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29 March, 2012

10 Reasons Why Nothing You Do On The Internet Will EVER Be Private Again

10 Reasons Why Nothing You Do On The Internet Will EVER Be Private Again: "The Internet is rapidly being transformed into a Big Brother control grid where privacy rights are being systematically strangled to death. The control freaks that run things have become absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that you do on the Internet. One thing that you can count on is that nothing you do on the Internet will ever be private again. In fact, if you are obsessed with privacy then the last place you want to be is on the Internet. Most Americans have absolutely no idea how far Internet surveillance has advanced in the past few years. At this point, it would be hard to imagine any place less private than the Internet. Do not ever put anything on the Internet that you would not want the authorities or your employer to hold you accountable for. Basically, the Internet is creating a permanent dossier on each one of us, and we contribute to this process by freely posting gigantic volumes of information about ourselves on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The Internet is the greatest tool for mass communication that the world has perhaps ever seen, and it gives average citizens the ability to communicate with each other like never before, but there is also a downside to using the Internet. Everything that we do on the Internet is being watched, monitored and recorded and there is no longer any such thing as Internet privacy. If you think that you still have any privacy on the Internet, then you are either ignorant of what is going on or you are being delusional..."

What Is Causing The Strange Noises In The Sky That Are Being Heard All Over The World?

What Is Causing The Strange Noises In The Sky That Are Being Heard All Over The World?: "During the second half of 2011, a lot of people all over the planet started reporting hearing really strange noises coming from the sky. In some instances the noises produced a loud rumbling such as a train, a thunderstorm or the slamming of a heavy door would make. In other instances, the noises sounded more like 'groaning'. In yet other instances the noises sounded almost as if a trumpet was playing. Dozens of videos went up on YouTube purporting to document this phenomenon, but the truth is that you can fake almost anything on a YouTube video and many dismissed these strange 'strange sounds' as an Internet hoax. However, now entire towns in the northern part of the United States are hearing strange noises in the sky and the mainstream media is reporting on it. In fact, one U.S. town is planning to spend thousands of dollars to hire an engineering firm to investigate where these strange sounds are coming from. At this point a lot of theories about these strange noises are being floated, but so far scientists have not been able to give us a definitive explanation for the source of these strange noises. So exactly what in the world is going on?..."

16 March, 2012

Why Are Millions Of Americans Preparing For Doomsday?

Why Are Millions Of Americans Preparing For Doomsday?: "All over America, there are millions of Americans that are quietly preparing for doomsday. They are turning spare rooms into long-term food storage pantries, they are planting survival gardens, they are converting their homes over to alternative sources of energy, they are taking self-defense courses and they are stocking up on just about anything you can imagine. They are called 'preppers', and their numbers have absolutely exploded in recent years. In fact, you might be living next door to one and never even realize it. According to a recent Daily Mail article, there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today. Others believe that the true number is significantly higher than that. This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows being done about preppers. The most popular is probably 'Doomsday Preppers' on the National Geographic Channel. This movement is still growing and is not going to go away any time soon. In fact, as the world continues to become even more unstable it is likely that a lot more Americans will find themselves becoming preppers in the years ahead..."

12 March, 2012


“Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” -- Thomas Jefferson


The above quote from a man I consider to be one of our greatest statesmen represents an eloquent summation of my personal philosophy of individual freedom and liberty. The ideal he's trying to get across is that every individual ought to have the unrestricted (by law) freedom to do whatever they want, so long as they are not impeding the rights of another individual.

I couldn't possibly care less if gay people want to be gay. It doesn't interfere with my rights. If an adult person wants to smoke pot, they should have at it. As long as they aren't doing it while they're supposed to be taking care of a toddler or endangering everybody with their decreased reflexes by driving while under the influence. At that point, you have crossed the line and put others in danger; but, if you never cross that line, it is patently absurd for a consenting adult to go to jail simply because they have a baggy of ground-up herbs in their pocket.

This country was built on the philosophy of the supremacy of the individual; that we are, each of us, sovereign entities born already possessing what I call divine animal rights. These include the right to defend ourselves when under threat and to be allowed to live as happily as we can. The entire point all along has been to protect the individual from being subjugated by the mob, yet we have somehow forgotten that important lesson. To each his own, folks. The day we start to live by that is the day we'll all be happier.

