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31 December, 2010

Today's Dollar Buys Less Than a Nickel’s Worth of Goods and Services in Woodrow Wilson’s Time

The Long Goodbye: The Declining Purchasing Power of the Dollar


Ashton Kutcher Predicts Worthless Currency And Mass Panic, Recommends Getting As Buff As Possible

Ashton Kutcher Predicts Worthless Currency And Mass Panic, Recommends Getting As Buff As Possible: "Ashton Kutcher has an interesting theory about why you should get as fit as possible in 2011.

According to Kutcher, the apocalypse is coming.

Last year, if you'll remember, at the beginning of 2010, it was Barton Biggs who recommended people prepare for the apocalypse.

Our society has peaked, Biggs said, and the end of days, which is near, will bring nothing but crazy pillagers to your home to take everything you own.

Kutcher's theory is a lot more badass. The mass-panic he pictures is in the form of zero electricity, followed by pillagers and ... wild boar? (You'll have to read what he says.) To prepare for it, he's doing a crazy ultimate survival-style get-fit routine in case he has to fight off hordes of people (or father the next generation).

He also has updated the preparation tactics for the new year. Biggs' tips for 2010 were to buy a farmhouse and stock it with plenty of guns, seed fertilizer, wine, medicine, etc.

Kutcher's tips are to beef up. According to Just Jared, he told Men's Fitness that he's learning killer fighting if for nothing else than to protect the ones he loves for the worst case scenario..."


30 December, 2010

Should Have Been Carrying An Emergency Kit

Hundreds Spend Frigid Night on New York Subway Train: "It took hours for Christopher Mullen to get off a plane from sunny Cancun and on to a half-empty subway car, his only way home. It would be another eight hours and more - a night spent huddled under a thin blanket on the frigid, grungy car - before he could get off the A train.

His feet soaked to the bone, with no food, water and hardly any heat, Mullen and 400 others lived through a New York nightmare on an elevated subway track, one of hundreds of stories of hardship caused by the crushing snowstorm that dropped more than 2 feet of snow on the Northeast..."


27 December, 2010

Tin Foil House: Russian Man Builds 2012 Doomsday Capsule

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Solar Radio Doubles As USB Charging Multitool for Adventurers

Solar Radio Doubles As USB Charging Multitool for Adventurers: "Eton's Raptor doesn't know if it's a radio, a weather-gauge or a bottle opener. An inbuilt solar-panel charges the li-Ion battery, powers the AM/FM/digital tuner, and also juices-up your phone through the miniUSB port.

Planning an expedition through uncharted territory? You also get a compass, chronograph, altimeter and barometer to keep you on track and informed of atmospheric conditions. There's a clip for your utility belt and of course, it's rubberized for waterproofing and shock protection. There's even a line-input for amplifying your iPod, too.

And the feature you'll probably end up using the most? The bottle opener of course. On sale soon..."


A Village Was Swallowed by the Earth

A village was swallowed by the earth: "It seems like a movie of Mark Robson (Earthquake, 1974), but at this time I write this post, a Colombian village, Gramalote in North Santander, is being swallowed by the earth. Another chapter of the tragic 2010 winter in Colombia. The minister of interior, German Vargas Lleras, visited the place of the disaster and sentenced that the town will disappeared in few hours. The 90 percent of its population has been evacuated and rescue teams try to recover official and historical documents from government buildings that were destroyed by the strain natural phenomenon.

Gramalote is a municipality of 918.942 inhabitants. It was founded in 1857 on a geological fault of the Eastern ranges of the Colombian Andes. Minister Vargas said to the media that the order to evacuate was followed quickly by the population, so there is not deadly victims. About four thousand inhabitants from the affected sectors of the town were located in special camps. The minister and a journalist of Caracol, Eduardo Galeano, reported that the buildings were falling like a house of cards.

Most of the houses of the town are damaged and others are already buried, said the minister, so in a couple of days Gramalote will cease to exist. A hill that is next to the town, is falling on it..."


22 December, 2010

How to Survive the Collapse of America

Activist Post: How to Survive the Collapse of America: "It's a sure sign of the times that a book titled, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Times becomes a National Bestseller. First printed a year after the October financial crash of 2008 when the world awoke to the fragility of the 'system,' author James Wesley, Rawles offers a pragmatic and thorough guide to survive other potentially more severe future crashes.

The book does not go into extended detail about what may trigger the breakdown of civilization, but uses its precious 316 pages to inform readers of how to prepare for nearly any disaster. Many survival books are great references to have in your library should a disaster take place, but this book is essential to read and implement well before disaster occurs..."


To Warm The Homeless, A Coat That's A Sleeping Bag

To Warm The Homeless, A Coat That's A Sleeping Bag : NPR: "If you look at a house under construction these days, you'll likely see Tyvek, a paper-thin, white insulating wrap. But in Detroit, an enterprising art student is using the plastic-like home insulation in a different way — to help homeless people stay warm.

