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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..."