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29 June, 2012

More On The Subject Of "Supreme Court Upholds Obama Healthcare Mandate... and Why I'm Okay With It"

**Before reading this, read my piece from yesterday, and be sure to read all the way through the comments section as well.**

Comedian and TV personality Bill Maher, whom I only agree with about 40% of the time, made an interesting point on Twitter regarding the "Tax or Not a Tax Debate."  He said:

"Its not a tax on healthcare its a tax on freeloaders who weren't paying but using; wld be like calling a speeding ticket a driving ticket."

Now, the penalty is quite clearly a tax penalty (despite President Obama's attempted obfuscations), but I can still see his point.  We require drivers to have car insurance or face penalties, and that hasn't destroyed America... at least, not the last time I checked.  The only difference is that it's pretty difficult to revoke your living license if you fail to have health insurance the way they'll yank your driver's license if you get caught driving without car insurance.  And, my mechanic doesn't charge me $1000 for a muffler, because the law says he has to work on freeloader's cars for free, and he needs to recoup his losses somewhere.  What does occur, though, is that all of us are charged higher monthly insurance premiums because of the small minority who still drive without insurance, hoping they won't get caught, and then wreck, causing damage for which the insurance companies have to foot the bill.

One should also take note that Romney only wants to strike down the Individual Mandate part of the bill... which is the internal mechanism that's built-in to try to help pay for the whole thing.  He wants you to believe that he'd give you all the goodies without the bill.  You're all fools if you believe it.  It's nothing more than political slight-of-hand.  Obamacare is nearly identical to the system Romney himself enacted as Governor of Massachusetts.  If anything, he's just pissed that they stole his idea, and now he's pandering to the uninformed lowest commoner denominator in his Party base to try to get himself elected.  Vote for him in November, if you feel so inclined, but don't do it because of this cheap theater performance we see playing-out on TV now.  It's all smoke and mirrors.

Under Obamacare (the way it's *SUPPOSED* to work), you aren't taxed with the penalty unless your income is such that you can afford insurance, but choose -- for whatever reason -- not to buy it.  If you can't afford it, you get a tax credit (which negates the tax penalty) or you get Medicaid.

If things play-out as they've been proposed, funds are shifted from one area to another and shouldn't raise taxes on those who were already paying for healthcare in any way.  The tax increase (penalty) will be on those individuals making enough money to pay, but who choose not to, because they know that, even without insurance, they can still drag their snotty-nosed rugrats down to the local clinic or ER every time they get the sniffles.  This is a huge contributor to higher costs for those of us who do pay and have been paying for years, in exactly the same way that uninsured drivers cause higher car insurance premium rates.

If things work-out as we're being led to believe they will (mind you, I stress the "if"), quality of care should increase, not decrease.  Studies have shown that, when Doctors are guaranteed to get paid, they tend to spend more time with each patient, rather than rush to get through as many as possible in a given day.  The downside is that this creates longer waits.

Here is an easy to understand breakdown with links to the bill itself, the Supreme Court decision and other resources that make it pretty clear what the bill does and does not do.

In my opinion, those of us who long for a move toward people being more self-sufficient ought to be in support of this (if it plays-out as described), rather than against it.  Admittedly, the government forcing people to purchase a service wrankles me as much as the next person, from the personal freedoms standpoint.  The problem is that many of us are allowing ourselves to be led astray by political rhetoric that is, at best, misleading, and, in some ways, totally untrue.  People railed against Social Security once upon a time too, swearing it would destroy America.  It didn't.  No one is actually making you buy anything.  If you so choose, you are welcomed to thumb your nose at the rest of us, but now doing so comes with a tax penalty, which the rest of us will use to offset your selfishness in bogging-down the system.

My greatest concern is the increased debt that adding droves of poor people to the Medicaid roles is going to create; but I think all of you and I can agree that, despite its inherent stupidity and all of us on our little blogs wailing and gnashing our teeth, the system of government over-spending isn't going anywhere.  No matter who you vote for from either major Party, the debt will continue to skyrocket. At least this way, it's for healthcare, rather than pointless wars and tax-breaks for billionaires.

America On Fire: Why Is The Number Of Wildfires In The United States Increasing?

America On Fire: Why Is The Number Of Wildfires In The United States Increasing?: As America watches large sections of Colorado literally burn to the ground, many are wondering why all of this is happening. There have always been wildfires, but what we are experiencing now seems very unusual. So is the number of wildfires in the United States increasing? As you will see later in this article, the answer is yes. 2011 was a record setting year for wildfires and this wildfire season is off to a very frightening start. Right now the eyes of the nation are focused on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. It doubled in size overnight and it has consumed more than 300 homes so far. It is threatening the city of Colorado Springs, and at this point more than 35,000 people have been forced to evacuate - including the U.S. Air Force Academy. On Twitter and Facebook residents are describing what they are seeing as "the apocalypse" and as "the end of the world". But this is just the beginning of the wildfire season. We haven't even gotten to July and August yet...

Pitirim Sorokin

An old college friend of mine recently posted this link on his Facebook page to an article that thoroughly blew my mind, and I thought you folks would find it as interesting... and maybe even a bit eery as I did.  Remember when reading, that the gentleman whose name graces the title of this post founded the Dept. of Sociology at Harvard University, and he wrote what seem to be "prophecies" of a kind 75 years ago.  Reading this gave me chills.

Here's the LINK.

Indefinite Shelf Life Items for SHTF Food Storage. - YouTube

Indefinite Shelf Life Items for SHTF Food Storage. - YouTube

28 June, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Obama Healthcare Mandate... and Why I'm Okay With It

**NOTE: As you're reading this, please be sure to also read the comments section below as important points defending my position are made in rebuttals down there that didn't make it into the original article.  Thanks.**

It's time once again for me to say something unpopular, I suppose... so here goes:

Moving us toward something closer to a universal healthcare system is one of the few "liberal" agendas I'm pretty much behind, even as a conservative constitutionalist. That position may seem at odds to you, but political thought is not and was never, ever meant to be some set of pre-defined rules one must adhere to in order to be on one side or the other. In fact, the polarizing atmosphere created by political parties is specifically what is wrong with our current system. I've voted for Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and candidates from other parties in my adult life, and I will continue to do so. I vote for candidates, not parties, and so should you.

My only concerns regarding the universal healthcare debate are how to pay for such a system, and how to avoid just arbitrarily denying care to people the system considers to be lost causes. I can see not giving a transplant to an 80 year-old whose been smoking since their teens, but, in a system similar to the one in France, etc., I would likely be denied as well -- or at least shunted down the list.

What readers of this blog are probably unaware of is that I have Muscular Dystrophy. My form of MD will one day kill me, likely through respiratory failure, but the difference between my form and some of the more aggressive ones is that, when it does finally kill me, I'll likely be in my 70s. Hell, with my family history, cancer will probably get me before the MD does.

Another concern I have is that, in the long-run, I think they need to either just make it and out-and-out tax for free healthcare *OR* do it as Medicare-for-All. Forcing people who are struggling in a poor economy to buy over-priced private health insurance could be an absolute mess. The current thought is that this law is a sort of work-in-progress, so I can only hope they address the weaknesses I see now and make it better for everyone. I have my doubts, but we'll see.