The idea seems simple enough: Design a product that keeps the wind out and heat in. How about an inexpensive jacket that quickly turns into a warm sleeping bag? A casual review of this holiday's catalogs reveals no such product. Enter Veronika Scott, a student at the College for Creative Studies..."


20 December, 2010

The 10 Things You Must Have in an Emergency Kit

The 10 Things You Must Have in an Emergency Kit: "There’s nothing scarier than being stranded on a dark, blistery night with nothing to keep you warm and full but your unheated car and a few crumbs left in a potato chip bag. Whether you’re dealing with a broken-down car or natural disaster, it’s important to keep an emergency kit around. Here are 10 things that you MUST keep in the kit to ensure your survival..."


17 December, 2010

10 Cooking Staples That Can Outlast You

10 cooking staples that can outlast you | MNN - Mother Nature Network: "Now that the holiday season has begun, many people are making extensive grocery lists in preparation for parties, dinners and cookie swaps. But before you shop, Janice Revell, co-founder of StillTasty.com, says 'Look in your pantry and your cabinets and check whether the items really do need to go. You'll be shocked by what you really don't need to throw away.'

So before you throw out that years-old sugar or replace that bottle of vanilla that's been gathering dust, consult our list of 'forever foods.' You may be surprised how many of your kitchen staples have a shelf life of decades — even after they've been opened..."


14 December, 2010

Glenn Beck Warns Of Food Riots, Martial Law & Gun Confiscations

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Why Use Gold As Money?

Activist Post: Why Use Gold As Money?: "History shows us that when countries use a valuable commodity for money they have zero or low inflation; zero or minor cycles of economic panic or depression; and more peace, liberty, and prosperity (smaller governments).

For example, the number of grams of gold needed to buy a barrel of oil has been very steady over the years. A key benefit of using gold as money is its value stability. Even better, Econ 101 tells us that a commodity such as gold in limited supply, and with increasing demand for it (growth of the economy), will APPRECIATE in value. This has huge importance because it kills the 'there is not enough gold' argument, and gives a positive incentive to save and avoid debt..."


08 December, 2010

Tired From a Hike? Rescuers Fear Yuppie 911

Tired from a hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911 - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com: "Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon — just in case.

In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls.

What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst 'tasted salty.'

If they had not been toting the device that works like Onstar for hikers, "we would have never attempted this hike," one of them said after the third rescue crew forced them to board their chopper. It's a growing problem facing the men and women who risk their lives when they believe others are in danger of losing theirs.

Technology has made calling for help instantaneous even in the most remote places. Because would-be adventurers can send GPS coordinates to rescuers with the touch of a button, some are exploring terrain they do not have the experience, knowledge or endurance to tackle.

Yuppie 911
Rescue officials are deciding whether to start keeping statistics on the problem, but the incidents have become so frequent that the head of California's Search and Rescue operation has a name for the devices: Yuppie 911..."


How To Prepare For The Coming Financial Apocalypse

How To Prepare For The Coming Financial Apocalypse : MunKnee.com: "It is becoming increasingly apparent that the U.S. economy is heading for complete and total disaster – a financial apocalypse. State and local governments across the nation are uncontrollably bleeding red ink. The federal government has accumulated the largest debt in world history. Every year we buy hundreds of billions of dollars more from the rest of the world than they buy from us [which] means that we are getting hundreds of billions of dollars poorer as a nation every single year. Meanwhile, thousands of factories and millions of jobs continue to be sent overseas as American cities turn into post-industrial wastelands. Incomes are down, unemployment remains at depressingly high levels and very few of our politicians seem to have any idea how to fix things. Yes, things are really, really bad. So what are some things that we can all be doing to prepare for the coming financial apocalypse? Words: 1598

So says an article*in endoftheamericandream.com which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com, has reformatted and edited [...] below for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. (Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.) The article goes on to say:

The truth is that we all need to start becoming less dependent on “the system”. If the economy does completely fall apart at some point your employer is probably not going to take care of you. Neither is the federal government – just look at what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In the end, you are going to have to take care of yourself and your family… so now is the time to prepare for any future financial apocalypse. If you wait until things totally fall apart it will be far too late..."


03 December, 2010

9 Shocking Examples Of Black Friday Violence – Is This A Foretaste Of The Economic Riots We Can Expect When The Financial System Collapses?

9 Shocking Examples Of Black Friday Violence – Is This A Foretaste Of The Economic Riots We Can Expect When The Financial System Collapses?: "It seems with each passing year the madness on Black Friday gets even worse. This year, there were reports of fights and rioting from coast to coast. It was estimated that over 180 million U.S. shoppers headed for the stores on Friday, and whenever you get that many people together there are going to be problems. But just how crazed ordinary Americans are getting over saving a little bit of money is deeply disturbing when you really start thinking about it. If people will go this wild just to save 40 percent on a television set, then what in the world are they going to do when they have been without food for a couple of days? If Americans will act like psychotic animals just to save 50 bucks, then what in the world will they do when they have lost everything and are desperate to survive?..."


Tiny House Movement Thrives Amid Real Estate Bust

Tiny house movement thrives amid real estate bust | syracuse.com: "As Americans downsize in the aftermath of a colossal real estate bust, at least one tiny corner of the housing market appears to be thriving.

To save money or simplify their lives, a small but growing number of Americans are buying or building homes that could fit inside many people’s living rooms, according to entrepreneurs in the small house industry.

Some put these wheeled homes in their backyards to use as offices, studios or extra bedrooms. Others use them as mobile vacation homes they can park in the woods. But the most intrepid of the tiny house owners live in them full-time, paring down their possessions and often living off the grid..."


The R2B2 Pedal-Powered Kitchen Appliance Concept

The R2B2 pedal-powered kitchen appliance concept: "Christoph Thetard has developed a mechanical flywheel drive to power a set of kitchen appliances for his Diploma in Product Design at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. The kitchen machine, coffee grinder and hand blender chosen for this device would under normal circumstances need to be plugged into an electrical wall socket, but there's no electricity needed for R2B2. Pumping the pedal spins the flywheel, which in turn provides the energy needed to operate the three cooking aids.

The target of the project was to create a set of kitchen appliances that could be powered without using electricity. R2B2 consists of three appliances considered to be amongst the most frequently-used in a kitchen – a multi-functional kitchen machine, a glass and ceramic coffee grinder and a hand blender – and a central drive unit mounted in a wooden frame. The open construction was deliberate so that observers can see what's going on and how it works..."


02 December, 2010

10 Skills Needed to Thrive in a Post-Collapse World

Activist Post: 10 Skills Needed to Thrive in a Post-Collapse World: "Some experts see the perfect storm emerging for a dramatic collapse of Western civilization claiming we've reached environmental, economic, and geopolitical tipping points. Clearly, some skills will be far more valuable than others if this societal breakdown occurs. Sorry bankers, lawyers, and accountants, there won't be a need for you in a post-collapse world.

Before we quantify the skill sets that will be viable, it is important to define the severity of a 'post-collapse' scenario. When taken as a whole, together these tipping points could potentially converge to create a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-type world for the vast majority of humanity..."


30 November, 2010

An Economical Battery of Guns for the Backwoods Home

An economical battery of guns for the backwoods home by Massad Ayoob Issue #114: "Everything's getting more expensive. Food. Gasoline. Guns and ammunition. Not everyone who appreciates the rural lifestyle was 'born with a gun in their hand' the way some of us feel as if we've been. Many are urban-dwellers who've figured out for themselves that living closer to nature is a better way, and nothing from their previous metropolitan lifestyle has prepared them for their sudden realization that firearms are important, routinely-used tools for those who live 'in the country.'

Reading is good, but training is better. My advice to the people new to guns would be to take a firearms safety course before buying their first firearm. It'll give them a better idea of what they want, what they need, and what will suit them in terms of the size, the power, and the mechanics of the many, many firearms they have the option of buying. Your local office of the state Fish and Wildlife Department will be able to steer you toward hunter safety and firearms safety courses. As adult education goes, these courses are extremely affordable. If self-defense is your primary concern, your local gun shop or police department can direct you to armed citizen training programs. Most of these are geared toward folks about to apply for concealed carry permits, but the advice encompassed in their curricula are essential even for those only concerned with defending the home against violent intrusion..."


Report Warns Obama About 'New' Dark Ages

Report warns Obama about 'new' Dark Ages: "Two national-security experts have issued a report through the Heritage Foundation that warns Obama administration officials to start working now to prevent – and mitigate the damage from – an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States because of the potential for 'unimaginable devastation.'

'Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine. Nor would the catastrophe stop at U.S. borders. Most of Canada would be devastated, too, as its infrastructure is integrated with the U.S. power grid. Much of the world's intellectual brain power (half of it is in the United States) would be lost as well. Earth would most likely recede into the 'new' Dark Ages,' states the report by James J. Carafano, the deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies and director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, and Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Politial-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute..."


29 November, 2010

U.S. Military War Gaming for Large Scale Economic Breakdown and Civil Unrest

U.S. Military War Gaming for Large Scale Economic Breakdown and Civil Unrest :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website: "The majority of Americans believe that recent government intervention into financial markets, the economy and corporate insolvency has reversed the economic downturn which was described by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as being “on the brink” in 2008. The stimulus, bailouts and unrelenting quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve have thus far been perceived as having averted the further erosion of the U.S. real estate and equities markets. And though the Federal Reserve and economic analysts have recently readjusted their economic growth forecasts downward for the next six months, Americans no longer have to worry about, as Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said on the house floor in October of 2008, the sky falling, multi-thousand point drops in stock markets and martial law in America.

The recovery - if our government, the Federal Reserve and mainstream media are to be believed - is on the road to recovery - albeit slowly and with some more pain ahead.

If we’ve “prevented economic collapse” and “avoided the depression many feared,” according to President Obama, inquiring minds are asking why the Pentagon and US Military are actively and aggressively engaged in planning responsive action to large scale economic breakdown and civil unrest scenarios:

Ever since the crash of 2008 the defense intelligence establishment has really been paying a lot of attention to global markets and how they can serve as a threat to U.S. national security interests. At one upcoming seminar next month they’re taking a look at a lot of the issues.

source: see CNBC video report below

According to the report, the Army has spent time on financial market trading floors with JP Morgan and others, in the hopes that they can learn more about how a financial and economic attack may occur, and what the ramifications of such attacks on US stocks and bonds may be.

The Army, in a year-long war games series called Unified Quest 2011, is looking at a variety of possibilities and how to deal with them, including:

* the implications of “large scale economic breakdown” inside of the United States
* how to maintain “domestic order amid civil unrest”
* and ways to deal with fragmented global power and drastically lower budgets..."


7 Towns Where Land Is Free

7-towns-where-land-is-free: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance: "As small towns suffer from a continuing flight from rural toward-more urban living, some economic development groups and governments in these troubled areas have chosen to stay and fight.

The Homestead Act of 1862 is no longer in effect, but free land is still available out there in the great wide open (often literally in the great wide open). In fact, the town of Beatrice, Nebraska has even enacted a Homestead Act of 2010.

As with the homesteaders of the 1800s, the new pioneers must not be the faint of heart—they can't be the type to shy away from the trials of building a home from the ground up, or the lack of Starbucks on every corner, or unpaved roads (extremely remote location and lack of infrastructure is probably what caused a well-publicized land giveaway in Anderson, Ark. to flop). If the Google Maps overhead view of the vast open space surrounding the modest street grids of these towns doesn't instill cabin fever, then read on—these parcels are up for land grabs..."


27 November, 2010

How to Make a Square Foot Garden

How to Make a Square Foot Garden | Alberta Home Gardening: "... Most gardens are planted in long rows separated by three foot aisles. This means 80% of your garden (that you water, weed, and fertilize) grows nothing. You just walk on it. The square foot method eliminates that 80% of your garden that you don’t use by planting in blocks.

Using the square foot gardening method, you divide a 4′ x 4′ box into sixteen 1 foot square gardens. You then can plant a different crop in each of the squares. For example, you might plant 16 carrots in one box, four beans in another, and one cabbage in another. That leaves you with 13 other boxes to fill! I think it’s a fantastic system, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. Here are some of the reasons why I love square foot gardening..."


China, Russia Quit Dollar

China, Russia quit dollar: "China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday. Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

'About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,' Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities..."


26 November, 2010

Guest Post: Investment Potential of Gold and Other Precious Metals and the Dangers of the Fiat Money System

The world's 40 year experiment with pure fiat currencies (since Richard Nixon removed the gold backing of the US dollar) is nearing its inevitable end.  Gold and silver which served as money for over 5,000 years are reasserting their supremacy as a store of wealth if not yet as a medium of exchange.

Precious metals, particularly gold and silver, had special properties that helped them survive the tough competition to serve as money in nearly all human civilizations.  Gold was typically used for large purchases while silver and copper were used for change or smaller purchases.  Gold was the perfect money as it is scarce, durable, has a high value per unit weight, is divisible and has intrinsic worth other than its function as money.  So it served as a better medium of exchange than say wheat which spoils easily or cattle where it might be difficult to make change.

In fact, the world has experienced the highest growth rate when all the major economies (US and Western Europe) were on the international gold standard in the latter half of the 19th century.  However, gold as money, while being a boon to the common man, was a huge problem for governments.  Imagine having to balance your budget every year and not expense your profligate promises to your favored special interest on the national credit card!

World War I offered the first golden opportunity (pun intended) for world governments to go off the gold standard and print up huge amounts of paper money to pay for the war.  Germany then ran the printing press to repay its war debt which resulted in the disastrous hyperinflation of 1923.  The advent of the Great Depression in 1929 (which was a result of excess paper money printing) took the world again off the gold standard.  The US, under FDR, revoked redemption of paper money for gold, suspended gold contracts and made it a felony to own gold.  Following World War II, only international governments could redeem their dollars for gold under the Bretton Woods agreement which President Nixon reneged on in 1971, ushering in the pure fiat currency, floating exchange rate standard.

