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78 Skills Everyone Should Know

Survival

Our tips, tricks, tactics and tales will help you get out of whatever it is you've gotten yourself into.

Everything You Need to Know About the Cicada Swarm

Brood II cicadas are coming to the East Coast (and in many places, they're already out in force).<p><b>Having spent most of their 17-year-old lives</b> underground, billions of Brood II <i>Magicicada</i> cicadas are emerging throughout the mid-Atlantic states for a few weeks of noise-making, mating, and egg-laying. …

make a radiation detector

<b>News</b>: April 16, 2011 just added a PCB for a much easier to make version of the ion chamber kit, now available in the products section. This PCB has …

Life Saving Rope Skills

By on23 January 2012 in Knots<p>The most important knots in the world<p>The bowline (rhymes with “colon”) is reputedly the most important knot in the …

The Rule of Threes: A Matter of Priorities in a Survival Situation

The second worst feeling in the world, is that feeling you get the moment you realize you’re lost. I’m not talking about when you can’t find your car …

Hyperrealistic Drawings of Guns Pointed Directly at You

<b>Glock 19</b><p><i>Bodyhammer</i> is a powerful series by artist Robert Longo that gives the first-person viewpoint of someone with a gun pointed right at them. At first, viewers of the images may interpret the symmetrical, geometric portraits as abstract works of art. However, upon realizing that one is looking …

Best Ever Barbecued Ribs

This go-to recipe for classic barbecued ribs embraces what we refer to as our "oven-cheat" method -- a technique that'll get you ultra-tender meat …

BBQ

11 All-Natural, Instant Energy Boosters

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How to Treat Minor Injuries Without a First Aid Kit

Everyone should have a first aid kit somewhere in their house and/or car if possible. However, if you find yourself in extenuating circumstances, …

Self Defense Cache Bag

Prep School 101: Five .22/.410 Combos Built for Survival

In a previous article, I discussed what I consider to be the cornerstone of the prepper’s firearm collection – .22 semiautomatic rifles. As good as …

Beretta Overview & Beretta PX4 Storm Review - GoPro Hero2

Stoeger Cougar 8000 (aka Beretta Cougar) Review with the Beretta PX4

Soldiers Fire Rockets and Machine Guns at Taliban In Charkh

My Mexican 1911 45 cal.

Click, Print, Gun: The Inside Story of the 3D-Printed Gun Movement

A week with Cody R. Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student working to build semiautomatic weapons using 3D printers.<p>Being a 3D-printing novice, I was once somewhat skeptical of the promise behind what's being billed as a truly game-changing technology. I saw Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis …

Size Doesn't Matter: Using 9mm for Personal Defense - Handguns

I remember the first bullets I’d ever seen pulled out of a human body, back in 1990. They were 147-grain 9mm Federal Hydra-Shoks, and of the seven …

Tow Session Highlights

7 Simple Ways to Lead by Example

Great leaders remind themselves regularly that actions speak louder than words.<p><i>“I serve with honor on and off the battlefield…I lead by example in all situations.”</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>Navy SEALs are trained to be leaders, regardless of age or rank. To put it another way, they are trained to earn …

Leadership

10 Ways to Make Email Better

Hate managing email? This list of tricks can help.<p>I have nearly 21,000 email messages in my inbox. I don't file, archive, or delete anything.<p>Think this hands-off approach is a bloody mess? Personally, I think my approach is working--I try to touch email messages as few times as possible, spend zero …

Google Drive

7 Characteristics of Highly Creative People

Looking to hire for creativity? Research says you should look for these traits (but, be warned, not all of them make someone easy to work with).<p>Sure, it's possible for everyone to nurture his or her creative side, but honest observation shows that fresh ideas come more easily to some people than to …

Creativity

5 Tips for Lightning-Fast Decision Making

Our lives are defined by our ability to make decisions. Our careers, relationships, health—anything and everything about our present selves boils …

The 4 Types of Employee Communication

Whether you’re an employee or an employer, communication in the office is something you experience first hand. By better understanding …

The Ripple Effects You Create as a Manager

Each one of us holds a set of beliefs and attitudes — a mindset — that determines how we interpret and respond to situations. That mindset shapes how we interact with others, and therefore it also affects the people we work with — in ways both subtle and profound. A person with a distrustful …