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30 September, 2011

'Firefly' and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus

'Firefly' and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus - FIRE: "A professor has been censored twice, reported to the 'threat assessment team,' and threatened with criminal charges because of satirical postings on his office door. Campus police at the University of Wisconsin–Stout (UWS) censored theater professor James Miller's poster depicting a quotation from actor Nathan Fillion's character in the television series Firefly, and the police chief threatened Miller with criminal charges for disorderly conduct. After UWS censored his second poster, which stated, 'Warning: Fascism,' Miller came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.

'Colleges and universities are supposed to foster brave and bold environments of freewheeling intellectual inquiry and expression. If a quote from a network science fiction show is a bridge too far, something has gone seriously wrong,' FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said..."

27 September, 2011

You'll Eat What You're Told and Like It, Mister!:.Ag. Sec. Jumps on ‘Healthy Food’ Bandwagon: It Will ‘Take Time for People’s Taste to Adjust’

Ag. Sec. Jumps on ‘Healthy Food’ Bandwagon: It Will ‘Take Time for People’s Taste to Adjust’ | CNSnews.com

OC Couple Threatened With $500-Per-Meeting Fines For Home Bible Study

Nanny-state idiocy...

OC Couple Threatened With $500-Per-Meeting Fines For Home Bible Study - CBS Los Angeles: "An Orange County couple has been ordered to stop holding a Bible study in their home on the grounds that the meeting violates a city ordinance as a 'church' and not as a private gathering.

Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $300 earlier this month for holding what city officials called 'a regular gathering of more than three people'.

That type of meeting would require a conditional use permit as defined by the city, according to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), the couple’s legal representation.

The Fromms also reportedly face subsequent fines of $500 per meeting for any further 'religious gatherings' in their home, according to PJI..."

26 September, 2011

OnStar Tracks Cars Even After Service Is Cancelled

OnStar Tracks Cars Even After Service Is Cancelled | TheBlaze.com: "Two years ago, Media Matters mocked Glenn Beck for his “conspiracy theory” that OnStar had too much power with its ability to track cars, listen to conversations and ultimately turn the car off. Well, it looks like his concerns were accurate, as GM has just made a major announcement about the GPS system...

... Wired now reports that even if you cancel your OnStar service, you are still being tracked..."

The Federal Reserve Plans To Identify “Key Bloggers” And Monitor Billions Of Conversations About The Fed On Facebook, Twitter, Forums And Blogs

The Federal Reserve Plans To Identify “Key Bloggers” And Monitor Billions Of Conversations About The Fed On Facebook, Twitter, Forums And Blogs: "The Federal Reserve wants to know what you are saying about it. In fact, the Federal Reserve has announced plans to identify 'key bloggers' and to monitor 'billions of conversations' about the Fed on Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs. This is yet another sign that the alternative media is having a dramatic impact. As first reported on Zero Hedge, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a 'Request for Proposal' to suppliers who may be interested in participating in the development of a 'Sentiment Analysis And Social Media Monitoring Solution'. In other words, the Federal Reserve wants to develop a highly sophisticated system that will gather everything that you and I say about the Federal Reserve on the Internet and that will analyze what our feelings about the Fed are. Obviously, any 'positive' feelings about the Fed would not be a problem. What they really want to do is to gather information on everyone that views the Federal Reserve negatively. It is unclear how they plan to use this information once they have it, but considering how many alternative media sources have been shut down lately, this is obviously a very troubling sign..."

25 September, 2011

Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis?

Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis?: "Is the U.S. government stockpiling huge amounts of food and supplies in anticipation that something bad is about to happen? Is something about to cause a major economic crisis that will require large quantities of emergency food? For a while, I have been hearing things about the government storing food through the grapevine and I have not been sure what to think about those rumors. Well, today I received a phone call that blew me away. I debated for quite a while before I decided whether or not to share this information with you all. Normally I do not like to talk about anything unless I am able to prove it by pointing to an article in the mainstream media. But the source of the information that I am about to share with you is rock solid. I cannot reveal his name, so you will just have to trust me on that. Hopefully the following information will be one more 'dot' as we all try to connect the dots about what is really going on out there.

This morning I received a call from a very prominent person in the storable food industry. He has asked me not to reveal his name. I have been dealing with him for an extended period of time and I consider him to be a rock-solid source. When I talked to him today, he had just received a huge order for storable food from a U.S. government source. He told me that the dollar amount of the order was in the 'five figures'.

