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Five NEVERs of Self-Defense

Five NEVERs of Self-Defense
Posted on November 20, 2014 at The Price of Liberty

From an email forward, no attribution. If you know who wrote this, please let me know in comments. I don't usually post things without attribution, but I thought this information was so important that I want to share it with everyone possible. MamaLiberty

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Thank You, Oregano Oil!

For me, oregano oil’s reputation as an effective antimicrobial has been proven. Read on if you’re interested in the details (not gross, but hardly scintillating content).

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More Than Just Self Defense

The students in my basic pistol classes are usually too overwhelmed with new information to ask many questions, but I often get good ones from the intermediate and conceal carry students. This last week I got an exceptional one, and it caused me to consider rewriting a part of my book.

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Cast Iron - Get The Facts

[This is the handout for the cast iron seminars I've been giving this fall. Very well received so far.]

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How about a Somewhat Crass Commercial Message (Which Will Help You Much More Than Me)?

If one has paid any attention recently to the cost of real money in US FRNs, one knows it’s been vacillating a lot after a fairly substantial drop. I think we’re close to a bottom now and would like to highlight a good way to start accumulating it—or even better, adding to one’s position.

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Cooking for one... or learning to like leftovers

I have always disliked "leftovers." With a few exceptions, most foods are just more appealing to me when fresh made. When I had a family, that was seldom a problem, but in the nearly 25 years I've lived alone, it has often caused me to struggle to balance between the frugal use of my resources and my food preferences.

As a charter member of the "old too soon, wise too late club," I think I finally got a handle on at least some of it. Better late than never.

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Fixing a Hole Where Something Came In

And set my fevered mind to wandering ...

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There will never be a time when it is not Now.

I’ll get it later is the photographer’s worst enemy. We ended up returning via a different route, and I wasn’t able to get the photo I wanted. My first lesson learned: never ever think “I’ll get it later”.

This comes from an article on photographing disaster scenes. In this case he (Neil Creek) was shooting the devastation of the recent fires in Australia, but no matter...

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Chocolate Bourbon Cake, the Sunni Snake Way

This is a fairly easy cake to make, especially if one is willing to invest some time into the mise en place; that really helps speed the mixing process. Oh, and this cake is not my idea. I spied the recipe at Simply Recipes, and have streamlined the process a bit and also made some substitutions that improved the cake—at least in the opinion of the cake’s fans here.

This is a bourbon cake; if you don’t like bourbon you may try substituting other alcohols for it, such as rum, coffee liqueur, or maybe a nice vanilla brandy. But alcohol is an essential component of this cake; if you want a regular chocolate cake, there are many splendiferous recipes out there for your discovery and enjoyment.

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Fee Seize

A more accurate and "user friendly" term for the process commonly known as taxation.

- NonE

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Spring Is Sprouting, and I Aim to be Too

After last year’s garden bust, one might think I’d be wary of trying again. Not so—it was a very important learning experience for me, and I think that even if we had the same sucky, erratic weather, I’d do better this year.

With the pewter skies of winter starting to lighten here at last, and the days lengthening pretty dramatically (if one pays attention, that is), gardenlust has risen in my blood, just like sap in the sugar maples. It isn’t helping that several people are posting their garden progress. Alas, my circumstances are too unsettled at present for me to embark on a full-scale garden this year. But my gardenlust must be sated. And I have found a way to sate it! Best of all, it’ll start producing in very short order.

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For Those Considering Homeschooling or Unschooling ...

Lobo and I have done both, at varying times, with both broods of his children. And of course, there are many methods proffered for both approaches—which I originally found a little odd with respect to unschooling, since it’s supposed to be unstructured schooling. It is to this point (or goal, or whatever) that I primarily speak.

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Just in Time for Thanksgiving: A Brief Primer on Cooking Terms

Whether one’s new to the magicks of the kitchen or an old hand, it can be useful to take some time to think about the processes necessary to turn ingredients into delectable dishes. If you think cooking is just about tossing ingredients together and mixing, this should help you improve your skills. Not all mixing is created equal—and neither is all application of heat. Shall we head to the kitchen?

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Firefox Users, Want Some Online Privacy?

It’s a fairly common trick for feuding bloggers or fora to block certain referrers—in English, what that means is that if one clicks a link from one site to the other, which is blocking traffic from it, one will not get the desired content. You’ll get something like a 403—permission denied.

One way around that is to copy–paste the link into a new browser window or tab. But that’s tedious. Firefox can be tweaked to keep all referrer information—viz., the site where one clicked on a link to get to a second site—hidden. This is a permanent workaround for referral blocking (but not IP bans). It’s also a good privacy measure in general.

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Christmas - or other gifts - for the elderly.

Over the years I've been asked thousands of times how to decide what to give elderly people for birthdays, holidays and especially Christmas. As a nurse, I had close contact with thousands of elderly people, and most of them received lots of junk they could not use and which was basically meaningless. They don't need more "things." They have all the bath soap, dusting powder, perfume, naughty nighties and socks they would need for another 50 years. This is especially true of the gentlemen.

So, here are some suggestions: