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Make Ninja Star-The Right Way

Make Ninja Star-The Right Way

Make ninja star the right way

I remember when I was young around 10 or 11 years of age, my Dad would have this great big old work bench in his garage with all sorts of tools placed on top of it. He had draws and shelves of all kinds of drills, saws, grinders and welding equipment.

He would encourage me to make things with these tools, seeing what I could come up with. Dad wasn’t one of those parents that would be terrified if I turned on and squeezed the trigger of a drop saw or belt sander. Hahaha, I’m looking at my fingers now whilst I type this, wondering how on earth I still have some of them There were a few near misses back then.

He would show me first how it was done then patiently leave me to it, watching me of course. I would spend most of my weekends riding my bicycle down the local saw mill, asking if I could have some of the old saw blades that were laying around. One of the workers there cut an old band saw blade up into about 10 pieces for me, this lasted me for years.

 

Metal working is not only for old dudes

There’s something about working with metal that’s really cool. I mean when you put the grinder to the metal it sparks. When you start heating and tempering the metal, it turns an awesome red and orange. You can bend it, bang it into shape, cut it and make it turn into some really amazing objects.

Making knives and sharp objects weren’t the only things that interested me. At a young age, my old man was into restoring old cars and motor bikes. He would be forever grinding and replacing rusted out areas of the car. Heating and banging out dented areas and sanding back the filler. His garage was full of engine parts, chrome and the smell of fresh paint. Up on the walls were pictures of Harley Davidson’s, chopped Chevy s and naked girls. I guess it was a real mans cave, not the ones you see these days.

As my Dad was working on his craft, I would be at the bench sander or grinder fashioning up new master pieces. Long bladed hunting knives, pocket knives, arrow tips for my bow, spears and ninja stars were what I was into. Plenty of fun things to do in that old garage

 

My favorite though was making a ninja star

When I was younger, I remembered seeing a movie starring Bruce Lee. He was using these cool looking shaped objects to take down his attackers. He would throw these with pin point accuracy, inflicting a fatal blow that would leave the attacker fatally injured.

I thought WOW, what are these?

So I immediately went to work my old man’s garage. I was fortunate as a kid that I had the access to all these tools

Making a throwing star wasn’t as easy as making knives. They had many edges and points that needed to be perfectly balanced and shaped as the other points. It was also a little more technical to make, needing more time and patience than other projects. Also, they needed to look cool like the ones I saw Bruce Lee using.

My first few that I made were pretty average to say the least. They weren’t sharp, the points were dull and they were unbalanced. When I threw them at a target, they didn’t fly well and would rarely stick into the target

 

Where to access tools if you don’t have any?

If you don’t have access to some tools you might need, you can always- (for kids with parents permission of course)

  • Garage sales. Garage sales often have old tools for sale.
  • second hand shops. These sometimes have cheap old but good quality tools for sale.
  • Ask a neighbor if they have any old tools you can use. Old guys usually have a garage full of old tools. They probably would only be too happy to help you out, and just maybe re spark their imagination and want to help you out
  • Do some odd jobs around your neighborhood for the exchange for tools. Make yourself up a flier indicating that you weed gardens, clean out gutters etc

How to start?

Tools you will want are

  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Access to the internet and printer
  • Angle grinder or hack saw
  • Bench sander or file
  • Calliper to scribe out a line on all your edges
  • Drill press or hand held power drill
  • Drill bits
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Black spray paint

To start with you will need to draw yourself up a template. You can do this by heading over to Adobe Illustrator and make a template their. Or you could down load a template off the net. There are lots of templates you can choose from so go for it and make a cool design

Once you have the template in your hand you will to grab yourself a pair of scissors and cut it out.

 

 

When choosing the metal to use, you will want to pick something that’s already been hardened. I use old saw blades from a circular saw or large band saw blades from local saw mills. Using these old blades will take out the need to harden the metal, if you were to buy the metal new. (Harding metal is another blog post all together and I will be adding one to this website shortly)

Glue your template to your metal work piece and wait for it to dry.

Find yourself a good solid work bench and grab your self a G clamp. (I will be adding shortly a post on building your own work bench) Clamp your metal down and clamp it tight so it doesn’t move.

 

 

Either using an angle grinder or if your feeling extra energetic, you can use a hack saw. Start cutting a rough outline of your ninja star. Cut close to the line but be careful not to cut inside the line. You want to be careful also of any jagged edges that could cut your fingers.

Grab yourself a center punch and punch mark all the spots where the drill piece will be going.

With either a bench drill press or a hand held power drill, drill out your hole’s. Start with a small drill piece, then increase the hole’s diameter by increasing the diameter of your drill bit.

 

 

Scribing a center line on the edges can be difficult and care needs to be taken here. A caliper that can run across the surface of your work piece whilst a scriber can scribe a line straight and true on the edge is what you need. Use a sharpie pen to blacken the edges before this step, as you will be able to see the scribe lines better when you’re sanding your edges into blades.

Now comes the fun part

If you have the use of a bench sander this will make life a whole heap easier. If not, you can always use a hand file. This will take a lot more time and effort however. To keep your work from over heating through the sanding process, dip it into a jar of water from time to time.

