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Have you ever wondered just how you would shower in a long term power outage? 

Having a few of these on hand is must for just that concern. Why only the 2.5 gallon you may ask? The answer to that is simple. 

The weight of one gallon of water is heavy on its own and you have to lift this up high. Take it from lesson learned by this mom of 3. The 5 gallon shower is near impossible to lift that high with ease. It took myself and my strong husband to lift it high enough. He lifted as I supported and made sure we didn't poke it into something. The 5 gallon won't work in the shower tents, it is too heavy. In addition, do you really want your family members to use a full 5 gallons of your water storage for one shower? It would be very easy for that to happen with the larger 5 gallon size. For these reasons, this household has now added more of the 2.5 gallon showers. 

Having the smaller solar showers allows for more conservative use of water. As well as it is much easier to lift up high enough to be able to shower with. 

Keep in mind these pack down well for in your gear bags. You don't have to just use them for showers. Many times while camping these are used to heat water to do dishes, wash hands and so on.

Now, one word of advice, be sure you bring along wash cloths as you want to conserve as much water as possible. Also, don't soap up like you would at home, this isn't your home shower. Too much soap equals a lot of extra water usage. 

Having camped primitive with 3 children, 2 adults and 2 dogs, this mom was ever so thankful to have these showers. As a busy mom while camping, the max one could go without showering was 2 full days. By day 3, this mom wanted the grime off the body. (J)
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Here is a great list of items to review to determine what you may already have, as well as what items you may want to work on adding to your preparedness supplies. (s)
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This sounds like something that one might hear about in a Mexican prison...and yet it's happening right here in the U.S.! 

New Albany, Indiana: The Floyd County Sheriff's Department is being sued by a woman who was forcibly stripped and left in a jail cell filled with pepper-spray for 7 hours--FOR A MISDEMEANOR CRIME CHARGE--NOT a conviction! It was recorded on video. There are claims that this is a routine procedure for women taken to the jail. A second woman was stripped on the same day, as shown in another video. 

How do you PREPARE against something like this? You maintain decorum in public. You actively campaign for good sheriffs and good men and women in trusted political positions of power. You get INFORMED of your rights so that you can confidently, though peacefully assert power and competence against mindless LEOs. Etc. Etc.
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Are we the most over-drugged nation in the world? Prescriptions have risen by 300% since 1999.

District Attorneys in Santa Clara and Orange Counties are suing pharmaceutical companies for aggressively marketing highly addictive drugs without medical justification. Chicago is also suing, alleging a 20-year conspiracy by drug companies for targeting returning veterans and using front groups to publish biased reports in favor of their drugs.

What's YOUR countermove to this problem?
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Did you know that there were two large solar storms last week, and the rapidity of their occurrence appears to be increasing? (FYI for our new readers, solar flares are viable causes of an EMP-like event)

This is contrary to what was expected, because 2013 was considered to be the peak of the last eleven-year cycle. However, the intensity of storms is not necessarily related to frequency. Some of the biggest have occurred at times of low frequency. These current storms are not expected to be of serious concern, because they are not aimed directly at the Earth. We received only a glancing blow from the edges of their trajectories. Scientists say, however, that it’s only a question of time before a major flare will strike a direct blow to the Earth, and the consequences will be far more serious than most people think.
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This may seem like an insignificant story of a collection agency trying to go after a $400 past due bill...but it's not. Look closely. It's actually an indicator of just how desperate the corporations are in this nation to squeeze every blankety-blank nickle out of anyone and everyone they can. I guaran-dang-tee ya that if the U.S. economy was truly "bouncing back" we would NOT be seeing stories like this. 

Follow the radar blips, Friends. It will show you a distinct pattern that plays a key role in your preparedness efforts and prioritizations.
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I keep trying to convince folks that Organic is just a marketing scheme in most instances to get folks to pay more... There are at least 21 different chemicals that would make your skin crawl that are permitted by the USDA to be used on "organic" products. 
Buyer beware and at the very least thoroughly soak and wash all of your produce before using it.
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Has the U.S. Supreme Court just made Argentina an economic enemy? Clearly we're not making friends well under this administration--especially when we refuse to work with our allies who are actually willing to take responsibility for their own fiscal repair...something the U.S. clearly has no intent to do themselves.
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Next time you find yourself being bullied by higher ups regarding your acceptance of mandatory vaccines in order to keep your job, you may want to remember this recent court ruling, finding in FAVOR of a nurse who was fired for refusing a vaccine, but who prevailed in court nonetheless.
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Is it possible to battle a virus that medical experts claim has no cure? You betcha! Stay tuned to this page to find out. 

"Although rarely lethal, there is no cure for chikungunya, and its effects can be quite debilitating – especially for the elderly population. While some patients will only suffer a minor fever and mild joint pain that dissipates within a week, others can suffer very high fevers and sustained joint pain for several weeks or even months."
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