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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..."