"A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching (Associated Press, 2014)”. According to the report, the trio were on a family road trip when the father took a wrong turn and their vehicle ended up mired in mud. Cell phone service was not available so the father could not call for help. Essentially all they had in the vehicle was some snacks. They all stayed with the vehicle, which is what likely saved their lives. The father rationed what little food provisions there were between his two sons. The father stated he was glad it rained because it provided them with some drinking water. However, the fact that the vehicle became bogged down in the mud meant there was ground water, if not surface water that could have been used if there were a means of filtering and purifying the water. What If This Had Been You?
(Sgt Trainer: You should always carry a "winter survival kit" in your vehicle during this season. When I was stationed in North Dakota, we ALWAYS had one in our military vehicles...one kit per person. We learned very quickly to do the same thing in our private vehicles.)
"Our understanding of what causes cancer has undergone something akin to a Copernican revolution in the past decade. Biological fatalism has been the predominant force in medicine over the past half century, where most conditions including cancer were believed predestined ‘in the genes,’ and therefore impossible to reverse. Instead of looking for root cause resolution of disease (RCRD), we resigned ourselves to ‘finding it early’ and in the case of cancer, when doing so (even when it was benign), we waged war against it, quite literally using weapons grade materials (mustard gas- and nuclear materials-derived agents). Now, however, in this post-Genomic era, factors above (epi-) the control of the genes – epigenetic factors – are taking center stage; these include environmental exposures, stress, nutritional factors, and various lifestyle-based variables that are within the ambit of our control and volition, and which are often reversible. In other words, cancer is now being understood as epigenetic dysfunction, a direct and even adaptive response to the post-industrial, carcinogen-saturated environment, in addition to a diet of faux, mostly chemically-produced ‘food,’ combining to produce an environment – ‘inner terrain– within the body ideal for cancer promotion."
"Statins are the most profitable medications in the history of Big Pharma. They are promoted as the go-to medications to prevent/treat heart disease. A recent study found nearly 100% of men and 62% of women aged 66-75 should take a statin medication even if their cholesterol level is normal. Listening to conventional cardiologists, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and many other mainstream groups would have you believe that statins should be placed in the water supply. If statins significantly lowered the risk of heart disease -- they don't -- and if statins were not associated with adverse effects -- they are -- then I could entertain a discussion on the widespread use of statins. However, statins are associated with a wide range of serious adverse drug reactions which should cause any health care provider to think twice or at least to use caution when prescribing this class of medication."
"Another question of course is what is in your survival pack and in your vehicle to protect you against the cold. Clothing is your first line of defense against the cold, and not being properly dressed for the cold can be deadly."
"It has been apparent for many years that chronic exposure to SSRI antidepressants frequently makes people feel apathetic or less engaged in their lives, and ultimately more depressed. In my clinical experience, this is a frequent reason that family members encourage patients to seek help in reducing or stopping their medication. SSRI-induced apathy occurs in adults and includes cognitive and frontal lobe function losses. (See Barnhart et al., 2004; Deakin et al., 2004; Hoehn-Saric et al., 1990). It has also been identified in children. Adults with dementia are particularly susceptible to antidepressant-induced apathy."
"For people who consider themselves “awake” to the nonsensical idiocy being parroted in the 24/7 mainstream mind-melting cycle, almost nothing that happens these days seems to fit the definition of “real” or “believable.” Everything needs to be double-checked. Trust but verify. That’s not the mind of a paranoid conspiracy theorist as the talking heads in charge might claim. No, that’s called critical thinking, a skill that I like to fantasize was once prized and even encouraged in this society back in some magical day. It means a person makes reasoned judgements based on taking a factual assessment of any given situation before deciding to allow their brain cells to accept what they are told simply because someone with a suit, a fancy backdrop and a practiced intonation said it on a screen."
"Now we know what those TSA organized "VIPER" teams are doing since being tasked to patrol the streets of America, namely the same as they do at our nation's airports -- organized mass molestation on an unprecedented scale. In this case out of Georgia, a VIPER team composed of officers from the Forest Park Police Department has been accused by a plurality of victims of conducting illegal strip searches, allegedly telling one suspect to "pull his pants down, bend over, squat and cough." Some of the strip searches were so disturbing they reportedly ended in tears. The accused "crimes"? Such horrors as driving with "expired tags," or allegedly "not using a turn signal." Others say the Georgia VIPER team broke into their home in the middle of the night without a warrant, arrested them, then went through their personal belongings like they were going through a "pawn shop" taking whatever they pleased. Their victims are now fighting back with a lawsuit accusing the VIPER teams of violating their rights."
