The Best Bicycle For SHTF

The Best Bicycle For SHTF

Watching all of the recent natural disasters have made me realize that now it’s more important than ever to have a plan for fuel shortages. We will still need transportation.  Bicycles are another way of traveling through an area when cars can’t, and I have built myself one in case SHTF. People have been asking me the following question, “Curt, what is the best kind of bicycle I should buy?”  If you don’t know a lot about bicycles then let me tell you there are so many different types that it can make your head spin and to list them all would take longer than the length of this page.  The main types that I will be discussing are single gear fixies, comfort bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, cyclocross bikes, and road bikes.   The single gear fixies are the classic single gear bicycle which many of us had when we were children.  These were like the old cruiser with the large comfortable seat.  While they can carry a large load, they are only one speed. They are great if you have a short distance to cover but anything over 3 to 5 miles is going to be a long day trip on one. A fixie is a heavier bike and weighs approximately 35 lbs.   Comfort bikes are like single gear fixies but with one difference–  they have gears and some of them even have suspension like a mountain bike.  These are better if you have a longer distance to travel like 5 to 10 miles, but their downside is the gear ratio. The gears on most comfort bike...
First Six Months: President Trump Decreased the US Debt by Over $100 Billion

First Six Months: President Trump Decreased the US Debt by Over $100 Billion

President Trump has reduced the US national debt by $100 billion since he entered the oval office. Compared to Barack Obama’s $900 billion increase during his first six months in office, Trump is delivering on his promise to reduce the national debt. Trump has achieved many victories, faced some losses, and experienced setbacks, but his improvement on the national debt which almost reached $20 trillion under Obama, has not been talked about by media on either the right or left. According to the US Treasury, Trump has decreased the national debt by approximately $103 billion, in the first six months of his presidency. However, Obama increased the national debt by $918 billion in his first six months back in 2009. Being a business man, it’s no surprise to see Trump put a dent into the national debt. Although he has struggled to deliver on some of his promises, Trump is excelling in areas with which he is most familiar, such as economics, jobs, and...
Same-Sex Marriage Decision to Be Revisited

Same-Sex Marriage Decision to Be Revisited

Photo Wikimedia Commons On June 26th, Fox News reported that the U.S. Supreme Court had announced that day, “It will hear the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple on faith-based grounds.” [Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission] It will in reality be deciding if discrimination laws trump the First Amendment. Coincidentally, it was two years ago, to the day, since the SCOTUS ruled 5–4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that state laws forbidding marriage of people of the same sex are unconstitutional. The majority redefined the meaning of marriage—based upon nonexistent provisions in the Constitution. By so doing, they had redefined the whole of human tradition and biology as well. Who knew courts had that kind of power? Clearly, such a decision belongs in the states, not in the hands of five unelected people. With one state legislature after the other allowing gay marriage anyway, there was no need for the High Court to usurp their rights. Ironically, the Congress could have preserved the states’ right to make that decision by simply passing a bill declaring that the Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction over the definition of marriage. Yes, a Congress with integrity would have seen this coming and would have used its the power to prevent it. “What?” you ask: “How dare you say the power of the Supreme Court is not Supreme! Daniel Horowitz, writing in Conservative Review, said: “Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution explicitly grants Congress the authority to regulate and limit the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court:...
Canadian Baby May Be First to Be Registered Without a Gender

Canadian Baby May Be First to Be Registered Without a Gender

A Canadian baby, Searlyn Atli, may be the first baby to be identified as neither male or female on their health card. One of the baby’s parents is Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person, and Doty is asking that their 8-month old child have its gender omitted from the birth certificate. Currently, the baby has a “U” for sex. The “U” could stand for unassigned, according to the BBC. Doty told the CBC they want to raise “Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are.” Dotty continued. “I’m recognizing them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.” Reflecting back on when Doty was a child, Doty said “When I was born, doctors looked at my genitals and made assumptions about who I would be, and those assignments followed me and followed my identification throughout my life. Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then.” Doty said the authorities have not issued the child a birth certificate without a gender included, due to the gender dispute, so Doty has applied for a judicial review of the...
Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

In part one I discussed different ways to build a fire.  In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to make a shelter in an emergency. Imagine the following scenario:  You take your family out for a day hike at Mount Rushmore.  You’re having a great time. As you’re hiking along, you look up at the sky and notice it looking little dark.  You tell yourself that you will be okay, as you stop for a quick family picnic. Time gets away from you, and your attention is quickly broken from your family and up towards the sky.  You start to clean up and as you stuff everything back into your bag, a big crash of lightning hits in the area and your children start to panic. You tell your family it will be okay, and to just grab what they can and double time it back to the car.  Since you only planned a day trip, you don’t have a shelter in your bag. The storm is starting to intensify, and you realize you need to take cover and find shelter. This is what I call the worst case scenario that can happen and lucky for you, I am here to help by showing you how to build that life-saving shelter.  Shelter is one of the most important things for survival during an off grid situation.  The rule of three 3’s is a good place to start. You can only survive without shelter for three hours, water for three days, and food for three weeks.   Shelter is very important for survival, and depending on the weather conditions it...
Lesson One: Building a Fire

Lesson One: Building a Fire

Could you start a fire without a lighter or matches?  A firestarter kit is a must have for your bug out bag.  Heck, if Survivorman can start a fire in under 30 seconds, surely, we can do it too!  Only, it’s much harder than you might think. If you start striking the flint rod, you may get a lot of bright sparks everywhere but no fire. In the face of an emergency, or off-grid situation, it will be easy to panic, and you may become easily frustrated. I am going to teach you so that with a little practice you’ll be able to start a fire without any help from “man-made” objects, such as a lighter. Fire not only gives you warmth, but it can be used to cook food and boil water for drinking, light to see in the dark, security from animals, and it can give you comfort during a hard time. Three things are needed to start a fire: fuel, heat, and oxygen.   The fuel is what your fire is going to burn. Wood is a great source of fuel and can be collected with ease. Next is heat. An ignition source is needed like flint and steel. Last is oxygen, and that is everywhere, no need to supply that, just make sure your fire can get plenty of airflow to get the flames going. In the video below, I’ll show you three different ways to build a fire. The first is what I call the prepare method. This is where you have made fire starters before there’s an emergency or an off-grid situation. You will need...