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31 May, 2012

A Medieval Take on the Survivalist Philosophy: Fortifications

First off, I should inform you that I'm fairly obsessed with medieval European culture and history and I have been for years -- to the point where I've made myself into a bit of an expert on the subject.  Other than a handful that were standard sci-fi fare and one that's closer to horror, nearly every idea I've ever had for a short-story, novel, etc. has been set against a medieval backdrop because of this semi-obsession of mine.  So, it should come as no great surprise that my views on survivalism have evolved along these same lines.  It was originally my intention for this article to serve as an introduction to what will eventually be a whole series, touching on ideas that could then be expounded upon later.  In the course of writing it, however, it began to become very long, so I decided instead to just go ahead and concentrate on one aspect; namely, fortifications.  Needless to say, there will be other articles to cover further aspects later.

Secondly, before you read any further, understand that the philosophy for which I'll be laying the groundwork throughout this series will be best geared toward the less-likely but always possible TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) "New Dark Age"-type scenarios often discussed.  In short, we won't be going prepper-lite, discussing the finer points of storing enough canned-goods and candles to get you through a bad storm, layoff from your job, or other temporary situation.  In these articles, we'll be going full-on Mad Max, complete with roving gangs of raping and pillaging Mutant Zombie Bikers (MZBs).  So, you know, prepare yourself.  Sometimes it helps to adjust your mind-set before delving in to a thought experiment such as this one.

Without further ado...

Fortifications


Many in the survivalist/prepper community favor a philosophy of gaining safety by staying out of sight.  In fact, this is probably what a lot of people will be stuck with even if they don't particularly like it, because of economic reasons.  A cabin in the woods will keep you safe (and leading a woefully isolated existence, I might add) as long as you stay hidden; but if some enterprising troupe of hooligans stumbles across your happy little hidey-hole, you're likely in for a bad day.

I've been telling friends of mine forever that, if I ever hit the lottery or somehow otherwise get filthy rich, I'll be building a castle for my home.  A real one.  Towers, high walls, moat and drawbridge -- the whole works.  Call me eccentric, I guess.  I meant it too, but, alas the riches have thus far avoided me, so it's a plain ol' boring retreat homestead for me too.  However, in light of the very real concern that any discovery of our isolated hideaways might cause us all to catch an incurable case of dead-meat-itis (and because few of us are wealthy enough to build our own castles), my take is that:

 1.) Building with masonry trumps wood for stopping bullets and resisting fire damage.  This was true for medieval castles and it's true now.  What most people don't know is that most castles were originally wooden structures with the stone added later, either after the inhabitants got good and settled or after someone burned parts of it to the flippin' ground and they wisened-up.  Castles eventually became militarily-obsolete because of artillery, but, if you're fending-off looters or the Crips or the Hell's Angels, I doubt they'll have a tank to throw at you (and, if they do, you're screwed anyway!)

So, in short, do whatever you can to adopt a castle-mentality.  Sandbags full of dirt will also be useful for such purposes, though, less so than masonry.  Basically, your goal should be to present a hardened target, resulting in your attackers deciding that killing and robbing you will take too much time and result in too many of them getting dead as well and consequently moving on to other riper fruit, as the creepy saying goes.

 2.) The higher the position the better -- if not your domecile/property, at the very least, a look-out station.  The army calls this an LP/OP (Listening Post/Observation Post) and there's a reason it's a tactic that has been utilized militarily for thousands of years.  I already have spots picked-out for three of them around my property that, if manned, would provide commanding views of every major lane of approach.  I suggest you do the same.

 3.) If attacked by a large force, *DO NOT* waste resources by trying to defend every square-foot of your property, but, rather concentrate on defending a small central hub (likely, you're actual home).  In a castle this was called the keep, and it usually contained the lord's private residence; cisterns for water storage; granaries and food storage; stockpiled weapons (an armory); and space enough to hold a large number of people in times of distress.  Smaller equals easier to successfully defend.  If they burn your barn and whatever crops are in the ground, you can rebuild and replant after the trouble has passed.  There is a long proud tradition built around people getting their arses behind a thick wall and waiting for the bad guys to go away.

I'll add to that by saying, with respect to livestock, select breeding pairs should be picked-out ahead of time, so that they too can be saved with short-notice to rebuild flocks, herds, etc.  It may sound crazy to you to have chickens and goats indoors, but it's precisely what people did for thousands of years.  Entire herds, aside from breeding pairs were slaughtered every October to avoid having to try to keep them alive over the Winter; modern-day Halloween coincides with the pagan festival of Samhain that was also called Blood Harvest, just as there were festivals to mark the first and second harvests of the growing season.  It was called Blood Harvest, because of all the slaughtering, in case that wasn't obvious enough.  The breeding pairs that were spared often spent the Winter right alongside the family.  People even brought their milk cows inside during the harsh Winters.  Of course, they had dirt floors -- I would not advise bringing a cow into your living room with today's construction. ;)

 4.) Food/water supplies must be protected, at all costs.  This is a truth that gets beat to death on survivalist sites, but human beings can only survive about three days without water.  If you have thousands of gallons of water storage, kudos to you; if it's in above-ground tanks a hundred feet from your house, consider yourself as having exactly zero gallons.  Ditto with a well.  If you're holed-up inside your "castle" safe and sound, but under siege for any significant amount of time, what the H3ll good does that do you if you have no water to drink or cook with?  Even if your attackers leave, what's to keep them from destroying your tanks/well equipment or fouling your supply as a final F U before leaving?  Food is a topic I won't beat to death, because it's self-explanatory: follow basic survivalist/prepper guidelines with regard to storage food.  But, the moral here is that it needs to be stored close where it can be better protected.

