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31 July, 2012

19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations

19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations: The control freaks are winning, and they are absolutely killing America.  Our founding fathers intended to establish a nation where Americans would be free to pursue "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in an environment where freedom was maximized and government interference was minimized.  Unfortunately, our nation has turned away from those principles and is now running 180 degrees in the other direction.  For some reason, our political system tends to attract psychotic control freaks that want to micromanage our lives and make most of our decisions for us.  These control freaks are actually convinced that freedom and liberty are "dangerous" and that there should be a rule or a regulation for just about everything.  This is not just happening on the federal level either.  The truth is that the control freaks are often the worst on the local level.  When you add up the red tape on all levels of government, we literally have millions of laws, rules and regulations in America today.  All of this red tape is suffocating our businesses, destroying our liberties and our freedoms, and slowly sucking the life out of all of us.  If we ever want to have any hope of restoring America to what it once was, then we have to start doing something about this horrific mountain of red tape...

The Coming Economic Collapse and What Can – and Cannot – Be Done

The coming economic collapse and what can – and cannot – be done - Sun Sentinel: The U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of another recession. The bad news is that, if it goes down again, policymakers won't have many options, and like a weary heavyweight, if it hits the mat again, it's down for good.

The recovery has been terribly disappointing; growth is hardly at 2 percent, and unemployment hangs above 8 percent.

Manufacturing and exports powered the expansion but are now weakening. Consumer spending and existing home sales are flagging, because policymakers failed to aid underwater homeowners as generously as the banks...

30 July, 2012

The Hidden Cost Of Peak Oil

Energy Trade: The Hidden Cost Of Peak Oil | ETF DAILY NEWS: Most of what you’ve heard about “peak oil” is wrong. In fact, there’s a hidden cost to peak oil that’s very real. And it’s coming to a pump near you any day now.

I know you’ve read the same headlines that I have…how we are going to “frack” our way to energy independence by exploiting shale oil and other unconventional sources.

But here’s the thing.

Nobody’s talking about the high cost of getting the new oil out of the ground. But very soon, high extraction costs will kick crude oil prices into high gear...

Midwest Drought Worsens, Food Inflation to Rise

Midwest drought worsens, food inflation to rise - Yahoo! News: Scattered rain brought some relief to parts of the baking U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, but most of the region remained in the grips of the worst drought in half a century as the outlook for world food supplies and prices worsened.

The U.S. Agriculture Department forecast that food prices would now out-pace other consumer costs through 2013 as drought destroys crops and erodes supplies...

Down Goes Britain: The UK Economy Tumbles Deep Into Recession

Down Goes Britain: The UK Economy Tumbles Deep Into Recession | ETF DAILY NEWS: The economic crisis that is sweeping Europe is starting to hit Britain really hard. Over the last couple of years economists have been warning that we can’t let the “contagion” spread from troubled nations such as Greece and Portugal to the rest of Europe. Well, it is too late for that now. Spain and Italy are coming apart at the seams at this point, and even “stronger” nations such as the UK and France appear to be deeply troubled...

Powerful Storms Strike Northeast

N.Y. state official among 3 killed during powerful storms - CNN.com: An assistant New York state attorney general was killed during severe storms that barreled through the Northeast, killing at least two others as they unleashed strong winds and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers...

... The storms struck Thursday, and at one point that evening, severe thunderstorm watches were in effect for a continuous stretch from Oklahoma through New Jersey.

In Pennsylvania, a tree crushed a woman in her car as she sought shelter at a campsite, killing her, said Glenn Dunn, the emergency management coordinator for Potter County.

Tornadoes touched down in the Pennsylvania towns of Coudersport and Montrose on Thursday, forecasters said after conducting a survey of the area...

27 July, 2012

Concealed Weapons Save Lives

Concealed weapons save lives - NY Daily News: ... If one of the hundreds of people at the theater had a concealed handgun, possibly the attack would have ended like the shooting at the mega New Life Church in Colorado Springs in December 2007.
In that assault, the church’s minister had given Jeanne Assam permission to carry her concealed handgun. The gunman killed two people in the parking lot — but when he entered the church, Assam fired 10 shots, severely wounding him. At that point, the gunman committed suicide.

Similar stories are available from across the country. They include shootings at schools that were stopped before police arrived in such places as Pearl, Miss., and Edinboro, Pa., and at colleges like the Appalachian Law School in Virginia. Or attacks in busy downtowns such as Memphis; at a mall in Salt Lake City, or at an apartment building in Oklahoma.

The ban against nonpolice carrying guns usually rests on the false notion that almost anyone can suddenly go crazy and start misusing their weapon or that any crossfire with a killer would be worse than the crime itself. But in state after state, permit holders are extremely law-abiding. They can lose their permits for any type of firearms-related violation.

Nor have I found a single example on record of a multiple-victim public shooting in which a permit holder accidentally shot a bystander...

What In The World Is Wrong With American Kids?

What In The World Is Wrong With American Kids?: What in the world has happened to the children of America? All over the United States kids are acting like half-crazed monsters, but most people seem to think that this is "normal". American kids today are selfish, self-centered, sadistic, cruel, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, boastful, unforgiving, incredibly brutal and they possess very little self-control whatsoever. They feel entitled to everything, but they don't want to work for any of it. They are absolutely addicted to entertainment, and they know very little about self-sacrifice. Disciplining children is not considered to be "politically correct" in America today, and with each passing year these little hellions get even worse. So what in the world is our country going to look like when all of these out of control kids grow up?...

Bad Economic News Continues

Bad Economic News Continues | Power Line: This time it’s manufacturing: U.S. manufacturing expanded in July at the slowest rate in 19 months. This is consistent with slowing GDP growth, which is expected to decline from an unacceptable 1.9% rate in the first quarter to an even worse 1.5% rate in the second.

There is no sugarcoating the bad news. The administration had hoped that improving economic numbers might fuel an Obama resurgence in the summer and fall, but it isn’t happening; things are getting worse rather than better. At this point the administration, out of ideas, can’t do much but sit back and watch the bad news accumulate.

The Global Financial System Can and Will Collapse Thanks to Europe... Are You Prepared?

The Global Financial System Can and Will Collapse Thanks to Europe... Are You Prepared? | ZeroHedge: ... In simple terms, today we are facing a Crisis that is far, far worse than 2008. Before it ends, it is quite possible that we will see the entire Western Financial System collapse and a new system put into place...

