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28 September, 2012

The Potato Hole

Here's an awesome alternative to a full-on root cellar: "The Potato Hole" by Sylvia Gist. My only complaint is that this article would have greatly benefited from more pictures.

Ten Simple Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency

Ten Simple Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency - Backdoor Survival: In a utopian world, we would be 100% self-sufficient. We would have enough food, enough water, enough power, and enough fuel, and perhaps most important, enough money to live a well-rounded, healthy and comfortable life. We would have to work hard, yes, but at the end of the day we would have the satisfaction of being able to take care of ourselves without selling out to greedsters or taking a handout from the government.

Alas, everywhere you look there are roadblocks to achieving this state. Not the least of these roadblocks is our dependency on transportation systems and the power infrastructure to deliver goods and energy products to our homes and homesteads. And then there are the entitlements such as social security and Medicare for the older members of our population and disability and Medicaid for the disabled and the sick. Over the years, these systems have been set up – for better or for worse – to create dependencies rather than self-sufficiency’s. (And by the way, the names may be different but these dependencies exist in all Western countries, not just the United States.)

Luckily, though, self-sufficiency is not an all or nothing proposition. At one end of the spectrum is a total, off grid, agrarian lifestyle and at the other is a moderately self-sufficient lifestyle where steps are taken to move toward 10% or 20% self sufficiency. Not a lot. But something...

Justice Department's Warrantless Spying Increased 600 Percent in Decade

Justice Department's Warrantless Spying Increased 600 Percent in Decade | Threat Level | Wired.com: The Justice Department use of warrantless internet and telephone surveillance methods known as pen register and trap-and-trace has exploded in the last decade, according to government documents the American Civil Liberties obtained via a Freedom of Information Act claim.

Pen registers obtain, in real time, non-content information of outbound telephone and internet communications, such as phone numbers dialed, and the sender and recipient (and sometimes subject line) of an e-mail message. A trap-and-trace acquires the same information, but for inbound communications to a target. No probable-cause warrant is needed to obtain the data. Judges are required to sign off on these orders when the authorities say the information is relevant to an investigation.

In 2001, the DoJ issued only 5,683 reported “original orders.” Fast forward to 2011, the latest year for which data is available, the number skyrocketed to 37,616 — a more than sixfold increase. Though these can be used to track e-mail, the vast majority are used to get information on mobile phone users’ phone calls and texts...

27 September, 2012

Quantitative Easing Did Not Work For The Weimar Republic Either

Quantitative Easing Did Not Work For The Weimar Republic Either: Did printing vast quantities of money work for the Weimar Republic? Nope. And it won't work for us either. If printing money was the secret to economic success, we could just print up a trillion dollars for every American and be done with it. The truth is that making everyone in America a trillionaire would not mean that we would all suddenly be wealthy. There would be the same amount of "real wealth" in our economy as before. But what it would do is render our currency meaningless and totally destroy faith in our financial system. Sadly, we have not learned the lessons that history has tried to teach us. Back in April 1919, it took 12 German marks to get 1 U.S. dollar. By December 1923, it took approximately 4 trillion German marks to get 1 U.S. dollar. So was the Weimar Republic better off after all of the "quantitative easing" that they did or worse off? Of course they were worse off. They destroyed their currency and wrecked all confidence in their financial system. There was an old joke that if you left a wheelbarrow full of money sitting around in the Weimar Republic that thieves would take the wheelbarrow and they would leave the money behind. Will things eventually get that bad in the United States someday?...

How to Clean a Deer

It's about that time of year again. This link sent to me by a reader (not the guy in the video). Be advised: the kids might get on your nerves, but they're young.

26 September, 2012

19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid

19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid: You are being watched. The control freaks that hold power in the United States have become absolutely obsessed with surveillance. They are constantly attempting to convince the American people that we are all "safer" when virtually everything that we do is watched, monitored, tracked and recorded. Our country is being systematically transformed into a giant surveillance grid far more comprehensive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of. If you still believe that there is such a thing as "privacy" in this day and age, you are being delusional. Every single piece of electronic communication is monitored and stored. In fact, they know that you are reading this article right now. But even if you got rid of all of your electronic devices, you would still be constantly monitored. As you will read about [at the link above], a rapidly growing nationwide network of facial recognition cameras, "pre-crime" surveillance devices, voice recorders, mobile backscatter vans, aerial drones and automated license plate readers are constantly feeding data about us back to the government. In addition, private companies involved in "data mining" are gathering literally trillions upon trillions of data points about individual Americans each year. So there is no escape from this surveillance grid...

