EPIC Urges DHS Data Privacy Committee to Ensure Meaningful Oversight of Information Sharing Agreements

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EPIC Urges DHS Data Privacy Committee to Ensure Meaningful Oversight of Information Sharing Agreements

In comments to the DHS’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC), EPIC urged a comprehensive review of DHS’s Information Sharing Access Agreements (ISAAs) prioritizing the most sensitive types of data, information from marginalized groups, and agreements disclosing information to unreliable partners. EPIC’s comments respond to DPIAC’s tasking to provide guidance to the DHS Privacy Office after an OIG audit revealed that thousands of ISAAs had never been reviewed for compliance with privacy laws and regulations. EPIC previously urged DPIAC to undertake a comprehensive investigation of fusion centers for chronic privacy and civil liberties abuses.


Do you know the 14 Items to a Basic First Aid Kit?

basic first aid kit consists of 15 items

A small first aid kit consists of fourteen essential items used for toddler misadventures, accident-prone teenagers, and sleep-deprived adults who get minor cuts, scraps, or sprains. First aid brands claim to have 64 pieces in their small kits because they are stocked with multiple sizes of bandages, alcohol pads, safety pins, and a hand full of ear swabs, but it all converts down to a list of fourteen medical supplies.

So what are the contents of a typical first aid kit in the United States? 

Basic First Aid Kit Consists Of:

Skin Cleaning Wipes, Adhesive Bandages, Cotton Gauze Pads, Pressure Bandage, Triangular Bandage, Wound Closure Strips, Safety Pins, Medical Tape, Scissors, Tweezer, Cotton Ear Swabs, Medical Gloves, CPR Instructions, and First Aid Guide. See below for photos and more details on each item.

basic first aid kit consists of 2Example used in images: Surviveware Small First Aid Kit


  1. Skin Cleaning Wipes (kills bacteria) & Sting Relief Skin Cleaning Wipes
  2. Adhesive Bandages (small cuts)Small First Aid Kit consists of bandages
  3. Cotton Gauze Pads 3×3 (larger cuts)First Aid supplies
  4. Pressure Bandage (sprains and covering large wounds)pressure bandage
  5. Triangular Bandage (arm splint)Small First Aid Kit Items
  6. Wound Closure Strips (pulls skin together to close wound)Small First Aid Kit consists of wound closures
  7. Safety Pins (secure triangular bandage)first aid kit compartments
  8. Medical Tape (secures cotton gauze pads)basic first aid kit compartment
  9. Scissors (cuts stuff)scissors
  10. Tweezer (splinter remover)8 basic first aid kit consists of tweezers
  11. Cotton Ear Swabs (able to cleans small areas)cotton swabs
  12. Medical Gloves  gloves

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What I Did To Prep This Week: April 25th – May 1st 2021

Hey folks, just wanted to take a few minutes to check in with you all – even though you are in great hands with James. I will connect with you all again in a couple of months once we are past the Old School Survival Boot Camp event.

I hope you are all doing well. In spite of the ever changing spring weather – with it sometimes feeling like winter still, all is going well here on our survival homestead. A lot of new additions have been happening and one more to come very soon.

We acquired more meat rabbits to add to our cache of survival livestock. Two Pygora babies were born, and our wonderful new Pygora Billy goat is thriving in his new environment. It took him a while to learn how to truly be a goat – he had been kept more like a pet inside of a small fence.

One of our mini donkey, Jennies, will be giving birth soon – with two more to follow in about six months. These will be the first mini donkeys born on our survival homestead, so I am very excited.

With the roaming group of coyotes that keep paying us an unwanted visit, the more donkeys the better. They love kicking the stuffing out of coyotes for sport, making them superb livestock guardians of our growing goat herd.

Our gardening efforts are coming along nicely, and I still have seeds starting indoors. These dang noisy Banty hens are going to the outside brooder after it warms up in a few days, they are the noisiest chicks we have ever had and I am ready for some peace and quiet at bedtime.

We canned some milk and butter this past week, along with more chili and vegetable soup. We are making a big effort to not only grow and raise more of what we eat, but also to get into the habit of canning year round to stockpile more shelf-stable foods of all types.

A lot of our time has been spent working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp event – May 14 through 16 is just around the corner. Working the event has been massively time consuming to make sure it is pulled off flawlessly and it is well attended, but our efforts will be worth it.

Over 1,2000 folks to date will become far better prepared for disasters both large and small as well as being more self-reliant and less dependent upon stores, on a daily basis.

