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  1. Alaskajohn

    The Stockdale Paradox

    I few months ago I started a thread asking for good books about individuals or people who have prevailed against overwhelming odds and that resulted in some great reads for me the past few months. I had forgotten about the lessons that Admiral Stockdale offered from his time as a POW during the...
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    Looking for great books about the the French underground during Nazi occupation, or other similar human struggles.

    Hey folks, I am in a book reading binge, and want to consider great books detailing the struggles such as the French underground or resistance during Nazi occupation or other similar situations. The book could be about events in Poland, the Czech Republic, or other occupied WARSAW pact...
  3. Alaskajohn

    GPS map software

    OK, I will admit it. I’m old school and learned to navigate by the stars, the sun, and using terrain features. The army taught me well using the map and compass and I did all of this pre-GPS days. I will still primarily navigate this way. However.... On another forum someone mentioned onX...
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    Have you seen the Navy "UFO" patients: Spacetime Modification Weapon? And more...

    Taking a break from the politics of the day. Here are Navy "UFO Patent" Documents Talk Of "Spacetime Modification Weapon," Detail Experimental Testing Just some of the cool cut and pastes from the article. Certainly Off Topic!
  5. Alaskajohn

    Ideal temperature and humidity for long term storage.

    I significantly increased my cellar allowing me to move a lot of my preps to this wonderful new space. I store a bunch of items, including potatoes, carrots, long term and mid term food preps, rice, coffee, seeds, and other items including a shotgun. After careful monitoring of humidity and...
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    Storing seed long term

    My wife typically manages the seeds, but for whatever reason I felt compelled to ordered $200 plus in heirloom seeds for our zone. My wife typically stores her seeds in the cellar and she sometimes has leftover seeds that do well the following year. Any thoughts on the best way to store these...
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    Need suggestions on a couple good comealongs

    I want to add a good comealong or two on the farm/homestead to supplement or to add additional capacity to my winches. The winches are mounted on UTVs and are all rated at 3500 pounds. Sometimes these aren’t strong enough, and often you can’t get your UTVs close enough to the action. Typical...
  8. Alaskajohn

    Is Backwood Home Magazine any good?

    Its been decades since I’ve gotten a subscription magazine delivered to my mailbox. I keep seeing advertisements for the magazine and am wondering if it, and it’s sister magazine Self-Reliance is any good. My thought is that I can probably just get as good of information here, but am curious...
  9. Alaskajohn

    Ham newb questions for a Ham wannabe

    I intended to start my Ham journey back about 2015 when I moved to my isolated mountain but quickly learned that there was no repeater anywhere in my region. I am about at 2,800 feet in a winding valley hundreds of miles long with 8,000 to 10,000 foot mountains around me. I just learned that a...
  10. Alaskajohn

    Confessions of a killer

    I guess this best fits in the trapping section out of respect for a little shrew that bested me all weekend. He was a crafty, sneaky little shrew that bested me all weekend. This little Alaskan shrew was about half the size of your typical mouse. He first showed up last Thursday and the...
  11. Alaskajohn

    Preserving Potatoes??

    I have a good problem. I have way too many potatoes from this past year and I know that we will not eat them all before they start to go bad. The Yukon’s are doing well and will keep until about May in my cellar. The purples and the reds will keep will until Feb/March. With the pandemic we...
  12. Alaskajohn

    Good sales (30% to 57%) for Augason Farms LTS food at Amazon

    After I pay may monthly bills I always search the Internet for deals. I noticed just now that Amazon has some Augason Farms foods on sale. The dried bananas, strawberries, apples and vegetable stew are between 30% to 57% off. I might have missed some other sales, but these looked pretty good...
  13. Alaskajohn

    Prepaid phone as a backup

    I am tired of the occasional damage to my expensive iPhones from my outdoor activities. I’d like to have a throw away prepaid that I can take up the mountain to down a tree and bring it back during a rain storm, for example. Or I might want to put on my chest waders and head to a lake or...
  14. Alaskajohn

    America: Can you save yourself from yourself?

    Please watch this, then share it to everyone! They are coming ..... I recommend everyone watch this very emotional video from a Czech citizen on his observation of what is happening in America while reflecting on the horrors that he personally witnessed living under socialism. He made some...
  15. Alaskajohn

    Long term storage food Christmas gift ideas

    The wife and I typically only spend our family Christmas and birthday gifts on prepping items. My cellar is full of all sorts of long term prep foods, but a recent expansion of our cellar leaves us some room to add more. I need ideas on something unique that I can order on Amazon for our...
  16. Alaskajohn

    Frustrations and satisfaction on the farm/homestead/ranch

    Let's face it, stuff breaks and items are always needing fixing on the farm/homestead/ranch. Needed parts are often many hours away by vehicle or days away if you are lucky enough to source them online. Often times, what breaks is an odd piece of equipment where good parts or repair manuals...
  17. Alaskajohn

    Executive order that outlaws hoarding

    Executive Order 6102 is an executive order signed on April 5, 1933, by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt "forbidding the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States." The executive order was made under the authority of the Trading with the...
  18. Alaskajohn

    What are the most used or useful items on your farm/homestead/ranch?

    As someone who has spent the last 5 or so years resurrecting an old Alaskan homestead, I am constantly amazed at all the items and materials I use to make and keep the place safe and productive. The place I bought was fairly well equipped when I purchased it, and I’ve spent a good chunk of...
  19. Alaskajohn

    Homeowners Insurance for Homestead????

    I have not found an insurance company that will insure my property. The good news, I own my place free and clear. The bad news is that I live well beyond the response range of any fire department which is a requirement of every insurance company I've called. USAA, State Farm, Allstate, among...
  20. Alaskajohn

    The death of a free press in America

    One of the foundations of a free society that protects individual's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, are the checks and balances on government tyranny from a press that is free to investigate and present facts to inform the public on abuses of power, corruption, and simply to...
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