The Coming Collapse of the Internet

I, too, get regular visits from the Department of Homeland Security. Funny, considering I've never written a word that should make me an enemy.
The Coming Collapse of the Internet - Backdoor Survival: A few months back when my pal George told me he wanted to write a book on the collapse of the internet I was skeptical. Yeah, I knew about the potential for an EMP but if that happened, there would be far more to worry about than the internet. I am also fairly well versed in of government censorship and the potential for the pulling of the proverbial “kill switch”.

As far as government censorship goes, in my opinion that is a non-issue. Not that it is not a big deal because it is. The reason it is a non-issue is that in my opinion, we are already being monitored and watched – especially certain bloggers and online journalists that dare to challenge the established system. (I merely need to look at my daily page hits from the Department of Homeland Security to know that is true.)

The internet kill switch is another story as is the potential for the PTB to release a deadly internet virus – something outside the realm of the CDC if you get the drift. This is not a pleasant thing to think about but think about it I do, because the possibility and probability is out there...

Oven Canning

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25 September, 2012

13 States Now Considering Gold and Silver as Money

13 States Now Considering Gold and Silver as Money: When the governor of Utah signed a bill that made gold bullion and silver bullion legal tender in the state last March, he had no idea of the groundswell he was going to start.

The Utah Sound Money Act outright flies in the face of the fiat money system, which is the printed money used today; backed by nothing but the promises of politicians...

... It is not practical for people to carry around heavy gold bullion or silver bullion coins, so the Utah Gold & Silver Depository was created. People can deposit their gold bullion and silver bullion coins there and receive a debit card to make transactions with—just like depositing money at a bank. The prices of gold bullion and silver bullion are based on the closing prices of both precious metals in U.S. dollars in London on each business day, creating the exchange rate used on the debit card.

Missouri and South Carolina in 2012 are the closest to enacting very similar legislation and creating a gold bullion and silver bullion depository, just like Utah. (Source: CNN Money, February 3, 2012.)...

... Other states considering legislation to make gold bullion and silver bullion legal tender are Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, New Hampshire, Georgia, Washington, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia...

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24 September, 2012

Iranian General: "Strike on Iran will trigger World War III"

‘Strike on Iran will trigger World War III’ - thenews.com.pk: Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable.

Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, “nothing is predictable... and it will turn into World War III,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network. Hajizadeh, who is in charge of Revolutionary Guards missile systems, said: “In circumstances in which they (the Israelis) have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack. But we do not see this at the moment.”

He added that Iran would deem any Israeli strike to be conducted with US authorisation, so “whether the Zionist regime attacks with or without US knowledge, then we will definitely attack US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan.” He warned that Israel “cannot imagine our response — and it will sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration.”...

21 September, 2012

21 Facts About America’s Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

21 Facts About America’s Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind: You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic than they were ever designed to carry. Approximately a third of all of the dam failures that have taken place in the United States since 1874 have happened during the past decade. Our national parks and recreation areas have been terribly neglected and our railroads are a bad joke. Hurricane Katrina showed how vulnerable our levees are, and drinking water systems all over the country are badly outdated. Sadly, at a time when we could use significant new investment in infrastructure, our spending on infrastructure is actually way down. Back during the 50s and the 60s, the U.S. was spending between 3 and 4 percent of GDP on infrastructure. Today, that figure is down to about 2.4 percent. But of course we don't have any extra money to spend on infrastructure because of our reckless spending and because of the massive amount of debt that we have accumulated. While the Obama administration is spending more than half a million dollars to figure out why chimpanzees throw poop, our national infrastructure is literally falling apart all around us. Once upon a time nobody else on the planet could match our infrastructure, and now we are in the process of becoming a joke to the rest of the world...

20 September, 2012

The Federal Reserve Is Systematically Destroying Social Security And The Retirement Plans Of Millions Of Americans

The Federal Reserve Is Systematically Destroying Social Security And The Retirement Plans Of Millions Of Americans: [Recently] the mainstream media hailed QE3 as the "quick fix" that the U.S. economy desperately needs, but the truth is that the policies that the Federal Reserve is pursuing are going to be absolutely devastating for our senior citizens. By keeping interest rates at exceptionally low levels, the Federal Reserve is absolutely crushing savers and is systematically destroying Social Security. Meanwhile, the inflation that QE3 will cause is going to be absolutely crippling for the millions upon millions of retired Americans that are on a fixed income. Sadly, most elderly Americans have no idea what the Federal Reserve is doing to their financial futures. Most Americans that are approaching retirement age have not adequately saved for retirement, and the Social Security system that they are depending on is going to completely and totally collapse in the coming years. Right now, approximately 56 million Americans are collecting Social Security benefits. By 2035, that number is projected to grow to a whopping 91 million. By law, the Social Security trust fund must be invested in U.S. government securities. But thanks to the low interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve, the average interest rate on those securities just keeps dropping and dropping. The trustees of the Social Security system had projected that the Social Security trust fund would be completely gone by 2033, but because of the Fed policy of keeping interest rates exceptionally low for the foreseeable future it is now being projected by some analysts that Social Security will be bankrupt by 2023. Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years. Yes, you read that correctly. The collapse of Social Security is inevitable, and the foolish policies of the Federal Reserve are going to make that collapse happen much more rapidly...

14 September, 2012

How to Stockpile Antibiotics for Long Term Survival

How to Stockpile Antibiotics for Long Term Survival - Backdoor Survival: ... I am not a health care professional nor am I especially qualified on all things health related. On the other had, I do believe in medical self-care and I do believe in doing my own research. It was during that research that I learned that fish antibiotics are the exact same formula as human antibiotics. WTF?

This was not casual research. I went to many sources, looked at bottles, and asked a lot of questions. I came away confident that lacking proper medical facilities, the judicious use of fish and veterinary antibiotics would be safe in a SHTF situation. And the best part about it? They are readily available online at reasonable prices without a prescription...

The Easy Way to Sharpen a Knife Without Spending a Lot of Money

The Easy Way to Sharpen a Knife Without Spending a Lot of Money - Backdoor Survival: Everyone needs a knife sharpener because no matter how careful you are, when you use your knife in the field, it is going to get dull. I don’t care how expensive, or how high tech your knife is, using a knife will eventually dull the blade.

What does this mean for the prepper? You have some choices. You can carry a ceramic stone and sharpen your blade . . . or you can carry a basic little sharpener that will make the job simple, quick and easy. I guess you know what I choose. I choose the easy way to sharpen a knife without spending a lot of money!...

13 September, 2012

Thanks Obama - The Terrorists You Used To Topple Regimes In Egypt And Libya Are Now Attacking Our Embassies

Here again is an article that's pretty rough on President Obama for making decisions that are the product of advice from many advisers, including the Joint-Chiefs. No President is a lone power unto himself, regardless of Party. I share this post here due to the facts being accurate, even if the tone is a bit slanted.
Thanks Obama - The Terrorists You Used To Topple Regimes In Egypt And Libya Are Now Attacking Our Embassies: Many of us tried to warn Barack Obama that using militants from al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to overthrow governments in the Middle East would not end well. The Obama administration was so determined to get rid of Mubarak and Gaddafi that they didn't even really stop and think about who would be replacing them. Our leaders assured us that those opposed to Mubarak and Gaddafi were "freedom fighters" that just wanted "liberty" and "democracy" in those countries. Well, of course it turns out that the folks that took control of both Egypt and Libya bear no resemblance to George Washington whatsoever. They have simply replaced one form of tyranny with an even worse form of tyranny. Sadly, the last couple of days have been a huge wake up call for all of us...

12 September, 2012

Fresh Water from Drought- Plagued American Midwest is Being Shipped to China

Barack Obama’s war on America’s fresh water supply: Barack Obama is keeping his promise to lower the sea levels, and he’s starting with the drought- plagued Midwest where Lake Michigan water is being shipped by the boatloads over to China! By using a little-known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 to $1.8 million per day profit. By draining the precious jewel of the Great Lakes in the middle of America, our federal water managers are allowing the export of our water out of our country across thousands of miles of oceans into the Asian basin plagued by huge population centers that are suffering from their constant lack of fresh water. How’s that for cutting America down to size?...

11 September, 2012

Always Remember

Hard to believe it's been 11 years...

The Real Unemployment Numbers Are Worse Than You Are Being Told

I've been saying this for a long time, including just recently here and here. My numbers were a WAG, however; nice to see that somebody did the research to be able to post the actual figures.
The Real Unemployment Numbers Are Worse Than You Are Being Told: According to the Obama administration, the unemployment rate in the United States has been slowly coming down over the past couple of years. But is that actually true? When you take a closer look at the data you quickly realize that the real unemployment numbers are much worse than we are being told. For example, if the labor force participation rate was the same today as it was back when Barack Obama first took office, the unemployment rate in the United States would be a whopping 11.2 percent. But every month the Obama administration has been able to show "progress" because of the fiction that hundreds of thousands of Americans are "disappearing" from the labor force each month. Frankly, the way that they come up with these numbers is an insult to our intelligence...

FBI's Sinister New $1 Billion Project Will Track Everyone By Their Face

FBI's Sinister New $1 Billion Project Will Track Everyone By Their Face: How would you feel if the government could easily track your movements by automatically identifying your face on images captured by the ever-growing network of CCTV of cameras in America? The FBI is will be able to do just that soon, with its one-billion-dollar Next Generation Identification program...

