When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance,

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance,

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency ❰KINDLE❯ ❀ When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency Author Matthew Stein – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk There s never been a better time to be prepared Matthew Stein s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills from food and water to shelter and energy to first aid and crisis management skills pr There s never been a Fails: A eBook ☆ better time to be prepared Matthew Stein s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills from food and water to shelter and energy to first aid and crisis management skills prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability But unlike When Technology Epub / any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live green in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastropheWhen Technology Fails covers the gamut Technology Fails: A Epub Ü You ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business You ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing You ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity Each chapter a survey of the risks to the status quo supplies and preparation for short and long term emergencies emergency measures for survival water food shelter clothing first aid, low tech medicine, and healing energy, heat, and power metalworking utensils and storage low tech chemistry and engineering, machines, and materials offers the same approach, describing skills for self reliance in good times and badFully revised and expanded the first edition was written pre and pre Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on Making the Shift to Sustainability, which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.


About the Author: Matthew Stein

Matthew Stein holds a Bachelor Fails: A eBook ☆ of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT He is an engineer, author and building contractor He has also worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, and rock climbing and ski instructor As the owner of Aloha Aina Builders, Stein has built hurricane When Technology Epub / resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes As a mechanical engineer and president of Stein Design, he has designed consumer water filtration devices, commercial water filtration systems, photovoltaic roofing panels, medical bacteriological filters, drinking fountains, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, portable fiberglass buildings and Technology Fails: A Epub Ü automated assembly machinery for Open Energy, Hewlett Packard, Seagate, Plantronics, Duraflame, Haws, and IGT, among other companies He currently resides with his wife Josie see inner journeys in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, CA Additionally, Stein holds a number of US patents and was a National Merit Scholar For many years, Stein has pursued avid interests in renewable energy, alternative healing, sustainable growth, and preventative medicine He is available for lectures and workshops Check out his green building and mechanical engineering web site at stein design and his book s web site at whentechfails.



10 thoughts on “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency

  1. Rabidbadger Rabidbadger says:

    Tee hee, I bought this sucker as part of the Y2K clearance special that some wacky Christian survivalists were advertising on Coast To Coast AM back in 2001 Along with my 24 hour candles, bay gen radio, solar fire starter and glow sticks, they threw in a bunch of wacky Xtian doomsday literature as well I think the company was called Heartland Industries Anyhoot, this book is great It ll learn you how to live in the wilderness, build a super energy efficient home, build a fish trap, make a Tee hee, I bought this sucker as part of the Y2K clearance special that some wacky Christian survivalists were advertising on Coast To Coast AM back in 2001 Along with my 24 hour candles, bay gen radio, solar fire starter and glow sticks, they threw in a bunch of wacky Xtian doomsday literature as well I think the company was called Heartland Industries Anyhoot, this book is great It ll learn you how to live in the wilderness, build a super energy efficient home, build a fish trap, make a solar still, distill water, etc etc When I bought this it was a very sad and lonely time for me, as I d heard the ads for this book while driving a 7pm to 4am delivery route through Boston and the north shore At this time I d listen to Coast To Coast AM religiously The combo of that, sleep deprivation and general hopelessness towards life caused me to do things like actually start believing in Bigfoot, trying to channel the dead and writing a complete opera complete with musical score about my alcoholic downstairs neighbors I rehearsed that damn thing so many times to myself I STILL remember it


  2. DaNela DaNela says:

    Ok so i am a truly paranoid person And i like to keep my survival knowledge up to date, so it s only natural that i loved this book.When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance Planetary Survivalby Matthew SteinThis is truly A MANUAL, lol it covers everything what our future could be like, emergency planning and survival, food growing, hunting, foraging, storing ,shelters, healing and medicine, energy, engineering, and so much .Each section has mini chapters which give detail Ok so i am a truly paranoid person And i like to keep my survival knowledge up to date, so it s only natural that i loved this book.When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance Planetary Survivalby Matthew SteinThis is truly A MANUAL, lol it covers everything what our future could be like, emergency planning and survival, food growing, hunting, foraging, storing ,shelters, healing and medicine, energy, engineering, and so much .Each section has mini chapters which give detailed information on the range of things that fall under that category Ex Section 5 Water some of the mini chapters Water Requirements, Stocking up for Emergencies, Guidelines for Coping with Disaster, Water Pollution types of contamination, Disinfecting You Water heat sterilization portable water filters my filter recommendations chemical sterilizationAlso included at the end of each section is references books, magazines, online but I found the most value from the lists of resources in each section which point to further informatoin online.Since the topics vary so much and there is so much information crammed into the book I recommend picking a couple topics to expand on when you are finished reading My copy has post it notes sticking out all over If you worried about what the future has in store for us I highly recommend this book to you, it s a place to start you survival training or to further what you already know BIO


  3. Nathanael Coyne Nathanael Coyne says:

    A decent read with lots of information to varying depths of coverage that covers all the important topics relating to self reliance specifically in the context of a possible future global scenario of technological failure, power outages, infrastructure collapse and resource shortages.The opening chapter Present Trends, Possible Futures provides an excellent introduction to why self reliance and consideration of a bleak future is wise Matthew talks about flu pandemics, climate change, peak oil A decent read with lots of information to varying depths of coverage that covers all the important topics relating to self reliance specifically in the context of a possible future global scenario of technological failure, power outages, infrastructure collapse and resource shortages.The opening chapter Present Trends, Possible Futures provides an excellent introduction to why self reliance and consideration of a bleak future is wise Matthew talks about flu pandemics, climate change, peak oil, natural disasters, terrorism, overpopulation with a good look at ecological systems, system feedback, sources and sinks The closing chapter Making the Shift to Sustainability illustrates how we ve had years to act and particularly in the US, that opportunity has been passed by But there is still time to change.In between these two chapters, Matthew covers emergency survival techniques and equipment, water treatment, food growing and storage, shelter construction and we re talking about proper long term accommodation suited for natural heating and cooling first aid, clothing, energy production, metalworking, basic home chemistry and engineering.We could do without the chapter When High Tech Medicine Fails which talks about colloidal silver, herbs, natural remedies, homeopathy andSome of these may work and if the rest work it ll be due to placebo That may warrant inclusion in this book but I felt it tainted an otherwise good book


