaners off before you use the countertop again.

Mirrors and glass – A solution of diluted vinegar can be used for regular cleaning of glass surfaces. The smell of vinegar, though it disappears once the vinegar has dried, is not appealing to most, and so a few drops of lemon juice on a cloth can have the same effect. Another method is to wash the surface with pure soap and water, then rinse with a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar.

Furniture – To remove dust and fingerprints from furniture, use a damp wash cloth to wipe and then dry immediately with a soft cloth. For tougher cleaning jobs, mix about 750 mL of olive oil with about 250 mL of vinegar. Apply to the furniture with a clean, soft cloth and wipe dry.

Lime and mineral deposits – Lime and mineral deposits can build up on bathroom and kitchen faucets. To remove them, soak cloths in vinegar and wrap the cloth around the affected faucet. Leave the cloth to sit for about an hour (depending on how tough the deposits are). This will soften the deposits so they can be easily wiped away.

Microwaves and refrigerators – To clean the inside of your microwave or refrigerator, use a mixture of equal parts water and baking soda. This will get rid of stains and smells from your appliances. For tougher stains in your microwave, place a mixture of 30 mL of lemon juice in about 300 mL of water. Turn the microwave on for 2-3 minutes until the water boils. The same can be done with a mixture of 30 mL of baking soda in water, or a few slices of lemon in water. The steam from the boiling water, along with the lemon or baking soda component, will loosen the food in your microwave so it can easily be wiped away.

Metals – Commercial metal cleaners are not very friendly products. There are many natural cleaners that work as well as commercial ones but are much less harmful to your health and to the environment. To clean copper, you can use lemon juice or a lemon slice dipped in salt as a scrubber. For brass pieces, make a paste using lemon juice and baking soda (this can also be used to polish and clean copper). Rub the paste on the surface with a soft cloth, rinse and dry. Chrome and stainless steel can be cleaned using a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar. Wipe and dry the surface. Before you use any of these techniques, make sure that the metal you are cleaning isn’t plated, or else the cleaning will remove the plating from the metal.

Survival Foods That Make Sense (and their Shelf Lives) – Quick Guide

Making Sense of Foods That Survive Long Periods of Time 

Food Shelf Life

What's In Your Pantry? How Long Will It Last?

 

When considering storable foods, think on a multi-use level.  It is important to consider the value of each food based on such things as:

nutritional value;

storage life;

barter value; and

other uses asides from eating (like healing properties).

In the event of an emergency where everything becomes scarce, bartering for and with food will especially become an instant option.

4 foods: can be stored for over 10 years; can add some flavor to your cooking and make excellent barter items. If stored properly they can probably last indefinitely:

  1. Salt
  2. Sugar – Brown or White
  3. Honey (raw honey lasts longer & has better healing properties)
  4. Alcohol – Whiskey, Vodka, etc…

Hard Grains: Stored properly hard grains have a shelf life of around 10 – 12 years.

Grain stores the longest in an oxygen-free environment.  Wheat keeps best stored at 70°F. or colder. The colder the storage temperature, the longer the grain will keep. The warmer the temperature, the sooner it will degrade, so don’t store it in a hot garage.

  1. Buckwheat
  2. Dry Corn
  3. Kamut
  4. Hard Red Wheat
  5. Soft White Wheat
  6. Millet
  7. Durum wheat
  8. Spelt

Soft grains: These soft grains will last around 8 years at 70 degrees sealed without oxygen.

  1. Barley
  2. Oat Groats
  3. Quinoa
  4. Rye

Beans: Sealed and kept away from oxygen the following beans can last for around 8 – 10 years.

  1. Pinto Beans
  2. Kidney Beans
  3. Lentils
  4. Lima Beans
  5. Adzuki Beans
  6. Garbanzo Beans
  7. Mung Beans
  8. Black Turtle Beans
  9. Blackeye Beans

Flours and Mixes and Pastas: 5 – 8 years, sealed & kept away from oxygen

  1. All Purpose Flour
  2. White Flour
  3. Whole Wheat Flour
  4. Cornmeal
  5. Pasta
  6. White Rice ( up to 10 years)

Oils:

  1. Coconut oil – Coconut oil has one of the longest shelf lives of any kind of oil. It can last for over 2 years and is a great item to add to your survival food supplies list.

Other good survival foods: 2 – 5 years of shelf life

  1. Canned Tuna
  2. Canned Meats
  3. Canned Vegetables & Fruits
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Coffee
  6. Tea
  7. Ramen Noodles – not the greatest food in the world but they are very cheap so they made the survival food list.
  8. Hard Candy
  9. Powdered milk
  10. Dried herbs and spices (click here to read Your Garden: Growing Herbs that Repel Insects and Other Critters)

Items that can be used for more than cooking:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Cleaning, cooking, and has antibiotic properties
  • Baking Soda – Cleaning, cooking, antacid, treats insect bites
  • Honey – Mentioned again for it’s antibiotic and wound healing properties

Non Food Items to stock up on at the grocery store: (think barter & need)

  1. Bic Lighters, waterproof matches
  2. Toilet Paper
  3. Soaps (it is said that Irish Spring Soap helps to keep mice & rats away)
  4. Bottled Water
  5. Vitamins
  6. Medicines
  7. Bandages
  8. Peroxide
  9. Lighter fluid
  10. Canning Supplies
  11. Charcoal
  12. Candles

This is by no means a full list, but it does make for a great quick guide.

Preppers: List of Prepper Websites, Blogs & Articles to Visit

At a time when it’s not only important to plan, but to learn how to plan and how BEST to plan, here’s a list of websites, blogs and articles to visit and check out.

We’ll be adding more periodically.  Stealth Armour supports fellow preppers.  Stealth Armour cares to make a plan, before the poop hits the fan!

http://internationalpreppersnetwork.net/

http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/

http://www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com/

http://nationalprepperexchange.com/forum/index.php

http://www.survivorjane.com/

http://preppernation.wordpress.com

http://preppernation.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/prepping-get-the-kids-involved/

http://preppernation.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/prepping-how-do-i-get-people-to-understand/

http://adparare.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/doomsday-preppers-on-natgeo-part-deux/

http://offgridsurvival.com/survivalwebsites/

http://theofficialwhiz.wordpress.com

http://quietbuck.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/prepping-oversights/

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