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Homestead Health and Honey
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DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant in any way to provide medical advice in any form or format. This article merely reflects the personal experience and the opinions of the author and are not to be construed in any way to be medical advice. Always seek the opinion of a licensed medical professional in any and all matters of health.

Bees are awesome in a great many ways. They are an integral part of any complete homestead security system, they provide pollination for local plant and fauna, they provide wax that is just as good for candles and waterproofing as it is for coating lead rounds, and perhaps most famously of all, bees produce that most wonderful of all nectar, honey.

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The Joy of Blackpowder Firearms
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Blackpowder firearms are loved by many collectors and history enthusiasts alike, but they are often shunned by some Homesteaders. Truth be told, they are an entirely different realm of firearms and mastery will take some time and practice. However, there are a substantial number of benefits to blackpowder weapons that make them an ideal inclusion for both the happy Homesteader and anyone else living off the grid.

No firearms collection would, in my humble estimation, be complete without at least a varied selection of blackpowder firearms. There are some drawbacks, and those will be considered first, if nothing else, for weeding out those people who are just looking for an excuse to validate their exclusion of these invaluable firearms in their collections.

After that however, a host of benefits will be revealed, some which may have not been considered even by the most die-hard and ardent Homesteaders and others who may decide to live completely off the grid.

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Foreign Concepts on the Homestead
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As a child, the author had the opportunity to meet a great many people from all over the world. Fascinated with the stories, it was perhaps only natural that global travels would occur as the opportunities were made available.

What was not really expected however, was the realization of just how much benefit this could be in living off the grid. Oddly enough, despite all of the travels, this “revelation” as it were, was actually pointed out by a friend of the author, during a routine, quite innocuous shopping trip to prepare a meal for a guest.

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The art of grafting
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The art of the graft in some circles, means the ability to con someone out of something … it needs to be noted in the very beginning that this is not the purpose of this article. In this article, careful consideration will be given to agricultural grafting … the idea of planting a branch or stem from one plant on to the stem or branch, or even on to the bough of another plant.

Grafting, for the purpose of this article, refers to the ability to clip a branch, a stem or even a bough from one plant and graft it to the branch, stem or even to the bough of another plant. The practice is most common through the grafting of branches, though it can be possible to replace the main bough or trunk of the plant(s) being grafted as well.

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What is the Junkyard Principle of Preppers
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My father lived by what he called “The Junkyard Principle” meaning not that he wanted to live in a junkyard, but that virtually everything that people tossed out so readily, had some merit and certain pieces and parts that were deemed by him to be worth saving. Far from being a hoarder however, as the name may imply to some, my dad was extremely well organized and would salvage just about anything worth salvaging.

If only I had a dollar for every time he told me not to throw something out, which I invariably would anyhow, only to discover days or even weeks later that I now found myself in need of that which I had thrown away … and generally I would have to go to the store to replace it merely so I did not have to face my dad and listen to his most unpleasant rendition of “I told you so!”

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Common Traits of Homesteaders
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It is far too common an occurrence in the world today, for people to automatically categorize, label and divide each other, than it is to search out common ground and open a meaningful dialog. We called it “Discussin’ without the cussin’” when I was a kid, though the subtle and nuanced humor of the distinctly Southern vernacular may in itself put some people off these days.

Such a habit of “preaching to the choir” and seeking out “positive reinforcement” of ideologies only from like-minded people may work fine in the more densely populated urban setting … or in “civilized society” if you will … though I hardly find much about society to be anything even remotely resembling “civilized” these days.

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Should the electoral college be ended
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The Electoral College was put into place, not in order to “protect our democracy” but to prevent our nation from ever actually becoming a democracy, or even being run as a democracy. Democracy is inherently evil. There is an old adage that still rings true; “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb ‘voting’ on what to have for dinner.” Article Four Section Four of the United States Constitution states very clearly and very plainly that the independent but united States of America are guaranteed a republican form of governance.

This should be prefaced by the fact that one should not confuse this with the republican party of today, but rather that the nation as a whole, as a unity of independent states, in an effort to promote their common good … as the meaning for “welfare” today is decidedly different than what it was at the time … established a Constitutional Representative Republic … as Ben Franklin also noted, somewhat wryly perhaps … “If you can keep it!”

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What should be on every preppers shopping list
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The prepper, living completely off the grid is always going to have certain needs that people living in the larger, urban population centers will not always need … and when they do need them, it is probably going to be a little late for them to begin worrying about it, but then again, that is all the more reason that living off the grid is becoming increasingly popular among many Americans. The list included herein is not meant to be a comprehensive listing, but should give the Prepper a much better idea of things to look out for, whether shopping in the local dollar store, flea markets, auctions or second hand shops.

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Crazy coots, homestead security, prepping
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There is never any such creation as “the perfect defense” for a house, a business or any other structure, and certainly not for an entire isolated homestead completely off the grid. Such a concept as a “perfect defense” is in every sense of the word, what is deemed scientifically, to be a “statistical impossibility”. That is not to say that it is entirely impossible to create impenetrable defensive measures, or that a homestead defense system will not serve its purpose adequately well, but merely that the odds are so long against such an occurrence, that it is deemed by science and statistics to be so unlikely that it may as well be impossible. We have already seen a great many natural defensive measures that can be put in place to dissuade both the four-legged and two-legged vermin from exploring the homestead, but aside from placing booby traps that may cross legal boundaries, is there anything more that can be done?

Enter the homeless vet. Yeah, that seemingly healthy guy that was trying to get enough change to get something to eat, or maybe to get something to drink to forget about the horrors he has seen. Statistically, one out of every twenty homeless combat veterans will consider or attempt to commit suicide … but is this because they are crazy or because they have been abandoned or merely because they are having major issues adjusting to “civilized society” upon their return? Are these really the kind of people that a homesteader would want or need on their private homestead? How do you avoid finding the “Winter Soldier” or the guy just trying to invoke pity merely because it is an easier way to pursue his career in panhandling?

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What are the benefits of bees and beekeeping
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Bees are an absolutely amazing and relevant part of virtually every homestead, on or off the grid. While the thought of being surrounded by bees may be intimidating at first, the benefits are such that they far outweigh any detriment save on those occasions when the homesteader may be allergic to bees … in which case this approach is probably best left to the care of the neighbors.

However, even in cases where one homesteader may in fact be allergic to the bees, it may be possible to work out a deal with some of the neighbors, perhaps exchanging some of the costs in return for a portion of the benefits.

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Do people really want to know the truth?
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The proverbial slippery slope, like any major fall, is not painful in and of itself. The pain does not generally occur until the inevitable conclusion once the bottom is hit. There are three points of consternation I will reference at the end of this article, but let us first take a look at the “crazy conclusions” I drew from past events.

In a very literal example of this theory, when I was a young child, I took my sled out one beautiful winter day. All of the crops had long been harvested out of the valley, though the berry bushes remained in place down by the runoff that ran through that particular valley. The slopes however, were ideal for sledding and I intended to take full advantage of an entire day off to make as many runs as I could down that beautiful slippery slope. At first, it was both satisfying and exhilarating as I had my way with that hill and valley which in my young mind, challenged any of the best ski slopes in the world.

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