  4. Denise Denise says:

    I like survivalist literature especially when it has a section on how to make alcohol It wasn t that long ago that life meant a lotback breaking work and a shorter life span for the majority of the population that is Having nature smarts meant the difference between surviving and going cannibal okay, so not every party was the Donner Party As I am living in California near a few mighty faults, being a little paranoid is probably a good thing I have a backup supply of water, first I like survivalist literature especially when it has a section on how to make alcohol It wasn t that long ago that life meant a lotback breaking work and a shorter life span for the majority of the population that is Having nature smarts meant the difference between surviving and going cannibal okay, so not every party was the Donner Party As I am living in California near a few mighty faults, being a little paranoid is probably a good thing I have a backup supply of water, first aid, and powdered food that I seriously hope I never ever have to break open and depend on Aside from the eventual earthquakes for my area, should the Great Recession dip into a far worse economic crash than this country has ever seen or should global warming hit harder and faster than expected, maybe nature smarts will once again be very important At the very least, I can set up a few fun activities with the kids beyond dipping candles or churning butter.Whether the reader is the type with a fully equipped bunker in the backyard or merely interested in something a bit beyond the typical first aid course and preparation suggestions, this book contains a number of interesting sections


  5. Indira Indira says:

    A very, VERY Self sufficient book I consider it to beof an encyclopedia rather than a book because it took me a very very long time with many attempts to read Some chapters I hope I never have to use and honestly, it was a bit too technical for me, especially since I dont have an immediate use for it I enjoyed the chapters on First Aid, Natural Medicine, and suppies Preparations, and to an extent, the Renewable Energy chapter The rest, I confess I flipped though.Overall, a great refe A very, VERY Self sufficient book I consider it to beof an encyclopedia rather than a book because it took me a very very long time with many attempts to read Some chapters I hope I never have to use and honestly, it was a bit too technical for me, especially since I dont have an immediate use for it I enjoyed the chapters on First Aid, Natural Medicine, and suppies Preparations, and to an extent, the Renewable Energy chapter The rest, I confess I flipped though.Overall, a great reference book with notes tospecific references, and I admit that there are some natural health cures that really give me a bit of comfort as an alternative if God forbid, anyone I know or love was diagnosed with cancer or some other medical issue Some of the cleanses are very extreme in my opinion though.While the book at times exudes a gloom and doom feeling, the information is very very practical and would totally be my handbook in times of emergency I would even keep it with my stash of emergency supplies rather than my bookshelf I cant say that every ingredient or recommendation or item will be a random thing that you can find at home, because that is definitely not the case.So overall, while it is a difficult read to me to just pick up and read, I appreciate what it is and would definitely recommend having a copy of it for extreme, out of the box, random emergency situations And if the apocalypse actually occurs I think the book gives you a good idea of how to survive


  6. Rodney Rodney says:

    Indispensable A book not just about how to survive the unsustainable life style most of industrial civilization has thoughtlessly created, but also about how we got here And how to if we can t get out of a world showing signs of depleted resources and toxic overload not just survive in the world without being so insatiably wasteful and poisoning, but also how to thrive in a people and planet friendly way There is wisdom in this book And it just might be part of the canon of a surviving spe Indispensable A book not just about how to survive the unsustainable life style most of industrial civilization has thoughtlessly created, but also about how we got here And how to if we can t get out of a world showing signs of depleted resources and toxic overload not just survive in the world without being so insatiably wasteful and poisoning, but also how to thrive in a people and planet friendly way There is wisdom in this book And it just might be part of the canon of a surviving species