10 September, 2012

The Country Of Norway Prepares For The End Of The World

The Country Of Norway Prepares For The End Of The World | ETF DAILY NEWS: The concept of a world-ending economic collapse seemed to be a joke several years ago, but as time has pressed on, more and more people have hopped on the bandwagon of a world-ending crisis, be it a natural disaster or economic crisis. But while some people may be sitting around merely talking about the possibilities of all of the terrible things that could happen, one country is actually doing something about it. The Norwegian government has funded and built a seed vault in preparation for any kind of regional or global disaster.

The vault is located in a town called Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen, just 800 miles from the North Pole. The location is desolate, snowy, but secure from public human interaction as few people venture into this frozen tundra just for kicks. The Svalbard Global Seed vaults touts itself as a “a fail-safe, state-of-the-art seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time – and of natural or manmade disasters“, as it is built into the side of a mountain. The seeds that are stored in the facility are duplicates samples from the various crops around the world...

We Don't Need No Stinking Warrant: The Disturbing, Unchecked Rise of the Administrative Subpoena

We Don't Need No Stinking Warrant: The Disturbing, Unchecked Rise of the Administrative Subpoena | Threat Level | Wired.com: Meet the administrative subpoena: With a federal official’s signature, banks, hospitals, bookstores, telecommunications companies and even utilities and internet service providers — virtually all businesses — are required to hand over sensitive data on individuals or corporations, as long as a government agent declares the information is relevant to an investigation. Via a wide range of laws, Congress has authorized the government to bypass the Fourth Amendment — the constitutional guard against unreasonable searches and seizures that requires a probable-cause warrant signed by a judge...

Gun Owner Saves Police Officer With 165 Yard Shot

Practical Tactical Training LLC - Gun Owner Saves Police Officer With 165 Yard Shot: ... After a fight over where a dog pooped in an RV park, the deranged man went back to his trailer and grabbed some sort of bolt action rifle. After killing another man and his fleeing wife, he shot two dogs and hid behind a tree and started firing at a responding sheriff’s deputy. In the ensuing gunfight, onlookers could see that the officer’s AR-15 couldn’t penetrate the tree the killer was hiding behind, but that his rifle was easily penetrating the car the deputy was hiding behind.

But, fortunately, a gun owner named Vic Stacy was in a position for a clear shot at the deranged man, with a magnum handgun. The first careful shot hit the shooter in the thigh, and he fell to the ground. The crazy man then turned and fired one confused shot at Stacy, which missed, but caused bits of gravel to cut up Stacy’s legs. Stacy put three more rounds into the man and the deputy put two rounds of .223 into him, and the gunfight was over...

08 September, 2012

My Worries About Obama

After recently writing a post pointing-out some of the misleading things being touted by the Obama campaign and getting a few comments, I wanted to write a little more to clarify how I feel about the President.

In all truth, I don't dislike President Obama. I imagine, all-in-all, that he's a decent man with whom I disagree on lots of issues and agree on a few. I don't believe that the vitriol many people feel toward him is warranted, or even, for that matter, productive. In fact, I think it hurts those of us with legitamate concerns, because everyone who disagrees with him is automatically dismissed as either a racist who believes he's a Muslim or a crazy "Birther."

The most pressing issue with respect to which I disagree with the President is that I don't believe his economic policies can possibly succeed. You simply cannot fix an economy by going deeper and deeper into debt; in fact, economics is one of the only philosophies with which I still agree with those in the Tea Party. Not that I necessarily agree with Governor Romney's economic ideas either, though. Giving tax breaks to the wealthy job creators made sense during the whole "Trickle-Down Economics" experiment, but now we know it was a failure. Instead of using the extra money to create more, better- paying jobs, a lot of it just gets pocketed to make rich people richer. People blame President Reagan for that disaster, but blaming a President for following the advice of his advisers who were citing a real academic economic theory is moronic; he shouldn't be blamed just because, it turned-out, the theory failed to take into account the phenomenon of human greed.

Ardent Democrats argue that the unemployment rate is actually coming down, albeit slowly and that, if the American Jobs Act had been passed, it would have taken a bigger chunk out of the unemployment rate. Unfortunately -- they argue -- the Republicans chose to block that legislation and some cling to the tinfoil hat conspiracy theory that this was done purposefully in an effort to keep unemployment high to hurt Obama's chances at re-election.

