"Today a legend who was recently asked by the Chinese government to give a speech to government officials in China warned King World News that the 2008 collapse was merely a dress rehearsal for what the world will face in 2015. John Ing, who has been in the business for 43 years, also discussed what is going to trigger a disastrous chain reaction, panic and worldwide financial destruction in the coming year. John Ing: “While everybody appears to be celebrating the record highs on Wall Street, we are also seeing a loss of public trust. One key example of this loss of public trust is when you look at the $1.1 trillion spending bill in the U.S., where there was the dilution of the Dodd-Frank Act which now allows for bail-ins in the United States. Elizabeth Warren immediately warned that we keep on diluting these so-called safeguards that have been put in place which were designed to prevent a repeat of 2008. This will lead to disastrous consequences…. “Meanwhile, the derivatives monster has gotten even bigger. With the drop in the oil price we have yet to see the impact of the credit default swaps and what this will mean for the stability of the global financial system. This will certainly set off a chain reaction of problems in 2015."
"A whole wing of the Internet just got added to our collective conscience, like websites by Google or knowledge by Wikipedia before it. Yet the news cruised by with analysis focused simply on what Facebook’s new keyword post search does today. Yes, any post by you or any of your friends can now be dug up with a quick search from mobile. But I don’t think people realize how big a deal it is for tomorrow. Facebook just went from data rich to Scrooge-McDuck-swimming-in-a-tower-full-of data rich. The ramifications for advertising, developers, and Facebook itself are tough to fathom. Our most vivid doppelgänger, our digital echoes can now be tracked. They don’t just say who we were, but where we’re headed, and what we’ll want next. First, the trillion post index gives us group memory. Each person can only search stories from their friends and surrounding network, but Mark Zuckerberg recently said those all add up to over 1 trillion posts. Privacy by obscurity is basically dead. Previously, if you posted something dumb once upon a time, you were safe unless someone painstakingly browsed back through your Timeline post by post, month by month and dredged it up. Now anyone armed with the right, or wrong keywords can pull up your worst moments, and either quietly judge or publicly shame you."
"As I wrote about the other day, virtually all news, information and entertainment that Americans consume is controlled by just six monolithic corporations. And today, Americans are more “plugged in” than ever before. The average person watches 153 hours of television a month in addition to spending countless hours watching movies, playing video games, listening to music, reading books and surfing the Internet. In the end, all of that “programming” turns many of us into virtual zombies, and that is the way that the elite like it. Just think about it. What was the biggest news story in the entire country over the holiday weekend? It was the fact that some hackers had taken down the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox networks and millions of kids could not log in and play the video games that they had just received for Christmas. Sadly, most parents don’t even bother to pay attention to what those video games are actually teaching their children. One of the most popular video games this holiday season is Grand Theft Auto V. In this game, our kids do things that none of us would ever want them to do in real life…"
"Gotnews.com can confirm that North Korea was not behind the Sony hack contrary to major media reports. An investigation into the data shows that someone copied the released 200GB of data over 5-6 hours on the night of November 21st. Our Gotnews.com investigation into the data that has been released by the “hackers” shows that someone at Sony was copying 182GB at minimum the night of the 21st–the very same day that Sony Pictures’ head of corporate communications, Charles Sipkins, publicly resigned from a $600,000 job. This could be a coincidence but it seems unlikely. Sipkins’s former client was NewsCorp and Sipkins was officially fired by Pascal’s husband over a snub by the Hollywood Reporter. Two days later a malware bomb occurred. We are left with several conclusions about the malware incident:"
(Sgt Trainer: Remember that we don't always get the truth from the main stream media and lots of times (if not all the time) what we end up with is just spin in order to influence our thinking to directions they want us to go. And that applies to every story, not just this one!)
"Cold weather and loss of electricity or disruptions in heating fuel deliveries means more alternative heating appliances will be used in homes during colder months. The use of alternative heating appliances can increase the risk for fires. The following is informational only. It is important that you have a qualified technician check out your electrical system if you feel there is any doubt about its serviceability."
"Thousands of Medicaid doctors are bracing for a tough start to 2015: a 42 percent pay cut. The Affordable Care Act temporarily boosted payment rates for primary care doctors who see Medicaid patients in 2013 and 2014. The idea was to make sure doctors kept participating in Medicaid — which typically has low reimbursement rates — even as the program expanded to cover millions more Americans this year. That earlier Obamacare pay raise was big, averaging out to a 73 percent increase for primary care doctors across the country. But it was also temporary, lasting only two years, and is set to run out on December 31. That means, beginning January 1, 2015, Medicaid doctors will earn less each time they see a patient — or, they could decide to pull out of the program altogether. Nobody is totally sure which way doctors will go. Here’s a quick guide to why the raise happened, why it’s running out, and what it means for the future of Obamacare."