08 March, 2012

More Hidden Inflation

Mars, Inc. recently announced that all of its candy bars will be reduced in size so that they will be under 250 collories. This includes: 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Dove, Kudos, Milky Way, M&Ms (possibly a smaller bag), and Twix. Say goodbye to king sized candy bars folks.

They claim that the initiave is to curb "excessive snacking". Personally, I feel this is about money. Calculate the price per calorie today, and compare to what they're charging a few years from now. The bars will shrink more than the price will.

It's a hidden form of inflation. Almost all grocery packaging has shrunk over the past few years, while prices either rose, plateaued, or went down (but without being in proportion to the size). Sneaky wealth transfer.

Guest Post: The Use of Body Armor During WW2

Body armor has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. While there’s always war and weaponry advancements body armor will still remain a fighting soldier’s best defence. During World War 2 body armor was utilised by infantry men on every side and at a very early stage in the conflict it seems.

The main use of body armor in WW2 was for air forces. The military researched and developed a flak vest especially for aircraft crews. These vests were made from a type of nylon. The flak vest offered the wearer protection against shrapnel and flak but it couldn’t be used to stop a bullet. The Red army used steel plate body armor called the SN-42. It was made up of two steel plates, one for the front and one for the groin area. The plates used were only 2mm thick and weighed a great deal. This made this vest widely undesirable to the Russian infantry men. The problem was this was the only bullet proof vest Russia had to offer, as it was the only piece of armor being manufactured and made available to Russian soldiers at the time. The armor protected against 9mm round shot from an MP40 at 110 yards. The Japanese also tried to utilise body armor but it was rarely seen in action.

The U.S Army developed and produced a number of body armor models in 1944 in effort to protect ground troops from the growing threat of anti personnel mines. They developed a vest that was made up of a Doron plate (fibreglass) for the battle of Okinawa. Doron plate was originally founded in 1943 by Dow Company after the war stimulated research and advances in non metallic body armor alternatives. This vest only weighed a total of 8Ibs. It offered protection against slow moving shrapnel and flak. The Doron plate went on to be used in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Most of the body armor produced in WW2 was not really effective at stopping bullets. They seem to be used to protect against slow moving shrapnel and flak. Even the bullet proof armor in action during WW2 was only effective at stopping 9mm rounds shot at a moderate distance.

By Anthony McGrath

07 March, 2012

Guest Post: Building Your Own Bug Out Bag

The point of this article is to teach you how to build your very own bug-out bag for you and your family. A bug-out bag is a survival kit that supplies you with the resources to get by for at least 3 days, should you face an emergency and have to leave your home. The first 3 days are usually the most difficult after a disaster, as it can take a few days for help to arrive and for order to be restored. Taking the time to prepare a bug-out bag can go a long way in helping you and your family get through a disaster in relative ease and comfort.  $100 and an afternoon is often enough to prepare a bug-out bag, so there is really no excuse not to have one.

The first thing you’ll need is a weather resistant backpack to store your items in. Something that’s easy to carry, as comfort matters if you’re going to be carrying it for days at a time.

Here’s a list of items to consider adding to your kit. It’s your choice what to add and what not to, but remember that it’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared.

First and foremost, you will need enough water and food to last you at least 3 days.

3L of water per person: you’ll need at least 1L of water/person/day. More is better, but the more water you have the more difficult your kit will be to carry. Find the balance that’s right for you.

3 days worth of non-perishable food: you’ll want food that can be stored for long periods, are easy to prepare, and are high calorie and high nutrient. Some ideas are protein bars, granola bars, peanut butter, beef jerky, fruit cups, raisins, crackers, ramen noodles, etc. If you want to go fancy you can go with MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) or freeze dried food.

A mess kit: disposable plates, cups, forks, knives and spoons to eat and drink with.

Garbage bags: for cleaning up. They can be used as ponchos as well.

Ziploc bags: to save leftovers with.

Water purification tablets: if you need any extra water.