  7. Jeff Jeff says:

    If you really want to see just how vulnerable you actually are in an emergency, turn off the main power breaker at your home s electrical distribution panel for 72 hours in February You ll learn your shortfalls very quickly.What kick started me into this whole thing was a severe, Michigan Winter storm with heavy snow, high winds, and ice accumulation, that caused a widespread power failure in my area for over 72 hours We had no electricity and couldn t safely travel because the roads were sno If you really want to see just how vulnerable you actually are in an emergency, turn off the main power breaker at your home s electrical distribution panel for 72 hours in February You ll learn your shortfalls very quickly.What kick started me into this whole thing was a severe, Michigan Winter storm with heavy snow, high winds, and ice accumulation, that caused a widespread power failure in my area for over 72 hours We had no electricity and couldn t safely travel because the roads were snowed in I m nearly 60, a military veteran and retired Marine Engineering Officer, still in reasonably good health My wife has secondary, progressive MS with limited mobility Fortunately, my home has a fireplace, I had some firewood, and a 5000W portable diesel generator with extra fuel We got through it, but if the power outage lasted for over a week, I would have run out of generator fuel It opened my eyes As a former shipboard repair officer, it was my responsibility to manage and maintain safe vessel operations and navigation, maintain adequate spare parts and material onboard, affect vessel repairs, and manage ship resources, fuel, crew overtime, and the shipboard budget I started asking myself many questions If there s no power, how will I heat my home Can I access clean drinking water If not, where and how can I get it How much and what kinds of foods will I need in my pantry and cupboards for 3 6 months Do I have extra blankets sleeping bags warm clothes, gloves, jackets coats, hats, and sturdy footwear What will I need for washing, sanitation, cleanliness, and hygiene What can I do if I m injured or become ill and there s no ambulance doctor emergency medical facilities What do I have for emergency lighting Do I have spare batteries for flashlights, emergency lights, and radios Do I have matches, lighters, and kindling to start fires for heating and cooking Speaking to generators Is my generator capable of long term emergency operation Do I have enough fuel to run it long term Do I have fuel stabilizer for long term fuel storage Are spare parts available for that brand and make model Is it equipped with an AVR Automatic Voltage Regulator Do I have a compatible spare Is the generator brushless If not, do I have spare brushes Can I fix it if it breaks down Do I have extra fuses for the generator Do I have oil and oil fuel air filters for maintenance Do I have a fuel injector repair kit, spare solenoids, spare inverter, spare electric starter, spare battery, spare circuit breakers, and other critical parts on hand to keep the generator running and producing electrical power long term How do I communicate if there s no land line or cellular phone service internet What can I do if I have a house fire, but there s no fire department How many and what types of fire extinguishers should I have How will I cook and prepare food Do I have the means to protect and defend myself and my family if law enforcement isn t available and civil order is collapsing, with riots, looting, runs on grocery stores, gas stations, and banks How do I handle thieves and looters What kinds of goods and commodities should I have for trade and barter How much emergency cash should I have in hand Do I have a rechargeable, battery powered emergency radio to stay abreast of weather and what s happening Do I have ample, functioning, and spare battery powered smoke carbon monoxide alarms If I or a family member take prescription medication, do we have enough on hand for an extended period of time If I m not prepared, who can I depend on for help How long will I be able to stay in my home Where will I go if I have to move evacuate How will I get there Who of my neighbors can I trust How well do I know them How and with what do I cover a broken window or make temporary repairs to a leaking roof or a hole in a wall Do I have the means to cut firewood and cut away downed trees and branches from around my house Tragically, most people in this country are completely unprepared and unskilled for long term sustainability I don t like to use the word survival in the event of a disaster, a massive power outage with the subsequent loss of public utilities, and worst case scenario civil disorder Most people don t even think about preparation for emergencies until the last minute, or after it s too late That mindset alone will very well cost lives in a disaster.If you re concerned about practical, common sense, long term sustainability, get this book This isof a manual than a book with a storyline, but covers a wide gamut of topics The book is well thought out with illustrations and tables I confess, I haven t read the entire book from cover to cover yet I stopped at the Yogi healing with Natural Energies That aside, this book gives sound, practical advice, ideas, and insight into food, water, and fuel storage methods and techniques, best recommended long term storage foods and their nutritional values, vitamin supplements, rainwater collection, off grid and alternative electric power, constructing and building Faraday cages, low tech medicine and First Aid, trauma, gunshot wounds, bleeding control, broken bones, treating shock, putting together emergency medical dental kits and recommended instruments supplies, childbirth and post natal care, outdoor survival, terrestrial and celestial navigation, building ad hoc shelters, medicinal plants and herbs, ways to build a smokeless fire, keeping warm, keeping cool, improving morale especially with children , essential hardware nails, screws, fasteners , hunting, fishing, trapping, identifying animal tracks, planting a garden, preserving seeds and meats, how to make and use a root cellar, cutting, splitting, stacking firewood, water dowsing methods, making improvised drinking water filters, digging wells, how to read the weather, recommended hand tools, garden tools, building supplies, and spare parts to have on hand, conservation of food and resources, crisis management, risk assessment, clothing repair, home security and protection methods, building a gasifier , types of firearms, ammunition, and recommended calibers gauges and their effectiveness ranges for hunting and self defense, files and stones for sharpening knives and tools, long term pet food storage, how to make charcoal, engineering, blacksmithing, metallurgy, chemistry, etc This book goes far beyond my initial interests and needs, but still has a measure trove of good to know information with a large, alphabetic index A good companion to this book is Mosby s Paramedic Textbook Revised.The author s premise for the book is a possibility of a nationwide power grid collapse due to a large Carrington Event, or HAND High Altitude Nuclear Detonation event over North America that generates EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse , theoretically destroying digital electronic devices, SCADA Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition devices, destroying power transformers, digital computers, cell phones, incapacitating automobiles, and shutting down all electrical power generation nationwide Doom, gloom, and The End Of The World As We Know It scenario aside, It s always a good idea to have an emergency plan and emergency supplies on hand with some emergency medical training in case of that time a disaster, an ice or heavy snow storm, or a tornado arrives at my doorstep I m not preparing for terrorist attacks, EMP, or TEOTWAWKI, but as the saying goes It s muchpreferable to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it Thecommunities that make emergency plans and put aside emergency food and supplies, the better off those communities will be, and arelikely to recover faster andfully from a disaster and help others in need.This book is a good read