If you're a regular reader here or if you know me in the real world, you know I'm an ardent small government guy. I take a different stand, though, when it comes to healthcare. I still believe in small government -- if I had my way, we'd eliminate about 70% of what the government currently does, specifically to make room for something like a universal healthcare system, because I see it as a human right.

Do I consider the Supreme Court's decision a bit of a stretch? Yes, but that's why the Supreme Court of the United States exists in the first place and why they serve life-terms, unbeholden even to those who originally appointed them -- so they can make difficult decisions and set precedents without fear of political reprisal. I consider our Constitution to be on the level of a Holy document, divinely-inspired and representing the pinnacle of human liberty; but it seems we sometimes forget that it has amended many times, which is a big part of the very genius of its makeup, in my opinion.

Which is not to say that, if they screw things up (which they are, admittedly, wont to do), I won't join all of you, in opposition to the whole thing, but -- just for a bit -- I'm taking a beat and hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Let the righteous-indignation and accusations I am not a "real" conservative (whatever that means) commence in the comments section below.

“We Are Preparing For Massive Civil War,” Says DHS Informant

“We Are Preparing For Massive Civil War,” Says DHS Informant (NYSEARCA:GLD, NYSEARCA:SLV, NYSEARCA:UUP, NYSEARCA:UDN) | ETF DAILY NEWS: In a riveting interview on TruNews Radio, Wednesday, private investigator Doug Hagmann said high-level, reliable sources told him the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing for “massive civil war” in America.

“Folks, we’re getting ready for one massive economic collapse,” Hagmann told TruNews host Rick Wiles.

“We have problems . . . The federal government is preparing for civil uprising,” he added, “so every time you hear about troop movements, every time you hear about movements of military equipment, the militarization of the police, the buying of the ammunition, all of this is . . . they (DHS) are preparing for a massive uprising.”...

Too Much Debt: Our Biggest Economic Problem

Too Much Debt: Our Biggest Economic Problem: What is the biggest economic problem that the United States is facing? Very simply, our biggest problem is that we have way too much debt. Over the past 30 years, household debt, corporate debt and government debt have all grown much faster than our GDP has. But no nation on earth has ever been able to expand debt much faster than national output indefinitely. All debt bubbles eventually burst. Right now, we are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world. All of this debt has fueled a "false prosperity" which has enabled many Americans to live like kings and queens. But no nation (or household) can pile on more debt forever. At some point the weight of the debt becomes just too great. It is amazing that the United States has been able to pile up as much debt as it has. Over the years, many authors have predicted that U.S. government finances would collapse long before the U.S. national debt ever got to this level. So the mountain of debt that we have accumulated is quite an "achievement" if you want to look at it that way. But the clock is ticking on this debt bubble and when it collapses we will say "bye bye" to our vastly inflated standard of living and we will discover that we have destroyed the economy for all future generations of Americans...

Where Does Money Come From? The Giant Federal Reserve Scam That Most Americans Do Not Understand

Where Does Money Come From? The Giant Federal Reserve Scam That Most Americans Do Not Understand: How is money created? If you ask average people on the street this question, most of them have absolutely no idea. This is rather odd, because we all use money constantly. You would think that it would only be natural for all of us to know where it comes from. So where does money come from? A lot of people assume that the federal government creates our money, but that is not the case. If the federal government could just print and spend more money whenever it wanted to, our national debt would be zero. But instead, our national debt is now nearly 16 trillion dollars. So why does our government (or any sovereign government for that matter) have to borrow money from anybody? That is a very good question. The truth is that in theory the U.S. government does not have to borrow a single penny from anyone. But under the Federal Reserve system, the U.S. government has purposely allowed itself to be subjugated to a financial system in which it will be constantly borrowing larger and larger amounts of money. In fact, this is how it works in the vast majority of the countries on the planet at this point. As you will see, this kind of system is not sustainable and the structural problems caused by such a system are at the very heart of our debt problems today...

26 June, 2012

Prepping On $5/Week

Patriots Against The NWO: Prep Items you can Buy For $5.00 A week..........: The goal of this post is to demonstrate that prepping can be done on the cheap for about $ 5.00 per week. I do not think that I know anyone who could not spare five bucks per week to invest in the ability to feed yourself and your family in the event of being affected by some form of disaster. And if you can do $10.00 a week and add items even faster!

For just $ 5.00 /- you can buy the following storable things...

Totes for Food Storage or Bugging Out

Totes for Food Storage or Bugging Out. - YouTube

22 June, 2012

Is Prepping Worth it? What if Nothing Happens? Is it all a Waste?

For the record, the position the author of this article takes on Y2K is absolutely correct. A dear friend of mine is in that industry and was heavily involved in the efforts to bring things up-to-snuff before the turn of the millennium. The real truth is that the people who were truly in-the-know were stockpiling food and ammo, even as they diligently worked to make the problem the non-entity it will always be remembered as.


Is Prepping Worth it? What if Nothing Happens? Is it all a Waste?: Earlier this year, I ran across an blog post on the Directive 21 site that asked the question: What if Nothing Happens? The context was that of prepping. You know what I mean: the time, the expense, the worry, the whole shebang. Is it worth it and more to the point, will all of this effort be wasted?

Now I happen to know that a lot of naysayers out there will point to the year 2K brouhaha as an example of why prepping is folly. Myself, I like to think that I bring a very unique perspective to that particular time since, as an old COBOL programmer, I knew how the computer code of old would blow up with the turn of the millennium. I also know many people who were frantically involved in code conversions and even I provided a bit of consulting to the telecommunications industry in that regard.

So why was Y2K a non-event? I would say that the diligent preparation on the part of governments and businesses played a huge role in insuring that utility companies continued to work, the ATM machines continued to function and that daily life continued without a hiccup...

Major Violent Crime Wave Hits Anti-Gun Cities Across America

Major Violent Crime Wave Hits Anti-Gun Cities Across America: As crime rates drop around the country, a somewhat predictable but disturbing trend is starting to pop up in big cities across America. In a number of large metropolitan areas throughout the country, where guns are severely restricted, crime is actually increasing. In fact, it’s increasing at a rather alarming rate.

Take the notoriously Anti-Gun city of Chicago, where in the first 6 months of this year the city has already seen over 228 Homicides. Last weekend alone, Fifty-three people were shot; nine of them fatally, in what’s becoming a deadly weekly trend on the streets of Chicago. From Flash Mobs attacking shoppers on Michigan Avenue, to the Gang Violence that’s plaguing the city, Chicago has become more violent than the deadly war zones in the Middle East.

While gun control advocates point to Chicago as being a major reason for needing stricter gun laws, what they fail to mention is that nationally crime rates are actually dropping. In areas that actually respect your right to bear arms, crime rates have been dropping year after year...

Will Russian And Chinese Military Forces On Syrian Soil Prevent Obama From Bombing Syria?

