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Fond Farewell

*sigh*

So much to say… It’s with bittersweet joy that I inform you, my beautiful African family, that I have decided to focus entirely on our quiet and simple lifestyle and growing with the Spirit. This shall be my last post. I started my blog as a way for me to understand my own mental illness in this oppressive system. I needed an outlet that would provide me with the freedom to cry, scream and write raw, honest truth about my perceived helplessness in this world. I never knew that it would turn into a cyber-family where we would reveal things about ourselves even we never knew existed. God told me to write. And write I did.

The more I wrote my deepest feelings of raw anger, hurtful betrayal and the shameful thoughts of vengeance, I learned, almost by happenstance, that anger is a wasted emotion in the art of war. It weakens the mind and the body. That’s why our enemies have always attacked us in the most vile, anger-inducing ways. When you’re focused on the melanin-pumping emotion called anger and not on how to defeat your captor, the enemy is happy, satisfied and well fed. I finally understand that now. When God told me to write about survival, “dropping out of the system”, obesity, re-learning the miracle of herbs, loving each other and protecting our children, I simply did as instructed. I hope that I did not disappoint you…or Her for that matter. As you read my earlier posts, you’ll see a stark difference in my writing and my level of emotion. I hope that means that I’ve grown somewhat. I hope the Creator is, at the very least, satisfied with my menial efforts. I hope that each and every single one of you can say that you’ve grown with me on this journey of Spiritual awakening.

There’s a few things I shall leave you with that I hope you ponder someday:

Please remember that evil will always tempt you to self-destruct. The stronger you are, the greater the temptation. And when they cannot kill you themselves, due to your strength, they coax you to kill yourself. 

Please remember who you are and why God created you first.

Never forget who the enemy of Man really is and why he needs to keep you in your slumber. 

Know that Man and Mankind are two completely different entities. 

Remember that no one spends time, energy and money trying to destroy a people they deem inferior. It is usually the opposite that causes this cowardly reaction. 

Remember to treat each other with love and respect.

Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is learning from them.

Remember that we are an intentionally broken race. 

Research the reason why it was intentional and you’ll have a keener insight to your enemy’s fear.

Please get as dark as you can in preparation for the coming Spiritual war. Coconut oil will aid you in this process. For those of you that are awake, you’ll understand why “darkness matters.”

Black men, please protect us. We need you. We cannot protect ourselves.

Black women, please love your black man. He needs it now more than ever.

Black men and women, please raise your black children. They are you 20 years from now.

Know that nothing happens in this universe by coincidence. 

Understand…for every ONE conscious black person you’ll meet, there’s 100 waiting to rip you in half.

Understand…not all of us will make it. And that’s perfectly o.k. so please…Accept it.

On a much more somber note…In dealing with Drakkor… They are all around us. They’ve been here on earth for quite some time. The whites at the top of the current Ponzi Scheme called Fiat Money, take orders from them. They all want the same thing. Your asili. Each emotion that you give a Spiritual Vampire depletes you of your asili…which is exactly what it wants. It sucks you dry and drains you of your ability to vibrate at a higher level. That is why food and sex is their primary weapon. Tel-lie-vision and music come in as a close second.

Power doesn’t come from money, material objects, good looks or making and enforcing (man’s) laws. Power comes from your ability to be sovereign. How do you become a sovereign nation? By “knowing oneself.” Evil feeds on fear. Literally. The more you fear an entity , the stronger the entity grows. I finally understand that now. I hope one day soon, for some of you, this will make sense. For others, you know who you are, you’ve known this long before I finally caught up. Thank you for educating me. For some you, just a small few, I’ll be seeing you in this life or the other as we battle this demonic force together side by side. And something tells me we’ll be victorious.

2014 will bring forth many changes, especially around the Spring equinox. Get ready…

For the rest of you, you know who you are, I’m sorry…perhaps next time…when you’re ready.

Blessings and best of luck to you:

Truthbetold

P.S. I will not shut the blog down. That way, you can continue to read and grow as you wish…please know that control of the internet is the next phase of The Draco Regime, so print out whatever articles you deem necessary. I will not allow any more comments. This will dissuade trolls and future in-fighting amongst those of us that are not yet awakened. ******************************************************************************************************

To my white readers and lurkers:

I can honestly say, with NO venom, with no hate, that I’ve never, ever, not once, met one white person, in my entire life, that was different from the rest. There is something missing within you. It is that very thing that causes you to despise us. I never knew what that was til now:

Huemanity.

You’ve had your chance to do the right thing many, many times. Your failure comes from the lack of the God Principle called melanin. As a genetic abnormality, your aggression and arrogance and apathy towards us will be your karma. You are a race of people that is known, universally, to cut off your own nose to spite your face. I think Katrina is more than proof of this statement. I’m actually torn between feeling happy for your demise, which will be soon, and feeling sad for you for you are a mere pawn in a very sophisticated Spiritual game.

You are being used to fulfill an agenda and you fell for it hook, line and sinker. That is perhaps why you were chosen. You are destined by your own design to become extinct. The agony you and your children will experience will make the Maafa seem trivial. Some, and I do mean some of you, as in a very small few, will understand what I am saying and try to learn and grow and make amends. The Creator will decide your fate as He/She seems fit. For the overwhelming majority of you…

The awakening you will soon experience will be like a shock of cold water splashed against your face. The very country that you love and hold dear, the same country that you fought and bled for, the same country that you sent your sons and daughters to war for, is about to show you how it really feels about you. You will not handle it well and your sanity will be the first to go. As you wonder why “this is happening”, know that “this” is what blacks have been speaking of for 500 years.

May God have mercy on your souls.

Water: How To find It and Make It Safe For Drinking

The three basic necessities which sustain life are:
1. air,
2. water, and
3. food.

The Rule of Threes states that a person can live for:
three-minutes without air,
three-days without water, and
three-weeks without food.

Without water or any other fluids, a person will die in about three days.

Therefore, since water is one of life’s most basic necessities, it is a subject we should not take for granted.

Some Interesting Facts About Water and The Human Body
The Human Body:
60% of our body is water.
75% of our brain is water.
83% of our blood is water and it transports nutrients and oxygen to the cells of our body.

Water is necessary to properly digest food. (Note: If you don’t have water, then do NOT eat regardless of how hungry you become.)

Our urine is almost all water and it is how our body flushes and rids itself of toxic wastes.

Water facilitates normal bowel movements which helps prevent constipation.

In one day the average person loses between 2 to 3 quarts of water through their urine, sweat, and normal breathing. If a person doesn’t replace that lost water, then dehydration begins to occur.

At 2% dehydration, thirst is perceived.
At 5% dehydration, a person becomes hot and tired, and strength and endurance decrease.
At 10% dehydration, delirium and blurred vision become a problem.
At 20% dehydration, a person dies.

Pause and reflect on that for a moment. A person loses 2 to 3 quarts of water every day as a result of their normal body functions. Which means if a person doesn’t get any fluids for about three days, they will die.

Most people have never thought about the above because they have NEVER been personally confronted with a extended shortage of fresh safe drinking water at any time in their lives.

Some More Facts About Water

Water is VERY heavy.

One gallon of water weighs about 8.5 pounds inside a thin-walled clear plastic water jug.

You can’t carry enough water with you between locations to last for very long.

If one person consumes 2.75 quarts of water each day, then one person will need 250 gallons of water per year. A family of four will need 1,000 gallons of water per year. One-thousand gallons of water weighs about 4.25 tons. (And that does NOT include water for washing your hands or for washing dishes.)

With the passage of time, bottled water will gradually become unfit to drink for a variety of reasons. However, it can be reprocessed to make it fit for human consumption. Several different options are discussed below.

If commerce were disrupted by either a natural or manmade disaster, one of the first things a person should do is evaluate their water situation. This involves three different but related issues:

1. How much water is on hand right now?
2. Where can more water be obtained?
3. How can that water be made safe to drink?


Drinking Water Available Immediately

If you are at home when the emergency occurs, then immediately check to see if the faucet water pressure is still on. If it is then fill every possible container in the house that will hold water and not leak. For example: pots, pans, plastic containers, drinking glasses and drinking cups, bowls, and every sink and bathtub.

If the water is off, you still have three sources of clean drinking water:
1. Ice cubes in the freezer, and
2. Water inside your water pipes, and
3. Water inside the hot water heater.

Even if the water pressure is off, there is still some water inside the water pipes in your home or apartment. That water can be drained from the water pipes (using gravity) by opening the LOWEST cold water faucet in your home, which will usually be on the first floor, or the basement, or an outside water faucet. However, you will also need to open the highest cold water faucet in your home to allow air to enter the cold water pipes so the water can flow out the lowest water faucet into your collection container. This will drain all the water out of your cold water pipes but NOT your hot water pipes.

Hot Water Heater

Most hot water heaters contain 40 gallons of clean water. However, BEFORE you remove that water you MUST turn off the power or turn off the gas to your hot water heater, or you could start a fire. Then open the faucet at the bottom of the water heater to gain immediate access to 40 gallons of reserve clean drinking water. This is enough emergency water to last a family of four for 20 days if they ONLY drink the water and don’t wash with it. This is the BEST source of reserve drinking water for the average family because it is constantly being used and replaced inside the hot water heater prior to the emergency. Therefore it will be fresh and clean at the beginning of an emergency. (Note: Some hot water heaters do NOT have an easy access water value at their base. Prior to an emergency you should take a look at your hot water heater and determine if you can get to the water inside your heater. If you can’t, then you might consider having a plumber install a standard water faucet value in the water line at the bottom of the hot water heater.)

Another source of water is canned foods because many canned foods are packed in water. When you open a can, serve the water in the can with the food. Never throw the canned water away if you are low on water.

Water that isn’t safe to drink is toilet tank water and water inside the mattress of a water bed.

If you had the foresight to plan for an unexpected emergency, then you should have a stash of clean empty 2-liter plastic soda bottles stored somewhere out-of-sight. They are really nice for storing water because they are free (after you drink the soda), they are made of food grade plastic, they don’t leak, they have a screw on cap to keep the water clean, they have an extremely long shelf life, and they are a convenient size to handle and use. The major disadvantage of the 2-liter bottles is that they don’t stack well on top of one another.

If you have empty one-gallon plastic water jugs then you should also consider saving them for a future emergency. However, clean empty plastic milk jugs are NOT a good option because they will deteriorate with the passage of time and begin to leak.

After inventorying your water, the next step is to ration your water. During normal times, one person consumes about 3 quarts of water per day. No one I know drinks that much water each day. However, all of us drink some water, plus a variety of other fluids (coffee, tea, soda, juice, or whatever appeals to you). During hardship conditions, a person can survive on two quarts of water per day (two quarts is one-half gallon). If water is really in short supply, then one quart per day will keep a person alive, but they will begin to slowly dehydrate.

Everyone knows better, but after an extended period of time with little or no water, a person will drink all the water they can when it suddenly becomes available. If you do this, you will get sick. Force yourself to S l o w – – d o w n. Drink one cup of water every 10 minutes. Give your system a chance to absorb the water and send it where it is needed most. Don’t overload your system and kill yourself.


Where to Find More Water

You have inventoried and carefully rationed your water, but the emergency continues longer than you anticipated and you are running low on water. Before your water completely runs out, you should start replenishing it. Let’s examine a number of different alternatives.

Well Water

If you live in the country, or if you have a water well on your property, then you already know there is water in the bottom of that well. Drilled wells can be anywhere from about 25 feet deep up to a thousand feet deep or more. For approximately $1,000 it is possible to purchase a heavy-duty manually-operated complete hand water pump for wells that are 200 feet deep or less. It is not possible to hand-pump water from wells much deeper than about 200 feet. However, there is a very CHEAP way to get water out of almost any well, regardless of its depth.