 5.) Every serious survivalist should watch "The Outlaw Josey Wales" for tips on how a small force can outlast a larger one from a well-defended fixed position in a fire-fight.  If you haven't seen it, do; but, in the meantime, just know that what I'm referring to specifically is where the characters fend-off an attack from within a Texas ranch house that was previously fortified to withstand Indian raids.

I think that covers just about everything from the standpoint of proper fortifications.  Undoubtedly, I'll think of something else I wanted to add after I post this, but it's already a long article, so it'll have to suffice.  As always, thoughts/critiques/concerns, etc. are welcomed in the Comments section below.

Some reading (pertinent to this subject) that you might enjoy:

"Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley Rawles
"Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley Rawles
"The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages" by J.E. Kaufmann & H.W. Kaufmann
"Survival Retreats: A Practical Guide to Creating a Sustainable, Defendable Refuge" by David Black
"Life in a Medieval Castle" by Joseph Gies
"The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense" by Ragnar Benson


30 May, 2012

Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp?

Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp?: There has been no society in the history of the world that has ever been 100% safe. No matter how much money the federal government spends on "homeland security", the truth is that bad things will still happen. Our world is a very dangerous place and it is becoming increasingly unstable. The federal government could turn the entire country into one giant prison camp, but that would still not keep us safe. It is inevitable that bad stuff will happen in life. But we have a choice. We can choose to live in fear or we can choose to live as free men and women. Our forefathers intended to establish a nation where liberty and freedom would be maximized. But today we are told that we have to give up our liberties and our freedoms and our privacy for increased security. But is such a trade really worth it? Just think of the various totalitarian societies that we have seen down throughout history. Have any of them ever really thrived? Have their people been happy? Unfortunately, the U.S. federal government has decided that the entire country needs to be put on lock down. Nearly everything that we do today is watched and tracked, and personal privacy is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Many of the things that George Orwell wrote about in 1984 are becoming a reality, and that is a very frightening thing. The United States is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sadly, we are rapidly becoming the exact opposite of that...

16 Signs That People Are Becoming Stupider

16 Signs That People Are Becoming Stupider: Does it ever seem to you like people are becoming stupider than ever? There have always been people out there that have been a few cards short of a full deck, but these days it seems like more people than ever are a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Certainly our education system plays a major role in this. Our children are being systematically "dumbed-down" by our public schools and millions of them are graduating from high school as dumb as a rock. And the endless hours of mindless entertainment that most of us are addicted to certainly is not helping matters either. Will we eventually become a society where only a small minority possess critical thinking skills? In our world today, logic and reason seem to be in very short supply and the sheeple seem to have taken over...

If You Live In California Things Just Got A Whole Lot Worse

If You Live In California Things Just Got A Whole Lot Worse: Why does the state of California seem to be so incredibly hopeless? These days California can't seem to do anything right, and if you live in California things just got a whole lot worse. Governor Brown has announced that the state budget deficit for this year is going to be much larger than projected, that more government services are going to be cut and that voters are going to vote on another round of tax increases in November. Meanwhile, unemployment is sitting at 11 percent and extended federal unemployment benefits for workers in the state are ending. Because California is one of the worst places in the nation to conduct business, there has been a steady flow of companies leaving the state. Those companies have taken a whole lot of good jobs with them. Due to the lack of jobs and a steady stream of impoverished immigrants coming in from Mexico and other countries, poverty in the state has exploded and crime is rapidly increasing. California may be the land of "endless sunshine", but for the California economy there are only dark clouds on the horizon. The state is coming apart at the seams and there is not much hope that things are going to turn around any time soon.


These days, California is very similar to Greece in many ways...

29 May, 2012

Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?

I added the bold emphasis below to punctuate my belief in the economic factors at play. The sad truth is that, all other things aside, the average person simply cannot afford to eat healthy.


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Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?: Are we digging our own graves with our teeth? Is the food that we eat every day slowly killing us? When I was growing up, I just assumed that everything in the grocery store was perfectly safe and perfectly healthy. I just assumed that the government and the big corporations were watching out for us and that they would never allow something harmful to be sold in the stores. Boy, was I wrong! Today, the average American diet is extremely unhealthy. Most of the foods that we all love to eat are absolutely packed with things that will damage our health. Many of the ingredients that make our foods "taste good" such as fat, salt and sugar can be extremely damaging in large amounts. On top of that, most processed foods are absolutely loaded with chemicals and preservatives. The next time you go to the grocery store, just start turning over packages and read the "ingredients" that are being put into our food. If you have never done this before, you will be absolutely amazed. In many of our most common foods there are "ingredients" that I cannot even pronounce. Sadly, most Americans have no idea that eating a steady diet of these processed foods will likely leave them massively overweight, very sick and much closer to death.

Eating healthy takes more time, more effort and more money than eating poorly does...