Will Russian And Chinese Military Forces On Syrian Soil Prevent Obama From Bombing Syria?: Everyone knows that the Obama administration has been steadily gearing up for a military campaign against Syria. Everyone also knows that Russia and China do not want to see this happen. Now Russia and China are sending military forces to Syria. It is being reported that Russia, China, Iran and Syria will be conducting the "Middle East's largest ever military exercise" next month. Apparently tens of thousands of troops will be involved. This will be the first time that the Russians and the Chinese have jointly deployed large numbers of troops in Syria. Will this show of military power be enough to prevent Barack Obama from bombing Syria? Or will Obama go ahead anyway and risk ruining relations with the Russians and the Chinese? Tensions are rising in the Middle East and the region is a powder keg that could erupt at any time. If someone makes the wrong move we could end up with World War III...

21 June, 2012

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Surviving in the Wilderness after Being Injured

Once you get into the wilderness, there is a greater chance of incurring an injury. Whether it has to do with getting stung by any one of a large variety of insects or burns from a campfire or the sun, or possibly a mountain climbing fall, there are numerous possible ways that injuries are sustained in the wilderness. To increase your safety in the event of a wilderness injury, you need to have a basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills which takes a considerable amount of time and energy to acquire. Even if you are not highly trained in wilderness survival, a little bit of common sense can go a long way in responding appropriately to this type of emergency. Listed below are five tips that may come in handy if you ever find yourself in this situation.

1. Stay calm
The first thing you need to do when a member of your wilderness party gets injured is to stay calm. In most situations, you are in less danger than it initially appears. Sometimes however, the real dangers are different than what you may think they are. For these reasons staying calm is the most prudent thing to do. If the danger is less than you think there is no reason to worry or over-react. On the other hand, if there is a hidden danger, you are more likely to recognize it if you stay level-headed. 

2. Create your plan
Many people die as a result of wilderness accidents each year because they panic and fail to calmly assess their situation and come up with a rational plan. It is critical that after responding to the best of your ability to the initial injury, that you carefully evaluate all of your options and create your short term survival plan accordingly. Have each member of your group give their input and then have the designated leader facilitate the group in making the plan.

3. Determine your priorities

As you create your plan it is very important to prioritize each of your objectives. Each wilderness situation is potentially going to be a little different and will therefore require its own distinct priorities. Depending on the severity of the injury and your ability to respond to it and get it under control, you may need to forge your way back to civilization. Other situations may require you to lay low until a more advantageous time to head out present's itself. In some situations it may be wise to have one or two people go for help and have the injured person and the rest of the group wait for help to arrive.

4. Address your priorities in order of importance
This may sound obvious however, after prioritizing what you need to do, it is really quite easy to become distracted doing something that you feel most comfortable doing or responding to the requests of the injured person in your party. You must be disciplined and stay focused. In some cases, time is of the essence in treating the injury or in getting the injured person back to safety and in some cases, hospitalization. Don't get distracted from doing your priorities in the proper order. 

5- Deal with pain and inflammation
Some injuries are going to cause extreme pain and inflammation for the victim and getting the pain under control may be a high priority. Fortunately, Mother Nature provides a natural pain killer in many terrains. It is possible to create a concoction with similar qualities to aspirin by taking the inner bark of a willow tree and put in boiling water similar to simmering an herbal tea. A more detailed explanation on how to create this natural pain reliever can be reviewed online.
Experiencing an injury in the wilderness is certainly no fun. The stress and related dangers of dealing with it can greatly be reduced by being prepared. Even if you are not a highly trained and skilled wilderness survivalist, keeping these tips in mind may be helpful if you ever have to experience and deal with such an event.

Author Bio: Vic Rantala is the owner of Safecastle, a leading retailer of survival products and food storage brands such as Yoders Meats and Mountain House foods. Click here to learn more.

Guest Post: 5 Things You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is a bag full of necessities that one might need during an emergency. It is a type of emergency kit that is meant to be portable, light and very useful. Despite appearances, bug out bags can hold a wealth of potentially life-saving items. Shelf Reliance provides fully stocked, durable bug out bags. They also provide items so a person can select what they want in their bug out bag or add items to a stock bug out bag:

First Aid Kit 

First aid kits are essential to survival in many situations. Emergencies mean accidents are going to happen. Needing a bug out bag means people are basically on their own. Those two things combined make a first aid kit indispensable. It should have basic wound cleansers, wound dressings, pain relievers, antihistamines, fever reducers and perhaps even feminine products.


A light can mean the difference between camping in a cave full of bears and finding a nice meadow when traveling in the dark. If the bug out bag belongs to someone who is skilled at making torches, fire-starting tools are all that is needed. However, if that is not the case, a battery operated flashlight or lantern is necessary. Extra batteries are good as well.


Fire saves lives in emergencies that require bug out bags. It sounds odd, but it is a fact. They provide warmth, light and a place to sterilize food and water. Waterproof matches are the safest bet. Lighters are helpful as well, but can be useless when wet.

Food & Water 

A very skilled survivor can find food and water. However, it is wise to have freeze dried food in a bug out bag, no matter the skill level. Protein and vitamins can help keep up energy until food can be found. As for water, a container for water and water treatment tools will suffice if a water source is handy. No more than a few bottles of water will be convenient to carry, so these tools are necessary. 


Personal survival tents are very small and light. They are also worth it. They will keep out bugs, help retain heat and deter most small animals. Emergency blankets for the shelter should also be in the bug out bag in case temperatures drop.

The above list only takes into account a bug out bag for a healthy individual. If a person is taking medications for an illness, that should be included in the bag. That is why it is so important to personalize a bug out bag. It should be ready for grabbing and bugging out at any given time.

20 June, 2012

It Is Time To Start Freaking Out About The Global Economy

Oh Crud! 19 Reasons Why It Is Time To Start Freaking Out About The Global Economy: Yes, it is officially time to start freaking out about the global economy. The European financial system is falling apart and it is going to go down hard. If Europe was going to be saved it would have happened by now. The big money insiders have already pulled their funds from vulnerable positions and they are ready to ride the coming chaos out. Over the next few months the slow motion train wreck currently unfolding in Europe will continue to play out and things will likely really start really heating up in the fall once summer vacations are over. Most Americans greatly underestimate how much Europe can affect the global economy. Europe actually has a larger population than the United States does. Europe also has a significantly larger economy and a much larger banking system. The world is more interconnected today than ever before, and a collapse of the financial system in Europe will cause a massive global recession...

Five Gallon Bucket Food Storage! - YouTube

Five Gallon Bucket Food Storage! - YouTube

Ten Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden

Ten Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden: Herbs have been used for centuries to sooth and to heal. According to Wikipedia:

Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and before. Medicinal use of herbs in Western cultures has its roots in the Hippocratic (Greek) elemental healing system, based on a quaternary elemental healing metaphor.

With such a long history of use, herbs most certainly have a place in the survival garden. With that in mind, today I offer a few suggestions to get you started in creating your own healing garden...

19 June, 2012

Free Survival Resources

Here is a link to an assortment of subscriber-only content made freely available by the folks at reThinkSurvival, including several eBooks, an Excel-based set of family emergency planning tools, an Excel-based food storage recipes database, as well as online tools to design bug out, home, and vehicle emergency kits quickly. It's all 100% free... check it out:


It’s Almost Time For Panic. Five Disasters that Can Push Humanity Off the Cliff

It’s Almost Time For Panic. Five disasters that can push humanity off the cliff - project chesapeake: ... Water aquifers and surface supplies are rapidly dwindling in the U.S. and are causing potential shortages in the southern mid-west and Californias’ Central valley. These two areas produce most of our vegetables and grain. Weather patterns are changing and seem to be reverting to patterns seen in the 1930’s which caused the dreaded dust bowl. Many of our rivers and lakes are now so polluted they are permanent dead zones for sea life. This potential water shortage is becoming more of a reality every year. Without water, nothing lives or grows, it’s as simple as that. As this problem becomes more pronounced, rationing will give way to fighting over the dwindling resource. This fighting will go from local to international in scope and everyone will be touched by it...