  8. American Redoubt American Redoubt says:

    This is what I learned from this awesome book.Seriously considering the dismal state of the U.S economy, massive government debt and overspending, the money printing out of thin air by the Federal Reserve QE3 printing money like it s going out of style, because it IS going out of style , and the U.S Debt to GDP ratio.Thus, it seems time to get out of the stock market soon, cash in your IRA 401K paying the 10% penalty and get reinvested in tangibles like the Five B s 1 Beans, 2 Bullet This is what I learned from this awesome book.Seriously considering the dismal state of the U.S economy, massive government debt and overspending, the money printing out of thin air by the Federal Reserve QE3 printing money like it s going out of style, because it IS going out of style , and the U.S Debt to GDP ratio.Thus, it seems time to get out of the stock market soon, cash in your IRA 401K paying the 10% penalty and get reinvested in tangibles like the Five B s 1 Beans, 2 Bullets, 3 Bandaids, 4 Bullion, 5 Books.These five categories of tangible investments in your immediate possession should be both stored and cached on your own productive farm land that is in a lightly populated region with plentiful water and rich topsoil preferably the American RedoubtSuch a Survival Retreat should first and foremost have a reliable water source, preferably a spring, or less preferably a year round creek stream, and a water well It should be private, secluded property, with the ability to defend the retreat in the case of a total collapse in which crime becomes rampant It should have a minimum of 3 acres with some downward hill slope for permaculture see Montana Paul Wheaton s Hugelkultur and swales on contour, with a mix of forested for firewood and food forest , pasture for micro livestock , garden land with good topsoil and a water pond or small lake for biodiversity All of this should be in a rural area and have potential for solar , wind and or micro hydro power.Time to get invested in these big six areas NOW.This means investing in inflation hedging useful tangibles stored on your own Retreat land including 1 Beans 8 to 12 months of mostly long term storable dry goods foodstuffs, and less of canned goods Squirrel away lots of salt, sugar, honey, coconut oil and olive oil, ghee, tea and instant coffee with 2 to 3 months of water in blue 55 gal drums with a Big Berkey water filter and replacement filters, plus three seasons worth of non hybrid open pollinated heirloom vegetable fruit seeds and cooking herb seeds Expect to spend at least the same amount per month as your monthly food bill X 2 at least 5,000 since you need to buy lots of 5 gallon food grade buckets with color coded screw on Gamma Lids and 55 gallon blue water barrels see Emergency Essentials along with Country Living grain mill grinder, bread maker, dehydrator, canning supplies, 1 quart Mason jars, 2 camp stoves and lots of propane tanks, etc.2 Bullets Invest in, Support, Protect and Defend the Second Amendment and the other 9 Amendments of our sagely and compassionate Bill of Rights with 2 AK AR Personal Defense Rifles with 2000 rounds mil surplus ammo and 10 full capacity 30 round magazines, one Ruger 10 22 Take Down Rifle with 2500 rounds 22LR and 5 BX25 full capacity magazines, one SW MP or Glock centerfire handgun with 1000 rounds and 10 full capacity 19 or 15 round magazines of 9mm or.40SW, 1 SW MP 22 rimfire backup handgun for affordable weekly practice on same manual of arms ergonomics as your primary 9mm or.40 SW handgun with 2500 rounds and 5 full capacity 12 round magazines or for Glock users an Advantage Arms or other 22LR replacement barrel, two 12 gauge pump or semi auto shotguns with 1000 rounds mixed slugs, 00 Buck and 7 birdshot Remember that Two is One, and One is None Don t forget cleaning supplies, holsters, cases, slings, optics, basic gun smithing tools, high quality Spyderco and Cold Steel knives and force multipliers like security cameras and Comms such as CBs MURs HAM Short Wave radios Get in person training, not just YouTube and gun range time Invest at least 5,000, to 10,000.3 Band aids first aid and medical supplies and 12 months of vitamins minerals nutraceuticals, top 50 most common herbs or herb formulas, and over the counter and prescription meds pharmaceuticals Invest at least 1,000 to 3,000 Don t forget non hybrid open pollinated seeds for the top 10 medicinal herbs that grow in your area.4 Bullion As an inflation hedge investment put 10 to 30% of all your net worth in 65% Constitutional Silver coins pre 1965 Washington 90% silver quarters , 35% Gold Eagles in mix of 1 oz, 1 2 oz, and 1 4 oz coins, and 1000 in pre 2014 nickels made of nickel as emergency cash Invest at least 10,000 Get out of denominated Federal Reserve QE3 deflated fiat currency ASAP, apart from sufficient emergency cash for 1 month or .5 Books Knowledge and Skills, so join .com Prime for free shipping Read especially King James Version of The Bible or appropriate scriptural texts of your religion Join the Member Support Brigade MSB of Jack Spirko s and download and listen to studythan 1200 hours of amazing content To start out read M.D Creek s 31 Days to Survival To go to the next level for serious Patriot Preppers, read and re read James Wesley Rawles How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It get it on Audible.com as well Then study Carla Emery s Encyclopedia of Country Living After reading Joel Skousen s Strategic Relocation North American Guide to Safe Places also watch his video with Alex Jones you will want to relocate to the American Redoubt Idaho Montana Wyoming Eastern Oregon Eastern Washington Finally study American Red Cross First Aid book, and get Red Cross certified for CPR and first aid See for a complete list expect to invest at least 500 to 1000 on books.Keep your powder dry God bless, God speed, Good luck, and Long live our Constitutional Republic.From somewhere in the American Redoubthttp www.American 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  9. Donna Donna says:

