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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday — September 29, 2020
    September 29th, 1881, was the birthday of Ludwig von Mises. (Born 1881, died October 10, 1973.) — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 90 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round in…
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  • newPV Solar Panels Can Pay For Themselves, by St. Funogas
    Author’s Introductory Note: Grid-tied solar panel payback time is less than seven years in most of the lower 48 states, and quickest in some of the New England states, so don’t think solar isn’t for you just because you live in North Dakota or…
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  • newSurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We al…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Ships are safe in the harbor, but ships were not made for the harbor.” – Robert Griswold, of ReadyMade Resources, quoting an old adage.The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
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  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — September 28, 2020
    Flash Traffic: Azerbaijan announces military mobilization, declares state of war.  Not to make light of this grave situation, but when I was attending the Military Intelligence school (MIOBC) at Fort Huachuca, we used to make jokes about Armenia an…
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  • Buck Ground Combat Knives, by Pat Cascio
    I’ve had my Buck Knives Ground Combat fixed blade knives for a month and a half now, and wanted to give them a good workout before writing about them. However, this isn’t always the case with many other writers and websites. Many of these writers…
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  • Recipe of the Week: Brisket With Onion Sauce
    The following recipe for Brisket With Onion Sauce is from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book…
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  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “That the house of every one is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defence against injury and violence, as for his repose; and although the life of man is precious and favoured in law; so that although a man kill another in his defence,…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — September 27, 2020

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  • Geopolitics: How Maps Help Us Understand History, Predict the Future – Pt. 2, by Brian Miller
    (Continued from Part 1.  This concludes the article.) — Geopolitics, Social Darwinism, State Survival, and “Lebensraum” These histories serve as a simplified starting point for understanding geopolitics, and the types of influences that are em…
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  • JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here:   Meme text: I’m Not Much a “Joiner” Consider Me Part of CAVE: Citizens Against Virtually EverythingThe post JWR’s Meme Of The Week: appeared f…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit sai…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — September 26, 2020
    On September 26, 1908  an ad for the Edison Phonograph first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. — Today, with permission, we present a guest article that was first published by post Preparedness Notes for Saturday — September 2…
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  • Geopolitics: How Maps Help Us Understand History, Predict the Future – Pt. 1, by Brian Miller
    Editor’s Introductory Note: The following guest article was first posted by It is re-posted with permission. It appealed to me because–like the author–I adhere to the Geographic Detriminist school of history. – JWR — “It is not…
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    This article was contributed by Lior Gantz of the Wealth Research Group.  The NASDAQ 100 has GONE DOWN from 12,420 to 10,833 points from September 2nd to September 23rd, a -12.8% CORRECTION! During that same period, the S&P 500 has HEADED SOUTH by -…
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  • newCOVID-19 Case Number Lies Continue
    A record number of COVID-19 cases were reported on September 24 in Alabama. Just two labs reported that there were 2,451 positive test results, but those included old numbers.The post COVID-19 Case Number Lies Continue first appeared on SHTF Plan -…
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  • newMilitary Personnel OUTNUMBER Civilian Scientists In U.S. Vaccine Program
    Military personnel outnumber civilian scientists in the United States government's Operation Warp Speed vaccine program. With the military so heavily involved in the distribution of this vaccine, is it any surprise that most Americans don't want anyt…
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  • newIsrael Lockdown: There’s “NO WAY” The Lockdown Will End Soon
    Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Tuesday that there was "no way" the country's second nationwide coronavirus lockdown would be lifted after three weeks as originally planned. Israelis are going to be on house arrest for the foreseeable fut…
    - 8 hours ago 29 Sep 20, 3:00pm -
  • newSUCKER’S SELL-OFF: Silver Can Double By MARCH 2021!
