"Water that has become contaminated by human waste and by other means can create over time as many deaths as the crisis itself. Imagine if water treatment plants went off line today and your faucets only delivered air. What happens when the sewage systems in urban areas stop working, and your toilets do not flush? How long before people start getting sick from contaminated water, because human waste will not stop flowing. Human waste will make its way into the local surface water sources, sources that can no longer be treated on a large scale. Disease such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid will be present in many surface water sources in a matter of weeks after the infrastructure collapses, because of human waste contamination. Once a person gets a disease from contaminated water, they can spread that disease to others in their family and community. The figures listed above would increase dramatically if the United States and other developed countries lost their ability to supply the populace with clean drinking water for an extended period. People would be forced to consume contaminated water, and they would die from it."
"According to the group, Americans expect to first upgrade their thermostats and security systems, but look more than five years out, and smart fridges will be the big winners. Acquity projects that by then, they will be found in more than a third of American homes–surprising given how infrequently consumers upgrade durable goods (case in point: smart TVs). What’s more, the firm, a digital marketing arm of Accenture, reports that 59% of consumers say they’re willing to pay a premium for smart refrigerators."
"Ports are used for communication in computing. It would go too far to describe the technical details involved but you can think of ports as doors that allow interaction with a device. Common ports are TCP port 21 ftp, port 23 for Telnet or port 80 for the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). While it makes sense to keep certain ports open on your system, as you would not be able to use services associated with them otherwise, it is usually a good idea to make sure only ports that you require are open. Ports can reveal information about services running on a device for example and when they are open, may allow connections to it by third-parties."
"A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The injunction that takes effect on Monday was a formality that carries out instructions issued in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."
"Jeremy Alcede doesn’t own Tactical Firearms shooting center anymore. Soon, he might not even own his Facebook page password. Alcede was ordered to hand over his Facebook page’s password to the new owners when the business went bankrupt. He refused to provide it and was subsequently arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday."
"The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there. “People call it furloughs; I view it as: Are we going to have to shut the place down? And at this point, that will be the last thing we do, … but there is no way we can say right now that that wont happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a Thursday press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last option.” He said a shutdown would mean the IRS would “close the agency for a day, two days, whatever days it would take to close the gap that we can’t otherwise close in a reasonable way.” The agency estimates each closed day would save $29 million."
(Sgt Trainer: Well, close it down for good then...and save over $10.5 Billion every year!!)
"Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years. And a sickening map of abuse shows how at least 786 children, most under the age of four, died from violence or neglect from 2008 to 2013 in plain view of child protection authorities. Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger."
"With all the talk of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, it is likely that you haven’t heard of dicamba. This is another weapon in the Big Ag giant’s chemical arsenal that is being called yet another indiscriminate chemical that “will take agriculture back to the dark days of heavy, hazardous pesticide use that will seriously endanger human health and the environment.”
"The Bonneville Power Administration says people shooting at its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma, Washington, area have damaged power line insulators. The agency is offering a maximum $25,000 reward for tips leading to those involved. BPA said Wednesday that over the past 90 days, there have been four incidents of damaged insulators on its Olympia-Grand Coulee transmission line between the towns of Spanaway and Graham."
"Did you know it’s possible to grow your favorite vegetables all year round? It’s even easier to accomplish than you might think. You may have even seen some of the various walipini designs floating around the web, but I’ll bet you haven’t seen one like this. It’s called the Greenhouse Of The Future. Here you’ll see a short video of an overview of the design. You’ll notice that the producers are Canadian. Now why is that important to know? Do you know how freakin’ cold it gets in Canada during the winter!?? If these guys can develop a system that allows them to grow food year round in the dead cold of winter in Canada, then you know darn well that this is system is going to work just about everywhere in the U.S."
"Getting prepared for the chaos that is coming to America in the years ahead is not that complicated. Help is out there – if you know where to look. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. In this article, I have put together a list of 122 of the best prepper websites on the Internet that will teach you how to prep for free. The great thing about the prepper community is that there are always highly skilled people that are willing to freely share their knowledge and experience with the general public."
"More reasons why you are not crazy for prepping. You are a responsible, intelligent, and wise investor in your future and that of your loved ones. Responsible adults prepare for the well being of themselves and their loved ones. Good job! Carry on!"
"Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well—if you let it. We've talked about which browsers are best for privacy before, and the best tools to lock your browser down, but there are also entire browsers designed to keep your data as secure and private as possible. Let's take a look at some of them."
"I doubt there is a more popular weapon system available today than the modern sporting rifle, or AR. They can be had in many different calibers and configurations, more accessories than you can imagine and they are genuinely fun to shoot. On top of all that, in the 5.56 caliber they are inexpensive to shoot compared to many other calibers. Another great thing about the AR rifle is that, at this time, they can be built or bought relatively inexpensively. My purpose for writing this article is to give the reader some ideas and advice on building a budget AR rifle. I will concentrate on the 5,56 caliber, which will also shoot 223 ammunition. This platform is the least expensive to build of the AR calibers. Why build? I like the idea of building because it allows you to configure the rifle exactly like you want. It also allows you to purchase parts incrementally over time, thus easier on the budget. An added benefit is that you become intimately aware of all the working parts of the system during construction. This should allow you to trouble shoot the weapon should there be any issues."
"How do you survive if you become trapped in your vehicle during a blizzard? With winter fast approaching, this is a good question. The last few years have seen unseasonably cold and snowy winters in the U.S. Along with sustained cold temperatures, many regions experienced blizzard conditions including heavy snow fall and accumulation, combined with strong winds. Numerous areas were affected, including thousands of miles of roads ranging from major commuter highways down to narrow, twisty mountain roads. This became a recipe for motorists getting stuck in their vehicles during these tough weather conditions and they did. Blizzards and winter storms are generally forecast by our nation’s weather services. What is not easily predicted is the true amount of snow, wind speeds, and the areas where snow and ice will accumulate. This means that if you live in or are traveling through to an area that gets winter snow storms, regardless of whether it is urban, suburban or rural, you need to be prepared. Here’s how."
"On December 12th, the authorities in Southwest Ohio said they arrested a man who had painted his handgun to resemble a toy. This happened four days after a legislation was passed which requires all “lookalike” firearms to be brightly colored or clearly marked in another way. Ohio legislature took passed the bill after two fatal police shootings of young people who carried fake guns in recent months. Police officers responded to a call about an armed man and found Orlando Lovery, age 23, with a handgun painted bright red and a small amount cocaine. Lowery was jailed for carrying a concealed weapon and a drug count; as of yet he has no listed attorney. The bill requires all airsoft rifles, BB guns and air rifles to be made in stand-out color or have a prominent fluorescent strips. The bill was named after the 22 year old John Crawford III, who was shot by the police in a Dayton Wal-Mart while carrying an air rifle. According to police report, they thought he had an assault rifle. Just last month, a boy aged 12 was also fatally shot by the police; he was carrying a pellet gun. Several other cities and states have similar laws. Some people opposing the law have, apparently correctly, predicted the criminals would try to disguise real firearms in order to confuse the police. They also expressed doubt that the bill would do anything to actually prevent accidental shootings."