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27 January, 2012

Is Now The Time To Move Away From Major U.S. Cities?

Is Now The Time To Move Away From Major U.S. Cities?: "As the U.S. economy falls apart and as the world becomes increasingly unstable, more Americans than ever are becoming 'preppers'. It is estimated that there are at least two million preppers in the United States today, but nobody really knows. The truth is that it is hard to take a poll because a lot of preppers simply do not talk about their preparations. Your neighbor could be storing up food in the garage or in an extra bedroom and you might never even know it. An increasing number of Americans are convinced that we are on the verge of some really bad things happening. But will just storing up some extra food and supplies be enough? What is going to happen if we see widespread rioting in major U.S. cities like George Soros is predicting? What is going to happen if the economy totally falls to pieces and our city centers descend into anarchy like we saw in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? In some major U.S. cities such as Detroit, looting is already rampant. There are some sections of Detroit where entire blocks of houses are being slowly dismantled by thieves and stripped of anything valuable. Sadly, the economy is going to get a lot worse than it is at the moment. So is now the time to move away from major U.S. cities? Should preppers be seeking safer locations for themselves and their families? Those are legitimate questions..."

24 January, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking

Chalk one up for personal liberty.


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Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking – USATODAY.com: "In a major decision on privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that police need a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a person's car.

The ruling, which marked the justices' first-ever review of GPS tracking, was unanimous. The justices divided, however, on how the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures applies to such high-tech tracking.

The case, which during November oral arguments prompted justices' references to George Orwell's futuristic novel 1984, ensures that police cannot use GPS to continuously track a suspect before presenting sufficient grounds and obtaining a warrant from a judge..."

There Are 1.4 MILLION Gang Members In The United States And More Pour Into The Country Every Single Day

There Are 1.4 MILLION Gang Members In The United States And More Pour Into The Country Every Single Day: "A vast army of heavily armed criminals has embedded itself in every major city in the United States. In fact, nearly every community in America is now affected by these thugs. Drugs, theft and brutal violence are all part of the every day lifestyle of the members of this army. They aggressively recruit our young people and floods of illegal immigrants are joining their ranks. Once civil unrest erupts in America, they will go on a crime spree that will be absolutely unprecedented and they will burn large areas of some U.S. cities to the ground. So who am I talking about? I am talking about the rapidly growing gangs that are terrorizing cities all over the nation. The FBI tells us that there are now 1.4 million gang members involved in the 33,000 different gangs that are active inside the United States. The number of gang members in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent since 2009..."

20 January, 2012

Warning Signs That We Should Prepare For The Worst

Warning Signs That We Should Prepare For The Worst: "The warning signs are all around us. All we have to do is open up our eyes and look at them. Almost every single day there are more prominent voices in the financial world telling us that a massive economic crisis is coming and that we need to prepare for the worst. On Wednesday, it was the World Bank itself that issued a very chilling warning. In an absolutely startling report, the World Bank revised GDP growth estimates for 2012 downward very sharply, warned that Europe could be on the verge of a devastating financial crisis, and declared that the rest of the world better 'prepare for the worst.' You would expect to hear this kind of thing on The Economic Collapse Blog, but this is not the kind of language that you would normally expect to hear from the stuffed suits at the World Bank. Obviously things have gotten bad enough that nobody is even really trying to deny it anymore..."

Edible Microchips, Biometric Identity Systems And Mind Reading Computers

Edible Microchips, Biometric Identity Systems And Mind Reading Computers: "As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, will we someday find ourselves living in a 'scientific dictatorship' where virtually everything that we do, say and think is monitored and controlled by technology? To many of you that may sound like a wild assertion, but just keep reading. Our world is changing faster than ever before, and scientists have some absolutely wild things planned for our future. As you read this, they are feverishly developing edible microchips, cutting edge biometric identity systems, and mind reading computers. Many futurists envision a world where someday nearly all humans are embedded with microchips and have thousands of tiny nanobots living inside of them. The idea is that we can 'take control of our own evolution' and use technology to 'improve' humanity. But very few of those futurists address the potential downsides. The truth is that all of this technology could one day be used by a totalitarian government to establish a dystopian nightmare where nobody has any liberties and freedoms whatsoever..."

18 January, 2012

11 Shocking Home Invasion Horror Stories That Are Almost Too Creepy To Believe

11 Shocking Home Invasion Horror Stories That Are Almost Too Creepy To Believe: "Is your home secure? Are you absolutely sure? There are very few things that are more terrifying than having your home invaded. In fact, many people are never able to feel completely safe in a home again after it has been invaded. Our homes are supposed to be our fortresses. They are where we keep our families and our most cherished possessions safe. Unfortunately, due to the declining economy the number of truly desperate people out there continues to rise. When people become truly desperate, they will often find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that it would be possible for them to do. Hopefully the shocking home invasion stories in this article will motivate you to take action..."

