Notes for Tuesday – August 23, 2016

August 23rd is the anniversary of the declaration of the independent state of “Franklin” in Eastern Tennessee by the settlers there in 1784. Unfortunately, the Continental Congress rejected it, so the state of Franklin never became a reality. In 1833, Britain abolished slavery in the colonies and 700,000 slaves were…

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Letter Re: Dehydrating Foods

Hugh, In regards to what to use to keep your small foods from falling through the cracks of the screens, I have an answer that may or may not be safe, but I’ve have years of good luck. I put tin foil on the screen, then put a spritz of…

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Recipe of the Week: Fondue Italiano

Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef 1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded 2 tbs cornstarch ½ cup dry red wine Directions: In a skillet or slow-cooking pot with browning unit, cook beef until crumbly;…

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Notes for Sunday – August 21, 2016

In 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon erupted with an estimated billion cubic yards of carbon dioxide gas. The gas had apparently been accumulating in the crater lake, held down by the weight of the water. When it finally erupted, the gas cloud smothered and killed every living animal, including insects,…

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Letter Re: Rethinking Wound Care

HJL, What the writer says is spot on for infection occurring more often in warm and moist conditions. One note here, however. Flies in a wound are going to lay eggs and you are going to get maggots. As disgusting as that sounds, it might not be a bad thing.…

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Notes for Saturday – August 20, 2016

August 20th, 1935 is the birthday of former Congressman Ron Paul. He recently retired from congress. Dr. Paul is to be commended for fighting the good fight for many years. August 20th, 1866 is also the day that president Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over. o o o…

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Keep Your Nose Clean!, by E.P.

In a survival situation, one of the most important things to consider is hygiene, especially if you are caring for children. In developed countries, waterborne illnesses and skin diseases are no longer common, but even in a short-term survival situation, unclean spectres rear their ugly heads. Fortunately, a simple family…

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Notes for Friday – August 19, 2016

Today is the birthday of Philo Farnsworth, the father of electronic television. Additionally, he invented the nuclear fusor and held over 300 U.S. and foreign patents with his inventions contributing to the development of radar, infra-red night vision devices, the electron microscope, the baby incubator, the gastroscope and the astronomical…

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Letter Re: Dehydrating Food

Hugh, Thanks to the author for a very informative article on food dehydrating. Dehydrating frozen vegetables from the grocery store is a very easy way for the beginner to start; however, as these small particles of food shrink they will fall between the openings of the trays. Don’t use cheesecloth…

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Notes for Thursday – August 18, 2016

The 18th of September is Chilean Independence Day. On this day, in 1810, Chile declared independence from Spain. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained…

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Two Letters Re: Urban Trash

Hugh, This article is a good start to a problem solving dilemma. It definitely requires a mindset change, but that’s achievable for everyone. The best book I ever read, back in the late 80s, on this subject is Re/Uses: 2133 Ways to Recycle and Reuse the Things You Ordinarily Throw…

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Notes for Wednesday – August 17, 2016

While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory on August 17th, 1896, George Carmack reportedly spotted nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparked the last great gold rush in the American West. His two companions later agreed that Skookum, Jim–Carmack’s brother-in-law, actually made…

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