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Prepping is not just for a SHTF senario when the world comes burning down around our ears, like post Sandy/Katrina, or war reaching our shores. How about making life livable if you lose your job? How much are those bills you pay every month? What can you rapidly remove or reduce from your daily life to make your monthly deficits affordable on an unemployment check and/or with freelance income?

The venerable axe is arguably the most useful tool anyone can own. With proper care an axe head can last for multiple generations. You can routinely pick up axes for around $10 at flea markets, estate sales and the occasional yard sale, but we recommend the estate sales. While you are there look for a decent chainsaw if you don't already have one. In one instance we saw a $450 Husquavarna chainsaw go for $30. 

How do you communicate privately? This is a problem that has plagued mankind for centuries and has entered a new era of need with the advent of texting, instant messaging and mobile phones. For all intents and purposes, all of that data is currently transmitted in the clear. Government servers get split feeds direct from the phone company. Texting is not even encrypted at all and law enforcement can get transcripts of messages. So how does the average person protect themselves and exercise their right to privacy?

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Which one should be used and why from a users perspective.

Quick-Clot (US Based) made by Z-Medica uses Kaolinite which is a kind of clay and cannot be broken down by the body. When I have seen  it used, it has burned on contact and needed to be cleaned out of the wound later. DoD users have reported difficulty in gaining formulaic documentation from the manufacturer.

Celox (UK Based) made by Celox Medical uses Chitosan, a natural polysaccharide, and is broken down by Lysozyme (found in human tears, saliva and mucus) into glucosamine (a natural sugar). It does not set off a clotting cascade, but clots the red blood cells it comes in contact with. From what I have seen it does not burn on contact and does not need to be cleaned out of the wound. I have no DoD information, but it is mandatory medical kit for the U.K. Military.

Personally - I'll take Celox over Quick-Clot.