This allowed all governments to run up huge deficits and fund it by having their central banks literally print money (they couldn't print gold earlier) to buy government debt.  Of course, this scam was sold to the general public as offering flexibility and 'protection' from international speculators.  It's no coincidence then that the world experienced high inflation in the 1970s when gold went from $35 an ounce to $850 per ounce.  It's also no coincidence that government debt worldwide has risen to many times their GDP as politicians made reckless promises to get elected knowing that they can always run the printing press to pay their dues.

Needless to say, this narrative couldn't have gone on forever without economic reality slapping the world hard across the face.  The convulsions since 2008 are the beginning of the unraveling of paper currencies.  Central banks are plotting another fresh infusion of money created, ex nihilo, to keep the economy from collapsing again.  Many astute investors such as Jim Rogers have predicted multiple paper currency crises in the future.  As of this writing, the G20 has just completed a meeting assuring each other they wouldn't resort to 'competitive devaluation of currencies' which you can be assured is what each of them would do, as if impoverishing your own citizens by robbing them of purchasing power is the way to make them wealthy.  To top it all, the big kahuna, the United States has unfunded obligations in Social Security and Medicare that dwarf their national output.  The only way for the US government to make good on its promises to its older folk is to either enslave the younger generation or run the printing press.

A small minority of the investing public has awoken to the dangers ahead and has smartly (and fearfully) turned to gold and silver again to protect them from the oncoming tsunami of fiat currency inflation.  They've heeded well the lessons learnt from the Weimar hyperinflation (and more recently the Zimbabwe hyperinflation) and are protecting what wealth they have by investing in gold and silver bullion.  This is the smart bet as long as governments overpromise benefits, run up huge deficits and add to already humongous levels of national debt.

This guest post is contributed by Mark Macaluso, he writes on the topic of Masters in Accounting Programs . He welcomes your comments at his email id: mark.macaluso985@gmail.com.


40 High Flying Self Defense Blogs

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Home Alarm Monitoring: 40 High Flying Self Defense Blogs: "There are many different types of threats that we need to be able to defend ourselves from both online and offline. We have to deal with it whether you are dealing with a big bully taking your child’s lunch money or a cyber bully harassing them on social media sites, AIM, or Skype. Of course, there are other serious threats like mugging, car-jacking, and all kinds of dangers lurking out in the real world, but we can’t let that deter us from living our lives. The best thing that we can do is get mentally and physically prepared and to do our best to keep ourselves and those that we care about safe. Here are 40 high flying self defense resources that attempt to do just that..."


Ammo: Long-Term Storage Tips

Ammo: Long-Term Storage Tips | Gun Digest - The World's Foremost Gun Information Authority: "We’ve seen prices on ammo and components rise, supply shrink, and the ever-present threat of some type of government clamp-down on firearms-related products; serious shooters, hunters and ordinary gun-owning citizens need to protect their stocks of these items. With the current political situation in mind, here are a few tips for keeping your handloads and other ammunition safe and reliable.

I am not an alarmist nor do I consider myself paranoid but with all the political insanity that is coming out of Washington I can’t see the liberals holding off on the gun issue much longer, certainly they are mad after the recent court decision on the Chicago gun ban. Actually I’m surprised, given the government-sponsored multi-faceted attack on individual and states’ rights, that some form of attack on firearms ownership has not taken place already. With the administration holding the door open in the Southwest for illegal immigration and given the number of weapons caches uncovered in the Arizona desert, I think it might be a good idea to get the house in order..."


08 November, 2010

Fed's Trillion $ Purchase of Bonds is a Fraud

Fed's Trillion $ Purchase of Bonds is a Fraud -: "The nine PRIVATE Banks that OWN the (so-called) 'Federal Reserve' aren't going to 'buy' a (near) Trillion in U.S.Government Bonds using any 'money' of their own! Their 'purchase' is a FRAUD!

At a cost to the 'Federal Reserve' Banksters of only ink, paper and labor, our Treasury's hired printing presses will print off a TRILLION in 'Federal Reserve' paper 'Dollars' - backed by nothing but thin air!

With that Trillion in 'legal' play-money (manufactured out of thin air) - the Fed Banksters will 'purchase' a Trillion in REAL Government Treasury Bonds - obligating future American taxpayers to re-pay the Fed Banksters a Trillion PLUS Interest, in REAL money!

At least the Chinese purchased US Bonds using their own REAL cash!..."


04 November, 2010

5 Dangers To Global Crops That Could Dramatically Reduce The World Food Supply

5 Dangers To Global Crops That Could Dramatically Reduce The World Food Supply: "The world food situation is starting to get very, very tight. Unprecedented heat and wildfires this summer in Russia and horrific flooding in Pakistan and China have been some of the primary reasons for the rapidly rising food prices we are now seeing around the globe. In places such as Australia and the African nation of Guinea-Bissau, the big problem for crops has been locusts. In a world that already does not grow enough food for everyone (thanks to the greed of the elite), any disruption in food production can cause a major, major problem. Tonight, thousands of people around the world will starve to death. So what happens if things get even worse? Many agricultural scientists are now warning that global food production is facing dangers that are absolutely unprecedented. Crop diseases such as UG99 wheat rust and the 'unintended effects' of genetic modification pose challenges that previous generations simply did not have to face. The outbreak of a real, live global famine looks increasingly possible with each passing year. So are you and your family prepared if a global famine does strike?..."


