New Rules?

This one is a round up, over the last week I have come to the conclusion that there are several things that I should have done differently right at the beginning. If I was to make these lessons into rules for my own life I would make the following into stone. The end result would be to end up being prepared. Call them if you will the ten rules of prepping. Read more…

RULE #1

Stocking up for disaster, is pointless. What needs to be done is to rotate food supplies, and have a very long roll on it. The other is to get to the point that you live off what you grow and raise yourself. I know this sounds like the same thing as stocking up, but it isn’t, there is a different mind set. Instead of shopping for next week, you are shopping for next year. It takes planning. Therefore the rule would be to buy what you need well in advance, and actually use it.

RULE #2

Every time you use something like a band-aid from the first aid kit, take an inventory, you should have more then twice as much as you think you need. This goes for all the things in your house that you use only when you really need it, flash lights, batteries, laundry soap, hand soap, toilet paper, etc.

RULE #3

There are things that you can not make your self, the rule here would be to find alternatives, even if you don’t actually make them yourself. Knowing how to replace something is at least in the right direction to doing it yourself, and using the same things that you can make yourself gives less of a culture shock when they cease to be easy to get.

RULE #4

Own it, don’t rent it, or buy it on time. It is way better to live in a cheaper out of the way place that you own out right then to buy a place on time. Credit is pure evil, you don’t need it, learn to live without it. This is likely the hardest rule to follow, and the most important. It is because our generation is living on credit in so many ways, that we are facing the worse economic collapse that the history of man has even seen.

RULE #5

Home school. This rule applies even to those without kids. There is something in the way that public school works that allows us to forget things after we leave it. How many of you remember how to do algebra? Don’t think you’ll need it? Your wrong. The first thing I learned after leaving school was that I needed to know french, it was the only class I ever dropped. The summer I spent in France would have been better had I known just a few more phrases. There are so many things we need to learn in order to thrive beyond mere survival that home schooling is the only way to do it. The advantage here is that you cut out the dumbing down of America, just remember to start with yourself, it will help when teaching your kids.

RULE #6

God helps those who help themselves. If that is good enough for God it should be good enough for you. Charity is all well and good, but free hand outs to those who have not learned that there is no such thing as a right to food, clothing and shelter is more harmful to them then nothing. If you want to give for a need, give the need not cash.

RULE #7

You only work for yourself. Any job you get for some one else is ultimately for yourself, so why work for some one else? This isn’t a rule that can be applied in one shot. You have to grow into it, and discover what it is that you can do successfully. The best way I can think of to do this is to cut it up into percentages. If you are working full time for the ABC company, you should add a small percentage of your work week to starting your own business, when that business makes you the same percentage of income as the time it takes to get the income increase the time you spend on it.

RULE #8

There is only two types of people on this planet. You can categorize them into any two labels you want, but what it boils down to is those that you want to know, and those you don’t. Be very strict on who they are, and you have to include everyone around you with no exceptions, into which group they are in. Be goal orientated, if you are always traveling towards your goal of being self-reliant and self-efficient you will meet those on the same road as you.

RULE #9

Good security is sound sleep. It is always better to be prepared for the worse so you can enjoy the best then to be ill prepared and suffer. Having a secure home, which is not easily invaded by evil out law bikers, or nosy neighbors, is the first step to getting a good night sleep. Security isn’t just an alarm system, or a fence. It’s a mind set, not telling some one what your birth day is prevents them from making a copy of your birth certificate, the less some one knows about you and yours the more secure it is from being taken.

RULE #10

Do it yourself, create it yourself, make it yourself, supply it yourself. The less you need the grid, oil, gas, hand outs, welfare checks, a job, health care, the doctor, the repair guy, electricity, new shoes, etc. the less you will need it when it is gone.

- Wolfe


Pandemics Something for Everyday Inklings

This blog post is a bit of reverse self-promoting, and I really appreciate any incoming links. It turns out that like Hollow Men there is another story in the works about the end of the world, and the author is keeping a blog about her progress over at Everyday Inklings, I’m on her research list . It turns out that I was just in the middle of doing some research on the health care of farm animals, in fact I just picked up a book over at the bookstore about it. (“Keeping Livestock Healthy” US Dept. Agriculture 1942)

I was also looking for something else to write about, thinking to much about the farm will get me target fixated on it, and I’ll miss an opportunity somewhere else. So I noticed that there have been a few leads into this site from Everyday Inkings, and went to look. One of the keywords I noticed in her posts were ‘pandemic’, and I suddenly realized I’ve missed thinking about preparing for one, not for ourselves as far as humans go, have the hepa filter masks in the basement, but for the animals on the farm. So much for not getting targeted on the farm. Read more…

It wasn’t to long ago that British Columbia did a cull of all the farm fowl in the province, trying in vain to avoid a flu like pandemic as a result of a chicken virus (avian influenza). So what I’ve been thinking about since reading Sarah’s Blog is what about the other animals, especially pigs?

 

Pandemics are started as a result of one of the following factors. Either an antigenic drift, or an antigenic shift in the influenza virus family. A pandemic in an antigenic drift would only be a pandemic in the legal sense of the word, in fact they hold such a smaller risk we use another name ‘epidemic‘, as in a large percentage of the population would come down with the flu, but there would likely be enough similarities in the the surface of the antigens with others that the population has encountered before that we would have the a close enough match of antibodies to fight it off, an example would be a bad summer flu that is going around the office, but on a world wide scale. I wouldn’t want to say that hardly anyone would die from such an outbreak, but I equally doubt it that the CDC would classify it as a civilization ending event, since these tend to happen every year. But by contrast, an antigenic shift, would be a much larger change in the surface of the antigen, and our immune system would have a real problem with it. These happen on average every ten to fifty years, and we are way overdue, these are the ones which we fear the most.

 

Our immune system works by a hit, and miss method. Our T-Cell produce white cells in response to encounters with foreign bodies in our systems, such as our blood stream. The T-cell literally has to bump into a virus before it can produce the correct white cell to fight off what ever it is that needs to be taken care of. If the genetic information is already with the T-Cell on how to fight off a certain foreign body, the response is rather quick, and the infection is usually fought off before we even know we are sick. This is how most immunization shots work, they literally inject the virus, or something with a similar ‘surface’ into the bloodstream for our T-Cells to learn how to fight it off. Vaccines usually contain dead versions of a virus, same surface, no inside parts, so that our body’s immune system can learn, it works great as a defense tool, except in the case of AIDS/HIV which attacks the T-Cells directly.

 

All mammals have the same set up for an immune system, we all evolved from the same successful experiment by mother nature. Unfortunately, parasites, bacteria, pests, and weeds evolved at the same rate as humans did, each competing with each other for dominance over the Earth. Parasites, the major carriers of viruses, and other nasties, have pretty much beaten us at this game, we are not at the top of the food chain as most believe, parasites far out number humans, and I’m willing to bet, pretty much out number everything else on this planet as well.

 

It is a mis-understanding that the Black Plague was spread by rats, it wasn’t, not technically at any rate, rather it was spread by fleas on the backs of rats. Rats themselves were immune to the Black Plague, and that is why they were able to spread the disease. But not all mammals are immune to diseases which are harmful to humans, pigs share similarities in immune response to us to such a degree that anything which is a health risk to them, is generally a health risk to us. But worse still is the fact that they are often housed physically near other animals, and this runs the risk of a cross-over between species for a disease via a parasite.

 

An example of which could be imagined like so …

 

A farmer has a few pigs, which he houses in the same barn as his chickens, the chickens get sick with the latest chicken pandemic flu. This flu the chickens have isn’t actually a threat to humans in itself, and in it’s current form. However, fleas will suck the blood from any warm blooded creature, chicken included, the sub-species of flea may prefer cats over dogs, but if the farm has neither the chicken will do. Now our little nemesis the flea in case, may also prefer to use a pig over a chicken, when neither cat nor dog happen by, and spreads the flu to the pigs. If, and this a big if, the pigs get sick, we humans might have a very big problem. This is why as a survivalist, keeping farms animals healthy also means keeping them separated.

 

Oh, just for the record, the cross-over between species risk can have nothing to do with whether the animals in question are still breathing or not, so if you butcher your own meat, NEVER MIX BLOOD, seen or unseen. Use separate boards for fish, meat per species, and vegetables, and wash completely.

 

Even in this pig and chicken example, not everything is there for a pandemic to start, a flu like virus that can pass from one species to another, isn’t enough to cause a pandemic. First, it has to be new, something our immune system doesn’t have a defense against, if the virus isn’t new, a major antigen shift is required so that as far as our immune systems are concerned it appears to be new. The odds of which are liken to winning the lottery, but someone always wins the lottery eventually, even with mutually exclusive odds. The infection has to effect humans, getting a virus introduced via a cut in the bloodstream is only bad if the virus can propagate, and do so which make the host seriously ill. Then lastly, it has to be able to be passed from human to human, or from source to humans, easily. If I including a pandemic as a major plot feature in a story I was writing like Sarah, I would have to choose whether the virus came from an natural source, or if it was man made. The scary bit is, made man viruses might be easy to produce then we first thought.

 

Killing the agent of infection is a bit tricky, and this is where my recent interest in the matter returns me to the subject of the farm. We use to attack harmful agents with bleach in our suburban homes, but this isn’t always the best and only solution on the farm.

Disinfectants vary in their ability to kill against various germs, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. For example, house hold food grade vinegar will kill the foot-and-mouth disease virus, but nothing to the virus which causes Johne’s disease in livestock. Most house hold and industrial detergents will do little against bacterial spores related to tetanus, blackleg, botulism, and anthrax. (Formaldehyde works against spores, but who wants cancer?) I personally recommend a solution of 2% Lye to water, just remember to add the Lye to the water, not the other way around. You also best to fight the parasites which are most likely to spread viruses, such as fleas, tapeworms, and a host of others.

 

That’s just a start into the required research needed to protect the animals on the farms, good thing I’m planning to plant the trees first.