Are They Insane? 58 Percent Of Americans Believe Economic Conditions In The United States Will Be Good A Year From Now

Are They Insane? 58 Percent Of Americans Believe Economic Conditions In The United States Will Be Good A Year From Now: There is nothing wrong with being optimistic, but there is something wrong with having blind faith that things are going to get better when all of the evidence is screaming at you that things are going to get worse. According to a [recent] USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 71 percent of all Americans consider economic conditions in the United States to be poor right now, but an astounding 58 percent of them believe that economic conditions in the United States will be good a year from now. So what can account for this? Are they insane? Are they hopelessly optimistic? Do they not want to believe the facts that are staring them right in the face? Well, a lot of it probably has to do with the upcoming election. Most Republicans are convinced that things will be "better" somehow if Romney wins in November. Most Democrats are convinced that things will "continue to improve" if Obama wins in November. But the truth is that the economy has been declining steadily in recent years no matter which party has been in power. Today, the American Dream is out of reach for huge numbers of formerly middle class families. Millions of jobs continue to leave the United States, poverty is absolutely exploding and our nation is absolutely drowning in debt. Sadly, nothing is being done to reverse the long-term economic trends that are destroying us. So, a year from now things are not going to be any better. In fact, many analysts are absolutely convinced that things are going to be a whole lot worse by then...

Turn Out The Lights – The Largest U.S. Cities Are Becoming Cesspools Of Filth, Decay And Wretchedness

Turn Out The Lights – The Largest U.S. Cities Are Becoming Cesspools Of Filth, Decay And Wretchedness: Once upon a time, the largest U.S. cities were the envy of the entire world. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Sure, there are areas of New York City, Boston, Washington and Los Angeles that are still absolutely beautiful but for the most part our major cities are rapidly rotting and decaying. Cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, New Orleans, St. Louis and Oakland were all once places where middle class American workers thrived and raised their families. Today, all of those cities are rapidly being transformed into cesspools of filth, decay and wretchedness. Millions of good jobs have left our major cities in recent decades and poverty has absolutely exploded. Basically, you can turn out the lights because the party is over. In fact, some major U.S. cities are literally turning out the lights. In Detroit, about 40 percent of the streetlights are already broken and the city cannot afford to repair them. So Mayor Bing has come up with a plan to cut the number of operating streetlights almost in half and leave vast sections of the city totally in the dark at night. I wonder what that will do to the crime rate in the city. But don't look down on Detroit too much, because what is happening in Detroit will be happening where you live soon enough...

28 May, 2012

In Memoriam and Salute

Thank you to all those who served or are serving.  Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.  If fate had dealt me a different hand, I would be right there beside you.



New Bill Would Make It Legal To Target Propaganda And "Psychological Operations" Directly At U.S. Citizens

New Bill Would Make It Legal To Target Propaganda And "Psychological Operations" Directly At U.S. Citizens: Should it be legal for the U.S. government to spend billions of dollars on propaganda designed to change public opinion in the United States? Should it be legal for the U.S. government to use television, radio, newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and Internet forums to conduct "psychological operations" targeted at the American public? An amendment that has been added to a new defense bill in Congress would make it legal to target propaganda and "psychological operations" directly at U.S. citizens. The latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act would overturn the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987. Those two laws essentially make it illegal for propaganda that is used to influence public opinion overseas to be targeted at U.S. citizens back here at home. If those two laws are struck down, there will be essentially very few limits to what the U.S. government can do to shape our opinions. The government would be able to bombard us with propaganda messages on television, on the radio, in our newspapers and on the Internet and there would not even be a requirement that those messages be true. In fact, just as happens so often overseas, it would likely be inevitable that the government would purposely disseminate misinformation to the American public for the sake of "national security". That is why it is imperative that this bill not become law. 

As an article posted on LegalInsurrection.com correctly noted, this bill has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives....
Their bill was included as amendment 114 to the Defense Authorization Act and passed out of the House on Friday, May 18. It would amend two existing acts: the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1987)...

Question RE: "There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs"

In response to this article, reader Amanda asked, "And what percentage of those do not WANT jobs?"  

My Response: Quite a few, which is a telling symptom of how far our society has fallen. We now live in an "entitlement society," sadly. There are also tons of people who found themselves suddenly "downsized" from middle and upper-middle class careers who *do* want jobs, but are unwilling to settle for the low-paying burger joint/Walmart cashier positions that make-up the overwhelming bulk of the new jobs being created (you know, the ones the current Administration in Washington keeps using in the form of a bare-a$$ed meaningless statistic to convince gullible rubes they've done wonders for the economy?)

Many of these are also considered as having given-up on ever finding work, thus removing them completely from the "official" unemployment statistics released by the government. That's how they get away with claiming unemployment is down to around 8-9% when it's actually probably closer to 20% -- they're cooking the books to try to make the sheeple who populate our idiocracy feel better about the whole clusterf@#k... and, sadly, it's working.

Actually, "settle" probably isn't the best word-choice with regard to people being unwilling to accept low-paying jobs. People with families can't often afford to "settle," considering we've built a system where even a crappy, near-minimum wage position will often exempt you from getting any kind of public assistance to help bridge the gap.

In the end, it says more about the broken system than it does about the people.

The Real Obama Budget Deficit For 2011: 5 Trillion Dollars

More cooking of the books and fuzzy accounting from our "friends" in Washington...


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The Real Obama Budget Deficit For 2011: 5 Trillion Dollars: If the U.S. government used the same accounting methods that most U.S. businesses use, the real federal budget deficit for last year would have been 5 trillion dollars instead of 1.3 trillion dollars. So where does the huge difference come from? I think a simple illustration would be helpful here. When you go shopping, do you only count the transactions where you use cash, or do you also count the transactions where you signed on the dotted line and promised to pay later? Of course you count both of them. Well, the U.S. government does not count promises to pay later when calculating budget deficits. The "official" Obama budget deficit for 2011 was 1.3 trillion dollars, but according to USA Today when you add in the rise in liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and other retirement programs that adds another 3.7 trillion dollars to the total. Those are future financial promises that we have made that future taxes are not expected to cover. This analysis by USA Today squares very well with what analysts such as John Williams of shadowstats.com have been saying for years. The truth is that our federal budget deficits have actually been far worse than we have been told.

