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Survival Tips You Never Knew About Choosing Firewood (Part Two)

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Few preppers know the intricacies and complexities of selecting the right firewood. This is tricky business, considering that this process isn’t nearly as simple as it seems.

Instead of simply choosing a random tree to chop down, it’s important to first understand how that particular wood will react to the flames. Will it burn, or simply produce a lot of smoke (with very little heat)? Will it smell when it burns – and if so, will it smell good or bad? Is this wood seasoned, or will it take forever to burn?

Without knowing the answers to these questions (and many more) preppers will be lost when it comes to making a survival fire.

Luckily for you, we’re sharing some crucial…

Survival Tips You Never Knew About Choosing Firewood (Part Two)

NOTE: We’ve got a lot to say on this topic – and we’ve already written one survival article on this already (you can read it here). 

The Best Way To Split Logs

Believe it or not, there’s an art to log-splitting. Instead of hacking away incessantly, make sure to split your logs into either quarters or halves. This helps your fire burn more easily, and the logs will burn for longer than they would if you’d kept them whole.

It’s also important to make sure you’re making sure each log section is the same length as the others you’ve split. For instance, each piece needs to be between 6-8 inches wide (or 3-6 inches if you’re splitting them for your fireplace). When it comes to length, shoot for 16 inches maximum for split logs (or 16 inches long for fireplaces).

Many preppers are nervous about having to split wood for the first time. And this is completely understandable – especially considering they’ll likely also be in a grid-down scenario when this happens (unless they have proper training beforehand).

Below is a video to help you lean how to cut and gather your own firewood. This will help you prepare for a grid-down scenario, and can help you feel more confident in your abilities.

Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

Paying for firewood is an alternate (and easier) way to go. However, there’s an art to this too.

When you buy firewood, make sure to always purchase it in a stack. The pieces should be laying flat against each other horizontally. And all of them should be facing the same direction.

Otherwise, you’re not getting a good deal. That’s because other options – like the “log cabin” style of wood stacking – includes less wood. And so you get a lot less for your money.

Use Proper Storage

Here’s a cardinal rule. NEVER store your firewood in your home, or in your bug-out shelter. Although this keeps the wood out of the rain, it’s a breeding ground for all sorts of termites, ants, and other insects. And by bringing that into your home, you’re bound to have a pest problem.

Instead, store the logs outside in a completely covered area (like a shed). If you don’t have one of these, you can rest them on a bench (or anything else that keeps them off the ground) and stack them horizontally, with the bark facing up. Then cover the logs with a tarp. Use rocks and other heavy items to weigh down three sides of the tarp, and let the fourth side stay open for ventilation.

Now for the explanation for all this…

First off, you stack your logs bark-up since the bark is a natural barrier. With the bark facing the sky, it will help prevent rain from completely soaking the wood.

Second, it’s important to keep wood off the ground to ensure proper ventilation around the logs. You can also place them on a pellet, rack, or on long, thin logs that run the opposite direction.

Furthermore, the tarp is an excellent survival tool to have for any camping/bug-out experience. Not only will it protect your logs, but it can also provide you shelter in a storm.

Look Over Each Log

Here’s a lesson many of us have to learn the hard way. When it’s time to build your fire, don’t just pick up a log. Carefully look it over before you touch it. Otherwise, a spider, snake, bunch of termites, etc. might crawl/slither out and give you a surprise you really don’t want.

Cut The Right Trees

In normal situations, law prevents you from pulling off to the side of the road, cutting a tree down and bringing it home with you. You’ll need a permit to cut the tree down – even if you’re in the wilderness. You can get this permit from your local Forest Service. Otherwise, if you get caught you’ll be in a LOT of trouble.

In addition, remember that just because you have a permit doesn’t mean you can cut down any permit you wish. Certain regions have certain laws saying what you can and can not cut down. So make sure you follow the rules unless you want to pay a giant fine.

NOTE: I recognize this is assuming we’re not in an SHTF situation. In crisis-mode, let’s face it… everyone will be fending for themselves, and doing what they can to stay alive. I’m just trying to keep you protected from any legal trouble in the meantime.

