Dying Time Volume 29

When the Towers fell on 9/11/2001 Arab American Aden Saud lost his parents and ended up with a piece of shrapnel in his head, making him unfit for military duty and leaving him with a burning desire to take the war to the terrorists--one bullet at a time. He travels to Iraq and begins hunting terrorist leaders—and soon finds himself hunted by the terrorists, the Iraqi police and even the CIA. But when the CIA agent charged with finding him tumbles to a plot to attack an American city with a WMD the rules of engagement change completely.

"AMERICAN JIHAD" the second book in the War Corps series (following TAP DOUBT) is in final edit and WILL be released on September 1st--so please pre-order your copy now.


Good news! My wife, Jane, hasn't had to use her feeding tube since early this month. She is gaining, or at least maintaining her weight and things are definitely looking up. We're talking to her doctors in California about reversing her colostomy--basically reconnecting her so she can get back to normal. 

She isn't out of the woods yet because the colostomy reversal surgery could kick her gastroparesis into high gear again but we're hopeful. That's a wonderful word, hopeful. It's been hard to come by this past year.

I'd like to thank all of you who have stuck by me while I put writing on hold to tend to her. Now, at least for the time being, she's feeling better and I'm back to almost full time writing. With any luck and no further setbacks the third book in The Dying Time Trilogy--Freedom Rising--will be out early next year, if not later this year. Lots of editing to do as well as more writing.

I want to thank you all sincerely for your prayers on her behalf. 

On the positive side I'm now an official Amazon Bestseller. The Dying Time: Impact recently hit #2 in Dystopian Fiction and #2 in War and Military. 


Meanwhile, I'd like to suggest you give my friend and occasional co-author Duane Lindsay's book a try. His "Missing Amanda" is available for FREE on his website. It's a 1950's era private eye tale with a surprise twist at the end and a lot of humor and unconventional action throughout. When I was editing it for him I found myself chuckling--a lot. Here's a link to his website:

Author Duane Lindsay



Occasionally I mention tools and prepper gear that I use and/or recommend in my posts here and there, but this page includes an easy-to-access list of what I use and recommend. I hope it’s helpful!
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. I am very grateful for your support of this site in this way. Thank you.

Hard To Store Food Items
Augason Farms – Some foods like powdered milk, dry margarine, butter powder, buttermilk powder, cheese powder, shortening, and powdered eggs are difficult to package for long-term storage at home so I buy these prepackaged for long-term storage in #10 cans. My choice is Augason Farms because of their selection, quality and customer service.

Water Filters 
Big Berkey Water Filter – The Berkey company had some issues with their filters in the past but that has been corrected (several years ago) and the Big Berkey is my home water filter of choice. Each purification element has a lifespan of 3,000 gallons. That's 6,000 gallons for a two-filter system. Two filter elements come with the system.

Survivor Filter – This is my filter of choice when going camping, hiking, hunting and for use in my bug out/get home bags. Works very well as a filter and also as a purifier to remove viruses. And an added plus is the fact that the survivor filter uses replaceable elements so instead of throwing it in the trash when it's used up like most filters of this type with the survivor filter you can just change the filter elements and you're as good as new.

Seychelle Water Straw – If you're worried about a nuclear war or accident (you should be) then you'll need a way to filter water after the fact which will remove nuclear contaminants as well as the usual contaminants found in untreated water sources. The downside is that this filter is only good for 25-gallons of water so having several is a good idea.

Cooking, Preserving, Canning and Food Preparation
Wonder Junior Mill – The Wonder Junior mill is my top choice for a hand-operated grain mill. You can read my full review here. But most of the time I use an electric grain mill to grind my grains and keep the Wonder Junior mill for a back up for when the grid goes down.

Excalibur Dehydrator – My first dehydrator was a cheap $29.99 model from Wal-Mart that was loud (sounded like the fan was going to fly out of the side any minute) and I only got to use it a couple of times before it stopped working altogether. After that, I decided to order the Excalibur 3900 and have had no more problems or need to buy another dehydrator. Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker Canner – Folks the All American 921 is the top of the line when it comes to pressure cookers and is the one I use for my pressure canning. If you don’t know how to can then you need this book.

All American Sun Oven – Rust-proof, highly polished, mirror-like anodized aluminum reflectors Set up in minutes. Lightweight with carrying handle. American made with uniquely American features! Will reach temps of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I use this for most of my cooking needs during the summer months…

Zoom Versa Stove – The Zoom Versa Cook Stove is my number one choice for a long-term grid-down situation because it’s well made, fuel is easy to find and it works. You can read my full review here.