26 July, 2012

Chic-fil-a Boycotts

First off, let me say I have no issue with gay marriage.  That may once again inflame some of my more right-wing readers, but it is what it is.  I don't fully identify with any one political ideology, but I suppose I'm closer to being a Libertarian than I am anything else -- liberty is liberty and individual rights are individual rights, and it doesn't matter if you're talking about blacks in the pre-civil rights era South or homosexuals now.

With that said, boycotts are pointless, unless you can convince millions to do it all at the same time and, preferably, in the same region. Otherwise, you won't even be making a blip on their sales reports. It's no different than those absurd emails that circulate around, begging people to not buy gas on certain days.  Millions would have to participate and all in the same geographical area for the gas companies even to notice; otherwise, it will be within their normal margin of error of the millions who wouldn't have been buying gas that day anyway -- because they filled their tanks up the day before or will the day after.  It's the adult version of throwing a hissy-fit. I support anybody's right to *NOT* give their $$$ to people they consider to be shitheads (mostly because I support *ALL* individual rights), but, if anybody thinks it's actually going to impact Chic-fil-a's business, they're crazy.

They're being hurt worse by the bad publicity than they are any of you out there foregoing a chicken sandwich for lunch.

The only thing in this whole Chic-fil-a mess that might actually affect their bottom-line is the mayor of Boston saying he won't allow them to operate in his city (though I assume this applies only to new locations opening, and I doubt the legality of a city mayor being able to just dictate any such thing anyway).  Add to that a minor city official in Chicago making similar pronouncements about his ward.

Keeping them out of whole areas might make them, at least, feel the pressure (though, again, that's gonna take a lot more than some politician saying so to make it happen), and you're going to ultimately be hurting your own local economy more than you are that huge corporation.  Most of the $$$ you're holding back doesn't even go to the corporate folks -- it's used to run the local site, meaning you're doing more damage to your own local economy than you are the corporation you're trying to punish.

TSA Abuses

The TSA is spiraling completely out of control. What the Hell is wrong with these people? There have always been issues, but lately things seem to have hit a crescendo of both the ridiculous and the sickening.


Disabled elderly man detained by TSA, misses flight: There’s been so much abuse by the TSA over the past several days it’s hard to keep up. From the deaf man who was mocked to the Make-A-Wish child who was hassled to the woman who was strip-searched and whose feeding tube was contaminated to the whole host of disabled people who’ve been abused, we now add the story of an elderly disabled man traveling with an oxygen machine who was detained, grilled, scanned three times, and made to miss his flight. Oh, and his daughter was threatened for good measure...

Tea Party Supporters Getting Understandably Irritated at Being Linked to Every New Incidence of Ultra-Violence

Tea Party Supporters Getting Understandably Irritated at Being Linked to Every New Incidence of Ultra-Violence - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Results of Gun Control

The article linked-to and previewed below illustrates what happens to a society that limits and places tight controls on law-abiding citizens owning guns.


Culture of violence: Gun crime goes up by 89% in a decade | Mail Online: Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.

The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year - a rise of 89 per cent.

In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.

In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.

The statistic will fuel fears that the police are struggling to contain gang-related violence, in which the carrying of a firearm has become increasingly common place.

Last week, police in London revealed they had begun carrying out armed patrols on some streets...

25 July, 2012

Valor: Three Men Died Taking Bullets for Girlfriends in Aurora

Valor: Three men died taking bullets for girlfriends in Aurora #theatershooting | Twitchy: While it is unbelievably devastating and painfully heartbreaking, the valor and heroics of these three young men remind us of the good in people.

As Twitchy reported last night, Navy veteran and beloved father of two, Jon Blunk, died in the Aurora theater shooting while shielding his girlfriend from bullets. He wasn’t alone; two other men, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves, also died while saving the lives of their girlfriends...

Gun Confiscation Throughout History

Some food for thought:

Stormy Preview of Electric-Grid Crash

WOOLSEY: Stormy preview of electric-grid crash - Washington Times: Some two weeks after Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta warned of a potential “cyber-Pearl Harbor” involving a possible attack on the electric grid, Mother Nature took the cue and hit the East Coast with a storm that left millions of us for days without electricity from the grid.

Some said silent thanks for that old generator they’d thought to stick in the garage. Though it wasn’t a cyberattack, but Mother Nature gave parts of the grid a good lashing anyway. On my country road south of Annapolis, two transformers were blown down from their perches on telephone poles, and the leaking oil and surging electricity produced 20-foot flames. In the meantime, our driveway was filled for days with 15 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. trucks and about 25 electrical workers from Arkansas erecting new poles and replacement transformers. And that was just to deal with five days of outage, caused by falling tree branches, for a very small community on one short country road. What would it have taken to deal with damage that was far more extensive across a number of states because it had been planned by a group or nation that wanted, above all, to destroy our society?...

24 July, 2012

The New York Times Admits That Virtually Every Major News Organization Allows The News To Be Censored By Government Officials

The New York Times Admits That Virtually Every Major News Organization Allows The News To Be Censored By Government Officials: In one of the most shocking articles that the New York Times has ever put out, a New York Times reporter has openly admitted that virtually every major mainstream news organization allows government bureaucrats and campaign officials to censor their stories. For example, almost every major news organization in the country has agreed to submit virtually all quotes from anyone involved in the Obama campaign or the Romney campaign to gatekeepers for "quote approval" before they will be published. If the gatekeeper in the Obama campaign does not want a certain quote to get out, the American people will not see it, and the same thing applies to the Romney campaign. The goal is to keep the campaigns as "on message" as possible and to avoid gaffes at all cost. But this kind of thing is not just happening with political campaigns. According to the New York Times, "quote approval" has become "commonplace throughout Washington". In other words, if you see a quote in the newspaper from someone in the federal government then it is safe to say that a gatekeeper has almost certainly reviewed that quote and has approved it. This is another sign that "the free and independent media" in this country is a joke. What we get from the mainstream media is a very highly filtered form of propaganda, and that is one reason why Americans are turning away from the mainstream media in droves. People want the truth, and more Americans than ever realize that they are not getting it from the mainstream media...