 

Wolfe

 


Planting Schedule for Vegetables

Well, there are 97 days left till we should be on the farm, and I am going through all our junk trying to get rid of as much as possible to reduce the amount of stuff we are moving with us. I came across a copy of The suburban farmer’s handbook: A comprehensive guide to growing and preserving your own food and drink. Within this book are several charts containing information on when to plant, when to spray for insects, and even on canning and preserving foods. Since it is spring up here in the Great White North, and I won’t be able to plant a garden this year, I figure I would share one of the charts with you. Enjoy – Wolfe

Read more…

Vegetable Seeds Transplants Distance Between Rows Space Apart in Rows Seed Depth Growing Days Needed in Garden
Beans, snap After Last Frost 24-30” 33” 1 1/2” 50
Beans, pole After last frost 60” 5” (12”)* 1 1/2” 65
Beets 3 weeks before last frost 10-20” 1” (3”) 1/2” 60
Winter-keeper By Mid-July 10-20” 1” (3”) 1/2” 80
Broccoli and Cauliflower 4 weeks before last frost 28” 18” 1/4” 50 after transplanting
Brussels Sprouts 4 weeks before last frost 28” 18” 1/4” 80 after transplanting
Cabbage 4 weeks before last frost 28” 15” 1/4” 60-70 after transplanting
Cabbage-Chinese (fall crop) By mid-July 28” 3-4” (12”) 1/2” 70
Carrots Two weeks before last frost or after. 20” 1/4” (3”) 1/4” 75
Cucumbers After last frost 48” 4” (12”) 1/2” 40-70
Eggplant After last frost 36” 1/4” 70 after transplanting
Kohlrabi 3 weeks before last frost 24” 1” (6”) 1/4” 55
Lettuce, leaf 5 weeks before last frost 16” 1/2” (2”) 1/4” 45
Lettuce, butterhead 5 weeks before last frost 18” 1/2” (6”) 1/4” 75
Lettuce, head 3 weeks before last frost 18” 1/4” 85
Melons (cantaloupes, watermelon) 1 week after last frost 60” 6” (at least 18”) 1” 80-100
Onions, set Early as ground is prepared 15” 1 ½” – 2” 45
Onion, plantlets Early as ground is prepared 15” 1 1/2” – 2” 45
Onion, bunching, or others from seeds 2 weeks before last frost or after 15”1/2” 1/2”(bulb types to 4”) 1 1/2” 100 or more
Peas 6 weeks before last frost 30” 2-3” 1” 63
Peppers After last frost 36” 1/4” 70
Radishes 4 weeks before last frost 12” 1/2”(1”) 1/4” 25
Spinach 3 weeks before last frost 15” 1/2”(2”) 1/2” 48
Spinach, New Zealand 1 week before last frost 28” 1” (5”) 1/2” 50
Squash, bush or vine After last frost 60” between groups 3 plants per group, 18” apart 1” Summer types 52; winter types 85-115
Tomatoes After last frost 48” 1/2” 70 from transplanting
Turnips (Spring) 6 weeks before last frost. (Fall) 10 weeks before first expected frost. 20” 3/4”(3”) 1/2” 55

Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction To Prepping For Kids

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There is very little in the way of helping parents explain to young kids about prepping. Yet alone, children’s books to help get them to read without some left wing PC garbage tossed in. Enter in to our little corn of the web a series written by Kermit Jones Jr and illustrated by Christy Brill.

“Some people prepare because they are afraid. 
Our family does not have to be afraid… 
because we are prepared!“
-Prepper Pete Read more…

 The main character in this series is an ant. I’m not sure if Kermit got the idea from American’s Networking To Survive, or from Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to ant, O sluggard: behold her ways, and be wise.  For she having no guide, governor, nor ruler, Prepareth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in harvest.” (GNV) But the point is, awesome job. These are the perfect Christmas gift under the tree or stocking stuffer for your young children in your family… or cousins, nephews, etc. #1 on the list for children books for homeschooling too.

Teaching kids the importance of being prepared doesn’t have to be harsh or scary. Regardless of why you (or someone you may know) prepare, remember that the single most important thing you can teach your kids is how to think!

All the preps in the world don’t mean a thing if people don’t know how to think clearly. Teach useful skills to all of the kids you know, to include critical thinking, problem solving, and the most important one of all – how to be resourceful!

Prepper Pete and Friends are the first and only Prepper books on the market designed especially for kids!  Check back often for new releases! - http://www.prepperpeteandfriends.com/grownups/

Keep preppin’!

- wolfe


Prepping for the non-emergency

I ask forgiveness again for missing last weeks post, between figuring out whether we should fly back to Ontario, or drive back, searching real estate listings for farms, and trying to set up the new web sites for the American Preppers Network, I just have been to busy to even think straight. Read more…

 

One of the things I have tried to do in preparing for disaster was to pick things we would use if there was not an emergency. This includes such things as coffee, tea, sugar, rice, and vegetable oil. One of the things I have not done, is to rotate the stocks, until the last week. We have two shelves of canned goods that are garbage, and coffee that needs to tossed as well. I haven’t even gone through the other shelves yet, and I already see it coming. We have almost nothing in the storage that we can use in the event of an emergency. Part of the reason, or excuse I could honestly say, is that the plan to move to the farm has taken over our lives, and it just didn’t seem to be the best plan to restock the food reserves and end up shipping all of it to the farm. So I let it slack.

We’ve also somehow got into the habit of buying only a limit amount of groceries from month to month. So I’ve found myself in a situation where if we are short on funds, we are also short with food, which leads to going out and getting something for that night’s dinner or what not.

 

Buying dinner, is not the same as buying groceries, it costs more because first off your not planning ahead, and your not looking for deals. Your also not buying in bulk. Which leads to it not only costing more, but you find yourself with even less money then the month before, which leads to … you get the idea.

 

In other words, in the attempt to get to the point where we are off the grid, and on a farm which we can successfully grow our own food, we have put ourselves in exactly the same position we are fighting and warning against.

 

It’s called target fixating, you spend so much energy on getting something done that everything else takes a backseat.

 

Therefore I have come to the conclusion that the root to all this was indecisiveness on the dates for each step along the way, and very poor planning on how to get each step done.