 

Hopefully you learned a few things about firewood in this article. Remember to check out Part One of this blog (if you haven’t done so already) for more tips. Remember, the more you Prepare Now, the more likely you’ll Survive Later!

 

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Hunter Biden Caught RED HANDED Lying Under Oath

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House Republicans have detonated a political bombshell, exposing the brazen corruption and arrogance of the Biden family. They have unveiled indisputable evidence proving that Hunter Biden lied under oath multiple times during his congressional deposition earlier this year. This scandal epitomizes the Biden Administration’s systemic corruption and disregard for the rule of law.

The House Ways & Means Committee convened a crucial session on Wednesday to discuss documents protected under IRS code 6103, a section of the tax code designed to keep sensitive information confidential. The committee’s decision to release this material, despite the severe legal ramifications, underscores the gravity and urgency of the situation.

“Hunter Biden has once again demonstrated his belief that there are two systems of justice in this country – one for his privileged family and one for everyone else,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith thundered to Fox News Digital. “Not only did Hunter Biden brazenly refuse to comply with his initial subpoena until threatened with criminal contempt, but he also had the audacity to lie before Congress. This investigation and the documents released today are not about a personal vendetta against Hunter Biden; they are about ensuring the equal application of the law in a system that his family seems to believe they are above.”

Smith revealed that the documents show Hunter Biden lied at least three times during his deposition. “Lying during sworn testimony is a felony offense that the Department of Justice has prosecuted numerous individuals for in recent years, and the American people demand the same accountability for the son of the President of the United States,” Smith declared. “Hunter Biden’s lies under oath and obstruction of a congressional investigation into his family’s blatant corruption cast a shadow over his entire testimony. The newly released evidence confirms, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the only witnesses who can be trusted to tell the truth in this investigation are the IRS whistleblowers.”

The committee asserts that Hunter Biden mischaracterized his role at his firm, Rosemont Seneca, and actually controlled bank accounts he denied having under oath. Emails between Hunter Biden and his former associate Devon Archer show he helped a man named Miguel Aleman with visa documents, directly contradicting his testimony. Furthermore, WhatsApp records reveal that Hunter Biden only spoke with one Zhao — Henry Zhao of Chinese energy firm CEFC — debunking his claim of a mistaken identity due to intoxication.

In one explosive WhatsApp message, Hunter Biden blatantly leveraged his father’s position, telling a Chinese business associate from CEFC that he and his father would ensure “you will regret not following my direction.” Hunter Biden demanded a $10 million wire for his joint venture with CEFC, SinoHawk Holdings.

“I am sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter Biden told Henry Zhao, the director of Chinese asset management firm Harvest Fund Management. “And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge, you will regret not following my direction.” Zhao responded, “CEFC is willing to cooperate with the family.”

Hunter Biden has been charged in two separate jurisdictions stemming from Special Counsel David Weiss’ years-long investigation into him. He pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges in U.S. District Court for Delaware and federal tax charges in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The charges include making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, related to information required to be kept by a licensed firearm dealer, and possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler approached Congress, alleging that prosecutorial decisions in the federal investigation into the president’s son were influenced by politics. They claimed Weiss allowed the statute of limitations to expire for tax charges against Hunter Biden from 2014 and 2015 in D.C., and Hunter Biden should have been charged with tax evasion for 2014 and for filing false tax returns for 2018 and 2019, particularly concerning income from Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings. Fox News Digital reported in December 2020 that Hunter Biden failed to report “approximately $400,000” in income from his position on Burisma’s board in 2014.

The American public is fed up with a system rigged in favor of the powerful and well-connected. This is a direct assault on the integrity of our justice system. The time for accountability is now. Hunter Biden and his family’s blatant disregard for the law cannot be tolerated any longer. The American people demand justice.

 

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Biden’s Reckless Election Stunt: Draining Strategic Reserves to Lower Gas Prices

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In a desperate and ill-advised move, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy, ostensibly to lower prices at the pump this summer. This blatant attempt to manipulate gas prices ahead of the election underscores the administration’s willingness to jeopardize national security for political gain.