    Silver is getting BEATEN DOWN in the past two weeks and there are tons of sellers; it's a COLOSSAL ERROR to be selling right now, since, in our opinion, this is a FINAL SHAKEOUT before silver climbs over $30/ounce by the end of 2020!The post SUCKER'…
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    The dollar is punishing traders; throughout July and August, the dollar was HEAVILY SHORTED, as we pointed out and warned about. So far in 2020, we've called EACH MAJOR move of the dollar and precious metals ahead of time – this is a big correction…
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  • A “Brain Eating” Amoeba Has Been Found In Texas Water Supply
    A disaster declaration has been issued by the governor of Texas after the water supply of one Houston suburb has a tainted water supply. Environmental officials have warned residents of Lake Jackson, Texas to boil their water before using it for cook…
    - 1 day ago 28 Sep 20, 8:00pm -
  • “Twindemic”: Coronavirus & The Flu
    We have been warned. Another "scamdemic" dubbed the "twindemic," an increase in both coronavirus and flu infections, is all over the news. The fear is being ramped up as the mainstream media claims "experts" expect to see a surge in cases of both ill…
    - 1 day ago 28 Sep 20, 5:30pm -
  • Grocery Stores “Prep” For Second Wave Of COVID-19 By Stocking Up On Inventory
    If you've been paying attention, you've noticed since sometime around the midsummer that the mainstream media and "experts" like Dr. Anthony Fauci have been programming us to accept a "second wave" of the COVID-19 scam. It looks like grocery stores a…
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    September has been HARD to STOMACH; the NASDAQ 100, S&P 500, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have all been THROUGH THE WRINGER. A proper correction is in place, just like we've been WARNING ABOUT since the end of August.The post SILVER ON DEATH…
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More Than Just Surviving

  • Emergency Experience: Forest Fire on My Doorstep
    The interesting thing about forest fires is the powerlessness one feels when placed kissing distance from an inferno. I never really understood the underlying threat of forest fires until 3 days ago, but folks, I learnt that lesson pronto. Firs…
    - 72 days ago 19 Jul 20, 2:29pm -
  • Coronavirus: A (Realist) Prepper’s Perspective on the World Opening Up
    As the world unwinds our collective enforced isolation protocols, it’s good to take stock of the situation at hand and see where this will lead us. The reality is that the economy shutting down until a vaccine is discovered & mass inoculation…
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  • The Coronavirus Crisis Is Going to Upend Our World in a Way We Can’t Really Fathom
    Figured I was long overdue for an update. With lockdown still in effect, I have no longer have much of an excuse. Isolation is an odd word in our new reality. As a society we have never been so connected. The world is just a click away and it s…
    - 15 Apr 20, 7:15pm -
  • Will the Coronavirus Make Regular People More Prepper Minded?
    If there’s one thing that’s bothering me the absolute most about this pandemic, it’s the uncertainty. The fact that we don’t and can’t know when this will all blow over leaves me a little on edge. And yes, I know that Thomas & I will…
    - 8 Apr 20, 9:29am -
  • Come on Governments, of Course FOMO = Panic Buying; Can’t Stop Human Nature
    As this crisis continues unabated throughout our little blue planet, I find myself growing more and more irritated with the powers that be. Since I have been on lock down for what feels forever (you will understand soon enough America!), I want…
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  • Coronavirus Stockpile Tips for Beginners & Why It’s Sensible to Worry
    As this shit show shows no respite, I figured this was a good time to discuss what the girl and I are doing in terms of preparing and what my thoughts are on this developing situation. Stockpiling 101 for Beginners Seems to me that as of a few…
    - 13 Mar 20, 8:24pm -
  • Debunking Coronavirus Myths – Yes, Some Are Completely Idiotic
    On the heels of my no-bullshit Coronavirus explanation article which I recommend you take a quick look at, I feel the need to clarify and debunk some of the nonsense I have seen over the past few weeks. Drinking X Will Kill the Coronavirus Drin…
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  • Coronavirus: A No-Bullshit Explanation of Where We Are Now
    This could get dicey folks. As of 26 minutes ago, we hit over 80,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus including a disturbing rise in a country adjacent to my own. The spread of this virus has shone a light on the darker impulses of our species fr…
    - 26 Feb 20, 11:19am -
  • Conversation time
    After so many years of blogging (admittedly, not so much recently), its interesting to sit back and muse about what MTJS represents and how the girl and I have evolved along the way, both as people and as content creators. MTJS was created as a…
    - 2 Feb 20, 1:22am -
  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
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  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
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  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
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  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
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  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
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  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
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Blue Collar Prepping

  • newElectrical Definitions
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  • New Neighbors Neighborly?
    This week we’re wrapping up room in the new ladies in. I discuss a strategy that I used, and show the fruits of that labor.
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  • Product Review: Fuzion Digital Pocket Scale
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I recently had a mix-up with my ammunition supplies where I could not tell the difference between several magazines' worth of 55 grain .223 ammo and several others magazines' worth…
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  • Feral Food?
    For the last several decades, feral hogs have been spreading in the USA. Originally farm animals, they have gone feral and started breeding with the wild boars imported years ago as game animals. This interbreeding has created a potentially dangerous…
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  • Prudent Prepping: Fighting the Bat Belt
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I've long fought the temptation to overload myself with gear, both carried on me and collected for various uses. Seriously, I tru…
    - 6 days ago 23 Sep 20, 9:06pm -
  • Series, Parallel, and Combo Battery Wiring
    For those who aren't clear on the difference between volts and amps, there is a handy guide to electrical terminology here..Lokidude
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  • New Ladies Moving In
    OK. No minimalist/redo prepping this week. Opportunity knocks, I answer. But can’t we all just get along?
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  • Waterproofing Cotton
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission."Cotton kills" is an aphorism that all campers, hikers and preppers ought to know. Cotton is often called "death cloth" because wearing it in a cold, wet environment can lead to hyp…
    - 11 days ago 19 Sep 20, 3:33am -
  • Maintenance as a Way of Thinking
    If you use the search box in the upper left corner, you'll find a batch of articles over the years that cover specific maintenance of cars, bicycles, and a few other things. Today, I want to look into the various philosophies of maintenance.Having wo…
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  • Prudent Prepping: Gear Cleanup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've missed the calendar alert I set for myself to go through my gear. Work has been very strenuous the last two months, and when I…
    - 14 days ago 16 Sep 20, 5:07am -
  • Portable Power
    Recent events have gotten me thinking again about emergency and portable power solutions. Storms here and elsewhere have left friends without power for extended periods of time; in addition, medical developments in my life in the past few months have…
    - 14 days ago 15 Sep 20, 6:29pm -
  • Fall 2020-Reflection and Resupply
    Join me over the next few weeks as I explore upgrades and new directions for my daily commuters and commutes. 
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  • Product Review: the Magpul MOLLE Speedthreader
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This product is one of those items you didn't know you needed until now, and once you've seen it in action you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.Anyone who has tried to thread…
    - 18 days ago 11 Sep 20, 6:42pm -
  • Canned Heat
    While helping a friend with some camping gear, I was asked to explain the difference between the various “canned” gasses used in camp lanterns and stoves. This friend didn't want to deal with a liquid fuel like diesel fuel, kerosene, or gasoline…
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  • Prudent Prepping: The Shorts of It
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Well isn't this interesting! I finally have both brands of wool underwear, and there's been enough time to properly evaluate them!W…
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  • Ballistic Armor: Miscellaneous
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This is the final post in my series on Ballistic Armor, and it's a catch-all of topics which didn't really fit anywhere else.Side PlatesAs the name suggests, side plates are ballist…
    - 25 days ago 4 Sep 20, 9:29pm -
  • Collapsible Camp Lantern
    Summer is drawing to its end, which means that cooler weather is coming. Autumn is my favorite time to spend in the woods,; the cool mornings and bearable afternoons make hiking and hunting more enjoyable and sitting around evening campfires are actu…
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  • Prudent Prepping: August Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. As is my usual excuse, I've got several things to discuss and either there isn't enough info to expand the topic up to a full post…
    - 27 days ago 2 Sep 20, 5:16pm -
  • Guest Post: Six Baskets of Training
    akaA Modest Outline For Pistol Training For Self-Defenseby George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.Have you ever been having a nice rational discussion involving the Second Amendment and said some tactic…
    - 28 days ago 2 Sep 20, 12:28am -
  • $5 Grill Hacks
    Godspeed and good grilling to you all. 