16 January, 2012

Guest Post: "Emergency Preparedness : Start Canning Now"

Canning is a great way to store food long-term. It also helps you to create nutritious and whole foods for your family without all the preservatives and chemicals that you are exposed to with store-bought canned goods. When you grow your own food, canning also gives you a great option for storing your food so that large harvests do not go to waste. However, those who have never canned before may find the process intimidating, thinking it overly complicated. Getting started with canning is actually quite simple once you know a bit about the basics. Here's some simple information to help get you started:

Stock Up on Jars

Glass canning jars are economical and easy to find. You can buy them in various sizes to suit your individual project needs. Every jar will come with a lid and ring. You can easily reuse jars, either from previous canning projects or from used food containers, such as jelly jars, nut butter jars, and soup jars. Rings can be reused for future projects, but lids should be purchased new each time. A reused lid may not seal properly, which can caused your canned goods to sour or go bad, destroying hours of effort and wasting food.

Get the Right Equipment

Besides basic equipment such as pots, knives and ladles used to prepare your canned foods, you will also need either a water bath or a pressure canner, depending on what types of items you are hoping to can. Typically, water bath canners are used for high-acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, pickles, jams and jellies. Pressure canners are used for foods that have to be heated at higher temperatures for longer periods of time, such as meats or low-acid vegetables. A third type of canner, a steam canner, is sometimes used for simple jams and jellies. All of the canners help to prepare the foods and to properly seal the jars. The type of canner you use and the temperature and time used for each project will depend upon the individual recipe.

Process Your Jars

The procedure for processing your jars will depend upon the specific recipe you are making, and there are multiple recipe books available to help you can whatever you would like. In general, processing will require that you place filled jars inside the water bath or canner and are then covered with hot, boiled lids. After the specified processing time has passed, the jars are lifted out and placed on a flat surface to cool, typically overnight. The cooling allows the jars to properly seal, and you will hear a "pop" when the sealing has taken place. Proper sealing ensures that no harmful bacteria can spoil the contents inside the jar.

Other Important Tips

Canning procedures will vary according to the recipe you make, but there are some important steps you should make for each recipe. Be sure that jars are sterilized before you use them so that harmful bacteria cannot proliferate inside the sealed jar. Be sure that excess air is removed from the jars before they are sealed by running a knife or spatula around the inside edges of the jar. Once jars are processed, proper labeling with dates, times, and contents will help to ensure that food is not allowed to spoil. Jars should always be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place such as a pantry.
There will be a bit of a learning curve when you get started with canning, but with the right information, the process is easy. Once you get started, you will have a valuable skill that will help you provide fresh, healthy food for your family in the long term, both to preserve your own harvests and to store food for emergency preparedness.

About the author:
Amanda Tradwick is a grant researcher and writer for CollegeGrants.org. She has a Bachelor's degrees from the University of Delaware, and has recently finished research on grants for college women and grants for adult students .

10 January, 2012

India Reports Completely Drug-Resistant TB

India Reports Completely Drug-Resistant TB | Wired Science | Wired.com: "Well, this is a bad way to start the year.

Over the past 48 hours, news has broken in India of the existence of at least 12 patients infected with tuberculosis that has become resistant to all the drugs used against the disease. Physicians in Mumbai are calling the strain TDR, for Totally Drug-Resistant. In other words, it is untreatable as far as they know..."

Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television

Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television: "Most Americans believe the lie that the mainstream media is 'fair and balanced' and is looking out for the interests of average Americans. Well, that simply is not true. Those in the mainstream media serve those that are providing them with paychecks. The reality is that just 6 gigantic corporations collectively own most of the major mainstream media outlets in this country. Reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those corporations or to the owners of those corporations. In addition, reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those that spend millions of dollars on advertising (such as pharmaceutical companies) on those mainstream media outlets. At this point, our 'news' is absolutely packed with propaganda. Way too often, things are not what they seem to be on television. The mainstream media lies, lies and then lies some more. They give us the version of 'reality' that their owners want us to have..."

05 January, 2012

Teen Mom Shoots, Kills Intruder After 911 Operator Says, 'Do What You Have To Do To Protect Your Baby'

Teen mom shoots, kills intruder after 911 operator says, 'Do what you have to do to protect your baby': "Authorities don't plan to file charges against an Oklahoma woman who fatally shot a New Year's Eve intruder at her house while she had a 911 dispatcher on the phone, but the intruder's alleged accomplice has been charged in the death.

A 911 tape released to Oklahoma City media outlets Wednesday reveals that 18-year-old Sarah McKinley asked a Grady County dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder. McKinley's 3-month-old son was with her when she shot Justin Shane Martin, 24, at her Blanchard mobile home.

'I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?' McKinley asked the dispatcher.

'Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself,' the dispatcher is heard telling McKinley. 'I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.'

Oklahoma law allows the use of deadly force against intruders, and prosecutors said McKinley clearly acted in self-defense. According to court documents, Martin was holding a knife when he died..."