What they fail to see is that the "official" (emphasis added, because the numbers they tell us are actually a clever lie anyway) unemployment numbers are falling only largely because people have stopped looking for work and are being removed from the calculation entirely (which has been happening for a long time i.e. the reason for my claim that the numbers are false). The powers that be claim the unemployment rate is down to 8.1% and 92,000 new jobs were recently created. What has not been highlighted is 360,000 people reported giving up on finding a new job entirely and have thus been removed from the "official" number.  These numbers, by the way, were currently as of the date of this article's publication on 8 September, 2012.

Also, Republicans were not the only ones who objected to the American Jobs Act. Many Democrats criticized the Bill due to it adding another $450 billion in spending, arguing that it is not viable to have a 'job creation' plan that costs more than $200k per every job it creates. These Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin (one of my senators and formerly Governor of my home state) are decried by many on the Left as not being "True Democrats," (whatever that means) but I like Joe... then again, I like moderates. If moderate centrists, capable of governing responsibly through compromise, were the majority of both Parties, rather than the minority shouted-down by the lunatic fringe (Right and Left), we'd actually be living in a country that appeared to be run by adults instead of spoiled, squabbling children.

Anyway, to get back on subject, there are other aspects of President Obama's past that do worry me a bit. I've always believed that you get a more clear picture of who a politician really is, in their heart, by looking and listening less at what they say on the campaign trail and concentrating, instead, on what they did and said when they weren't seeking votes. For instance, I don't believe for a moment that Governor Romney is as Conservative as he is trying to appear. He was a very moderate Republican as a Governor (i.e. before he was faced with having to try to win the votes of the Tea Party and the Evangelical Republican base). As a Governor, he instituted Romneycare, which is nearly identical to the Obamacare plan he rails against now. I've written in partial support of Obamacare here on the blog before, and many of you readers were not at all happy about it.

If you wish, you can read those articles here and here (be sure to also read all the comments), so I won't rehash it all today. What I will say very briefly, however, is that, while it has definite drawbacks, it is *NOT* socialized medicine. It is, in fact, nearly identical to Romneycare, which was based on the Republican answer created by the Heritage Foundation in response to the Clinton Administration's push for Medicare-for-All during the 1990s. It is, essentially, a Republican plan that Senator Bob Dole campaigned on during his sacrificial run at the Presidency in 1996 and Governor Romney later instituted in his state. They are campaigning against it only because they need to draw a stark contrast between themselves and Obama. A wise person once said that politicians "campaign in poetry, but govern in prose;" so we should all be taking everything they say on the campaign trail with a grain of salt. We should look, instead, at what they did and said when national audiences weren't necessarily watching.

With that in mind, some of the people President Obama has surrounded himself with over the years and positions he has championed worry me a bit.

Regarding the 2nd Amendment, Obama has been largely silent during his Presidency, giving the impression that he is a sensible moderate. In fact, the radical anti-gun Brady people are not at all happy with him. Yet, it was not always thus. Between 1994 and 2002, Obama served as the director of the extensive billion+ dollar Joyce Foundation. Yet, he has been largely silent about this, even when being criticized as having insufficient executive experience while campaigning for the 2008 election. I believe this is because, during his tenure, the Joyce Foundation spent millions on anti-2nd Amendment activities.

They even went so far as to attempt to manipulate the Supreme Court. Their plan involved paying for law review articles (which are typically written either for free or for a tiny stipend by law students) that opposed the 2nd Amendment. They did this because, when unable to cite an existing judicial precedent, judges often turn to law review articles, due to the fact that they are (supposedly) impartial and well-cited. During this period, the Joyce Foundation under Obama even paid $84,000 to buy-out an entire issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and had it published with every article being an argument against the 2nd Amendment. They brought in an outsider to serve as editor of that issue, a professor who just happened to have been a former director of what is now the Brady Campaign, and who offered a $5,000 fee to each author who would produce an article opposing the individual right view of the 2nd Amendment.

Interesting, at the least, wouldn't you agree? Of course, it's possible President Obama has simply changed his viewpoint; but it's also possible he is waiting for his second term when he will never again have to campaign and win votes. Who knows.

He has also spoken-out heavily in support of partial-birth and late-term abortion, something that even most otherwise Pro-Choice Democrats oppose. In fact, a recent Gallup Poll shows us that only a tiny 10% minority of Americans support such heinous practices, meaning President Obama's views on the subject are in line with only the lunatic fringe of his own Party and far from representative of the beliefs held by most Americans.

Also, something can be said for the company he keeps, though it probably wouldn't be anything at all pleasant. We all know about his ties to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and that he sat docilely through many potentially controversial and divisive sermons by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, only denouncing the things he said when he was worried it might cost him the 2008 election. But one must also take a hard look also at the man he hired as his Science Czar, Dr. John R. Holden.