BSG Gold Beer Homebrew Kit – I don’t always drink beer, but when I do I brew my own. If you like the taste of fresh homebrew then this is the kit you need to get started. Everything that you need is included with this kit.

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven – The Dutch oven is one of my favorite cooking methods when preparing food outdoors over an open fire, it can also be buried in the ground and covered under the bottom along the sides and over the top for baking – this is called Pit Cooking or Bean Hole Cooking.

Knives and Sharpeners
Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife – I have over one-hundred knives and if forced to only take one into the bush or to have in a bug out or get a home bag this is it. The Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife is my top choice for a fixed blade “survival knife”. It's sharp, lightweight, tough, comfortable with the ergonomic grip, and comes with a built fire starter and sharpener built into the sheath.

Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan Pocket Knife – This is the pocket knife that I've carried every day for the past several years – it's a handy multi-tool that will do everything one expects from a pocket knife and at less than $25 it's not a big deal if I lose or break it even though I've never done either I'd rather lose one of these than an expensive pocket knife.

Ontario Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowie – This is my favorite “big knife” and I keep one in my truck and one in my bug out bag. It has a heavy blade that's excellent for chopping wood or clearing a campsite of undergrowth.  It's also sharp and holds an edge very well. And if needed it could be a formidable weapon that could split someone's head open or completely take it off with a couple of swings of the blade.

Nikon ProStaff Rimfire – I've tried a number of different scopes on .22 rifles over the years and this is by far my favorite and I now have one of these mounted on each of my .22 rifles. I've never had an issue with any of them.

Nikon Buckmaster BDC – This is the scope that I have on both of my center fire hunting rifles and after three years of use I've had zero problems. Very clear optics that have never fogged up and that hold center very well and the BDC reticle is well calibrated with the .308 round.

Holosun Micro Red Dot Sight – I have an Aimpoint on one of my AR-15's and an Eotech on another but after using all three I prefer the Holosun over the other two more expensive sites. My favorite feature is that the Holosun comes on automatically when the firearm is moved, so no need to press buttons or turn knobs to turn it on while under stress. You can read our full review of the Holosun here.

Steiner 10×50 Binocular – These are a little expensive when compared to a lot of other binoculars but then you sometimes get what you pay for and this is one of those times. Simply awesome.

Pelican 2360 Flashlight – I have two of these flashlights, both for several years and no issues at all. I keep one in my truck and the other on the nightstand beside my bed. One of the best “all around” lights that I've ever owned. Next on my list to buy is the Pelican 2350 Pocket Size Flashlight.

SureFire G2Z MV Combat Light – This is my choice when it comes to a “tactical light” because it's well made, excellent switch and ergonomics and it's super bright.

Generators/Home Power
Renogy 200 Watt Solar Panel Kit – This kit is the basis for my solar system – I don’t have the money to put in a $10,000 solar system to power my entire home so I use this set up to power 12 volt lights, 12 volt fans and communications equipment and to charge batteries and cordless tools.

I’ve also added a SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger and a USB Battery Charger for Rechargeable AA/AAA Ni-Mh and Ni-Cd Batteries.

Renogy Phoenix Portable Generator – this one is great for camping and for any other application where mobile power is needed. The unit is lightweight and smaller than a suitcase so it's portable and includes everything needed built into the unit. Just pick it up and go.

Humless Portable Generator – this is my newest addition to my “home power options” but I've only owned it for a few months and although it has worked great and without any issues to report I cannot give it my full recommendation until I've owned and used it for a year or more.

Honda 2000 Watt Portable Generator – After years of owning and having to work on and or replace several gasoline powered generators of lesser quality I decided to spend the extra cash and get the Honda 2000 Watt Portable Generator and I'm glad that I did. I've owned this mine since July 4, 2015, and not had any issues other than that it can sometimes take five or six cranks before it starts.

Security and Alarms
Dakota Alert MURS Wireless Motion Detection Kit – I’ve had a Dakota Alert set-up (with four sensors) for over two years and have never had a problem with it, besides a few “false alarms” caused by animals passing in front of the sensor and having to change the batteries every few months. These are also great to put up inside your workshop, garage, and food storage areas to let you know when someone is trying to sneak in and steal your stuff at 3:00 am.