After you have been sanding the edges for a while you will notice that a rough sharp surface may appear on the top and bottom sides of the work piece. Clean this up by sanding the top and bottom surfaces.

Making a jig to fasten to your ninja star can make things easier when beveling your edges. A jig can be a simple design that allows you to hold the work piece at different angles while sanding. The jig needs to be a flat palm sized piece of metal with drill hole’s located on it.

 

 

These drill hole’s need to be made, lining up with the hole’s on the work piece. One hole on the jig would align up with the center hole on the work piece and another hole on the gig would align up with the outside hole on the work piece. Using small nut and bolts you fasten the gig to the work piece, allowing for easier working movement for the sander.

When you are happy with the way it looks and it flies good, give it a spray with black spray paint. This will finish it off, giving it the Bruce Lee effect

A finished masterpiece

Making all sorts of cool blades, arrow tips and throwing stars can be made easily with the use of modern day tools. Experiment around using different metals and tools when building some of these projects and have fun. Remember to be careful when using any power tools and that you have supervision if you are younger.

(Ask an older person if you are struggling with any of these steps)

Hope you enjoyed this post and please leave any comments below

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Rip current safety

Rip current safety

Rip current safety

There are some stunning beaches located all around the world and where I live here in Australia going to the beach is a pastime that lots of people enjoy on a regular basis. Do you live near the beach? If you do you will know what I mean. Surfing and body surfing are popular forms of exercise and common throughout the summer periods seeing up to 5000 people at once at a single beach alone.

Beaches such as Bondi and Kirra can be a lifesavers worst nightmare over these popular periods with many rescues taking place many times in a single day. Rip current safety should be something everyone should know about when entering the water at their favorite beach stretces all around the world

Lots of overseas traveler’s die by drowning all across Australian beaches every year.

In Australia, someone dies in a rip every 2-3 days on average. Most of the thousands of rescues that take place are related to rips. It takes only a minute to drown so its very important that we can spot a rip.

When we travel to the beach for a swim, the best place to do this is between the flags. These flags are red and yellow and are located close to the shore line. These flagged zones are patrolled by experienced life guards. They look and help swimmers to stay safe when swimming. When swimming between the flags, it will take a lot of the guess work out of finding a rip as the life guards have already located the safe swimming zones

Out of the 11,000 beaches that located in Australia, only 3% are patrolled by surf life savers. Australia has many beaches that are not patrolled, swimming at these beaches could be dangerous in the wrong conditions.

When surf scientists study rips they do so by using a colored dye method. They pour the colored dye into different area’s along the beach to discover how the rips are behaving. The dye will take the path of the rip and travel out to the back of the breaking waves. This allows the scientists to study exactly how rips work and pass this knowledge down to surf lifesavers. Most lifesavers however are experienced swimmers and surfers, having been swimming at beaches from a very early age.

Rips are not

  • A undertow. There’s no such thing as an undertow and a rip cannot pull you under. You have air in your lungs and you will stay buoyant in a rip if you do not panic
  • There’s no such thing as a rip tide. Rips are not tides but are currents that flow steady out to the back of the breaking waves, then finish just beyond the break
  • They won’t carry you to New Zealand or other parts of the world

Rips are strong narrow currents that flow from the shoreline, between the breaking waves and off shore. A rip is formed by all the breaking water that is being pushed in by all the breaking waves. All this water needs to go somewhere, so it follows a path in the deeper water back out off shore.

studying where the rips are from the beach is easy. Typically, they are located in either the middle of the beach or at either end of the beach. If the beach is a large stretch of coast line, there may be many fixed rips located at intervals along the beach

The best way to discover where the rip is located is to ask a beach life guard. However, if you are swimming at a non patrolled beach the best way is to look where the shallow breaking waves are and what’s the color of the water. Breaking waves will only break in shallow water and that would indicate that they are breaking on a sand bar. If the water is a deep green or dark blue color that has a very choppy surface, this would indicate a rip and you must avoid this.

Large breaking waves will break in deeper water and the sand bar could be located in deeper water, however all rips and waves behave in the same way despite the size of the surf.

Do’s when stuck in a rip

  • Most importantly don’t panic. A rip will run out to the back of the breaking waves, so if anything, swim with the current and towards the sandbar. If surfers are out the back of the breaking surf swim towards them and ask for assistance
  • Raise your hand if you are at a patrolled beach. Lifesavers are always scanning the swimmers from the beach and tower.
  • Don’t try to swim against a rip as most rips will flow faster than what a person can swim.

Always check where the rips are from a headland, if this is possible. This is an old trick that surfers use when checking where to surf. Surfers use these rips on occasions to help them reach the back of the waves faster, so rips can prove to be helpful in these circumstances. Checking the surf from higher areas will help you see where the darker water (rips) are forming

Not all rips are the same

Most rips are what’s called a fixed rip. These are when there are no shifting sand banks and the rip is almost a permanent fixture on the beach. However, these sand banks can change overnight due to bad weather etc. These fixed rips can last for days, weeks and even months.