Dr. Holden, it seems, has an interesting literary history and an odd view of the world. He believes that overpopulation is a huge threat to the planet and to the future of our species, which I agree with... but that is where our agreements end.

Dr. Holden favors, not only legalized abortion (some of his writings were published before Roe v. Wade), but also forced abortions and mass sterilization of the poor and undesirables. He argues that existing single-mothers should have their children forcibly taken from them and placed in the homes of married couples and that future single women who become pregnant should be forced either to get married or to have an abortion. He favors mass sterilization through the introduction of infertility drugs into people's drinking water and staple food sources. He favors the development of a method of birth-control wherein an anti-fertility capsule is placed beneath a young girl's skin at puberty and only removed when she has received "permission" from the government for one of a limited number of "approved" children. He favors that a planetary regime be put in place to implement and oversee all of this.

Worst of all, he justifies his views on abortion by arguing that it isn't the taking of a human life, on the grounds that neither the fetus, nor the newborn, nor the toddler, is truly human anyway. Yep, you heard it right: newborns and toddlers are not really human because they are as yet unable to procure the necessities of life for themselves independently.  His argument is basically that if you dumped a 9 year old kid naked in the woods, they'd at least look for water and food and a place to get warm, whereas a toddler would just die there.  Therefore, in his warped view, a 2 year-old is actually more akin to a fetus than a "child," and it's okay to kill fetuses (because they aren't yet human), so murdering a 2 year old isn't murder either -- it should, rather, qualify as an abortion instead.  I'm not making a word of this up; you can read it all for yourself in his books "Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions" and "Ecoscience".

In short, he's a crazy personAnd President Obama gave him a job.  Take from that what you will.

Maybe those aren't his views, or maybe they once were and he's now changed his mind.  We don't know, but I've always believed that the people with which a person chooses to associate themselves is telling of their character.  That's why I worry about President Obama getting a second term.

As always, comments are welcome.

06 September, 2012

Some Of The Really Bad Things That Could Happen If You Do Not Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse

Some Of The Really Bad Things That Could Happen If You Do Not Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse: Most people just assume that since things have always been a certain way that they will always be that way in the future. Most people just have blind faith that the people running our government and our financial system know exactly what they are doing and that they are doing their best to take care of us. In fact, once upon a time I was fully convinced of that. When I was a kid I quickly realized that my elementary school teachers really didn't have the answers, but I had total faith that those running society at the highest levels were "experts" that were looking out for our best interests. As time went on I kept progressing in my education, and by the time I was finished with law school I came to understand that none of our "experts" really know what they are doing, and they are definitely not looking out for our best interests. The blind are leading the blind and we all need to finally admit that the emperor is not wearing any clothes. Unfortunately, most Americans will repeat the mantra of "if that was true I would have heard about it on the news" until it is way too late. Most people are waiting for the "authorities" to tell them what to do instead of thinking for themselves. Sadly, time is rapidly running out and a lot of people are going to end up getting totally blindsided by what is coming...

Senator Bernie Sanders Telling The Truth

Senator Bernie Sanders, I Dare You To Comprehend This Speech! Jaw Dropping Truth! - YouTube

05 September, 2012

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

He didn't fix the economy.  The economy is still very broken, which to be fair is not really his fault.  The "recovery" is all smoke and mirrors, though.  Almost 6 out of very 10 of the 4.8 million jobs that have been created are burger-flipping, Walmart stock-boy, no benefit, low-paying jobs.  Again, that isn't his fault, and I'm not saying he's even a bad choice (I'm still undecided as to who I'm voting for and probably will be until after the debates); but, campaigning on a "fixed" economy when it's still a wreck and millions of jobs created without pointing-out that they're crappy jobs is outright propaganda and lies aimed at deceiving low information voters.

Here's some examples of just how "fixed" the economy really is.  A whopping 41% of all unemployed workers have been jobless for 6+ monthsAverage income levels are actually even lower now than they were when the recession supposedly ended.  Almost a 3rd of our total population is on welfare in one way or another.  The "official" unemployment numbers are a lie -- they very cleverly changed the way we calculate the unemployment percentage from how it used to be calculated.  Now, it reflects only those who are still actively drawing benefits and sending-out resumes.  The ones who've given-up, moved into Mom and Dad's basement, and started cutting the neighbors grass for a little pocket money are now no longer counted at all.  Some estimates put the true level of unemployment at as high as 15%, not the 8+% claimed.  The "recovery" is a lie, and disingenuously campaigning on it makes me less likely to vote for him, not more.

When I first saw this on a friend's Facebook, I argued the above, and he basically brought forth the point that the ad was stating that President Obama fixed the "collapsed" economy.  He was pretty sure it was referring to the collapse of the banks and the big 3 and agreed that the economy is still recovering from "the 8 years of Bush.  It's going to take more than 3 1/2 yrs to fix what 8 years destroyed though."

My response was that he might be right about the ad meaning that, but that the fact remains that his campaign is touting job creation numbers that, while true technically (a job is a job, even if it's mopping floors for minimum wage), are presented in such a way as to make Joe and Sally Sixpack think things are getting better when they aren't.   Between all the lies and half-truths being told by both campaigns, I'm at a loss as to why any sensible person would be excited about voting for either of them.

My friend responded that he believes we should give Obama the chance to finish what he started.  "We gave Bush 8 years to ruin a surplus, kill jobs, create a wider gap between classes in this country, ect. Look at how good things were in Clinton's second term after 12 years of republican run. Things will get better if republicans grow up and stop trying to make Obama fail at all costs. Even if it's at the cost of the American people. They don't care, all they care about is making Obama fail. It's childish and that's why I will never vote republican. They care more about their personal agenda than how it effects us."

To which, I responded that I believe the problem is that the current Republican Party has been overrun by crazy people. The sensible Republicans are now the minority, shouted-down by the mob. People talk about Reagan's spending, but conveniently forget that we were in the middle of an arms race, trying to build ballistic missile defense systems, and reeling from the terrible economy of the 70s... and his spending wasn't even comparable, at its worst, to the current administration or Bush-era levels.  

My issue with President Obama is that I don't think his economic policies *CAN* succeed (but, then again, I have the same doubts about the Republicans).  You simply cannot borrow and spend and borrow more to fix an economy; it defies logic, and both Parties inexplicably try to do it.  When Clinton was in office (I voted for him), he balanced the budget, yet still he has the nerve to endorse Obama's reckless spending (Party loyalty should never trump personal integrity).  

We, as a country, are like a middle class guy making a comfortable $50k/year salary, but living in a house with a half-a-million-dollar mortgage, paying the note on 3 cars, putting our kid through college, and yet still insisting on eating-out at fancy restaurants 5 nights/week; the thing is, he can only maintain that level quality of life through constant use of credit cards.  He's almost $1 million in debt on a $50k/year salary and the only thing that keeps it all afloat is that he can still scrape together the scratch to pay his minimum monthly credit card premiums.  What happens when he can't anymore?  What happens when we, as a country, can't anymore?  When our GDP is totally outstripped by our debt payments?  

Disaster, that's what.

Economic Failure: 58 Percent Of The Jobs Being Created Are Low Paying Jobs

The current administration in Washington cannot be wholly blamed for the sorry state of our economy, but I take offense when they try to use all of the supposed jobs they've created to entice gullible "low information voters" to vote for their reelection.  Does this sound like a true "recovery" to you?
Economic Failure: 58 Percent Of The Jobs Being Created Are Low Paying Jobs: Are you good at flipping burgers , waiting tables or stocking shelves? Are you proficient with a cash register? Do you enjoy doing mindless work for very low pay? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you are probably going to fit in very well in the new U.S. economy. According to a report that has just been released by the National Employment Law Project, 58 percent of the jobs that have been created since the end of the recession have been low paying jobs. So exactly what is a low paying job? Well, the National Employment Law Project defines it as a job with an hourly wage between $7.69 and $13.83. But of course you can't pay a mortgage or support a family on $13.83 an hour. Even if you got full-time hours the entire year, you would make less than $28,000 on an annual basis. The federal poverty level for a family of five is $27,010. So needless to say, most of these new jobs are not paying enough to support a middle class lifestyle. This represents an economic failure on a fundamental level. Our economy is producing very few good jobs that enable people to be able to raise families and live the American Dream. The ranks of "the working poor" are exploding and the number of Americans that are dependent on the government is sitting at an all-time record. Sadly, if current trends continue things are going to get a lot worse...

The Cause of Riots

The Cause of Riots | Grow Your Own Groceries: ... I often wondered – just what does it take to make people really revolt?

What does it take to get the attention of the average Joe on the street?

What is the tipping point that will really bring this whole thing to a head?

The answer to the question “what makes people revolt” is stunningly simple, and profoundly prophetic. I am sure the children born into royalty are taught this very simple principle in kindergarten. World leaders certainly understand it. And CEO’s of large multi-nationals figure it out early on in their careers.

The answer came to me one day when I stumbled across an article published by MIT’s Technology Review where researchers at the Institute of Complex Systems published their results on the question; what is the cause of riots? The study was headed up by Marco Lagi and his associates. Lagi thought the answer to the question of what was the cause of riots would be, well, complex. He does work for the Institute for Complex Systems after all. But Lagi and his associates were surprised when it turned out the cause boils down to one thing.