Here is a video preview of the event from our YouTube page to check out, I hope you enjoy it.

This Week’s Questions

  1. How are you preparing for a time when going to a grocery store is not possible – for either a short time or an extended period of time?
  2. Do you keep livestock as part of your food assurance preps – why or why not?
  3. Have pandemic restrictions loosened where you live, and…

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May 18th, 1825: birthday of Daniel Baird Wesson (of Smith and Wesson ).

May 18th, 1825 was the birthday of Daniel Baird Wesson (of Smith and Wesson fame).

On May 18th, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted, causing a massive avalanche and killing 57 people. Ash from the volcanic eruption fell as far away as Minnesota.

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle, began on March 16. A 4.2-magnitude tremor was recorded four days later and then, on March 23-24, there were 174 different recorded tremors. The first eruption occurred on March 27, when a 250-foot wide vent opened up on top of the mountain. Ash was blasted 10,000 feet in the air, some of which came down nearly 300 miles away in Spokane. The ash caused static electricity and lightning bolts.

Throughout April, scientists watched a bulge on the north side of Mount St. Helens grow larger and larger. Finally, on May 18 at 8:32 a.m., a sudden 5.1-magnitude earthquake and eruption rocked the mountain. The north side of the peak rippled and blasted out ash at 650 miles per hour. A cloud of ash, rocks, gas, and glacial ice roared down the side of the mountain at 100 mph. Fourteen miles of the Toutle River were buried up to 150 feet deep in the debris. Magma, at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, flowed for miles. The 24-megaton blast demolished a 230-square-mile area around the mountain.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes….


Raising Fish for Food: A Guide to Live a More Sustainable Life

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Fish are a great source of protein. However, raising them for food can be difficult, and many people don’t know how to do it properly. In this article, we will look at the progression of aquaculture throughout history, as well as some ways that you can raise fish for food in an eco-friendly way. 

Raising Fish for Survival Food

Raising fish for survival food is a healthy alternative to store-bought. Raising your own can be done on any small scale in backyard ponds, pools, or tanks, and this article will cover the basics of raising fish with help building up self-sufficient needs, including breeds that work best, equipment needed, and proper care.

Raising fish as a hobby is a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends. You can fish with the kids, enjoy watching the fish and learn how to take care of them. There are many breeds of fish for you to choose from, and there may be some that you may have never even heard of before.

There are specific steps that must be followed for healthy growth of your baby guppies, such as feeding and keeping the water clean. This article will examine those steps to give you insight into raising your own guppies for food or just for fun.

Commercial Aquaculture Strategies vs Home Aquaculture Strategies

Commercial aquaculture – There are two general strategies in commercial aquaculture: intensive and extensive.

Extensive aquaculture – The practice of extensive aquaculture relies on the use of large ponds.

Intensive aquaculture – The practice of intensive aquaculture is a result of tank management to produce a large quantity in as small a space as possible.

Raising fish at home can be a great way to save money and have more control over the quality of your fish. It can be a lot of work and is not for everyone. Research thoroughly before you start because there are costs associated with the start-up process in addition to learning curve that will need to be mastered as well. However, it does take time before you’ll see any return for all that work!

Raising Fish in a Farm Pond

Your backyard could be an aquarium. For some people, the home version of aquaculture might just be a farm pond in their back yard. These ponds are perfect for those who want to raise and grow carp or other small fishes such as Tilapia because they do not need any special equipment like filters or heaters. If you have a pond on your property, stocking it with regionally appropriate fish is relatively simple.

Crappies, bass, and bluegill are all viable choices for larger ponds. The key elements to consider when deciding what fish will work best in your pond include depth (to make sure the water doesn’t freeze) and temperature protection from summer heatwaves.

If your pond can have an ecosystem, then you will not need to manage it or feed it. A significant drawback of a farm pond is…


Ditching Meat Isn’t the Answer for Climate Change. Better Farming Is.

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Regenerative Farming | 5 Proven Brand Marketing Strategies

In an age of digitally-driven product promotion, many overlook the power of personal selling. De-personalizing your company is a grievous mistake. When you’re marketing a brand, it needs your personal touch. 

Ask yourself, what is regenerative farming to the general public? 

Customers who already have an interest in sustainable living can probably tell you exactly what it is. 

People who know little about the topic may come to associate you with regenerative agriculture as a whole. As Richard Perkins is the epitome of regenerative techniques to many farmers, you may be that for others.

Don’t be overenthusiastic about avoiding farmers markets, agriculture events, or speaking engagements. Regenerative farming is about conscience and passion, and you’ll inevitably become the face of your brand.