    I saw this book in an Amish hardware store catalog it intrigued me I m not a prepper but I live in a coastal area am aware there may be a time I have to be self sufficient for a few days It gave me really good ideas, a few that take no prep, really spur of the moment things It gave me pause because it reminded me of something an Army Ranger friend told me The average person doesn t think like a survivor.This book doesn t really do that for you either That is, make you think like a survi I saw this book in an Amish hardware store catalog it intrigued me I m not a prepper but I live in a coastal area am aware there may be a time I have to be self sufficient for a few days It gave me really good ideas, a few that take no prep, really spur of the moment things It gave me pause because it reminded me of something an Army Ranger friend told me The average person doesn t think like a survivor.This book doesn t really do that for you either That is, make you think like a survivor but it does provide information that gets you headed in that direction There is a fairly good amount of healing information homeopathic material but I m looking for a littlemeat It s whet my appetite to learn .One really nice feature of the book is that each chapter provides you w additional reference sources It reminded me about Mother Earth News the Foxfire books Two really great references I read years ago but am thinking about revisiting.While this is a good reference it isn t quite all that so I m gonna keep looking I m giving it an average score because it didn t quite give me what I was looking for


  10. Reader Reader says:

    When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance and Planetary Survival is a guilty pleasure in End of Civilization day dreaming All sorts of good advice for when the excrement hits the fan Every thing from hunting animals to making soap is covered As a supplement to the shelter section I recommend Rustic Retreats A Build It Yourself Guide by David Stiles The illustrations are just enough to fuel the imagination.


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10 thoughts on “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency

  1. Rabidbadger Rabidbadger says:

    Tee hee, I bought this sucker as part of the Y2K clearance special that some wacky Christian survivalists were advertising on Coast To Coast AM back in 2001 Along with my 24 hour candles, bay gen radio, solar fire starter and glow sticks, they threw in a bunch of wacky Xtian doomsday literature as well I think the company was called Heartland Industries Anyhoot, this book is great It ll learn you how to live in the wilderness, build a super energy efficient home, build a fish trap, make a Tee hee, I bought this sucker as part of the Y2K clearance special that some wacky Christian survivalists were advertising on Coast To Coast AM back in 2001 Along with my 24 hour candles, bay gen radio, solar fire starter and glow sticks, they threw in a bunch of wacky Xtian doomsday literature as well I think the company was called Heartland Industries Anyhoot, this book is great It ll learn you how to live in the wilderness, build a super energy efficient home, build a fish trap, make a solar still, distill water, etc etc When I bought this it was a very sad and lonely time for me, as I d heard the ads for this book while driving a 7pm to 4am delivery route through Boston and the north shore At this time I d listen to Coast To Coast AM religiously The combo of that, sleep deprivation and general hopelessness towards life caused me to do things like actually start believing in Bigfoot, trying to channel the dead and writing a complete opera complete with musical score about my alcoholic downstairs neighbors I rehearsed that damn thing so many times to myself I STILL remember it

  2. DaNela DaNela says:

    Ok so i am a truly paranoid person And i like to keep my survival knowledge up to date, so it s only natural that i loved this book.When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance Planetary Survivalby Matthew SteinThis is truly A MANUAL, lol it covers everything what our future could be like, emergency planning and survival, food growing, hunting, foraging, storing ,shelters, healing and medicine, energy, engineering, and so much .Each section has mini chapters which give detail Ok so i am a truly paranoid person And i like to keep my survival knowledge up to date, so it s only natural that i loved this book.When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance Planetary Survivalby Matthew SteinThis is truly A MANUAL, lol it covers everything what our future could be like, emergency planning and survival, food growing, hunting, foraging, storing ,shelters, healing and medicine, energy, engineering, and so much .Each section has mini chapters which give detailed information on the range of things that fall under that category Ex Section 5 Water some of the mini chapters Water Requirements, Stocking up for Emergencies, Guidelines for Coping with Disaster, Water Pollution types of contamination, Disinfecting You Water heat sterilization portable water filters my filter recommendations chemical sterilizationAlso included at the end of each section is references books, magazines, online but I found the most value from the lists of resources in each section which point to further informatoin online.Since the topics vary so much and there is so much information crammed into the book I recommend picking a couple topics to expand on when you are finished reading My copy has post it notes sticking out all over If you worried about what the future has in store for us I highly recommend this book to you, it s a place to start you survival training or to further what you already know BIO

  3. Nathanael Coyne Nathanael Coyne says:

    A decent read with lots of information to varying depths of coverage that covers all the important topics relating to self reliance specifically in the context of a possible future global scenario of technological failure, power outages, infrastructure collapse and resource shortages.The opening chapter Present Trends, Possible Futures provides an excellent introduction to why self reliance and consideration of a bleak future is wise Matthew talks about flu pandemics, climate change, peak oil A decent read with lots of information to varying depths of coverage that covers all the important topics relating to self reliance specifically in the context of a possible future global scenario of technological failure, power outages, infrastructure collapse and resource shortages.The opening chapter Present Trends, Possible Futures provides an excellent introduction to why self reliance and consideration of a bleak future is wise Matthew talks about flu pandemics, climate change, peak oil, natural disasters, terrorism, overpopulation with a good look at ecological systems, system feedback, sources and sinks The closing chapter Making the Shift to Sustainability illustrates how we ve had years to act and particularly in the US, that opportunity has been passed by But there is still time to change.In between these two chapters, Matthew covers emergency survival techniques and equipment, water treatment, food growing and storage, shelter construction and we re talking about proper long term accommodation suited for natural heating and cooling first aid, clothing, energy production, metalworking, basic home chemistry and engineering.We could do without the chapter When High Tech Medicine Fails which talks about colloidal silver, herbs, natural remedies, homeopathy andSome of these may work and if the rest work it ll be due to placebo That may warrant inclusion in this book but I felt it tainted an otherwise good book