3oz of gel fuel: for cooking if the power is out.

A compact camping stove: they can be a bit expensive and heavy, but if you have some extra money and some extra hands it can be helpful. It can make cooking and boiling water easier.

Next, you’ll need various tools and equipment.

A battery powered radio: have a backup set of batteries. It may be your only way to find out what’s going on during an emergency.

An LED flashlight: brighter and more efficient than regular flashlights. Go with yellow or white, the brightest colors. Have an extra set of batteries as well.

Swiss army knife: many potential uses.

Strike anywhere matches: place in a waterproof case, with a piece of emery board for striker.

Pencil and notebook: for taking notes, writing down information.

Sewing kit: to fix clothing and gear.

Compass: for navigation if you’re on the move.

Candles: for light if the power goes out.

Mirror: for grooming and treating wounds that are difficult to see.

Whistle: for scaring off animals and signaling to others.

Plastic sheeting and duct tape: many purposes, such as sealing broken windows.

A map of your area: if you need to move.

Camping Gear: can be helpful if you live near a lot of wilderness or open spaces.

Gas mask: if you live in an area that could be a potential terrorist target, or could potentially face a chemical disaster, you might consider getting a gas mask.

Some personal and miscellaneous items to consider adding:

First aid kit: for treating minor wounds and injuries.

Copies of important documents: your passport, driver’s license, contact phone numbers, etc.

Medication: extra supplies of any medication you and your family might need.

Extra glasses/contact lenses: for anyone in your family that need them.

Personal hygiene: shampoo, soap, toothbrush and paste, disinfectant, tissues, etc.

Extra clothes

A warm blanket

A poncho: to stay warm in the rain and snow.

Emergency cash: have some extra cash on hand, for food, lodging, etc.

Place the items in your bag, and store somewhere that’s out of reach, but can be grabbed easily in an emergency.

If you’re interested, check out my site for more specific kits, such as wilderness survival kits and pocket-sized survival kits.

Good luck and Stay prepared!


01 March, 2012

Guest Post: Can I Keep Chickens in My Backyard?

If you have made the decision that you would like to try your hand at keeping some chickens in your backyard, there are a few considerations that you might want to make first, and although you have probably thought of some of these, there just might be a few that might come as a surprise.

Legality of Raising Backyard Chickens

Probably the very first question you should ask yourself about raising chickens is, ‘can I raise chickens in my backyard?’ You know, legally. I know, I know. If you are slightly stubborn like I tend to be you are probably saying to yourself, ‘this is my property, so surely I can do whatever I want on it’! Am I right? If that thought crossed your mind, or anything at all along those lines, trust me, I know where you’re coming from. Here’s the deal.

If you live within the boundaries of a city as most (but not all) of us do, you will want to start out by getting info on whether or not you can even keep chickens in your backyard while staying within the confines of the law. The last thing you want to do is to build or buy a chicken coop, purchase a few starter hens, buy some food, get the entire family excited about the adventure that lies ahead, only to have a bureaucrat pay you a visit and let you know (kindly or otherwise), that what you are doing against a city ordinance and that not only will you have to get rid of your new chicks, you will also have to pony up for a fine they’ve decided to hand you. What a slap in the face!

Basic Types of Zoning and Chickens

There are a few different types of zoning that exist, each one having different laws and regulations on what you will and what you will not be able to do. If your property happens to be zoned as agricultural, then you probably won’t have any problem raising chickens or constructing any type of chicken coop you might want to have. Most people reading this article will not fit that description however, and will live on property that is probably zoned as residential. Don’t let that discourage you in regards to chicken-raising, as many, many residential areas will allow people to raise a few chickens on their property. The best thing that you can do to make sure is to contact your city offices and simply ask them if there are any ordinances on raising chickens in your backyard, and what they are. You will find typically that there are two different areas of laws that will affect what you are able to do. First, there are often laws specific to the actual birds. How many birds you are able to have on your property (it might depend on the size of your property), what sex they can be (roosters, anyone?), and in some cases, although not extremely common, you might even have to get written permission from your neighbors! I know, that last one sounds a bit strange. You haven’t burned any bridges there, have you? The second set of laws have to do with the type of housing you use for your chickens. How large can your chicken coop be? Do you have to get a permit to build or even own a chicken coop in your backyard? Will this chicken coop need to be inspected?