When he asked about why so much food was being ordered, the government source told him essentially that 'you know what is coming'. When pushed further, the government official did not elaborate..."

23 September, 2011

Guest Post: A Simple Equation

A Simple Equation

Drought + Cutting Fire Department Funding = Wildfires in Texas. Seems like an easy idea to grasp, so why did Texas lawmakers pass a bill allowing millions in funding to be cut from volunteer fire departments during a drought? 

“Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.

The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.”

That’s a cut of about 75%. So, now that wildfires rage across Texas, who are we counting on to help fight the fires? That’s right, the federal government.

FEMA must now step in because Governor Perry vowed to cut taxes: Taxes that went to the Texas Forest Service, who fund the volunteer firefighters across the huge state.
While the Texas governor has been highly critical of FEMA in the past, he told CBS’ Erica Hill that now was not the time to worry about reforming the agency.

“The issue is taking care of these people right now,” Perry insisted. “We can work our way through any conversations about how to make agencies more efficient, how to make Department of Defense equipment, for instance, more available. There are a lot of issues we can talk about, but the fact of the matter is now is not the time to be trying to work out the details of how to make these agencies more efficient. Let’s get people out of harm’s way.”

So instead of funding the state firefighters, let’s just rely more on the federal government to come clean up the mess. Sounds like a grade-A plan there, Perry.

The wildfires have not been restricted to the countryside, as mass media would lead you to believe. Large fires have been reported just outside major cities, like Houston. The Magnolia, Texas fires were less than 20 miles from the outskirts of Houston proper, well within the suburban area. The fires were out of control for two days, and it took three more to get them 90% controlled. Smoke covered the metropolis for nearly a week. 

Just a few days later, George Bush Park, located in the heart of Houston, burst into flames. The heavily wooded area took over twelve hours to get under control and only favorable winds stopped it from spreading to local neighborhoods. The park is located at the intersection of two major highways and spreads to one of the most congested roads in Houston. 

Those are just two samples of the effects of the drought combined with firefighter reduction. Why should huge cities, with a population well over 5 million, rely on FEMA to fight their fires? 

 Author Bio:
Kate Croston is a freelance writer, holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing high speed internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to:  katecroston.croston09 @ gmail.com.

Big-Name Brands Cut The Size Of Ttheir Products... But Price Remains The Same

Hidden inflation...


Big-name brands cut the size of their products... but price remains the same | Mail Online: "Supermarket shoppers are getting less for their money as big brands reduce the size of their products, consumer watchdogs warn.

The smaller groceries still cost the same at the checkout – a tactic that has reached epidemic proportions...

... Manufacturers say they are simply responding to increases in energy, transport and ingredients costs.

But the practice, effectively a price rise by stealth and first highlighted by the Mail in 2001, will not go down well with householders, whose cost of living continues to soar while their disposable income fails to keep up..."

Old Bomb Shelter, Supplies Harken Back to Cold War Days

Old bomb shelter, supplies harken back to Cold War days - The Daily News Online: News: "When Ursula Fuest was young, the school janitor used to take her class down to the basement.

The point was to familiarize the kids with the room should the unthinkable ever happen — a small forest of black water barrels, tinned crackers, dry toilets and other supplies.

The materials were in case of atomic attack.

'Guy Kersch would take us down here, and let us know what was down here,' said Fuest, 56, now a veteran Wyoming Central School teacher. 'Then we’d have the drills in the halls. I was pretty young at the time.'

The school’s bomb shelter re-emerged last month during Wyoming’s first-ever reunion, at a time when school officials assumed it was mostly forgotten..."

Infographic: How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

Infographic: How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | One Block Off the Grid: The Smart New Way to Go Solar

22 September, 2011

Life After An EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking And No Internet

Life After An EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking And No Internet: "Most Americans do not know this, but a single EMP attack could potentially wipe out most of the electronics in the United States and instantly send this nation back to the 1800s. If a nuclear bomb was exploded high enough in the atmosphere over the middle part of the country, the electromagnetic pulse would fry electronic devices from coast to coast. The damage would be millions of times worse than 9/11. Just imagine a world where nobody has power, most cars will not start, the Internet has been fried, the financial system is offline indefinitely, nobody can make any phone calls and virtually all commerce across the entire country is brought to a complete stop. A nation that does not know how to live without technology would be almost entirely stripped of it at that point. Yes, this could really happen. An EMP attack is America's 'Achilles heel', and everyone around the world knows it. It is only a matter of time before someone uses an EMP weapon against us, and at this point we are pretty much completely unprepared..."

