SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets

This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: responses to posted articles, practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters.

Reader H.L. sent us this: N.J. shuts Appalachian Trail shelter after bear slashes tent. This article begins:

“A black bear tried to claw its way into a tent in Stokes State Forest on Wednesday night, which prompted the park service to announce that it was closing the Brink Road shelter to hikers.

Brink Road, a popular camping and water stop along the Appalachian Trail, is closed temporarily “due to increased bear activity,” the state Division of Parks and Forestry said in a Facebook post.

The post did not say how long Brink Road would be closed, but said ‘hikers should plan their itineraries accordingly to avoid camping at the shelter until further notice.'”

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Michele Bachmann on WHO Amendments: “This creates a platform for global governance”.

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Reader James S. had this comment:

“I’m a semi-retired physician who has used tourniquets daily in orthopedic surgery for 30 years. This article is spot on without any inaccuracies I can spot. Consider this passing peer review if you will. I would amend this excellent article with the filling info: after 2 hours (arm) or 3 (leg) the incidence of complications goes way up, so expedited care is important. Under no circumstances ’flash’ the tourniquet. Also, a venous T (bleeding may stop but still has pulse, hand/foot NOT blanched) is the worse situation of all.”

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H.L. was the first of several readers to send this: Farmers allowed to pull land out of federal conserved contracts amid global food crisis – USDA. An excerpt:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow farmers who are part of the federal conservation land contracts to voluntarily terminate their contracts and plant on that land, in order to help mitigate the global food crisis, the agency said on Thursday.

The offer is open to farmers who are in the final year of their contract with the agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), USDA said on a statement published on their website.”

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Reader J.P. wrote to mention that a big package of “gun control” legislation will be debated in committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, possibly as soon as tomorrow. (Thursday, June 2, 2022.) These include: Raising the minimum age of long gun ownership to 21, a ban on so-called Ghost Guns, criminalizing intrastate private party sales (under the guise of “Universal Background Checks’), expanding the NFA to include Federal registration of many semi-autos, and a ban on 11+ round magazines.

Please contact your congresscritters repeatedly via phone and e-mail, to insist that NO NEW FEDERAL GUN LAWS be enacted!

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This sounds like something straight out of my novel Liberators: Canada Outlawed Numerous Firearms Years Ago – So Far, Only 160 Have Been Turned In.  The law had an April 30, 2022 deadline. So… Just 160 out of 100,000 banned guns were surrendered?  We are witnessing large-scale resistance to tyranny. The message from the Canadian citizenry is clear: “Justin Trudeau can go jump in a lake.”

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And, most recently: Trudeau moves to implement ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales across Canada.

There were numerous responses to the recent article about Medical Community Autocracy:

K.D. wrote:

“There is a new payment model for doctors called Direct Primary Care (I’m not paid to write this, just a happy customer). The business model is that these practices don’t accept insurance, but rather have a monthly fee to join their clinic. Once that monthly fee is paid, all of your visits are included, and the only thing extra you pay for is prescriptions and labs.

This is the “gym membership” payment structure, but in this case, it aligns your incentives and your doctor’s. They have no upside to give you unnecessary drugs, and they can recommend anything that gets you healthier (i.e. not show up as much). From my experience, the doctors embracing this model also tend to be much more conservative, free-market, and often Christian as well, and many of them started this kind of practice after becoming frustrated with mainstream practice.

My family had COVID recently, and our doctor knew of a pharmacy that was filling Ivermectin and HCQ prescriptions (cash-only, they knew insurance wouldn’t allow it), and he gave us a whole set of lung-care techniques to practice during our infection. (Praise God, we’re all just fine now.)

Appointments are not rushed, and frequently take a full hour. Our doctor is much more eager to push lifestyle change than more pills. Weight and diabetes? His answer isn’t metformin, it’s “here’s how to do keto”.

This structure isn’t legal in all states, but if your state allows it, you can find a map of nearby DPC clinics at”

H.L. sent this link: Find a Doctor who will prescribe Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine.

Kevin R. wrote:

“Today’s essay author might benefit from going to (American Association of Physicians and Surgeons). There he will find protocols for covid early treatment, and links to lists of local and online physicians and pharmacies.

Also, America Outloud, a podcast with Dr. Peter McCullough, will be a voice of support and reason for the early treatment if covid. Thanks for all you do!”

Gage  wrote us:

“In response to today’s article, my wife and I have had excellent luck with nurse practitioners that have their own practices and are considering one in our area. FLCCC Dr.s in your state that meet via video chat have been great for alternative treatments but they were not cheap.

With three kids we go to the doctor’s office often and are currently looking for a Dr. that will treat them fairly but not push treatments we don’t agree with (no more exams from inside our car!).

We did find a very promising lead on a Dr. that is pretty openly Seventh Day Adventist in our area. There were hints on their website (big push on holistic health through diet) and on their intake forms (a check box for requests for prayer).  I began visits first as a test and they are going well so far, so perhaps looking for hints like that on their website/intake forms could help.”

OkieranchWife had this response:

“Here are some resources for ToAndFro:

Dr. Stella  Immanuel in Houston, TX.  Does telephonic appointments  and  with Dr. Zev Zelenko

Drs. Michelle and Mark Sherwood in Tulsa, OK

Dr. Meehan in Tulsa, OK.

Dr Simone Gold of America’s Frontline doctors

Dr. Richard Bartlett in Texas.

S. in Tennessee wrote:

“Going to stay vague/hypothetical. I’m in healthcare. It’s a mixed bag in regards to philosophy. Many of my colleagues jumped to get stuff in their arms. Mixed opinions, though, on IVM and HCQ. At the height of our “crisis” our state board ruled for punishment incl poss loss of license for promoting “misinformation” (misinformation not defined).
Hypothetically in our area, we had paper prescriptions handed out early with advice to fill ASAP, because we saw the writing on the wall. Pharmacists became the main gatekeepers in prohibition here.  Soon after that, there was bulk delivery of meds from India given out free in various parking lot meetups. One way to stay off of govt list.  Things you do with communist/technocratic rule…
Not looking for this advice to be quoted in your blog, but you’re  welcome to paraphrase.  “Ziverdo”. Is a good search term. Also lots of vendors on indiamart. FLCCC and Chris Martenson have been great sources through this.
I grew up with a dad who escaped from a communist country. He gave lots of advice way back when. It paid off.”

Mike penned this:

“Just to let you know, it would be frowned upon by most of the state medical boards, never mind the national ones, for a doctor to prescribe any medication for a patient without first establishing the doc patient relationship.  This fellow will have to find a local physician who will be willing to see him.  There are a number of docs that will prescribe either hydroxy or ivermectin but finding one that will be advertising that will be a daunting task.  We just do not go around discussing what we treat patients for and with what.  Likewise with pharmacists and pharmacies.  If they do give out that kind of information and it can be linked to any particular patient it will be a HIPPA violation and they will be on the hook for that. His best bet is to talk with people who have had covid and ask those people what they were treated with and then he can inquire about the doc.  Yes employed physicians do have to toe the line as to what their employer says and typically follow the protocols of the employer.  If a hospital-based group has a treatment plan for covid and one of their physicians strays from that it can cause the physician some problems.”

Bob S. wrote to mention:

“The Front Line Doctors now have a Post Vaccine Treatment Plan.

I’m sure our readers know someone or are personally experiencing vaccine side effects – millions worldwide are suffering mild to major issues. I pray this can ease the suffering of people who allow themselves to be treated.
On their site there are teledocs who will offer prescriptions for the items that are not OTC.

And L.E e-mailed this:

“It’s probably no help to the author of the article posted on May 29th, but if a doctor IN your insurance network refuses to see you and refuses to provide you with written documentation as to why he will not see you, this negates his contract with that insurance network and he cannot cherrypick whom he wants to see, then you can sue him for discrimination (much as if he decided that he wouldn’t treat anyone of a particular race or gender orientation), you can request to have him removed from the list for that insurance provider.”

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SaraSue sent this snippet:

“Preps: stocked up on white vinegar, for canning and disinfecting. Stocked up on bleach – Costco is still the best deal on large jugs of bleach, although the price goes up monthly. Bought more bulk sugar, dried fruit high in Vitamin C, and some extra clothes, only to find out that everything is too big. I guess I’m losing weight running my rear end off trying to keep up. My To-Do list is longer than my lifespan at the moment.

Garden: This week planted 18 tomato plants of various kinds. Planted cucumbers and pole peas on a quickly constructed trellis. The garden is already overtaken by grass and weeds knee-high. Spending a lot of time weed whacking and hoeing just to keep up.
Home: Bought more furniture at the thrift/antique store that is going out of business. Still the cheapest way to furnish a house including the refinishing products and I enjoy it.

Dairy: Purchased replacement parts for the electric milking system. Family visited and was able to send home gallons of fresh Jersey milk for the grandkids who got to participate in the milking process. The calf is huge now at almost 6 weeks old. She will be bigger than her mom. I’ve already had inquiries about obtaining fresh milk. I’m not at that level yet, but the second dairy cow will be important. Hard to find 1/2 gallon glass jars – prices are high.