One EMP Burst and the World Goes Dark

One EMP burst and the world goes dark - USATODAY.com: "The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future?

There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life..."


The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out Of Water

The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out Of Water: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance: "Some parts of the United States have begun to run low on water. That is probably not much of a surprise to people who live in the arid parts of America that have had water shortages for decades or even centuries. No one who has been to the Badlands in South Dakota would expect to be able to grow crops there.

The water problem is worse than most people realize, particularly in several large cities which are occasionally low on water now and almost certainly face shortfalls in a few years. This is particularly true if the change in global weather patterns substantially alters rainfall amounts in some areas of the US...

... One goal was to identify potential conflicts in regions that might have disputed rights over large supplies of water and the battles that could arise from these disputes. And, 24/7 Wall St. examined geographic areas that have already been plagued by drought and water shortages off and on. The analysis allowed us to choose ten cities that are likely to face severe shortages in the relatively near-term future..."


16 October, 2010

Clinton Official Suggested Letting U.S. Plane Be Shot Down To Provoke War With Iraq

I am, personally, not an adherent to the various 9/11 "false flag" conspiracy theories, but I keep an open mind. I must, because I do firmly believe that the real reason for the invasion of Iraq was to secure the world's 3rd largest oil field prior to the coming crunch of Peak Oil; so, to think the government might have carried out a "false flag" attack to drum up public support for the invasion is not that big of a stretch.

After all, they have something of a track record for such things. See Operation Northwoods, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Operation Gladio.


Gen. Hugh Shelton: Clinton Official Suggested Letting U.S. Plane Be Shot Down To Provoke War With Iraq: "In the publicity sheet that St. Martin's Press has been sending out to spur interest in General Hugh Shelton's new memoir, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, the last highlight is a doozy: 'A high-ranking cabinet member suggests intentionally flying an American airplane on a low pass over Baghdad so as to guarantee it will be shot down, thus creating a natural excuse to reltaliate and go to war.'

Turns out the incident took place during the Clinton administration, and Shelton's response to the suggestion...well, let's just say it more than lives up to the title of the memoir.."


Europe's Biker Gangs Set On A Collision Course With Police

Europe's biker gangs set on a collision course with the police - Europe, World - The Independent: "... The annual Moto Klub Brod motorijada (motor picnic) has become one of the largest gatherings for outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Balkans, taking place on the border of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Croatian town that was significantly damaged during the war.

Despite the ongoing tensions in the Balkans – and the fact that many bikers are hardened veterans of the successive wars that tore this region apart in the 1990s – the Moto Klub Brod normally passes off without incident. But this year, on the last night of the seven-day festival, a large brawl broke out between a group of Hells Angels and a rival gang from Bosnia known as the 'Grevinis'.

The fight, which began when a group of bat-wielding Hells Angels attacked a car carrying Grevinis members – and ended in police having to stop an angry crowd from beating up the Hells Angels – had little reason to be reported outside of the local Croatian media. But in the offices of a number of police forces across Europe, the fight caused a buzz of activity and concern.

Those charged with investigating drug trafficking and cross-border gang crime in Europe have watched with trepidation as outlaw motorcycle gangs, dubbed OMCGs, have spread with renewed vigour across Europe, particularly in the Balkans and eastern Europe. Investigators say this increase is no coincidence. Both areas are vital drug-smuggling routes from Central Asia and South-east Asia, where almost all of Europe's heroin and much of its cannabis originate...

... In Germany this year a fragile truce was declared between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels after violence between the two gangs erupted on the streets of Berlin and in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, where both chapters were promptly banned.

Scores of people were injured and a number were murdered because a group of up to 70 Bandidos defected en masse to the Hells Angels.

The Independent has been told by investigators that most of those that defected to the Hells Angels were German bikers from Turkey, where Hells Angels chapters have risen dramatically. In Denmark, meanwhile, at least 15 members of the Hells Angels and a youth gang closely connected to them known as AK 81 face charges of attempted murder. The arrests were largely made possible thanks to two key witnesses, including Kaspar Vetter, a former Hells Angels lieutenant, going into the witness protection programme and turning on their former comrades..."


14 October, 2010

Researchers: Culture Evolves Slowly, Falls Apart Quickly

Culture Evolves Slowly, Falls Apart Quickly | Wired Science | Wired.com: "Societies come together slowly, but can fall apart quickly, say researchers who applied the tools of evolutionary biologists to an anthropological debate.

Using archaeological records and linguistic analyses rather than fossils and genes, they created an evolutionary tree of political forms once found in Pacific islands.

