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Survivalism and Preparedness Links
July 10, 2011, 11:05 am
Filed under: agriculture, alternatives, collapse, community, food, health, nuclear war, resistance, water

No Nonsense Self Defense is a website that features many great essays about violence and self-defense, including “High Risk Behavior And Knowing Where You Are,”“Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?,”“The Best Way to Get Attacked,”“The Economy And Stress Violence,”and “Who’s Going To Rob You?.” But my absolute favorite section is “Psychology and Survival.” If I can convince you to read only one of these links, please let it be that last one.

Progressive Backyard Survival: How to Master Survival Skills on Limited Time

EBook: Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

EBook: Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill

E-Book: Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Essential maker skills

Practical Survival Skills 101 – Understanding Emergencies

Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction

Air Force Survival Training Manual – Free Download

Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

11 Ways To Prepare For Civil Unrest

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Collapse Survival Will Be Tribal: Begin Recruiting Now

Arctic Survival::Desert Survival::Jungle Survival::Sea Survival:: Cold Weather Survival

Use Desert Survival Skills to Get Drinking Water During Floods 

Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

100 Items to Disappear First

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Survival Gardening: Part 1

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food

Don’t Leave Home Without It: the Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

The Get-Home Bag

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 1: Nuclear Attack

Nuclear War Survival Skills – E-Book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Alternatives: Rewilding, Remediation and Restoration

Neem: a tree for solving global problems

Charcoal Biofilter Cleans Up Fertilizer Waste Gases

How Mushrooms Eat Oil

Wolves Can Help Restore Ecosystems

300-year-old technology good enough for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Simple wooden structures called rice field trunks do a better job of controlling tidal flooding in Low Country rice fields than more modern technology.

Urban Biofilter Project Plants Bamboo Forests to Clean up Brownfields

How to Plant 60 Million Mangrove Trees in 3 Months (Slideshow)

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers engages thousands in the restoration of public lands

Toxic Soil Busters: Youth Reverse Inner-City Lead Pollution (Video)

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

Reversing desertification with livestock 

Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

The Intelligence of Mushrooms in Environmental Restoration

Mycova: Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation by Paul Stamets

Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up oil spills (video)



Models for Developing Sustainable Water Systems

DIY Greywater Recycling in Los Angeles

In New Mexico, Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing

How a Tiny Town Sent an International Water Giant Packing

Community Water Solutions in Action in Laos

DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

Could Prickly Pear Cactus Be The Secret to Cheap, Clean Water?

Life Sack Solves Drinking Water Issues for the Third World

Advice for Water Warriors

“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.” Maude Barlow on how to move the water justice movement forward.

Tear Down the Dam and Rebuild the Commons

The battle of the small Mexican town of Temacapulin to prevent a large dam from being constructed and submerging their home.

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.



Models for Developing Sustainable Food Systems

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System and What You Can Do

It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because everything is connected. Big problems lead to seemingly smaller problems, that, when allowed to fester, become open wounds – much like the foul waste lagoons on industrial pig farms that dot our landscape, or the actual wounds on human flesh caused by antibiotic resistant staph infections, which are a direct result of the overuse of antibiotics in livestock operations.

Most of the problems in the system stem from one giant problem: Concentration of power, land, wealth, and political influence in the hands of a few large players who have gamed the system for their benefit. Here are the biggest issues, as we see them, followed by suggestions for what you can do about them.

Video: Vandana Shiva: Alternatives to Monsanto in India

Vandana Shiva explains the effect of GMOs on Indian agriculture—and how to promote home-grown alternatives.

Moving Toward Land Reform, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in Venezuela

“Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.”

Short documentary about urban foragers in Chicago

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

It’s urban vegetable foraging season!