  4. Denise Denise says:

    I like survivalist literature especially when it has a section on how to make alcohol It wasn t that long ago that life meant a lotback breaking work and a shorter life span for the majority of the population that is Having nature smarts meant the difference between surviving and going cannibal okay, so not every party was the Donner Party As I am living in California near a few mighty faults, being a little paranoid is probably a good thing I have a backup supply of water, first I like survivalist literature especially when it has a section on how to make alcohol It wasn t that long ago that life meant a lotback breaking work and a shorter life span for the majority of the population that is Having nature smarts meant the difference between surviving and going cannibal okay, so not every party was the Donner Party As I am living in California near a few mighty faults, being a little paranoid is probably a good thing I have a backup supply of water, first aid, and powdered food that I seriously hope I never ever have to break open and depend on Aside from the eventual earthquakes for my area, should the Great Recession dip into a far worse economic crash than this country has ever seen or should global warming hit harder and faster than expected, maybe nature smarts will once again be very important At the very least, I can set up a few fun activities with the kids beyond dipping candles or churning butter.Whether the reader is the type with a fully equipped bunker in the backyard or merely interested in something a bit beyond the typical first aid course and preparation suggestions, this book contains a number of interesting sections

  5. Indira Indira says:

    A very, VERY Self sufficient book I consider it to beof an encyclopedia rather than a book because it took me a very very long time with many attempts to read Some chapters I hope I never have to use and honestly, it was a bit too technical for me, especially since I dont have an immediate use for it I enjoyed the chapters on First Aid, Natural Medicine, and suppies Preparations, and to an extent, the Renewable Energy chapter The rest, I confess I flipped though.Overall, a great refe A very, VERY Self sufficient book I consider it to beof an encyclopedia rather than a book because it took me a very very long time with many attempts to read Some chapters I hope I never have to use and honestly, it was a bit too technical for me, especially since I dont have an immediate use for it I enjoyed the chapters on First Aid, Natural Medicine, and suppies Preparations, and to an extent, the Renewable Energy chapter The rest, I confess I flipped though.Overall, a great reference book with notes tospecific references, and I admit that there are some natural health cures that really give me a bit of comfort as an alternative if God forbid, anyone I know or love was diagnosed with cancer or some other medical issue Some of the cleanses are very extreme in my opinion though.While the book at times exudes a gloom and doom feeling, the information is very very practical and would totally be my handbook in times of emergency I would even keep it with my stash of emergency supplies rather than my bookshelf I cant say that every ingredient or recommendation or item will be a random thing that you can find at home, because that is definitely not the case.So overall, while it is a difficult read to me to just pick up and read, I appreciate what it is and would definitely recommend having a copy of it for extreme, out of the box, random emergency situations And if the apocalypse actually occurs I think the book gives you a good idea of how to survive

  6. Rodney Rodney says:

    Indispensable A book not just about how to survive the unsustainable life style most of industrial civilization has thoughtlessly created, but also about how we got here And how to if we can t get out of a world showing signs of depleted resources and toxic overload not just survive in the world without being so insatiably wasteful and poisoning, but also how to thrive in a people and planet friendly way There is wisdom in this book And it just might be part of the canon of a surviving spe Indispensable A book not just about how to survive the unsustainable life style most of industrial civilization has thoughtlessly created, but also about how we got here And how to if we can t get out of a world showing signs of depleted resources and toxic overload not just survive in the world without being so insatiably wasteful and poisoning, but also how to thrive in a people and planet friendly way There is wisdom in this book And it just might be part of the canon of a surviving species

