What Every Human Being Should Be Able To Do

The Basics

Archery as a basic human skill

One of my favorite quotes:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly … Specialization is for insects.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

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10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Going Off Grid

Off Grid Reality

Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.

Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.

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10 Things To Really Know Beforehand

1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.

2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.

3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.

4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.

5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.

The VIDEO And Items 6 Through 10 On The Next Page:

5 Forest Plants You Should Never Eat

Toxic Plants That Look Like Food

Your survival skill set typically includes the “How-To’s”: how to do this or that. But you also need to know what not to do. Things and places to avoid. And on the top of the “avoid list” are toxic forest plants that look tempting to eat.

Wild Cherry Plant

Wild Cherry Plant

The First Rule Of Foraging

There are several basic rules for foraging wild edibles. The first?

Only forage for food that you know for certain is safe.

Plants LIST On Page 2

[Video] Top 5 Under Appreciated Semi-Auto Rifles

Once Popular Semi-Automatic Rifles

Here are five overlooked semi-automatic rifles that were both extremely popular and historically significant back in their heyday.

Priced as low as $500, they have been overlooked almost entirely by a generation of shooters.

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5 Semi-Auto Rifles

The Five Rifles

  1. Remington Model 8: a little funky, it’s long recoil-operated and uses a rotating bolt head.
  2. Johnson M1941 Rifle (the Betsy): used extensively in the Pacific theater during WII, it eventually lost out to the M1.

VIDEO And LIST Continued On PAGE 2

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