There’s another type of rip that called a flash rip. This is where a large amount of water pours into the beach with a high amount of breaking water. These waves are called set waves and are larger than the other waves that are breaking. You might get 3-5 set waves in a group that push huge amounts of water into the beach. This water quickly wants to escape and does so by rushing back out to sea through the deeper water.

Other rips that form are headland rips. These are usually consistent features on the beach and are located on the points of the beach or headlands. These headlands have a rocky sandy bottom and rarely change in behaviour

The beach is fun but we need to stay safe

If you are planning on swimming at the beach, stay between the flags. Even if you are an experienced swimmer as this will help others that are not so much experienced follow the directions of swimming between the flags. If you are swimming at a non patrolled beach only do so if you are experienced and know all the do’s and dont’s of beach safety

Hope you have enjoyed my post on beach safety. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will endeavor to get back to you ASAP

Stay safe

Cheers

Dave

PS

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hiking and camping backpacks

hiking and camping backpacks

Hi there guys. Today we will be talking about hiking and camping backpacks

 What makes a good backpack

There are lots of backpacks on the market now that cater for all different types of applications. Backpacks that are designed to be carried short distances with little to carry, to the larger packs that you could carry your gear for months at a time.

Today there’s different colors you can choose from, helping you to stand out or to keep you in full camouflage if need be. Personally I tend to stick to a black or dark green pack as I want to stay within the colors of my surrounds. This is because when watching for wildlife, I don’t scare them off. However, there are some that like a colorful pack because if they get lost, they can easily be found.

Most packs now come with safety features such as an in built whistle. Pretty neat if you happen to be walking and fall off a ledge or get yourself lost. Most packs come with state of the art back support and comfortable waist straps. Inside there usually a water bladder and plenty of room for first aid kits, food and hiking equipment

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Are there a difference between gals and guys backpacks

There’s not a lot of difference between packs these days. Colours separate what the gals seem to choose over what the guys will gab. Girls tend to want heaps of inside storage space where a guy will want plenty of outside pockets and straps to hang things like axes, knives off

There are plenty of things to consider when you are choosing the right back pack. How long you are going to be away for, Your height, Your strength and endurance, What type of hiking or camping you are going to be doing

Some buy backpacks to use as there go bags. These packs are filled with the necessary items, if one had to flee there homes in the event of a disaster. These packs would be stored in the home or car and would be in an easily to grab area if they needed to go quickly. Plenty of disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, floods, mudslides are on the increase, so ones are now seeing the need to have one of these packs on standby ready to go.

Is a backpack meant to hurt my back when walking

When walking with your pack, it’s going to feel a lot different walking with it when it is empty to when it is full. When choosing keep in mind what exactly you will be intending to do with it. Don’t get talked into by the store owner to buy the latest and most expensive on one the self. A backpack when full should feel like you have little weight to carry and should hug your back comfortably. There should be good air flow between your back and the bag, so you don’t get a wet pack, and your cloths don’t get to smelly.

Shops will try to sell you the most expensive bag so beware

Keep in mind storage, durability, colors and how the pack feels when choosing. The most expensive packs in store are usually sitting on the racks right in front of your eyes when looking. Do your research when you are thinking about choosing a pack and read as many reviews as you can on that particular item. One of your hiking buddies might have bought themselves a backpack wich they love, however will be no good for you.

Check out this post on essential survival equipment that could save your life in a disaster 

I love outside pockets and the detachable daypack

I always like to know what sort of daypack come with the larger backpacks. The day pack is designed to unzip from the larger pack and carry things such as a camera, water, food and small first aid pouch. These small day packs are great and many of the good brands out there offer this option with there packs.

Pockets are something that I love to have on my larger hiking pack. I like pockets that are deep and tight, as I don’t want anything to fall out along the way. Often you may need to jump a tree branch or hop between rocks, so I don’t want anything to fall out

Is my pack going to stay dry if it rains?

Another thing you will want to consider is if the backpack is waterproof and is going to hold up to whatever is thrown at it. Most backpacks come with an all weather pull over that is located usually at the bottom of the bag. If the rain starts to belt down and you need to take cover, at least you know that your bag and contents will remain dry.

There is nothing worse walking into camp when it’s almost dark, having a wet backpack. This is the time of day when you will want to kick off all those smelly cloths so you can wash, put on some dry cloths, set up your dry tent, start a fire with your dry matches etc. So choose a backpack that’s going to stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Conclusion

I have written a few posts now about the importance of choosing the right backpack for all types of applications. There are plenty of places you can go to review different applications and get all the information you will need. Check out my links to help you make the most informed choice and buying a backpack should be a fun experience.

