Saturday, August 22, 2009

Multi purpose functions

The other day I went to the old Wally world(Wal-Mart) and bought some Epsom Salts.....I was amazed by all the different purposes of this product . It goes back a long time and it's kind of like vinegar. It can be used in ways that really surprised me. On the bag it can be used for soaking sprains and a couple of other things. It can be used for gardening, and also a laxative. Wow ! I guess as a prepper and a survivalist this is one thing we should all have on hand. I have also read some interesting things about Hydrogen peroxide. I guess when things get really bad for us, we need to go back to the basics. I have so many books on herbal medicine and plants and their different uses. This has always been a subject of interest to me. Get back to what the Indians used and the old timers used. I was watching a show on discovery the other day about the medicine men in the jungles of amazon and the way they fought off infection and healed with the plants and resources that were available to them. I would think that it would be of great value to have books on hand so that if we are in a survival situation we have a back up. Well until my next thought Have a great day and keep on prepping.


The other continent
Laura Rose

(From - When I heard about the "Plastic Continent" in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I have to admit that I thought it was just an urban myth or an overreaction by some extreme activists.

Much to my dismay, what I found by searching the Internet was that it was more of an understatement than an exaggeration. There it was "3.5 million tons of trash, 80 percent of it plastic" a mass twice the size of Texas. Yes, TEXAS!

At a cost of billions of dollars to clean up the mess, no country wants to take responsibility for it, and so it has continued to grow at a rate of tenfold per decade since 1950.

Sea turtles mistake plastic sandwich bags for jellyfish, and birds feed their young bottle caps and other plastic chards, unknowingly filling their stomachs to the point that they die of starvation. Beaches once scattered with drift wood and seashells are increasingly covered in plastic debris.

If you live in San Francisco, you now know why the Board of Supervisors, led by Ross Mirkarimi, outlawed the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail outlets. Every city needs to follow their example and make this a priority.

Right now, there doesn't seem to be much that we can do about the garbage dump that churns between San Francisco and Hawaii, but we can do our part to keep it from growing.

1) Tell everyone you know about the Plastic Continent. The first step in solving any problem is awareness.

2) Use reusable shopping totes.

3) Get rid of the plastic sandwich bags in your child's lunch box, or at least reduce the number you use. Replace them with reusable containers or, at a minimum, rinse them and use again.

4) Buy a stainless water bottle. Make it a policy among friends and organizations to bring stainless bottles to soccer games and other sporting events and outings.

5) Write to your local, state, and national political leaders. Encourage them to outlaw the use of plastic bags. Know that lobbyists for plastic manufacturers are very influential; we need to influence with our letters and our votes.

6) Watch what you consume. Our lifestyle of constant consumerism and instant gratification hasn't just hurt our wallets, it's hurt our environment.

Saturday, August 1, 2009