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To those who are pissed at us….

So you have Cancer
so you create a blog, write a book, look to the humour in all things, positives in things, great Then people get all pissy at the title, rude comments, make you feel bad!

So if this sounds like something you would like, be against or for (depending on the way you just read what I wrote) then go, follow the link to these Sisters in blogs and books and give support to them. Why, because some numpties with small minds and political correctness orientated ways are slamming these ladies for sharing their story and making is helpful and fun !
Bollocks I say.. Bullocks, think for yourself, go and see as well as read, most importantly read between the words and Think for yourself ! Challenging, I know !

The Savvy Sister

Some don’t like their cancer sprinkled with perks.

In April 2012, Florence Strang (cancer warrior) asked me to write a book with her.  We didn’t know each other (at all) but the fact that we are both healthcare professionals led us to suspect that we shared the same mission statement :

Help others live a better life after a cancer diagnosis.

So even though we lived in two different countries, we started writing.  Flo wrote the 100 Perks of Having Cancer and I wrote the 100 Health Tips for Surviving It.  We sent out our manuscript and landed a publishing contract with a company out of California.

Fast forward 1 year and 3 months, and here we are getting ready to launch the book in Nashville at the Women’s Cancer Survivor’s Convention.  But even though the book is not available yet, some have voiced their distain.

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US Navy Captains Take on Canada

Some Canadianism from an American Sometimes there are little items that are really worth sending on, I think this is one of them..

One American’s View –
David Meadows is a retired US Navy Captain and the author of numerous books and articles on military subjects.This message was on the U.S. Military.Com website. It appears that Mr. Meadows knows one helluva lot more about what our military is doing than most Canadians.

On April 22, 2006 four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. Respects and heartfelt sadness go to the families of those heroes who stand alongside the U.S. In the Long War half a world away. While we focus on the war in Iraq , the fighting continues in Afghanistan where side-by-side the U.S. and one of its most loyal allies, Canada , engage there-emergence of the Taliban.

Canada is like a close uncle who constantly argues, badgers, and complains about what you are doing, but when help is truly needed, you can’t keep him away: he’s right there alongside you. We have a unique relationship with Canada . We have different political positions on many issues, but our unique friendship has weathered world wars, global crises, and the ever-so-often neighborhood disagreement.Canada has been with us since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism.

In February 2006, without fanfare Canada , leading a multinational force combating growing Taliban insurgency, increased troop strength in Afghanistan to 2,300. With the American military stretched thin against rising instability in both Iraq and Afghanistan , an ally that increases its troop strength is inspiring and deserves our respect.

Katrina was another example of our close family-like relationship. Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Two days later, the Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team rushed from British Columbia , Canada to Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana . In this Parish of 68,000 Americans, the first responders were Canadians. Overall, within the devastated Gulf Coast area, it appears Canada was the first responder outside of local efforts. They worked 18-hour days, going door-to-door alongside Louisiana State Troopers, rescuing 119 Americans. While FEMA ramped up to surge into the catastrophe; while the administration and Louisiana fought for the politically correct way to respond; Canadian aid was already at work.The Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306 consisting of the warships HMCS Athabaska, HMCS Toronto, NSMC Ville de Quebec, and CCGC William Alexander sailed to the Gulf Coast to deliver humanitarian supplies. They stayed,working alongside U.S. Navy and Mexican warships, to provide aid to Katrina victims.Katrina was not an anomaly of our close relationship.

When Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola , Florida in October 2004 Canadian humanitarian help was there also. Canadian power trucks roamed the streets and countryside helping restore electricity where Americans had a unique experience of running into workmen who only spoke French. Canada took a lot of undeserved flak for failing to leap into Operation Iraqi Freedom when our administration sent us galloping across the desert. But Canada remains one of our staunchest allies in the war.

When United States military forces were fighting up the highways in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canada quietly increased troop numbers in Afghanistan and continued Naval operations with U.S. Warships in the Persian Gulf .I was at the Pentagon on 9/11, stationed on the Joint Staff. During the early hours after the attack, the United States closed its air space and ordered every aircraft within our borders to land immediately at the nearest airfield. Canada immediately stood up an Operations Support Post. With civil aviation grounded, aircraft destined for the United States were forced elsewhere. Most landed in Canada .

Re-routed travelers and flight crews were hosted at Canadian Forces facilities in Goose Bay , Gander, and Stephenville , Newfoundland ;Moncton, new Brunswick, Halifax , Shearwater, and Aldershot , Nova Scotia ; Winnipeg , Manitoba ; and Yellowknife , Northwest Territories . Canada rapidly mobilized its forces. Within hours,the Canadian Navy was on alert with ships preparing to cast off immediately for any U.S. Port to help victims of the 9/11 attacks. Canada ‘s Disaster Assistance Response Team prepared to deploy from Trenton , Ontario . Canada dispersed CF-18 fighter aircraft to strategic locations throughout Canada .No politics. No negotiating. No questions. They were just there. Canada would have fought any adversary that approached the United States that day.

Canada has been such an integral partner with the United States in the Global War on Terrorism that on December 7, 2004 when President Bush awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to Commander Joint Force South for combat success in Afghanistan , he was also recognizing the secretive Canadian Joint Task Force 2 commando counter-terrorism unit.The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 30 Bronze Star medals for heroism in combat to Canadian Forces personnel. Some of those 30 died in action. Many of the others were wounded. These Canadians earned this American medal for heroism fighting alongside Americans. When we recall our own dead heroes, we must remember that these warriors gave their lives not only for Canada , but also for the United States .Canada is more than a neighbor. It is a close family member with the gumption to disagree with its brother to the south but always be there when disaster strikes and America needs help. For that, I salute you, Canada , and extend my respect for the sacrifices given by members of the Canadian Forces. What an awesome Country you are Canada.