If you know your electricity is going to be off for an extended period of time, and you are out of drinking water, and you have no other way to get drinking water, then you can manually remove the water from your well.

Well Head

There are many different well configurations but a typical one is illustrated in the picture on the right. First you MUST turn off the electrical power at the main circuit breaker box, even if the electricity is off. Then disconnect the electrical wires at the top of the well and protect them so they do not touch one another or any other object. You may also need to disconnect the plastic pipe or hose connected to the top of the well piece. Next you will need the correct size wrench to remove the large bolts which secure the top piece to the well. After removing the bolts, remove the top piece and you will probably find three things: a very long flexible heavy-duty hose, a water-resistant rope, and some electrical wiring, all of which go down into your well and are attached to the well pump in the bottom of the well. You can gradually pull up on the rope (or the flexible hose if absolutely necessary) and it will bring the well pump up out of the well. Don’t pull on the electrical wiring because it is not intended for that purpose. After removing the well pump you will have exposed the entire shaft down to where your water is.

Depending on the depth of the well, the diameter at the bottom of the well shaft will probably be a little smaller than the visible diameter at the top of the well shaft. Therefore, select a container that is at least 1 or 2 inches smaller in diameter than the well opening at its top. The container can be almost any length up to about 18 inches. The container should have a large mouth on top to allow water to enter and air to escape. One option would be an empty two-liter plastic soda bottle with its top cut off.

The next step is of critical importance. Untie the wet end of the well rope from the well pump. Tie the opposite dry end of the rope to a secure object. This will keep the rope from falling into the well if you lose your grip. Then securely attach the wet end of the well rope to the container. If the container somehow works itself loose from the rope, then you will NOT be able to get the container out of your well shaft. Also remember the container is going to be HEAVY with water when you pull it up. One option would be to make a strong net and put your container inside the net. Then tie the rope securely to the net.

Then put a relatively heavy clean, sterile object in the bottom of the container so the container will sink when it reaches the water level. Then slowly lower the container on the end of the rope by hand until it reaches the bottom of the well. You will know you have hit bottom when the rope has some slack in it. Wait for the container to fill with water and then pull it up. Repeat as often as required. When finished, carefully cover the exposed well head to prevent foreign materials from entering and contaminating your well water.

Rain Water
Rain on Umbrella

For the average person, the best source of replacement drinking water will probably be rain water. Although this is an excellent source of safe drinking water, it is unpredictable in regards to timing and quantity. However, for most people, this is probably the cleanest source of replenishment drinking water they will have access to on a regular but intermittent basis.

Regardless of where you live in the world, if you can catch the rain water BEFORE it comes in contact with anything, then it is safe to drink without any special treatments. Even when you take acid rain into consideration, this is still a true statement. However, if there is a nuclear, chemical, or biological war at some point in the future, then rain water may not be safe to drink for some period of time. You will have to use your own judgment in that situation. One of the portable commercial water filters described below would be appropriate in those types of unusual and hazardous situations.

If the air contains smog, pollen, or any other unpleasant stuff, then the rain will usually clean that stuff out of the air during the first 20 to 30 minutes of a good rain shower. Therefore, when it begins to rain you should wait about 30 minutes and then start collecting the clean rain water in a container. (Note: If you are seriously low on water and you are forced to collect the rain water during the first few minutes when it starts to rain, then you should process that water through one of the filters described below.)

Be creative. Think about what you have available that you can put outside to catch and hold rain water, or channel rain water through a partially open window into a big pot. Remember that it usually rains one-inch or less each time it rains. You need a large surface area to collect enough rain water to drink. A drinking cup or glass will not be enough. Even a 5-gallon cook pot is too small to just put outside by itself because it will only collect one-inch of water in the bottom of the pot.

Something like a child’s inflatable swimming pool would be ideal, if your family already owns one. A 6-foot diameter pool would collect about 17 gallons of water if it rained one-inch. An 8-foot diameter pool would collect about 31 gallons of water if it rained one-inch. (Note: One gallon of water = 231 cubic inches of water.)

Or you could secure a clean 10′ by 12′ tarpaulin (or a clean thick sheet of plastic) in a manner where it slopes downward into a “V” shape towards a large 5-gallon pot (or other large container). Tarpaulins are commonly called tarps. With this size tarp you could collect about 70 gallons of water if it rains one-inch in your area (if you keep emptying and replacing your 5-gallon pot). However, you will need to secure your tarp very carefully because it is frequently very windy during a rain storm. Determine the primary direction in which the wind is blowing and then secure your tarp facing the wind at an upwards angle so the wind will blow a lot of the rain onto the surface of your tarp where it can collect and be channeled down into your water storage container.

In many areas it usually rains LESS than one-inch each time it rains, so it would probably be a good idea to use several tarps to collect rain water when it does rain. Many different tarp sizes are available, but for collecting rain water a tarp between 6′ by 8′ up to about 10′ by 12′ would be ideal. Smaller tarps don’t cover enough area nor do they have very many other practical uses. Larger tarps are too heavy and they also have a limited number of other useful applications.

If you are trying to decide between an inflatable swimming pool or a good tarp, then the tarp would be the better choice. It is usually less expensive, more durable, easier to transport between locations, easier to set up and take down, requires less storage space when not in use, and it will provide an overhead shelter if you need to do some unexpected camping. When camping, the two most useful items are a good hunting knife and a high quality tarp.

Another option for collecting rain water would be to put clean bed sheets outside your windows. Let them get drenched in the rain, and then bring them inside and ring the water out of them by hand into a pot. Then stick them back out into the rain again. This is NOT the best method, but it will provide some drinking water.

If you live in a tall apartment building with a flat roof, then you might consider collecting rain water on the roof of your building using the large tarp or heavy-duty plastic sheet described above.

Gutter

If you live in a house, you could collect the rain water from your roof gutters at the end of the down spouts. However, since the rain water has already been in contact with your roof, you will need to process it using one of the methods described later. The easiest way to collect roof rain water is to remove a few feet from the bottom of the gutter downspout and then put a large plastic container (or water barrel) directly beneath the shortened gutter downspout. The first few minutes of rain will wash a lot of stuff off your roof and down your gutter, so don’t position the water collection container below the downspout until after it has rained about twenty-minutes.

If you are camping, then you will probably be sleeping under a weatherproof tarp, or you will have a rain fly above your tent. By using a little creative thinking, you can frequently set things up so the rain water runs off your shelter into a big pot or other container. This requires a little ingenuity on your part depending on what you have available, but I mention it because some of you will figure out a way to make this idea work for you.

Regardless of which method you use to collect the rain water, you will need to save the majority of your rain water until the next time it rains. Once again, if you have anticipated the possibility and seriousness of this type of unexpected emergency, then you should already have a reserve supply of clean, empty two-liter soda bottles or empty one-gallon plastic water jugs in which to store and save your rain water.

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Dew on Flower

The Morning Dew

If it doesn’t rain, then you could go outside at dawn and collect the morning dew. How? Take a clean thin dish cloth or thin wash cloth and wipe it gently over the damp grass and other non-poisonous flowers and shrubs. Periodically ring the water out of the cloth into a bowl. Repeat. This is very hard work that yields very small quantities of water. However, if you are low on water, this may be your only way to stay alive.

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Snow on Trees

Snow or Ice

Bring the snow or ice inside your house and melt it down into water. You will be surprised at the small quantity of water you get from a big bucket of snow. If you are in the woods, put the pot of snow near the campfire and wait for it to melt.

If you have a black plastic trash bag, then put some snow inside the bag and place it in the direct sunlight to melt the snow.

If necessary, you can put the snow inside a small or medium size container. Then put the capped container inside your clothing (but not next to your skin) and your body heat will gradually melt the snow into water.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of the snow, then you can boil the resulting water for 1 or 2 minutes before you drink it.

Never melt snow or ice inside your mouth. It will NOT relieve your thirst and you will dehydrate more quickly. Always melt the snow or ice first and then drink the resulting water.

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Ground Water (or Surface Water)

Ground water is almost always contaminated. If you live in the country, then ground water is lake, pond, creek, stream, or river water. In the city, it is water flowing beside the sidewalks during a heavy rain. If no other source of water is available, then you may be forced to collect the only water you can find. But don’t drink it until you purify it.

Even if the water looks crystal clear in a glass, it can still contain tiny organisms that will make you sick. You don’t need a severe case of diarrhea or a high fever during difficult times. Like the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Wilderness Areas

All sorts of animals, bugs, and birds live in the woods. When they get the urge to use the bathroom, they let it go wherever they happen to be at the time (as long as it isn’t inside their nests). Later, when it rains, that waste material washes down into the nearest pond, lake, stream, creek, or river. Think about that if you are tempted to drink ground water without purifying it first. The chances are pretty high you will get sick even though there is no industrial pollution anywhere in the vicinity.

You MUST purify ground water using one of the methods which will be described later.

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Creek

Moving Water or Stationary Water

Water that is flowing swiftly over rocks is normally much cleaner than water in stagnant pools. If you have a choice, collect your water from a fast moving stream and then purify the water using one of the techniques described later.

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When to Collect Ground Water

Immediately after a rain the water in most streams and creeks will be muddy for a short period of time. At the very beginning of a rain shower you should check your water containers and fill them up if necessary before your normal water source (creek) gets really muddy.

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Spring Water (doesn’t refer to the time of year)

When it rains, the water does two things. Some of it travels along the top surface of the ground and ends up in creeks and streams. But a lot of it soaks into the earth and some of it makes its way down to the natural water table in the area. The earth is an excellent water filter. If the water table is 100 feet or more beneath the surface, then the water there is usually safe for human consumption without any treatment. That’s why people in the country drill deep wells – they want clean water that doesn’t need treatment.

The next question is, how does a person get to that deep water out in the middle of the woods?

Do NOT waste your time trying to dig for it. It isn’t worth the effort.

Head of the Spring

The best way is to find where a spring heads out. Let me explain. Because of gravity, water seeks the lowest possible level. You can usually find a stream or creek at the bottom of most hills or mountains. When you find one, begin walking upstream. Every now and then you will find a tiny feeder stream flowing into the main stream. The main stream will continue along the foot of the hill. Follow the tiny feeder stream up the side of the hill. Sooner or later you will eventually come to its source. It will just emerge from the ground. This is called the “head of the spring.” The underground water table in this area is very close to the surface of the earth at this one spot and this particular exit point just happened as a result of nature. The water at the head of the spring hasn’t had a chance to become polluted with lots of animal waste so it is the purest water you will find in the woods.

The head of a spring is normally a reasonable distance up the side of a hill or mountain. If there is any level ground near the spring head, this is usually an excellent place to set up camp. You avoid both the peak and bottom of the hill (high winds and flooding waters), and you are near a really clean reliable source of good water.

Usually (not always) this spring water it so clean it doesn’t need to be boiled. I only know of one way to determine if the spring water contains harmful micro-organisms (called pathogens). Take a small water sample to your local water authority (county water service) and have it tested. They will tell you if it is fit for human consumption without being treated.

There is one more important consideration. After a really good rain shower, there are usually many, many feeder springs running into the main stream at the bottom of the hill. The water table rises and it leaks out all the holes near the surface of the earth. After a short period of time, most of these holes run dry because the water table falls back to its normal level. Therefore, the best time to look for the head of a spring isn’t after a good rain. At that time they are easy to find but most will be undependable for the long haul. Wait until you have had a few good sunny days and then look for a spring head that is still running strong.