"Along with police departments in New York City and Los Angeles, Seattle police are preparing to test body cams on officers in the field. In an attempt to find a balance between releasing footage and redacting private details, Seattle police held a hackathon of Friday. As GeekWire reports, about 80 people—including developers, community members, and law enforcement agents—attended the Seattle Police hackathon. The goal was to work on techniques for redacting things captured in streamed dashboard or body cam video such as people's faces or license plate numbers. The hackathon was specifically looking to address these topics as they relate to Washington’s privacy laws, but the work could be relevant all over the country."
"Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. military is getting a raise — just not much of one. Most military service members will see their base pay increase 1 percent in 2015, according to a Pentagon announcement Monday."
(Sgt Trainer: Actually, this is...in a lot of cases...NOT a pay raise but rather a decrease. Some folks will get bumped into a higher tax bracket (barely) by this but because of that it will cause them to have to pay more taxes, thus REDUCING their take-home pay! Not a way to show their "appreciation" for the armed forces, but what did we really expect?)
"A federal appeals court has ruled against environmentalists who are trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate spent lead bullets and lead shot used in hunting and shooting sports. In a decision favorable to gun enthusiasts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday that environmental groups have suggested no way in which EPA could regulate spent lead bullets and shot without also regulating cartridges and shells. The Toxic Substances Control Act exempts cartridges and shells from regulation."
"It has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which obscure the true nature of the game. Time to look behind the curtain."
"Liberals have discovered that if you’re going to brainwash children, you need to start very early. You have to get to then while they’re still in kindergarten if you’re going to program them to believe that white people are incapable of understanding and empathizing with the plight of minorities. They call it “empathy” in the Washington Post article. Children develop empathy between 4 and 8 years old, they claim."
"It’s the Christmas season, and we wanted to take a second to talk about the role that spirituality has in survival. Survival certainly involves having a plan for your physical self, food, water, shelter, but one of the most important things you can do to be ready for the uncertain future is to have your spiritual self in order. Many people in our world judge success by the amount of stuff they’re accumulated. Well, that’s all well and good, but like Ebenezer Scrooge learned in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, physical riches matter little if you haven’t done your part to make the WORLD richer for having been in it. If you can do that, then you’ll be a wealthy man or woman: Wealthy in spirit. Those are the kind of riches that will get you through the toughest times."
"Name the first three things that come to mind when you think of Prepping? Was being an organized and effective person one of them? Was leadership one of them? Odds are you may have thought about firearms & tactics, self-reliance, homesteading, or bushcraft when I asked you the question. While all these categories are incredibly important to survival/preparedness, you cannot be effective in any one of them unless you are yourself an effective and organized person. Take the time to invest in yourself and let this video be your portal to starting."
"Over the past six months, this is probably the question I have heard the most often from readers. “What do you do for fun?” “Frugality seems so boring because it takes away all the fun.” “What can I do that’s fun and cheap?” Behind all of these questions lies a simple problem: people perceive “fun” to be inherently tied to “spending money,” and thus if you’re not “spending money” you’re not “having fun.” Frugality is inherently about spending less money. Like many people, I view frugality as maximizing the value you get from your money, time, and energy, which means that the idea of “fun” is different than if you just focus on time and energy without worrying about money at all. There are probably some activities I’d dig into if money were no object at all, but I’ll skip them for now because the expense is simply too high compared to the large number of low-cost things that I otherwise enjoy. For me, it comes down to this: if I have a lot of things I enjoy doing that don’t cost much money, why would I intentionally skip all of them to choose a thing I might enjoy that costs a lot of money? I can’t find a really good justification there."
"There are a thousand ways you can make a shelter out of tarp. It’s a great piece of knowledge to have, so I’m going to show you an easy system I came up with. The first thing you need is a tarp. The bigger the tarp the larger your shelter will be, so keep that in mind when you go shopping. The one you see here is about 10 x 12 feet and cost about $12. I ran a ridge pole between two trees then ran the tarp over it the long way. On each end I used paracord through the grommets tied to stakes or tree limbs that were readily available. There are a thousand ways you can make a shelter out of tarp."
(Sgt Trainer: Today's final post is a must read. Follow the two simple instructions on the linked page...and read.)