Chickens: I’m drowning in eggs. I’ve frozen a lot, given some away, fed them to the dogs and chickens, and will be trying the water glassing method to store them for winter when egg production slows down. I might sell some but OPSEC worries me. Stay busy y’all!”

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Tunnel Rabbit liked this live-streamed panel discussion: The AR-RPK.

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Tim J. spotted this: The Curious Origins of the Ghillie Suit.

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Another from H.L.: Winter Ticks Are Wiping Out Moose in Maine.

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Prickly Cactus wrote this recommendation in response to the post about recession/depression proof jobs:
Water and Wastewater: There is a great need for water and wastewater operators. Few people are going into the field, and most current operators are at or nearing retirement. No matter how bad the economy (or pandemic, or anything) gets, people still need to drink water and flush toilets. My husband is in this field and his hours and pay never changed during covid shutdowns. One doesn’t need a degree to get into this field, as it is on the job training. (Being good at math is important.) However, one does need to get certification (levels 1-4). An uncertified operator doesn’t get paid well but pay increases with each level of certification. Also, there are usually good benefits no matter the level. Water and wastewater have separate tests and separate certifications. After 1 year in the field, a person can test for certification of levels 1, 2 or 3 (each level has a harder test). One must hold a level 3 for a year before being allowed to test for a 4. Military experience in pumps or water treatment can usually be applied as time in the field for taking a test. Even small towns have water and wastewater jobs, although they have less pay and fewer positions than big cities. It is a good career.”
And on the same topic. M.J. suggested:
“I’d like to urge you to add IT and customer-service representative positions to your list of depression-proof jobs.
The one good thing that came out of all the covid hysteria and fear-mongering over the past few years is to demonstrate that working from home is viable for many jobs.  For those who aren’t interested in IT, customer-service phone rep work can now largely be done from home.
Readers who want to get started in IT would do well to check out the list of core courses offered by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).  You can take the courses at home if you have a good Internet connection.
I skipped IT Fundamentals and went straight to A+.  A+ opens a lot of doors.  It got me out of a dead-end security job.
Best of all, many IT roles can now be done all-remote or on a hybrid schedule (like me).  Think of how much less millions of people are spending on vehicle fuel and maintenance!”

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Daniel K. suggested this piece, over at Geopolitical Futures: How the Ukraine War May End.

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Reader D.S.V. forwarded this: The most powerful evidence yet that mRNA vaccines hurt long-term immunity to Covid after infection.

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Another from D.S.V: Miami-Dade requires retailers to accept cash payments.

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Rick V. wrote:

“Read the recent SurvivalBlog article on surviving a nuclear event. Surviving the fallout leads to number of questions. Will they be kind enough to pop the bomb when I am conveniently home surrounded by my preps? Unlikely.

So, I better have water, food, and iodine tablets squirreled away in the places I frequent. Swell conclusion, cold mountain house? Water would still be wet but cooking would be a challenge. Confined indoors. Likely, no power. Crud will coat my panels. No way to run a generator unless it is automatic. Refuel is out. Doubt natural gas would continue to flow for the generator. Burning anything indoors is out. Your wood stove would draw combustion air…

So, my answer is fuel tablets that react with water, Mountain House in a #10 can (seemed like a good idea six or eight years ago) and some different cooking gear. Buying special cooking gear for places that I do not normally cook. Relying on normal pots and pans along with freezer bags where I have an equipped kitchen.

I looked for the heat tabs found in MRE packages. You can buy MREs without the heat tab but not the other way around. What I found was Barocook Fuel Packs and Barocook cookware. No ties to that company. Just what I found … in the rainforest river.

I would love feedback as to whether this is a viable plan. That is to heat food with water-reactive heat tablets while waiting out the fallout half-lives to pass making it safe to begin life anew. Or old. About 1880, I figure.

There are other measures that are covered in other articles. Plastic for windows and security. Batteries all charged up for flashlights. Reading material. Games. Sweets. Your bible and prayer.”

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Reuters reports: Forest Service says it started all of New Mexico’s largest wildfire.

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And, lastly, Telesilla of Argos offered this:

“The first one is short, but critically important about news coming.
The next is a link to the Bannon program from this morning (28th, Saturday) which is probably the most important Warroom E.V.E.R. Among the “interview crew” is JR Nyquist among others.

Present Danger China has a webinar on the same subject, and it is also well worth hearing.

I believe the webinar from Present Danger China also has a Rumble link which you may want to locate for SB readers.
Prayers that you’re doing really well, and enjoying a beautiful spring despite the challenges before us which seem to grow greater by the day!”

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