Welcome to my little slice of pie. This blog will primarily focus on prepping and homesteading skills with a sprinkle of fiction every now and then.
Protecting Yourself from Cyber Attacks
Cybercrime is a growing problem. All walks of life can experience it. Cybercrime is any illegal activity involving computers, the internet, or networking devices. Over 53 million people are affected by cybercrime every year, costing them $318 billion in damages. The most common cyber attacks are phishing (pronounced fishing) scams. A phishing scam is when a criminal pretends to be a well-known entity in order to steal your personal information. The average phishing scam victim can lose more than $225. Here are some ways to avoid being the next victim.
Donating To A Worthy Cause
‘Tis the season for giving to those in need. A charity is an organization that operates to benefit the public to serve the common good. Their primary objective is philanthropy and social well-being. All money raised by a charity must go towards their goal of helping others. Every year Americans donate around $450 billion. Today, there are more than 1.5 million recognized charities in the country. Disaster relief charities are privately owned or government-funded organizations that are dedicated to providing assistance after a disaster. Here is what I feel are the best disaster charities and what they do to help others.
Living On Mars
Mars is the next great adventure. It is the fourth planet from the sun. Due to the finely-grained iron oxide dust covering the planet giving it a reddish color, it has earned the nickname “The Red Planet”. It is one of the most explored planets in our solar system with NASA making plans to use it to replace Earth one day. It has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Its thin atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide, argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and very small amounts of water vapor. A year on Mars is 687 Earth days, while each day is 24.6 hours. Here is what we need to do in order to colonize Mars.
Livestock farming is one of the oldest economic activities in the world. Livestock farming is when you raise animals in an agricultural setting to provide labor and products. From cattle to snails, any animal can be used for this activity. There are more than a million active livestock farms in the US covering 27% of the land in the country, making up a 258.8 billion dollar industry. Just one farm can feed 166 people a year. Most of the world's meat supply, over 68%, originates from here. If you ever want to start your own livestock farm, here’s how.
Supporting Small Businesses
Small Business Saturday is the day we promote mom-and-pop stores across the country. The first observation of this holiday was held on November 24th, 2010. It was launched by American Express to help small businesses gain exposure for all their hard work. For these small business owners, it’s not just a business- it is an extension of who they are. By supporting your local business, you can help your community grow into something bigger. Most small businesses today thrive on an online marketplace site known as Etsy. There are some stores on the platform that I think offer the best deal on prepping supplies.
Using Black Friday Sales
Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, generating most of the profit for a majority of retailers that participate in it. When it became widely known in the 1990s, it was about retailers finally reaching profitability or in the black. 30% of all yearly retail sales are made on this day. On average, shoppers will wait 2.5 hours to get deals spending around $1,000. America isn’t the only country that participates in Black Friday. Fifteen other countries like the UK, India, and Norway will be having sales going on. Here is how you can turn your Black Friday shopping into a prepping opportunity.
Using Thanksgiving Sales
Happy Thanksgiving! Abraham Lincoln made this an official holiday for the third Thursday in November in 1863. The holiday is based around the pilgrims in 1621 when they celebrated their first harvest with the help of their Native American neighbors, the Pequot Tribe. Today, nearly 90% of Americans will celebrate this holiday, making it the second most popular holiday in the country. With only 2% of people eating out, there is a good chance that the majority of those celebrating will be staying at home. Here’s how you can turn the holiday sales into your prepping advantage.
Celebrating Blackout Wednesday
Blackout Wednesday, or Drinksgiving, is an unofficial holiday dedicated to getting drunk. The amount of alcohol drank on this day is more than New Year’s Eve and Saint Patrick’s Day combined, which are the two biggest drinking holidays. The event began in 2007 when few people were working the next day and a majority of college students returned home, meeting up with their high school buddies to catch up on old times. Unfortunately, this day also encourages excessive drinking. Some locations, like Highwood and Naperville, throw wild parties that require them to remove their stools for safety reasons. According to police records, it is the worst drunk driving night of the year, killing more people in a DUI-related accident than any other holiday. Here is some advice to get you through the night.
Making A Fish Farm
Fish farming, or aquaculture, is the breeding of fish for food in tanks or an artificial enclosure like a fish pond. If done correctly, aquaculture can increase food production to boost the economy in the coastal and rural areas and keep the local water supply clean. In the US, there are 3,649 fish farms in operation, making it a 1.5 billion-dollar industry. This market produces 626 million pounds of food along with 1.7 million jobs. Today is World Fisheries Day, giving us an opportunity to reflect on how important aquaculture is in our society. Here is some advice if you wish to get into it.
Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases
Monday starts US Antibiotic Awareness Week. An annual observance to raise awareness of diseases that are too strong for antibiotics and how to distribute them properly so they can prevent them. Antibiotic-resistant diseases affect 2 million people a year, killing 23,000 of them. This costs the healthcare industry 4.6 billion dollars. Antibiotics are a critical tool for saving lives when used appropriately. Antibiotics only work against certain types of bacterial infections. They work fast and their benefits outweigh the risks. Here are some ways to make sure antibiotics are used correctly to prevent an Antibiotic-Resistance disease from forming.
Going For A Hike
Hiking is when you take a long, vigorous walk through the countryside using trails or footpaths. People have been hiking since 125 AD. Around 47.86 million people will participate in this on the 193,500 miles of trails available to the public. Hiking is an easy, fun activity that can be enjoyed by those of all ages. People hike for many reasons, from taking a break from electronics to improving their overall health. Hiking burns 550 calories an hour. Many people who hike regularly tend to have a calmer and peaceful life. They tend to sleep better at night and be more refreshed during the day. Today is Take A Hike Day, so here are some tips to do just that.
There are 63,328 grocery stores operating in the U.S. today, creating a 758 billion dollar industry. A grocery store, or supermarket, is a food service retail store that primarily sells a general range of food products, among other things. Some grocery stores specialize in foods from a particular nationality. What we think of today as grocery stores began in 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee. It was called Piggly Wiggly. The average person spends 53 hours a year in one. That’s roughly 41 minutes a trip. Going to the grocery store is an activity we all have to do whether we like it or not. Here are some tips to make your next trip a smooth one.