MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE


Things that make you go hmmm…and grab your tinfoil hat…

On three separate days this July, invisible and odorless gases will be released in subway stations and at street level in all five boroughs of New York City. But officials in the New York Police Department will not be alarmed — it was their idea.

The gases, known as perfluorocarbons, will be dispersed to study how airborne toxins would flow through the city after a terrorist attack or an accidental spill of hazardous chemicals, the department said on Wednesday.

Police to Disperse Gas to See How It Would Flow in Terror Attack –


I guess the strangest thing to me is there is no further mention of this past the original article…(that was buried on A24).

“Nothing to see here folks, move along…”

Kinda seems like we’re doing the bad guys’ legwork for them…


Occupy violence continues to escalate

NYC Occupy Smashes Starbucks, Shouts ‘All Pigs Must Die’ – Lee Stranahan – Breitbart

Go RTWT – and try to not grind your teeth while you read, mkay?

OK, you’re back? I have some questions for you…

Exactly how long before these “useful idiots” with their propensity for tantrums and destroying things that don’t belong to them make it to your little corner of the world? Are you prepared for that? Odds are, they’ll continue to infest the larger cities, but how would you react if it was your business or home that was being destroyed? Does “stand your ground” apply here? How about “Castle Laws”? I know how I feel about it…



There’s been hypothetical talk of “The Zombie Apocalypse” and “SHTF” scenarios for a long time now. While these occupiers aren’t zombies yet, they are mindless – and they do smell like they’re dead.

I’m just sayin’.

For those that don’t believe The Feces Can and Will Hit the Whirling Blades

For those that don’t believe The Feces Can and Will Hit the Whirling Blades – I offer up this simple post that speaks volumes. It can happen, and it can happen that quickly…good post, CZ.


I was raised a “country boy” with all that upbringing engendered. Many of the skillsets that need to be learned by modern day preppers were simply a fact of life when I was a kid (but hey, I’m not that old). That said, getting a real world job and moving away from the country years ago led to somewhat of a loss of the old ways. I’ve known that life’s path would eventually lead me back to the country – but it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really seen a real potential for economic collapse.

So I started to investigate what was new in the world of survivalists and preppers. I found forums and blogs that I liked – you’ll find them in my sidebar – but the cream of the crop for me is M.D. Creekmore’s Survival Blog. Simple, matter-of-fact and to the point – if the man himself is anything like his blog, we’d get along just fine. His blog entries like 10 Things To Do Now! and Stocking The Survival Pantry are the first links that I pass along to people curious about prepping – I can teach them gardening and food preservation later! Top Posts – while it might take you a while to read ’em all – is a good reality check for your friends’ and your own preparedness.

I like the sense of community and discussion that often shows up in the comments – varying opinions, expressed in a friendly manner. I’ve often said that the gun blogger community has some of the finest folks in the world – M.D.’s corner of the web appears to be the same.

Lots of good information – worth way more than you have to pay for it!

Blogroll Additions – worth a read

Lead and Fermentation

Few things beat a day at the range followed by a fermented beverage!”

‘Nuff said!

The Self-Sufficient Gardener

Principles of the Self-Sufficient Gardener
1. All gardening activities have a natural “flow”. In order to maintain self-sufficiency the flow must be circular. In other words there is never waste. The seeds from a tomato we would normally throw away are saved to produce next year’s tomato.
2. We strive to reduce our dependence on outside systems by controlling our inputs. We grow our own pest repellents, trellis material, spices, food and knowledge whenever possible.
3. We learn to live with nature instead of working against it. We understand that the garden is a living ecosystem when done correctly instead of a sterile lab. Crops will fail. Determination to save them at all costs can cost us everything.
4. The garden has utility but also aesthetic and abstract qualities. The garden is a teaching tool, a place to de-stress and a thing of beauty.
5. A person who gardens isn’t free until their garden functions free of them.

Good stuff – I highly recommend both blogs to you.

More on Prepping, Bug Out Bags and Get Home Bags

Natog and Me (Lagniappe’s Lair) both have excellent articles on being prepared – go read ’em! I’ve mentioned Mr. B’s and Midwest Chick’s articles before – go read ’em again: here, herehere, and here.