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Water in Rocks

Water Caught in Rock Depressions

Most rain water will flow into a stream or soak into the earth. However, some of it will be caught in large natural depressions in boulders and other large rocks. Depending on the size of the depression (and other factors such as how long the water is in the shade each day, and how much of the rock is above ground to absorb the sun’s rays, etc.) the rain water may not evaporate for many days after a rain. If you are trying to become familiar with a particular area of the woods, then you should mentally note these large depressions in a rock when you see them (even if they aren’t filled with rain water at the time).

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Dry Spring Bed Water

After a long dry spell, many springs and steams will run dry. If you are really desperate for water, then try digging in the lowest part of a dry spring or stream bed. Sometimes you will hit the water table two or three feet below the surface.

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Ducks

Wildlife Watering Holes

All of God’s creatures need water to live. If you follow a heavily worn animal path downhill in the woods, it will probably lead to water. If you hear frogs in the distance, they are probably real close to some water. If you hear geese or ducks in the distance, they are probably real close to some water. Follow the animals and you will have a pretty good chance of finding where they get their drinking water. (Note: Bees also need water and they will build their hive in close proximity to a water source. If you see a bee, observe where it goes when it leaves the flower. It will either be heading to another flower, or to its hive. When returning to its hive, bees always fly in a straight line, or the proverbial bee line. Remember, the bee’s hive is near some water.)

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Dew on Flower

Condensation From Green Leaf Vegetation

Put a large plastic bag around the leaves of a non-poisonous bush or shrub in the early morning and secure the open end of the bag to the wood branch with a string. During the heat of the day the green vegetation inside the plastic bag will release water vapor which will collect on the inside of your plastic bag and gradually drain down to the lowest edge of the plastic bag. When you check your bag at the end of the day you will discover about one-ounce of water (or less) in the lowest corner of the bag. Therefore, for this method to be of any practical value, you would need to have a lot of these bags attached to a lot of different plants every day.

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Solar Still

I have read about solar stills but I have never personally experimented with one. However, I am passing this information on to you so you will know everything I know about water.

Solar Still

You will need a large plastic sheet or tarp to make a solar still. Dig a conical hole about four-feet wide at the top and coming to a point about two-feet deep. The bottom of the hole should be in the very center (equal distance from all sides). The slope of the sides isn’t critical. Put a medium size pot at the very bottom of the hole. Then lay your plastic sheet over the top of the hole and put a medium size rock (about one-pound) in the center of the sheet just above the pot which will be directly underneath the sheet. Put heavy rocks on top of your plastic sheet all around the outside of the hole to keep the sheet from touching the inner sloping sides of the hole. The center of the sheet should be about 18 inches below the surface of the ground but about 6 inches above the pot. Wait 24 hours. Water vapor will form on the underside of your tarp and drain down to its lowest point (beneath your one-pound rock) and then drip into your pot in the bottom of the hole. On hot days and cold nights you can collect about one-pint of water per 24-hour period. I read somewhere that you can put moist green non-poisonous vegetation (leaves) near the bottom of the hole (but not in the pot) and this will increase the water yield from your still.

Solar still water is naturally distilled and it might be safe to drink without any treatments (such as boiling or chlorine). However, to avoid the possibility of getting sick it is a good idea to process the still water using one of the methods detailed below.

You will have to move your solar still every two or three days because you will have pulled all the available water from that hole until the next time it rains.

If you want to buy a plastic sheet to take with you when you go camping, then you can find them in the house paint section of most stores, including WalMart and most hardware stores. They are used by painters as drop-cloths to keep paint off the floor. They come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. For durability, the 2-mil thickness is probably best. I have never built a solar water still but I have used these plastic sheets before. The 3-mil stuff will last longer but it is heavier and therefore you will burn more calories carrying it around in your backpack. The 1-mil stuff is lighter but it is very easily damaged (torn).

Note: I occasionally receive an email telling me that I omitted the long thin plastic tube that most survival manuals normally show extending from inside the water pot up along the side of the hole and out from under the plastic tarp. The purpose of the long thin plastic tube is to allow you to drink the water from the pot without disturbing your solar still setup. I intentionally omitted that tube or “long straw” for safety considerations. If I were using the above solar still to generate my drinking water then I would want to visually examine that water before I put it into my mouth and swallowed it. Therefore I did not include the “long straw” in the above drawing or in my description of how to build a solar still.


What Makes Water Unsafe to Drink?

For educational purposes only.
This is NOT intended to be used as medical advice.

Microscope

There are three different types of waterborne pathogens that make water unsafe to drink: protozoa, bacteria, and viruses.

Protozoa: They live in insects, or in cysts when on the outside of an animal. Examples of common waterborne protozoa are amoeba, giardia, and crypto(sporidium). Protozoa range in size from 1 to 100 microns, with the average being around 16 microns. They are easily removed from water by boiling. Because of their large size most of them are also easily removed by commercially available water filters (with the exception of the very small crypto). Some are relatively resistant to both chlorine and iodine chemical treatment methods. It has been estimated that 90% of the surface water in the United States is contaminated with protozoa.

Pathogens

Bacteria: A one-celled organism that can exist in the air and in water. The average size of bacteria is between 0.2 to 1.5 microns with some as large as 10 microns. They are easily removed by boiling, by chemical treatments, or by most good water filters. Fortunately, not all bacteria are life threatening. However, the most common life-threatening waterborne bacteria are dysentery (diarrhea), typhoid, (vibrio)cholera, campylobacter, E. coli, and salmonella.

Viruses: The most common waterborne viruses are hepatitis, yellow fever, polio(myelitis), rotavirus, and norwalk. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria. The average size of a virus is from 0.004 to 0.100 microns. They are easily removed by boiling or by chemical treatments. However, because of their extremely small size, they can pass through most water filters. However, some viruses will cling to other larger particles in the water which can be filtered out.

The incubation period prior to becoming extremely sick as a result of ingesting one of the above pathogens varies from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on the pathogen itself and the concentration ingested. Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, cramps, diarrhea, dehydration, and nausea. If not properly treated by a medical professional, these pathogens can eventually result in a person’s death.

If you are in a remote area or if you can’t get to a doctor quickly, then stay warm, drink plenty of safe fluids, and rest. You can help control the diarrhea with over-the-counter antidiarrheal medicines, and you can take over-the-counter pain relievers to help reduce the fever and minimize other associated discomforts. However, you should plan to get to a medical doctor as soon as possible.


How to Make Water Safe to Drink

Pure clean water should be used:
1. to drink,
2. to make a beverage,
3. to cook with,
4. to brush your teeth,
5. to wash your hands and face, and
6. to wash your eating dishes and cook pots.

After you have purified your water using one of the following techniques, do NOT recontaminate your water by allowing it to touch a pot, or spoon, or anything else that has been in contact with the unpurified water.

If your source of water is relatively cloudy or muddy (high turbidity) then allow it to stand in a large pot for twelve-hours to give the foreign particles an opportunity to settle to the bottom of the pot. Then slowly and carefully scoop the water out of the top of the pot without disturbing the sediment on the bottom of the pot.

Regardless of which of the following methods you use to purify your water, the first step is always the same. Begin by pouring your water through a standard paper coffee filter, or through a clean pillow case, or through a piece of denim cloth material. This will trap and remove any large impurities in the water. The same coffee filter can be used over and over again for several days (unless the water is muddy or dirty).

After you have pre-filtered your water, then you may use one of the following options to purify your water. The following alternatives are presented in order from the cheapest to the most expensive method.

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Boiling
Kills Protozoa, Bacteria, and Viruses.
Does Not Neutralize Harmful Chemicals or Radioactive Particles.

Boiling is the BEST method for killing ALL the pathogens in the water. Even the most expensive commercially available water filter can’t make that claim. Therefore, let’s examine this method very carefully.

Water boils at approximately 212°F at sea level at a barometric pressure of approximately 30.3 inches of mercury. The boiling point of water decreases as the barometric pressure decreases. Therefore, the changing barometric pressure in your area has as much impact on the boiling point of water as the altitude at which you live. The following table illustrates this relationship:

The Boiling Point of Water at Different Altitudes at Different Barometric Pressures

Altitude 30″ Mercury 29″ Mercury 28″ Mercury 27″ Mercury
Sea Level 211.5 °F 209.8 °F 208.0 °F 206.2 °F
2,000 Feet 208.0 °F 206.2 °F 204.4 °F 202.5 °F
4,000 Feet 204.4 °F 202.5 °F 200.5 °F 198.4 °F
6,000 Feet 200.5 °F 198.4 °F 196.3 °F 194.1 °F
8,000 Feet 196.3 °F 194.1 °F 191.8 °F 189.4 °F
10,000 Feet 191.8 °F 189.4 °F 186.9 °F 184.3 °F

All pathogens die rapidly at 185°F. Some pathogens die at lower temperatures. By the time the water has reached its boiling point (even at low barometric pressures), all the pathogens in the water are already neutralized.

Therefore, bring your water to a boil and let it hard boil for 1 minute. Or hard boil for 2 minutes on top of an extremely high mountain at very low barometric pressures. Boiling for more time doesn’t help, and it results in more water being lost as steam, and it makes the water taste flatter. All pathogens are already dead by the time the water reaches its boiling point. There is no benefit to a pathogen being “more” dead.

Wait patiently for the water to gradually cool to a comfortable drinking temperature.

How to Improve the Taste of Boiled Water:
1. Stir the water to add oxygen back into the water.
2. Or pour the water from one clean sterile container into another sterile container several times.
3. Or add a little salt to the water.
4. Or add 50 mg of Vitamin C to a quart of water.
5. Or add Kool-Aid (10% Vitamin C) or Tang (100% Vitamin C) to the water.

Now let’s look at some other ways to improve the quality of your drinking water. But don’t forget, Boiling is Best, if you intend to actually drink the water in the next 24 hours or so. However, if you plan to store the water for an extended period of time, then one of the following methods should be considered.

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Liquid Chlorine Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) – Either 5.25% or 6% Strength
Kills Bacteria and Viruses.
Not effective against all Protozoa.
Does Not Neutralize Harmful Chemicals or Radioactive Particles.
Relatively Clear Water – Use 2 drops of bleach per quart of water or 8 drops per gallon (or 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons).
Cloudy Water – Use 4 drops of bleach per quart of water or 16 drops per gallon (or 2 teaspoons per 10 gallons).

The water should not be too cool. The water temperature should be 70°F or higher. If necessary, put the water in direct sunlight to raise the water temperature. The effectiveness of chlorine at killing pathogens diminishes rapidly at lower temperatures.

Add the required number of drops of chlorine liquid bleach (Clorox or store brand, unscented) to the water and wait one hour for the bleach to kill all the tiny organisms. If you can detect a faint chlorine smell in the water at the end of one hour, then it is safe to drink. If you can’t smell the chlorine, then add the same amount of bleach a second time and wait another hour. If you can detect a faint chlorine smell, then the water is safe to drink. If you still can’t detect the smell of chlorine, then discard the water because it contains too many germs. (Note: Always start with the minimum recommended amount of bleach and add a little more if necessary. Too much chlorine is harmful to your body.)

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Dry 68% Calcium Hypochlorite Granules
This is the shock treatment chemical used in swimming pools.
Kills Bacteria and Viruses.
Not effective against all Protozoa.
Does Not Neutralize Harmful Chemicals or Radioactive Particles.

The water should not be too cool. The water temperature should be 70°F or higher. If necessary, put the water in direct sunlight to raise the water temperature. The effectiveness of chlorine at killing pathogens diminishes rapidly at lower temperatures.