James Holmes Is Not Alone – 20 More Examples Of The Sickos That Are Overrunning America

James Holmes Is Not Alone – 20 More Examples Of The Sickos That Are Overrunning America: There is much more to the collapse of America than just our economic problems. The truth is that the United States is like a beautiful house that may still look great on the outside but that has rotted and decayed very badly on the inside. In fact, the foundations of our country have rotted away so badly that our entire society is starting to collapse. Just look at James Holmes. It would be great if we could honestly say that James Holmes is an aberration, but we all know better than that. James Holmes is not alone. The cold, hard reality of the matter is that our degenerate society regularly produces sickos and monsters like James Holmes. As I wrote about the other day, we lead the world in a whole host of bad categories. We lead the world in child abuse, we lead the world in divorce, we lead the world in teen pregnancy and we lead the world in drug addiction. The basic building blocks of society that tie us together and help keep us grounded (such as the family) are breaking down, but we still seem surprised that we have hordes of "lone wolf individuals" running around doing crazy things. We are a sick, twisted society that is producing sick, twisted individuals...

Fed Proposal Allows Banks To Seize Your Money

Too Big To Fail - Fed Proposal Allows Banks To Seize Your Money: The New York Fed has introduced a framework to give banks the right to suspend account withdrawals at will to defend against financial panic.

The shadow central planners have proposed new contingency plans to prevent the Great Depression style bank runs that are hitting Europe from spreading to America.

Their solution is the creation of a framework that consists of “capital controls” which allow financial institutions that find themselves in hot water to limit or outright suspend customer account withdrawals...

23 July, 2012

Colorado Mass-Shooting

After Colorado shooting, thousands join vigil to seek solace - latimes.com


A look at the lives of Colorado shooting victims | Fox News


And, since we can't spend 15 seconds in this country without painting every situation in the colors of our particular political ethos: Colorado shootings reignite gun control debate – USATODAY.com.

For the record, I firmly agree with the pro-2nd Amendment folks, but maybe that's just because a shooter *WAS* taken down by armed students at a law school barely an hour from my house a few years back -- that tends to stick with you and removes all the theoretical fluff from the so-called debate.

The Price Of Corn Hits A Record High As A Global Food Crisis Looms

The Price Of Corn Hits A Record High As A Global Food Crisis Looms: Are you ready for the next major global food crisis? The price of corn hit an all-time record high on Thursday. So did the price of soybeans. The price of corn is up about 50 percent since the middle of last month, and the price of wheat has risen by about 50 percent over the past five weeks. On Thursday, corn for September delivery reached $8.166 per bushel, and many analysts believe that it could hit $10 a bushel before this crisis is over. The worst drought in the United States in more than 50 years is projected to continue well into August, and more than 1,300 counties in the United States have been declared to be official natural disaster areas. So how is this crisis going to affect the average person on the street? Well, most Americans and most Europeans are going to notice their grocery bills go up significantly over the coming months. That will not be pleasant. But in other areas of the world this crisis could mean the difference between life and death for some people. You see, half of all global corn exports come from the United States. So what happens if the U.S. does not have any corn to export? About a billion people around the world live on the edge of starvation, and today the Financial Times ran a front page story with the following headline: "World braced for new food crisis". Millions upon millions of families in poor countries are barely able to feed themselves right now. So what happens if the price of the food that they buy goes up dramatically?

You may not think that you eat much corn, but the truth is that it is in most of the things that we buy at the grocery store. In fact, corn is found in about 74 percent of the products we buy in the supermarket and it is used in more than 3,500 ways.

Americans consume approximately one-third of all the corn grown in the world each year, and we export massive amounts of corn to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, thanks to the drought of 2012 farmers are watching their corn die right in front of their eyes all over the United States...

CDC: Whooping cough epidemic worst in 50 years

CDC: Whooping cough epidemic worst in 50 years - Vitals: Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re calling for mass vaccination of adults.

The epidemic has killed nine babies so far and babies are by far the most vulnerable to the disease, also known as pertussis, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The best way to protect them is to vaccinate the adults around them, and to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are born with some immunity.

“As of today, nationwide nearly 18,000 cases have been reported to the CDC,” the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters in a conference call. “That is nearly twice as many as reported last year. We may be on track for a record high pertussis rate this year,” she added...

20 July, 2012

Critter-Based Excitement

And, just like that, we have a 3rd dog. This little girl showed-up on our porch this morning, crying; our dogs were going crazy and it woke us up -- and there she was. She doesn't have a name yet; suggestions for cute little girl puppy names are welcomed. :)

And then, just a few minutes ago, I heard a wild flapping noise in the dining room and went to investigate, finding what looked like a pretty good sized sparrow or a swallow or something in the house with two of our fat house cats stalking it.  The step-dad managed to capture it, bare-handed from behind our chest freezer and release it back into the wild.

Oh, the joys of country living!  :)

The Federal Reserve Is Not Going To Save Us From The Great Depression That Is Coming

The Federal Reserve Is Not Going To Save Us From The Great Depression That Is Coming: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his annual address to Congress on Tuesday, and he did very little to give lawmakers much confidence about where the U.S. economy is heading. Bernanke told members of Congress that recent economic data points "suggest further weakness ahead" and that the Federal Reserve is projecting that the U.S. unemployment rate will remain at 7 percent or above all the way through the end of 2014. Now, it is important to keep in mind that Federal Reserve forecasts are almost always way too optimistic. The actual numbers almost always end up being much worse than what the Fed says they will be. So if Bernanke is saying that the U.S. unemployment rate will be 7 percent or higher until the end of 2014, then what will the real numbers end up looking like?...

12 Factors That Are Turning The Streets Of America Into A Living Hell

12 Factors That Are Turning The Streets Of America Into A Living Hell: The United States once had safe, beautiful cities that were the envy of the entire world, but now many of them are degenerating into rotting, festering, crime-ridden hellholes. All over the country there are communities where crime, drugs, gangs and human trafficking have gotten completely and totally out of control. Once upon a time you could walk down the streets of most U.S. cities at night without much fear, but these days there are many large American cities where it would be absolutely crazy to wander around the streets at night unless you want to be mugged, shot or sexually assaulted. If you end up at the wrong place at the wrong time you might end up being abducted by a human trafficker or have your face eaten off by a crazed drug addict high on bath salts. With each passing day our cities degenerate just a little bit more, and life in many of our worst communities truly has become a living hell. Sadly, this comes at a time when the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far. We have tried to lock as many people away as possible and our communities are still turning into hellholes. So where do we go from here?...