20 September, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg Predicts Riots In The Streets If Economy Doesn't Create More Jobs

"Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets if economy doesn't create more jobs: Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn't get serious about generating jobs.

'We have a lot of kids graduating college, can't find jobs,' Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show.

'That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here.'

In Cairo, angry Egyptians took out their frustrations by toppling presidential strongman Hosni Mubarak - and more recently attacking the Israeli embassy.

As for Madrid, the most recent street protests were sparked by widespread unhappiness that the Spanish government was spending millions on the visit of Pope Benedict instead of dealing with widespread unemployment.

Bloomberg's unusually alarmist pronouncement came as President Obama has been pressuring reluctant Republicans to pass his proposed job creation plan..."

Contagion: Are We at Risk? Pt 1

Contagion: Are We at Risk? Pt 1 | The Dr. Oz Show: "Dr. Oz performs a social experiment to show you just how quickly a pandemic can spread. See why the United States may be at risk for a mass contagion and find out what it would look like in real time."

19 September, 2011

25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming

25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming: "Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis. This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing. Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore. Without fresh water, we simply cannot function. Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any. Just think about it. How long would you be able to last? Well, as sources of fresh water all over the globe dry up, we are seeing drought conditions spread. We are starting to see massive "dust storms" in areas where we have never seem them before. Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller. Whether you are aware of this or not, the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a breaking point..."

Guest Post: Experience Freedom with Credit Card Debt Elimination: Yes, You Can Do It

Editor's Note: The subject of the following article describes what should be a important goal for each and every one of us on our road to personal liberty. Debt is the means by which we are controlled in modern societies, and throwing off those shackles should be a major priority.

Experience Freedom with Credit Card Debt Elimination: Yes, You Can Do It

You may know what it feels like to be hounded by debt collection calls and have to sift through piles of collector notices in the daily mail but if you want to experience the freedom of being debt free, you have to commit to focusing on your goal. Credit card debt elimination is achievable no matter how far in debt you may be. It takes an intense desire to want to become free of the debt burdens to really put forth the effort of consistently working toward eliminating your balances. It also takes a willingness to give up some of life’s luxuries temporarily to find the freedom of being debt free.

5 Steps to Credit Card Debt Freedom
Debt elimination takes a certain amount of determination as well as creativity to see results. Here are five steps you can use to start on your road to debt freedom:

1. Tally the Damage
In many cases, consumers that owe a lot of debts often ignore the situation. As a result, they have no legitimate idea where they stand financially and have no clue how much they really owe in credit card debts. It is vital to take the first step of debt elimination and gather all of your account statements, billing history, and balance summaries for your debts. Make a list for yourself of who you owe, how much is due monthly, what the interest rate is, and how much total balance remains. By creating such a visual for yourself, you are better equipped to plan your debt elimination strategy.

2. Assign Priorities
There are no one-size fits all debt strategies that suit everyone. In order to get out of debt, you’ll need to assess your own situation and assign priorities based on your own needs. Some experts believe you should take the credit card with the highest interest and pay that off first. Other experts believe you should knock out a couple of your smaller debts first. Whatever strategy you plan to use, you’ll need to identify it early on. It can help to use a debt reduction calculator, like the one from Vertex42.com, to figure out your plan. Ideally, you’ll want to pay minimums on all cards while you focus on paying as much as possible on one of the cards until it is paid off in full. Once you've paid off an account, you take the money you were paying to that account and allocate it to the next card on the list and so on until each balance has been eliminated.

3. Make Your Spending Cuts
The only way to get ahead of your debts is to start making cuts to your own spending. Consider which expenses are not needs such as expanded cable packages, work lunches outside the office, and other items not necessary to live. It can be very difficult to cut these expenses out of your life but it is necessary to free up the cash needed for debt elimination. Consider it a challenge to yourself. The faster you can pay off your existing debts, the sooner you can return to ‘normal’ life.

4. Supplement Your Income
Even if you earn a decent living and can manage your bills, it may be necessary for you to add income to your household if only on a temporary basis. It will depend on the total amount of credit card balances you owe and how fast you want to eliminate the debt. A secondary source of income is a good way to have the cash you need to allocate exclusively to your debts. Try finding a part time job during the summers or holiday season when more are available. You may even consider turning a skill or a hobby into a resource for income.