If the U.S. government was a publicly traded stock, it would be forced to use GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Sadly, as USA Today explained, the real budget deficit for 2011 would have been almost four times as large as was officially reported if standard accounting practices had been used...

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27 May, 2012

Class Warfare Is Being Used To Divide America – And It Is Working

Class Warfare Is Being Used To Divide America – And It Is Working: At a time when America desperately needs to come together, we are becoming more divided than ever. The mainstream media and most of our politicians love to pit us against one another in dozens of different ways, and right now class warfare has become one of their favorite tools for getting us to hate one another. If you are struggling in this economy, you are being told that "the wealthy" are the cause of your problems. If you have money, you are being told that the poor hate you and want to tax you into oblivion. Class warfare has already become a dominant theme in the 2012 race for the White House, and there will certainly be endless speeches given along these lines by politicians from both major political parties all the way up to election day. Class warfare will be used by both sides as a way to divide America and get votes. And the frightening thing is that it is clearly working. There is more hatred between the poor and the wealthy in America today than at any other time that I can remember. But hating people because of how much money they have or don't have is not going to solve anything. Instead, it is just going to cause more problems...

What Do California And Detroit Have In Common?

What Do California And Detroit Have In Common?: When most people think of the economic decline that is happening in America, most of them think of states like California and cities like Detroit. In both cases, unemployment is rampant, government finances are a mess, and businesses and families are both leaving in droves. So what is causing this? What do California and Detroit have in common? Well, for one thing, both the state of California and the city of Detroit have been run by anti-business socialist control freaks for decades. Once upon a time millions of young Americans that dreamed of a better life flocked to California and Detroit was one of the most vibrant manufacturing cities in the history of the world. But now both of them are in an advanced state of decline, and a lot of the blame can be placed at the feet of the politicians in both cases. Both California and Detroit have become very unfriendly places to businesses and families, so businesses and families have been leaving both California and Detroit in very large numbers. At the same time, the socialist welfare policies in both places have caused them to become magnets for those that enjoy being dependent on the government. Welfare recipients are not likely to pack up and move down to Texas because they know that their benefits would not be nearly as good down there. So both California and Detroit will continue to attract those that want to live under socialist control freaks and it will continue to drive away those that do not want to live under socialist control freaks...

There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs

There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs ***UPDATED***: The unemployment crisis in America is much worse than you are being told. Did you know that there are 100 million working age Americans that do not get up in the morning and go to work? No wonder why it seems like there are so many people that do not have jobs! According to the federal government, there are 12.6 million working age Americans that are considered to be "officially" unemployed, but there are another 87.8 million working age Americans that are not working either. The federal government considers those Americans to be "not in the labor force" so they are not included in the unemployment rate. In fact, this is one of the key ways that the government manipulates the unemployment numbers. The Obama administration would have us believe that the unemployment rate is going down and that that since the start of the last recession about as many Americans have left the labor force as we saw during the entire decades of the 1980s and 1990s combined. Of course that is a bunch of nonsense, but that is what the Obama administration would have us believe. The truth is that the percentage of working age Americans that are employed is just about the same right now as it was two years ago. It was incredibly difficult to get a job back then and it is incredibly difficult to get a job right now. So don't believe the hype that things are getting much better. If you still do have a good job, you might want to hold on to it tightly, because there is not much hope that things are going to improve significantly any time soon...

26 May, 2012

95 Percent Of The Jobs Lost During The Recession Were Middle Class Jobs

95 Percent Of The Jobs Lost During The Recession Were Middle Class Jobs: Who is the biggest loser in the ongoing decline of the U.S. economy? Is it the wealthy? No, the stock market has been soaring lately and their incomes are actually going up. Is it the poor? Well, the poor are definitely hurting very badly, but when you don't have much to begin with you don't have much to lose. Unfortunately, it is the middle class that has lost the most during this economic downturn. According to Bloomberg, 95 percent of the jobs lost during the recession were middle class jobs. That is an absolutely astounding figure. Yes, some executives lost their jobs during the last recession as did some minimum-wage workers. But overwhelmingly the jobs that were lost were middle income jobs. Sadly, the limited number of jobs that have been added since the end of the last recession have mostly been low income jobs. A higher percentage of Americans are working low income jobs than ever before, and the cost of living continues to rise at a very brisk pace. This is causing an erosion of the middle class unlike anything we have ever seen in American history...

A Chinese Group Plans To Construct A 200 Acre “China City” In Michigan

A Chinese Group Plans To Construct A 200 Acre “China City” In Michigan: A Chinese group known as "Sino-Michigan Properties LLC" has bought up 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. Their plan is to construct a "China City" with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens. Essentially, it would be a little slice of communist China dropped right into the heartland of America. This "China City" would be located about 40 minutes from both Detroit and Toledo, and it would be marketed to Chinese business people that want to start businesses in the United States. Unfortunately, this is not just an isolated incident. In fact, Chinese companies have been buying up land and businesses all over the country in recent years. There has even been talk of establishing "special economic zones" inside the United States modeled after the Chinese city of Shenzhen. It was inevitable that the Chinese were going to do something with the trillions of dollars that they have made flooding our shores with cheap products. Now they are rapidly buying up pieces of America, and many of our politicians are welcoming them with open arms...