 

So, that leads to getting things done, and setting dates for everything on the list of to dos, in other words set deadlines.

 

 

Wolfe

 

Lesson Learned: Having a plan is useless unless you have check points along the way to make sure the plan is working.

 

 


Preppers Network Chat Guide

We have a Chat Room:

These are online help pages for The Prepper’s Network Chat Room. The Prepper’s Network chat room is hosted by Rizon, if you are not familiar with IRC, and just want to chat with like minded people, you can simply use our web interface by clicking here, your nick will be bloghelp followed by some random numbers, to let the regulars know you came from this page. Otherwise you can use an IRC chat client like IceChat, which these help pages are about, and join the server Rizon (irc.rizon.net:6667 channel #preppers, port 6697 for ssl users). Additional Note: For Linux users please use Xchat, Read more…

This help guide is divided into four sections. The first section deals with commands you can send the server, such as changing your nick name. The second section deals with IceChat, a separate program that you can use to join the channel instead of using the web chat interface. The third and fourth sections will help you customize IceChat to make use of the chat room to the max. That last section concerns frequently asked questions, notes, etc.

 

Keep Channel Purpose in Mind

 

We all love to laugh. We all like to chat about current events. But please remember that the #preppers channel to is help educate each other on preparedness, to network with like mind individuals, and to facilitate communications between each other. It is a social channel for preppers to meet, to share our problems, accomplishments, and to network. It is not a place to argue, for name calling, and debate.

Politics of Other Channels

The #preppers channel is the main chat channel for the American Preppers Network, and all associated networks. Each network is welcome to start their own channel, but please remember that issues that arise within those channels belong there, when in doubt the channel founder of that channel has the last say.

Access Levels

Each regular chatter in the channel who has registered to Nickserv gets certain privileges, these are given by the channel founder based on access levels to the channel. If you would like to know how access levels are handed out on #preppers to use on your own network channel, see APPEX “A”.

Correct Behavior Privately

When ever there is a problem within the channel by a person, that person should be dealt with in private (See Private Messages in this help guide), it should not be in the channel itself. This channel follows the Code of Conduct set out the American Preppers Network. If a person refuses to correct their behavior, they can be kicked out of the channel, or even banned by any user with sufficient and higher access then the offender. If there is a dispute between members that goes beyond this, founders of the channels in question have the last say. Please note that channel operators, and founders do not control Kline bans, these are set by Rizon staff, and you have to deal with them yourself, we can not intercede on your behalf. The most likely reason you would be Kline by Rizon is that your computer is infected with a virus that is disruptive to the network, upgrade your anti-virus software and scan your computer before you contact Rizon staff.

 


Section #1 IRC Commands

 

The Nick Command:

 

IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, it is a chat system that uses a network of servers to allow many people to chat with each other in virtual rooms. Each network has many rooms that people can meet and chat in, APN’s main room is #preppers. Note that there is a number sign at the beginning of the name, this tells IRC that you are referring to a channel, much like twitter uses the number sign to identify conversation tags. IRC pays special attention to the first characters a lot. The most important first character is the forward slash “/”. This tells IRC that you are sending a command, and not saying something in the chat. The first command you should learn is the Nick command, it allows you change your name used in the chat to better identify you.

 

The picture below is from using Ice Chat, but the same commands can be used in the web interface and most other IRC clients.

 

 

In the image above you can see that I am about to change my nickname in the chat from whatever it is (in this case Wolfe) to Wolfe-away (inside the red circle). The area I am typing this is the same area that I use to say things in the channel. The only reason I am able to do this is because I am using the forward slash to tell IRC that I am sending a command. Sometimes after someone changes their nickname in chat, the server will send a warning message stating,

 

-Nickserv- This nickname is registered and protected. If it is your

-Nickserv- nick, type /msg Nickserv IDENTIFY password. Otherwise,

-Nickserv- please choose a different nick.

 

This is because the regular person who uses this nickname has registered this nickname with a service on the server called Nickserv, if you do not change your nick it will be changed for you to Guest with some random numbers.

 


 

Section #1 IRC Commands

 

The Private Message Command:

 

Most of the time you use IRC to chat in a public, or a semi private chat room. But you can also send a private message to someone. Sometimes you have to send a private message to the services to do certain things. To send a private message you just shorten up the word “message” to /msg. What has to follow right after /msg is the nickname of the person you are sending the message too, and then the message. For example, if you wanted to send me a message it would be /msg Wolfe hello I am testing the message command .

 

The picture below is from using the web interface.

 

 

When you send a private message it opens up another dialog in the web interface, or another tab called Messages.

 

(Unless other wise noted all other images are for Ice Chat, the reason for the above images is because the Messages tab is unique. Many other chat clients work in a similar manner.)

When you receive a private message it creates another tab/query with the nickname of the person who sent you a message.

 

By clicking on this tab you change which chat you are talking in. If it is another chat room you will see the chat conversation that is going on there, if it is a private message then you will be in a private conversation with the person that sent you the message.

 

 


 

Section #1 IRC Commands

 

The NickServ and Registering Your Nickname:

 

Rizon, and most other IRC networks provide services that you access using the /msg command. Services are programs that run on the chat server that do different things, Rizon has several services, one of them is called Nickserv. Nickserv can protect you nickname from other people using it by letting you register the nickname for yourself. Any time someone wants to use the nickname from then on, it requires a password.

 

In order to have Nickserv protect your nickname from unauthorized use, you need to register it. You do this by sending a private message to Nickserv which includes your chosen password and email address.