I’m sure there’s a boatload of folks out there that think preppers are nuts – preppers are extremists, right? The grocery stores will always be open – some of  ’em 24 hours a day, right? Natural disasters always happen somewhere else, right? This is only a recession – surely we couldn’t have another Great Depression, could we? We’ll just continue along fat, dumb and happy, right?

Some food for thought: do you wear your seatbelt because you are planning to be in an accident – or just in case? Do you have a fire extinguisher in your abode and car because they are gonna catch fire – or because they might? I bet when you were younger, you kept a “go bag” of sorts with toiletries and a change of clothes in your vehicle because you never knew when that party you were going to might turn into an all-nighter!  ;^)

Backwoods Home Magazine has a good article on stay with your vehicle preparedness for first-timers – using grocery store items. I’d add individual packs of peanut butter, honey and possibly crackers – plan to rotate items out to use at home before end of shelf life. Spam Singles are a good alternative to the Treet cans mentioned in the article. My son carried those with him along with packs of Frank’s Red Hot on patrol in Iraq. Chris also recommends as “field expedient” the refill packs of wet wipes in addition to or in lieu of regular toilet paper (I concur).

The author’s cooler storage method is great for a “stay with your vehicle scenario”, but you’ll certainly need a pack, comfortable walking footwear and outdoor clothes as well in case you need to leave your vehicle behind. “Get you where you need to be” is usually going to be home – home is most likely the most secure place you have to be.

Once you get home (hopefully that is your ultimate Bug Out Location) – do you have a year’s worth of sustenance laid in? Here’s how you can start. Do you have a stock of viable non-hybrid seeds? Hybrids are wonderful for the year you plant ’em, but they are a dead end. Non-hybrid (heirloom) seeds you’ll be able to save, trade and use in the years to come.

“But Scott,” you say, “I live on a suburban 2/10 acre lot. I can’t grow a garden!” Yes, you can – I grow 90% of our summer vegetables in a 4′ x 24′ raised bed garden (on our 2/10 acre suburban lot). Square Foot Gardening and The New Self-Sufficient​ Gardener – get ’em and read ’em.  A substantial amount of those veggies get canned, dehydrated or frozen for winter use. That’s 96 square feet of my yard that I don’t have to mow, I just have to harvest it. Easy to expand – easy to maintain. Add a cold frame and extend your growing season by at least a month or two (depending on your climate).

I work about 180 miles from home which is yet another 280 from where we’ll ultimately “go to ground” – that may be a bit of a trip, but I’m more prepared than I once was. Hopefully the homestead will be done – or at least in progress before anything catastrophic happens –  but as Me says:

“Now get out there, build up a bag (or check over the one you’ve got), and prepare yourself mentally to use it. Sad to say, but with Obama and his band of looters running our country into the ground, we may all need such packs one day soon.”

FTC notice: NO compensation. I either bought ’em or I’m just recommending ’em. Bite me.

New Jovian Thunderbolt: BOB vs Hole Up

T’Bolt is channeling the Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Not really, but he does have an excellent view of the the options and potential pitfalls in a SHTF scenario. Short answer for me is “plan to hole up, but always have a grab-n-go bag.” Go read it  – it’s worth your time…

Survival Seeds – Heirlooms

Tractor Tracks: Survival Seeds

Farmgirl’s write up got me to thinking about garden food – the best part of spring and summer. Mom and Bro already have their gardens kickin’ nicely, mine is running a bit behind. I hope to get the majority of the planting done this weekend.

They both plant a mix of square foot and row style, until we get out of the city and back to the land we do square foot gardening in raised beds. We don’t have the room for big row and hill crops, so it’s mostly climbing crops (cukes, pole beans, sugar snaps), cage crops like tomatoes, and compact bush plants (beans, peppers). Even with only six 4’x4′ raised beds, we still knock a substantial dent in our food bill.

One thing that eats a large amount of garden space is our asparagus. It tends to sprawl like a teenager on a sofa as the season goes on, but its perennial nature makes me forgive that. As wonderful as the first juicy tomatoes of summer can be, there’s nothing at all like the first freshly picked asparagus spears of spring. MMMMMM – that is what spring tastes like!

What’s in *your* garden?

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