When buying you don’t even have to go new. I have personally bought some of my packs from garage sales, eBay, community sell swap buy sites on Facebook etc. Some people buy and use once then want to sell them. So you could always pick up a good deal there

Thanks for reading my blog and please leave any comments below and I will get back to you ASAP

Stay safe

Cheers

Dave

PS

Some of you know now, that I have been making a passive income online from blogging. I have taken some of my favourite hobbies and turned them into money making websites. I have only one platform to thank and that is Wealthy Affiliate. Before becoming a member with them, I knew absolutely nothing about Affiliate marketing and its potential. If you want to check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate click

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Recent Earthquakes Alaska

Recent Earthquakes Alaska

One place that’s being hammered by earthquakes in the last 12 months is Alaska. Recent earthquakes Alaska has had to endure, hasn’t been easy. The people who live there are over the tremors to say the least! The people have had wave after wave of smaller and larger, bone shaking earthquakes in previous months.

Fears about a catastrophic earthquake to shake all cities located around the Ring Of Fire to the ground

In the first days of January Alaska soar close to 100 earthquakes in total. 6 of theses were a magnitude 4.5 and higher which is quite extraordinary. Alaska is situated high up on the globe and is a state of the USA. Its north-western location runs very close to the words biggest fault line, The Ring Of Fire.

16 earthquakes measuring 4.5 and above have occurred in a space of 48 hours along the hugely volatile ring of fire on a single day followed by 53 the following day. This is a huge amount of activity and alot larger of what we have seen in the past. Even though the western coast of California didn’t see any significant activity on these days.

Lots of discussion about what this could mean for people who live on the fault line

Conspiracy theorist’s and scientists are sending chat rooms into meltdown, as they are predicting and warning that it’s just a matter of time before we see an earthquake that packs so much force, it will kill millions. Some are suggesting that these earthquakes that we are seeing in New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Venezuela, Fiji, Bolivia are only the tip of the iceberg.

Scientists say California is in an earthquake drought as a 7.0 magnitude hasn’t occurred for a long time

California hasn’t seen any major events for quite some time so should we be concerned? In 1906 a huge earthquake ripped San Francisco apart killing 3000 people. Definitely California shows all the signs that it has been ravaged in the past by moving fault lines. The land scape surrounding San Francisco is scared with deep cuts in the earths surface where the land has pulled away and torn its self in two.

Can earthquakes be predicted?

With all the technology scientists have at their finger tips, they still can’t predict when an earthquake will occur. When an earthquake happens, it’s hard to pinpoint if it’s a single earthquake or a pre shock before a larger one.

What Alaska is enduring at the moment is a series of many smaller shocks, then the odd bigger one measuring over 4.5 comes barreling through. Not a nice feeling!

A girl I know lives and works in Anchorage and grew up in Alaska. She has told me that many of the buildings have broken apart and have suffered damage after the barrage of earthquakes they have had. Her building were she lives, has been weakened structurally and may need to be take it down. This is happening all around Anchorage as roads, schools, houses and buildings have been effected

It must be quite terrifying for all people living in Anchorage as thousands of earthquakes have been registered since the big one occurred on November 30th 2018. This registered as a magnitude 7.0 which is considered large. In fact as I write this post, an earthquake has happened in Alaska just now, measuring as a category 5.0. So as it appears there seems to be no let up for the people of Alaska

Conspiracy theorists, scientists and disaster watchers all point to a massive major event to hit California, as the Cascadia subduction is ready to pop like a compressed spring

All this activity around the Ring Of Fire in the past days and months is a conspiracy theorists and scientists dream. Many go years or even decades without seeing the activity we are seeing here on a daily basis.

They believe that these series of earthquakes is the start of the lead up to the big-one. The big one that they are pointing to is the location around the Californian Coast. This fault line is called the San Andreas. They reckon this fault line has been sleeping for far to long and is ready to wake up

A over due earthquake has been talked about for a long time in the scientific circles for this area of California. A magnitude 9 or greater here could see tremendous damage and the death toll could be in the millions.

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The ring of fire What is it?

The ring of fire is were two large tectonic (earths crust) plates meet. The heavier plates push under the lighter ones causing subductions and deep trenches in the ocean floor. There continually pushing and grinding at each other, fighting for space and room. The tectonic plates resemble a big jigsaw puzzle when looking at them from a map.

About 90% of all earthquakes happen around the fringes of the Pacific Ocean and has of all the active volcanos on earth. The plates are not connected or fixed together but float on top of whats called the mantle (molten rock). Often these plates collide or over time under huge amounts of pressure, let go.

These two plates (one being the Pacific plate) circles the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand up past Japan, over to Alaska and down past the western coast of California to the tip of south America. Spreading out along this fault line is 452 volcanoes that produce high seismic activity, are extremely volatile and unpredictable in nature.

What ever the case maybe we need to prepare now for the unknown.

The best way to avoid an earthquake is not to live on or near a major fault line. Many of our fault lines are pretty harmless and may never pose any threat to us, however we shouldn’t become complacent and pretend it won’t happen to me. That’s how people get killed in a disaster. Its when people are dont see the urgency of what can happen.