 

/msg Nickserv REGISTER password [email]

 

When you send this private message correctly Nickserv will send you a notice back that says the following:

 

–Nickserv– A passcode has been sent to example@yourdomain.com, please type/msg Nickserv confirm to complete registration

 

Nickserv will then send you an email to the address you used. The email will look something like this:

 

Hi,

You have requested to register the following nickname examplenick.

Please type ” /msg Nickserv confirm RANDOMCODEHERE ” to complete registration.

If you don’t know why this mail was sent to you, please ignore it silently.

PLEASE DON’T ANSWER TO THIS MAIL!

Rizon administrators.

 

You have to send the private message “ /msg Nickserv confirm RANDOMCODEHERE ” you received in the email within the chat like all other IRC commands and private messages. When you do this correctly Nickserv will respond with a notice like so …

 

–Nickserv– Nickname examplenick registered under your account:*someone@*.yourhostmask.com

–Nickserv– Your password is – remember this for later use.

 

 

Now only you can use that nickname. Each time you join the IRC server you will have to identify to Nickserv by sending your password.

 

To see how to do that keep reading.

 


 

Section #1 IRC Commands

 

The Nick Identify Command:

 

If you have registered your nickname with Nickserv and rejoin the chat at some future date you will receive a notice from Nickserv like the following.

 

–Nickserv– This nickname is registered and protected. If it is your

–Nickserv– nick, type /msg Nickserv IDENTIFY password. Otherwise,

–Nickserv– please choose a different nick.

 

Depending on how you are connecting to the IRC chat you can do different things to identify yourself to Nickserv. Any of these will work, because they basically are just sending a private message to Nickserv with your password.

 

/msg Nickserv identify [password]

 

If you are using the chat room link from the American Prepper’s Network, Kentucky Preppers Network, Survival Times, or even my own blog you have an option to identify before you join the chat room.

 

This image is an example of using the default Rizon web interface.

 

This check mark allows you to send your password as you join the chat. By using the check mark, you will be able to enter your password to Nickserv in a new field in the form. It helps to avoid doing it by private message. If you need to manually send your password you can send a private message to Nickserv like so:

 

/msg Nickserv identify [password]

 

If you do it correctly you will get a notice from Nickserv which should read:

 

–Nickserv– Password accepted – you are now recognized.

 

But doing this every time you join the chat is a real pain, the IRC client Ice Chat has the ability to do it for you. On the far left side is a vertical long tab with the words Favorite Servers.

 

If you click on this area it will open up to show you the server list that you go to often, your favorite IRC servers.

 

 

Right clicking on the server name, in this case irc.rizon.net opens up a new window with many options. It’s the edit server button you want to click on, (yes there is another edit server button below the list you can use that does the same thing).

 

The edit options may look complex, but it is rather straight forward. The first set of options are your basic server options. Within each option is a fill out form this one sets your nickname and other options including the server you want to connect to. The following are the setting for hooking up to #preppers

 

Server Name:irc.rizon.net Server Port:6667 Nickname:yournickname Alt. Nick.:yournickname_ Away-Nick:yournickname-Away Ident Name:Your Name Full Name:yourblogurl Quit Message:$randquit


For the record we discourage people using their real names. It’s just not strong OPSEC. You can, like I have done, use your Blog’s URL as part of the options here. The Away Nick can also be something like yournick(A) to mean the same thing. (Side Note: Remember I mentioned that IRC pays special attention to the first character a lot? That why I used the $ in $randquit above. It gives Ice Chat the variable which stands for Random Quit Message. You can put any message in here you want. People will see it when you quit IRC, for example you could put “I quit, see you all tomorrow.”, which would work just as well. )


The next set of options are called the Start Up, and it means exactly what you might think. It is a list of things for Ice Chat to do when it starts up and joins the server.



This is where the ability of Ice Chat to identify to Nickserv is used. Each of the above check mark boxes stands for the following:


 

  • Set Mode +i on Connect means that you want Ice Chat should identify when it connects to the server if checked.

  • Show Server MOTD means that when this option is checked you want to see the Message of the Day from the server.

  • Show Ping Pong Message means that you want to know when you receive a test packet of data and that you have replied to it automatically so that server knows you are still online.

  • Show Server Lag in Console just means that you want to know how long it takes to send a ‘ping’ and a ‘pong’ back and forth between you and the server.

  • Auto-Connect on IceChat Startup means that you want to auto connect to this server when you start Ice Chat on your computer

  • Connect with SSL using an external program …. means I have to write another help guide. ;)


The image above shows which boxes you should have checked, and un-checked. It is likely that this is the default setting for your Ice Chat when you started it up, but it is a good idea to make sure it is set up this way. Leave the Server Password: blank, it does not apply to you … yet. But you should set the Nickserv Password: now to the same one that you set up when you registered your nickname. Also leave the Use Secure command to send Nickserv Pass blank.


Sometimes some clients use /Nickserv instead of /msg Nickserv to send the identify. So if your using a different client and still want to automate this process of identify to Nickserv you can use the AutoPerform. But before I show you how, I going to help you with the AutoJoin List since it is next in the list on Ice Chat.




The AutoJoin Options:


AutoJoin is pretty much straight forward, you enter the channel room and click the Add button. If you have a slow connection to the internet you may want to check the Enable AutoJoin Delay (5 Seconds). Just make sure to include the # in the name of the channel, in our case #preppers.