(edited to put back in paragraphs, sorry if they are not 100% in the right place)

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Review MD Creekmore Blog, The Survivalist Blog dot Net

Today we are going to review MD Creekmore Blog,The Survivalist Blog dot Net
The Survival Blog dot net

link to the survival blog dot net header

Now let me start off by saying this; there are other blogs out there, there are other groups out there, in fact every week I see reference to yet another group or blog that has popped up. For me there are only the Big 4 and the Canadian Prepper’s Network which is part of the International Preppers Network. As I like politeness any negative or rude comments will be deleted. This will not become a pissing match on any of the blogs or forums, they all have lots to offer.

MD Creekmore the owner and moderator of his blog The Survivalist Blog dot Net has also said the afore-mentioned sentence as well, this has earned my respect for his running of his blog and His Wolf Pack members. Lets start the review by quoting a very recent review that was posted by a new Prepper this week in the weekly Saturday What did you do to prep this week?

MD and Wolf Pack
Thank you for having this site. I was so over whelmed when I first started prepping that I didn’t know where to start. I reviewed every website I could find but this is by far the most informative site I have found. I now have a plan, have started stocking , and I am learning new skills to help. These suggestions are from YOUR site. Thank you! “
I have seen this same sentiment spoken time and time again, this community of people who come together to help each other on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. One of the unique aspects of the blog is definitely the Reader driven content. As people post what they have done, they also post what they want to do, how they did it, as well as questions about the best way to get along with other people, questions on how to do a chore or task. To some this may sound simple though in reality this topic is rather complex.

Learning curves and information can be as complex and as simple as where to start and what are you prepping for. Everyone will read the post, some answer suggestions, some offer inspiration, some tell of how they did it and more importantly how not to do it. Learn that there is no one survival knife or survival gun or rifle, learn what works in different environments. Learn that most on the blog have actual experience and are not Halo or Call of duty, armchair trained!

Now let me tell you that is a very big relief, and a source of good knowledge in itself. M.D. has actual practical skills and life lessons, others in The Wolf Pack have actual life skills and lessons that they will share. So are all of them Ex military, no not on your life and that is what makes it all work actually. There only tends to be one true bias, that bias is to come together and offer help and assistance.

Want to learn how to make Pemmican or Louisiana Hot sauce, how about how to smoke northern Char? Pop on in to the blog, write the question and by Sunday night there will be plenty of answers, answers from Prepper Granny’s, Prepper Mommas, Ex Jarheads, current military, Ex policemen or lowly field hands that are older than dirt who call themselves Lint Pickers, and these are just a few as well.

Demographics run from mainly US citizens, who yes sort of divide themselves up into East, West, North and South although they all seem to get along. There you will also find Canadians, Australians, Mexicans, some from the Philippines and a host of other countries from across the Big Pond as well. Everyone is welcome, everyone from a Canadian woman who trains her cow to be an ox to an Economists, there is diversity enough to go around. 

This is a very active blog, a blog that is seeking to remain very active in and of itself. You will find daily content of true life situations as well as pure Prepper and Survivalist info in the form of monthly writing contests. I might need to add in here, fresh and original content as well, no recycling from one blog to another, it is not allowed and really since most read at least 2 other blogs and forums, why would you want to do that anyways?

The layout of the blog, is simple and clean with the top Title bar being a nice image with words TheSurvivalBlog.net and two wolves silhouetted over the background image. I have always been a fan of top row links and the main top Title bar image leading to the main page, that is his set-up and it works very well. The main page is divided into 3 columns;
Left – Middle – Right

The Left Column with the exception of two advertisers, see link for advertising http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/advertise/, is an easy to read navigation area.
Monthly stats on top,
two ads
then links on What is Popular today a database feature that helps others to zero in on what people are searching for.
Next you will find the Survival Categories, these are listed with what seems to be the very top things that people are searching for in answers and stories to assist them on their journey.
Lastly there is a very important Search For:
-> I wish more people used this in every blog or forum, put your question in here and the computer will post the best answer for you. It is such a simple feature, a very unused feature in many places and yet such power it holds. Use the Search Feature please, everywhere! Here the Search Feature will take you into the database to find all references to what you are searching for, be it in the Article postings or the What Did You Do to Prep This Week column. So handy, search by name, by topic by relevance by word or by person. Take the time and learn from what others have shared.

Middle Column;
The meat and potatoes of the blog, today it is What did you do to prep this week? then in order of entry for each day. Simply click on the Title and it will take you to that page, review the topic or story, find out what is going on in the world of the Wolf Pack or learn how to raise Chickens. Now since I called it the Meat and Potatoes column, why not jump to

Right Column;
is a list of some more advertisers and links to MD Creekmore’s books. This is where he pays for the blog as well as finds some people and companies selling Survival and Prepper Specific supplies.

To be sure, check out the blog if you have not already, in my links column in the left side you will see The Survival Blog already listed. If you are looking for information, searching around for a great bunch of people to get to know in the weekly What did you do to prep this week section you will find a group of similar minded people. People who get to know each other, care about each other and strive to share and learn from each other. All in all a very good place to spend some time. Be warned though, I do not suggest clicking on the Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting until after lets say, Tuesday Evening. Why not well since there are sometimes up to 11oo comments, your inbox will fill up very quickly. So go in and subscribe after most have posted, drop back in to see the comments in all postings and articles, learn and share.

Learn and share isn’t that what it is all about really? I also pop in and help, share and learn there as well.
cheers WildE

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