The gasoline will be sold from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine in increments of 100,000 barrels, creating a competitive bidding process to ensure it reaches local retailers ahead of the July 4 holiday. The Energy Department claims this will help “lower costs for American families and consumers,” but the real intention is clear: to curry favor with voters by artificially lowering gas prices.

The release follows a congressional mandate to sell off the 10-year-old Northeast reserve and close it. This reserve, established under President Obama, has never been used and costs about $19 million a year to maintain. Its sale, which provides only minimal relief during a severe shortage, highlights the administration’s short-sightedness and disregard for strategic planning.

Gasoline prices average about $3.60 per gallon nationwide, up 6 cents from a year ago, according to AAA. Tapping into the gasoline reserves is one of the few actions a president can take to control inflation, a major election year liability for the party in power.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration is “laser-focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families.” However, this short-term solution ignores the primary purpose of strategic reserves: to provide emergency relief in times of severe national crises, not to manipulate market prices for political benefit.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre touted this release as part of Biden’s efforts to lower gas and energy costs, including historic releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and investments in clean energy. Yet, Biden’s previous decision to drain the SPR in 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, already pushed the stockpile to perilously low levels not seen since the 1980s. This reckless depletion of a critical national security asset for short-term political gain drew sharp criticism from Republicans.

Despite attempts to refill the SPR, it still stands at over 367 million barrels, significantly lower than pre-Russia-Ukraine war levels. This makes the U.S. vulnerable in the event of a true energy emergency, as the SPR is intended to be the nation’s emergency oil supply, not a tool for electioneering.

The release of the 42-million-gallon Northeast reserve, which must be transferred or delivered by June 30, is a misguided strategy that offers minimal impact on gasoline prices nationally. As analyst Patrick De Haan from GasBuddy points out, the reserve amounts to just 2.7 hours of total U.S. gasoline consumption, providing negligible relief.

This ill-conceived plan not only undermines the strategic purpose of the reserve but also sets a dangerous precedent of using emergency resources for political maneuvering. Biden’s actions highlight a disturbing trend of prioritizing political optics over national security and long-term stability.

 

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Biden Authorized “Deadly Force” In Mar-a-Lago Raid

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In an alarming display of federal overreach and political maneuvering, it has been revealed that Joe Biden’s administration was prepared to have his main political rival, Donald Trump, and his family killed as part of a dramatic publicity stunt.

On Tuesday, Judge Aileen Cannon unsealed a series of motions related to Jack Smith’s controversial classified documents case against Trump. Among the shocking revelations was the fact that Biden’s FBI authorized the use of deadly force during their raid on Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.

This brazen action by armed FBI agents, ready to confront Trump, demonstrates the extreme lengths to which Biden’s administration is willing to go. The filing stated: “Should FPOTUS [Trump] arrive at MAL [Mar-a-Lago], FBI MM EM and OSCs will be prepared to engage with FPOTUS and USSS Security Team.” Furthermore, it added, “Should USSS provide resistance or interfere with FBI timeline or accesses, FBI MM EM will engage with [redacted] and [redacted] will engage with USSS POC’s per existing liaison relationships.”

A chilling screenshot of the deadly force instructions outlined the conditions under which DOJ law enforcement officers could use deadly force: only when necessary, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.

This unprecedented move comes after Biden paved the way for his Justice Department to arrest his political opponent by retroactively revoking Trump’s executive privilege. This revocation facilitated the subpoenaing of Trump, which in turn allowed the Justice Department to charge him with federal crimes.

Following the subpoena, federal agents arrived at Mar-a-Lago, retrieving documents and instructing the former president to add an extra lock to his storage locker. However, two months later, the FBI conducted a full-scale raid on Mar-a-Lago, ransacking Trump’s belongings without allowing his lawyers to be present.

The situation escalated when, in November 2022, Jack Smith was appointed special counsel to investigate the documents at Trump’s Florida residence. By June 2023, Trump faced an indictment on 37 counts related to Smith’s classified documents case, including charges of willful retention, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

This entire episode underscores the alarming extent of Biden’s politicization of the Justice Department and the dangerous precedent it sets for using federal power to target political opponents.

 

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