Odds ‘n Sods:

In a recent phone conversation, one of my relatives mentioned that he’s had great success in keeping his dog on his property by using a wireless system sold under the PetSafe brand. It is called the Free To Roam Wireless Fence. Most dogs learn quickly and become comfortable with the boundaries. The collar gives a warning before it shocks, so there are no accidental shocks from the collar. He mentioned that the positioning of the base station is critical, so take plenty of time to set it up right. – JWR

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I just noticed that Brilliance Audio Books has now combined the MP3 audio books of two of my novels on one CD, at a bargain price of $10.73. – JWR

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Over at our favorite video site, Full30: STOP Buying Fake CAT Tourniquets!

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Dylan over at Portable Solar LLC has released a video of some of the EMP testing that they do on their Solar Panels, Inverters, and more. Of particular interest is the testing on an iPhone and laptop computer. It’s very interesting!

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While this is relatively old news, it underscores a couple of important concepts. 1) Renting from the government is an issue. 2) Being displaced by preferential treatment of immigrants. It’s Come To This: Swedish Family Kicked Out Of Home To Make Way For “Refugee” Invaders


  1. re: “It Has Come to This”
    Tragic, but “news” from May of 2016, so just filler to arouse the troops.
    I expect better from my fav preparedness blog.

  2. re: Free To Roam”
    There are problems with wireless dog containment systems.
    1. If power goes out and the dog wonders outside, what happens if it gets caught outside with power back on.
    2. I know of one dog so well trained to the fence the owners could turn it off and it would not wonder. However the coyotes also noticed and came onto the property and caught the dog in a corner and killed it even though the fence was off. If you are going to use a fence use a REAL fence, keeps yours IN and others OUT, or No fence at all.

    1. @Lisa, There is also the problem of malfunctions. I used to have a different system (one that used a perimeter wire). My control unit malfunctioned and I found my dog cowering up against the back door being shocked once per second. I have no idea how long she had been there, but it was quite a while. While there was no permanent physical damage to her, for the rest of her life, any beep of any kind – from a watch alarm to a camera and more – any beep would send her cowering into a closet. Needless to say, the system was removed and never replaced. Failure mode is important. A system that fails to a mode that causes damage is questionable. This system is wireless so the issue I had may not exists, but I would sure look long and hard at it.

  3. Regarding “Wireless Fences” for your dogs…just a point of information but these type of fences do not stop other dogs from crossing them – everybody’s situation is different but if your little lap dog can’t defend itself against the neighbors bigger dog you may want to avoid this type of fence or kiss little FiFi goodbye.

  4. Notice in the article that the person being evicted actually doesn’t own the location. The government owns it and he is renting it from the government. That complicates the issue somewhat because homeowners rights don’t really apply. However, Europe is very different from the U.S. and many of the protections that we enjoy are simply not there in European countries. In the U.S., in order to be evicted from property that you own, there must be some sort of safety issue or a court order. I could be wrong, but I don’t think “eminent domain” or something along those lines would work to well. On the other hand, owing the government back taxes would eventually get you evicted.

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