Almost all IRC clients have an option to include AutoPerform although the exact wording might be different. This is the next set of Options in Ice Chat that I am going through. Basically you can place anything you want here, for example if you do not have #preppers in your autojoin list, you could add it here by including the line “/join #preppers” in the text area (no quotes).



As you can see you can also identify to Nickserv this way, just as if you typed it in manually from the web interface, or after you joined the server. There are a few more options, such as using a BNC server, a Proxy, and some Default settings for Ice Chat itself, but for now this is all you need to know about Identifing to Nickserv.




Section #1 IRC Commands


The Nick Group Command:


Some of us in the chat room access the chat while we are at work, on the road, or busy in the barn at home. So it does mean that we are away from the keyboard for period of time. Lots of IRC chat rooms dislike people who idle, or change their to include “_away”, we don’t mind at all. You can link you normal nickname to your away nickname with the Nick Group command. We suggest that you just add “_away” or “(A)” to you current nick rather then change the nickname completely in order not to confuse people.


Basically this is how it works. You change your nickname to something else for example: /nick yournick_away

The what you do is tell Nickserv that you want to link your two nicknames together: /msg nickserv group yournick






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Nick Ghost Command:


Sometimes there is a problem staying connected to the chat server. This can be caused by a Net Split, or something that happened between you and the server for a short period of time. When you re-connect to the chat, you find that the chat server still thinks your first connection is still working, and you see yourself in the chat, and you now have your alternate nick being used. (example: if your normal nickname is wolfe, your alternate nickname might be wolfe_) What has happened is that you have left behind what is called a ghost, because you didn’t tell the server you were leaving. (Eventually the ghost will disappear on it’s own if you don’t come back) This can be at the least annoying because it means that any private messages will be missed by you.


You can get rid of the ghost with the nick ghost command. Send another private message to Nickserv like so: /msg nickserv ghost yournick

Now you can change your alternate nickname_ back to your normal nickname. If you have set up all your setting on Ice Chat above you will automatically identify to Nickserv for it. Otherwise remember to send an identify to Nickserv with: /msg nickserv identify




Section #1 IRC Commands


The Nick Info Command:


A lot of preppers have personal blogs, and those that don’t tend to post to one of the preppernetworks sites. You can include a link to your personal blog, your state preppernetworks site, or even www.worldwidepreppersnetwork.com within your nickname information.


To set your URL in your nickname information send: /msg nickserv set url www.worldwidepreppersnetwork.com


You can also set your email address as well by sending: /msg nicserv set email you@yourdomain.com


If you want to know more about someone in the channel you can send a request to Nickserv to send you that information, you will either get the information that they have shared, or a notice that the nickname you are asking about is not registered. For example if you send a request about me …


/msg nickserv info wolfe_away all


If the nick name is registered you will receive something similar to this about me.


–NickServ– wolfe_away is wolfe

–NickServ– Is online from: wolfe@Rizon-5F3ED5EB.rizonbnc.us.rizon.net

–NickServ– Time registered: Oct 15 16:45:15 2009 EDT

–NickServ– URL: www.wolfeblog.net

–NickServ– E-mail address: wolfe@wolfeblog.net

–NickServ– Greet message: … www.wolfeblog.net

–NickServ– Options: Security, Auto-op, LoveServ





Section #1 IRC Commands


The Action Command:


If you join the chat on a regular basis you might notice that sometimes people appear to do something rather then just say something. For example:


wolfe hits matthiasj with a book.


What was entered was “/me wolfe hits matthiasj with a book.” which is the action command or expressions command.





Section #1 IRC Commands


The Nick Help Command And Others:


Just a quick note about Nickserv, Chanserv, and Memoserv. You can get instruction on their use directly for other options I have not included in the guide, by private messaging each, like the following: /msg nickserv help


For more detailed help about a particular setting within those commands you can add the option to the help request like so: /msg nickserv help register





Section #1 IRC Commands


The Topic Command:


Every channel on IRC has the ability to set a channel topic. This topic can be changed when ever the moderators want so to reflect the current subjects being discussed in the channel, or just to give more information publicly to others that are not in the room to know what it is about.


For moderators the command to change the topic of the channel is “/topic NEW TOPIC HERE


If your not a moderator you can use “!topic NEW TOPIC HERE” instead, but this will only work if a moderator is online at the time since it is a trigger for a script that some of the moderators use.





Section #1 IRC Commands


The Away Command:







Section #1 IRC Commands


The Notice Command:






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Memo Commands:






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Kick Command:






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Join Command:





Section #1 IRC Commands


The Ban Command:






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Part Command:






Section #1 IRC Commands


The Quit Command:






Section #2 IRC Using Ice Chat and Others


Downloading Ice Chat:




Default Settings For Rizon IRC On Ice Chat:




Section #3 IRC IceChat Make it Talk to You


Voice Suggestions:



Section #4 IRC IceChat Make it Talk for You


Scripts:




Section #E IRC #preppers FAQ


Why IRC?:


Why Rizon?:


BNC


HOSTMASKING


BOTS


FREE


GOOD REP



What is an IRC Bot?:


CONT



Who is Chanserv?:


CONT



Who is Nickserv?:



Who is Memoserv?:


CONT



Who is Icebot?:


CONT



Who is LimitServ?:


CONT



Who is Chanstat?:


CONT



Why do some nicks have an @ in front of their nicks?:




Why do some nicks have an % in front of their nicks?:



Why do some nicks have an + in front of their nicks?:




APPEX: A


       
 

