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31 August, 2012

Threat of Dam Break Forces Mass Evacuation

Water released from Isaac-stressed dam - Yahoo! News: Isaac soaked Louisiana for yet another day and pushed more water into neighborhoods all around the city, flooding homes and forcing last-minute evacuations and rescues. New Orleans itself was spared, thanks in large part to a levee system built after Katrina.

As the storm slogged its way across the state and windy conditions calmed, the extent of some of the damage became clear. Hundreds of homes, perhaps more, were underwater, thousands of people were staying at shelters and half of the state was without power. About 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles, and at least two people were killed.

And the damage may not be done. Officials were releasing water from an Isaac-stressed dam at a lake near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, hoping to ease the pressure...

... evacuations were ordered in a sparsely-populated area as the lake dam threatened to break. Officials in Tangipahoa Parish, La., feared the water would pour into the already swollen river and flood places downstream. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the controlled release should prevent a significant flooding event...

19 People Shot in Overnight Shootings Across Chicago

Comparatively, Chicago has very strict gun control laws.  Does it sound like it's made them safer?  Let me help you: the correct answer is a resounding *NO!*
19 people shot in overnight shootings across Chicago - chicagotribune.com: Nineteen people were shot across the South and West sides from Thursday evening through early Friday morning -- 13 of them wounded over a 30-minute period, authorities say.

The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. That's when eight people, many of them teens, were shot at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m...

Australian Castaway On Island Faces Eviction

David Glasheen: Australian castaway on island faces eviction | Mail Online: A man living alone on an island like Robinson Crusoe for almost 20 years faces eviction from his castaway oasis.

The Australian man has been living on tiny Restoration Island off the north-eastern coast of Australia since 1993 after the former high-flying Sydney businessman lost 6.5 million in the 1987 stock market crash.

Living off crabs and coconuts, and connected to solar-powered internet, David Glasheen has enjoyed a life of private tranquillity his dog Quasi, calling himself ‘the luckiest bloke in the world’.

But the Queensland government is trying to evict the voluntary castaway, in his sixties, after he failed to build a resort on the 1.53ha island, a condition of the lease which allowed him access to the land.

The Queensland Supreme Court recently ruled that the land should be repossessed and that he and his business partners are ‘trespassers’...

Recording Industry Succeeds In Ruining a Kid's Life Over 31 Stupid Songs

Recording Industry Succeeds In Ruining a Kid's Life Over 31 Stupid Songs: Yesterday marked the end of Joel Tenenbaum's court battle with the RIAA over 31 songs he illegally distributed on Kazaa. A federal judge denied his latest appeal, and now he's on the hook for $675,000. That's nearly $22,000 per song, plus some wholesale character assassination that has now been sealed with judge's rubber stamp.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel declined Tenenbaum's last appeal, saying the jury decided correctly last year when it found that Tenenbaum, now 28 but much younger when the lawsuits began, had willfully stolen the songs and that he knew better...

U.S. Taxpayers Bail Out California Homeowners, As Banks Fail To Pay Their Share

US taxpayers bail out California homeowners, as banks fail to pay their share | Fox News: Contrary to what voters were led to believe, California took the unprecedented step this month to give banks and struggling homeowners up to $100,000 in taxpayer funds to reduce underwater mortgages.

Originally, banks and lenders were supposed to pay 50 percent of the cost of reducing the principal for those whose homes are worth less than their mortgage. But when the banks refused, California took the controversial step of paying the entire amount, up to $100,000...

30 August, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Response: ASPCA on the Ground

Hurricane Isaac Response: ASPCA on the Ground | ASPCA Blog: As you know, exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac is devastating Gulf Coast communities. Waist-high flooding has forced thousands to evacuate their homes, and as first responders work to rescue people stranded by the storm, the ASPCA is planning rescue operations for stranded and imperiled animals...

It Is Not Just Your Imagination – American Families ARE Getting Poorer

It Is Not Just Your Imagination – American Families ARE Getting Poorer: Did you know that median household income in the United States is lower today than it was when the last recession supposedly ended?  If we are in the middle of an "economic recovery", how can this possibly be happening?  Stunning new statistics compiled by Sentier Research show that the U.S. economy is not nearly as healthy as we have been led to believe.  According to the study that Sentier Research has just released, median household income in the United States was sitting at $55,470 back in January 2000.  In December 2007, when the recession began, it was sitting at $54,916.  In June 2009, when the recession supposedly ended, it was sitting at $53,508.  Today, it is sitting at $50,964.  This is a long-term trend that is definitely going in the wrong direction.  The fact that median household income in the U.S. is now 4.8 percent lower than it was when the last recession ended is incredibly disturbing, especially since all of the things that we buy on a regular basis just keep going up in price. Food, gas, electricity, car insurance and health insurance all cost a whole lot more today than they did back in the year 2000, and yet median household income has dropped 8.1 percent since that time. So what does all of this mean? It means that American families ARE getting poorer...

40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World - Backdoor Survival: Do you know how to barter? In preparedness circles, the term barter is used lot when describing a post SHTF situation when goods and services may no longer be available through normal channels. According to Wikipedia, ”barter is a method of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money”.

A lot of people think of bartering as something to do when they are down an out, perhaps unemployed, or low on cash. But nothing could be further from the truth. Bartering has been around from eons and is simply a smart way to acquire goods and services under the radar screen...

New Treaty to "oblige America and other countries to throw out privacy, free speech and due process for easier copyright enforcement"

LEAKED! TPP: the Son of ACTA will oblige America and other countries to throw out privacy, free speech and due process for easier copyright enforcement - Boing Boing: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the son of ACTA, a secretive copyright and trade treaty being negotiated by the Pacific Rim nations, including the USA and Canada. As with ACTA, the secretive negotiation process means that the treaty's provisions represent an extremist corporate agenda where due process, privacy and free expression are tossed out the window in favor of streamlined copyright enforcement. If this passes, America will have a trade obligation to implement all the worst stuff in SOPA, and then some...

‘Operation Free Assange’: Anonymous Take Down Interpol Website

‘Operation Free Assange’: Anonymous take down Interpol website — RT: Hactivist group Anonymous claims to have taken down the websites of Interpol and a British police force as part of a campaign calling for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Several Twitter accounts associated with the loose-knit Anonymous collective have announced that the website of International Criminal Police Organization was taken down. The site was unavailable as of 9:18 pm GMT but resumed functioning soon after.

The hackers also claim to have taken down the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a UK police unit responsible for operations against serious and organized crime...

Potential Food Shortages Prompts Emergency Call

Potential food shortages prompts emergency call - Taipei Times: France, the US and G20 president Mexico plan to hold a conference call at the end of this month to discuss whether an emergency international meeting is required to tackle soaring grain prices caused by the worst US drought in half a century.

A French agriculture ministry official said the call would decide whether to convene the first meeting of the G20’s Rapid Response Forum. The body was created last year to promote early discussion among decisionmakers about abnormal market conditions with the aim of avoiding unilateral action...

29 August, 2012

Arctic Ice Melts to Record Low

In climate landmark, Arctic ice melts to record low - Yahoo! News: The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said Monday.

The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will likely melt further with several weeks of summer still to come, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the NASA space agency.