Be sure to order the bird house kit and a hand-held unit that will allow you to monitor your property even when the power goes out + communicate with the base unit when you away from home.

Update: I now use the Vehicle Detection Probe Sensor for my driveway because it gives no false alarms – you'll also need the Dakota Alert base station or Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio. I prefer the two-way radio that way the alarm can still be used even when the power goes out.

SimpliSafe DIY Home Security System – This is the alarm system that I use to protect my home when I’m away. I started using the SimliSafe security system after hearing Glenn Beck promoting it on his show, and while I don’t always agree with Glenn Beck, he was spot on when he recommended this system.

Samsung 8 Channel 1080p HD 1TB Security Camera System – this is the system that I use to keep an eye on what's going on outside my home. If you look at this photo of my house you can see on one the cameras mounted on the outside wall – did you spot it?

MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio – this is the same two-way radio that I mentioned above it works with the Dakota Alarm system and also is a great two-way radio to keep in contact with your family or survival group.

Kaito 5-Way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW Weather Alert Radio – for the price this “multi-powered” radio is hard to beat. I have two and have taken one of them on numerous fishing and camping trips without any issues. Works great. Be sure to also order the Kaito T-1 Radio antenna for even better reception.

Where To Next
Check out my post The Quickest Way I Know To Get a Family of Four Prepped for The Coming Collapse you'll love it.