If it’s not earthquake, it can quite easily be something else of an equal serious nature. Hurricanes, tornadoes, bush and wild fires, floods, heatwaves, drought, ice and snow storms, tsunamis and then also man made disasters do happen and happen without warming

Keep safe everyone and prepare now before it’s to late

Remember to write a comment below to tell me your thoughts and concerns

Cheers

Dave

PS

Some of you know now, that I have been making a passive income online from blogging. I have taken some of my favourite hobbies and turned them into money making websites. I have only one platform to thank and that is Wealthy Affiliate. Before becoming a member with them, I knew absolutely nothing about Affiliate marketing and its potential. If you want to check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate click

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Survival Scenario Exercise

Survival Scenario Exercise

Having good fitness in the event of a disaster will help us endure and survive. Whether it’s a natural or man made disaster that we find staring down, having a good survival scenario exercise plan in place will definitely give you the tools needed to mentally and physically prepare and survive.

What’s the point! I would probably die anyway

You may question whether fitness is needed in a survival situation and that it’s pointless. You may reason that unforeseen circumstances could befall us in a disaster, and even having the best of fitness wouldn’t help us survive.

But what if we happen to survive? You could find yourself in any number of different situations needing your strength and stamina.

To physically not prepare for a disaster could be fatal

We have all heard of the stories of survivors who had to fight to stay alive after a disaster. Whether it’s been an earthquake or a rescue out at sea, many survivors later say that if they weren’t physically and mentally strong enough they would have died

Yes you can still have a good chance of survival if you are unfit, but the chances of your survival after a disaster could be decreased.

Training in the mornings is always the best time to do it.

When you have been sleeping all night in a nice comfy bed, the last thing you may not want to be doing is getting up and hitting the pavement.

But this is the best time to do it for a number of reasons

  1. Getting it over and done
  2. Weight loss
  3. Focused mindset for the rest of the day

Someone can maintain good fitness in a variety of ways by using what’s on hand around the home or walking tracks or pathways nearby.

Having a good routine at some point of the day when you can set aside 60 minutes for exercise will definitely have positive effects on your mind and body

I find that as soon as I wake up exercise is best done on an empty stomach. This is because we are clear and focused from a good night’s sleep and once we begin to exercise our body will get it’s energy from your fat stores.

I typically start the day off by

  • Walking briskly for 15 minutes
  • Do a combination of different weight training exercises for 30 minutes
  • Cool down spin bike for 15 minutes

You can have good physical fitness by setting aside 60 minutes a day

Home workout and survival mode training

A disaster could call on us to put our bodies to the test. Who knows what things and different scenarios we may face

We may need to walk a large distance to find help, lift wreckage to find survivors or maintain a positive mindset to help other survivors. So when we train for survival we must keep in mind the many scenarios we could find our selves in and train for those scenarios

Some areas I think are a must with any survival fitness routine are

  • Good core strength
  • Good leg strength
  • Good flexibility
  • Focused mindset

Exercises such as

  • Abdominal crunches
  • Planks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Chin ups
  • Bent over row
  • Dips
  • Push ups
  • Dead lifts
  • Stretching
  • Meditation
  • Jogging

Having a daily routine combining these exercises with a healthy diet, will give you the strength and focus needed for any disaster that may come your way

Disaster + fitness = survival

I have reaped the benefits of having good health and fitness for many years now. I have seen the importance of keeping a good routine in place and have passed this knowledge down to my wife and kids

If a disaster were to occur and have immediate effects on us, I’m confident that having a measure of fitness will keep us safe and alive. I don’t know if I could be separated from my family because of circumstances. But I’m put at ease knowing that they are mentally and physically prepared if a disaster was to strike

People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private

History has shown in the past that after a natural disaster, crime and violence are sure to fill the gap. People will go to great lengths to get food and will often resort to stealing and violence to get what they need.

If we were lacking physically and mentally, how could we take care of ourselves and family in the chaos that can often proceed a disaster?

How you train now will show itself in the event of a disaster and will save your life

Train now! Get off the couch, put down the Netflix remote and get moving

Getting fit and healthy can be fun and exciting. If you have the right exercise routine in place and can exercise with a good friend or family member, exercise can become addictive.

Many chemicals are released from the brain when we exercise, and these chemicals are called endorphins. Dopamine is one of these feel good chemicals and is released through meditation and exercise.
Once you start seeing changes in your body, your thinking will change on how you view exercise and you will gain momentum. This momentum will be a key to your survival in a disaster

Small steps and remember, good physical fitness doesn’t happen overnight

Try to view any exercise and health routine in small steps. People tend to think that results should happen almost immediately and then they drop off, but just remember to be patient and show persistence and your hard efforts will pay off in time.

Clear focused mindset

But how important is it to make good clear decisions if you were caught up in a natural disaster?

It could definitely give you the edge over most people and help you make the best decisions to get you out of anything. This is why we need to work hard at all aspects of our body, to grow in a deeper awareness of ourselves. This will maximize our abilities if needed

Set aside if possible 10 minutes twice a day, doing some sort of meditation and breathing practice. When I do this, I try to find a quiet spot away from any noise. I breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, let out for 5 seconds and hold for 5 seconds. I repeat this for 10 minutes, thinking of all the things I am grateful for in life

Sometimes it’s hard to put health and fitness first at the top of the priority list. Juggling home chores, working all week, being there for the kids, socializing etc. can take a toll on our bodies. Not to mention the part these things play out on stress and anxiety.

