Spinning Yarn: How to Spin Raw Wool Into Yarn

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Recipe of the Week: Roasted Summer Squash & Zucchini

The following recipe for Roasted Summer Squash & Zucchini is from SurvivalBlog reader Tom V.

  • 1 pound yellow summer squash (2 medium-size)
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium-size or 3 to 4 small-size)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Slice the zucchini and squash into 1/4-inch thick rounds. In a large bowl, mix them with the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and salt.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheets. Roast for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the shredded Parmesan cheese. Return the sheets to the oven and bake another 7 minutes until tender and the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.


This does not store well, for leftovers. Your chickens will love it.

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How East Germany’s Stasi Perfected Mass Surveillance

The state has a monopoly on violence. However, abusive repression harms government credibility and alienates public support in the long run. A more subtle and effective way to exercise power is to surveil the population and to prevent open manifestations of discontent.

This article analyzes the case of the of the German Democratic Republic’s (DDR) Ministry for State Security (MfS), also known as the Stasi. The thesis is that an effective surveillance regime makes the use of open violence less urgent because the population is nudged to discipline itself.

Shield and Sword of the Party

A shield and a sword form the symbol of the MfS, which is modeled on the emblem of the Cheka, the Soviet secret police. Discipline and loyalty to the Socialist Unity Party (SED) of the DDR were the core values of the Stasi. Members of the secret police saw themselves as first-class comrades who could make use of surveillance, propaganda, and psychological terror to secure the power of the communist regime.

One of the defining moments of the Stasi’s history was the general strike of June 17, 1953, which sparked widespread protests among the East German working class. The MfS failed to foresee the turmoil and had to repress it with the help of Soviet tanks and the imposition of martial law. Since the incident, the mission of the Stasi became to surveil society to prevent new open manifestations of dissent against the ruling of the SED.

Relentless Privacy Violations

The MfS developed one the most pervasive surveillance apparatuses in human history. In 1981, Erich Mielke, the head of the Stasi from 1957 to 1989, stated:

In its constant effort to clarify “who is who” the MfS—with its chekist forces, means and methods—has to identify people’s true political attitudes, their ways of thinking and behaving . . . to clarify means . . . providing an answer to who is an enemy; who is taking on a hostile and negative attitude; who is under the influence of hostile, negative and other forces and may become an enemy; who may succumb to enemy influences and allow himself to be exploited by the enemy; who has adopted a wavering position; and who can the party and the state depend on and be reliably supported by.

Many DDR citizens collaborated actively with the MfS. In 1989, near the end of the communist regime, the Stasi employed about ninety-one thousand people, or one out of every 180 residents. After 1968, the MfS relied heavily on unofficial collaborators, whose role was to report every major and minor sign of resentment and resistance against the SED. Unofficial collaborators were recruited after being carefully surveilled by the MfS to ensure total loyalty to the regime. They were well trained and used fake identification to infiltrate workplaces and neighborhoods. Among the 180,000 unofficial collaborators employed by the MfS in 1989, four thousand sneaked into opposition groups to spread false rumors and generate chaos. The case of Wolfgang Schnur is emblematic of the…

5 Gardening Tips to Make the Most of Your Harvest

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White House Announces New, Voluntary Commitments from Leading A.I. Companies to Manage A.I. Risks

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new, voluntary commitments that seven leading A.I. companies—Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI—are taking to manage the risks of new A.I. development and use. These commitments come just two months after the White House announced new efforts to advance the development and use of responsible A.I. and six months after the National Institute for of Standards and Technology released its voluntary A.I. Risk Management Framework.

The voluntary commitments include (1) pre-deployment A.I. security testing, (2) A.I. risk management information sharing, (3) investments in A.I. cybersecurity safeguards, (4) exploration of A.I. vulnerability bug bounties, (5) research into watermarking systems and similar technical systems to help consumers identify A.I.-generated content, (6) public reporting of A.I. system capabilities and limitations, (7) research into the societal risks of A.I., including A.I. bias and privacy violations, and (8) greater deployment of advanced A.I. systems. The White House announcement did not detail any methods for holding leading A.I. companies accountable for these commitments.

In response to the White House’s announcement, EPIC released the following statement:

“While EPIC appreciates the Biden Administration’s use of its authorities to place safeguards on the use of artificial intelligence, we both agree that voluntary commitments are not enough when it comes to Big Tech. Congress and federal regulators must put meaningful, enforceable guardrails in place to ensure the use of AI is fair, transparent, and protects individuals’ privacy and civil rights.”

– Caitriona Fitzgerald, Deputy Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

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EPIC Statement on Privacy Risks of Worldcoin

EPIC issued the following statement on the launch of Worldcoin:

Worldcoin is a potential privacy nightmare that offers a biometrics-dependent vision of digital identity and cryptocurrency, and would place Sam Altman’s Tools for Humanity company at the center of digital governance. Worldcoin’s approach creates serious privacy risks by bribing the poorest and most vulnerable people to turn over unchangeable biometrics like iris scans and facial recognition images in exchange for a small payout. Mass collections of biometrics like Worldcoin threaten people’s privacy on a grand scale, both if the company misuses the information it collects, and if that data is stolen. Ultimately, Worldcoin wants to become the default digital ID and a global currency without democratic buy-in at the start, that alone is a compelling reason not to turn over your biometrics, personal information, and geolocation data to a private company. We urge regulatory agencies around the world to closely scrutinize Worldcoin. 
– Jake Wiener, Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

8 Top Hunting Rifles and Shotguns for Success

Top Hunting rifles and shotguns are essential tools for avid hunters, providing accuracy, power, and versatility in pursuing various game species. Hunting rifles, known for their accuracy and power, are ideal for taking down larger game species such as deer, elk, and moose. Their long-range capabilities and precise shooting make them effective tools for hunters in various terrains.

