Snap Shot: House Fires

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Fire is the one element that can bring us life in the cold outdoors or it can take our life while we sleep in our house.  This post is focused on why some fires start. 

Ready.gov reports that:  “Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.” 

Not only do house fires take lives, but our physical memories as well.  I have about 90% of very thing in own in this world is in my house. 

What are some common causes of house fires? 

  • Cooking:  “According to the NFPA, 40 percent of house fires and 36 percent of fire-related injuries are caused by cooking fires.”  

Most of are guilty of cooking something on low, and then having to run to the store.  Or leaving the oven on and believing that it is safe.  IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LEAVE THEM ON.  This is a reminder to me as well.  If I leave, the cooking stops!

  • Smoking:  “Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. The NFPA estimates that nearly one in four people killed in fires in the United States were killed in smoking-related fires.”   

I find his one strange, because everyone I know goes outside to smoke.  I am not going to go on a soap box about smoking.  The stats speak for themselves. If you smoke, go outside, and dispose of it in the safest manner possible. You endanger your family by smoking indoors.  Continue reading

Think your password is secure from the NSA? Try this.

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Below is a Newsletter I received from Sovereign Man.  He travels the world talking about the financial situation.  I love how he mixes history with current times.  Click here for his website. 

Via Sovereign Man

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July 31, 2013

Vilnius, Lithuania
Seven minutes.

That’s how long it would take to crack one of the passwords I had been using for more than ten years, according to the crypto experts at Silent Circle.
Let’s be honest. A lot of people use the same password over and over again across multiple websites, like email, bank accounts, and social media. Continue reading

Surviving a Shooting in the Amazon

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Below is an excellent story of how a man survived two people that tried to kill him and leave him for dead.  It touches upon community, fear, will to live and love of family.  I will only post the first page of the story.

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VIA  Outside Online 

Surviving a Shooting in the Amazon

By:   Joe Spring 

On July 1, 2012, Davey du Plessis set off on a roughly 4,000-mile source-to-sea expedition down the Amazon. Two months and a third of the way in, he was attacked and left in the jungle to die. This is his story, as told to Joe Spring.

“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
, Man’s Search for Meaning

It was Saturday the 25 of August, and up until mid-afternoon, I was having my best day on the river. I was almost two months into the expedition. I had already hiked from the town of Tuti to Mount Mismi—the listed source of the Amazon at that time—and back. I had biked roughly 500 miles through the Andes. Then I put a kayak into a tributary of the Amazon called the Urubamba River and had paddled roughly 700 miles. That Saturday morning, I saw my first manatee. A river dolphin swam next to boat. I saw two new species of birds. I was collecting data for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, so every time I saw animals I got a huge boost, but around midafternoon I started to have a really sick feeling. Continue reading

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Below comes from the Newsletter from Mother Earth News.  I would recommend signing up to recieve more great articles.  Click here to sign up.

 

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