The professionals say that any new habit that you start needs to be carried out for at least 21 days for it to stick, so be prepared for this to be challenging for the first few weeks.

Remember, make sure before you take on any exercise program that you first consult with your doctor.

Conclusion

There are many simple things we can do at home to build up our strength, mindset and fitness. We have considered some exercises that can be simply done in a short amount of time. Its imperative that we put a plan of action in place now in order to survive a disaster

Thank you for reading my blog and please any questions feel free to leave it below in the comments

Be safe

Dave

PS

Some of you know now, that I have been making a passive income online from blogging. I have taken some of my favourite hobbies and turned them into money making websites. I have only one platform to thank and that is Wealthy Affiliate. Before becoming a member with them, I knew absolutely nothing about Affiliate marketing and its potential. If you want to check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate click

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How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

Have you ever thought about what would happen if everything we know the world to be, was to shut down. Imagine that we could no longer obtain the things that we depend on each and every day.

Surviving the end of the world is on a lot of peoples minds as television shows, movies and YouTube clips on this topic is in demand. We now take many things for granted that make our lives very easy but what if overnight they were gone?

If we ponder long enough on this, we may start to realise that our money won’t save us if the economy goes belly up.

So what would keep us going and keep bread on the table if money no longer had any value? Could we survive? What things could we stock pile now that would help us barter for item’s and what skills could we acquire now that we could use in a post apocalyptic world?

We will consider what will have value and what won’t in this post

Gold and silver

People will revert back to gold and silver once money has lost its value. Looking look back in history you will discover that banks hold the upper hand when it comes to your money.

If the economy crashes, banks will pay back everyone at the top of the pyramid and then that money will gradually filtrate down to the bottom. So if you think you are safe having your money tied up in a bank, think again. History shows that banks can simply shut their doors

In recent times countries such as Venezuela have been suffering at the hands of government where corruption thrives. Inflation has been so high in this country, that a truckload of cash still wouldn’t buy your grocery shopping. Pretty frightening if you’re under prepared.

People are starting to invest their cash into gold and silver and putting it in a safe place (buried underground most of the time). There’s a lot of uncertainty in the stock market lately as you don’t have to look far to see gold rising and stocks starting to drop. This forecast is quite worrying as hesitation in the market could lead to an economic collapse.

Gold and silver won’t have value for to long after a post apocalyptic world. This is because you can’t eat gold and silver and it’s only use will be for utensils. Or in the case of silver its use could be for circuitry and technology after a long period of time

Some say gem stones are worth investing in and would be good to use as a bartering item, but not many people can determine what is a real stone from a fake. I think a lot of people will steer away from using gem stones to barter with

Vice products

Vice products will be the source of currency. Here in Australia you have what’s called the beer economy. When you carry out a job for a friend such as carpentry, plumbing etc. you get paid with a cartoon of beer. This seems to work very well with both parties are left happy

 

 

Tobacco

Cigarettes and cigars would be worth storing now and could be a great item to barter with in a cashless world. Having several boxes of cigarettes and cigars lying around will become very handy

 

Alcohol

After everyone breaks in and steals all the alcohol in the stores throughout the world and all of the good stuff has been consumed, people will desire a drink from time to time.

The problem with alcohol is that it’s big and bulky and takes up a large area of space. I suggest that you store spirits and not beers because you get more bang for your buck with spirits.

If you were the only man in your neighborhood that had bottles of single malt whiskey and over proof rum imagine how popular you would be. You would definitely need good security around your precious stash, from people wanting to steal it. (guard dog)

 

Medication

You will definitely be able to trade pills like currency in a post grid down situation. You can definitely bet your bottom dollar that you will be hard up even finding an aspirin. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will be on high demand, as well as cough and cold remedies, and the list of medications for illnesses are endless.

Ammunition

In history, bullets have been used to trade. In the old west men would trade bullets for a drink of alcohol. I’m pretty sure that’s where the term shot glass came from. It was because you could trade a drink for a bullet.

Carrying guns would increase in a post apocalyptic world and that’s where if you have a stock pile of weapons and ammunition, you will be in hot demand. Personally I like crossbow’s and compound bows, as I can fashion my own arrows and have as many as I need on standby.

 

Seeds

If people Required to get themselves going again in the garden they will want seeds. Having a well researched seed bank now will guarantee that you and your family can survive a time like this. If the government falls hard economically and can’t supply the people with food, seeds will be a good item for trading.

Coffee and tea

Coffee and tea products will be highly valuable and will be needed. Everywhere you go now people are drinking coffee and tea in the truck loads. Coffee will certainly be king

 

Batteries

Having batteries properly packaged and stored also will be a great asset. However, batteries don’t store for a long period so you may want to come up with different methods of harnessing power. Solar power and wind turbines directing power back into batteries is a good option.

Spices, sugar and seasonings

Once upon a time pepper was worth its weight in gold literally!

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger and garlic powder

These are just some off the items that will be in high demand and also they store for a long period.

 

Fuel

Gasoline, butane, kerosene, oil, propane where are you going to get it?