On the other hand, hunting shotguns are well-suited for bird hunting and small game pursuits. With the ability to fire shotshells containing multiple pellets, shotguns provide a wider spread, increasing the chances of hitting fast-moving targets like birds.

Both hunting rifles and shotguns are essential for different hunting scenarios and game species, ensuring that hunters can select the appropriate firearm based on their specific hunting needs and preferences.

RELATED: 11 Steps to Make Hunting Handguns

How Does a Hunting Rifle Work?

Hunting rifles are versatile firearms designed specifically for hunting purposes. They are widely used by hunters to pursue various game species in different environments. The uses of hunting rifles are diverse and can be categorized into several key aspects:

  1. Game Hunting: The primary purpose of hunting rifles is to harvest game animals for food or sport. Hunters use rifles to pursue a wide range of game, including deer, elk, moose, rabbits, birds, and more. The rifle’s accuracy and power allow hunters to make precise and ethical shots, ensuring a clean and humane harvest.
  2. Long-Range Shooting: Some hunting situations demand shots at extended distances. Hunting rifles equipped with powerful optics and accurate ballistics enable hunters to engage targets at long ranges with precision, making them suitable for open terrains or mountainous regions.
  3. Recreational Shooting: Beyond hunting, some gun owners enjoy recreational shooting at shooting ranges or target practice. Hunting rifles offer an enjoyable shooting experience for those who appreciate firearms’ mechanics and precision.
  4. Competitive Shooting: In some instances, hunting rifles are used in shooting competitions that simulate real hunting scenarios, such as hunting rifle matches or long-range shooting competitions.

TOP Hunting Rifle for Hunter

1. Remington Model 700

The Remington Model 700 is an iconic bolt-action rifle that has stood the test of time. Renowned for its exceptional accuracy and reliability, it has been a popular choice among hunters for decades. The rifle’s solid construction and smooth bolt operation contribute to its consistent and precise performance.

Available in various caliber options, including .308 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield, the Model 700 is versatile enough to handle different game types and hunting scenarios. With a wide range of aftermarket accessories and customization options, the Remington Model 700 allows hunters to tailor their rifles to suit their specific preferences and shooting style.

2. Winchester Model 70

The Winchester Model 70 is a classic bolt-action rifle with a storied history. It has earned a reputation for its rugged construction and reliable accuracy. Additionally, the three-position safety allows for easy unloading while maintaining a secure setting for carrying the rifle. The Model…

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Animal Invasion: 9 Species That Could Threaten Your Homestead

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By Tom Lovrić

If you live in the country, one of the issues you’ll face is a constant animal invasion. They don’t do it on purpose, really – if you think about it, you’re the one who moved into their territory.

In an ideal world, you could share the area with them, and to achieve that, you’ll have to mark your territory the same way they do.

Based on research and my own experience, there are a few species you need to look out for the most, and in this article, I’ll tell you a bit about them, and we’ll see exactly what dangers they may pose.

Before we start, though, I’d like to insert a disclaimer.

The animals discussed in this article usually don’t mean you any harm. In fact, they’re mostly not interested in you or your family, and they’ll never attack you unless they’re threatened or starving.

They’re mostly interested in your crops and/or livestock, so they’re naturally attracted to your home. Getting physically close to you is what poses a real threat, and this is something to keep in mind.

The safest thing for both you and them is to keep your distance and admire them from afar.

Which animals invade gardens and pose a danger?

To save you from a whole lot of reading, here’s a simplified table.

Species Why Are They Dangerous?
Wolves Killing and eating livestock, possibly harming people.
Bears Eating crops, killing and eating livestock, possibly harming people.
Mountain Lions Killing and eating livestock, possibly harming people.
Deer Eating crops (and some flowers).
Moose Destroying crops (by walking over them), possibly harming people.
Raccoons Eating crops, possibly harming people (carriers of rabies and other illnesses).
Skunks Possibly harming people with their spray (bites are rare, but they’re carriers of rabies).
Venomous Snakes Possibly harming people, capable of eating small animals.

This list is certainly not comprehensive – different regions have different threats. But these are some of the most prevalent animals to look out for if you have a place in the country.

Wolves: behavior and diet

Wolves aren’t afraid of venturing into yards, especially if they can find sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, horses, or chickens there. They will return to the same spot for food unless the pack migrates, so you can expect several invasions if you don’t put up a fence.

They’ll avoid conflict with humans if possible and usually attack only if you get too close,…

Episode 58: Barbara Lawson

Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good Barbara Lawson podcast

In a Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good episode that’s just a little bit different than usual, Barbara Lawson talks about gardening’s place in moving through grief.

Hear about how Barbara’s business, Meet Me in the Dirt, eventually grew out of her own grief over her mother’s death and the healing power of her own garden. She talks about healing gardens and shares a really special story about the tropical milkweed that brought home this concept to her.

Learn about the progression of Meet Me in the Dirt, from a group of Facebook followers to a mobile garden Barbara built in a bus to the current iteration of a wellness retreat space full of plants. This plant-filled wellness retreat is in a storefront in a mall, of all places, and serves as a healing space for Barbara’s clients—and it’s not the final iteration of Meet Me in the Dirt.

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Listen to the end and get yourself to a quiet space for Barbara to lead you through a meditation-like experience that she might use in her gardening sessions.


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