5. Learn from Your Mistakes
If after you have gone through the first few steps and you are still spending on credit, you are likely going to have to start from scratch and do the whole process over again. The biggest lesson in the debt elimination process should be that one should not let history come back again. Stop using credit cards if you do not have the financial means or discipline to pay the balance off in full. Only utilize credit when you have the cash equivalent on hand rather than use the credit card as a source of extra income.

Your ability to cut back on spending and get more refined at managing money should be carried over for the rest of your life and not just until you become debt free. It takes hard work and diligence to relieve yourself of credit card debts but takes no time at all to find yourself in financial trouble once again.   When you become debt free, you'll realize that being debt free offers much more freedom in your life.

The author of this article, provides articles for Vertex42.com – a site offering a large selection of free excel templates and personal financial calculators.

17 September, 2011

Argentina : Surviving Without Money

Argentina : surviving without money | Gerald Celente Trends Blog: "Argentina's crisis occurred with the Peso was pegged with the US dollar and was not able to fluctuate. Then you have years of bad management and direction from leaders such as Fernando de la Rua putting caps on how much people can withdraw per day and how much banks can pay out per day and you get a terrible crisis. After years of lending by the IMF and the peso pegged to the dollar, the situation reached a breaking point in 2001. 20% unnemployment, alternative bons like the Patacon and Lecop being printed since we couldn't print dollars. The elite had moved their money out of the country and when the average citizen tried to close his accounts, they were frozen, to later be converted to devaluated pesos losing 70% of their value. Argentina defaulted on its 132 billion usd debt, largest default in history..."

16 September, 2011

Do You Now Understand Why You Need To Prepare For Emergencies? This Has Been The Worst Year For Natural Disasters In U.S. History

Do You Now Understand Why You Need To Prepare For Emergencies? This Has Been The Worst Year For Natural Disasters In U.S. History: "There has been a natural disaster that has caused at least a billion dollars of damage inside the United States every single month so far this year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have been 10 major disasters in the United States this year. On average, usually there are only about 3 major disasters a year. At this point, disasters are happening inside the United States so frequently that there seems to be no gap between them. We just seem to go from one major disaster to the next. Last year, FEMA declared an all-time record of 81 disasters inside the United States. This year, we are on pace for well over 100. We just got done dealing with Hurricane Irene, and now we are dealing with historic wildfires in Texas and unprecedented flooding up in the northeast part of the country. This has been the worst year for natural disasters in U.S. history, and we still have nearly four months left to go..."

The Ultimate Fear of 'Contagion' Tests Trust in Health Care

Viewpoints: The ultimate fear of 'Contagion' tests trust in health care - Sacramento Opinion - Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee: "As a health care provider and pandemic expert, I have never been interested in movies or television shows involving a massive outbreak. I want entertainment to escape from my work, not to watch it unfold again in front of me. Few movies aside, the medical realism could also hinder my ability to generate compassion, empathy or fear. But "Contagion," which opened in theaters last week, is different.

'Contagion' tracks the anatomy of a viral pandemic, from its zoonotic origin to social disruption. The fear of a cough, disintegration of basic social services, the ineptitude of governmental officials and the death of loved ones are all employed to generate a primal fear that is familiar to viewers. But below the surface is an even deeper fear that society rarely engages – the disintegration and distrust of the health care system. This impact of a pandemic, which the film highlights well, is the greatest fear of health care and public health experts, and for that reason, it is a very scary film..."

12 September, 2011

How Much Cash Would You Need After a Terrorist Attack?

How Much Cash Would You Need After a Terrorist Attack? - DailyFinance: "The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday should remind us how important it is to be prepared for the worst -- and part of that preparation requires having money readily available.

Not in your bank. Not tied up in stocks. And not in the uncashed birthday check from Grandma Gertie.

In any major emergency, you'll need cash on hand to pay for the necessities -- food, water and anything else to to stay safe until the chaos subsides.

Our expert told DailyFinance that 30 days' worth of folding money is the minimum to have at home in case of the unthinkable..."

08 September, 2011


Pensioners Turn Back to Living Off The Land

ekathimerini.com | Pensioners turn back to living off the land: "'Here you can go a week without spending a single euro over here,' says a man who moved back to Crete two years ago to live in the village of his birth. 'You get fresh food from your farm and if you need something extra, like olive oil for example, you can get it from a fellow farmer. You only need money to pay for your gas and bills,' he says.

He is not alone. For the first time in years, Amari Valley in the island’s Rethymno district has turned green again as fields have been cleared and put back to use as farms.