11 International Agreements That Are Nails In The Coffin Of The Petrodollar

11 International Agreements That Are Nails In The Coffin Of The Petrodollar: Is the petrodollar dead? Well, not yet, but the nails are being hammered into the coffin even as you read this. For decades, most of the nations of the world have used the U.S. dollar to buy oil and to trade with each other. In essence, the U.S. dollar has been acting as a true global currency. Virtually every country on the face of the earth has needed big piles of U.S. dollars for international trade. This has ensured a huge demand for U.S. dollars and U.S. government debt. This demand for dollars has kept prices and interest rates low, and it has given the U.S. government an incredible amount of power and leverage around the globe. Right now, U.S. dollars make up more than 60 percent of all foreign currency reserves in the world. But times are changing. Over the past couple of years there has been a whole bunch of international agreements that have made the U.S. dollar less important in international trade. The mainstream media in the United States has been strangely quiet about all of these agreements, but the truth is that they are setting the stage for a fundamental shift in the way that trade is conducted around the globe. When the petrodollar dies, it is going to have an absolutely devastating impact on the U.S. economy...

America Heading Towards a Collapse Worse Than 2008 AND Europe! Says Peter Schiff

America Heading Towards a Collapse Worse Than 2008 AND Europe! Says Peter Schiff | Breakout - Yahoo! Finance: According to CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Peter Schiff, the U.S. economy is heading for an economic crash that will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Stimulus programs can delay this day of reckoning, but only for so long and only at the expense of making the eventual meltdown much, much worse.

Schiff, who famously warned investors about the housing and financial crisis in his 2007 book Crash Proof, says the Fed's palliative efforts during the housing meltdown have made the next crisis inevitable...

19 July, 2012

These 12 Hellholes Are Examples Of What The Rest Of America Will Look Like Soon

These 12 Hellholes Are Examples Of What The Rest Of America Will Look Like Soon: Do you want to see where this country is headed? If so, don't focus on the few areas that are still very prosperous. New York City has Wall Street, Washington D.C. has the federal government and Silicon Valley has Google and Facebook. Those are the exceptions. The reality is that most of the country has been experiencing a slow decline for a very long time and once thriving cities such as Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan have become absolute hellholes. They are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon. 60 years ago, most Americans were decent, hard working people and there were always good jobs available for anyone that was willing to roll up his or her sleeves and put in an honest day of work. But now all of that has changed. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities have shut down and millions of jobs have left the country. Cities such as Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit were once shining examples of everything that was right about America, but now they stand out like festering sores...

Shelf Life of Canned and Dry Foods by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. - Grandpappy

Shelf Life of Canned and Dry Foods by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. - Grandpappy

Taiwan finds H5N1 virus in birds smuggled from China

Taiwan finds H5N1 virus in birds smuggled from China | Yahoo! Health: Dozens of pet birds smuggled from southern China into Taiwan tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus and were destroyed, Taiwanese authorities said Tuesday.

The smuggler bought the 38 birds in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and was caught at the Taoyuan international airport in northern Taiwan when he returned via Macau earlier this month, said the Centers for Disease Control..

Bernanke Says Economy Losing Momentum

Bernanke says economy losing momentum, gives no hint of more stimulus - latimes.com: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke gave no indication Tuesday that the central bank was about to launch new economic stimulus, even as the Fed chief painted a worrisome picture of an economy losing momentum on a wide scale.

Bernanke, presenting his semiannual report on monetary policy and the economy to Congress, said in his prepared remarks that job growth, manufacturing, household spending and business investment had all weakened in the second quarter...

18 July, 2012

The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August

The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August: Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now? At the moment, approximately 61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country... The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history. The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is... This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen. The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing "moderate to extreme" drought conditions. If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing. Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage...

Preventing a Bird Flu Pandemic

Preventing a bird flu pandemic | Fox News: Culls of hundreds of thousands of chickens, turkeys and ducks to stem bird flu outbreaks rarely make international headlines these days, but they are a worryingly common event as the deadly virus continues its march across the globe.

As scientists delve deeper into H5N1 avian influenza, they have discovered it is only three steps way from mutating into a potentially lethal human pandemic form, adding new urgency to a debate over how to protect humans.

In 2009, during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, vaccines only became available months after the virus had spread around the world - and even then there was only enough for one in five of the world's 7 billion people.

Next time, experts say, we need another approach...

JPMorgan Gives Calamitous Economic Forecast

JPMorgan just gave a calamitous economic forecast for Obama | AEIdeas

17 July, 2012

Food Demand Is On The Rise: Why Jim Rogers Is Investing In Farmland

Food Demand Is On The Rise: Why Jim Rogers Is Investing In Farmland (NYSEARCA:DBC, NYSE:AGRO, NYSE:MON) | ETF DAILY NEWS: Legendary Wall Street trader and best-selling author Jim Rogers recently offered this unconventional advice: If you want to get rich, you should be investing in farmland.

Don’t laugh. Rogers is good at what he does. Really good.

Together with George Soros, he founded the Quantum Fund in the 1970s and posted returns of 4,200% over 10 years. Rogers retired in 1980 at the age of 37, but is still active as a private investor.

Back in 1999, Jim Rogers recommended gold when it was trading at $252 and silver at $4. You know what happened after that.

Now Rogers thinks investing in farmland will pay off in a big way...

How a Water Well is Drilled

All about wells: How a water well is drilled - YouTube

Congressman Tells Conservative Activists That Fighting for the Constitution is a Losing Battle

Congressman tells Conservative Activists that fighting for the Constitution is a losing battle - YouTube

16 July, 2012

Brutal Gestapo Tactics Are Being Used Against Homeowners All Over America

Brutal Gestapo Tactics Are Being Used Against Homeowners All Over America: Property rights are being absolutely shredded all over America. Buying a piece of land and enjoying it with your family has always been a big part of the American Dream. Unfortunately, in the United States today you don't actually own your own home. If you don't pay your rent (property taxes) your home will be taken away from you, and you are only allowed to use your property in very narrowly defined ways. The control freaks that run things tell us what we can build on our own property, what we can grow on our own property, what types of gatherings we can have on our own property, how many visitors we can have on our own property and they have imposed very strict rules about how our property must be maintained. If we get "out of line", they will use "zoning ordinances" and "code violations" to make our lives a living hell. All over America today, brutal Gestapo tactics are being used against homeowners that just want to be left alone...