What if Stuxnet Rebounds On Us? U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable

What if Stuxnet rebounds on us? U.S. power grid vulnerable to attack | VentureBeat: Thirty percent of the world’s nuclear power is produced in the United States at 104 reactors concentrated on the Eastern seaboard. What if the Flame and Stuxnet viruses that wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear efforts were repurposed by unfriendly nations to attack the U.S.?

Recent stories have come out showing how the Flame and Stuxnet viruses are connected, that they are some of most sophisticated malware ever found, and that they could be adapted by other hackers for future attacks.

Now CNet is reporting that senior security specialists are worried about the digital signatures that protect vital systems in key U.S. power plants...

The $50 Lesson

From an email/Facebook post that's been going around:

The $50 Lesson

I was working out in the front when my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog.

During our friendly conversation, I asked their 12 year old daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President someday.

Both of her parents - liberal Democrats - were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

Her parents beamed with pride!

"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that!" I told her. "What do you mean?" she replied.

So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

18 June, 2012

BioLite Stoves

I'm a man, which should automatically tell you I'm also a big fan of gadgets.  Imagine then my excitement when (I sh*t you not) three different people hit me up with links to these awesome BioLite stoves over the weekend.

They are low-cost biomass cookstoves that consume less fuel, reduce smoke emissions by up to 95%, and convert the waste heat into electricity, allowing users to charge small electronics such as mobile phones and LED lights.

They come in models for the home as well as for camping/hiking!

Similar stoves cam also be purchased from Backwoods Survival Blog sponsor Solo Stove.

The Economic Collapse Is Not A Single Event

The Economic Collapse Is Not A Single Event: Many people hype "the coming economic collapse" as if it is some kind of big summer Hollywood blockbuster. Many people out there write about it as if it is something that will happen in a single day or over a few weeks and that it will suddenly change how the entire world functions. But that is not how the financial world works. The financial world is like a game of chess - very slow and methodical. Yes, there are times when things happen very quickly (like back in 2008), but even that crisis played out over a number of months. Sadly, most Americans are not used to thinking in terms of months or years. These days, most Americans have the attention span of a goldfish and most Americans have been trained to expect instant gratification. They are simply not accustomed to being patient and to wait for things.  Well, despite what you may have read, the economic collapse is not going to be a single event.  It is going to play out over quite a few years.  In some ways we are experiencing an economic collapse right now.  When the next major financial crisis occurs, many will be calling that "an economic collapse".  But if you really want to grasp what is happening to us, you need to think long-term.  We are heading for a complete and total nightmare, but it is going to take some time to get to the end of the story...

The Elite Are Attempting To Convince Us That Killing Off Our Sick Grandparents Is Cool And Trendy

For the record, I do believe overpopulation fueled by the easy, cheap energy (and thus easy, cheap food) of the past 100+ years is a huge problem; and it might even be the single greatest threat to the planet and, thereby, our existence as a species... but that doesn't mean I advocate yanking the feeding tubes out of old and sick people and letting them wither away like dessicated husks. The thought process of these people is both amoral and disturbing.
The Elite Are Attempting To Convince Us That Killing Off Our Sick Grandparents Is Cool And Trendy: What should be done with elderly Americans when they become very seriously ill?  Should we try to save their lives or should we just let them die?  Unfortunately, there is a growing consensus among the "intellectual elite" that most elderly people are not going to have a high enough "quality of life" to justify the expense of costly life saving procedures.  This philosophy is now being promoted very heavily through mainstream news outlets, in our television shows and in big Hollywood movies.  The elite are attempting to convince us that killing off our sick grandparents is cool and trendy.  We are being told that "pulling the plug" on grandma and grandpa is compassionate (because it will end their suffering), that it is good for the environment and that it is even good for the economy.  We are being told that denying life saving treatments to old people will dramatically reduce health care costs and make the system better for all of us. We are being told that it is not "efficient" for health insurance companies to shell out $100,000 for an operation that may extend the life of an elderly person by 6 months.  But the truth is that all of this is part of a larger agenda that the elite are attempting to advance.  As I have written about previously, the elite love death, and they truly believe that reducing the population is good for society and good for the planet.  Sadly, population control propaganda has reached a fever pitch in recent months.

Time Magazine has just come out with a very shocking cover story entitled
"How To Die".  The article goes on and on about how wonderful and compassionate it is to remove life saving treatment from sick relatives....

15 June, 2012

Guest Post: Properly Storing Emergency Food

Emergency food storage is a very important concept; one that could mean life or death for a series of situations. Natural disasters (i.e. hurricanes, tornadoes, floods etc.) and “public scares” (i.e. fear of nuclear attack) are the two main reasons why people seek out and/or construct shelters, and fill them with emergency food, but of course don’t rule out the fictitious scenario of surviving a zombie apocalypse (when it happens you will be grateful that you read this article).

When any one of these misfortunes is fast approaching, where will you go to seek refuge? Underground bunkers or basements, specifically built security structures and even attics are all popular choices, but what if you don’t have access to one of these? Is all hope lost?

Surprisingly, there is one solution that would suffice and one that most people have not thought about: replicating the features of these security structures in an indoor self-storage unit. What most people don’t realize is that storage facilities are built with a strong, tough exterior and a flood resistant exterior, thereby allowing you to safely wait out most situations for as long as the persist.
Depending on size, most storage units can hold anywhere from a couple individuals to a small family. The larger units could even be allocated weapons, clothing, and most importantly, food/water storage. Without the basics, all the optimism and weapons in the world won’t save you from certain death. But if you plan accordingly, you can have a somewhat decent set-up for an impressive amount of time. From here, we will discuss what and how you should properly store your basic items for emergency survival.

Let’s start with the bare necessities. The most important thing you will need is water. We humans can’t go long without water, maybe a couple days, so make sure you have plenty of that. Also remember that you will more than likely be using water for cooking and bathing, so take that into consideration when you are planning how much to store. Gallon containers should do the trick, and since water doesn’t go bad you don’t have to worry about rotating it (a process we will discuss later in the article).

Now, in regards to food, you are going to want food that has certain qualities. I am sorry to say that you will not be having steak dinners while you are in this unfortunate position. Below are a series of things to keep in mind when deciding what food to store in your safety dwelling:

  • Since you potentially are going to be eating it for quite some time, make sure you store food that you actually like. A lot. No sense loading up on things that you are going to regret down the line.
  • This probably goes without saying, but get food that requires no refrigeration.
  • Also, store food that needs little to no water to make or can be eaten raw. You don’t want to be stuck with a huge bag of rice and not enough water for it.
Some people will have you believe that the best strategy is to buy lots of dehydrated food that can last you up to 25 years. And while this may not be bad advice, with proper preparedness and rotation of your food, you can eat like a normal person for around the same cost.