The government-backed ice center, based at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said in a statement that the decline in summer Arctic sea ice "is considered a strong signal of long-term climate warming."

The sea ice fell to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles), some 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) less than the earlier record charted on September 18, 2007, the center said...

The Drought Is So Severe, You Can See Its Toll on the Mississippi From Space

Go to the original link below (as you always should) to see the satellite pics.
The Drought Is So Severe, You Can See Its Toll on the Mississippi From Space | Mother Jones: Last year, the Mississippi River flooded. Major storms combined with melting snow brought the waterway more than 56 feet above river stage in May. The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the floodgates of the Morganza Spillway, deliberately inundating some 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana to spare worse damage in New Orleans and Baton Rouge...

... This year it's an entirely different story. At the end of last month, more than 60 percent of the lower 48 states were in drought, and the might Mississippi was running low. An 11-mile stretch of river has been closed on and off since August 11, and earlier this week nearly 100 boats lined up near Greenville, Mississippi, waiting to pass. Water levels near Memphis are ranging from 2.4 to 8.3 feet below river stage, compared with 11.7 feet above at this time last year. To make matters worse, the floods of last year deposited huge amounts of sediment on the river bed, reconfiguring the existing channels...

How Facebook Design Is Tricking You Into Sharing Info

How Facebook Design Is Tricking You Into Sharing Info: You already know that Facebook and privacy don't really get along, but many "improvements" to the service are making it easier and easier to share everything without even knowing. Avi Charkham rounded a bunch of these tricks up over at TechCrunch, and they're as subtle as they are sketchy...

Pitchfork Protest Farmer Confronts Government Corruption and Retribution

Articles: Pitchfork Protest Farmer Confronts Government Corruption and Retribution: ... Fauquier County, Virginia attempted to fine farmer Martha Boneta for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a special events permit. She was also fined for selling her farm produce without a special administrative permit, even though she had a business license that allowed those sales...

... Martha the farmer lost her appeal before the county's Board of Zoning Appeals. What has not been reported is that Fauquier County, without explanation, refused to renew her business license just days before her appeal hearing. She has been forced to shut down her small farm store where she sells organic vegetables, fiber, and feather products from her farm animals (she has over 160, most of which are rescued), as well as beeswax candles, goats milk soaps, and other products from her farming activities...

28 August, 2012

The Nanny State Will Take Your Children If You're Not Careful

With the youngins returning to school, I thought now would be a good time to once again highlight this particular bit of idiocy being perpetrated in my home state.  The following pic was scanned from a document that came home yesterday with the child of a friend:

Here's a PDF link to the actual policy: http://boe.merc.k12.wv.us/policy51/J-10.pdf

And here it is making some waves in the local news around these parts.  Be sure to pay special attention to the part where it says, "... A little more than 10 percent of the status offender students were removed from their homes and sent to a detention center that has a school on its grounds..."

People think I'm a crazy Tea Partier who hates the government because I post news articles and write blog posts calling for an end to this kind of B.S., but they're wrong (though I admit I did like the Teaparty in the early days, before it became co-opted).  The truth is that there's nothing wrong with responsible government, but this kind of over-reaching into people's lives is the natural progression of *TOO MUCH* government.  Of course, parents need to take getting their kids into school seriously, but removing children from the home and placing them into a state-run facility is both a recipe for breeding institutionalized, maladjusted future criminals *AND* is, frankly, something that would've been more at home in Stalinist Russia than in the USA.  If I had kids, this would officially signal the end of their academic careers in the public education system.

More Than Half Of All Americans Are At Least Partially Dependent On The Government

More Than Half Of All Americans Are At Least Partially Dependent On The Government: A very large segment of the population has figured out that it can use voting as a tool to get more money and benefits from the government, and that is a very dangerous thing. Once upon a time, the free market was the one that distributed nearly all the wealth in our system. But now the federal government has become a giant deluded "Santa Claus" that distributes goodies to the American people far beyond its actual capacity to do so. In fact, we are borrowing trillions of dollars that we do not have so that our politicians can continue to buy votes with handouts. Look, we will always need a safety net. We don't want anyone in America starving to death or sleeping in the street. However, our current system has gotten completely and totally out of control...

Forsaken And Forgotten

Forsaken And Forgotten: America is becoming a very cold place. If you don't have money, you don't really matter much in our society. The ads on television aren't for you - they are directed at people that actually have good jobs and that can afford to buy the nice little "extras" in life. The politicians aren't really interested in you either - they figure that they can buy your vote with all of the money that they are getting from the wealthy people. When you don't have money, even friends and relatives start to distance themselves from you. Perhaps they are afraid that you will ask them for money or perhaps they are afraid that your "failure" will start to rub off on them. When people know that you are struggling for money, the barriers immediately go up. In the United States today, there are tens of millions of people that have been forsaken and forgotten. They mostly stay at home (if they still have a home), and for most of them quiet desperation has become a way of life. You won't ever read much about them or see them appear much on television because nobody really cares too much about them. As far as society is concerned, there are just way too many of them and they are a problem that "the government" should be able to handle anyway. Sadly, the truth is that many communities all across America want absolutely nothing to do with those that can't take care of themselves. All over the country cities are passing laws making it illegal to feed the homeless, and in other instances cities are actually making it illegal to be homeless. Unfortunately, this problem is not going away. In fact, the number of Americans living in poverty increases with each passing day. So where do we go from here?...

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America: The financial meltdown has unleashed a latent and emergent social crisis across the United States.

What is at stake is the fraudulent confiscation of lifelong savings and pension funds, the appropriation of tax revenues to finance the trillion dollar "bank bailouts", which ultimately serve to line the pockets of the richest people in America.

This economic crisis is in large part the result of financial manipulation and outright fraud to the detriment of entire populations, leading to a renewed wave of corporate bankruptcies, mass unemployment and poverty.

The criminalization of the global financial system, characterized by a "Shadow Banking" network has resulted in the centralization of bank power and an unprecedented concentration of private wealth...

‘Zero Inflation’ In The United States = Hyperinflation Warning?

‘Zero Inflation’ In The United States = Hyperinflation Warning? | ETF DAILY NEWS: It’s impossible to cover developments in the global economy, and the reporting of those developments without feeling a lot like Alice in Wonderland – surrounded by legions of “Mad Hatters”. This is especially true when covering the realm of anti-logic known as the U.S. economy.

We’re told that the U.S. economy has been experiencing an “economic recovery” for the past 3 years – led by manufacturing growth – while its energy consumption has plummeted so fast that the world’s great Energy Glutton is now a “net-energy exporter.”

We watch reports of U.S. home-builders starting construction on roughly twice as many homes as they sell, month after month, year after year – and then the media Mad Hatters tell us that the inventories of unsold new homes have been plummeting downward all this time...

Stratfor Emails Reveal Secret, Widespread TrapWire Surveillance System

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system — RT: Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire...

27 August, 2012

Md. High School Shooting

Student shot at Md. high school; suspect held - Yahoo! News: A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes Monday at a Baltimore County high school, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said.

Investigators do not believe the victim, a 17-year-old male, was targeted by the shooter, a 15-year-old who is also a student at Perry Hall High School, Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said. The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after the shooting and was cooperating with investigators, police said. Police took the weapon, although they did not say what kind of gun it was.

Johnson said at about 10:45 a.m., a student walked into the cafeteria and pulled out a gun. He fired one shot before being grabbed by teachers, and then another shot went off as teachers grabbed him, Johnson said.

Johnson said the shooter acted alone. He did not answer numerous questions from reporters about a motive...

8 Economic Threats That We Were Not Even Talking About At The Beginning Of The Summer

8 Economic Threats That We Were Not Even Talking About At The Beginning Of The Summer: In the crazy times in which we live, it helps to expect the unexpected. Sometimes you can think that you have it all figured out and then this world can throw a real curveball at you. Very few people anticipated that we would see a massive outbreak of the West Nile Virus in Texas this year or that the Mississippi River would be in danger of drying up after experiencing historic flooding last year. Who would have thought that we would see the worst drought in more than 50 years or that horrific wildfires would burn nearly 7 million acres of land? This is why economic conditions are always so hard to predict. A single "black swan event" can come along and change everything almost overnight. Our world has become incredibly unstable, and so who really knows what the rest of 2012 will bring? Will we see a stock market crash? Will the hurricane season be unusually bad? Will war erupt in the Middle East? Will we see a major earthquake on the west coast or even a volcanic eruption? Will the upcoming election cause an eruption of anger and frustration in America? We don't know the answers to those questions yet, and the truth is that we will probably see some things happen that very few of us are anticipating at this point...

It May Be Dangerous To Protest

This post might be a little tinfoil hat-like, but it's worth giving it a moment of consideration in today's climate.

Army Manual Outlines Plan To Kill Rioters, Demonstrators In America : “A newly leaked US Army Military Police training manual for “Civil Disturbance Operations” outlines how military assets are to be used domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans on U.S. soil during mass civil unrest.”

And, perhaps (but hopefully not) related:

DHS to purchase another 750 million rounds of ammo : “Fears that federal authorities are preparing for mass civil unrest have increased after it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security is planning to buy a further 750 million rounds of ammo in addition to the 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets already purchased earlier this year.”

North Korea Completes Key Step in Reactor Construction

News from The Associated Press: A new satellite image shows North Korea has completed a key step in the construction of a light-water reactor at its main nuclear complex, though it may take several more years before it is fully operational, an analyst said Tuesday...

It’s “Worth Nuclear War” To Save The U.S. Dollar

It’s “Worth Nuclear War” To Save The U.S. Dollar | Market Daily News: “Both parties are driven by the neoconservatives (“neocons”) who believe that American hegemony over the world is worth nuclear war to accomplish,” states former Asst. Secretary of Treasury and Reagonics architect Paul Craig Roberts in his latest blog post of Aug. 20.

In his post, titled, Amerika’s Future is Death, the 73-year-old former Washington elite-turned-willful-outcast warns readers of fantastic tales circulating American culture, which are meant to serve as an explanation for the economic and social chaos swirling violently within the U.S., including talk of secret Bilderberg meetings, covert plans for a New World Order, and accusations of a crazy cabal of neocons hellbent on sparking a full-blown WWIII.

The tale continues with an endgame scenario to secure complete U.S. hegemony with an attack upon Iran, completing a decades-long neocon plan to manhandle the freedom genie back into the bottle...

What Are the Limits of Human Survival?

What Are the Limits of Human Survival? - Yahoo! News: One hears epic accounts of people surviving bullets to the brain, 10-story freefalls or months stranded at sea. But put a human anywhere in the known universe except for the thin shell of space that extends a couple of miles above or below sea level on Earth, and we perish within minutes. As strong and resilient as the human body seems in some situations, considered in the context of the cosmos as a whole, it's unnervingly fragile.

Many of the boundaries within which a typical human can survive have been fully established; the well-known "rule of threes" dictates how long we can forgo air, water and food (roughly three minutes, three days and three weeks, respectively). Other limits are more speculative, because people have seldom, if ever, tested them. For example, how long can you stay awake before you die? How high in altitude can you climb before suffocating? How much acceleration can your body withstand before it rips apart?...

26 August, 2012

Scientists Successfully ‘Hack’ Brain To Obtain Private Data

Scientists Successfully ‘Hack’ Brain To Obtain Private Data - CBS Seattle: It sounds like something out of the movie “Johnny Mnemonic,” but scientists have successfully been able to “hack” a brain with a device that’s easily available on the open market.

Researchers from the University of California and University of Oxford in Geneva figured out a way to pluck sensitive information from a person’s head, such as pin numbers and bank information.

The scientists took an off-the-shelf Emotiv brain-computer interface, a device that costs around $299, which allows users to interact with their computers by thought...

Tropical Storm Isaac On Track For New Orleans -- Could Cause Hurricane Katrina Like Problems

Tropical Storm Isaac on track to for New Orleans could cause Hurricane Katrina like problems | Latest American News: Hurricane Isaac appears to be on track to make landfall somewhere near the Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Isaac is currently churning over south Florida and is expected to gain strength as it spins over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The entire Gulf Coast from New Orleans, LA to Panama City, FL should be aware of the latest forecast model guidance.

The storm is expected to be between a Category 2 to 3 Hurricane by the time it arrives on the Gulf Coast states in the morning of Wednesday August 29th.

The storms track is eerily similar to path that Hurricane Katrina followed on August 29th 2005.

Because of the Offshore drilling in Gulf American gas prices could be affected similarly to the way that Katrina affected the market in 2005.

Quake 'swarm' shakes Southern California

Quake 'swarm' shakes Southern California - CNN.com: "A swarm" of several hundred earthquakes, the strongest measuring a 5.5 magnitude, were centered east of San Diego near California's border with Mexico on Sunday afternoon, seismologists said.

Sunday's shaking in Southern California's Imperial Valley was the most activity recorded there since the 1970s, according to U.S. Geological Survey...

25 August, 2012

The Truth About Politics

I have a real suspicion (and one that saddens me) that the real reason the Left- and Right-wings in this country can never seem to come together and devise compromises on polarizing issues like abortion, etc. is by design.  The Wingnuts on both sides spend millions to shout-down the sensible, thinking moderate Centrist minority with hyperbole, the sole purpose of which is to entice the public to "feel" rather than "think" and to thereby assume ideological political stances that are based predominantly on passion rather than intellect.  And it's all because, whenever that happens, phones start ringing and donations start pouring in to both sides respectively; and those donations are how both Parties fund their operations.  These issues still polarize us as a people because they *WANT* us to remain polarized and angry and to keep expressing that anger in the most pansy-ass, ineffectual, and easy  way possible (because, God forbid, we miss an episode of watching washed-up TV personalities and sports celebrities dance): with our pocket-books.

Earthquake Precautions for Your Home Canned Goods

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11-Mile Stretch of Mississippi River Closed

11-Mile Stretch of Mississippi River Closed | NewsFeed | TIME.com: ... The Mississippi River from Illinois to Louisiana has seen water levels plummet due to drought conditions in the past three months. Near Memphis, the river level was more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year.

Maintaining the navigation channel is essential to keeping vessels from colliding or running aground. Thousands of tons of material are shipped on the river each day.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using dredges to dig out sand and ensure the navigation channel is deep enough for barges loaded with coal, steel, agricultural products and other goods. The corps is required to provide a minimum navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide on the lower Mississippi River.