Backyard Orchard Culture

The three key components of a successful small scale backyard orchard and helpful tips

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

Sharing the Harvest: What to do when your apple trees don’t produce? Start ringing doorbells

Learn How to Compost Via the Humanure Handbook

Farmers Replace Corn with Weeds, and Make Money Doing It

Another way of thinking outside the box

Help Make Farmers’ Markets Universally Accessible

The Website GrowFood Unites Farmers With Willing Volunteers and Workers

Empowering Backyard Growers to Sell Their Produce

Foodie Underground: Connecting Local Buyers and Sellers with Food Hub [Pacific Northwest]

Foodie Underground: Keep It Simple With a Soup Swap

Video: Delivering A Local Solution to Hunger, By Bike

B-Line launced a new venture – B-Shares, which turns a $20 donation into more than 40 meals by providing the missing link between local food sources – famers and groceries – and the nonprofits that provide meals for people in need. The missing link, of course, is transportation, and in B-Line’s case, emissions-free bicycle-based transport of food that might otherwise go to waste.

Fallen Fruit

LA public art project, Fallen Fruit, started by mapping public fruit–fruit trees growing in or over public property. Since then, the interests of this Meshy project “have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours; Community Fruit Tree Plantings on the margins of private property and in community gardens; Public Fruit Park proposals in Hollywood, Los Feliz and downtown LA; and Neighborhood Infusions, taking the fruit found on one street and infusing it in alcohol to capture the spirit of the place.”



Environment & Health News Round-Up: Threats to Water & Food Supplies, Water Recognized as Human Right and more

UN Declares Water a Fundamental Human Right — U.S. Abstains from Voting on Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly has declared for the first time that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. In a historic vote Wednesday, 122 countries supported the resolution, and over forty countries abstained from voting, including the United States, Canada and several European and other industrialized countries. There were no votes against the resolution.

High levels of benzene, health hazard in Michigan now

Michigan spill: Would you like some Benzene with your Water?

Battle Creek girl vomits black liquid

Newtown Creek Is New York City’s Parallel to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops

New garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean — ‘The world’s oceans are covered with a thin plastic soup’

Water Scarcity Facing 1/3 of US Counties

Poison Tap Water

Alex Jones is launching a new campaign to inform the public about the toxic chemical fluoride being added to tap water across the country. While EPA scientists and workers are calling for an end to water fluoridation, the government is doing everything in its power to continue and even increase the amount of toxic chemicals being added to public water supplies.

Video: Australian TV Exposes Fluoride as Poison

39 More Toxic Coal Ash Sites Found to Contaminate US Water Supply With Arsenic & Heavy Metals

BPA contamination found in 90 percent of soup cans

Even tiny exposure to BPA turns offspring into genetic mutants

Is Modern Medicine Founded On Error?

America’s Mental Illness Epidemic: It Turns Out That the Drugs Are the Problem

Aspartame: The Hidden Poison

Amazon’s Chernobyl – Massive Contamination and Destruction by Chevron

Cloned Meat May Already Have Invaded Our Food Supply, Posing Alarming Health Risks

Cloned Livestock Gain a Foothold in Europe

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals suspected as more girls experience early puberty

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely cause of feminization of fish in Alberta rivers

US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater

6 million dead fish, alligators, turtles and dolphins floating down Bolivian rivers

“The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden

Restoring the Paradise that Saddam Destroyed. “Saddam Hussein drained the unique wetlands of southern Iraq as a punishment to the region’s Marsh Arabs who had backed an uprising. Two decades later, one courageous US Iraqi is leading efforts to restore the marshes. Not even exploding bombs can deter him from his dream.” [Via]

New Data Emerges On Gulf War Illness

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets’ Exposure to Depleted Uranium

For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans.

But a little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance.

The VA, however, never conducted the medical tests, which may have deprived hundreds of thousands of veterans from receiving medical care to treat cancer and other diseases that result from exposure to DU.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center recently reported that ten years of data confirm that service members tend to have higher rates of certain cancers compared to civilians, according to the Army Times. While researchers suspected that service members are diagnosed with cancer more often and at a younger age because they have guaranteed access to health care and mandatory exams, the data does not explain the disparities in diagnosis among branches of the military. For example, the rate of lung cancer among sailors is twice that of other branches, while Marines have much lower cancer rates across the board.

A Quarter Century after Chernobyl Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

As Germany’s wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Shocking Negligence: Gas Companies Drilling in Pennsylvania Have Committed Nearly 1,500 Environmental Violations in Just Two Years

Canada Forfeits Sovereignty Over Food & Natural Health

U.S. dietary supplements often contaminated: report

S510 – Illegal To Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food

S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.

