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31 August, 2012

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’...

30 August, 2012

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...

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...

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.

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...

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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23 August, 2012

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...

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?...

13 August, 2012

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...

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?...

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...

08 August, 2012

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

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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...