Some companies will have you think that the best idea is to buy a ton of dehydrated food that lasts up to 25 years, but with preparedness and proper rotation of your food stores, you can eat like a normal human being instead of an astronaut for around the same cost.

To avoid the fate of eating astronaut food for the rest of your days, keep in mind that rotation is key. For example, if you like canned tuna and crackers you know that tuna is good for 2 years or so, but crackers go stale in about six months. So if you want to have this as part of your emergency stash, every six months or so, retrieve your cracker boxes, bring them to the pantry, and replace your emergency stores with a fresh new box. With really great planning, you could rotate everything that can go bad all on the same month. 

In the event of a disaster, always throw away food that has an unusual texture, smell or color. If any flooding or fires occur, throw out all damaged food. In the case of cans tainted by flood water, remove the label and wash the can with a bleach and water solution. 

Also grab any medications you may need and basic sanitation products like toothpaste and soap, first aid stuff, tools, clothing, and bedding. From there, it’s all up to you how you handle this epidemic. Follow these few tips carefully, so that when disaster strikes, you will be ready.

This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide.

14 June, 2012

Guest Post: Protect Yourself with Home Surveillance

Author Bio:  Clint Henderson is a security professional with 2MCCTV Surveillance, international supplier and distributor of home surveillance cameras, complete systems, and security solutions.

According to 2011 data from fbi.gov, a household gets burglarized every 14.6 seconds.  Protection for yourself, your family, and your property is not something to be taken for granted.  There are many excellent options out there for home protection these days.  Households protect themselves with firearms, alarm systems, guard dogs, etc.  But one option that is often times not considered is a home surveillance system.  They come across as expensive and difficult to install and/or manage.  Systems used to cost thousands of dollars and require a great amount of technical training for the installation.  Thanks to advances in technology, home surveillance is something far more attainable than ever before for the average household.  Now, there are plug-and-play camera systems you can purchase for just a few hundred dollars that require little to no technical skills. 

Why You Need Home Surveillance

Deter Criminals
Burglars like to come and go, unnoticed.  Simply seeing the surveillance cameras around your house will make criminals think twice about breaking in and will more than likely move on.  Criminals looking to burglarize a home are looking for the easy mark.  Many people feel safe and comfortable in their home and think of their own house as the last place that would get robbed.  Burglars know this, and will look for the weakest mark.  Just don’t make it you. 

Safer Neighborhood
Outdoor security cameras can also make your entire neighborhood more safe and secure.  Watching the streets and all the activity around your home will provide not only protection for yourself and your family, but for all those that surround you as well.

Constant Monitoring
The average loss for a residential burglary is $1,607.  Monitoring your possessions and property at all times can come in quite handy.  With surveillance cameras, you can have a constant video feed of all the action in and around your home.   You now have the ability to remotely view all of your video footage from your work computer or smart phone.  Keeping an eye on your property has never been so easy.

Mitigate Liability Risk

Having cameras around can also protect you from liability claims.  If someone makes a false claim, you’ll have recorded evidence to refute it.  Unlike surveillance cameras at the workplace, you don’t have to give notice to anyone in order to capture footage on your own property.  You can have the added comfort of knowing you always have the facts you need, leaving nothing to chance.

Aiding Law Enforcement

Having surveillance cameras outside your home has aided in catching numerous criminals.  There are in fact hundreds of stories online where law enforcement use footage captured from home surveillance cameras in an attempt to gain more leads. 

Here are some recent stories of home surveillance cameras aiding law enforcement…

Guest Post: Why You Don't Need an Apocalypse to Be Self-Sustaining

Whether it's the looming December 12, 2012 Mayan prophecy or the face-eating "zombie" episodes in the media, the world seems to be prepping for the end of the world. Whether it's some secret desire to rid yourself of capitalist restraints (your boss) or a desire to "live your own life", you don't need an economic collapse to live a life free from these modern day stresses. Here are a few things you can do to live a more self-sustaining lifestyle.

Move to the Country

Let's face it. If there's a zombie invasion, a sudden economic collapse or some terrorist attack, you'll want to be away from Urban environments. That means you need to be at least an hour or two away from the city. There are simply too many people that would be painfully unprepared for any serious problems that people these days are preparing. So, what do you do? Well, get out of the suburbs. Sell your home, get out of your renter's lease and buy land on property that is capable of sustaining agriculture.

Find Shelter

You made it out of the big city, good job. Now that you have land in the country, you'll need shelter. Look into building an "earth ship" they're almost 100% self-sustaining, have the capacity to grow fruits/vegetables and recycle almost everything from sunlight to insulation to water. Earth ships are clever and when built correctly, will last a very long time. You can find out more here. The most you would have to worry about would be fixing appliances in the house.

Educate Yourself

Learn how to grow your own food. Learn how to can and store abundant amounts of food. You need to be able to provide your own sources of food at some point. Can you hunt/fish? You'll run out of canned food eventually, ya know? Take some CPR classes and get at least a basic understanding of how to treat minor injuries. Whether we have a (insert catastrophe here) or not, it's always a good thing to add upon your knowledge of practical information that will come in handy for you regardless of what the future may hold.

While we may never have to worry about a nuclear fallout or a zombie apocalypse, one can still live free from society's expectations and rules. Learn how to live sustainably and you'll be prepared for anything, even if it never comes.

The author of this article Katei Cranford is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing tips for being safe rather than sorry.

13 June, 2012

The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists

The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists - Global - The Atlantic Wire: A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions and harms human welfare. The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.” That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper published by Nature, talking to New York Times Green blogger Justin Gillis. Brown is not one of your everyday cranks predicting raptures and the end of days. He is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico. And as The Atlantic's James Fallows, who pointed out this terrifying study to us, writes, this could be the most important news of 2012. How soon do these scientists expect the world as we know it to end? Gillis writes, "within a few human generations, if not sooner." The most frightening thing is that this finding isn't about what will come if we do not act, but that our effects on the planet's environment -- global warming, population growth, and overall resource extraction -- means that we've already passed a "tipping point." This isn't a plea for change. These are things scientists have been warning us about for decades...

Students Survive 9 Days in New Zealand Wilderness

US students tell of surviving 9 days in New Zealand wilderness | Fox News: Two U.S. students trapped in the New Zealand wilderness by a snowstorm trekked back out to safety after surviving their nine-day ordeal by rationing their meager supplies of trail mix and warming themselves in hot springs.

Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, returned to the city of Christchurch on Monday after meeting up with members of a search team -- famished but otherwise in good shape, police said.

The two students, on a foreign study program in New Zealand with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, had planned to hike and camp for a few days at some hot springs on the country's South Island. But heavy rains and a snowstorm during the Southern Hemisphere winter prevented the couple from being able to cross a river and return...

Americans Wealth Plummeted 40% From 2007-2010

Americans saw wealth plummet 40 percent from 2007 to 2010, Federal Reserve says - The Washington Post: The recent recession wiped out nearly two decades of Americans’ wealth, according to government data released Monday, with middle-class families bearing the brunt of the decline.

The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992...

12 June, 2012

Firefighters Battle Out-of-Control Blazes in Colorado and New Mexico

Firefighters battle out-of-control blazes in Colorado and New Mexico | Fox News: Massive wildfires in drought-parched Colorado and New Mexico tested the resources of state and federal crews Monday and underscored the need to replenish an aging U.S. aerial firefighting fleet needed to combat a year-round fire season.

Wyoming diverted personnel and aircraft from two fires there to help with a 60-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado. Canada also loaned two aerial bombers to fight the Colorado blaze following the recent crash of a U.S. tanker in Utah. And an elite federal firefighting crew arrived to try to begin containing a fire that destroyed at least 118 structures.

All told, about 600 firefighters will be battling the fire some 15 miles west of Fort Collins by Tuesday...

Texas Father Kills Man Sexually Abusing His Daughter

Give that man a medal.


Sheriff: Father kills man sexually abusing his daughter - CNN.com: A Texas father caught a man sexually assaulting his 4-year-old daughter and punched him in the head repeatedly, killing him, authorities said.

The father was casually acquainted with the alleged abuser, said Lavaca County Sheriff...

13.000 Years Ago Earth Took A Big Hit From Space: New Evidence Supporting Theory Of Extraterrestrial Impact

Nano Patents and Innovations: 13.000 Years Ago Earth Took A Big Hit From Space: New Evidence Supporting Theory Of Extraterrestrial Impact: An 18-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has discovered melt-glass material in a thin layer of sedimentary rock in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Syria. According to the researchers, the material –– which dates back nearly 13,000 years –– was formed at temperatures of 1,700 to 2,200 degrees Celsius (3,100 to 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit), and is the result of a cosmic body impacting Earth.

These new data are the latest to strongly support the controversial Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) hypothesis, which proposes that a cosmic impact occurred 12,900 years ago at the onset of an unusual cold climatic period called the Younger Dryas. This episode occurred at or close to the time of major extinction of the North American megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths; and the disappearance of the prehistoric and widely distributed Clovis culture...

11 June, 2012

A Medieval Take on the Survivalist Philosophy: Fealty and Land-Tenure

If you haven’t already, please read the first article in this ongoing series, in order to familiarize yourself with the basics, before continuing here.

With respect to this subject, I’m going to ask you to hear me out fully before allowing your nearly-instinctive revulsion to pull you away from the scenario I will be presenting.  I recognize the fact that it might be difficult; survivalists and preppers alike cherish our individual freedoms, often more than our very lives.  Many of us even readily-identify ourselves as Libertarians, so I can see where some of the things I’m about to say will not initially sit well, but please bear with me.

First off, if you have a large extended family, network, or group who you feel will be able to maintain and defend your retreat, then there’s a possibility that what I’m about to say will not apply to you.  You are already in an ideal situation.  Some, however, are not so lucky. 

Allow me to describe my own situation: I come from a large family, but many of my kin are far-flung.  In any extended TEOTWAWKI scenario, there are only a handful of them who I can guarantee will be able to safely reach my retreat.  Of those, a few are elderly/infirm; only perhaps six are fit for heavy work and seven more for lighter work – at least five are either completely infirm or are small children.  Another group lives just over a hundred miles away that, if they made it, would bring another two able-bodies and one capable of lighter work.  I suspect, however, that they would be more likely to try to ride things out with folks from their church than to risk traveling so far in uncertain times. 

So, all in all, I’m not too bad off.  After all, even those who aren’t fit for the heavier labor can still carry a weapon, walk a perimeter patrol, tend the garden, etc.; and, among my kin, you will find military veterans, a registered nurse, a certified nurse’s assistant, hunters, people who are mechanically-inclined, etc.  The problem is, what if – God forbid – they don’t make it here?  And what are people to do if they have no such help on the horizon?  That’s what this article is all about.

Now, it’s time for some background and for me to clear-up a few misconceptions. 

The average medieval lord is a much-maligned figure, because a significant number of them were tyrants.  Being a serf meant you were bonded to the land.  You weren’t technically a slave, but you might as well have been; you couldn’t leave without the lord’s permission (to do so was a crime), and you had no choice but to submit to his every whim.  You had few rights.  The lord’s rule was the law, and there was no effective system for redressing any grievances you might have against him.  I think we can all agree that would not be a pleasant way to live.  Too much power concentrated in such a way invariably leads to tyranny.  Does that mean every medieval lord was an evil oppressor?  No.  In fact, some were quite good to their subjects.  The problem is that, even if the lord presiding over your particular little village of wattle-and-daub mud huts is a great guy, who is to say whether his sons and grandsons will be when it’s their turn to run things?

But, if you update such a system of governance to today’s sensibilities and leave people’s rights intact, things can turn-out entirely differently.  In fact, many of you reading this regularly deal with a modern-day holdover of medieval feudal lordship, if you pay rent that is.  Where do you think the term landlord comes from?  Medieval serfs paid rent to their land lord, just like many of you do today, only it was usually just referred to as taxes back then.   

The only difference between then and now is that they were bondsmen and you are freemen (although, it might interest you to know that some of them were freemen too); bonded serfs couldn’t just pick-up and leave, whereas you can (unless you have a lease to fulfill); and, your landlord can’t just barge into your place and have you whipped for the insolent stare you gave him on the elevator yesterday.  Hurray for progress on that last one especially!  Although, in ye olde days, if you were short on coin when the rent was due, you could make-up the difference by presenting his lordship with a bushel of veggies from your garden and a brace of rabbits for his stew-pot.  I dare you to try that with your landlord next month.  Oh well, I guess all progress can’t be positive. ;)

So, if you strip away all of the worst parts of living under a medieval lord, what you are left with is remarkably similar to paying rent to a modern-day landlord… only with more flexibility in how you pay him.  In fact, many serfs paid their rent/taxes wholly in grain, delivered to his lordship immediately following harvest.  Needless to say, the lord was paid his share out of the first rows harvested.  The exact vocabulary terms aren’t necessarily important to remember, but if you’re interested, paying rent via a transfer of money or goods (a share of crop/herd) was a form of land-tenure known as socage.

Another non-military (we’ll get to the military stuff in the next article) way for one to pay their rent was under the system of medieval land-tenure known as serjeanty.  This was, essentially, life-service.  Those enjoying this sort of agreement with their lord would be responsible for performing some pre-defined and needed service for the lord and his estate.  Examples of this type of arrangement might include acting as a huntsman and seeing to it that firewood is cut, hauled, and stacked daily.  Remove the “life-service” connotation from such an agreement and tell me how many of you reading this right now wouldn’t jump at the chance to be able to pay your monthly rent simply by providing meat for the land owner’s table.

Such agreements were entered into by an oath known as fealty, from the Latin fidelitas, which translates as “faithfulness.”  It is, essentially, an oath (we’ll get to oaths and their importance in a later article as well) of allegiance between an individual and a land owner.  The individual pledges their service in return for the use of a plot of land, the security of living under the lord's protection, and the guarantee that the necessities of life will be provided.

So, I’m sure that you can see by this point what I’m getting at with this article.  I spoke earlier about family I have in the area whom I expect to have as house-guests in a protracted TEOTWAWKI scenario and how that all might play-out.  But, in addition to them, I also have trusted friends, many of which bring with them useful skills and gear and whose presence would ultimately lighten the shared load with respect to standing guard rotations, etc.  If they (or others) show-up at my place in an emergency, I won’t turn them away; I’ll be putting them to work, and there’s no reason other land owners shouldn’t do the same.  

I would, however, advise caution when dealing with unknown persons, obviously.  My family and friends I know I can trust; others will be watched until their worth can be measured.  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

08 June, 2012

10 Signs That The Highways Of America Are Being Transformed Into A High Tech Prison Grid

10 Signs That The Highways Of America Are Being Transformed Into A High Tech Prison Grid: Once upon a time, the open highways of America were one of our greatest symbols of liberty and freedom. Anyone could hop in a car and set off for a new adventure at any time and even our music encouraged us to "get our kicks on route 66". But today everything has changed. Now the highways of America are being steadily transformed into a high tech prison grid. All over the country, thousands upon thousands of surveillance cameras watch our highways and automated license plate readers are actually being used to track vehicle movements in some of our largest cities. Many state and local governments have come to view our highways as money machines and our control freak politicians have established a vast network of toll booths, red light cameras and speed traps to keep cash endlessly pouring in. If all of that wasn't enough, TSA "VIPR teams" are now hitting the interstates and conducting thousands of "unannounced security screenings" each year. Driving on the highways of America used to be a great joy, but now "Big Brother" is rapidly sucking all of the fun out of it. Eventually, it may get to the point where Americans simply dread having to go out on the highway...

How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire

How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire: Last month the news of wildfires in Michigan, New Mexico and elsewhere sent a wake up call to those who live in fire country. Draughts, lightening, human carelessness and simply freaks of nature can cause a wildfire. As more and more homes are built away from the cities close to wooded areas, the risk of loss from a wildfire increases. There is also a risk if you travel to a wooded recreational or wilderness area and a wildfire strikes.

This is not a topic I see mentioned much in the preparedness world. Mostly what you do hear about is the devastation and the total loss of property. But what about the loss of life and personal safety? Like any other catastrophe, preparing for wildfire is something that can and should be done using the basics tenants of preparing a kit (bug out bag), creating a family communications plan, and learning how to hunker down and shelter in place...

Can You Answer 25 Difficult Questions That The Mainstream Media Does Not Seem To Have Answers To?

Can You Answer 25 Difficult Questions That The Mainstream Media Does Not Seem To Have Answers To?: The mainstream news just seems to get sillier and shallower with each passing day. Our world is becoming incredibly unstable, corruption is everywhere, we are on the verge of another massive economic crisis, government debt is absolutely exploding, war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and signs of deep social decay are everywhere and yet the mainstream media seems absolutely obsessed with reporting on celebrities and scandals. It would be nice if the mainstream media would do a lot more true investigative reporting and would actually try to answer some of the difficult questions that we are being faced with. Unfortunately, most of what passes for "news" these days is essentially just "infotainment". That is one of the reasons why we have seen such a surge in the popularity of alternative news outlets in recent years. People are searching for the truth, and they know that they are not getting much of it from the mainstream media these days...

America In Decline: The Soul Crushing Despair Of Lowered Expectations

America In Decline: The Soul Crushing Despair Of Lowered Expectations: All over America tonight there are people that believe that their lives are over. When you do everything that you know how to do to get a job and you still can't get one it can be absolutely soul crushing. If you have ever been unemployed for an extended period of time you know exactly what I am talking about. When you have been unemployed for month after month it can be very tempting to totally cut yourself off from society. Those that are kind will look at you with pity and those that are cruel will treat you as though you are a total loser. It doesn't matter that America is in decline and that our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore. In our society, one of the primary things that defines our lives is what we do for a living. Just think about it. When you are out in a social situation, what is one of the very first things that people ask? They want to know what you "do". Well, if you don't "do" anything, then you are not part of the club. But the worst part of being unemployed for many Americans is the relentless pressure from family and friends. Often they have no idea how hard it is to find a job in this economy - especially if they still have jobs.  Sometimes the pressure becomes too great.  Sadly, we are seeing unemployment break up a lot of marriages in America today.  Things are really hard out there right now.  A very large number of highly educated Americans have taken very low paying service jobs in recent years just so that they can have some money coming in even as they "look for something else".  Unfortunately, in many cases that "something else" never materializes.  In the past, America was "the land of opportunity" where anything was possible.  But today America has become "the land of lowered expectations" and the worst is yet to come...

07 June, 2012

"Extinction Point" By Paul Jones Free Today For Your Kindle

Not sure how long it will stay that way, but, at least, for today 7 June, the following book is a free download for your Kindle device, Kindle app, or Kindle for PC:

Download "Extinction Point" by Paul Jones [Kindle Edition] Here!

Description: "Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she struggles to grasp the reality of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world... and the birth of a terrifying new one. The world she knew and loved is dead and gone. Now Emily must try to find a way out of New York as the truth behind the red rain is revealed: the earth no longer belongs to humanity."

10 Things That We Can Learn About Shortages And Preparation From The Economic Collapse In Greece

10 Things That We Can Learn About Shortages And Preparation From The Economic Collapse In Greece: When the economy of a nation collapses, almost everything changes. Unfortunately, most people have never been through anything like that, so it can be difficult to know how to prepare. For those that are busy preparing for the coming global financial collapse, there is a lot to be learned from the economic depression that is happening right now in Greece. Essentially, what Greece is experiencing is a low level economic collapse. Unemployment is absolutely rampant and poverty is rapidly spreading, but the good news for Greece is that the global financial system is still operating somewhat normally and they are getting some financial assistance from the outside. Things in Greece could be a whole lot worse, and they will probably get a whole lot worse before it is all said and done. But already things have gotten bad enough in Greece that it gives us an idea of what a full-blown economic collapse in the 21st century may look like. There are reports of food and medicine shortages in Greece, crime and suicides are on the rise and people have been rapidly pulling their money out of the banks. Hopefully this article will give you some ideas that you can use as you prepare for the economic chaos that will soon be unfolding all over the globe...

21 Signs That This Could Be A Long, Hot, Crazy Summer For The Global Financial System

21 Signs That This Could Be A Long, Hot, Crazy Summer For The Global Financial System: The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be very similar to the summer of 2008. Things look incredibly bleak for the global economy right now. Economic activity and lending are slowing down all over the planet, and fear is starting to paralyze the entire global financial system. Things did not look this bad back in the summer of 2011 and things certainly did not look this bad back in the summer of 2010. It is almost as if a "perfect storm" is brewing. Today, the global financial system is a finely balanced pyramid of risk, debt and leverage. Such a system requires a high degree of confidence and stability. But when confidence disappears and fear and panic take over, the house of cards can literally start collapsing at any time. Right now we are watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold and nobody seems to know how to stop it. Unless some kind of a miracle happens, things are going to look much different when we reach the start of 2013 than they do today...