"Illinois is reporting high flu activity and the CDC says the U.S. has hit the flu epidemic threshold nationwide. According to the CDC, the proportion of deaths reported in 122 U.S. cities from pneumonia and influenza surpassed the seasonal baseline and currently stands at the epidemic threshold of 6.8 percent. The number of states reporting high flu activity has also increased from 13 to 22."
"A bill that would allow New Jersey municipalities to sell their public water utilities to private, for-profit corporations without putting the measure to voters is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature. Until now, any municipality in New Jersey that sought to sell off its water system to a private bidder had to hold a public vote. But a bill passed with bipartisan support by the state’s Senate last week would allow municipalities with aging and deteriorating water systems to put their systems up for sale without holding a referendum. While supporters of the bill say privatizing water systems could save municipalities money, it allows companies to factor the purchase price of the systems into the rates they charge customers, meaning taxpayers could ultimately be on the hook for the sale of their water systems."
"The economic advocacy group Texas Appleseed found that more than 1,500 debtors have been hit with criminal charges in the state — even though Texas enacted a law in 2012 explicitly prohibiting lenders from using criminal charges to collect debts. According to Appleseed’s review, 1,576 criminal complaints were issued against debtors in eight Texas counties between 2012 and 2014. These complaints were often filed by courts with minimal review and based solely on the payday lender’s word and frequently flimsy evidence. As a result, borrowers have been forced to repay at least $166,000, the group found. Appleseed included this analysis in a Dec. 17 letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Texas attorney general’s office and several other government entities. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Using criminal courts as debt collection agencies is against federal law, the Texas constitution and the state’s penal code. To clarify the state law, in 2012 the Texas legislature passed legislation that explicitly describes the circumstances under which lenders are prohibited from pursuing criminal charges against borrowers."
"In case you missed it, recent lab tests conducted at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab found that seasonal flu vaccines, which are pushed on virtually everyone these days, including young babies, pregnant women and the elderly, contain outrageously high levels of neurotoxic mercury. Vials of batch flu vaccine produced by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were found to contain upwards of 51 parts per million of mercury, or 25,000 times the legal maximum for drinking water established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
(Sgt Trainer: Article dated June, 2014)
"Americans are a little less likely to ask what they can do for their country these days. An Associated Press-GfK poll found that the sense of duty has slipped since a similar survey three decades earlier. Civic virtues such as staying informed or serving on a jury don’t seem as important as they once did especially among the younger generation. The findings fit with research that’s been worrying many experts who study civic engagement or advocate for teaching more about civics in school. “I don’t see any recovery,” said Rutgers University Professor Cliff Zukin. “The people who were 40 two decades ago aren’t as engaged as the people who were 60 two decades ago. This generational slippage tends to continue.” Here are five things to know about Americans’ sense of civic duty:"
"Main Street is going broke. Wall Street is cashing in. The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘steal’ is to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice. Much of our country’s new wealth has been regularly taken by individuals or corporations in a wrongful manner, either through nonpayment of taxes or failure to compensate other contributors to their successes."
"Unfortunately, when things seem to be going well common sense tends to go out the window. A couple days ago, the Guardian ran an article entitled “Goodbye to one of the best years in history“, and a whole lot of people out there are feeling really optimistic these days. But should they be? Sadly, what we are experiencing right now is so similar to what we witnessed in 2007 and early 2008. The stock market had been on a great run, people were flipping houses like crazy and most people were convinced that the party would never end. But then it did end – very painfully. The signs of trouble were there, but most people chose to ignore them. Sadly, the exact same thing is happening again."
"Despite being disproven as a strategy for reducing crime, the broken windows policing theory is still utilized in New York and throughout in the United States to crack down on disorder and nonviolent crime. To think that harsh enforcement of this type of “crime” would prevent serious crime like homicide and assault is patently absurd on its face. If you want to rid society of the most serious crimes, you should be enforcing the most serious crimes, like aggressive war. Call it broken countries policing. In the United States in 2014, you may be arrested for selling loose cigarettes, jumping turnstiles, dancing on the subways, and having small amounts of marijuana, but not for assassination, torture, anal rape, illegal surveillance, or invading, occupying and bombing sovereign countries. The “broken windows” theory that you can nip violent crime in the bud by punishing minor “quality of life” violations like smoking and drinking in the street or sleeping on the subway is so transparently nonsensical it is hard to believe anyone could even consider it seriously."
"Many individuals are aware that biotech has developed a seed monopoly largely by patenting genetically modified organisms, but not everyone realizes that Monsanto tried to patent a tomato that had no biotech traits. Now, the European Patent Office (EPO), with help from an international coalition, No Patents on Seeds!, has revoked Monsanto’s fraudulent patent and claim to tomatoes that are naturally resistant to a fungal disease called botrytis."
"Back in the day, I was considered somewhat of an activist. Although normally quiet, unassuming, and nerd-like, I fought for the end of political tyranny, power to the people, and women’s rights in the workplace. I was a small voice in a big sea of voices, but, to this day, would like to believe I have made a difference. Now, years later, in my own quiet away, I have proudly labeled myself as both a “Prepper” and a member of the Prepper Movement. In addition, I have gone so far as to publicly define prepping as a form of personal activism. Along the way, it has been my intent to create Backdoor Survival as a kinder and gentler prepper website. This is a site that welcomes everyone without political or religious overtones. It has also been eclectic in content covering a wide range of topics spanning preparedness, homesteading, healthy living and life in general. With that introduction, today I am going to step outside my normal comfort zone and suggest the we define the prepper movement with a call to action. I do so knowing that this opens up a level of personal responsibility for which we may not be ready. This latest think piece from contributing author author Richard Broome, asks that you to open your mind and your heart to the realities of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish as forward thinkers in the 21st century."
"I recently had a conversation with a good friend who just purchased a shotgun for home defense. On my recommendation he bought a Mossberg 500 with full stock and full length shell tube for around $300 from Dick’s Sporting Goods. I have this particular shotgun and although I have modified mine quite a bit, I still believe Mossberg to be the best combo of affordability and quality for those looking to stash a 12 gauge near the bed…but I digress. This friend recently contacted me and inquired about different “what if” scenarios. “What if I’m in my basement, should I take the shotgun down there with me? Or should I rely on my dog to alert me and then go all the way upstairs to retrieve the shotgun? I don’t keep the shotgun loaded because my wife doesn’t want me to, is that a bad thing?”
"With renewed interest by activists, scientists and concerned citizens in removing fluoride from municipal water supplies across the country, it is useful to remember that fluoridation has always been controversial. Even as use of the chemical was being introduced as a “benefit to teeth”, many people of the day were already armed with information to put them on guard and make them outraged at the ill conceived and perhaps nefarious scheme thrust upon the population. The following is not an exhaustive account of the battle for fluoride, which has affected the long-term health of nearly everyone in the United States and much of the Western world whether they know it or not, but these newspaper clippings hold some interesting clues and fragments that to piece together more or less how this monstrosity came to be in spite of the fact that many people were sharply against it – and with good reason. Much of the history of water fluoridation has been documented in detailed works including Dr. Paul Connett’s The Case against Fluoride and Christopher Bryson’s The Fluoride Deception. Remember, water is used for much more than just drinking – it is obviously also used for bathing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, irrigation, swimming and industrial processes such as cooling as well. It permeates our lives, and fluoride has created an ongoing source of background contamination that is uniquely added to our environment deliberately under false pretenses."
"In an unexpected holiday season gift, researchers at Simon Fraser University announced they may have finally cracked the chemical code of bed bugs. In field trials, their blend of bed bug attractant caught 100 percent of bed bugs. Even better? The total chemical cost of the synthetic chemicals used in the trap was 10 cents. A cheap, effective way to monitor and control bed bugs may finally be in reach."
"For anti-gunners, a gun is a talisman of evil. An object imbued with such evil that it’s mere presence will drive otherwise rational, peace-loving people to acts of unspeakable barbarism. To enthusiasts, hunters, and competitors, the gun is a tool, designed to accomplish a specific task. To bring down the game, win the match, or protect our families."
"The beauty of the body is that it has several feedback mechanisms to alert you that something is going wrong. We often call this feedback a "symptom", and rather than valuing it and seeking to remedy the imbalance, we often set out to destroy the mechanism that provides that signal. This is equivalent to shorting a circuit to the smoke detector so we aren't annoyed by the sound while the fire burns. If you truly want to eliminate chronic pain, there are some foundational requirements that need to be followed. In addition to that, one needs to be aware of natural painkillers that can provide relief while making the transition to a lifestyle devoid of physical pain. Together, they can help you eliminate chronic pain in 2015. Let's get started."