53 Percent Of All Young College Graduates In America Are Either Unemployed Or Underemployed

53 Percent Of All Young College Graduates In America Are Either Unemployed Or Underemployed: If you are in college right now, you will most likely either be unemployed or working a job that only requires a high school degree when you graduate. The truth is that the U.S. economy is not coming anywhere close to producing enough jobs for the hordes of new college graduates that are entering the workforce every year. In 2011, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed. Millions upon millions of young college graduates feel like the system has totally failed them. They worked hard in school all their lives, they went into huge amounts of debt in order to get the college education that they were told they "must have" in order to get a good job, but after graduation they found that there were only a handful of good jobs for the huge waves of college graduates that were entering the "real world". All over America, college graduates can be found waiting tables, flipping burgers and working behind the register at retail stores. Unfortunately, the employment picture in America is not going to get significantly better any time soon...

25 May, 2012

One Nation Under Debt With Endless Debt Slavery For All

One Nation Under Debt With Endless Debt Slavery For All: Debt is a "soft" form of slavery. In America today, it is not legal to bind people up with chains and force them to work for you, but that doesn't mean that there are not millions upon millions of slaves in this country. When you borrow money, you willingly become a servant to the lender. Sadly, there are millions of Americans that will spend the rest of their lives working to pay off their debts but they will never escape the endless debt slavery that they have gotten themselves into. When you add up all forms of debt in the United States at this point, it comes to more than 54 trillion dollars. That is more than $178,000 for every man, woman and child in America. We truly are one nation under debt, and we have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the planet. Unfortunately, all debt bubbles eventually burst, and when this one bursts the consequences are going to be unlike anything ever seen before.


When most Americans think of the "U.S. debt problem", they tend to only think of the U.S. national debt. Well, that certainly is horrifying, but it is only a small part of the overall problem...

The UN Plan For Running The World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy

The UN Plan For Running The World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy: Did you know that the UN has a plan for running the world and it is right out in the open? It is called "sustainable development", but it is far more comprehensive than it sounds. The truth is that the UN plan for running the world would dramatically alter nearly all forms of human activity. A 204 page report on "sustainable development" entitled "Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective" has been published in advance of the upcoming Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro... It envisions a vast system of global carbon taxes, massive global safety nets and the implementation of a one world green economy. Many of those that are pushing "sustainable development" on a global level believe that they are doing it for the good of the planet. In fact, the 204 page report mentioned above even says that the transition "to a green economy requires a fundamental shift in the way we think and act" but that it will be worth it in the end. What people need to understand is that throughout modern history tyranny has almost always been initially introduced by people that believed that they had "good intentions". No matter how much friendly language the UN uses in their reports, the truth is that what they are promoting is an insidious agenda of absolute tyranny on a global scale...

Mind Blowing Ways That The Government Is Wasting Your Money

Chimps Throwing Poop And 29 Other Mind Blowing Ways That The Government Is Wasting Your Money: Why do chimpanzees throw poop? The federal government would like to know and is using your tax dollars to investigate the matter. Every single year, we all send huge amounts of our hard-earned money to the federal government. We hope that they will spend that money wisely. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case. You are about to read some examples of how the government is wasting your money that are absolutely mind blowing. Anyone that claims that there is not a lot of waste that can be cut out of the federal budget is lying to you. Our politicians have racked up the biggest pile of debt in the history of the world and they are spending our money on some of the stupidest things imaginable. It is imperative that the American people be educated about all of this outrageous government waste... We are stealing trillions of dollars from future generations and many of the things that our politicians are wasting that money on are almost too bizarre to believe...

The Family Farm Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America

The Family Farm Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America: An entire way of life is rapidly dying right in front of our eyes. The family farm is being systematically wiped out of existence in America, and big agribusiness and the federal government both have blood all over their hands. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today. That doesn't mean that there is less farming going on. U.S. farms are producing more than ever. But what it does mean is that farming is increasingly becoming dominated by the big boys. The rules of the game have been tilted in favor of big agribusiness so dramatically that most small farmers find that they simply cannot compete anymore. Back in 1900, about 39 percent of the U.S. population worked on farms. At this point, only about 2 percent of all Americans now live on farms. Big agribusiness, the food processing conglomerates, and big seed companies such as Monsanto completely dominate the industry. Unless something dramatic is done, the family farm is going to continue to be wiped out of existence...

Why? – 21 Unanswered Questions That They Don’t Want You To Look Into

Why? – 21 Unanswered Questions That They Don’t Want You To Look Into: Do you ever get the feeling that the mainstream media is feeding you a very watered-down and twisted version of the news? Do you ever get the feeling that the federal government does not believe that the American people can actually be trusted with the truth? It is exasperating to realize that the news that the public is being fed every single day is very heavily filtered and very heavily censored. In a world where "spin" is everything, simply telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Fortunately, the Internet has helped fuel the rise of the alternative media, and millions of Americans that are starting to wake up are turning to the alternative media for answers to their unanswered questions. Increasingly, people are becoming willing to question the orthodoxy that is being shoved down their throats by the major news networks, and that is a very good thing. The world is becoming an incredibly unstable place, and it is more imperative than ever that we all learn to think for ourselves...