Climate Scandals: List Of 94 Climate-Gates

Rare Earth Elements: World is Rapidly Running Out, China has Most of Remaining Supply

The Food Crisis in Niger

Nigeria records 3,000 oil spills since 2006

Weapons Buried at Sea: Big, Poorly Understood Problem

I n June, a clam boat happened upon some old military munitions off the coast of Long Island, New York. Mustard gas, released when the fishermen inadvertently hauled in the shells, blistered one crew member and reminded government officials, scientists and the public of the weapons arsenal that is buried deep below the surface of the world’s oceans.

UN Identifies Medical Use of Radiation as Main Source of Human Exposure

FDA ignored evidence that CT scans are killing 14,000 Americans a year from cancer

The Cancer Epidemic: Its Environmental Causes

The World Health Organization is projecting that this year cancer will become the world’s leading cause of death. Why the epidemic of cancer? Death certificates in United States show cancer as being the eighth leading cause of death in 1900. Why has it skyrocketed to now surpass heart disease as number one? Is it because people live longer and have to die of something? That’s a factor, but not the prime reason as reflected by the jump in age-adjusted cancer being far above what could be expected from increased longevity. And it certainly doesn’t explain the steep hike in childhood cancers. Is it lifestyle, diet and genetics, as we have often been told? They are factors, but not key reasons. The cause of the cancer epidemic, as numerous studies have now documented, is largely environmental – the result of toxic substances in the water we drink, the food we eat, the consumer products we use, the air we breathe. As the President’s Cancer Panel in May in a 240-page report titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now declared: “The American people – even before they are born – are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.” It said: “With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action.”

Cannabinoids Kill Cancer and the Government has Known for 36 Years



Gulf Oil Spill News Round-Up: Toxic Environmental and Human Health Impacts

Must Watch Video: Louisiana resident Kindra Arnesen was given unprecedented access to BP’s ‘response’ on the Louisiana Gulf.  This is her informed and heartbreaking message.  Please share with all of your friends and family.

BP Gives Unlimited Behind-the-Scenes Access to One Woman, Who Says BP’s Response is Fake: Clean-Up Equipment Taken Away as Soon as Officials Leave

Air Tests from the Louisiana Coast Reveal Human Health Threats from the Oil Disaster

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

White House Admits BP Disaster Worst Spill in US History

Just Like 9/11? Oil Spill Responders Are Getting Sick … But Are Being Told They Don’t Need Any Safety Gear

Hundreds of Gulf swimmers complain of illness

Video: Lab Test Proves Water In Gulf Highly Toxic

VIDEO: The BP “Gulf Syndrome”: Benzene and Corexit Poisoning

BP is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersants at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date. The military and FEMA are engaged in Emergency Plans for 36 urban areas from Texas to Florida due to the unstoppable Gulf oil volcano the size of Mt. Everest, as WMR reports, indicating evacuations. Some people are advised to relocate now.

Satellite imagery that Obama’s administration withheld shows “under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public,” writes Wayne Madsen.

Louisiana residents report oil-spill related illnesses

BP Lies about Air Toxicity as Gulf Workers Are Hospitalized

Fisherman Who Fell Ill During Oil Spill Clean-up Alleges BP Tried to Cover-up Evidence

Oil Cleanup Workers Feeling Sickly – Is it the Oil, the Dispersant, Or Both?

Video: CNN: Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead!

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Gulf disaster could span the ages

Slick will have ripple effects far into future and potentially alter ecosystem forever, experts warn.

Oil spill threatens ‘total destruction’

An ominous report by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources warned of the impending disaster resulting from the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history, the European Union Times reported.

Russian scientists believe BP is pumping millions of gallons of Corexit 9500, a chemical dispersal agent, under the Gulf of Mexico waters to hide the full extent of the leak, now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.  Experts say Corexit 9500 is a solvent four times more toxic than oil.  The agent, scientists believe, has a 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when mixed with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its molecules will be able to “phase transition.”