The price of food...

Homeschooling Has Become A Viable Option For Parents; Here's Why That's Not A Bad Thing

Homeschooling has become a viable option for parents; here's why that's not a bad thing | NJ.com: Back-to-School sales are hitting stores across the country but an increasing number of parents are preparing for a decidedly non-traditional Back-to-School – those choosing to homeschool their children. Many people think of homeschooling as something reserved for the religious and the free-spirited but nothing could be further from the truth. Homeschooling is no longer a fringe movement. It is a viable mainstream option for many parents...

04 September, 2012

The National Security Agency’s Domestic Spying Program

The National Security Agency’s Domestic Spying Program - NYTimes.com: The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data...

The Corporate Surveillance State: How the Thought Police Use Your Cell Phone to Track Your Every Move

The Rutherford Institute :: The Corporate Surveillance State: How the Thought Police Use Your Cell Phone to Track Your Every Move: Advanced technology now provides government agents and police officers with the ability to track our every move. The surveillance state is our new society. It is here, and it is spying on you, your family and your friends every day. Worse yet, those in control are using life’s little conveniences, namely cell phones, to do much of the spying. And worst of all, the corporations who produce these little conveniences are happy to hand your personal information over to the police so long as their profit margins increase. To put it simply, the corporate-surveillance state is in full effect, and there is nowhere to hide...

Access To Water Key For Food Security

Access to water key for food security: FAO chief - Yahoo! News: Global food security starts with ensuring access to water, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said at the beginning of World Water Week Monday.

"There is no food security without water security," said FAO director-general Jose Graziano Da Silva in Sweden, which is hosting the annual event organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

With crop growing hampered by the effects of pollution and climate change, agriculture must become "more efficient and fairer", he said, adding that nations all over the world need to "produce more with less" and manage water resources well...

03 September, 2012

Military Terror Plot: Murder Case Uncovers Terror Plot By 'Militia' Within U.S. Military

Very scary.
Military Terror Plot: Murder Case Uncovers Terror Plot By 'Militia' Within U.S. Military: Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people – former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York – by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret...

What Is The Best Place To Live In America? Pros And Cons For All 50 States

My home state got a solid "B" rating. Not bad. Technically, only Montana and Idaho scored higher.
What Is The Best Place To Live In America? Pros And Cons For All 50 States: If you could live in any state in America, where would you go? During troubled times like these, what is the best place in the United States to live? A lot of people are asking these kinds of questions these days. Our economy is on the verge of collapse, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more intense, the U.S. population is becoming angrier and more frustrated by the day, our government has become incredibly oppressive and controlling, war could break out at any time and evidence that society is breaking down is all around us. As our world becomes increasingly unstable, many families are considering moving somewhere else. But what areas are best and what areas should be avoided? Is there really a "best place to live" in America? Well, the truth is that each family is facing a different set of circumstances. If you have a great support system where you live, it can be really tough to pick up and move 3000 miles away from that support system. If you have a great job where you live now, it can be really tough to move some place where there may be no job at all for you. But without a doubt there are some areas of the country that will be far better off than others in the event of a major economic collapse. This article will take a look at each of the 50 U.S. states and will list some of the pros and cons for moving to each one.

Not all of the factors listed below will be important to you, and a few have even been thrown in for humor. But if you are thinking of moving in the near future hopefully this list will give you some food for thought...

Shotgun-Wielding Mom Stops Kidnapper

NBCNews.com video: Shotgun-wielding mom stops kidnapper

'Mountain Pride' versus the Welfare State

Articles: 'Mountain Pride' versus the Welfare State: The federal government is choking our economy while it degrades the character of a proud people. The food stamp program is purposefully undermining "mountain pride" in Appalachian communities in order to create more wards of the welfare state.

It should be a scandal that the federal government is purposefully weakening a core principle of our value system: self-reliance. To wit, the feds are praising local bureaucrats for "counteracting" what they call "mountain pride." These bureaucrats are convincing people who characteristically reject food stamps to instead embrace a culture of dependence.

The full context of those remarks highlights the sordid behavior of our welfare state...

01 September, 2012

At Least 10 People Shot Overnight; 82 Killed Or Injured In Last Week

More on this and the idiocy of the gun control debate.
At least 10 people shot overnight; 82 killed or injured in last week - Chicago Sun-Times: At least 10 people were wounded in shootings throughout the city – mainly on the South Side – Thursday night and Friday morning. Since last Thursday, at least 82 people have been wounded or killed in shootings in Chicago...