Warnings About A Coming Global Financial Catastrophe

19 Warnings About A Coming Global Financial Catastrophe: Global leaders have tried just about everything that they can think of, but the coming global financial catastrophe continues to march steadily toward us. We have seen "stimulus packages", quantitative easing, bond buying, interest rate cuts, emergency economic summits, bailout packages for banks, bailout packages for entire nations, "Operation Twist", unprecedented government intervention in business and massive amounts of new government debt and yet nothing seems to revive the global economy. In fact, it looks like we are rapidly heading into the second dip of a "double dip recession". Unfortunately, many believe that this next dip will be more like a full-blown depression. All over the world, top economic experts are warning that we are facing an unprecedented crisis of debt and insolvency that will result in a global financial catastrophe...

Four Reasons To Be Even Less Optimistic About The Global Financial System Than You Were Last Month

Four Reasons To Be Even Less Optimistic About The Global Financial System Than You Were Last Month: The cracks in the ice are getting bigger. At this point it is really hard to have much confidence in the global financial system at all. They told us that MF Global was an isolated incident. Well, the horrific financial scandal over at PFGBest is essentially MF Global all over again. They told us that we would not see a huge wave of municipal bankruptcies in the United States. Well, three California cities have declared bankruptcy in less than a month. They told us that we could have faith in the integrity of the global financial system. Well, now we are finding out that global interest rates have been fixed by insiders for years. They told us that Greece was an isolated problem and that none of the larger European nations would experience anything remotely similar. Well, what is happening in Spain right now looks like an instant replay of exactly what happened in Greece. So who are we supposed to believe? Why does it seem like nearly everything that "the authorities" tell us turns out to be a lie? What else haven't they been telling us?...

27 Things That Every American Should Know About The National Debt

27 Things That Every American Should Know About The National Debt: The U.S. government has stolen $15,876,457,645,132.66 from future generations of Americans, and we continue to add well over a hundred million dollars to that total every single day day. The 15 trillion dollar binge that we have been on over the past 30 years has fueled the greatest standard of living the world has ever seen, but this wonderful prosperity that we have been enjoying has been a lie. It isn't real. We have been living way above our means for so long that we do not have any idea of what "normal" actually is anymore. But every debt addict hits "the wall" eventually, and the same thing is going to happen to us as a nation. At some point the weight of our national debt is going to cause our financial system to implode, and every American will feel the pain of that collapse. Under our current system, there is no mathematical way that this debt can ever be paid back. The road that we are on will either lead to default or to hyperinflation. We have piled up the biggest debt in the history of the world, and if there are future generations of Americans they will look back and curse us for what we did to them...

13 July, 2012

Scenes Of Despair

Scenes Of Despair: Sometimes it can be easy to forget that behind all of the horrible economic numbers that we hear about are millions of real people that have had their lives absolutely devastated by this economy. Elderly couples are being brutally evicted from their homes, young families are living in their cars, terminally ill people are dying because they cannot afford medication that they need and millions of parents can't sleep at night as they wrestle with anxiety over not being able to provide for their children. Often those that lose their jobs or their homes discover that people start looking at them very differently and that there is very little compassion out there these days. As you will read about [at the link above], one major U.S. bank is even kicking an elderly woman with stage 4 breast cancer out of her home because she cannot make her full mortgage payment each month. When the next major global financial catastrophe happens, we are going to see a whole lot more economic despair. Will society respond to that crisis by becoming warmer and more compassionate, or will the world around us become even more cold and even more cruel? As bad as things are right now, it truly is frightening to think about what the world is going to look like after the next major economic downturn...

25 Signs The Collapse Of America Is Speeding Up As Society Rots From The Inside Out

25 Signs The Collapse Of America Is Speeding Up As Society Rots From The Inside Out: The problems that America is experiencing right now are not just confined to the field of economics. The truth is that there are signs of deep decay wherever we look, and without question the United States is rotting from the inside out in thousands of different ways. For a long time our debt-fueled prosperity has masked much of the social decay that has been festering underneath the surface, but now it is becoming increasingly apparent that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear. For many Americans, it is easy to point a finger at a particular group or political party and blame them for all of our problems, but the reality of the matter is that our societal decay cuts across all income levels, all political affiliations and all regions of the country. We are being destroyed from within, and this decay can be seen on the streets of the most dilapidated sections of major U.S. cities and it can also be seen in the halls of power in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street. It is undeniable that something has fundamentally changed. The American people do not seem to possess the same level of character that they once had. So where do we go from here?...

Solar Flares Getting Stronger

The sun's solar flares keep on getting stronger - with latest hot spot the size of 15 Earths strung together | Mail Online: The sun is a tempestuous mistress - and her outbursts are becoming more and more violent as the weeks go on.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted the summer's first 'X' solar flare on Friday - a huge outburst from the sun right at the top of the scale.

This came on the back of 12 'M' flares in just six days, with a M6.1 flare knocking out radio signals across the planet on Thursday - hinting at the destruction the sun could reign on our technology if Earth takes a full blast across its blow...

14 Incredibly Creepy Surveillance Technologies That Big Brother Will Be Using To Spy On You

14 Incredibly Creepy Surveillance Technologies That Big Brother Will Be Using To Spy On You: Most of us don't think much about it, but the truth is that people are being watched, tracked and monitored more today than at any other time in human history.  The explosive growth of technology in recent years has given governments, spy agencies and big corporations monitoring tools that the despots and dictators of the past could only dream of.  Previous generations never had to deal with "pre-crime" surveillance cameras that use body language to spot criminals or unmanned drones watching them from far above.  Previous generations would have never even dreamed that street lights and refrigerators might be spying on them.  Many of the incredibly creepy surveillance technologies that you are about to read about are likely to absolutely astound you.  We are rapidly heading toward a world where there will be no such thing as privacy anymore.  Big Brother is becoming all-pervasive, and thousands of new technologies are currently being developed that will make it even easier to spy on you.  The world is changing at a breathtaking pace, and a lot of the changes are definitely not for the better...

12 July, 2012

Homeland Security Report Lists ‘Liberty Lovers’ As Terrorists

Homeland Security Report Lists ‘Liberty Lovers’ As Terrorists Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!: A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists...

There Will Never Be Enough Jobs In America Again

There Will Never Be Enough Jobs In America Again: Well, we just had another bad jobs report. The U.S. economy created just 80,000 new jobs during the month of June. Normally, about 125,000 new jobs need to be created every month just to keep up with population growth. So it is a bit odd that the official unemployment rate did not rise above 8.2%. What is even more alarming is that the Social Security Administration is telling us that 85,000 U.S. workers "left the workforce" and enrolled in the Social Security Disability Insurance program during the month of June. That means that the number of Americans enrolling in Social Security Disability actually exceeded the number of new jobs that was created. That is definitely not a sign of recovery. Unfortunately, this is about as good as things are going to get. Right now corporate profits are at an all-time high and usually after a recession has ended the percentage of working age Americans that have jobs bounces back very strongly. But that has not happened this time, and when the next economic crisis hits things are going to get a lot worse...

60 Days In Prison And A $12,180 Fine For Hosting A Home Bible Study In Arizona

60 Days In Prison And A $12,180 Fine For Hosting A Home Bible Study In Arizona: The war on home Bible studies and house churches is heating up again. Down in Phoenix, Arizona a man has been sentenced to 60 days in prison and has been fined $12,180 for hosting a Bible study in his home. Since 2005, Michael Salman and his wife have been hosting gatherings of about 15 or 20 people where they share food, fellowship and discuss the Bible. Unfortunately, that kind of thing is against the law in Phoenix, Arizona apparently. At one point, nearly a dozen armed police officers raided their home and "evidence" of their "crimes" was gathered. Michael Salman was found guilty of 67 "code violations", and now he is going to be ripped away from his family and put in prison for two months. In addition, the assistant city prosecutor is asking the court to "revoke his probation and convert it into a 2 1/2 year jail sentence since he continues to hold worship gatherings on his property despite court orders." This kind of case has the potential to have a huge "chilling effect" on home gatherings of all kinds all over the United States...

Pros and Cons of Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, MRE, Food Bars, Grains-Beans (Modern Survival Blog)

A very thorough comparison: Pros and Cons of Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, MRE, Food Bars, Grains-Beans (Modern Survival Blog)

11 July, 2012

The Corn Is Dying All Over America

The Corn Is Dying All Over America: All over America the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We have seen the price of a bushel of corn soar 41 percent since June 14th. That is an astounding rise. You may not eat much corn directly, but it is important to realize that corn or corn syrup is just about in everything these days. Just look at your food labels. In the United States today, approximately 75 percent of all processed foods contain corn. So a huge rise in the price of corn is going to be felt all over the supermarket. Corn is also widely used to feed livestock, and if this crisis continues we are going to see a significant rise in meat and dairy prices as well. Food prices in America have already been rising at a steady pace, and so this is definitely not welcome news...

Smartphone App That Allows Citizens to Record Their Interactions With Police

I am very pro-law enforcement in most circumstances and leery of the ACLU (it started-off with a great purpose, but has become extremely radicalized since), but there are "bad apples" in every group, police included; so, I think giving citizens the means to keep them honest is probably a good thing.  Even unused, the fact that this is out there and available may serve to discourage some bad behavior.

I do find it a little weird, however, that they'd take the time to make it available for the #2 platform in the smartphone world and not the undisputed dominant #1 -- the iPhone. At least, I couldn't find an iPhone version. Curious.


ACLU-NJ Police Tape - Android Apps on Google Play: Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with "Police Tape," a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens' rights when interacting with the police.

What Happens If Record Heat And Crippling Drought Cause Widespread Crop Failures Throughout The United States?

What Happens If Record Heat And Crippling Drought Cause Widespread Crop Failures Throughout The United States?: It is too early to panic, but if there is not a major change in the weather very soon we could be looking at widespread crop failures throughout the United States this summer. Record heat and crippling drought are absolutely devastating crops from coast to coast. Unfortunately, this unprecedented heat wave just continues to keep going and record high temperatures continue to scorch much of the central United States. In fact, more than 2,000 record high temperatures have been matched or broken in the past week alone. Not only that, but the lack of rainfall nationally has caused drought conditions from coast to coast. If temperatures continue to stay this high and we don't start seeing more rain, farmers and ranchers all over the nation are going to be absolutely devastated. So what happens if we do see widespread crop failures throughout the United States? That is a question that is frightening to think about...

Monitoring the So-Called Recovery

My, oh my, does Prof. Mankiw's chart ever say it all: Monitoring the So-Called Recovery

10 July, 2012

Cops Shoot Family Dog During Foot Chase

What an utter and despicable disrespect for life. As I've stated previously here on Backwoods Survival Blog, I am usually very pro-law enforcement in my views, but this type of cruelty is both utter nonsense and inexcusable. I can understand a police officer shooting a dog that is a threat, but any moron knows that, if a bunch of people tear-off running past it, *ANY* dog is going to bark at them and chase after them. That's not threatening behavior -- that's called being a damn dog! In my opinion, this is almost as bad as the cretinous shooting of people's pets during the forced Hurricane Katrina evacuation(s) -- not the ones who were left behind or put-out by irresponsible owners and eventually formed dangerous feral packs, but rather those that were gunned-down by laughing law enforcement and National Guard personnel in sick target-practice games right in front of their owners simply because those owners were refusing to evacuate if it meant they couldn't take them with them.

What does this wonton disregard for life say about us as a culture?

No half-assed apology will bring this faithful family companion back to her people. The offending officer(s) need to be fired, if for no other reason than that anyone that dumb (not to mention unfeeling) shouldn't be walking around with a gun on their hip -- I consider that a threat to public safety.

My pets are like my children. If this was my dog, there's a good chance you'd all be reading about me killing a cop right now.


Cops Shoot Dog During Foot Chase; Petition Started for “Justice for Monkey” - Hit & Run : Reason.com: Police officers in Lake Charles, Louisiana shot and killed a family dog named Monkey while chasing a suspect...

... It happened yesterday at a house on Hodges Street in Lake Charles where the dog named "Monkey" was allegedly shot multiple times.

The shooting reportedly occurred when the dog began barking at police who were chasing some suspects...

If One Storm Can Turn D.C. Dark For Several Days, What Would A Massive EMP Burst Do?

If One Storm Can Turn D.C. Dark For Several Days, What Would A Massive EMP Burst Do?: Sometimes we all get a little reminder of just how completely and totally dependent we are on the power grid. Massive thunderstorms that ripped through Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia left millions without power... The "super derecho" storm that pounded the Washington D.C. area on Friday night with hurricane-force winds is being called unprecedented. But the truth is that there are other events that could happen that would be far more damaging to our power grid. For example, a substantial EMP burst over a major U.S. city would fry virtually all of the electronics in the city and take the power grid in the area down indefinitely. A gigantic EMP burst over the entire country (caused by a massive solar storm or a very large nuclear explosion high in the atmosphere) could theoretically take down the entire national power grid. Just try to imagine a world where nobody has any electricity, nobody can pump gas, nobody can use their credit cards or get any more money, where most vehicles won't start, where nobody has the Internet, where all cell phones are dead and where nobody can heat or cool their homes. That is how serious an EMP burst could potentially be. We are talking about an event that could be millions of times worse than 9/11.

Hopefully this latest storm has reminded Americans about how vulnerable our power grid really is and about how close we really are to being knocked back to the late 1800s...

Are You A Slave Of The System?

Are You A Slave Of The System?: ... Most Americans believe that they live in "the land of the free" and that they are not enslaved to anyone. But is that really the case? Slavery does not always have to involve whips and shackles. There are many other forms of slavery. One dictionary definition of a slave is "one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence". I really like that definition. Today, millions of Americans are slaves of the system and they don't even realize it. Debt is a form of slavery, and millions of Americans having become deeply enslaved to our debt-based financial system. When someone enslaves someone else, the goal of the master is to reap a benefit out of the slave. You don't want the slave to just sit there and collect dust. Today, most Americans have willingly shackled themselves to a system that systematically drains their wealth and transfers it to the very wealthy. Most of them don't even realize that they have been enslaved even as the system sucks them dry.

Just think about it. Where is the "big money" in the United States today?

When asked that question, most Americans think of Wall Street.

Well, who controls Wall Street?

The bankers do.

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and they generate massive amounts of wealth by lending us money...

17 Reasons To Be EXTREMELY Concerned About The Second Half Of 2012

17 Reasons To Be EXTREMELY Concerned About The Second Half Of 2012: What is the second half of 2012 going to bring? Are things going to get even worse than they are right now? Unfortunately, that appears more likely with each passing day. I will admit that I am extremely concerned about the second half of 2012. Historically, a financial crisis is much more likely to begin in the fall than during any other season of the year. Just think about it. The stock market crash of 1929 happened in the fall. "Black Monday" happened on October 19th, 1987. The financial crisis of 2008 started in the fall. There just seems to be something about the fall that brings out the worst in the financial markets. But of course there is not a stock market crash every year. So are there specific reasons why we should be extremely concerned about what is coming this year? Yes, there are. The ingredients for a "perfect storm" are slowly coming together, and in the months ahead we could very well see the next wave of the economic collapse strike...

They Are Turning Our Crops, Animals And Even Our Babies Into Freakish Genetic Monsters - What Could Go Wrong?

They Are Turning Our Crops, Animals And Even Our Babies Into Freakish Genetic Monsters - What Could Go Wrong?: The greatest environmental threat that we are facing is genetic modification.  All over the globe, scientists are treating the fabric of life as if it was a playground where anything goes.  Behind closed doors, scientists all over the planet are creating some of the most freakish and most bizarre monsters that you could possible imagine, and very few people seem concerned about it.  But the truth is that messing with the building blocks of life is going to have some very serious consequences.  Scientists claim that they are making our crops stronger, more productive and less vulnerable to insects.  Scientists claim that they can alter our animals so that they are more "useful" to us.  Scientists claim that genetic modification is only going to "enhance" humanity.  But what if something goes seriously wrong?...

09 July, 2012

Emergency SHTF Water Filtration & Purification

Emergency SHTF Water Filtration & Purification - YouTube

DIY Aquaponics

How to build a simple DIY Aquaponics system using a Koi Carp pond (for less than $200) - YouTube

Aquaponic basic $70 setup. If you want the full free dvd version email ki4ngz@yahoo.com (part two) - YouTube

Six Things to Do to Prepare for Going Off-Grid

Six Things to Do to Prepare for Going Off-Grid: Anyone who has gone camping overnight knows that there is a certain magic involved when sitting by a campfire or camp stove, sharing fish tales and roasting marshmallows over the flickering flames. The whole idea of being off-grid for a few days is embraced as a big adventure and something to look forward to as way to disconnect from our busy lives and the digital world.

Alas, as fun as a camping trip can be, the adventure could get tiresome if not downright frightening if you were forced to camp due to either a short term power disruption or the longer term side effect of a major disaster of calamitous proportions...

Proud of My People

Fayetteville, W. Va., the small town mentioned in this article is about a 90-minute drive from my homestead. Just wanted to share.

Saturday Diary / Thank you, West-by-God-Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

08 July, 2012

Hurricane in the Mountains

Reading the title above may make you think I've finally flipped my lid, and it is certainly not technically accurate, but -- for all intents and purposes -- that's what the recent devastating derecho storm amounted to around my parts.  At the very least, one could argue that the effect was similar.  Of course, this storm was widespread and, as such, affected lots more people than just us ol' hillfolk, but I'll leave it to those foreigners (how we think of the rest of you good folks) to tell their own stories in their own ways.  Sadly, deaths resulted numbering in the double-digits.

My reasoning for comparing it to a hurricane is due to the wind-speeds involved.  A hurricane becomes a hurricane at 74mph.  The derecho sustained winds of that high and much higher throughout, even failing to be slowed significantly by our mountains.  Yeager Airport in Charleston (West Virginia, not South Carolina) clocked it at still blowing at 78mph, and that is one of the lower readings I've seen in a place after the mountains had already slowed it, what little they did.

In the end, West Virginia was arguably the state that was hit the hardest by this storm: 53 out of the state's 55 counties reported damage from the derecho; far in excess of half a million households lost power in the midst of a record heatwave; and, for many people, the juice stayed off for a long time, due to rough, mountainous terrain and scattered, isolated populations.  Entire communities lost water pressure, businesses closed (including gas stations, unable to operate their pumps with no power, and grocery stores).  Our local news featured people from Beckley, WV who had to drive to Princeton, WV (40 minutes or so on the Interstate) and sit in long lines just to buy gasoline.  Generators sold-out to the point where people were driving all the way to North Carolina to buy one.  The American Red Cross, other charities, and government aid folks had to bring in food and water to sustain hundreds of thousands of people; ice had to be trucked-in from as far off as Louisiana.  As I stated in a previous article here on Backwoods Survival Blog, we were very lucky to have lost power here at our little mountain homestead for only one miserable night.  More about that in a bit.  Some less fortunate folks are still without power and water, if you can believe that.  My heart goes out to them.

On a far less dire but inconvenient note, the derecho also forced the evacuation and eventual cancellation (to be rescheduled) of a highly-anticipated local concert when the wind gusts literally moved both the stage and a concrete Jersey Wall weighing in excess of 5,000 pounds!  Needless to say, it was a big deal in these parts.