Masking the Extent of the Disaster: The Worst of the Gulf Oil Spill has not been Revealed

8 Reasons Why The Pain From The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Is Going To Be Felt For Decades

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide

“This is not just a regional disaster, although it certainly is, but that the Gulf of Mexico is a tremendous engine of life and also a tremendous concentration zone, where animals from the whole open Atlantic Ocean funnel into the Gulf for breeding and millions of animals cross the Gulf and concentrate there on their northward migration and then fan out to populate much of North America and the Canadian Arctic, the East Coast, the Canadian Maritimes. So it’s a real hotspot, and it’s a terrible place to foul.”

“Globs of Death Out There”: Scuba Diving in the Oil Spill (VIDEO)

Officials Worried About The Gulf Cleanup Materials Sent To Their Landfills

They have good reason to worry. Even though BP claims otherwise, we just don’t know for sure and you shouldn’t just dump it anywhere (although I suspect they will, anyway).  About 35,000 bags — or 250 tons — of oily trash have been carted away from this beach, said Lt. Patrick Hanley of the Coast Guard, who is stationed at Port Fourchon. And as of Monday, more than 175,000 gallons of liquid waste — a combination of oil and water — had been sent to landfills, as had 11,276 cubic yards of solid waste, said Petty Officer Gail Dale, also of the Coast Guard, who works with at the command center in Houma.

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile ecosystem.

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating “dead zones” where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

Cultural Extinction

As BP’s deepwater well continues to discharge oil into the Gulf, the economic and public health effects are already being felt across coastal communities. But it’s likely this is only the beginning. From the bayous of southern Louisiana to the city of New Orleans, many fear this disaster represents not only environmental devastation, but also cultural extinction for peoples who have made their lives here for generations.

This is not the first time that Louisianans have lost their communities or their lives from the actions of corporations. The land loss caused by oil companies has already displaced many who lived by the coast, and the pollution from treatment plants has poisoned communities across the state – especially in “cancer alley,” the corridor of industrial facilities along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge.… Harden and Walker point out that at least five Louisiana towns – all majority African American – have been eradicated due to corporate pollution in recent decades. The most recent is the Southwest Louisiana town of Mossville, founded by African Americans in the 1790s. Located near Lake Charles, Mossville is only 5 square miles and holds 375 households. Beginning in the 1930s, the state of Louisiana began authorizing industrial facilities to manufacture, process, store, and discharge toxic and hazardous substances within Mossville. Fourteen facilities are now located in the small town, and 91 percent of residents have reported at least one health problem related to exposure to chemicals produced by the local industry.

The southern Louisiana towns of Diamond, Morrisonville, Sunrise, and Revilletown – all founded by former slaves – met similar fates. After years of chemical-related poisoning, the remaining residents have been relocated, and the corporations that drove them out now own their land. In most cases, only a cemetery remains, and former residents must pass through plant security to visit their relatives’ graves.

Biologist: Ocean pollution ‘threatening the human food supply’

UN fears ‘irreversible’ damage to natural environment

La. bayou tribe’s fears spill over

Gulf oil disaster could push French-speaking Pointe-au-Chien Indians to point of no return.

Fending For Themselves: Devastating Social and Environmental Impacts of BP Oil Spill

Can it rain oily compounds in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes! Chris Landau geologist & meteorologist

Oceans facing ‘irreversible’ deterioration, report says

BP Insider: Massive Dead Zone Could Be Produced by Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe

Gulf Wildlife ‘Dead Zone’ Keeps Growing

An over 7,000-square-mile wildlife “dead zone” located in the center of the Gulf of Mexico has grown from being a curiosity to a colossus over the past two decades, according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and scientists are now concerned the recent oil spill and other emerging chemical threats could widen the zone even further.  The NWF describes the dead zone as being “the largest on record in the hemisphere in coastal waters and one of the biggest in the world.”

Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business

GULF OIL DISPERSANT COREXIT IS 11 TIMES MORE LETHAL THAN OIL

Scant Evidence That Dispersants Help in Oil Spill Cleanup

BP’s next challenge: Disposal of tainted sludge (BP saying waste is not toxic)

Is Toxic Corexit Rain Killing Crops in Mississippi?

Yobie Benjamin, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, is reporting what nobody else in the corporate media is reporting — a mysterious disease has stricken crops in Mississippi and it may be connected to the BP oil gusher.

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons