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We have all seen the survival shows on TV. Some of them are entertaining like man woman wild while others are actually pretty educational.
With the rise in popularity for everything survival Discovery Channel has come out with a very controversial show called Naked and Afraid.
The title of the show sounds like a bad horror movie with its eye grabbing words that play with the natural sexual curiosity of humans.
No this isn’t an “adult” movie and no it isn’t a horror movie. This is the new generation of survival shows.
This survival show places two people of opposite gender in a remote location. They are left with no food, no supplies and no clothing.
Yes you heard me right they are left in a foreign land naked. They are tasked with surviving for 21 days together. They have to find shelter, food, water and defend themselves from the wildlife all while in the buff.
I admit the at first my curiosity was piqued with watching two strangers struggle with the taboo nature of nudity all the while trying to survive. After further reflection I started to wonder if the nudity was really adding anything beneficial to the show.
I mean is leaving them naked really going to teach the viewer anything truly important when it comes to survival or is it just a way to spark interest?
Sure when we are left without clothing we feel more vulnerable and psychologically that can play tricks with your mind and sure survival is 90% mental but is that what they were really thinking?
I am still up in the air as to whether or not naked and afraid is a real hardcore survival show or just the flavor of the month. I know many people are probably offended by the show and others maybe not. I however am still on the fence.
What do you think? Is Naked and Afraid truly a worthy survival show or just a flash in the pan PR joke?
Here is my review of the LDS Preparedness Manual. First off I’d like to say that this site is completely neutral when it comes to religion politics and any other “taboo” subject. I am here because I just want to get out as much good information that could help people out as I can. I am in no way promoting or advertising for the LDS.
Along time ago I decided that good information is out there and sometimes in the strangest of places, so I never discount anything based on “the cover of the book”. Which means if I come across some great stuff that I know might help or inspire someone I share it, I don’t care who wrote it or where it came from. If I find the information true and helpful to me then I want to share it with you!
This Preparedness Manual is really a very rich and informative guide in which they cover a ton of stuff. The best part is its completely FREE. While this manual is not endorsed by the actual church it is written by its members and show cases a lot of what they have learned and what they know about preparedness. A lot of people consider the Mormons the creators of emergency preparedness. Most say that they wrote the book! Check out my other post on Homesteading and how to make soap!
The LDS Preparedness Manual
The LDS Preparedness manual is almost a novel at 222 pages of intriguing and enlightening information. In no way is this a wilderness survival guide or a tactical military manual. This is more of a self-reliance, bugging in type of preparedness manual. This manual mostly concentrates on food storage, food preparation, emergency cooking, money, clothing, water purification, emergency shelter, emergency toilets, quarantining for epidemics, fuel storage and a ton more topics. You could almost say this is a guide to Homesteading. One of the really great things about this manual (besides it being free) is the sheer amount of checklists in the book. I mean there must be 15 or more checklists.
They have food storage down to an art. They even provide you with a Monthly Food Storage Purchasing Calendar. This manual is such a great collection of all information on the internet and also tips passed down through the ages.
I especially found the chapter on Surviving in the City an amazing resource.
The LDS Preparedness Manual
“But first, it’s important to realize that you cannot prepare for everything — only the army tries to do that, and we’ve yet to meet anyone with their resources.”
There really is no better way to put it. I like that even the beginning prepper and survivalist can jump right into this LDS preparedness manual and not get overwhelmed with nonsense jargon. If you are looking for a great resource for homesteading, bugging in or just plain survival I would whole heartedly recommend this preparedness manual. It is a bit daunting to read a 222 page preparedness manual but I just split it up and read a little every day. After finishing it I had a completely new and more positive outlook on preparedness and I attribute that to this amazing literary work of art. Even id you get it and only like a few parts remember the LDS Preparedness Manual is FREE!
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Most of you out there have an extensive library of Survival Books and Prepper eBooks or regular books.
For those of you that have regular Survival Books think about this for a second, if you had to go quickly which books would you want to leave behind out of lack of space or how well protected are your books from weather and age?
Well a solution to all of this is the amazing new technology of eBook readers. Don’t get me wrong I use to be a hardcore “real” book person.
I like the feeling of a real book, the smell and the ability to flip through the pages. All that put aside I started thinking about the practicality of my Survival Books and Survival Guides.
I asked myself which ones I would be ok with leaving behind in a SHTF situation. The only answer I could come up with was none of them.
Then I got a eBook reader for my birthday and it dawned on me…..get the eBook of all the best manuals and survival guides and load them onto my eBook reader.
I could get roughly 3500 books on my eBook reader! If I somehow run out of space and acquire more than 3500 books I just need to get a new card and Tah dah I’ve just expanded my library potential to well over 10k.
For another great free survival book check out my post on the FREE LDS Preparedness Manual.
Not only can you get many more Survival Guides and Survival Books in your library but they all become portable.
The eBook readers out there require very little power especially compared to a solar charged laptop (I could probably get 2-3 hours max with a solar charged laptop) where as my nook I only need to charge once a week with very little power and I get to read it every day for 3 hours minimum.
With this kind of technology the options are limitless. You might just want to load a few emergency books about stuff you are not familiar with onto the eBook reader.
Or you may want to load an entire collection of Survival Books and Military Manuals to have on hand if SHTF.
I found that having the option to have more than I could possibly read was a nice option to have. Not only is it great for emergency survival books and what not but it’s also great for just plain entertainment in survival situations.
Load a few fictional books on there and bam now you have a great form of entertainment via reading a great book to everyone (or yourself) around a campfire.
For those of you that already have survival pdf’s or survival prep eBooks I suggest getting a nook. The nook is fully compatible with pdf’s and you won’t have to spend the time converting them over to another format.
This little gadget has changed how I look at books and information. I am no longer limited to space on my book shelves or buying sheet protectors in bulk (a cheap way to water proof my best pages).
I’m not saying that this is an end all answer to your survival in a situation but it’s a good way to feel confident that you have all the knowledge that you need with you. Let’s face it we all can’t be master survivalist and know every technique by heart, but we can have the next best thing and have all the info at our finger tips.
That being said there is no substitution to having a personal knowledge of survival and being able to do so without gadgets but like I said this is a great way to tip the scales in your favor.
I know there’s a lot of what ifs when it comes to electronic gadgets and survival.
What if…it gets wet?
What if….there’s an EMP BLAST?
What if….there’s no electricity?
Well I agree with what ifers to a point, I mean it’s always a good idea to question everything and be prepared for anything. But at a point it becomes impossible.
Here is a list of some great stuff to help minimize the what ifs
Element Proofing. Now here is something I would consider using for all of my electronics and guns (basically anything I don’t want to get water, dust, humidity or anything else on) they are these really great bags by LOKSAK. They are completely sealed out re-sealable bags.They feature a hermetical seal and trust me nothings getting in.
They are clear plastic bags that come in a ton of different sizes from very small to ones that comfortable fit a full size AR-15. The great part about them being clear plastic is that you don’t even need to take you nook out of it to work it. You can just keep it in the safety of the bag and use it with no problems. Even if you need to take it out these bags can be resealed over and over again with no loss.
Charging. As I said earlier these eBook Readers are crazy good at battery life. But if you are really worried about charging and keeping it charged you can either use a hand crank (yes they use that little power) or invest in a little electronics solar charger.
EMP Storm. I have not tested these out so I can’t say if they really work or not but if you are really worried about an EMP Blast or Solar Storm then you should get these nifty little Faraday Cage Anti-Static Bags made by 3M.
With this kept in mind you should never be without your survival books!
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