The study, published October 13 in Nature, was intended to illuminate an issue of contention among archaeologists, anthropologists and historians: whether societies become more complex in incremental steps or sudden bursts, and whether they dissolve in similar fashion..."


13 October, 2010

Scientists Say the Big One Could Be Even Bigger

More scary earthquake doom...


Scientists say the Big One could be even bigger: "The Big One predicted for the San Andreas fault could end up being bigger than earthquake experts previously thought.

New research shows that a section of the fault is long overdue for a major earthquake.

Some scientists are saying that the southern portion of the fault is capable of a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that could run 340 miles.

That would be significantly stronger and wider than the southern San Andreas' last major rupture, in 1857. Such an earthquake could cause much more damage because its power would be spread over a larger area and the shaking would last longer.

Whether such a quake would happen in our lifetime had been a subject of debate among scientists. Until recently, experts believed that the southern section of the San Andreas, which runs through the Carrizo Plain 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, would remain dormant for at least another century.

But that hypothesis seemed to be shattered by a recent report in the journal Geology, which said that even that section is far overdue for a major quake.

According to U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, all 340 miles of the southern San Andreas could rupture..."


Where Will Our Food Come From if American Food Production Shuts Down?

Guest Column: Where will our food come from if American food production shuts down? - Opinion - Heritage: "Food production in America is fast shutting down. Where will our food come from?

We are seeing a rapid decline in America's ability to feed itself. America is fast becoming a nation where food production is not sustainable in the long term. You won't hear it from the farm state politicians, or anyone running for office because it's a matter they don't want to address.

Unless steps are taken, lack of food may soon hit the American population. Your bag of gold is useless at Kroger if there is nothing on the shelves..."


11 October, 2010

America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

The American Spectator : America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution: "As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' 'toxic assets' was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's 'systemic collapse.' In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets' nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.

When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term 'political class' came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public's understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the 'ruling class.' And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class...

... Today's ruling class... was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the 'in' language -- serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America's ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government...

... in 1992 Ross Perot became a serious contender for the presidency (at one point he was favored by 39 percent of Americans vs. 31 percent for G.H.W. Bush and 25 percent for Clinton) simply by speaking ill of the ruling class. Today, few speak well of the ruling class. Not only has it burgeoned in size and pretense, but it also has undertaken wars it has not won, presided over a declining economy and mushrooming debt, made life more expensive, raised taxes, and talked down to the American people. Americans' conviction that the ruling class is as hostile as it is incompetent has solidified. The polls tell us that only about a fifth of Americans trust the government to do the right thing. The rest expect that it will do more harm than good and are no longer afraid to say so..."


The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy

Gonzalo Lira On The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy | zero hedge: "... When the backbone of a country starts thinking that laws and rules are not worth following, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to anarchy.

TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry—the upright citizenry—throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore.

If a big enough proportion of the populace—not even a majority, just a largish chunk—decides that it’s just not worth following the rules anymore, then that society’s days are numbered: Not even a police-state with an armed Marine at every corner with Shoot-to-Kill orders can stop such middle-class anarchy..."


09 October, 2010

The End of Oil As We Know It

The End of Oil As We Know It -- PRNewswire-USNewswire: "The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-USA) asserted today that the world is facing a significant energy crisis, as the rate of oil production cannot keep pace with demand. The world is consuming four barrels of oil for every one discovered, more than 80 million barrels of oil per day. After 150 years of oil extraction, most major oil exporting nations are well past their supply peaks, defined by scientists as 'Peak Oil.'

'We are at the point of no return,' stated Jim Baldauf, President of ASPO-USA. 'While global demand is accelerating, worldwide oil supplies have reached a plateau and are now in decline. The era of low-cost, easy-to-get oil has come to an end, a moment of historic significance and one fraught with danger. The Gulf of Mexico disaster occurred because the quest for new supplies requires that we drill miles beneath the ocean surface. Without affordable energy to drive our economy, we can expect price spikes and economic crisis to be the new normal. The debate about Peak Oil is over; it is time for bold action. If we do not change our current approach, we will see tremendous global repercussions.'..."


Billions At Risk of 'Water Insecurity'

BBC News - Water map shows billions at risk of 'water insecurity': "About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis.

Researchers compiled a composite index of 'water threats' that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution.

The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people.

Writing in the journal Nature, they say that in western countries, conserving water for people through reservoirs and dams works for people, but not nature.

They urge developing countries not to follow the same path.

Instead, they say governments should invest in water management strategies that combine infrastructure with "natural" options such as safeguarding watersheds, wetlands and flood plains.

The analysis is a global snapshot, and the research team suggests more people are likely to encounter more severe stress on their water supply in the coming decades, as the climate changes and the human population continues to grow..."


Oil Shock 'Lkely' Wthin Decade, Warns UK Energy Secretary

Nice to see more people waking up, especially those in power, but I believe this will hit much sooner than he is thinking. Of course, maybe he is just trying not to frighten the masses.


Oil shock 'likely' within decade, warns Huhne - Yahoo! Finance: "Britain is 'very likely' to face an oil shock within the next decade, triggering economic volatility as fraught with 'nasty surprises' as the 1970s, the energy secretary has warned.

Chris Huhne told the Financial Times that Britain was in danger of becoming as vulnerable to price spikes as before the discovery of big North Sea oilfields, leaving the economy open to 'very severe blows'.

His forecast of a looming energy crisis came in an interview where Mr Huhne admitted that 'nuclear is going to play a part in the energy mix', but declined to guarantee state support for low carbon manufacturing.

The energy secretary is a pivotal figure in the coalition who must implement a nuclear policy his own party has opposed, while fighting his corner in one of Whitehall's toughest budget negotiations to protect cherished green policies from the Treasury axe..."


06 October, 2010

Survivalist Retreat Yields Big Profits

Survivalist retreat near Strafford yields big profits | News-Leader.com | Springfield News-Leader: "Leonard Pense never planned to grow his garden into a business.

Ten years ago, the former engineer and military consultant bought 21 secluded acres on top of a hill south of Strafford --'high ground with only one way in and out,' he says.

It was a place his extended family could retreat to if the country's economy collapsed, big trucks stopped delivering food to cities or the power grid went dark.

'This was built solely as a survival garden for my family,' said Pense, surveying rows of raised-bed growing areas filled with raspberries, potatoes, beans, okra, cauliflower, tomatoes and other edibles.

'Having worked as a consultant for the government, I came to the conclusion this country is not in the best of shape. When I started this, I did not intend for anyone to know where I was or what I was doing out here.'

His survivalist retreat, however, didn't remain a secret.

Today, Pense's hilltop doomsday garden has become a thriving business known as Pensaroda Farm.

He sells a special compost blend he created himself that almost eliminates weeds, and a fertilizer additive he designed that goes far beyond the basic nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium mix most gardeners are familiar with.

Pense also teaches people how to grow bountiful gardens weedlessly and preserve what they grow so they have the knowledge to survive a societal calamity.

Sales of his compost product and fertilizer blend topped $500,000 last year, he said, with shipments both locally and to gardeners across the country..."


04 October, 2010

It's the End of the World: 8 Potential Armageddons

FOXNews.com - It's the End of the World: 8 Potential Armageddons: "Oil plumes threaten to choke the oceans and methane gas explosions shoot sky high -- and those are hardly the biggest threats facing the Earth. From cosmic rays to asteroid impacts to the threat of general destruction, our planet may be less safe than you think.

Here are the top eight risks to life as we know it, detailed by scientists and science fiction writers -- and whether it's even possible to save ourselves..."


02 October, 2010

Less Than Half of Essential Workers Willing to Report to Work During A Serious Pandemic, Study Finds

Just one additional reason why emergency preparedness is key to survival. We will all likely one day find ourselves on our own. Be ready.

Less than half of essential workers willing to report to work during a serious pandemic, study finds: "Although first responders willingly put themselves in harm's way during disasters, new research indicates that they may not be as willing -- if the disaster is a potentially lethal pandemic.

In a recent study, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that more than 50% of the first responders and other essential workers they surveyed might be absent from work during a serious pandemic, even if they were healthy.

The study, reported online in the October issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, involved over 1100 workers recruited from six essential workgroups, all located in the New York metropolitan area. The workgroups included hospital employees, police and fire department personnel, emergency medical services workers, public health workers, and correctional facility officers..."


In Era of Climate Change and Water Scarcity, Meeting National Energy Demand Confronts Major Impediments

In Era of Climate Change and Water Scarcity, Meeting National Energy Demand Confronts Major Impediments | Circle of Blue | WaterNews: "... Solar generating plants that use conventional cooling technology use two to three times as much water as coal-fired power plants, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Newer technology that relies on air for cooling uses much less water, but also is less efficient in generating power, thus requiring more land. The Congressional Research Service recently estimated that solar power plants cooled with water could generate 53,000 megawatts of electricity in the Southwest, equal to more than 50 large coal-fired utilities, but also would require 164 billion gallons of water annually, an enormous amount in the driest region in the country...

... Four months ago, in Choke Point: U.S., Circle of Blue set out to better understand what was happening around the country as communities, businesses, and residents confronted the increasingly intense competition between water and energy. Our reporting from the coal fields of southern Virginia, the high plains of the Dakotas, California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s farm fields, Northern Alberta, Canada, and elsewhere identified urgent contests between energy development and water supply that can be resolved. But taming the conflict between energy and water also poses extraordinarily difficult challenges to regional economies, governing practices, technological development and the quality of natural resources..."