ACCESS LEVEL

TOTAL WEEKS NEED REGISTERED

REQUIREMENTS NOTE

 

1

1

Must be a registered nick with nickserv on rizon

 

2

3

Must be a regular chatter in the channel

 

3

6

 
 

4

10

 
 

5

15

PENDING ADMINS MUST BE ABLE TO SHOW IRC COMMAND USEAGE

 

6

21

 
 

7

28

 
 

8

36

REQUIRES BACK END ACCESS TO ONE PREPPER NETWORK SITE AT LEAST

 

9

45

REQUIRES ROOT ACCESS TO ONE PREPPER NETWORK SITE SERVER OR SUPER ADMIN TO A BACKEND

 

10

 

CHANNEL OWNER


APPEX: B


CHANNEL FOUNDER: 10
RESERVED BY RIZON FOR THE CHANNEL FOUNDERS ONLY

ACC-CHANGE 10

SET 10

CLEAR 10

Owners: level 9
APPLIED TO USER: AFTER REACHING LEVEL 9 AND HAS COPYRIGHT OVER A SITE/’S TRADEMARKS/

OR ROOT ACCESS USER ACCOUNT ON A SERVER SHELL USED BY THE NETWORK

MEMO 9

UNBAN 9

ASSIGN 9

PROTECTME 9

BAN 9

BADWORDS 9

FANTASIA 9

Fully trusted: level 8

Reserved for those that have earned full trust after a period of time , should know all commands have access to at least one backend admin on at least one prepper site

APPLIED TO USER: AFTER REACHING LEVEL 7 AND HAS ACCESS TO BACKEND ON AT LEAST ONE PREPPER SITE

AUTOOP 8

NOKICK 8

OPDEOP 8

SAY 8

AUTOPROTECT 8

AKICK 8

New: Level 6 to 7
APPLIED TO USER: Level 6 after 21 weeks total of being registered to nickserv AND been a regular in the chat for at least 21 weeks (1+2+3…) …. level 7 (1+2+3+4… weeks of being registered and being active in channel …)

Pending Admin: Level 5 (reserved for someone who will become fully trusted unless they screw up on the “rules?” etc.)
APPLIED TO USER: Level 5 after 15 weeks total (1+2+3+4+5) of being registered to nickserv AND been a regular (active) in the chat for at least 15 weeks (1+2+3+4+5)

AUTOHALFOP 5

TOPIC 5

HALFOP 5

HALFOPME 5

KICK 5

ACC-LIST 5

GETKEY 5

INVITE 5

GREET 5

New: Level 2 to 4
APPLIED TO USER: Level 2 after three weeks total of being registered to nickserv AND been a regular in the chat for at least three weeks (1+2) …. level 4 (1+2+3+4 weeks of being registered and being active in channel …)

New: Level 1 (regulars who show no interest yet on the above)
APPLIED TO USER: when ever a registered user shows up in chat on a regulat basis for at least a week

VOICE 1

VOICEME 1

AUTOVOICE 1

NEW: level -1 (for those that are new.)
APPLIED TO USER: when ever they are registed to nickserv.

AUTODEOP -1

Blacklisted: level -2 (Reserved for trolls / bots ONLY!)

NOJOIN -2


Primary Services

As I said before, there is more then one way to improve the world. But it occurs to me, that it might have to be done a little at a time. The problem with that is, some of my ideas depend on the others. And I am sure this is the same for anyone else that has come up with ideas to improve the world.

If you want to remove property tax, you have to include a way for primary services to be met.

Take schools for example… Read more…

My wife and I home schooled our kids while we were caravaning on the road for almost 13 years. We hope that some day we will return to that lifestyle, (Which is why I maintain this web page), but I think we’ll head out by boat rather then by motor home this time.

Anyway, as i was saying we home schooled for the most part while we were on the road. Now, I’m not saying this was a bad idea, however, we were not able to teach our own kids in the manner they needed.

Most of the time, when children are home schooled they surpass their peers. But if those children require special help, especially in a minute way. They fall behind. In fact, they tend to fall behind regardless if they are home schooled or not. Small hindrances to their development as students can go unnoticed by both parents and teachers.

The difference between home schooling and public school are the resources.

Now if you disagree because you home school, remember that I am referring mostly to those who home school “on the road”, caravaners tend not to have a local school who can help out when the going gets tough.

So my wife and I decided to settle down for the duration of the needed help.

Education, in all it’s forms and levels, is an essential service. It should be available to every citizen at no cost.

I am an anarchist, how do I suggest that the view I have in my political life, and my view on eduction meet on common ground?

I believe that if there is a need in a society it is the responsibility of the individuals in that society to meet the need. And I believe that individuals need to get involved with their responsibilities directly, not via a proxy.

In the same manner that you should care for your family’s needs. It is your responsibility to care for your communities needs.

If your brother needs food in the fridge to help feed his kids, do you not fill the freezer?

If your neighbor has broken his leg, do you not mow his lawn to help him out?

Education is food for the mind.

Our school here in Coquitlam BC (School District 43) needs the help of the parents to help teach the kids. The funding has been cut by the liberals so much that the school actually is forced to come out and ask for volunteers to teach the kids.

I think every neighbor, not just those with kids, should come out and help out, and not just with teaching. Help fix a window, paint a swing, buy a soccer ball.

This is where Volunteer Essential Services come from.

From the heart of the community.

Wolfe


Property Rights and Taxes

So how does one person make the world just a little better?