Shippers who move material up and down the river on a daily basis have complained that the shallow river is forcing them to lighten the loads on their barges to avoid hitting bottom. Lighter loads mean less revenue for the shippers, who still have to deal with costs such as labor and fuel...

Netanyahu 'determined to attack Iran' before US elections, claims Israel's Channel 10

Netanyahu 'determined to attack Iran' before US elections, claims Israel's Channel 10 | The Times of Israel: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive.

The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”

Asked by the news anchor in the Hebrew-language TV report how close Israel now was to “a decision and perhaps an attack,” Ben-David said: “It appears that we are closer than ever.”

He said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with US President Barack Obama, after the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month...

California: The Road Warrior Is Here

Works and Days - California: The Road Warrior Is Here: George Miller’s 1981 post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who could best scrounge together the artifacts of a long gone society somewhat resembling the present West...

24 August, 2012

West Nile Virus Spreading Faster

West Nile virus spreads faster – USATODAY.com: West Nile virus is spreading faster than it has in years, and the pace of the mosquito-borne disease is getting worse, health officials report.

States are reporting more cases than usual, says Marc Fischer, a specialist in mosquito-borne diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fort Collins, Colo. "There's been a lot of mosquito activity in most states" this year, Fischer says...

22 Stats That Show How The Emerging One World Economy Is Absolutely Killing American Workers

22 Stats That Show How The Emerging One World Economy Is Absolutely Killing American Workers: For decades our politicians have promised us that the "free trade" agenda would bring us greater prosperity than ever before. They insisted that merging our economy into the emerging one world economy would cause millions upon millions of new jobs to be added to the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, it was all a giant lie. Trading with other countries is not a bad thing as long as the level of trade is fairly equal on both sides. When trade becomes very unequal, the consequences can be absolutely catastrophic. Since 1975, the United States has bought more than 8 trillion dollars more stuff from the rest of the world than they have bought from us. We are the only economy on earth that could have had 8 trillion dollars drained out of it and still be standing. Instead of leaving the country, those 8 trillion dollars could have gone to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers. If we could go back and have a "do over", how much more prosperous would we be today if we had kept that 8 trillion dollars inside the country?...

DIY Solar

Here's a cool DIY Solar site I ran across earlier.

2012 Gas Prices Head for Record Highs

2012 gas prices head for record highs | Livingston Daily | livingstondaily.com: Gasoline prices are up sharply in the past month on surging crude oil costs and refinery woes, and now are likely to make 2012 the most costliest year ever at the pump.

Nationally, gasoline averages $3.70 a gallon — up 30 cents since mid-July — and is now higher than year-ago levels in 39 states. Prices are likely to continue climbing through August, with little relief until after Labor Day...

U.N. Calls on Nations to Adopt Drought Policies

U.N. Calls on Nations to Adopt Drought Policies | World | TIME.com: The world urgently need to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.

The World Meteorological Organization says the U.S. drought and its ripple effects on global food markets show the need for policies with more water conservation and less consumption. It is summoning ministers and other high-level officials to a March meeting in Geneva where it will call for systematic measures toward less water consumption and more conservation...

Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies'

Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies' - Yahoo! News Canada: Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species.

Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said...

23 August, 2012

Report: GOP Convention Surveillance Includes 'Behavior Recognition' Software'

Creepy... :/
Report: GOP Convention Surveillance Includes 'Behavior Recognition' Software | CNSNews.com: Police in Tampa, Fla., reportedly will use behavior recognition software as part of their video surveillance of the Republican National Convention and the surrounding area on Aug. 27-30.

According to Government Security News, which covers homeland security and IT issues, the behavioral recognition software from BRS Labs will be deployed in video cameras anywhere from a few block to a few miles around the convention sites...

Economic Collapse is Inevitable, Here’s Why...

Economic collapse is inevitable, here’s why… | CrisisHQ.com: America is quickly approaching a catastrophic economic collapse. Before you dismiss this as hype or paranoia, take a few minutes to review the facts outlined on this page. The numbers don’t lie. At this point, the dollar crash is unavoidable… far from an exaggeration this is a mathematical certainty. As repelling as that sounds, it’s in your own best interest to learn just how bad the situation is.

According to the talking heads of mainstream press the economy is slowly recovering and the financial crisis is all but behind us, but we need a reality check. It’s time to stop being naive and start being more discerning. Instead of more false hope, we need the truth as bitter as it might sound… and the truth is, from our local municipalities, to our states to our federal government, we are broke… the truth is we can’t payback our debt without getting into even more debt… the truth is the housing crash of 2008 was just a small preview of what’s to come...

Get Ready For Another Food Crisis

Get ready for another food crisis - Yahoo! Finance: ... It was just four years ago that the world found itself facing a food crisis. If you are reading this article, you may very well not remember the food crisis of 2007-2008... But in many poorer countries, the spikes in the cost of basic food staples were enough to cause riots and social unrest, not to mention hardship and misery on those struggling to put bread on the tables. Readers may recall the infamous "Tortilla Riots" in Mexico City, which brought more the 70,000 people to the streets.

The causes of the food crisis were varied. Weather conditions were a factor. And taking a long-term macro view, rising incomes in China and other developing countries have led to higher-protein diets (i.e. more meat), which in turn means more demand for grains to be used for animal feed...

Climate Change Puts Atlantic Coastline in Cross Hairs

Climate change puts Atlantic coastline in cross hairs – USATODAY.com: Inch by inch along parts of the Atlantic Coast, global climate change is running in what scientists warn is geology's version of fast-forward — swamping and eroding beaches, wetlands and farm fields.

Shorelines from North Carolina to Boston are in a 'hotspot' for sea-level rise and will see water levels rise at double the rate of most places on the planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The doubling is largely because of a geologic double whammy.

The treasured lifestyle of residents along the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic could significantly change by the time this year's high school graduates retire, scientists say...

Many Well Users Find Their Faucets Are Running Dry

News from The Associated Press: After months of record-breaking heat and drought, many rural Americans who rely on wells for water are getting an unwelcome surprise when they turn on their faucets: The tap has run dry...

Jacob Rothschild, John Paulson And George Soros Are All Betting That Financial Disaster Is Coming

Jacob Rothschild, John Paulson And George Soros Are All Betting That Financial Disaster Is Coming: Are you willing to bet against three of the wealthiest men in the entire world? Jacob Rothschild recently bet approximately 200 million dollars that the euro will go down. Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson made somewhere around 20 billion dollars betting against the U.S. housing market during the last financial crisis, and now he has made huge bets that the euro will go down and that the price of gold will go up... George Soros put approximately 130 million more dollars into gold last quarter. So will the euro plummet like a rock? Will the price of gold absolutely soar? Well, if a massive financial disaster does occur both of those two things are likely to happen. The European economy is becoming more unstable with each passing day, and investors all over the globe are looking for safe places to put their money. The mainstream media keeps telling us that everything is going to be okay, but the global elite are sending us a much, much different message by their actions. Certainly Rothschild, Paulson and Soros know about things happening in the financial world that the rest of us don't. The fact that they are all behaving in a consistent manner right now should be alarming for all of us...

22 August, 2012

Sikh Leaders, Jackson Call For Ban On Assault Weapons

This is a great example of why Jesse Jackson is a scumbag. Using a tragedy as the backdrop for political grandstanding is despicable.
Local Sikh leaders, Jackson call for ban on assault weapons - Chicago Sun-Times: Local Sikh leaders horrified by the recent killings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday to call for a ban on assault weapons.

Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran described as a white supremacist, killed six and wounded four, including a police officer, on Aug. 5 at the temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

Page used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and not an assault weapon. Still, Chicago-area Sikhs have agreed to Jackson’s request to march in support of a return to a ban on assault weapons...

Startling Evidence That Central Banks And Wall Street Insiders Are Rapidly Preparing For Something BIG

Startling Evidence That Central Banks And Wall Street Insiders Are Rapidly Preparing For Something BIG: If you want to figure out what is going to happen next in the financial markets, carefully watch what the insiders are doing. Those that are "connected" have access to far better sources of information than the rest of us have, and if they hear that something big is coming up they will often make very significant moves with their money in anticipation of what is about to happen. Right now, Wall Street insiders and central banks all around the globe are making some very unusual moves. In fact, they appear to be rapidly preparing for something really big. So exactly what are they up to?...

Pedal Power

I recently ran across this informative site on pedal power generation that I thought readers of my blog might find of interest.

Assemble a Canning Kit

Assemble a Canning Kit - YouTube

5 Ways to Drought-Proof Your Grocery Budget

Linda Watson: 5 Ways to Drought-Proof Your Grocery Budget: Food prices are already going up as a result of the terrible drought in the Midwest. Withered corn and soy crops will likely boost the cost of meat, soft drinks, fast food, and processed food more next year. These foods rely on corn and soy, which are usually cheap because they are so productive and because of heavy government subsidies...

17 August, 2012

The Mississippi River Is Drying Up

The Mississippi River Is Drying Up: The worst drought in more than 50 years is having a devastating impact on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if it keeps on dropping there is a very real possibility that all river traffic could get shut down. And considering the fact that approximately 60 percent of our grain, 22 percent of our oil and natural gas, and and one-fifth of our coal travel down the Mississippi River, that would be absolutely crippling for our economy. It has been estimated that if all Mississippi River traffic was stopped that it would cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars a day. So far most of the media coverage of this historic drought has focused on the impact that it is having on farmers and ranchers, but the health of the Mississippi River is also absolutely crucial to the economic success of this nation, and right now the Mississippi is in incredibly bad shape. In some areas the river is already 20 feet below normal and the water is expected to continue to drop. If we have another 12 months of weather ahead of us similar to what we have seen over the last 12 months then the mighty Mississippi is going to be a complete and total disaster zone by this time next year...

U.S. Super Soldiers Of The Future Will Be Genetically Modified Transhumans Capable Of Superhuman Feats

U.S. Super Soldiers Of The Future Will Be Genetically Modified Transhumans Capable Of Superhuman Feats: The future of war is going to look really, really weird.  The "super soldier" research that DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is working on right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before.  If DARPA is successful, and if the American people don't object, the soldiers of the future will be genetically modified transhumans capable of superhuman feats.  Do you want a soldier that can run faster than Usain Bolt?  DARPA is working on that.  Do you want a soldier that won't need food or sleep for days?  DARPA is working on that?  Do you want a soldier that can regrow lost limbs?  DARPA is working on that.  Do you want a soldier that can outlift Olympic weightlifters and that can communicate telepathically?  DARPA is working on that.  Americans flock to movies about superheroes and mutants, and soon they may actually have real life "superheroes" and "mutants" fighting their wars for them.  But at what cost?...

EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride

EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride | Fox News: For decades, fluoride has been marketed and heralded as essential for good dental hygiene and used in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. In addition, parents have been routinely encouraged to give their kids cavity-fighting fluoride treatments when they visit the dentist.

Beginning in the late 1940s, aided by mass industry lead lobbying campaigns, the government encouraged municipal water authorities to add fluoride to their community’s drinking water. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population ingests fluoride through their community drinking water today and they want this percentage to continue to climb. This is in stark contrast to other developed European nations were fluoride is rarely added to drinking water...

... The “experts” and the government told us fluoride would strengthen tooth enamel, help prevent tooth decay and is, of course, perfectly safe...

... But that was then and this is now.

In a surprising reversal, last month EPA’s announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemical’s possible deleterious effects to children’s health...

You Will Not Believe What Some People Are Willing To Do For A Paycheck These Days

You Will Not Believe What Some People Are Willing To Do For A Paycheck These Days: It is absolutely amazing what some people will do to make a living in this economy. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and we have not seen this kind of desperation for jobs in America since the Great Depression of the 1930s. What some people are willing to put up with just to bring home a paycheck these days will totally shock you. For example, would you slaughter dogs all day long even though you are really a dog lover? Would you personally train your replacement from China even though you knew he was about to take your job? Would you trade sex for a job? There are people out there actually doing all these things and worse. Every night in America, millions upon millions of people roll around endlessly in their beds and stare at their ceilings for hours because they can't sleep. They are sick to their stomachs because their money is gone and nobody will hire them. They can't provide even the basics for their families and they feel worthless. Unemployment can be absolutely soul crushing and it can suck the life right out of you. Things were supposed to be better by now, but they aren't...

16 August, 2012

3 Confirmed Swine Flu Cases in W.Va.

DHHR says 3 confirmed swine flu cases in W.Va. � Latest Updates � Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV: Three swine flu cases have been confirmed in West Virginia.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources says all three cases were found in Mason County. The cases have been linked to attendance at the Gallia County Fair in Ohio where swine were present.

WOWK-TV says the DHHR announced the cases Thursday.

The department says people attending fairs should wash their hands frequently. People with health issues should avoid contact swine at fairs.

Are The Government And The Big Banks Quietly Preparing For An Imminent Financial Collapse?

Are The Government And The Big Banks Quietly Preparing For An Imminent Financial Collapse?: Something really strange appears to be happening. All over the globe, governments and big banks are acting as if they are anticipating an imminent financial collapse. Unfortunately, we are not privy to the quiet conversations that are taking place in corporate boardrooms and in the halls of power in places such as Washington D.C. and London, so all we can do is try to make sense of all the clues that are all around us. Of course it is completely possible to misinterpret these clues, but sticking our heads in the sand is not going to do any good either. Last week, it was revealed that the U.S. government has been secretly directing five of the biggest banks in America "to develop plans for staving off collapse" for the last two years. By itself, that wouldn't be that big of a deal. But when you add that piece to the dozens of other clues of imminent financial collapse, a very troubling picture begins to emerge...

40 Points That Prove That Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate

40 Points That Prove That Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate: What a depressing choice the American people are being presented with this year. We are at a point in our history where we desperately need a change of direction in the White House, and we are guaranteed that we are not going to get it... instead of giving us a clear choice, the Republicans nominated the Republican that was running that was most similar to Barack Obama. In fact, I don't think we have ever had two candidates for president that are so similar. Yes, there are a few minor differences between them, but the truth is that we are heading into Obama's second term no matter which one of them gets elected. The mainstream media makes it sound like Obama and Romney are bitter ideological rivals but that is a giant lie. Yeah, they are slinging lots of mud at each other, but they both play for the same team and the losers are going to be the American people.

Republicans are being told that they have "no choice" but to vote for Romney because otherwise they will get another four years of Obama.

This "lesser of two evils" theme comes out every four years. We are told that we "must" vote for a horrible candidate because the other guy is even worse.

Well, millions of Americans are getting sick of this routine. Perhaps that is why it is being projected that as many as 90 million Americans of voting age will not vote this year...

The Sobering Reality Of What Life Is Like In Reno, Nevada

The Sobering Reality Of What Life Is Like In Reno, Nevada: What do you do when the city where you live is dying? All over the United States formerly great cities are crumbling, but some are definitely in worse shape than others. One reader recently wrote to me about what she sees happening all around her in Reno, Nevada. The unemployment rate in Reno is now up to 11.7 percent, which is well above the national average of 8.3 percent. But that doesn't tell the whole story. The recent recession hit Nevada particularly hard and people have been moving out of the state in waves. In fact, the labor force in Nevada has shrunk by close to 20 percent over the past year as workers have moved elsewhere in search of work. But even though the labor force is now nearly 20 percent smaller, the unemployment rate is still well above 11 percent. There simply are not enough jobs in large Nevada cities such as Reno and Las Vegas. Unfortunately for Reno, it does not have the same kind of big corporate money pouring into it that Las Vegas does...

15 August, 2012

11 Things That Can Happen When You Allow Your Country To Become Enslaved To The Bankers

11 Things That Can Happen When You Allow Your Country To Become Enslaved To The Bankers: Why are Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and so many other countries experiencing depression-like conditions right now? It is because they have too much debt. Why do they have too much debt? It is because they allowed themselves to become enslaved to the bankers. Borrowing money from the bankers can allow a nation to have a higher standard of living in the short-term, but it always results in a lower standard of living in the long-term. Why is that? It is because you always have to pay back more money than you borrowed. And when you get to the point of having a debt to GDP ratio in excess of 100%, you are basically drowning in debt. Huge amounts of money that could be going to providing essential services and stimulating your economy are now going to service your horrific debt. Today, citizens in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy are experiencing a standard of living far below what they should be because the bankers have trapped them in endless debt spirals. Sadly, the vast majority of the people living in those countries have absolutely no idea what is at the root cause of their problems...

More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare: There are more Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government. Many are enrolled in more than one. That is about a third of the entire population of the country. Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare. Today the federal government runs almost 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years. Yes, we will always need a "safety net" for those that cannot take care of themselves, but it is absolutely ridiculous that the federal government is financially supporting one-third of all Americans. How much farther do things really need to go before we finally admit that we have become a socialist nation? At the rate we are going, it will not be too long before half the nation is on welfare. Unfortunately, we will likely never get to that point because the gigantic debt that we are currently running up will probably destroy our financial system before that ever happens...

How an Economist Converted to the Austrian School

How an Economist Converted to the Austrian School - YouTube

Court Grants Feds Warrantless Access to Utility Records

Court Grants Feds Warrantless Access to Utility Records | Threat Level | Wired.com: Utilities must hand over customer records — which include credit card numbers, phone numbers and power consumption data — to the authorities without court warrants if drug agents believe they are “relevant” to an investigation, a federal appeals court says.

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 allows the authorities to make demands for that data in the form of an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight. In this instance, the Drug Enforcement Administration sought the records of three Golden Valley Electric Association customers in Fairbanks, Alaska suspected of growing marijuana indoors.

“The information subpoenaed does not need to be relevant to a crime; in fact, it may be used to dissipate any suspicion of a crime,” Judge William Fletcher wrote for the unanimous, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “The information subpoenaed need only be relevant to an agency investigation. Energy consumption records can be relevant to an investigation into a suspected drug crime.”

The decision appears to be an end-run around the Supreme Court’s 2001 ruling...

13 August, 2012

19 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...

Study: The ‘Gateway Drug’ is Alcohol, Not Marijuana

Study: The ‘Gateway Drug’ is Alcohol, Not Marijuana: A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

Using a nationally representative sample from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, the study blasts holes in drug war orthodoxy wide enough to drive a truck through, definitively proving that marijuana use is not the primary indicator of whether a person will move on to more dangerous substances...

11 August, 2012

Paul Ryan Tapped As Republican V.P. Pick

Okay, a few words about Mitt's V.P. pick Paul Ryan.  He's a firebrand for the Right on both social and economic issues (he speaks to me on this front mostly), while simaltaneously being a lightning rod for attacks from the Left.  That makes him a bit of a risky, bold pick; big risk = big return.  Socially, he is against abortion and marriage equality and for the banning of same-sex adoption in D.C. -- this is expected.  If you were expecting a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage guy to end up on the Republican ticket, you were living in a dream world.  The Republican base nearly crucified their own candidate in 2008 for supporting abortion only in cases of rape, incest, and a threat to the mother's life.  Paul Ryan *DID* buck his Party by backing a gay and lesbian anti-discrimination law, however, so folks should keep that in mind. 

He's also going to be attacked on entitlements.  The Left is going to burn him as someone who's trying to essentially kill Medicare, which is only partially true.  What his budget plan called-for was converting Medicare into a voucher program, creating a system that has quite a bit in common with Obamacare.  A very simplified explanation would be to say it would force private insurers to accept seniors and the disabled, even with pre-existing conditions, and the Fed gov would help them pay for it.  Traditional Medicare would still exist and be available (you'd have to take whichever plan was cheaper in your area), and nothing would change for people already in the Medicare system (something the Left, especially the Super PACs, will downplay so that they can scare seniors in Florida and elsewhere into voting the other way).  The upside is his plan fixes the deficit within 2 decades.  Also, if you're a young person who actually thinks Medicare as it is now is still going to exist when it's time for you to retire, you're back in that dream world.  Even Obamacare cuts extra frills, such as health club memberships, from Medicare Advantage plans.  Cost-cutting is unavoidable.

As for me, I'm still undecided, but some of the major problems people seem to have with Ryan are either things they should've expected going in or things that aren't deal-breakers for me and most other Conservatives, even those of us who are closer to the Center.  My major concerns right now, right off the top of my head, is that he has no foreign policy experience and has never run a state-wide, much less national, campaign.  I also need to do more research as to where he is on tax-cuts for the rich, but I am encouraged that he's in favor of simplifying our absurd tax-code.

The next 80+ days should be pretty interesting.

09 August, 2012

Completely Surrounded By Psychopaths And Sociopaths As We Approach The Edge Of Societal Collapse

Completely Surrounded By Psychopaths And Sociopaths As We Approach The Edge Of Societal Collapse: Do you remember when America was a place where you could attend a public gathering without having to worry if a sociopath was going to set off a bomb or start wildly shooting people? Do you remember when America was a place where you could walk down the street without having to worry that a vicious pack of teens might attack you for no reason whatsoever? Do you remember when America was a place where you could leave your car unlocked, your house unlocked and your garage open without having to worry about thieves? Well, only old timers are likely to remember a time when you could leave your front door unlocked, but it was once like that in America. Over the past 50 years America has fundamentally changed. Once upon a time you could trust just about everybody, but these days it is difficult to find anyone that you can truly trust. We are literally surrounded by psychopaths and sociopaths as we approach the edge of societal collapse. The truly frightening thing is that we are watching society break down rapidly even though economic conditions are still relatively good. If this is how bad things are right now, what are they going to look like after the economy collapses and people become really desperate?...

14 Questions People Ask About How To Prepare For The Collapse Of The Economy

14 Questions People Ask About How To Prepare For The Collapse Of The Economy: How in the world is someone supposed to actually prepare for an economic collapse? What should you do with your money? How can you make sure that your family is going to be okay? How can you prepare if your resources are extremely limited? These are the kinds of questions people ask me all the time. Once people understand that the economy has been collapsing and will continue to collapse, then the next step for most of them is that they want to get prepared for the storm that is coming. So where should someone get started? Well, the truth is that no two people are facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look different for each individual. But there are certain core principles that we can all benefit from. For example, when a financial storm is coming that is not the time to be blowing thousands of dollars on vacations and new toys. You would be surprised at how many people there are that claim that they have no extra money in their budgets and yet somehow have plenty of money to run down to Wal-Mart and buy a big stack of DVDs. When times are difficult, each hard-earned dollar becomes much more precious, and we all need to start getting into the habit of making the most out of our limited resources. The seemingly endless prosperity that we have all been enjoying for decades is coming to an end, and most of us have absolutely no experience on how to deal with truly hard times. If you are under the age of 60, it might be a really good idea to read a book or two on what conditions were like during the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a lot that we can learn from our own history...

65 Year Old Woman With A Gun Chases Off 5 Armed Robbers

65 Year Old Woman With A Gun Chases Off 5 Armed Robbers: In Garden Grove, California the other day, a 65 year old woman with a gun chased 5 armed criminals out of her jewelry store. The video of this amazing incident [posted at link] is quite funny, but it also demonstrates a very serious point. The streets of many of our largest cities are slowly but surely being transformed into a living hell as our society rots from the inside out. The criminals are always going to have plenty of guns. If we have no way to defend ourselves, then many of us will be at the mercy of the criminals. For example, imagine what would have happened if those 5 armed robbers had invaded her home at night? Without a gun, what could that 65 year old woman have done? The best she could hope for is that the criminals would take whatever they wanted and would not do any violence to her or to her family. Of course the police would show up later and "take a report", but the police would not be able to undo any of the damage that the crooks had already done. This is especially true when it comes to violence against women. You can always replace your possessions, but you can never undo a sexual assault or a rape. America is being absolutely overrun by psychos these days, and if you don't have a gun how in the world are you going to keep a pack of criminals from having their way with you or with members of your family? I realize that is a very disturbing thing to think about, but these are dark times that we are living in. As society continues to fall apart we are going to see home invasions because more twisted and more horrifying than ever before...

How a Single Oxycontin Pill Nearly Ruined One Man's Life

How a Single Oxycontin Pill Nearly Ruined One Man's Life - Reason.com: Over the last several years, media outlets have reported hundreds of horror stories about Florida's prescription drug epidemic. News consumers have been treated to stories about crooked doctors, shady pharmacists, and pill-popping addicts with violent tendencies and bad parenting skills. But as is so often the case with drug war coverage, there's more to the story than that.

There are nonviolent offenders who aren't addicts, or dealers, or scammers. You don't hear their stories from drug warriors, because they can't be used to bolster the case for prohibition...

08 August, 2012

Dead Crops, Extreme Drought And Endless Wildfires Are Now The New Normal In America

Dead Crops, Extreme Drought And Endless Wildfires Are Now The New Normal In America: As you read this, the United States is experiencing the worst drought it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. As you read this, nearly half of all corn crops in the United States are in "poor" or "very poor" condition. As you read this, 38 major wildfires are ripping across the central and western United States. The brutal wildfires in Oklahoma have been so bad that they have made national headlines. The price of corn has hit a brand new record high this summer and so has the price of soybeans. More than half of all the counties in this country have been declared to be "natural disaster areas" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at this point. Things are so bad for ranchers that the CEO of Smithfield Foods is projecting that meat prices will rise by "significant double digits" in the months ahead. Sadly, this drought is projected to continue throughout August and into September. As you will read [at link], some meteorologists are even openly postulating that there may not be enough moisture to avoid another drought next year. Yes, things are really bad this year, but when you step back and take a look at the broader picture they become truly frightening...

Only 24.6 Percent Of All Jobs In The United States Are Good Jobs

Only 24.6 Percent Of All Jobs In The United States Are Good Jobs: Do you want to know why it seems like good jobs are very rare in the United States today? It is because good jobs are very rare in the United States today. According to a paper that was just released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all American jobs qualified as "good jobs" in 2010. Over the past several decades, there has been increasing pressure on corporations to reduce expenses and increase corporate profits. One of the biggest expenses that any corporation faces is labor. Large corporations all over the globe are in an endless race to gain a competitive advantage by pushing labor costs as low as possible. Sometimes this is done by using technology. Computers, automation, robotics and other forms of technology have eliminated millions of jobs in the United States and those jobs are never coming back. Millions of other jobs have been eliminated by offshoring. In our globalized economy, American workers have been merged into one giant labor pool with everyone else. That makes it very tempting for big corporations to move jobs from areas where workers are very expensive (such as the United States) to areas of the world where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. When big corporations do this, corporate profits go up, but the number of good jobs in the United States goes down. As a result, there is increased competition for the jobs that remain in the United States and this drives down wages. Meanwhile, the cost of living just keeps going up. So millions of American families have fallen into poverty in recent years, and millions of others have gone deep into debt in an attempt to survive. This dynamic is absolutely shredding the middle class in the United States...

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF: Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive.

There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. One solution, of course, is to use a cast iron Dutch oven or camp stove. These are great options, sure, but what about something made from the ground we stand on? I am referring to what is commonly caused a “Mud Oven”...

Eggshell Seed Starters

Eggshell Seed Starters - YouTube

07 August, 2012

Does Barack Obama Expect The Upcoming Election To Spark Rampant Civil Unrest?

Does Barack Obama Expect The Upcoming Election To Spark Rampant Civil Unrest?: What is Barack Obama preparing for? What does Barack Obama actually expect to happen in November? Does he believe that the upcoming election could actually spark rampant civil unrest inside the United States? The conditions are certainly ripe for civil unrest in this country. A multitude of recent polls and surveys have shown that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever. Sadly, we are taking a lot of that anger and frustration out on each other. America is more divided today than at any other time since the Civil War era. The left absolutely hates Mitt Romney the Republicans, and the right absolutely hates Barack Obama and the Democrats. If you doubt this, just surf political blogs for a few hours and read the comments that people leave. This country is a boiling cauldron of hatred and anger and all it is going to take is just the right "spark" to cause all of this hatred and anger to absolutely explode. This upcoming election season is likely to be one of the most heated and divisive election seasons in U.S. history, and if there is not a clear winner on election night there is the potential that chaos could be unleashed that would be far, far worse than anything we saw during the Bush/Gore debacle of 2000...

Firearm Laws By State


12 Signs That The Next Recession In The United States Has Already Begun

12 Signs That The Next Recession In The United States Has Already Begun: Is the U.S. economy in a recession right now? Has the next recession in the United States already begun? Unfortunately, there are a lot of economic numbers that are pointing in that direction. U.S. retail sales have fallen for three months in a row, U.S. manufacturing activity is contracting and there are numerous indications that the labor market is getting weaker. Of course there are some economists that will argue that we never even left the last recession. For example, the percentage of working age Americans with jobs fell from above 63 percent in 2007 to under 59 percent during the last recession. Since the end of the last recession, that number has not gotten back above 59 percent. In fact, it has been below 59 percent for 34 months in a row. In addition, we have continued to see poverty and government dependence steadily rise during this "economic recovery". Since Barack Obama became president, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 6 million and the number of Americans on food stamps has risen by 14 million...

17 Reasons Why Those Hoping For A Recession In 2012 Just Got Their Wish

17 Reasons Why Those Hoping For A Recession In 2012 Just Got Their Wish: If you were hoping for a recession in 2012, then you are going to be very happy with the numbers you are about to see. The U.S. economy is heading downhill just in time for the 2012 election. Retail sales have fallen for three months in a row for the first time since 2008, manufacturing activity is dropping like a rock, sales of new homes are declining again, consumer confidence has moved significantly lower and a depressingly small percentage of businesses anticipate hiring more workers in the coming months. Even though the Federal Reserve has been wildly pumping money into the financial system and even though the federal government has been injecting gigantic piles of borrowed cash into the economy, we still haven't seen an economic recovery. In fact, we appear to be on the verge of yet another major downturn...

03 August, 2012

Businessman To Create Real Jurassic Park

Yeah, this is a great idea. What could possibly go wrong? Note to self: start saving-up for .50 caliber rifle for when the pterodactyl's escape and become the new apex predator, turning real life into a horror movie. :/
Businessman To Create Real Jurassic Park - Cool Stuff - ShortList Magazine: When you're a billionaire and you've already bought your own country, made your own movie and played catch with your own elephant, there comes a time when boredom sets in. What next?

If you're eccentric (read: insane) Australian moneybags Clive Palmer then you'll decide to pool a large amount of your funds into creating a real-life version of Jurassic Park.

According to The Sunshine Coast Daily, Palmer is in "deep discussion" with the scientists who messed with Mother Nature once before and produced Dolly, that creepy cloned sheep from the 90s.

Apparently, Palmer (who we assume only watched the first half of Jurassic Park) plans to make the cloned dinosaur part of a resort he owns in Coolum, Australia, alongside a giant London Eye-style wheel. You know, because the dino will need something to destroy after all...

Mainstream Reporter Tells The Truth About Audit The Fed And The Creation Of The Federal Reserve

Mainstream Reporter Tells The Truth About Audit The Fed And The Creation Of The Federal Reserve: When someone in the mainstream media goes out on a limb to tell the truth, then the rest of us should go out of our way to applaud that effort. Reporter Ben Swann of Fox 19 in Cincinnati is one of the few local television reporters in the United States that consistently tackles the tough issues. As you can see from his "Reality Check" archives, he regularly does reports on the Federal Reserve, the emerging police state, the loss of our freedoms and liberties, the advance of globalism, the economic collapse, political corruption, etc. etc. That is one reason why his YouTube channel is rapidly approaching a million views. In his most recent Reality Check, Ben Swann asked this question: "Is auditing the Federal Reserve really necessary?" In just four minutes, Swann covered the creation of the Federal Reserve, where money comes from, the 16 trillion dollars in secret loans given out by the Fed during the last financial crisis, and why an audit of the Fed is so important. It really was extraordinary to watch a local mainstream news reporter tell the truth about these things. We could definitely use about 1000 more reporters just like him...

11 Signs That Time Is Quickly Running Out For The Global Financial System

11 Signs That Time Is Quickly Running Out For The Global Financial System: Are we rapidly approaching a moment of reckoning for the global financial system? August is likely to be a relatively slow month as most of Europe is on vacation, but after that we will be moving into a "danger zone" where just about anything could happen. Historically, a financial crisis has been more likely to happen in the fall than during any other time, and this fall is shaping up to be a doozy. Much of the focus of the financial world is on whether or not the euro is going to break up, but even if the authorities in Europe are able to keep the euro together we are still facing massive problems. Countries such as Greece and Spain are already experiencing depression-like conditions, and much of the rest of the globe is sliding into recession. Unemployment has already risen to record levels in some parts of Europe, major banks all over Europe are teetering on the brink of insolvency, and the flow of credit is freezing up all over the planet. If things take a really bad turn, this crisis could become much worse than the financial crisis of 2008 very quickly...

Chick-fil-A: What’s The Whole Story?

Chick-fil-A: What’s The Whole Story? | Lipstick & Politics: ... Chick-Fil-A does not discriminate in its hiring of employees, nor in the service it gives its customers. Per the company website, “The Chick-Fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” Their track record includes supporting foster kids, offering summer camps for boys and girls, providing marriage retreats, and donating money to Christian organizations. I missed the part where they were spreading hate—because it isn’t there.

That’s my point. Something has shifted in our country; at some point supporting one point of view has come to be viewed as hating another. Why? If I eat steak, does that mean I hate vegans? If I am a Christian, does that mean I hate Jews or atheists? If I think breast-feeding is good for infants, does that mean I hate moms who use formula? Of course not! Likewise, supporting biblical principles doesn’t mean hating homosexuals. We need to stop with the rhetoric and vilifying of those whose values differ from ours. If you prefer to support other companies, by all means, that is your right. Just don’t call Chick-Fil-A a hate group, because they aren’t one...

01 August, 2012

Historic Drought, Giant Dust Storms And Massive Power Grid Failures - A Glimpse Into Our Future

Historic Drought, Giant Dust Storms And Massive Power Grid Failures - A Glimpse Into Our Future: This week has provided two very clear examples of why it is so important to keep on prepping. In the United States, the historic drought ravaging the central part of the country is absolutely devastating our crops. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, drought is affecting nearly 90 percent of all corn crops in America at this point. This is pushing the price of corn to levels never seen before. On Tuesday, the price of corn hit another new record high of $8.20 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. Over the past six weeks the price of corn has risen more than 50 percent, and it could go a lot higher as the drought continues to absolutely bake America. Meanwhile, the massive power grid failures in India are reminding us all just how incredibly dependent we are on electricity and technology. Power was cut off to nearly a tenth of the entire global population on Tuesday, and there was quite a bit of panic about that even though power is rapidly being restored. So what would happen to them (or to us) someday if the power went off for good?...

Prescription Drugs Kill 6200% More Americans Than Homicidal Shootings

Hey, Mr. Obama: Prescription drugs kill 6200% more Americans than homicidal shootings: In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, "Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago or Atlanta..."

What he didn't say, however, is that every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that's the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As no one seems to believe these numbers are real, I'll quote the source: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000, authored by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

That study, which is twelve years old -- and drug deaths have risen considerably since then -- documents 106,000 deaths per year from the "adverse effects" of FDA-approved prescription medications.

To reach this number from outbreaks of violent shootings, you'd have to see an Aurora Colorado Batman movie massacre take place every HOUR of every day, 365 days a year.

If a massacre of people using slugs of lead is bad, why is a massacre of people using deadly chemicals perfectly acceptable?...

The Bogus Drug War: Real World Facts vs. Drug Warrior Superstitions

The bogus drug war: Real World Facts vs. Drug Warrior Superstitions: Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.

Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half...