Put 1/96 of an ounce (a pinch between thumb and finger) of 68% Calcium Hypochlorite granules into one gallon of water. Wait one-hour. If you can detect a faint chlorine smell in the water, then it is safe to drink. If you can’t smell the chlorine, then add another “pinch” and wait another hour. If you can detect a faint chlorine smell, then the water is safe to drink. If you still can’t detect the smell of chlorine, then discard the water because it contains too many germs. (Note: Always start with a small amount of Calcium Hypochlorite and add a little more if necessary. Too much chlorine is harmful to your body.)

The shelf life of liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is much shorter than the dry 68% Calcium Hypochlorite granules. Therefore, if you wish to store hypochlorite for emergency purposes, the best choice is the dry granules.

Liquid Bleach: If you have dry 68% Calcium Hypochlorite granules, and for some reason you need liquid bleach, then you may dissolve one-ounce of 68% granules in one-pint of water and you will have a 5.25% liquid bleach solution.

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Liquid 2% Tincture of Iodine
Kills Bacteria and Viruses.
Not effective against all Protozoa
Does Not Neutralize Harmful Chemicals or Radioactive Particles.
Relatively Clear Water – Use 4 drops of iodine per quart of water or 16 drops per gallon.
Cloudy Water – Use 8 drops of iodine per quart of water or 32 drops per gallon.

The water should not be too cool. The water temperature should be 70°F or higher. If necessary, put the water in direct sunlight to raise the water temperature. The effectiveness of iodine at killing pathogens diminishes rapidly at lower temperatures.

Add the required number of drops of iodine to the water and wait one hour.

Iodine has a printed expiration date on the bottle. When that date has expired, the iodine will have lost some or most of its original strength. Therefore, iodine is generally not the chemical of choice for long-term survival situations.

Caution: Iodine water treatment methods can NOT be used by pregnant women, or nursing mothers, or individuals with thyroid conditions. In addition, long-term exposure to iodine can contribute to liver damage.

Although iodine is one way to purify water, it is NOT a preferred method. Any of the above methods is superior to the use of iodine.

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Commercial Water Purification Tablets

Most commercially available water purification tablets are based on the use of either chlorine or iodine as their primary active ingredient. Both chlorine and iodine have a relatively short shelf life before they begin to lose their full strength and effectiveness. If you happen to have some of these tablets and they have passed their expiration date, then you should replace them.

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Commercial Portable Water Filters
Removes Protozoa, Bacteria, Most Viruses, Many Harmful Chemicals and Radioactive Particles.
To remove ALL Viruses, you must Boil the Water or Add Chlorine or Iodine.

The best overall method for improving the quality of water, but also the most expensive, is to use a commercial water filter, but not one that permanently connects to your home water system because it requires water pressure to function properly.

The one potential disadvantage of commercial water filters (not purifiers) is that they cannot remove 100% of ALL virus pathogens. Fortunately, waterborne virus pathogens are NOT a common problem in most areas. Therefore, unless there has been an outbreak of viral diseases in your area, then waterborne viruses will probably not be a problem with your water supply. However, if there has been a recent outbreak of viral diseases, then add the appropriate quantity of chlorine to the water, wait one-hour, and then put that treated water through one of the following filters.

Two Quick Definitions:
Portable: Easy to move from place to place.
Potable: Okay to drink.

Commercial water filters are normally purchased for one of three reasons:
1. To improve the taste and quality of the normal home water supply.
2. To provide drinking water during a short-term emergency.
3. To provide drinking water for long-term survival.

Many people add a variety of water softeners, water filters, and water purifiers to the plumbing in their homes to improve the quality of the water normally available at their place of residence. These filters depend on water pressure and/or electricity to function properly. Neither water pressure nor electricity can be depended on during either short-term or long-term survival scenarios so these types of water filters will not be discussed here.

Short-term emergencies, such as hurricanes or tornados, are extremely serious but life gradually returns to normal after the danger has passed. Unless your area was completely demolished, most services are restored in days, or weeks, or sometimes a little longer.

Army Soldiers

Long-term survival, such as a World War being fought within your nation’s borders, is a more challenging situation because you may not have any outside help or assistance for an extended period of time. Your survival will depend completely on the resources you had available before the situation developed.

Some water filters perform very well during short-term emergencies, but they are not designed for long-term survival situations. Other water filters are specifically engineered for long-term survival scenarios. Fortunately, those same filters will also function exceedingly well during short-term emergencies. Consequently, the following recommendations are for long-term survival water filters, which will also serve in a short-term emergency if required.

In a long-term survival situation, the primary source of life-threatening pathogens entering the water supply is through human waste (fecal matter). Since the normal sewage system is not functioning the way it was designed to, human waste is NOT disposed of properly. It is frequently thrown into the streets to get it out of people’s homes. The next rain washes significant amounts of that human waste into the nearest water collection area. Disease, sickness, and death soon follow. Even if you are in or near a crowded camping area during a long-term survival scenario, the same tragic drama unfolds. To survive in a situation such as this, you need to filter all your drinking water and then boil it. (Note: The proper way to deal with human waste while camping is to bury it.)

Three different water filters will be discussed below. None of them require water pressure or electricity.

The first model is a Swiss Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. Its advantages are that is more affordable, lighter weight, and extremely portable. It comes with one 0.2 micron filter element that will yield one-quart of drinking water per minute and the filter has a maximum rated life of 13,000 gallons of water under good conditions. Its disadvantages are that it must be hand pumped, and if its one filter is damaged in any way then it makes the unit of questionable value. However, if you perceive a survival scenario where you will be frequently moving between locations by walking or by bicycle, then it is probably your best choice because it is both small and light weight. (Note: There are several other cheaper Katadyn water filters available, such as the Hiker and the Guide, but they are NOT designed for long-term survival scenarios.)

The second model is a British Berkefeld Big Berkey. Its advantages are that it uses gravity to filter the water, and it comes with four 0.9 micron nine-inch filters. Each filter has a maximum rated life of 12,000 gallons of water under good conditions (or 48,000 gallons of water from all four filters). It weighs about 9 pounds and it has exterior dimensions of about 8.5″ diameter and 20.5″ tall. It may be used with one, two, three, or all four filters installed. In a survival situation, one filter will provide about six-gallons of drinking water per day. That would leave three unused filters in reserve as replacements when the first filter wears out, or if anything should happen to the first filter. The stainless steel gravity Berkefeld water containers are extremely nice units. However, the quality of the current Berkefeld water filters that are used inside those stainless steel containers may not be as good as they were in the past. Therefore, beginning in October of 2012, I cannot recommend the purchase of the Berkefeld water filters.

The third model is an American AquaRain Model 400 Water Filter. It advantages are that it uses gravity to filter the water, and it comes with four 0.3 micron filters. Each filter has a maximum rated life of 10,000 gallons of water under good conditions. It weighs about 10 pounds and it has exterior dimensions of 10.5″ diameter and 22″ tall. It can be used with one, two, three, or all four filters installed.

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Swiss Katadyn Pocket Water Filter
Katadyn Pocket Filter

  1. No water pressure required.
  2. No electricity required.
  3. Output: 1 quart per minute via hand-pumping.
  4. Weight: 24 oz. inside its carrying case with all its attachments.
  5. Size: 3″ x 10.5″ inside its carrying case with all its attachments.
  6. Expected Life: Up to 13,000 gallons of water from ONE filter depending on the quality of the incoming water source.
    The maximum filter life can be achieved if the incoming water is pre-filtered through a clean cloth before putting it through the Katadyn filter.
  7. Life-time warranty.
  8. Filter Element: One 0.2 micron porosity ceramic filter.
    Self-disinfecting due to fine silver embedded throughout the Katadyn filter which prevents the growth of bacteria.
    Will remove ALL bacteria and ALL Protozoa, including:

    1. 100% Giardia Protozoa.
    2. 100% Cryptosporidium Protozoa.
  9. Removes asbestos fibers, nuclear explosion debris, invisible dust particles, and pollen.
  10. Does NOT remove 99.9% of all viruses.
  11. Does NOT remove dissolved minerals or chemicals.
    Therefore it can not be used to desalinate sea water.
  12. No Carbon is included inside the filter.
    If you wish, you can purchase separately a Universal Carbon Cartridge Filter Unit for use with any water filter at a cost of about $11.95 on the internet.
  13. The filter may be cleaned with one of the two cleaning pads which are included.

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British Berkefeld “Big Berkey” Gravity Water Filter
with Four 9-inch Super Sterasyl Candles
Note: As of October 2012 I no longer recommend the purchase of the Berkefeld water filters.
I am leaving the following information on my web site so you will know that I did consider them acceptable prior to October of 2012.

Big Berkey

  1. Used by missionaries around the world.
  2. No water pressure required.
  3. No electricity required.
  4. Stainless Steel Construction.
  5. Output: 6 gallons per day from ONE filter, or 24 gallons per day using all four filters at the same time.
    Water is filtered automatically by the use of gravity.
    Lower Tank Holding Capacity: 2.4 gallons.
  6. Weight: About 9 pounds without water.
  7. Size Unassembled in Box: 9″ x 9″ x 13½”
    Size Assembled: 8.5″ Diameter by 20.5″ Tall.
  8. Expected Life: Between 2,000 to 12,000 gallons PER FILTER of pure water depending on the quality of the incoming water.
    The maximum filter life can be achieved if the incoming water is pre-filtered through a clean cloth before putting it through the Berkefeld filter.
  9. Six month warranty on the water filters.
  10. Filter Elements: Four 0.9 micron Nine-Inch Super Sterasyl Candle Filters
    Self-disinfecting due to fine particles of silver evenly distributed throughout the Sterasyl filter which prevents the growth of bacteria.
    Sterasyl Candles form a barrier to all particles 0.9 microns or larger in size.
    Super Sterasyl Candles have an activated carbon filling which removes chemical and organic compounds from the water, reduces herbicides and pesticides, eliminates unpleasant odors, and improves the taste.
    This unit may be priced and sold with either 7″ or 9″ Sterasyl Candles. Verify you are getting 9″ filters before you buy.
    This unit may be priced and sold with either Regular Sterasyl Candles or Super Sterasyl Candles. Verify you are getting four 9″ Super Sterasyl Candle filters before you buy.
    This unit may be priced with the black filters. The black filters are better but they do not have the life expectancy of the Super Sterasyl Candle filters.
    All Sterasyl filters will remove:

    1. More than 99.99% E. Coli Bacteria
    2. More than 99.99% Cholera Bacteria
    3. More than 99.99% Fecal Coliform Bacteria
    4. More than 99.99% Shigetta Bacteria
    5. More than 99.99% Salmonella Bacteria
    6. More than 99.99% Typhoid Bacteria
    7. 100% Giardia Protozoa
    8. 100% Cryptosporidium Protozoa
    9. Reduces turbidity more than 99.7%
  11. Does NOT remove 99.9% of all viruses.
  12. Does NOT remove dissolved minerals or chemicals.
    Therefore it can not be used to desalinate sea water.
  13. The durable filters element may be cleaned many times with a Scotch Brite pad, purchased separately.
  14. Shipped with two rubber hole plugs to permit the use of two filters. To use more than two filters at the same time, remove the rubber hole plugs. To use only one filter, an additional cork or hole plug will need to be purchased separately.

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AquaRain Model 400 Gravity Water Filter
with Four Ceramic Filters
AquaRain

  1. No water pressure required.
  2. No electricity required.
  3. Seamless Heavy-Duty 18 Gauge Stainless Steel One-Piece Construction.
  4. Output: 6 gallons per day from ONE filter, or 24 gallons per day using all four filters at the same time.
    Water is filtered automatically by the use of gravity.
    Lower Tank Holding Capacity: 3 gallons.
  5. Weight: About 10 pounds without water.
  6. Size Unassembled in Box:10.75″ x10.75″ x 11.75″
    Size Assembled: 10″ Diameter by 22″ Tall.
  7. Expected Life: Between 2,500 to 10,000 gallons PER FILTER of pure water depending on the quality of the incoming water.
    The maximum filter life can be achieved if the incoming water is pre-filtered through a clean cloth before putting it through the AquaRain filter.
  8. Filter Elements: Four 0.3 micron ceramic Filters
    Each filters has a silvered carbon core filling which removes chemical and organic compounds from the water, reduces MTBE, herbicides and pesticides, eliminates unpleasant odors, and improves the taste.
    Will remove ALL bacteria and ALL Protozoa, including:

    1. 100% Giardia Protozoa
    2. 100% Cryptosporidium Protozoa
  9. Does NOT remove 99.9% of all viruses.
  10. Does NOT remove dissolved minerals or chemicals.
    Therefore it can not be used to desalinate sea water.
  11. The durable filters element may be cleaned up to 200 times with the included cleaning pad.
  12. Shipped with two silicone hole plugs to permit the use of two filters. To use more than two filters at the same time, remove the silicone hole plugs. To use only one filter, an additional cork or hole plug will need to be purchased separately.

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Silver

At the current time all three of the above water filters are saturated with fine particles of silver to prevent and retard the growth of pathogens. Early American pioneers frequently put a silver dollar into their water barrels and they left it there because they had learned from experience that it helped to reduce the number of health related problems within their families.

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Selecting a Water Filter
The following is just my opinion about the potential advantages and shortcomings of the above water filters. It is nothing more than my opinion.

I no longer recommend the purchase of the Berkefeld water filters because their quality does not appear to be as good as it was in the past. However, their stainless steel water containers are extremely nice. Therefore if you have one of their stainless steel containers then I recommend that you consider purchasing some AquaRain replacement water filters for that unit when your current supply of Berkefeld water filters have been used up.

Each company that sells a water filter will tell you why their particular water filter is better than their competitors. But each company will usually only be comparing the specific features of their filter that are better while not mentioning the features where their filter is weaker.

The AquaRain filter does have the advantage of a carbon core. The inner carbon core filter does help to improve the taste of filtered water.

However, if you wish you may add an external carbon filter to the Katadyn filter. In other words, if your water has taste problems, then after putting it through the Katadyn filter you could then pour that water through a separate carbon filter.

There is no simple one best answer about which water filter company makes the best filter.

At this time I cannot recommend the Katadyn filter or the AquaRain filter as being the best one on the market. Each filter has advantages and disadvantages. However, if you only talk to a sales representative they will focus their sales pitch on the advantages and downplay the disadvantages.

In a life-threatening emergency I would first hard boil my water for one minute and then I would let it gradually cool down to room temperature. Boiling would kill the pathogens in the water. Then I would use either a Katadyn or an AquaRain water filter to further enhance the quality of the water. Then I would feel safer about drinking the water.


How to Build an Affordable High Efficiency Homemade Water Filter for about $50

Replacement Water FilterYou will need to purchase the following two items:

  1. A food grade 5 or 6 gallon plastic bucket or a plastic food storage container that is at least 12 inches tall (approximately $5.00).
  2. A replacement water filter cartridge with an O-ring and a wing nut such as the ones made by AquaRain (approximately $45.00).

A good quality water filter will process about 10,000 to 12,000 gallons of water before it wears out if you pre-filter the water through a clean cloth before putting it through your water filter.
One good water filter will provide about 7 or 8 gallons of drinking water each day.

When you order your water filter please be sure to specifically request that they ship the filter with a new “O” ring and a new “wing nut” for the bottom of the filter. With a new water filter, and an “O” ring seal, and a “wing nut” you can install your filter on anything that will hold at least one-gallon of water, and is also at least as tall as the filter itself. For example, you could install a water filter in a food grade 5 or 6 gallon plastic bucket, or a plastic tote container, or an empty one-gallon plastic water bottle (after you cut the top off the bottle). The container must have a flat bottom surface at the position where you will install the water filter. Simply drill a one-half inch diameter hole in the bottom center of the container and then put the “O” ring tight against the filter on the inside of the container and then screw the “wing nut” to the filter on the outside of the container. Then put the modified water filter container over another clean container that will catch the filtered water and fill the water filter container with water. Then relax and wait for gravity to move the water through your water filter into the lower container.

If you are filtering out radioactive particles then position your water filter system far enough away from your living quarters so the tiny radioactive particles that will get trapped inside the water filter cannot slowly poison your family members. Radiation only kills living organisms. It does not kill non-living things such as water or canned food. However, if you ingest water or food that contains radioactive particles then you will get sick and eventually die. However, if you remove the radioactive particles from the water then the water will be safe to drink.


How to Distill Water

Equipment Needed:

  1. Pressure Cooker (any size).
  2. Copper Tubing (12 to 15 feet).
  3. Cooling Bucket (2 to 5 gallons).
  4. Clean Cook Pot or Clean Water Bucket.

The copper tubing should have an inside diameter that matches the outside diameter of the steam exhaust port on your pressure cooker. Leave about four-feet at both ends of the copper tubing relatively straight. Wrap the center of the copper tubing into a coil around any cylindrical object that is a few inches smaller in diameter than the inside of the cooling bucket (item 3 above). Remove and aside the cylindrical object after you have successfully coiled the middle of the copper tubing.

How to Distill Water with a Pressure Cooker
Instructions for Distilling Water:

  1. Follow all the standard safety instructions for a pressure cooker.
  2. Pour some water through a clean cloth to pre-filter the water and remove any large impurities.
  3. Fill the pressure cooker between 1/2 to 3/4 full of pre-filtered water.
  4. Put the pressure cooker on the stove top but do NOT turn on the heat yet.
  5. Put a cooling bucket on a chair near the stove. Fill the cooling bucket with cool water.
  6. Place an empty clean cook pot or clean water bucket on the floor.
  7. Attach one end of the copper tubing to the steam exhaust port on top of the pressure cooker. Place the center coil of the cooper tubing inside the cool water in the cooling bucket. Place the other end of the copper tubing in the clean cook pot on the floor.
  8. Turn on the heat to the pressure cooker. The water inside the pressure cooker will gradually turn into steam and travel up through the steam exhaust port into the copper tubing. The steam will enter the cooling coil and cool down and become water again. It will then flow into the cook pot on the floor.
  9. You may reduce the heat to the pressure cooker after water starts flowing into the cook pot on the floor. Do NOT touch the pressure cooker or the copper tubing while either one is HOT.

The above procedure will make distilled water but it uses a lot of energy.


Other Methods of Making Water Safe to Drink

There are a variety of other methods for making water safe to drink, such as reverse osmosis and ultraviolet. However, those methods are better suited to normal situations that don’t involve long-term survival and the possible absence of electricity.


A Practical and Inexpensive Method for
Replenishing Water while Hiking

If you have enough Katadyn Pocket Water Filters for everyone in your group, then you may skip over this section. However, if some of the people in your party don’t have their own Pocket Water Filter, then the following information may be of use to you.

To begin with, it is not practical to attach items to the belt which holds your pants up. If you do, those items will pull your pants down as you walk and rub blisters on your hips. Not only is it painful, but it is also very annoying. Therefore, let your normal belt (or suspenders) hold your pants up. Then use another belt for your knife, pistol, first aid kit, and canteen, but don’t put that belt through the belt loops on your pants. A belt canteen is usually preferred to a shoulder strap canteen because the shoulder strap wears a blister on your shoulder in a very short time, even when you keep changing shoulders.

Canteen and Equipment

Most canteens are made of light-weight plastic. You can find them at most Army-Navy Surplus Stores. They also usually carry the canteen pouch and the equipment (canteen) belt. Sometimes you can also find a collapsible metal cup that will fit on the bottom of the plastic canteen and fit inside the cloth canteen pouch. The handle of the metal cup is on a hinge and it will fold down and under the cup out-of-the-way. (Note: If you decide to visit an Army-Navy Surplus Store, then ask for an “Alice” type belt with shoulder harness suspender straps. It will cost a little more money but if you do ANY hiking you will probably never regret spending that money. If you purchase the Alice belt, then you should also check out the different types of small equipment bags they sell which attach to that belt. Each small bag can be used to store something different, such as first aid supplies, dehydrated or freeze-dried food, personal care items, or small miscellaneous survival gear such as snare wires and fishing tackle.)

When full of water, the canteen weighs about 2.5 pounds. However, as you walk you will periodically drink some of your water. And if the unexpected occurs, then you may not be able to return to your primary area of safety before nightfall. Therefore, you should also carry the means to replace your drinking water if necessary.

If you add a clean cloth (folded inside a heavy-duty freezer bag) to the inside of your canteen pouch with your canteen, then you will have a method to pre-filter your water. The heavy-duty freezer bag can be used to collect the water, even from a very shallow area. The water can then be poured from the freezer bag through the cloth into your metal cup. This pre-filters the water and removes any large impurities.

You then have two options.

If you have water purification tablets, then you could put the appropriate number inside the water in your cup and wait the specified time. Then you can pour the water into your canteen.

Or you could start a fire IF you have a small butane lighter. Of course you would also need to find some combustible material but in most areas that is not too difficult. Then you can heat the water in your metal cup over the coals from the fire until the water boils. Let it boil for 1 minute (or 2 minutes if you are at the top of an extremely high mountain). Then wait patiently for the water to cool to a safe temperature. Then pour the safe water into your canteen.

You would either boil your water OR you would use your water purification tablets, but you would NOT do both at the same time because they both accomplish the same basic objective. Of the two methods, boiling is best because it positively kills every pathogen in your water source whereas the purification tablets will not be successful against all viruses.

The cloth canteen pouches sold at most Army-Navy Surplus Stores have a small pocket attached to the outside of the canteen pouch. This exterior pocket can be used to store your bottle of water purification tablets which should be placed inside a plastic sandwich bag. And it can also be used to store a miniature butane lighter in a separate plastic sandwich bag. The purpose of the sandwich bags is to protect those items from the condensation moisture from your canteen which will saturate your canteen pouch, or from the rain if it should start to rain unexpectedly while you are hiking.


Water Conservation Recommendations
for Personal Hygiene Activities

Bathing

If you are low on water then don’t waste it bathing. I know cleanliness is important but most of us overdo it in the United States. Just wash your hands, face, and feet periodically. Use the two-pot method for bathing. Fill one pot with water and use it as the first rinse after washing your hands with soap, or after bathing with a sponge or wash cloth. Fill another pot with water and use it as the second rinse. Don’t discard the wash water in the first pot until it is too dirty to be safely used, and then pour it into the back of your toilet tank so you can use it to flush your toilet, if your sewer system is still working. Then use the second pot as your first rinse and start a new pot of clean water as your second rinse. (Note: The average person probably won’t appreciate the true value of their feet until they are confronted with a difficult situation. Then they will suddenly realize that their long-term survival depends on the condition of their feet.)

If you have water pressure and you prefer to take showers, then take a military shower. Close the bath tub drain or put a flat round flexible plastic drain cover over the shower drain. Turn the water on, quickly get soaking wet all over, and then turn the water off. Use some soap to wash your body, and use some shampoo on your hair while the water is off. When you have finished washing and shampooing, turn the water on and quickly rinse the shampoo out of your hair and the soap off your body. Then turn the water off. If you practice this method you will discover you can take a good shower with only three or four gallons of water, and you can then use the shower water that is in the bottom of the tub or shower to flush your toilet, if your sewer system is still working.

Teeth Brushing

Always brush your teeth at least once per day. It doesn’t take much water, just a little in a small cup. If you still have water pressure, then do not let the water run while you are brushing your teeth. (Note: Also do not let the water run while you are shaving.) Instead turn the faucet on and put about 2 or 3 ounces of water into a small cup. Then turn the faucet off. Only use a little toothpaste each time and not the amount you normally use. Your toothpaste will last four to six times longer this way with no compromise in dental hygiene. If your sewer system is still working then spit the used mouthful of toothpaste into the toilet bowl. If your sewer system is not working, the spit the toothpaste into the trash can. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing with a small amount of water and spit it into the sink. (Note: If you have a limited amount of water then you do not want to run the risk of having your toothpaste slowly accumulate inside your sink drain and gradually dry out and form a soap block that prevents your drain from working properly. That is the reason you should consider spitting the toothpaste into the toilet stool or trash can.)

Washing Dishes

Use the three-pot method to wash your eating dishes. Wash your dishes in the first pot of water with dish soap. Rinse the dishes in a second pot. Rinse the dishes again in a third pot. When the dish water in the first pot gets really nasty, pour it down the front of your toilet stool to flush it, if your sewer system is still working. (Note: Dish water usually contains too much food residue and grease to put it in the back of the toilet tank but it can be poured into the front toilet bowl to help flush the stool.) Then put dish soap in the second pot and use it as the initial wash pot. Use the third pot as your first rinse. Add a new pot with clean water as the final rinse.

Hot water, or even warm water, makes it easier to wash your dishes by hand. However, the effort and energy required to heat the water may sometimes exceed the extra manual effort required to simply scrub the dishes a little harder by hand in cold water. That trade-off decision will need to be made by each person based on their own personal circumstances. (Note: Warm water doesn’t kill germs. Boiling water kills germs. However, warm water does make grease removal from the dishes much easier. Or you could use enamel coated camping dishes which clean up nicely even in cold water. However, long-term exposure to citric acid will stain the enamel coating on enamel dishes.)

Washing Clothes

If you are using a standard electric washing machine then do not discard your washing machine water directly into the drain. Move the drain hose to a position above a large empty water container to catch the used wash water. After the first wash cycle, allow the wash water to drain into your water storage container. This soapy wash water can be used in the back of your toilet stool to flush your toilets, if your sewer system is still working. After the washing machine rinse cycle, allow the rinse water to drain into another water storage container. After the washing machine spin cycle is complete, remove your clean clothes, and then transfer the rinse water back into your washing machine. This water is relatively clean and it only contains a little soap residue which will be of use during the next wash cycle. If you will follow this method you will not be wasting any water to wash your clothes, because all of the water will eventually be used to flush your toilets.

The Common Household Toilet Stool

If your sewer system is not working then you may use the two pot method for human waste collection and disposal. You will need two large five-gallon containers with lids. When you need to use the toilet, then do so inside one of the two containers. Liquid waste should go into one container and solid waste in the other container. Then immediately replace the lid so most of the odor remains inside the containers. Your local public health authorities will tell you where and how to periodically dispose of this human waste to prevent the spread of a multitude of life threatening diseases.

If your sewer system is working then you may use your toilet. Most new toilet stools are very water efficient and they only require the absolute minimum amount of water per flush. If you have an older toilet stool then it probably uses between four to six gallons of water per flush, which is excessive. However, you can easily reduce the amount of water required per flush. Fill a clean empty 16 to 24 ounce plastic bottle (soft drink or water) with small rocks or pebbles as full as you can, and then finish filling the plastic bottle with water. Replace the bottle cap tightly. Carefully remove the top piece off the rear of your toilet tank and place the full weighted plastic bottle inside the tank. If necessary, secure it with some wire or string inside the toilet tank so that it does not interfere with the normal flushing operation of the toilet. Then flush the toilet to make sure it flushes properly. If you still have some space, then you may add a second and a third filled plastic bottle inside the toilet tank. Just be careful that you do not interfere with the normal flushing operation of the toilet. (Note: Or you could put a brick inside a plastic freezer bag and put it inside the toilet tank instead of using a plastic bottle. Or you could simply replace your old toilet with a new water efficient toilet that uses about 1.6 gallons per flush.)

Only flush human waste and used toilet tissue down your toilet stool. Do not put makeup removal tissues or any other type of used paper in your toilet stool. Instead dispose of these other types of used paper products in an ordinary trash can.

Flushing the toilet each time you use it is NOT a good idea under hardship conditions. In the country when people occasionally find themselves short on water they follow a very simple rule:

If it is yellow, let it mellow.
If it is brown, flush it down.


Conclusion

Our bodies are mostly water. Most of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Unfortunately, most of it isn’t fit to drink. But without water we will all be dead in about three days. Therefore, any information you can acquire about how and where to get drinking water takes you one step closer to being an independent, resourceful human being in God’s natural order of things.

{Recopied from http://www.grandpappy.info}

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Please print this out and keep it in a safe place. One day, you may need it.

Agents in the Midst: The Negro Problem in an African Nation

 

Whatever you decide, remember that Marcus Garvey was foiled by his right hand man. I’m going to ask all of you to do this simple task that Booker T. Coleman has stated time and time again:

Don’t believe anything I say.

Do your own research.

Come to your own conclusions.

The Occult Reason Behind the Rise of Global Anti-Blackness

Demons exist on this planet.

This topic, however controversial, has been discussed and prophesied in every faith system since the dawn of Man. Whatever you call them…devils, djinns, vampires…they are real. They suck the life force out of us and have the ability to put certain thoughts into our heads thusly feeding off of negativity. Have you ever wondered why, for no reason at all, almost without warning, you’ll suddenly think of a past pain, disappointment and brutality even though it occurred many, many years ago?

And the sensation of that past pain is just as strong, if not stronger than when you first experienced it? These moments are not by accident. Demons need the strongest, most reliable, renewable source of energy on this planet. And that energy can only come from one continuous source.

Melanin.

Our plight, pain, tears, anger and suffering, is a food source for the evil that currently resides on this planet. When we’re in constant pain, constant agony, constant fuss, constant disarray, Demons eat and drink and dance and thrive. I’ve sat back and watched over the course of, maybe 3-5 years, the steady but noticeable rise of anti-blackness…especially female anti-blackness, and was dumbfounded at what I witnessed. I saw beautiful, smart black females being debased and utterly sexualized for the world to see, sometimes by our own men, all for fame and money, and I knew that there must be a correlation to this phenomena and the evil that lurks in the distance.

If you’ve been reading the works of Adolf Hitler, Albert Pike, Margaret Sanger and Prescott Bush, you’ll know that His-Story is not new. In fact, whites are shamefully redundant. There’s nothing new under their sun. In fact, all that you see in today’s world has ALREADY been done…they’ve just repackaged it in a pretty, new wrapping to fool the masses. The rise of global anti-blackness is their last and only tool. They’ve run out of ideas and are now scrambling to find a new way to rid the planet of something they cannot control.

The activation of Melanin Power.

Anti-blackness is being propagandized to a new and heightened level so everyone, including our own people, can kill us off to prevent the rise of the Black Messiah. With the changes happening in our solar system and the two suns now being seen and reported, they know that time is running out. Black female contempt is a necessary tool to aid them in their plans. And, sadly, there’s no better way to kill us off than to hire our own kind to do it. That way, it relieves them of all responsibility and keeps the focus solely on the one race propagandized to be the “problem” for all huemanity.

Anti-Blackness is a farce.

The roles of the angry black man lashing out at his woman and the domineering, never satisfied, neck-snapping black woman  is nothing but a carefully planned ballet to aid us in our own destruction. When we watch tel-lie-vison and listen to the music being pushed at us, we absorb their sound waves and their subliminal messages. We pick up on their demonic energies and become enraged, lash out at each other and then, only then, can demons feed. Carbon is the primary life force on all planets. Nothing can exist without carbon. Rocks, trees, water, air,….all forces of carbon. When you become angry, melanin, or what they slyly call “adrenaline” is at its peak. It enables you to “fight or flight.” Keeping you enraged, fighting, cursing and at constant dis-of-ease (disease) is how they eat.

Demons need as much help as possible in order to accomplish their task. That’s why they have secret meetings and discuss how the sun will affect melanin and what it means for them. Black hatred must be pushed on a global scale! When we see that everyone, of all races, of all nationalities despise us, we absorb that negative energy and spiral into a depression. It is that depression that keeps evil alive and functioning.

The end of this year will bring about many changes on this planet. That also means changes for us. The Beta Test with George Zimmerman was just that…a test. Soon, there will be another test on a much more heightened and publicized scale. My dreams tell me it will involve a female. Black men in the public eye will be ordered to mock her and her unfortunate situation causing the gap between black men and women to widen.

Of course, I could be wrong. My dreams are often unclear and the “flashes” I receive are sometimes blurry. I’m telling you this because a false flag is coming. And it will be greater than the Trayvon Martin Scandal.

Who will ever suspect then that ALL THESE PEOPLES WERE STAGE-MANAGED BY US ACCORDING TO A POLITICAL PLAN WHICH NO ONE HAS SO MUCH AS GUESSED AT IN THE COURSE OF MANY CENTURIES?  Protocol #13 of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

Open Discussion #17

I need to step away from this blog for awhile.

Talk away.

Fukushima: What Does it Mean For the Black Community?

Dear Truthbetold Part 5

“I typed this up while on a coffee buzz this morning, just throwing it out there for you to consider.

Thinking exercise: The Afrikan Conception

What you touch touches you back.
When you think about an idea, that idea thinks about you.

Twice during the day today sit for 30 seconds and think about what a sovereign (self-sufficient) black nation would look and feel like.
After each 30 second session write down what came to you and post your thoughts here.

There are two guidelines:

1. There must be zero reference to white people, Asians, gays/homosexuals, demeaning or violence towards -any- Afrikan/Black person.
2. You may NOT quote any scholars/figures in the Afrocentric movement, use your own words, even if you think they don’t sound good enough (this is the same as when I say “No Rhetoric”). ”

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Sounds good to me. I’ll go first:

A sovereign black nation would grow, harvest and produce fruits, herbs, roots, vegetables and herbal medicines for the entire African diaspora.

Your turn…

Mark Of the Beast: A Biometric Card To Be Implemented in NY?

{Note: Thanks to my blogger buddies for always giving me great info. Since I’ve unplugged from the system, I seldom know what’s going on. Thanks for always looking out for me!}

The 620,000 residents living in public housing projects should be fingerprinted as a crime-prevention measure, said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but many city residents protest that the proposal is an invasion of privacy.

Bloomberg, 71, who has acquired a reputation for promoting controversial ideas, including imposing a ban on the sale of large soft drinks, says his latest proposal will make public housing safer.

“The people that live (in public housing), most of them, want more police protection,” the three-time mayor said on his weekly WOR radio broadcast Friday. “They want more people. If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say: ‘Who are you, why are you here?’”

He added: “What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in, since there’s an allegation that some of the apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease.”

Just 5 percent of New York’s population lives in public housing, but 20 percent of the city’s reported crime is committed by residents of government-subsidized housing projects, Bloomberg said.

“We’ve just got to find some way to keep bringing crime down there.”

His spokesman said Bloomberg wants to introduce biometric security technology that would include the introduction of a citywide electronic keycard system for housing residents, AP reported.

Critics say Bloomberg’s latest proposal is a political step too far, especially as it comes on the heels of the highly divisive stop-and-frisk legislation, which opponents say amounts to racial profiling on the part of the police.

“We live here all these years, I mean, what seems to be the problem? This is not jail,” Deborah Gatling, a resident of Chelsea Houses, told CBS.

US District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin on Monday ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk searches are a violation of constitutional rights, according to documents filed in a Manhattan court.

The federal court found that stop-and-frisk represented a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which forbids unreasonable searches. The court presented statistics that police conducted at least 200,000 such searches without reasonable suspicion from 2004 through 2012.

Bloomberg, whose estimated fortune is $27 billion, making him the US’s 7th-wealthiest person, defended the stop-and-frisk policy, arguing it had contributed to a falling murder rate in the city. Murders have been halved since he took office nearly 12 years ago, he noted.

New York City officials say they will file an appeal against Scheindlin’s decision.

In a recent poll conducted by The New York Times, people were asked to rate Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years as the city’s 108th mayor: 52 percent described his performance as fair or poor, compared with 46 percent who described it as excellent or good.

Meanwhile, the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, which city officials say has also reduced gun violence, has split the electorate: 50 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove of it, the poll found. Public approval for the policing tactic that critics slam as racial profiling is lowest among black residents (28 percent), compared with whites (55 percent) and Hispanics (59 percent).

Following the global financial crash of 2008, Bloomberg requested that restrictions on term limits for New York mayors be relaxed to enable him to run again to bring the city out of the crisis. In October 2008, the City Council voted 29–22 in favor of extending the limit to three consecutive four-year terms, thus allowing Bloomberg to run again.

The next New York City mayoral election is scheduled to occur on November 5, 2013.

{Recopied from RT}

In case there’s doubt in your minds about Bloomberg and to whom he pledges allegiance, look at his buddy’s belt buckle:

Need a close up?

Ok…here’s my question. NYC today. Tomorrow…San Fran? Ohio? What’s next? Oh…and by the way, the majority of folks that will be targeted in NYC are brown people.

Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Blacks And AIDS…The Interview You Need to Hear

{Thanks Kemetia!}

F.Y.I.

I’m done! Finito! And it’s about damn time.

I’ve been going mad in my little workroom making batch after batch of products. My fingers are tired, my apron is greasy and my mind is exhausted from whipping up new recipes, some of which didn’t work, and starting over from scratch. I got a few emails regarding bulk items and “reserve items” so here’s the skinny:

I know that the economy is rough on ALL of us…even those of us that have jobs so here’s what I’m gonna do regarding “hold things til the next paycheck” (my customer’s words):

a. If you see something you like but don’t have the cash to buy it now, drop me a note in my shop’s email and let me know what it is you’d like and the quantity and I’ll hold it for you for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, if I don’t hear anything from you, it’s up for grabs.

b. I’m making Bulk Items for those who wish to stock up and save. One of my emails was from someone who is home bound. She asked, “If I buy bulk, can you take something off?” You know what they say…”Give the customer what they want.” Currently, I’m curing an unscented oatmeal soap for sensitive skin, a basic everyday soap made with aloe that doubles as a shampoo and a Shea Butter and Oatmeal soap for severe eczema and dry, flaky skin. All will be bulk and shipped via Priority Mail. If you see something you like and need it in bulk, like say…the Castile Soap, drop me a note and we’ll work something out.

c. My friend told me last night to include my readers in picking the soaps in my gift giveaway raffle so below, you’ll get to participate in the choosing.

d. Finally, congrats to C.F. who just entered the raffle! Good luck! By the way, the raffle is currently underway til December 18th so good luck to all who enter!

e. Don’t forget to take advantage of my Refer a Friend Program and get free soap.

Ok….here’s the poll.

Which soap would you like to see in the Raffle?

Special thanks to all my supporters, you know who you are, and my family for putting up with my craziness…and God for listening to me moan and groan and bellyache and whine about coconut oil.

Dear White AmeriKlan, How Does it Feel?

        

 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he thatakilleth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is thebpatience and the faith of the csaints. Revelation 13-14

{Special thanks to a good buddy of mine for sharing this}

Questions

I’m back from my little break and I must admit, it felt good. I focused on some things that were being neglected and got my “center” back. Next time, I won’t wait til I’m feeling overwhelmed to take a break from it all. You know, as I reread my past posts, I can see where I’ve grown, where I’ve changed completely and what needs to be changed. My personal quest for “Knowledge of Self” begins with the one person capable of making that happen:

Me.

When I awakened, finally, I was in a Chinese Food restaurant being quietly ignored and insulted. As I went home and chomped on my sesame chicken and fried rice, for some reason, the food didn’t taste as good. In fact, I realized that I wasn’t hungry anymore. It took that microaggression, one of many throughout my life, for me to have that “aha” moment. Since then, I’ve had thousands, if not millions of “aha” moments. One of my revelations came in the form of a question. I’ve been asking myself this question throughout the years and every time the answer has more or less remained the same.

Before I ask you, African Peoples of God, these questions, allow me to say that I needed this time off for a multitude of reasons. To focus. To talk to God. To clean. To sleep. And to heal. I was burnt out and both my mind and body were paying the price. I awoke this morning early and decided to catch up on my readers comments. I was eager to hear what you had to say in my absence regarding the last few posts. I quietly read and reread your thoughts…

I’d like this thread to be an open, rich, honest, introspective, adult dialogue. I’d like us to be frank with ourselves and admit certain truths regarding our situation. Booker T Coleman once said, “I know who put me in the box. The question is, ‘What am I doing to get myself out of the box’?” With that in mind, here are my simple questions. I hope you will all participate as honestly as you can.

1. What purpose do you have on this planet?

2. What have you done lately to achieve that purpose?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

My Vacation is Almost Over

Hey there!

I awoke this morning refreshed and happy. I got a lot of work done around the house…you know, going through old things and tossing them out and basically getting myself in order. I made a lot of new products for the holidays. Here’s a little peek on what’s curing on my rack:

Seaweed and Basil Soap Scrub

Seaweed and Basil Soap Scrub

A special thanks to Ms. Wanda who contacted me and gave me some stellar business advice. Thanks for watching out for me! I slept like crazy and meditated as much as possible and I feel recharged. Meditation really does work for the soul. I have a renewed energy that I hope to use constructively in the future.

Tonight, I’ll be catching up on your comments and working on my newest post. Since I took this little time away, I got a ton of letters from pretty much everyone. I’d like to say one thing before I eat breakfast then I’ll get back to my crafts:

I’ve decided based on your comments that I will not be doing anymore posts on black love, black relationships, black parenting, black homeschooling, black boycotting or anything involving black male/ female relations. I’ve come to the conclusion that talking about this subject is of no value. Why am I saying this? Because it’s been overplayed ad nauseum. Many scholars, Babalus, educators and orators have spoken about this topic til their last breath. Amos Wilson nearly stroked begging us to change our ways. Noticed I said “our ways?” You know what’s changed?

Nothing.

Melanin energy is being wasted on insanity and I’ve decided to “drop out of that system.”

Whatever you chose to do in the comfort of your homes with all the knowledge our ancestors have given us and continue to give us, is now up to you.

See you soon with a new post!

Boycott White AmeriKlan Business! Boycott the Entire State of Florida!

In protest of the Zimmerman verdict, and all the victims of white supremacy that you don’t hear about, I am writing a post urging ALL black people from all over the world that read my blog to help me in a simple yet difficult task. White people have consistently demonstrated that they only understand and respond to 3 things:

1.Money

2.Sex

3.Violence

You are not powerless in this system built on illusion. Your power can be demonstrated by the one thing I’ve been talking about for an entire year:

Abstinence.

Abstain from spending money in their stores and allow their companies to shut down. Ever since we’ve been locked out of the game with the denial of our rightful 40 acres and a mule (I’d actually prefer a mare…but that’s another story), we’ve been dependent on the very system that hates us for food, shelter, jobs and basic survival. Those of us that have fought and clawed to gain entrepreneurial freedom are being pushed out by other non-black ethnicites that sell inferior products at a cheaper price.

Why are we falling for this same trick over and over and over…? Because we do not understand military science. The simple science of any warfare begins not with the fist, but with the mind. Change your mind about supporting black owned businesses and change the game of warfare. Florida’s nearly all white jury allowed this man to walk free because black life is:

Worthless

Not to be respected

And treated with apathy.

We are the only ones on this planet that WILL NOT understand, that refuses to admit, that you cannot FORCE, SHAME OR BEG your oppressor for sustenance. Our dependence on them is what’s aiding their survival. We must regain control of our own tightly knit communities and shop within our own network. Show your power in a system that tries to render you powerless! AmeriKlan is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most racist, evil, diabolical, perverted, corrupt country in the known universe. They don’t give a damn about us! But…………. They want and need your MONEY in order to survive.  Boycott them! Shut the fuckers down! Boycott the entire state of Florida and DISCONTINUE  buying anything that comes out of Florida like :

2013 Rank Name of Company City
1 Sun Capital Partners Inc. Boca Raton
2 Publix Super Markets Inc. Lakeland
3 JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Deerfield Beach
4 Southern Wine & Spirits of America Miami
5 H.I.G. Capital Management Miami
6 Brightstar Corp. Miami
7 Fanjul Corp./Florida Crystals West Palm Beach
8 Oasis Outsourcing West Palm Beach
9 Oxbow Corp. West Palm Beach
10 NASCAR Daytona Beach
11 George E. Warren Corp. Vero Beach
12 Source Interlink Cos. Inc. Bonita Springs
13 Abbey Carpet Co. Inc. Bonita Springs
13 Crowley Maritime Corp. Jacksonville
15 Rooms To Go Seffner
16 Southeast Personnel Leasing Holiday
17 Intcomex, Inc. Miami
18 Gate Petroleum Company Jacksonville
19 Automated Petroleum Brandon
20 Arthrex Inc. Naples
20 SDI International Fort Lauderdale
22 Greenberg Traurig PA Miami
23 Beall’s Inc. Bradenton
24 Greenway Automotive Orlando
25 Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc. Sarasota
26 Cheney Brothers Riviera Beach
27 Trivest Partners Coral Gables
28 Related Group Miami
29 Main Street America Group Jacksonville
30 BrandsMart U.S.A. Fort Lauderdale
31 Villages of Lake-Sumter Inc. The Villages
32 Rick Case Automotive Group Fort Lauderdale
33 CNL Financial Group Orlando
34 Westgate Resorts Orlando
35 Mainline Information Systems Tallahassee
36 American Strategic Insurance Corp. St. Petersburg
37 Interim HealthCare Inc. Sunrise
37 Quirch Foods Miami
39 Purity Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Boca Raton
40 Liberty Power Corp. Fort Lauderdale
41 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc Tampa
42 Radiation Therapy Services Holdings Fort Myers
43 Associated Grocers of Florida Inc. Pompano Beach
44 BankFIRST Winter Park
45 PSCU St. Petersburg
46 Southeast Frozen Foods Miami
47 Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. Pompano Beach
48 Florida’s Natural Growers Lake Wales
49 Holland & Knight LLP Miami
50 Colorado Boxed Beef Co. Auburndale
Public Companies are as follows:

2013 Rank Company City
1 World Fuel Services Miami
2 Tech Data Clearwater
3 Jabil Circuit St. Petersburg
4 AutoNation Fort Lauderdale
5 Carnival Cruises Miami
6 NextEra Energy Juno Beach
7 CSX Jacksonville
8 Office Depot Boca Raton
9 Darden Restaurants Orlando
10 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Miami
11 WellCare Health Plans Tampa
12 Fidelity National Financial Jacksonville
13 Ryder System Miami
14 Health Management Associates Naples
15 Fidelity National Information Services Jacksonville
16 Harris Corporation Melbourne
17 Lennar Miami
18 Bloomin’ Brands Tampa
19 Raymond James St. Petersburg
20 MasTec Coral Gables
21 Watsco Coconut Grove
22 Fresh Del Monte Produce Coral Gables
23 HSN St. Petersburg
24 ADT Alarm Systems Boca Raton
25 B/E Aerospace Wellington
26 TECO Energy Tampa
27 Roper Industries Sarasota
28 Landstar System Jacksonville
29 Citrix Systems Fort Lauderdale
30 Tupperware Brands Orlando
31 Chico’s FAS Fort Myers
32 Cott Tampa
33 Lender Processing Services Jacksonville
34 Mednax Sunrise
35 SEACOR Holdings Fort Lauderdale
36 FTI Consulting West Palm Beach
37 Rayonier Jacksonville
38 GEO Group Boca Raton
39 Spirit Airlines Miramar
40 Elizabeth Arden Perfumes Miramar
41 Dycom Industries Palm Beach Gardens
42 Brown & Brown Daytona Beach
43 Stein Mart Clothing Company Jacksonville
44 Sykes Enterprises Tampa
45 Vector Group Ltd. Miami
46 Kforce Tampa
47 Perry Ellis International Miami
48 SBA Communications Boca Raton
49 HEICO Hollywood
50 EverBank Financial Jacksonville

The system of white domination is in existence because WE GO ALONG WITH IT! Can you imagine what would happen if we decided to just stop drinking Florida’s Natural Orange Juice? Can you imagine what would happen if we just decided to stop buying music from Sony? Can you imagine what would happen if we developed a bartering system with each other for clothes, shoes and other necessities and stopped shopping in white stores? In one year, they’d be bankrupt. We have power…we just need to organize it and use it wisely. Did you know that white, Arab and Asian shop keepers are selling these T-Shirts?

These fuckers don’t give a damn about us! But they will make a “Trayvon” T-Shirt and sell it to us for a profit! We built this country from the ground up and they’re making money off of our blood…and they have no respect for us as a race of people. And the worst part is, in my opinion, we give it to them…freely…and with smile. Boycott them! Refrain from buying any products from them. Shop in our stores and ours alone! There are millions of black owned companies out there. Just type in http://www.blackownedbusiness.com, or any other “black business” search, and see for yourself what a segment of black businesses look like…in this country alone. Why not share the wealth with Trinidad, Haiti, Nigeria, etc??? They need you too. End this now! I cannot do this by myself. Please pass this around to as many bloggers as possible. Get the word out. Help us to end this evil, oppressive system once and for all. Shop black and black only!

{After this post, the Negress needs a break. I’d like us to come together and think of a way for us to start a bartering system of clothes, shoes, children’s apparel, blankets, etc…so we can CUT OUT the middleman. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. No more excuses…}

Dear Truthbetold Part 4

I received this letter a few days ago from a black reader. It saddened and somewhat shocked me because it was not the first time a black female admitted this. I discussed it with a good buddy of mine and she gave me her perspective on things. May I say something? I’m somewhat surprised at the overwhelming amount of pretty, educated, friendly yet lonely and unhappy black women out there.

One would think that as long as she met the “basic” qualifications for a partner and was acceptable to bring home and meet the parents, men would be lining up, or even fighting, to grab her. But from what I’ve been reading, that isn’t the case. I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days now and I almost didn’t publish it. But I feel it’s too important of a topic NOT to post it.

I’d like to speak my peace on this disheartening topic, just once, before I let you have yours.

No matter how much men feel that they “run” things, we all know that The Universe is female. Without Her, life as we know it, is gone. Historically, the black female has been overwhelmingly loyal to her man. Some strayed for reasons of her own but most stayed. Why? Intrinsically, she understood the game. The day that black women “take the bait” and give up on black men, for whatever reason, the entire game is O-V-E-R. 

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“Im a black woman whos been reading your blog and comments for awhile now. Despite your multiple posts on black love and forgiveness, Ive decided to give up on black men entirely and start dating women. Ive concluded that many women feel trapped in the black game. Black women supposed to be the ones who are always there for our men but they never seem to want to return the favor. Its almost like they expect it. They only notice you if you dress a certain way. They want you to put out as soon as they meet you and if you dont, they leave and find a woman who will. Then they curse her and call her a slut when there done. Im tired of the sex games with men. Im also tired of being the one to foot the bill. I feel like there looking for a reason to date and marry anyone except black women.

I also notive that when there with a white partner, theyll do anything to keep her happy. But they never do that with us. Frankly white women can have them. Many of them have nothing to offer a black woman anyway. Women are much more patient and loving when it comes on to relationships. Sorry fro the long post but its just how I feel “

What’s in Your Medicine?

 

Now that you know this, now that it’s been confirmed openly by the media, let me ask you some questions.

How do you know that your diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression pills aren’t what’s causing the AIDS virus to spike in the black community? How can you trust your pharmacy? How can you trust your doctor? How do you know that the very pill you took this morning isn’t slowly seeping syphillis, SARS, AIDS, the flesh eating virus, ebola and other life threatening diseases into your bloodstream?

How do you know that your child’s medicine for a simple cough isn’t tainted with heroin?

Now…here’s the real question:

If this is what they are telling you…can you imagine what they’re keeping from you

 

To My White Readers (And Lurkers)

Perhaps it’s time that I write this short post, no?

You’re not fooling anyone by sporting the names:

Aisha

Shabazz

Jamaal

Tyeisha

Daewonna

Tyquann

And such.

You’re not fooling anyone by using Ebonic phrases you think black people use like:

Whitey

Us blac folk

Muggafugga

aiight

sho’ nuff

ko wut imma sayin’

And such.

You’re not fooling anyone by using the monikers:

MLK

Malcom

Black Power

Fight the White Man

Whitey Must Die

Crackkkas Must Die

Nat Turner

Big Black Dick

And such.

In case you haven’t been reading my blog, which I know you have…after all, it’s your requirement to see what we’re doing, reading, saying, discussing, how we live, eat, sex, work, dance, play and function…I can “see” you. What does that mean? It means, in simple terms, the Creator has given me gifts that I never understood til adulthood. Those gifts have enabled me to pick up on your energy and “see” you as I read your dumb, unintelligent, unoriginal comments. I’m not impressed by you…at all. In fact, you’ve become quite comical in your need to gain my attention. Would you like to know how I trap you into commenting?

I’ll tell you.

It’s rather easy because you’re quite predictable. Studying you, as I’ve been doing, has given me insight to your mind. I tag certain words. What are those words?

Melanin

Black power

Kemet

Egypt

Albino

Pineal Gland

The sun and blackness

Cleopatra

Africa

The birthplace of humanity

Voodoo

Shamanism

Tanning

And I also ask certain questions to trap you in your obsession of the Original Hueman.  What are those questions?

“Do black people have power?”

“Where do black people come from?”

“Will the white race die out?”

“Will blacks ever take revenge?”

“Why can’t black skin wrinkle?”

“Do black men really have bigger penises?”

Sound familiar?

Of course it does!

These are the questions that you secretly wonder about but are too ashamed to admit.

See?

It’s that easy.

Do you ever wonder why I never come on your websites or read what you have to say?

It’s because I don’t give a fuck.

Nuff said.

P.S. Yes, I just used Ebonics.

Blackness: God’s Gift

The Conversation We Need to Have Part 3

I’ve been wondering about a few things lately, especially with the erratic weather patterns we’ve been experiencing. I’m going to allow white people to comment on this thread ONLY because I have a few questions for you. They are not hard questions but they do require honesty. Please note: If you say one thing, ONE thing, against my family in anyway, I’ll ban you permanently. This will be an adult discussion but it shall be a respectful one. I hope I’m making myself clear.

Here are my questions:

Are you sorry for what you and your ancestors have done and continue to do to my people?

Do you feel even the slightest ounce of guilt or sadness?

Are you worried about your soul and what may happen to you when you die?

I await your response.

To my black readers, please allow them to answer and feel free to ask any questions you wish. I’d like this to be an open ADULT dialogue.

ObamaCare

I’ve been trying to come up with a post regarding ObamaCare and what it means for us. Without getting too deep into the jargon, here’s the gist:

“Under Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker. But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens – at least 13 years under the Senate bill – businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead.”

Now…what does that mean in plain English?

1. It places a tariff, which is a white Word Salad Term meaning: Tax on imports/exports like tea, coffee, sugar, etc, on hiring Ameriklan citizens.

2. It benefits new immigrants that are ALLOWED and PERMITTED to come to this country for slave labour wages. Side note: Did you know that “illegal” immigrants are given FREE training in construction, farming, building, masonry, etc, FREE English classes, FREE housing, FREE green cards and passports, FREE stipends (money), FREE driver’s licenses and other perks just so they can knock us out of the workforce? No? Well, it’s true. Our labour is no longer wanted or needed. 

3. It cripples the black community even further because those of us that do have jobs will be on the chopping block for anyone “illegal” that is willing to work for 2.00 an hour.

4. It destabilizes any and all black households by making us vulnerable to home foreclosure.

5. It sets up our youth for further crime like: selling drugs to make ends meet and stealing food, diapers and clothing.

6. It further enriches the privatized prisons which are waiting for our young men and women that are of reproductive age.

7. It sets back those of us that have built up SOME wealth (like property) so our children cannot inherit or benefit from our hard work.

8. It places black people, as a whole, front row center as a target of white rage. What do I mean by that? Whites, who love to pretend, especially in front of us, that their lives are so much better, are secretly suffering in silence. Once the pinnacle of success, they face uncertainty and homelessness and hunger. When the harsh realization that their AmeriKlan Dream is no more, they’ll lash out at the chocolate-covered white man in the White House. Since he is well protected, any chocolate-covered person will do. That means more hatred, more racially inspired crime and more incentive to come after us.

Businesses across the country are barely staying afloat and Congress will leave them no choice but to lay off employees who will cost them more money under the new healthcare mandates. I’ve come to the innerstanding that black unemployment is approximately 25-30%. With ObamaCare taking effect in 2014, which i’d like to remind you is only several months away, what can we do to fight this?

Please read my post titled: Dropping out of the System.

1. Learn a life skill. Any life skill. You will need it. What’s a life skill? If I have to explain, well….

2. If you have a table and a window, you can grow herbs and some vegetables in any sized house or apartment! For those of you that have a backyard, what are you waiting for?

3. Develop a bartering community with other blacks. I sound like a broken record. You will need help. You cannot do this on your own.

4. Learn the power of herbs and roots. Again, a broken record. The pharmacies WILL NOT be there for you much longer. Many illnesses are reversible. Please do your research and learn to heal yourself.

5. Stock up on “luxury items” and food, food, food. What is a luxury item? Toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, diapers, feminine products…you get the idea. But Negress, I’m broke! Whenever you go shopping, grab an extra 2-3 cans of beans. In 6 months, you’ll have a great supply.

6. Learn to can food. Again, no excuses.

These simple tips are doable for EVERYONE. Instead of buying Oreo cookies and a milkshake, buy 10.00 worth of beans and rice. Instead of lusting after the newest sneakers, buy 200.00 dollars worth of food and fill up those cabinets. Jay-Z’s newest album coming out? Ignore him and buy 20.00 dollars worth of fish and chicken. Again, broken record. Why are you still buying from people who look nothing like you?

Are there any more tips you’d like to help us with?

{My friend called me last month to tell me she sold ALL the furniture in her spare room, except for the cot, on Craigslist and is now using that room as a prepping room. She’s going wild! She brought can after can of soup, vegetables and beans and is going to buy more when Shoprite has a “can-can” sale. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!}

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