  7. Jeff Jeff says:

    If you really want to see just how vulnerable you actually are in an emergency, turn off the main power breaker at your home s electrical distribution panel for 72 hours in February You ll learn your shortfalls very quickly.What kick started me into this whole thing was a severe, Michigan Winter storm with heavy snow, high winds, and ice accumulation, that caused a widespread power failure in my area for over 72 hours We had no electricity and couldn t safely travel because the roads were sno If you really want to see just how vulnerable you actually are in an emergency, turn off the main power breaker at your home s electrical distribution panel for 72 hours in February You ll learn your shortfalls very quickly.What kick started me into this whole thing was a severe, Michigan Winter storm with heavy snow, high winds, and ice accumulation, that caused a widespread power failure in my area for over 72 hours We had no electricity and couldn t safely travel because the roads were snowed in I m nearly 60, a military veteran and retired Marine Engineering Officer, still in reasonably good health My wife has secondary, progressive MS with limited mobility Fortunately, my home has a fireplace, I had some firewood, and a 5000W portable diesel generator with extra fuel We got through it, but if the power outage lasted for over a week, I would have run out of generator fuel It opened my eyes As a former shipboard repair officer, it was my responsibility to manage and maintain safe vessel operations and navigation, maintain adequate spare parts and material onboard, affect vessel repairs, and manage ship resources, fuel, crew overtime, and the shipboard budget I started asking myself many questions If there s no power, how will I heat my home Can I access clean drinking water If not, where and how can I get it How much and what kinds of foods will I need in my pantry and cupboards for 3 6 months Do I have extra blankets sleeping bags warm clothes, gloves, jackets coats, hats, and sturdy footwear What will I need for washing, sanitation, cleanliness, and hygiene What can I do if I m injured or become ill and there s no ambulance doctor emergency medical facilities What do I have for emergency lighting Do I have spare batteries for flashlights, emergency lights, and radios Do I have matches, lighters, and kindling to start fires for heating and cooking Speaking to generators Is my generator capable of long term emergency operation Do I have enough fuel to run it long term Do I have fuel stabilizer for long term fuel storage Are spare parts available for that brand and make model Is it equipped with an AVR Automatic Voltage Regulator Do I have a compatible spare Is the generator brushless If not, do I have spare brushes Can I fix it if it breaks down Do I have extra fuses for the generator Do I have oil and oil fuel air filters for maintenance Do I have a fuel injector repair kit, spare solenoids, spare inverter, spare electric starter, spare battery, spare circuit breakers, and other critical parts on hand to keep the generator running and producing electrical power long term How do I communicate if there s no land line or cellular phone service internet What can I do if I have a house fire, but there s no fire department How many and what types of fire extinguishers should I have How will I cook and prepare food Do I have the means to protect and defend myself and my family if law enforcement isn t available and civil order is collapsing, with riots, looting, runs on grocery stores, gas stations, and banks How do I handle thieves and looters What kinds of goods and commodities should I have for trade and barter How much emergency cash should I have in hand Do I have a rechargeable, battery powered emergency radio to stay abreast of weather and what s happening Do I have ample, functioning, and spare battery powered smoke carbon monoxide alarms If I or a family member take prescription medication, do we have enough on hand for an extended period of time If I m not prepared, who can I depend on for help How long will I be able to stay in my home Where will I go if I have to move evacuate How will I get there Who of my neighbors can I trust How well do I know them How and with what do I cover a broken window or make temporary repairs to a leaking roof or a hole in a wall Do I have the means to cut firewood and cut away downed trees and branches from around my house Tragically, most people in this country are completely unprepared and unskilled for long term sustainability I don t like to use the word survival in the event of a disaster, a massive power outage with the subsequent loss of public utilities, and worst case scenario civil disorder Most people don t even think about preparation for emergencies until the last minute, or after it s too late That mindset alone will very well cost lives in a disaster.If you re concerned about practical, common sense, long term sustainability, get this book This isof a manual than a book with a storyline, but covers a wide gamut of topics The book is well thought out with illustrations and tables I confess, I haven t read the entire book from cover to cover yet I stopped at the Yogi healing with Natural Energies That aside, this book gives sound, practical advice, ideas, and insight into food, water, and fuel storage methods and techniques, best recommended long term storage foods and their nutritional values, vitamin supplements, rainwater collection, off grid and alternative electric power, constructing and building Faraday cages, low tech medicine and First Aid, trauma, gunshot wounds, bleeding control, broken bones, treating shock, putting together emergency medical dental kits and recommended instruments supplies, childbirth and post natal care, outdoor survival, terrestrial and celestial navigation, building ad hoc shelters, medicinal plants and herbs, ways to build a smokeless fire, keeping warm, keeping cool, improving morale especially with children , essential hardware nails, screws, fasteners , hunting, fishing, trapping, identifying animal tracks, planting a garden, preserving seeds and meats, how to make and use a root cellar, cutting, splitting, stacking firewood, water dowsing methods, making improvised drinking water filters, digging wells, how to read the weather, recommended hand tools, garden tools, building supplies, and spare parts to have on hand, conservation of food and resources, crisis management, risk assessment, clothing repair, home security and protection methods, building a gasifier , types of firearms, ammunition, and recommended calibers gauges and their effectiveness ranges for hunting and self defense, files and stones for sharpening knives and tools, long term pet food storage, how to make charcoal, engineering, blacksmithing, metallurgy, chemistry, etc This book goes far beyond my initial interests and needs, but still has a measure trove of good to know information with a large, alphabetic index A good companion to this book is Mosby s Paramedic Textbook Revised.The author s premise for the book is a possibility of a nationwide power grid collapse due to a large Carrington Event, or HAND High Altitude Nuclear Detonation event over North America that generates EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse , theoretically destroying digital electronic devices, SCADA Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition devices, destroying power transformers, digital computers, cell phones, incapacitating automobiles, and shutting down all electrical power generation nationwide Doom, gloom, and The End Of The World As We Know It scenario aside, It s always a good idea to have an emergency plan and emergency supplies on hand with some emergency medical training in case of that time a disaster, an ice or heavy snow storm, or a tornado arrives at my doorstep I m not preparing for terrorist attacks, EMP, or TEOTWAWKI, but as the saying goes It s muchpreferable to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it Thecommunities that make emergency plans and put aside emergency food and supplies, the better off those communities will be, and arelikely to recover faster andfully from a disaster and help others in need.This book is a good read