24 May, 2012

The Too Big To Fail Banks Are Now Much Bigger And Much More Powerful Than Ever

The Too Big To Fail Banks Are Now Much Bigger And Much More Powerful Than Ever: The Democrats, the Republicans and especially Barack Obama promised that something would be done about the too big to fail banks so that they would never again be a threat to destroy our financial system. Well, those promises have not been kept and the too big to fail banks are now much bigger and much more powerful than ever. The assets of the five biggest U.S. banks were equivalent to about 43 percent of U.S. GDP before the financial crisis. Today, the assets of the five biggest U.S. banks are equivalent to about 56 percent of U.S. GDP. So if those banks were "too big to fail" before, then what are they now? They continue to gobble up smaller banks at a brisk pace, and they continue to pile up debt and risky investments as if a day of reckoning will never come. But of course a day of reckoning is coming, and when it arrives they will be expecting more bailouts just like they got the last time...

The Ring Of Fire Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States

The Ring Of Fire Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States: Does it seem to you like there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity around the world lately? Well, it isn't just your imagination. The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really bad news for the west coast of the United States. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire. Considering the fact that the entire west coast of the United States lies along the Ring of Fire, we should be very concerned that the Ring of Fire is becoming more active.[Recently] , the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded happened along the Ring of Fire. If that earthquake had happened in a major U.S. city along the west coast, the city would have been entirely destroyed. Scientists tell us that there is nearly a 100% certainty that the "Big One" will hit California at some point. In recent years we have seen Japan, Chile, Indonesia and New Zealand all get hit by historic earthquakes. It is inevitable that there will be earthquakes of historic importance on the west coast of the United States as well. So far we have been very fortunate, but that good fortune will not last indefinitely...

10 Disgusting Examples Of Very Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police

10 Disgusting Examples Of Very Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police: When did we decide that it was okay to treat very young school children as if they were terror suspects? When I was growing up, I don't remember a single time that the police ever came to my school and arrested anyone. But now police are being called out to public schools at the drop of a hat. All over America, very young school children are being arrested and marched out of their schools in handcuffs in front of all their friends. For example, down in Georgia [recently] police were called out because a 6-year-old girl was throwing a tantrum. The police subdued her, slapped handcuffs on her and hauled her off to the police station. Instead of apologizing for this outrageous incident, the police are defending the actions of the officer involved. But this is not an isolated incident. All over the country young kids are being handcuffed and mistreated by police. The following are 10 more disgusting examples of very young school children being arrested, handcuffed and brutalized by police all over America...

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There Is Not Going To Be A Solution To Our Economic Problems On The National Level

There Is Not Going To Be A Solution To Our Economic Problems On The National Level: For those waiting for our economic problems to be solved, you can quit holding your breath. There is simply not going to be a solution to our economic problems on the national level. So why is that the case? Well, it is because the economic policies of both major political parties are very, very similar when you take a close look at them. Yes, that statement may sound downright bizarre to many Americans, but it is true. Both major political parties supported the Wall Street bailouts, both of them fully support the job-killing "free trade" globalization agenda, both of them have dramatically increased the national debt when in power, both of them fully support the currency-killing policies of the Federal Reserve, and neither major political party would get rid of the income tax and the IRS. And that is just for starters. Yes, there are some minor differences when it comes to taxing and spending between the two parties, but the truth is that they are a lot more similar on economic issues than they are different. What we desperately need on the national level is a fundamental change in direction when it comes to economic policy, but we simply are not going to get that from either the Democrats or the Republicans...

23 May, 2012

America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor

45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor: The middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in the United States today. America is a nation with a very tiny elite that is rapidly becoming increasingly wealthy while everyone else is becoming poorer. So why is this happening? Well, it is actually very simple. Our institutions are designed to concentrate wealth in the hands of a very limited number of people. Throughout human history, almost all societies that have had a big centralized government have also had a very high concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite. Throughout human history, almost all societies that have allowed big business or big corporations to dominate the economy have also had a very high concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite. Well, the United States has allowed both big government and big corporations to grow wildly out of control. Those were huge mistakes. Our founding fathers attempted to establish a nation where the federal government would be greatly limited and where corporations would be greatly restricted. Unfortunately, we have turned our backs on those principles and now we are paying the price...

Vaccines And Autism: The Secret That You Are Not Supposed To Know

*UPDATE*: For the record, I'm not one who is entirely sold on the idea that vaccines (or, rather, ingredients therein) cause or have otherwise contributed to the explosion of autism, which is why this post was tagged as being in the "tinfoil hat" category as well as those of "health concerns" and "strange happenings." I do believe it bears looking into, however, and I found the article interesting; and so I shared it here with you. Take from it what you will.

I would *NOT*, however, recommend to anyone they deny vaccinations to their child based solely off such conjecture. In the end, it's up to the parent(s) to decide what is best for their child (as it should be). But, in my mind, even if the claims of this article do prove to be true, better an autistic child than one killed by some preventable disease. Autistic children (and those with other so-called "limitations" are still gifts from God or the Universe or Fate or whatever you choose to believe in).


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Vaccines And Autism: The Secret That You Are Not Supposed To Know: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children in the United States with autism has risen by 78 percent over the past decade. It is now estimated that 1 out of every 88 children in the United States has some form of autism disorder. Our schools are absolutely packed with "special needs" children and millions of parents are desperately trying to figure out why so many kids are having such severe developmental problems. Strangely, most autistic children start out perfectly normal. Most of them develop just fine for the first year or two and then something dramatic happens. So what could that possibly be? Well, there is a secret that you are not supposed to know. That secret is that vaccines are one of the primary causes of autism. As the number of vaccines being administered to our children has risen, so has the percentage of our children with autism. Today, in some areas of the United States more than 30 vaccines are being given to young children before the age of 3. When you inject so much mercury and so much other toxic material directly into the bloodstreams of vulnerable young children, bad stuff is bound to happen. The evidence linking vaccines and autism continues to mount, and yet the pharmaceutical establishment continues to vigorously deny that there could possibly be any link between the two.