You can do little things, such as giving your time to help a friend. Try helping people out of poverty. Donating to the local food bank. Protest war, fight for human rights… the list goes on and on. Read more…

One thing we hardly ever see is, is a call to change laws. Now I’m not talking about removing the illegal status of pot, although i believe that should be done too. What I am referring to is our blind view that if a law seems to be “ok”, we leave it at that instead of improving it.

Take “property tax” for example.

Property Tax is suppose to be used for local essential services, such as funding the local schools, hospitals, roads, libraries, emergency and rescue services. But the money is also used to fund the municipal debts, increase the mayors pay check, and sometimes is ear marked for federal issues rather then local.

In addition to all these issues, some would claim that we should not pay property tax at all. If the land is yours, why should you pay more for it each year? I agree to a point. And the line I draw to say whether or not we should pay property tax, is at the edge of the property line of our homes.

If I “own” a house on a piece of property that I live in, raise a family in, perhaps even grow a garden on, even run a small business from to support myself from, then I believe I should not have to keep paying for this HOME that I own every year.

If however, I own two pieces of property or more, and only live on one as my “primary residential property” the other properties I own should be subject to property tax to help support local services.

This will result in higher rents for the poor, it is true, but it isn’t the end all of the idea. For one thing, “property Rights” should not only include protection from property tax for primary residential land, but also protection from prevention from owning the land in the first place.

The poor are prevented from saving for their first home, by aid services, because if they have “assets” they are cut off. Aided income is also something that can’t be used to claim you can pay a mortgage, even thou a mortgage itself is often lower then paying rent!

Property Rights should not only include protection from tax, and protection from prevention, but also exemptions from credit. Your primary home should never be used to clear your credit, you shouldn’t be allowed to screw yourself IMHO. ( Make better laws to deal with interest rates! … What, you like “renting” money? )

Just a thought.

Wolfe


A mini interview with the author of gpredict

Alexandru Csete, also known as OZ9AEC is a physicist from the University of Aarhus, and works as in the European space industry, and a holder of a CEPT Cat. 1 amateur radio certificate since 1991. He is also the author of gpredict which I have mention in my Beginner’s Guide to HAM Radio (Debian Program List) on this blog. Read more…

His primary interests today are satellite comms, building and modifying equipment and developing free software for Unix-like operating systems. Between Jan 2008 and Mar 2009 He was also involved in the Google Lunar X PRIZE by contributing to Team FREDNET.

His website www.oz9aec.net is dedicated to technological endeavors within the areas of ham radio, free software and space technology – all free and open source. I approached Alexandru via jabber for a mini-interview for the purpose of posting to this blog, and here it is.

Wolfe: How long have you been interested in HAM Radio’s and Satellites?

Alexandru: I got interested in ham radio when I was 14 and got my license at the age of 16 in 1991. It was mainly shortwaves in the beginning and satellites came a few years later.

Wolfe: What kind of set up do you have?

Alexandru: Antennas: Butternut HF2V for 160, 80, 40 and 30 meter bands and some yagis and parabolic dishes for VHF, UHF and microwaves. Radios: IC-765, FT-817, Elecraft K1, some home built kits, and some experimental hardware for playing with software defined radios.

Wolfe: How far can a HAM radio broadcast? What about line of sight?

Alexandru: On shortwaves around the world (depending on the cyclic solar activity, which is currently very bad). On VHF and up only line of sight, continental when using satellites in low earth orbit, “half globe” when using satellites in high earth orbit.

Wolfe: Your the author of gpredict, what is that program used for, and why did you create it?

Alexandru: The program is used for real time satellite tracking and orbit prediction. It is necessary for satellite communication in order to know when a satellites comes by, where to point the antennas and how much Doppler correction is necessary. I wrote it because there were no such application with nice GUI for the Linux operating system.

Wolfe: Have you ever been involved in emergency broadcasts with HAM Radio, and if so what happened?

Alexandru: No, I haven’t.

Wolfe: How would someone get started with HAM Radio, with the intention of having a backup communication system in the event of an emergency?

Alexandru: I would suggest to get in touch with local clubs and regional/national societies. They should be able to provide guidance in getting started according to regional laws and regulations.

Wolfe: What would be your dream communication set up? Why?

Wolfe: How many different types of antennas are there , and what are they used for?

Alexandru: Hmm… my imagination has no limits… I think the biggest obstacles for me are lack of proper location with room for antennas and time (and of course money)

Alexandru: There would be antennas and other equipment for covering the relevant parts of the whole spectrum 100kHz to 50GHz.

Wolfe: What kind of power supply would you need for such a set up?

Alexandru: Good question… I’m not sure, but I like green power so it would have a lots of solar arrays and windmills (Denmark is a very windy country).

Wolfe: Is broadcasting on Short Wave, MURS, or Microwave the same thing as HAM radio?

Alexandru: No, those are commercial or national services. Ham radio is a hobby.

Wolfe: If the world was going to have a major disaster tomorrow that wiped out our modern society, what radio equipment would you suggest to buy today?

Alexandru: Shortwave would be good to have long comm range.

Wolfe: Your in Denmark, is knowledge about Morse code still a requirement to get your operators license?

Alexandru: I believe it has been removed now.

Wolfe: Do you think that even thou North Americans do not need to learn Morse code to get their two meter band license, they should learn it anyway? Why?

Alexandru: No, except if they are interested in it. I use morse code because it’s fun but I wouldn’t impose it on anybody.