Just sit and wait at any gas station long enough to see all the automobiles filling up. Stay long enough and you will notice fuel tankers off loading their supplies multiple times a day to keep these stations going.

Imagine the grinding halt that would occur if fuel supply stopped? Everything would stop. Hospitals, buses, trains, airplanes, cars, trucks, shopping centers, electricity companies, water supply and the list goes on and on

 

What skills can I offer to a post apocalyptic, cashless world?

The man or woman who

  • Brews the beer
  • Can pull out a sore tooth
  • Can cut and butcher meats
  • Can hunt game and catch fish
  • Can tan hide and make jerky
  • Can make clothes
  • Can make an ice cube (science)
  • Can craft using metal and wood
  • Can entertain people
  • Can treat illnesses naturally
  • Can grow food
  • Can generate power
  • Can make a coffee
  • Can make glass and pottery

And I could go on forever.

Conclusion

It’s never too late to learn some skill that our grandparents, grandparents used to know. You can find lots of classes on-line or in your area to learn some of these fazed out skills. Sometimes its just asking your old neighbor or perhaps your grandfather how things were done in the old days.

Pick up some books on different survival topics at your local library and educate yourself on these.

Start storing items that will be handy to have, for bartering purposes

Make for yourself a good preppers pantry to have all these organized and do a stock take on these items regularly to check for any spoiled items.

Thank you for reading my blog and I’m interested in what you thought.

Any questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP

Cheers

Dave

PS

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treatment for anxiety and panic attacks in or after a disaster

treatment for anxiety and panic attacks in or after a disaster

A disaster close to home

Back in 1989 on a beautiful Thursday afternoon, an earthquake struck Newcastle Australia, with a magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale. People t the time all over the news coverage said it was a truly frightening experience, one that they will never forget.

This natural disaster killed 13 people and injured at least 160. The Newcastle earthquake at the time was rated Australia’s worst natural disaster in history, as the damage bill topped around 4 billion
I remember this day well because it happened all so fast. We only lived a short distance away from Newcastle where it the earthquake struck. I was 11 years of age and sitting on the lounge, watching a movie on television with a friend. All of a sudden I felt this vibration through the house. We both looked at each other in total amazement as the whole house moved and swayed like we were sitting in a house made of jelly.

We couldn’t believe what had just happened!

As the floor swayed around us, I remember a sound building up and intensifying almost becoming deafening. We rushed outside to see what was going on and to our surprise, all our neighbors were standing outside also.

As kids we didn’t exactly know what had just happened until later that day, we saw the coverage on the news that an earthquake had smashed buildings and devastated homes all throughout Newcastle.

Many weeks after the earthquake, many people were talking about the increasing feelings of anxiety and panic attacks.

The loss of life and all the damage to homes were all too much for some people. Many people thought that possibly another big earthquake could be on the horizon. An earthquake of this size was quite rare in Australia.

Anxiety and fear of the thought of a natural disaster

Do you get anxious and stressed at the thought of a natural disaster happening where you live? The people of Japan were all going about their business back in 2011 when the fatal and devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and then followed by a powerful tsunami. We all remember the footage of the massive wall of water enveloping everything in its path.

Should we live in fear that this could happen where we live?

Some countries live in constant fear that someday soon the location where they live could be devastated by a natural disaster. The majority of people who live in Japan, South America, New Zealand (to name a few) all know that at any moment a disaster could strike.

Scientists have long been saying that California is long over due for a massive quake, and that anything over a 9.0 magnitude would have devastating effects. This is quite scary as a quake of this magnitude and on this level of destruction would have massive negative implications on the economy, which could lead to massive population unrest.

Melt down mode

Back in 1997 a tragedy occurred in Australia at the ski village of Thredbo. In the late stages of the night in sub-zero temperatures a landslide occurred and destroyed two buildings killing 18 people. One of the survivors was a ski instructor named Stuart Diver. He endured 11 hours in the freezing cold under a slab of concrete, deep under the rubble with water flowing around him.

It was a truly magnificent show of human strength and courage by Stuart and the rescue team and the images that were seen across the world were etched in all our minds.

Later on some 15 years later I saw an interview on television with Stuart. He told the viewers of his personal melt down and struggle with depression, fear and panic attacks. He lives a constant reminder of how lucky he was to survive but the sorrow of losing the person he loved in the disaster that took place.

Learn meditation to calm your thoughts

Meditation is a process of calming your thoughts through breathing and thinking. If we learn how to do this now, we can control our emotions in any given circumstance. Meditation will lower your heart rate and clear your mind on the things you will be needing to do.

The word fear is broken down like this

F – forget

E – everything

A – and

R – run

Its amazing what the human body does when its faced with a fight or flight situation. Your body goes into hyper sensitive mode readying your body for acute awareness to take immediate action. The only thing is that these days people don’t know how to go back to normal when they are faced with a fearful situation.

Back in early human history, our ancestors had many stressful and sometimes life threatening things happen in a single day. Whether it was a Sabre tooth tiger running behind you or a wooly mammoth trying to eat you, your body would gear its self up for survival and operate very efficiently to survive. However, the body would recover its normal behavior a short time later until the next stressful situation.