Each year, there are thousands upon thousands of parents that take their perfectly healthy toddlers into the doctor to get a vaccine and later end up deeply regretting it. Shortly after taking one too many vaccines, many children get sick, stop talking and never recover. The parents of those children are left absolutely devastated.

If you start surfing around the Internet you can find enough testimonies like this to keep you reading for days on end.

But for the pharmaceutical establishment, a link between must never be admitted between vaccines and autism. Hundreds of billions of dollars of profits are at stake, and the legal implications of admitting that vaccines cause autism would be absolutely mind blowing.

The big pharmaceutical companies will never, ever, ever, ever admit a link. And since those companies also spend billions of dollars advertising on the mainstream media, the mainstream media will never admit a link either.

It is all about the money...

Tornadoes Becoming More Frequent And More Powerful

Why Is The Heartland Of America Being Ripped To Shreds By Gigantic Tornadoes That Are Becoming More Frequent And More Powerful?: What in the world is going on in the heartland of America? Spring has barely even begun and we are seeing communities all over America being ripped to shreds by gigantic tornadoes. A lot of meteorologists claimed that the nightmarish tornado season of 2011 was an "anomaly", but 2012 is shaping up to be just as bad or even worse. These tornado outbreaks just seem to keep getting more frequent and more powerful... So why is this happening? Why is the heartland of America being ripped to shreds by gigantic tornadoes that are becoming more frequent and more powerful?...

25 Signs That Middle Class Families Have Been Targeted For Extinction

25 Signs That Middle Class Families Have Been Targeted For Extinction: The middle class in America is being systematically wiped out, and most people don't even realize what is happening. Every single year, millions more Americans fall out of the middle class and become dependent on the government. The United States once had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class is rapidly shrinking and government dependence is at an all-time high. So why is this happening? Well, America is becoming a poorer nation at the same time that wealth is becoming extremely concentrated at the very top. At this point, our economic system is designed to funnel as much money and power to the federal government and to the big corporations as possible. Individuals and small businesses have a really hard time thriving in this environment. To most big corporations these days, workers are viewed as financial liabilities. Most corporations want to reduce their payrolls as much as possible. You see, the truth is that most corporations want to be just like Apple. If you can believe it, Apple makes $400,000 in profit per employee. Big corporations don't care that you need to pay the mortgage and provide for your family. Their goal is to make as much money as possible. And most of the control freaks that run our bloated federal government don't care much about middle class families either. To many politicians and federal bureaucrats, middle class families are "useless eaters" that are constantly damaging the environment with their "excessive" lifestyles. In this day and age, neither the federal government nor the big corporations really have much use for middle class Americans, and that is really, really bad news for the the future of the middle class family in America...

22 May, 2012

19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College

19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College: Don't you wish that someone had told you the truth before you went to college? Don't you wish that someone had told you that college has become a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money out of students and parents as possible? Yes, college can be a profitable endeavor if you pick your field of study wisely, if you can get someone else to pay for at least some of it and if you can actually get a good job in that field when you graduate. But most high school students are never told to weigh the pros and the cons before they run off to college. The typical high school student is simply told to get into the "best school" that he or she can and to take out whatever loans are "necessary" to pay for that education.  Our high school students are assured that those student loans will be paid back easily once they get "good jobs" following graduation.  But the truth is that there are some other things that high school students should be told before they go off to college as well.  They should be told that student loan debt can cripple them financially for decades.  They should be told that the quality of education at most U.S. colleges and universities is a total joke.  They should be told that most college graduates do not get a "good job" once they graduate these days.  They should be told that after they receive their diplomas they are likely to end up flat broke, waiting tables and living with their parents.
If we would just be honest with our high school students ahead of time, it would save many of them a whole lot of pain later.

Higher education is not necessarily a bad thing.  But these days when it comes to higher education the goal should be to get as much for your money as you possibly can.  You don't want to end up spending four years of your life and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a degree in "art history" or "political science".

If you are going to get a college degree, choose a field that will actually advance your career and try to spend as little as you can.  Unless you have wealthy parents who can pay for it all, the goal should be to make as big of a profit on your education as possible...

The Facebook IPO: The Last Great Wall Street Party

The Facebook IPO: The Last Great Wall Street Party: The Facebook IPO is kind of like a graduation party - everybody comes together for one huge blowout to celebrate the end of an era before going their separate ways. Unfortunately, most people on Wall Street do not understand how bittersweet this moment really is. A tremendous amount of pain is ahead for Wall Street in the next few years, and we will probably never see anything like the Facebook IPO ever again. But the Facebook IPO sure has been fun to watch. Facebook is one of the largest companies to ever go public in the United States. According to CNN, 247 million shares of Facebook exchanged hands in the first 45 minutes of trading. The Facebook IPO was nearly ten times larger than any other Internet IPO in history, and the amount of money being made by some people on this deal is absolutely amazing. For example, it is being reported that Bono will make more money on the Facebook IPO than he has from being part of the band U2 for the past 30 years. Sadly, this euphoria is not going to last for long. The next wave of the global financial collapse is rapidly approaching, and once it strikes there will not be much for anyone on Wall Street to be smiling about at all...

