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Save That Valuable Web Info – While You Still Can – UPDATE!

1/29/11  UPDATE

A headline on the Drudge Report says it all: ‘Egyptian Shutdown of the Internet First In History’.

And with the Obama administration pushing for an ‘Internet Kill Switch’ here in the land of the ‘free’, how long do you think this administration will allow the internet to remain functional if the SHTF??  Listen to me.  Download your valuable information NOW!



Regulation (censorship) of internet content in the name of ‘Fairness’ is an infatuation of the present administration in Washington D.C., and the hasty, disingenuous anti-‘dangerous rhetoric’ blather coming from the left in the wake of the Tuscon, AZ tragedy will only serve to deepen that fetish.  Writing and/or calling your congress-critters, calling talk radio programs, blogging on the topic, are all things you should be doing at this point to insure free and open access to ALL web content, but there is one other – practical (what else would you expect from the PP, huh?) thing you can do to insure you have all that valuable info you have bookmarked all over the web: Save it to you harddrive!

If there is a valuable .pdf or .doc file you have bookmarked, take a few moments to actually download it to you computer and archive it somewhere – either on a CD, DVD, external HD, or a thumb drive.  If there are valuable, information-rich websites you intend to use in case of real trouble, the time might be now to actually save that website in a folder on you computer.

The truth is, we’ve become far too dependent on the internet just being there.  A practical prepper will not take the internet for granted and download as much as he/she can in the event of an emergency or censorship, or some combination of the two.  Most of you are probably familiar with the method of downloading .pdfs or .doc ( Microsoft Word) files, bur did you know you can actually save a webpage onto your computer – graphics and all?  It’s simple.  I’m using a Macintosh, so I will show you how I do it using Mozilla Firefox ( a FAR superior browser to IE).  When you are on a info-laden page, simply pull down the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Save Page As…’.  A box will open up asking you how you’d like to save the page – text only, or with graphics (photos and charts, etc).  Click ‘OK’ or ‘Save’ and a folder is created on your desktop with all the important, can’t-live-without info.

Give it a try.  Let me know how it works for you.

Practical Prepper

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

January 29, 2011 Posted by | General, My Opinion | Leave a comment

Emergency Fire Starting Part 2

Here I continue my tutorial on starting a fire without matches or lighters with a brief video about using a magnesium bar and spark striker to start a fire.

Be safe.

Be Prepared.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Food, Water, etc, General | Leave a comment

Emergency Fire Starting: Part 1 – What To Do When The Matches Run Out

I’m offering this short series of three videos to those beginning preppers to whom fire starting skills might not be a part of their skill set.  With winters getting colder and the chance of extended power outages due to ice/snow storms making freezing, even in your own home, a not-so-remote possibility, I hope you will appreciate the simple means of starting a fire without aid of matches or a butane lighter shown in the following series of videos.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


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