Recent data on farming in Greece show that the number of jobs in the sector has gone up by 38,000 between 2008 and 2010. This increase is in stark contrast to the grim statistics regarding rising unemployment across most other sectors.

However, a closer examination of the data shows that these born-again farmers are for the most part pensioners trying to make some extra money -- particularly by cutting down on their cost of living..."

07 September, 2011

Chaos On The Streets Of America

Chaos On The Streets Of America: "Should we just expect mass chaos on the streets of America every time a major holiday rolls around? At least 42 people were hit by gunfire in New York City over the Labor Day weekend. The violence got so bad that even the mayor felt compelled to publicly address it. In Chicago, at least 6 people (including a man in a wheelchair) were killed over the Labor Day weekend. Sadly, this is just a continuation of a trend that we have seen build over the past few years. At the beginning of the summer, there was terrible violence all over America during the Memorial Day weekend. We also saw violence break out during 4th of July celebrations. It appears that wherever large groups of young people gather in America today, there is going to be a very good chance that chaos is going to erupt..."

10 Rules to Remember About Composting

10 Rules to Remember About Composting | NannyPro.com: "... Composting has been around for MANY years. Composting is a great way to keep biodegradables out of the landfill and to reap the reward of some fabulous 'black gold'. That’s what master gardeners call compost and it’s great for improving your soil. Plants love it. Check out 10 Rules to Remember About Composting..."

06 September, 2011

Some Very Useful Practical Skills

‘How-To’ Canning Guides for Garden Harvest - Modern Survival Blog – surviving uncertain times

How to: Make Your Own Laundry Soap ($0.20 per Gallon?) | Truth is Treason

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia NW of Lake Toba Super-Volcano

News from The Associated Press: "... The magnitude-6.6 quake was centered 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the city of Medan and 62 miles (110 kilometers) beneath the earth's crust, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was too far inland to generate a tsunami.

The quake hit at about 1 a.m. (1800 GMT Monday), rattling people from their sleep in towns and villages across the island's northern tip...

... Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh..."

01 September, 2011

Simulation: New Madrid Quake Would Kill 100,000 Instantly; Displace 7 Million

Simulation: New Madrid Quake Would Kill 100,000 Instantly; Displace 7 Million: "If you live in and around Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi you might want to consider the following – then again, if you’re reading this web site you probably already have:

In May, the federal government simulated an earthquake so massive, it killed 100,000 Midwesterners instantly, and forced more than 7 million people out of their homes. At the time, National Level Exercise 11 went largely unnoticed; the scenario seemed too far-fetched — states like Illinois and Missouri are in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at the edge of one. A major quake happens there once every several generations.

National Level Exercise 11, or NLE 11, was, in essence, a replay of a disaster that happened 200 years earlier. On Dec. 16, 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault line, which lies on the border region of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. It’s by far the largest earthquake ever to strike the United States east of the Rockies. Up to 129,000 square kilometers [50,000 square miles] were hit with 'raised or sunken lands, fissures, sinks, sand blows, and large landslides,' according to the U.S. Geological Service. 'Huge waves on the Mississippi River overwhelmed many boats and washed others high onto the shore. High banks caved and collapsed into the river; sand bars and points of islands gave way; whole islands disappeared.' People as far away as New York City were awakened by the shaking.

More quakes, of a similar size, followed. But the loss of life was minimal: Not too many people lived in the area at the time. Today, there are more than 15 million people living in the quake zone. If a similar quake hit, '7.2 million people could be displaced, with 2 million seeking temporary shelter' in the first three days, FEMA Associate Adminsitrator William Carwile told a Congressional panel in 2010. 'Direct economic losses for the eight states could total nearly $300 billion, while indirect losses at least twice that amount.'

Source: Wired Danger Room..."

U.N. Warns Of Bird Flu Resurgence, New Asian Strain

U.N. Warns Of Bird Flu Resurgence, New Asian Strain | FoxNews.com: "The United Nations warned Monday of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, saying wild bird migrations had brought it back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain was spreading in Asia.

A mutant strain of H5N1, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing vaccines, is spreading in China and Vietnam, Tthe U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement Monday. It urged greater surveillance to ensure that any outbreaks are contained.

Last week, the World Health Organization reported that a 6-year-old Cambodian girl had died Aug. 14 from bird flu, the eighth person to die from H5N1 avian influenza this year in Cambodia..."