I hope I haven’t scared you away from the idea of even wanting to start raising chickens in your backyard, and honestly I believe I have found some of the more extreme laws that you might want to, as your own city ordinance might include anything from having nearly no regulations at all, to maybe just one or two of these issues, which might not seem like much of a problem at all. Remember, as you are going into this and inquiring about the local laws of your city just remember that joy of fresh eggs, chickens and the family experience is all very much worth it in the end!

A Personal Example on Chicken Keeping Laws

It has been a number years now that raising chickens in your backyard has been allowed here in my city. In regards to how many chickens can be kept here, a person can keep up to 12 chickens, depending on the size of your property. Anywhere from house lots as small as 5,000 square feet keeping just two chickens, up to larger lots being allowed 12. There was a small public hearing where people were able to voice their opinions on the matter. For the most part it was thought that people being able to raise chickens in their backyard was fine, and that there wasn’t really any detriment at all.

Even public officials mentioned that when it came to complaints about chickens from neighbors (which were extremely rare as it is), the complaints were never about noise, and never about a smell (neither of those things seemed to be any problem at all). The only complaints on file were for the occasional chicken getting loose, which was always promptly gathered and put back in its place. I’m sure we can all point to that neighbor of ours that would be the first to complain about the slightest inconvenience, or really anything at all.

Whatever the case may be where you live, make sure you have it on good authority that you are able to keep chickens before going out and finding chicks and a chicken coop. Don’t take the advice of a friend or a neighbor or a real estate agent even someone near you that might be raising chickens. Sometimes when laws are passed that ban certain things, those who were practicing before the law came into effect are exempt from the new law; they are grandfathered in.

What if My City Does Not Allow Backyard Chickens?

If you find that your municipality does not allow raising chickens, don’t panic just yet. All might not be lost. The process of getting a simple law like this changed is often times much more simple than you might think. You might be asked to attend a city council meeting to state your case, and often times that will be enough for the city to take a vote on the issue, and I think often times you will find that no one wants to be the lone councilman putting their foot down on people wanting to become more self-sustaining. Be patient on the matter as this process doesn’t usually happen overnight. It can takes months for the ball to get rolling, but you can be a part of making great changes in your area if you stick with it. If you can find others in your area that back you on this issue and will be willing to work with you, even better.

The author of this article is the owner of backyardhenhouse.com and chickensaloon.com..

An Education In Uban Survival

There is many literature about what might happen or how SHTF could unfold. But there are also real examples we can learn from. One of the most interesting recent events that can be compared to TEOTWAWKI was the Balkan war.

Selco of SHTF School, who survived the war in the Balkan region during the 1990′s, recounts how everything changed once the enemy army surrounded his city and he and his family survived for one year cut off from the outside world. His account gives you an idea of the brutal nature of urban survival.

In his online course ( http://shtfschool.com/community/selco-one-year-in-hell/ -- see screenshot above) he shares the lessons he has learned and describes step by step how life changed beginning with all services shutting down, to seeing the first corpses on the streets and gangs roaming the city looking for resources.

You can learn the lessons Selco had to learn the hard way and besides listening to 8 hours of audio interviews with him, watch hands on videos of his supplies, check is current supply lists, read his survival guide and watch videos in which he describes his defense setup.

The cost for this course is $ 29.95 for regular subscribers and $ 19.95 if you subscribe to the newsletter (they send you a signup link in the first email). It is a bargain for the wealth of information they offer and highly recommended.

10 Terrifying Films About Home Invasion

10 Terrifying Films About Home Invasion: "No one wants to think about their home getting burgled. And no one wants to think about being locked in a rickety house with a killer. It's not easy tackling the realities of home invasion; it's much more difficult to have to deal with a real break-in than watch a film about one. You may not be insured, things get wrecked, and you have to call the cops. Though they probably won't prepare you for a real home invasion, try locking your doors, stay in tonight, and check out these 10 terrifying films about home invasion..."

[List at Link Above]