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 Notes and Comments from Ray White
I was amazed when I read this article at how many of the exact same items MD and I use and recommend. Of course we don’t agree on everything. After all, no two people or situations are exactly the same. So, below I’m adding links to items I favor—from personal use—as well as some added comments on a few items he and I both like.
Water Filters: I prefer the AquaRain 404 over the Big Berkey—nothing against the Berkey, I just think the AquaRain is better. It filters at least as well as the Berkey and the filters last longer. I’ve been using my four filter unit since 2011 and have only had to clean the filters once. They can be cleaned up to 200 times. God alone knows how many gallons I’ve filtered through this device. I lost count years ago. http://www.aquarain.com
All American 921 Pressure Cooker/Canner: This is the best canner made period, dot, the end. My grandmother had one. It got passed down to my aunt who has now passed it down to one of her daughters. These simply don’t wear out, in part, because they have no gasket. And if you clean if like they tell you to do after each use you won’t even plug up the pressure relief valve. And it’s made in America, folks.
All American Sun Oven: I live in NW AZ and I use this oven year round, but especially in our long, hot summers. All you need is enough sunshine to cast a shadow and at my place we are seldom lacking in that regard. In addition to being able to bake delicious things like blueberry/zucchini bread or roast chicken using it keeps my house cooler and reduces my energy bill. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Vacuum Sealer: I didn’t see MD mention this item so I’m chiming in. I have two FoodSaver GameSaver Silver models. The reason I have two is because FoodSaver uses terribly fragile switches. On one of mine the “seal only” doesn’t work and on the other the “Vacuum/Seal” switch no longer functions. While it is a PITA to have to use two machines to do the job of one at least I can vacuum seal food for storage in my freezer. I may not buy another one of these but as yet haven’t found a replacement I’d trust—thought the KeepFresh 108 from Sorbent Systems is looking good—and costs much less. https://www.sorbentsystems.com/sinbosealer.html
Vacuum Seal Bags: I’ve given up on FoodSaver bags. They just don’t hold a vacuum as well as the ones I buy from Sorbent Systems https://www.sorbentsystems.com
Knives: I can’t imagine life without at least four knives. I carry a Kershaw Leek in my pocket everywhere I go. It has a 3” stainless steel drop point blade with a spring assisted one hand open feature that is very convenient. I removed the belt clip, which I figured I’d never use, leaving me with a knife that is 4” long (folded) and only ¼” wide. It weighs about 3 oz. The only thing I don’t like about it is the lack of a guard, but it’s a pocket knife not a combat knife. https://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-1660-Ken-Onion-Leek/dp/B0009VC9Y0/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1501350982&sr=1-1&keywords=kershaw+leek+knife
I love the Mora Bushcraft Survival Sheathe Knife. It has a very easy to sharpen, thick, tough, carbon steel blade and an excellent fire steel for sparking tinder into flame. I agree with MD that this is a superb knife, but if we’re talking combat knife I prefer the Marine KaBar. I inherited mine from my dad, who was a Marine during the Korean War. It has a straight edge, (serrated edges can get tangled and snag on guts and bone), clip point sharpened on the back side as well as the front, full guard (so your hand doesn’t slide forward and get cut when you stick it in someone) and a hammer style butt plate (I guess in case you want to knock someone out instead of kill them). Here’s one that looks like mine. https://www.amazon.com/KA-BAR-1217-Straight-Fighting-Knife/dp/B001H53Q6M/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1501352265&sr=1-1&keywords=marine+kabar  
I prefer the Tinker model Victorinox Swiss Army Knife to MD’s Spartan. It is identical except where the Spartan has a corkscrew the Tinker has a Phillips Head Screwdriver. I carry one of these in every vehicle and before I got my Kershaw, the Tinker was my EDC knife. Of course they aren’t as great a multi-tool as a Leatherman Wave but they are much less expensive, smaller and lighter. 
If you’ve ever had to use a Machete you know that any of them will work well enough if properly sharpened. Just remember they are primarily a chopping tool and require a more wedge-shaped edge. You also know that it takes a well designed handle to prevent blisters. I like Kukri designs for their superior chopping leverage, full tang, and prefer a blade length of 18”. Yeah, I know that’s a heavy blade, but when you’re chopping bamboo you’ll cut more with fewer swings. Mine has a leather wrapped handle, which I’ve had to replace twice. I picked mine up in the Philippines almost fifty years ago and haven’t been able to find one exactly like it on Google. The closest I could get was a Cold Steel Magnum that has a 17” blade, but I can’t vouch for its durability. https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CS97MKM/cold-steel-97mkm-magnum-kukri-machete-polypropylene-handle-cor-ex-sheath
Optics: I totally agree with what MD said and I have GOT to get one of those Holsun Micro Red-Dot Sights.
Minolta 10x50 Binoculars: I’ve used mine for hunting, birding, scouting terrain and astronomy for almost twenty years now without a single problem. The lens coatings Minolta applied at the factory seem indestructible. Wonderful clarity in virtually any lighting condition. If using for astronomy, you’ll need a tripod mount, as even if you have the world’s steadiest hands, your pulse will jiggle your frame of view. This is not noticeable for terrestrial viewing.
Flashlights: For everyday use I don’t think you can beat these Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlights that come with batter backup. They do come fully charged and claim to hold a charge for up to three years. I can’t verify that last claim as I put mine out in the sun after every use. They work great and are tough and reliable. I have these in every bedroom and vehicle. I’ve been using them for five years now with no regrets. I’m not suggesting you get these instead of the ones recommended by MD. I’m saying get them in addition to those.  https://www.amazon.com/Hybrid-Powered-Flashlight-Emergency-Battery/dp/B001NTT45Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1501355766&sr=1-3&keywords=solar+powered+flashlight
Generators: While I have a whole home solar system, right now it’s grid tied. I’ll convert it into an off-grid system shortly. But even if it was an off-grid system now I’d still have a backup generator. The Eu2000i Honda MD recommends has a lot going for it. Pure sine wave power for your sensitive electronics. Honda durability and reliability and it’s quiet—well, as quiet as any gas powered generator can be. The cons are that it only runs on gasoline as opposed to multiple fuels and it’s only 2000 watts, so it won’t run your whole home. You can solve the first problem with a propane and natural gas converter kit. https://www.amazon.com/Generator-Conversion-Connection-Regulator-Complete/dp/B00U9RTZZ0/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1501356671&sr=8-4-fkmr1&keywords=Yamaha+tri-fuel+generator

And I suppose you could solve the wattage problem with the Honda 660270 7000 watt generator also referred to as “quiet” but I couldn’t tell if it came with a recoil starter to backup its electric starter. The $4,000 price tag will turn off a lot of folks, including me.
Since I am a solar nut and live in a place with plentiful sunshine I’m building my own backup generator using two 325 watt monocrystalline panels, a charge controller, an inverter and a few deep cycle marine batteries. One of these days I’ll share my plans, build and results. But I’m going to design for a system that will give me three days power with the grid down and adequate power to keep the freezer frozen, the fridge cold, a couple of LED lights and my CPAP running.
While I like all of MD's perimeter security devices I still think nothing beats a big dog. Now that doesn't mean just get a big dog and forget about it. It means get this stuff and install it in addition to having a big dog.


Thanks for reading and I hope you live well and prosper until we meet again next month.


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