In today’s edition of the Urban Survival Newsletter, I’m going to
talk briefly about some unintended consequences of the healthcare
bill that were announced today, cover a little more on poppies,
tell you about a tactical flashlight you can buy for under $8!
and point you to a great AR vs. AK resource.
I’ve had quite a bit of feedback on Wednesday’s newsletter about
using the current focus on healthcare as a spark to get more
self-reliant when it comes to medical and trauma self-care.
Again…regardless of your political beliefs, PLEASE use this
opportunity to become more prepared.
If you haven’t read Wednesday’s newsletter yet, it’s posted at:
I’ve also added some of the emails that I received back as
comments after the article…good stuff. We’re making it easier
for you to join the conversation, so let me know what you think
while you’re there.
One of the biggest questions I received was on poppies. What
kind? Where to get? Tell me more!
The seeds themselves are cheap, legal, and you probably actually
eat them a few times a month (think ‘poppy seed bread’) and you
can buy them MANY places, including local nurseries, and
Amazon.com. You want to search for one particular variety,
called “Papaver somniferum.” There are SEVERAL really pretty
color options within that variety.
As you can probably imagine, a LOT of the literature surrounding
poppies come from the “drug culture”, “hippie culture”, and
“far-out culture.” That being said, one book that you might want to get is,
“Opium for the Masses.” You can find it on Amazon at
Again, I am not advocating illegal drug use, harvesting, or
processing…Several of my friends and some close relatives
are in law enforcement and they risk their lives fighting illegal
drug use. I’m simply including this as something for you to
consider if you are concerned about a long-term complete
breakdown in civil order. In fact, one rule of thumb that you
could follow is that you shouldn’t harvest or process the sap
from the poppy unless things have broken down so completely that
you feel comfortable asking local law enforcement to guard your
garden and come over to help you harvest.
If you want to really get into the botanical specifics, like the
specific variety, soil type, plant spacing, fertilizer, and other
techniques for optimum morphine yield, check out:
We’re planting some this year. They’re really nice flowers to
look at and I don’t want to wait until I NEED the skill to learn
it. Who knows…we may even bake a couple batches of poppie seed
Amazingly enough, we’re already getting fallout from the passing
of the healthcare bill…AT&T announced today that it will take a
$1 BILLION charge for THIS QUARTER because of changes to the
Medicare-subsidy tax treatment. We can expect similar
announcements from most major companies and we can expect all of
these costs to get passed on to the consumer. Look for these
charges to start showing up on our receipts as “surcharge” fees
and higher prices across the board. In other words, your dollar
is about to get devalued…If you’ve been waiting to stock up on
essentials, I think now would be a good time.
CHEAP tactical flashlights:
My amazing wife found a tactical flashlight this week that is
affordable AND pretty darn cool. She found it at Costco, of all
places! They’re currently selling 2 for $15. It has a low, high
(160 lumen) and strobe setting. It’s not as high quality as my
Surefire lights, but I can afford to buy a few of these so I have
good backups to my Surefires and so I can have more tactical
lights handy. I’m going to be doing a video review of it this
week…including dropping and throwing it to see what damage it
will take. I’ll let people know on Twitter.com/SurvivalDave and
Facebook.com/SurvivalDave when I post it and I’ll include a link
in next week’s newsletter.
AR vs. AK?
If you’ve been thinking about buying a high-caliber rifle, but
have been torn between an AR or an AK, buy both. (Joking
GIJeff has written a great piece about his experiences with the
two systems and how he purchased both at VERY reasonable prices.
To read it, head on over to Jeff’s blog at
Until Next Week,
P.S. If you haven’t signed up for the SurviveInPlace.com Urban
Survival Course, you really need to. In addition to covering
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trauma strategies, and tactical considerations you need to know
before you are forced into a survival situation. To see the
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