The first inkling I had that anything unusual was even occurring was a few hours prior when a friend from high-school rattled-off a few quick, cryptic things on Facebook about being stuck with no power in the building where she works in Ohio and it feeling like the building was swaying.  I had it in my head that she was describing an earthquake, but she never responded to my questions (cell towers went down all over the place).  Anyway, I won't bore you by describing the storm itself, other than to say it hit pretty suddenly, was a scary experience, and to report that my pets (2 dogs/4 cats) were sufficiently freaked-out by it as well.

We lost power at around 7pm or so and didn't get it back until the next day; a few hours in the water pressure started to drop and the water itself was murky, so we knew the pumping station and the treatment infrastructure were down.  We're lucky in that there's a clean spring just a short walk up the hill from our homestead (it's runs through our property, but not as close to the house as I'd like), so, other than being a hardship to have to haul it, water is not a huge concern for us.  I've drank from it with no ill effects, but I also keep the means to filter and chemically-treat water if needed in an emergency, so lack of water isn't going to be the death of us.  I've day-dreamed for years about piping water down from the spring into an emergency cistern closer to the house with an overflow that returns the excess right back to the same stream (new water constantly replaces the old, so no stagnating), but I've never gotten around to doing it.  One more thing on the endless list of unfinished future projects.

Another concern that revolves around the need for water is toileting, which I've already been asked about in the Comments section of yesterday's article and subsequently promised to elaborate upon.  Our toilets (and every other drain) are completely gravity-fed and run into the Tug Fork River via terracotta pipes (where the original pipes survive) and PVC (added later during repairs).  I know that probably sounds insane to many of you, but all of these little communities were originally coal camps and that's how it was done.  The bigger towns in the area such as Bluefield, Princeton and (I believe) Welch have modern sewage treatment systems and newer constructions use septic tank systems, but those of us in older rural homes -- quite literally -- still shit in the creek.  Go ahead and laugh.  It's funny.  I forgive you.  ;)

Anyway, the positive thing about having such a FUBAR'd system is that TEOTWAWKI could hit tomorrow and destroy all of civilization and my toilets will still flush as long as we pour water into them, which we can haul fairly easily from our spring... so now who's laughing.  ;)

Needless to say, without electricity, and in a raging storm at 7pm, it got dark rather quickly.  And I mean *DARK*.  As in, no electricity within 20 miles (or further) kind of dark.  Out came the candles, flashlights, and LED rechargeable lanterns (which are always on-charge just in case of such emergencies).  Thank God for giving me the good sense to be a Prepper!

Still, there was the issue of our freezers and refrigerator and of the decreasing water pressure... and the boredom.  OH.  MY.  GOD.  THE.  BOREDOM.  I had a 4kw generator out in the shed, but decided to wait and see how long the juice was out before going through that kind of trouble.  Also, in order to avoid the urge to keep opening the fridge to snack, letting the cold air out; running-down our batteries; as well as the aggravation of hauling water to our toilets in the dark, we went to bed at about 10pm, completely unaware of what was happening in the world outside the little bubble of our homestead.

It was not a pleasant night.

We don't have central air, but I always run a fan to sleep in the summertime, and, without power to run it, it was sweltering.  But, worse than that was the dark.  That also probably sounds crazy, but I found that I had a really hard time relaxing in such complete inky dark.  I spent an inane amount of time opening and closing my eyes, amazed that I literally couldn't tell the difference.  I read somewhere that the fact that our modern world is never truly quiet or completely dark contributes to our poor health, because the human brain uses such signals to know when to release certain neurochemicals, but I had a really hard time adjusting.  I was hypersensitive and hyper-alert all night, set-off by every unusual sound.  I even considered going to get my handgun to sleep with, in case someone tried to take advantage of the blackout.  I didn't sleep a wink until dawn approached and gave a little gloaming light.  It was crazy.

On a hilarious note, my pets did not understand it being so dark either.  They just wandered around the house, growling at each other when they got too close.  One of the cats couldn't see to jump, so she climbed-up onto the bed like it was a tree and fell off twice.  Just walked right off the edge.  I thought cats were supposed to be able to see in the dark, but apparently mine have lived the good life of fat house kitties for too long and have lost their natural instincts or something.

Anyway, as previously-stated, our power returned early the next day, allowing me to loan-out my generator to a cousin and saving us from the indignities of having to haul water or me spending another insane night, lying awake in the pitch black.  Others were not so lucky.  What little time we were without power, though, being a Prepper made it easier to endure; and, had it lasted longer, my preps would have seen us through with the necessities of life indefinitely.

And now, perhaps ironically, another severe thunderstorm is approaching as I finish writing this.  Hopefully, we won't go dark again, but, in the meantime, I'm going to go make sure all the LED lanterns and rechargeable batteries are charging, the candles are easy to locate at need, and fill some jugs and pots with water.  I think I'll be sure my Kindle is charged-up too, to help with the boredom issue.  :)

07 July, 2012

Insane Storms

If you live anywhere other than under a rock, you're already familiar with the insane storms that have battered much of the country recently.  Our little homestead was right in the thick of it, but somehow fared better than many, including -- perhaps ironically -- the unfortunate Director of our state's Department of Homeland Security (whose wrecked home sits minutes from where I now type this).

We just got our internet access back in the last little bit and we're still trying to wade through the considerable backlog of emails, messages, etc., so if you've tried to get in touch with us and couldn't, that's why.  Thanks for the concern of those who tried to reach-out, and apologies to those awaiting responses, their comments to be approved, etc. 

We only lost power for one miserable night, luckily, but the net was out for 8 days -- and, living in a dead signal area, our cell phones are controlled via a little Microcell tower that runs off the high-speed internet... so no net = no cell either.  So, we've been, more or less, completely out of the proverbial loop.

Others are just now getting their lights back on or are still waiting in the dark, so, all-in-all, we were very fortunate.  A few downed trees on our acreage (blissfully, nowhere near the house or outbuildings), a little siding ripped off by the wind's fury, and some minor lifestyle inconveniences were the worst of it for us.  We were even fortunate enough that I was able to loan-out our generator to a family member who was without power and needed it to run his well-pump.

I'll write a more extensive account later RE: how being an emergency preparedness enthusiast (i.e. a Prepper) helped ease our particular experience, but that's the gist of it for now.  Good to be back with you folks!  :)