1.6 Trillion Dollars More Debt: Fiscal Conservatives Have Been Raped By The Republican Party

1.6 Trillion Dollars More Debt: Fiscal Conservatives Have Been Raped By The Republican Party: What the Republican Party has done to fiscal conservatives over the past year and a half has been a betrayal so vast that it is difficult to find words to describe it. Back in 2010, the Tea Party was riding high and a flood of new Republicans was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives in one of the greatest landslides in U.S. political history. On election night 2010, more House seats changed hands than in another other election since 1948. It was the greatest defeat for any sitting president in a midterm election since 1938. After the election, the Democrats were left with fewer House seats than at any other time since 1946. Needless to say, it was an absolutely historic election. The Tea Party completely dominated American politics that night, and they sent the Republican Party a clear message that they wanted government debt to be brought under control. So what has changed since then? Not much. The U.S. government is still running trillion dollar deficits every single year. I have previously spent a lot of time blaming Barack Obama and the Democrats for this, but the truth is that they could not have spent a single penny without the approval of the U.S. House of Representatives. So the Republican Party is complicit in this crime against the American people. If there was ever a mandate to take a stand against runaway government debt, it was after the 2010 election, and the Republican Party has failed miserably. So what are fiscal conservatives supposed to do now?...

06 June, 2012

Guest Post: Building an Outdoors Survival Kit

There are many guides out there for putting together many different kinds of survival kits or bug out bags. This article is about building a survival kit tailor-made for exploring the wilderness. The outdoors brings a unique set of challenges, and as such requires a unique laundry list of items. This is my attempt at creating the ideal outdoors kit. I hope it can be of use to you.

Store all your items in a lightweight, weather proof backpack that is easy to carry. The items to consider for your kit are:

Food & Water

Water: Your most important item is an adequate water supply. A few liters of water should be able to get you through a couple days.

Water purification tablets: Youll need a secondary source of water as well. Water purification tablets will allow you to turn unknown water sources you find into a drinkable water source.

1-2 days worth of food: Youll want high-nutrient, high-calorie, non-perishable foods that pack the most bang for your buck. Things like peanut butter, protein bars and light-weight meal replacement items are a good idea.

Fishing line and hooks: These can supply you with a good secondary source of food if youll be near water. You can set up passive fishing lines and do what you need to do, whether its to look for help or to build a shelter. When you return, dinner may be waiting for you.

Tools & Equipment

A flashlight: I recommend mini LED lights, as theyre brighter and last longer than regular flashlights. Have a spare bulb and extra batteries.

A good knife: something large enough to cut through wood or clear a path in the forest, but small enough for more finesse work, like fashioning wooden fishing hooks.

A Swiss army knife: Carry one of these as well, for their various potential uses. You never know when youll need a nail file or cork screw

A compass: for navigating your way to and from safety.

Waterproof matches: must be waterproof to ensure theyll actually work in the conditions where you need them. Store them in a waterproof container, with a piece of emery board for striker.

A small magnifying glass: for inspecting things. They can also be used to start fires.

Sewing needles and heavy thread or dental floss: can be used for sewing fabric or stitching wounds.

A small cooking tin: for you to cook your food in.

Duct tape: many potential uses with this stuff.

20 feet of Para cord: There are so many ways Para cord can come in handy out in the wilderness. It can be used for bundling fire wood, building a shelter, playing jump rope- the list of potential uses is endless.

Health & Medication

A first aid kit: An essential part to any survival kit. Used for treating injuries and wounds.

Extra strength painkillers: to help you keep going if youre sick or hurt.

Diarrhea pills: When youre lost in the wilderness, youve got enough to worry about. No need to add the embarrassment of crapping your pants. (Actually, theyll help you hold onto precious water).

Other Items

A reflective survival blanket: Will allow you to hold onto your body heat. Wrap it around yourself outside of your clothing.

A pencil wrapped in a sheet of paper: for taking notes and leaving messages.

Garbage bags: for collecting waste, fashioning shelters, or to be used as ponchos.

A loud whistle: for signaling to others or scaring off animals.

A mirror: for signaling to others or inspecting hard-to-see wounds.

A map: Always have a map of the area you will be venturing into.

Ziploc freezer bags: for storing food leftovers, etc.

Some extra money: for food, gas, and lodging.

Good luck and stay prepared!

You can read more from RamboMoe at his site, www.preparedforthat.com

Californians Go Solar Without Buying Solar Panels

Four words I never thought I'd be typing -- Californians. Doing. Something. Sensible.

Wow. That felt weird. ;)


Californians Go Solar Without Buying Solar Panels | Earthtechling: Of the consumers in California who go solar, 70 percent now do so without buying the solar panels, according to PV Solar Report.

Instead of paying for the panels, they pay for the power. It’s quite a booming business. In the first two months of 2012, solar-as-a-service has generated over $100 million in solar installations in California.

Because a third party owns, operates and insures the panels, and guarantees the monthly cost, typically lower than the utility payments it replaces, and offers a flat rate over a 20-year contract, the homeowner gets all of the benefits and none of the risks of solar panel ownership...

REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you | Mail Online

REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you | Mail Online: The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats...

05 June, 2012

Guest Post: How Disaster Survival Kit can Save your Lives

Power Outages
Terrorist Attacks

These are just some of the natural and man-made disasters that any one of us can face anytime and without warning. With the kind of weather we have now and the different threats to our security, it is really important that we are always prepared no matter when and where disaster strikes. For this reason, it is important that we prepare a disaster survival kit.

What is a disaster survival kit? This kit is prepared in advance and should always come handy in an event of a disaster. It can be placed inside the house or in your vehicle and should contain food and water supplies, first aid kit, things to protect you and your family from harmful elements like blankets, dust filters, mask and the like, flashlight, battery powered radio and a few other basic necessities that can help you survive.

Nobody would want to experience any form of disaster. But it is a fact of life that we can never really know when emergencies will happen. That is why it is really important that we should be prepared all the time.

Natural disasters like the hurricane Katrina, the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, the 9/11 terrorist attacks are just some of the living proof that disaster can really take place and it is important that we should not be caught off guard in situations such as this and having a disaster survival kit is one way of preparing for this disasters.

What are the benefits of having a disaster survival kit at hand?

1.   Having a disaster survival kit at hand makes your chances of survival higher as compared to those who would only rely on the help of the relief operators. Local officials and rescue teams cannot address to all the needs of the majority all at the same time. They will attend to those with the gravest condition first so it is each and everyone’s responsibility to bring relief to themselves while waiting for help.

2.   Every minute counts during an emergency so having a disaster survival kit just within reach and ready to go can save you precious time, which can be very crucial for survival.

3.   Having a disaster survival kit ready to go can also ensure that you will have all the supplies that you will need while waiting for help. Experts say that the first three days in an event of emergency is the most critical stage of survival, so having the basic supplies needed like food, water, bedding, first aid kit and the like can help you survive those first 72 hours.

4.   In case a family member got injured or hurt, having a disaster survival kit can make sure that you can give immediate medical attention to any of your family member while waiting for help to arrive.

How do you prepare for our family’s disaster survival kit?

Make a checklist and make sure that it contains all the essentials that your family will need to survive. Once you have the list, gather everything, put it in one container and store it in a place that can be easily seen and reach. Inform all the members of the family about this disaster survival kit so everybody is made aware of its purpose and on how to use it in case of emergency.

We don’t know when and where a disaster will come upon us but it pays to be prepared and having a disaster survival kit at hand is one way of ensuring the safety of your family.

Author’s Bio: This is a guest post by Abie, a freelance blogger and content writer. One of her current work is for the site where you can read about survival food list and tips on how to survive disaster.