Now if someone cuts us off on the freeway or bangs into our shopping trolley we straight away go into fight or flight mode, we find it hard to wind back down. This is because we live in a time when everything is so fast paced with a lot going on. This raised awareness of fight or flight many times throughout the day leads to massive amounts of stress and eventually this type of continual stress will give the body to all sorts of disease in the body.

When in fight or flight mode you will experience many changes in the body. Do you feel like this when your fearful or experiencing a panic attack?

  • Raised heart beat
  • Sweety and clammy with perspiration
  • Very acute awareness
  • Your mouth goes dry
  • Everything goes very loud

Conclusion

When reading about the many hardships people are facing all around the world due to going through natural disasters or perhaps their own personal disaster, we can take stock now to learn how to control our emotions so they don’t control us. Take time to learn how to meditate and you will see many benefits in a short period.

I have experienced both anxiety and panic attacks on and off throughout my life and only recently learned of the powerful effects of meditation. I know firsthand how debilitating these can be on everyday life, but there is a way out

Stay safe

Dave

PS

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Natural and herbal remedies

Natural and herbal remedies


Healing medicine is all around us growing naturally and the best part… it’s for free

Throughout the ages, man has used an array of different herbs, plants and trees as a way of treating the human body. Throughout my research of natural and herbal remedies, I quickly discovered that the human body responds very well when it’s treated naturally to illness and infection.

The human body is made up of 60% water and then the many different elements that we find in the earth such as carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, calcium, hydrogen and phosphorus. When the body is in need of repair, it replenishes itself. It then stands to reason that what the body needs is a natural shot of herbal and plant based remedies.

 

For thousands of years humans have been using what occurs naturally around them in their environments. The writings and pictures of the ancient world can help us develop and store a huge wealth of knowledge on the different variety of medicines that occurs naturally in plants.

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A ancient world lost that can teach us so much

In ancient times of the past, people knew the different ingredients needed to help and even cure certain ailments. Sometimes in different tribes medicine men would be appointed to give the sick person a concoction of different tonics and potions made from herbs, roots, bark, sap, oils and honey

In ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs that have been decoded give us a detailed and complex insight into medicine. The many ruines in the Nile region paint a picture of healing through herbs and plants.

These people expanded their horizons through the use of ships, sailing up and down the Nile river and along the Medderteran coast. There exploring these areas led them to different peoples and cultures enhancing their knowledge in different medicines.

These ancient people were very proficient in herbal remedies and there uses throughout Egypt and their uses were extensive. One example was there use of honey as a antiseptic is well documented

In ancient Israel the Bible speaks of olive oil and wine as having healing benefits for broken skin and different sicknesses. In the bible book of Proverbs the wise King Solomon spoke of the benefits of Honey comb, wine and oil for healing.

The indigenous people of Australia have many natural ways that they use though the use of plants to fight disease like cancer. For example they used the leaf from the Gumby Gumby tree, boiling the leaf making tea. The tribesmen speak of its effectiveness in treating the common cold.

This is a lost information and you may ask yourself, where did all this knowledge go? We are now so heavily dependent these days on over the counter drugs. If we have a headache or have suffered a wound we head straight to the doctors.

Alot of this ancient information was written down in a few different ways. The most common method to write information was on papyrus paper or stone tablet. Some fragments of papyrus scrolls have been unearthed in recent years and archeologists continue to find stone engravings of ancient life, that gives us a insight on how and what these people used to heal themselves

Is it possible that we could also tap into this same information

We live in a time now where ancient medicine is viewed as outdated and even irrelevant. However there’s a stong movement building in society, supporting the powerful benefits of natural and herbal remedies. Social media and news item’s confirm the growing intrest in this area.

But my main focus in this post is to ask. Do we know enough information on how to heal and cure ourselves if there was no more doctors or conventional medicine outlets? What if the power grid and the major services stop and come to a grinding halt?


Natural disasters around the globe are definitely more destructive and intense then ever before. Do you know that earthquakes have doubled in regularity and intensity in the last one hundred years. Do you remember Chiapas in 2017 Ecuador in 2016 and Chili in 2015? These earthquakes all were around the 8.0 magnitude mark hitting with destructive force and displacing many people

Hurricanes are more intense and destructive than ever before. Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and Ike were furious storms displacing many and costing many billions in damages. Do you remember the images we saw on television of the destructiveness of Katrina and the lawlessness that soon followed. This will happen again. The question is are we prepared for it?

Heat waves throughout the world are breaking records like never before. Nuclear war and cyber attacks are a constant threat from many countries. Terrorism, EMP strikes, food and water contamination and total global economic breakdown isn’t far off from the horizon.

In a disaster whether man made or natural we could find ourselves in a situation where we don’t have any access to medicine or doctors. If we had to flee our homes last minute and we were to find our selves under prepared for such a scenario, would we be able to treat things such as infection, illness and pain?

Its up to you right now to start to educate yourself in the many different ways you can harness the natural healing powers of nature

Thanks for reading and any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below

Cheers

Dave

 

 

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