The 15 Trillion Dollar Party

The 15 Trillion Dollar Party: If you knew that you could live in luxury for the rest of your life but that by doing so it would absolutely destroy the future for your children, your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren would you do it? Well, that is exactly what we are doing as a nation. Over the past several decades, we have stolen 15 trillion dollars from future generations so that we could enjoy a dramatically inflated level of prosperity. Our 15 trillion dollar party has been a lot of fun, but what we have done to our children and our grandchildren has been beyond criminal. We ran up the greatest mountain of debt in the history of the planet and we are sticking them with the bill. Sadly, both political parties have been responsible for the big spending that has been going on. Both Democrats and Republicans have run up huge budget deficits when in power. But instead of learning the hard lessons of the past, both political parties continue to vote for even more debt. They would rather continue to steal trillions of dollars from future generations than have the party end and have to face the consequences...

Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy

Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy: Do you believe that preppers are a few cards short of a full deck? Do you assume that anyone that is "preparing for doomsday" does not have their elevator going all the way to the top floor? Well, you might want to read this first before you make a final decision that all preppers are crazy. The information that you are about to read shook me up a bit when I first looked it over. To be honest, I had no idea how incredibly vulnerable our economic system is to a transportation disruption. I am continually getting emails and comments on my websites asking "how to prepare" for what is coming, so when I came across this information I knew that I had to share it with all of you. Hopefully what you are about to read will motivate you to prepare like never before, and hopefully you will share this information with others...

21 May, 2012

24 Facts That Prove That America Is A Nation Of Slobs

24 Facts That Prove That America Is A Nation Of Slobs: What would our founders say if they could see us now? Americans like to believe that the rest of the world looks up to us, but the truth is that the rest of the world is laughing at us. It may be very difficult for us to admit, but the reality is that America has become a nation of slobs. And I am not just talking about being overweight. Today, Americans are physical, mental, emotional, moral, financial and political slobs. We are addicted to entertainment, we are addicted to shopping, we are addicted to food, we are addicted to prescription drugs, and we are addicted to anything else that gives us the pleasure that we crave. We allow our televisions to do our thinking for us and our families are falling apart. Our lives center around pleasing ourselves, and we have become one of the most narcissistic societies in the history of the world. We are like a middle-aged man that has totally let himself go. You know the guy who shows up for an important event in sandals, sweatpants and a stained t-shirt? That is us. We are only a shadow of what we once were as a nation, and we desperately need to change course...

A Fabulous Whole Wheat Bread Recipe From Our Friends At The Paratus Familia Blog

Paratus Familia Blog: Whole Wheat Bread That Will Have You Coming Back For More!: "Homemade bread can be a little tricky. Particularly wheat. Often times, although tasty, the bread can be crumbly and course, making it difficult at best to make a decent sandwich. My goal in bread making is to produce a wonderfully tasting, moist loaf with a fine crumb. I have made more than my fair share of bread with the texture of sand paper, but not this recipe. This is the one. This is the bread that turns out every time. It is great all-around homemade bread. It is incredible fresh from the oven, fabulous toasted and simply perfect cooled and sliced for sandwiches. You can use the wheat/white flour ratio in the recipe or all whole wheat - either way, you won't be disappointed..."

The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping

The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping: With the way that things are heading in this country, it is not surprising that there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today. What is surprising is that there are not more people prepping. The economy is rapidly falling to pieces, the national debt is absolutely soaring, the earth is becoming increasingly unstable, a major war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and the fabric of our society is coming apart right in front of our eyes. We have become incredibly dependent on technology and we have become incredibly dependent on our economic system. If a major natural disaster, a killer pandemic, an EMP attack or the imposition of martial law caused a significant transportation disruption, America would literally change overnight. We live during a time of tremendous global instability, and yet most people still see no need to start prepping at all. Most people just continue to have blind faith in our leaders and in our system. But what happens if our leaders fail us? What happens if our system collapses? What are they going to do then?...

Jim Cramer Is Predicting Bank Runs In Spain And Italy And Financial Anarchy Throughout Europe

Jim Cramer Is Predicting Bank Runs In Spain And Italy And Financial Anarchy Throughout Europe: During an appearance on Meet The Press on Sunday, Jim Cramer of CNBC boldly predicted that "financial anarchy" is coming to Europe and that there will be "bank runs" in Spain and Italy in the next few weeks. This is very strong language for the most famous personality on the most watched financial news channel in the United States to be using. In fact, if Cramer is not careful, people will start accusing him of sounding just like The Economic Collapse Blog. It may not happen in "the next few weeks", but the truth is that the European banking system is in a massive amount of trouble and if Greece does leave the euro it is going to cause a tremendous loss of confidence in banks in countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal. There are already rumors that the "smart money" is pulling out of Spanish and Italian banks. So could we see some of these banks collapse? Would they get bailed out if they do collapse? It is so hard to predict exactly how "financial anarchy" will play out, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the European financial system is heading for a massive amount of pain...

20 May, 2012

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I know I haven't posted here in quite a bit.  My life has been rather hectic as well as being plagued by technology-based SNAFUs.  First off, I enrolled in Graduate School back in January, and just finished my first two classes (both As -- yay!).  And, secondly, my computer decided to crap-out on me.

Anyway, now that classes are done until the Fall and I have a new 'puter, I'm slowly getting back into the swing of a semi-regular routine.  Expect me to post with more regularity beginning soon (maybe tomorrow).

To my advertisers: I'll be extending everyone's contract beyond their original renewal date.  Your ads have been live all along, but without me posting regularly, it could be argued that there was a dip in people visiting the blog; so, it's only fair to give you an extra month or two.