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  • Ballistic Armor: Plate Carriers
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.You've selected your ballistic plates based on your needs and have the protection, cut, and material you want. The next step is wearing them, and for that you need a plate carrier,…
    - 32 days ago 28 Aug 20, 8:36pm -
  • When No Help Is Needed
    The protests in cities are heating up, and more people are bringing firearms to them. This has meant, and will mean, that people are going to get shot for doing stupid things, at stupid times, in stupid places, while with stupid people. Nothing good…
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  • Vital Fluids and How to Find Them
    In any vehicle there are a variety of vital fluids that keep you going down the road safely and smoothly. In order to assess and correct any issues with these systems, you need to know what you're looking for under the hood.I talked before about find…
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  • Simple Homemade Blueberry Syrup
    DIY simple blueberry syrup.1 cup blueberries1cup sugar1cup waterBring to a slow boil for 12 minutes or so. Turn of the heat1 teaspoon lemon juicePut in your favorite container and enjoy!Godspeed to you all.
    - 36 days ago 24 Aug 20, 6:18pm -
  • Custom Hearing Protection
    Whether using firearms or operating noisy machinery or (especially if you ride motorcycles) dealing with wind noise, there are times you need hearing protection. Sometimes earmuffs, fancy or plain, may not be the best fit for the conditions, or you m…
    - 39 days ago 21 Aug 20, 11:21pm -

Survival Medicine

  • What You Might Not Know About Hand Washing
    What You Might Not Know About Hand WashingOne of the simplest ways to maintain good health is washing your hands. You may feel that hand washing doesn’t merit mention in a survival medicine article, but an austere medic’s encouragement of frequen…
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  • Video: “Safe Six”?
    Video: “Safe Six”?In this video companion to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 and give some thoughts from his perspective. How did experts get to six feet as a rule? Are restrictions and mask r…
    - 4 days ago 25 Sep 20, 2:59pm -
  • Cyclospora Infection
    Cyclospora InfectionFood contamination is a constant concern in the United States, especially from imported produce. In normal times, U.S. citizens take for granted the ability to buy bananas in Montana in February. As long as we import food, we must…
    - 6 days ago 23 Sep 20, 12:09pm -
  • Video: Lightning Safety
    Video: Lightning SafetyIn this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses lightning (and thunder), and the effect of a strike on the human body. Several different types of lightning strikes cause various injuries, and it’s a mir…
    - 10 days ago 19 Sep 20, 9:16pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Burn Injuries, Author Leon Pantenburg
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Burn Injuries, Author Leon PantenburgHey, today we’ve invited our old friend Leon Pantenburg of Survival Common Sense to the show. Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast and journalist, and also the author of “Bus…
    - 10 days ago 19 Sep 20, 8:51pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Microplastics, Safe “Six”
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Microplastics, Safe “Six”The CDC has recommended that Americans wear masks “in public”, but are vague on what to do in many situations. From the CDC website:  “CDC recommends that people wear masks in public sett…
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  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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  • Practicing Safe Six?
    Practicing Safe Six?The CDC has recommended that Americans wear masks “in public”, but are vague on what to do if you are alone and unlikely to come in close contact with others while you’re outside. From the CDC website:  “CDC recommends th…
    - 23 days ago 7 Sep 20, 4:10am -
  • Video: How To Staple Skin
    Video: How To Staple SkinThe old saying goes: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”. Well, there’s also more than one way to close the skin on a cat (or a pig’s foot); stapling the skin edges together is one. This video from Dr. Joe Alt…
    - 27 days ago 2 Sep 20, 3:42pm -
  • COVID-19 And Death Certificates
    COVID-19 And Death CertificatesI recently came across a number of interesting stories that suggest that COVID-19 is less likely a direct cause of death than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that six percent of de…
    - 28 days ago 1 Sep 20, 9:20pm -