  8. American Redoubt American Redoubt says:

    This is what I learned from this awesome book.Seriously considering the dismal state of the U.S economy, massive government debt and overspending, the money printing out of thin air by the Federal Reserve QE3 printing money like it s going out of style, because it IS going out of style , and the U.S Debt to GDP ratio.Thus, it seems time to get out of the stock market soon, cash in your IRA 401K paying the 10% penalty and get reinvested in tangibles like the Five B s 1 Beans, 2 Bullet This is what I learned from this awesome book.Seriously considering the dismal state of the U.S economy, massive government debt and overspending, the money printing out of thin air by the Federal Reserve QE3 printing money like it s going out of style, because it IS going out of style , and the U.S Debt to GDP ratio.Thus, it seems time to get out of the stock market soon, cash in your IRA 401K paying the 10% penalty and get reinvested in tangibles like the Five B s 1 Beans, 2 Bullets, 3 Bandaids, 4 Bullion, 5 Books.These five categories of tangible investments in your immediate possession should be both stored and cached on your own productive farm land that is in a lightly populated region with plentiful water and rich topsoil preferably the American RedoubtSuch a Survival Retreat should first and foremost have a reliable water source, preferably a spring, or less preferably a year round creek stream, and a water well It should be private, secluded property, with the ability to defend the retreat in the case of a total collapse in which crime becomes rampant It should have a minimum of 3 acres with some downward hill slope for permaculture see Montana Paul Wheaton s Hugelkultur and swales on contour, with a mix of forested for firewood and food forest , pasture for micro livestock , garden land with good topsoil and a water pond or small lake for biodiversity All of this should be in a rural area and have potential for solar , wind and or micro hydro power.Time to get invested in these big six areas NOW.This means investing in inflation hedging useful tangibles stored on your own Retreat land including 1 Beans 8 to 12 months of mostly long term storable dry goods foodstuffs, and less of canned goods Squirrel away lots of salt, sugar, honey, coconut oil and olive oil, ghee, tea and instant coffee with 2 to 3 months of water in blue 55 gal drums with a Big Berkey water filter and replacement filters, plus three seasons worth of non hybrid open pollinated heirloom vegetable fruit seeds and cooking herb seeds Expect to spend at least the same amount per month as your monthly food bill X 2 at least 5,000 since you need to buy lots of 5 gallon food grade buckets with color coded screw on Gamma Lids and 55 gallon blue water barrels see Emergency Essentials along with Country Living grain mill grinder, bread maker, dehydrator, canning supplies, 1 quart Mason jars, 2 camp stoves and lots of propane tanks, etc.2 Bullets Invest in, Support, Protect and Defend the Second Amendment and the other 9 Amendments of our sagely and compassionate Bill of Rights with 2 AK AR Personal Defense Rifles with 2000 rounds mil surplus ammo and 10 full capacity 30 round magazines, one Ruger 10 22 Take Down Rifle with 2500 rounds 22LR and 5 BX25 full capacity magazines, one SW MP or Glock centerfire handgun with 1000 rounds and 10 full capacity 19 or 15 round magazines of 9mm or.40SW, 1 SW MP 22 rimfire backup handgun for affordable weekly practice on same manual of arms ergonomics as your primary 9mm or.40 SW handgun with 2500 rounds and 5 full capacity 12 round magazines or for Glock users an Advantage Arms or other 22LR replacement barrel, two 12 gauge pump or semi auto shotguns with 1000 rounds mixed slugs, 00 Buck and 7 birdshot Remember that Two is One, and One is None Don t forget cleaning supplies, holsters, cases, slings, optics, basic gun smithing tools, high quality Spyderco and Cold Steel knives and force multipliers like security cameras and Comms such as CBs MURs HAM Short Wave radios Get in person training, not just YouTube and gun range time Invest at least 5,000, to 10,000.3 Band aids first aid and medical supplies and 12 months of vitamins minerals nutraceuticals, top 50 most common herbs or herb formulas, and over the counter and prescription meds pharmaceuticals Invest at least 1,000 to 3,000 Don t forget non hybrid open pollinated seeds for the top 10 medicinal herbs that grow in your area.4 Bullion As an inflation hedge investment put 10 to 30% of all your net worth in 65% Constitutional Silver coins pre 1965 Washington 90% silver quarters , 35% Gold Eagles in mix of 1 oz, 1 2 oz, and 1 4 oz coins, and 1000 in pre 2014 nickels made of nickel as emergency cash Invest at least 10,000 Get out of denominated Federal Reserve QE3 deflated fiat currency ASAP, apart from sufficient emergency cash for 1 month or .5 Books Knowledge and Skills, so join .com Prime for free shipping Read especially King James Version of The Bible or appropriate scriptural texts of your religion Join the Member Support Brigade MSB of Jack Spirko s and download and listen to studythan 1200 hours of amazing content To start out read M.D Creek s 31 Days to Survival To go to the next level for serious Patriot Preppers, read and re read James Wesley Rawles How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It get it on Audible.com as well Then study Carla Emery s Encyclopedia of Country Living After reading Joel Skousen s Strategic Relocation North American Guide to Safe Places also watch his video with Alex Jones you will want to relocate to the American Redoubt Idaho Montana Wyoming Eastern Oregon Eastern Washington Finally study American Red Cross First Aid book, and get Red Cross certified for CPR and first aid See for a complete list expect to invest at least 500 to 1000 on books.Keep your powder dry God bless, God speed, Good luck, and Long live our Constitutional Republic.From somewhere in the American Redoubthttp www.American 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  9. Donna Donna says:

    I saw this book in an Amish hardware store catalog it intrigued me I m not a prepper but I live in a coastal area am aware there may be a time I have to be self sufficient for a few days It gave me really good ideas, a few that take no prep, really spur of the moment things It gave me pause because it reminded me of something an Army Ranger friend told me The average person doesn t think like a survivor.This book doesn t really do that for you either That is, make you think like a survi I saw this book in an Amish hardware store catalog it intrigued me I m not a prepper but I live in a coastal area am aware there may be a time I have to be self sufficient for a few days It gave me really good ideas, a few that take no prep, really spur of the moment things It gave me pause because it reminded me of something an Army Ranger friend told me The average person doesn t think like a survivor.This book doesn t really do that for you either That is, make you think like a survivor but it does provide information that gets you headed in that direction There is a fairly good amount of healing information homeopathic material but I m looking for a littlemeat It s whet my appetite to learn .One really nice feature of the book is that each chapter provides you w additional reference sources It reminded me about Mother Earth News the Foxfire books Two really great references I read years ago but am thinking about revisiting.While this is a good reference it isn t quite all that so I m gonna keep looking I m giving it an average score because it didn t quite give me what I was looking for

  10. Reader Reader says:

    When Technology Fails A Manual for Self Reliance and Planetary Survival is a guilty pleasure in End of Civilization day dreaming All sorts of good advice for when the excrement hits the fan Every thing from hunting animals to making soap is covered As a supplement to the shelter section I recommend Rustic Retreats A Build It Yourself Guide by David Stiles The illustrations are just enough to fuel the imagination.

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