Frequent places where you can engage your customers directly. It’s the best way to build a loyal customer base. 

If your business is primarily digital, make content to engage your clientele. Connect on social media, respond to comments, and keep things personal where possible.

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Regenerative Farming | A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing

For regeneration farming, a powerful voice is one of the most potent tools you can establish. Marketing your product is fundamentally easier when you believe in the principles you’re advertising. 

What is the brand voice? It’s the personality of your brand and how you express yourself. Most beloved companies have a strong voice, and it makes them stand out. 

Without seeing the logo or the company name, the brand is distinguishable. Having a distinctive voice and persona helps define your brand.

How do you choose a voice? It’s much easier than it seems if you know how you want people to see you. An excellent way to determine this is the “We are x but not z” exercise.

Create a list of things you want people to see and a list of counterpoints you don’t like to express.

For example:

We are confident, but not arrogant.

We are knowledgeable, but not unteachable.

We are passionate, but not fanatical.

We are expressive but not forceful.  

We are kind but not spineless.

Once you’ve established what you are and aren’t, you have a fair idea of your voice. You may also want to construct a list of catchphrases and basic structures to follow. 

Having a detailed voice persona means that anyone doing your brand’s promotions can quickly adopt the existing structure. 

Now that you’ve defined your voice, you need to define your target market. Let’s get into step two.

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Common household pest problems and their solutions

Pests are a nuisance that can cause many problems if left unchecked. Some pests, such as rats, rodents, and cockroaches, lead to food contamination which inadvertently causes food poisoning. Other types of pests, such as bed bugs and insects, aggravate skin conditions. It can cause allergies and skin problems, including rashes and redness.

pest problems

You may be tempted to reach out for the bug spray to kill the bugs then and there. However, bug sprays and chemicals are often toxic to the environment and can lead to allergic reactions in some instances. Although mosquito repellents containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are effective, they can cause eye and skin irritation. In extreme cases, it may lead to rashes and even blisters.

Hence, if you have a pest problem, the solution is to hire a pest control service. Such services not only identify the pest but also remove them from your home. In addition to this, pest control services take preventative measures to ensure that your house does not face a pest problem again.

As summer rolls over, we must prepare to deal with pests. However, if you want to avoid hiring pest services, you can take a few steps to prevent a pest infestation in the first place. Some of the common pests found in our homes are as follows.


A bedbug is a small insect that sucks on blood. Since these bugs cannot fly, an infestation spreads when an infected surface comes into contact with another. A bedbug can grow up to 1 cm in length. Bedbug eggs are hard to discern because they are small in size, about 1 mm in length. A bite from a bedbug can cause allergic reactions in some people. Using antiseptic creams and lotions can help alleviate the skin condition.

To prevent a bedbug infestation in your house, you should try to keep the bedding and mattress clean. Use a plastic covering to cover the mattress that is not in use. Also, vacuum the mattress regularly to remove bedbugs. If you are buying furniture, check it for a bedbug before you make a purchase.


Cockroaches have been around for about four million years and are a common pest problem in households. The German cockroach is the most common type of pest found in a home. These cockroaches can grow up to 1.6 cm in length. Roaches feed on food leftovers, which are present in the kitchen. Cockroaches thrive in damp conditions and multiply quickly. They contaminate food by excreting on it. Sometimes, using a spray will not solve the problem of a cockroach infestation. You must handle these pests before it leads to a full-blown infestation.

The best way to avoid a cockroach infestation is to clean the kitchen and the bathroom regularly. Do not leave leftovers on the countertops. Store them in containers with a proper seal. Cockroaches will also feed…

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How to Maximize Remote Meetings

Working remotely can be convenient and productive, but it can also be frustrating, particularly when it comes to meetings. We have all experienced terrible Zoom meetings. The team member whose connection is spotty. The dog that keeps barking in the background. The moment when everyone tries talking at the same time.

There are other challenges, too. According to Forbes:

40% of employees have experienced mental exhaustion from video calls.
52% of employees said background noise or poor audio quality has disrupted their focus.
38% of employees reported feeling exhausted after a week of virtual meetings and 30% felt stressed.

Zoom fatigue is real. If you can’t get your online meetings into a productive rhythm, you risk wasting time and exhausting your team. With more and more businesses moving toward a remote model, this is something we can’t afford to ignore.

Here are four tactics to ensure you and your team have successful remote meetings:

Find a neutral location. Pay attention to your su