"A treacherous winter storm reaching from Texas to New England closed schools, canceled more than 4,000 flights and stranded hundreds of drivers overnight in Kentucky, where as much as 23 inches of snow fell. The snow has caused traffic to come to a standstill and a huge section of the freeway between Elizabethtown and Louisville has become a virtual parking lot - leaving cars and trucks littered across the roads since 10pm last night. Desperate for food, some of those stuck in the 50 mile jam have taken to foraging on the side of the road for food and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency. 'Help is on the way,' Kentucky National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Kirk Hilbrecht, interviewed on CNN, told drivers stuck overnight in their cars on I-65 and I-24."
(Sgt Trainer: This is the type of situation that justifies ensuring you have, at the very minimum, sufficient gear and food available in your vehicle each and every time you venture out during the winter...regardless of what the sky looks like when you are about to depart. You need, at the very least, blankets; food; water; coats; gloves; boots; small shovel...to keep the exhaust pipe of your vehicle clear of snow and obstructions...; flashlight; lighter or matches; small candle(s); portable radio; activities if you have small children with you...including the above appropriate gear for them...; road flares and/or flashing beacon; emergency caution triangle; small medical kit; CB or HAM radio; knife; small metal camping cup in case you have to melt snow for water. I've been caught out in winter storms in North Dakota, so believe me when I tell you these can be life savers. Oh, and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE!)
"Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production. Truthstream uncovered several published newspaper accounts from the Spring of 1964 concerning a then-newly disclosed plan to dump nuclear waste produced by the atomic energy industry into hydraulic fracturing (fracking) wells using a cement slurry technique developed by Halliburton & Co. The top two fracking companies in the nation at the time were Halliburton and Dowell, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical. And here we thought fracking was a relatively new industrial phenomenon growing in popularity over just the last couple of decades. Boy were we wrong. Revealed within these articles is Halliburton’s long-standing relationship with the secret government and deep ties between the oil and nuclear industries."
"What do former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an appeals court justice, several potential members of the Boston Marathon bombing jury and thousands of regular Americans have in common? They all believe that they’ve seen a video of accused bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropping a deadly backpack behind victims at the marathon on April 15, 2013—a video his defense said “does NOT actually exist.” Still, how is it that so many people believe they’ve seen a video that doesn’t exist? And, why, if it doesn’t exist, was this farce allowed to continue for nearly two years? As WhoWhatWhy pointed out last month, verbal intimations by government officials, video of Tsarnaev and his brother walking down Boylston carrying backpacks like thousands of other marathon-goers and a TV re-enactment are all that’s ever been “seen” by the public. The only time a video of this nature has been seen is in a National Geographic docu-drama entitled, “Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers.” The video, however, was not actual footage of Tsarnaev, but a re-enactment of video the FBI said it saw. The grainy footage wasn’t even shot in Boston—actors created the scene on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona."
"We live in a stimulant-infused world. If the SHTF, you might want to have a plan for replacing your daily intake or weaning yourself off of normal daily dosage of your stimulant of choice. Having a supply of mild stimulants around could also be handy if you need to stay awake for guard duty or travel after dark. The local over-priced coffee shop may not be open after a hurricane or earthquake takes out the water and power supplies. I won't cover the illegal stimulants that are available, since they are by definition illegal and I can't publicly condone illegal activity."
"While most preppers do take the threat of a financial crisis, a solar flare, or even a zombie apocalypse very seriously, there are many benefits to prepping even if these TEOTWAWKI situations never come about in our lifetimes. Many of the criticisms non-preppers make of preppers have to do with the fact that preppers seem “paranoid” about the future and apocalyptic, end of the world situations that probably won’t even come about in their lifetimes. What these people fail to see is that prepping has a phenomenal number of benefits for preppers even if these apocalyptic situations don’t end up taking place. The vast majority of preps will help in difficult situations that commonly arise in life. Here are 28 reasons why, even if the end of the world doesn’t come, preppers will still benefit from prepping."
"There’s an unavoidable trade-off when choosing a firearm and ammo caliber for self-defense in and around your home. The more powerful options are also louder and have greater recoil. Indoors, the noise is greater from any firearm due to the enclosed space. The sound bounces back from walls and ceiling, increasing the possible harm. For home defense, it’s a good idea to keep a pair of high NRR rated ear muffs with your firearm. Throw it on if you need to grab your gun for defensive purposes. But even then, it’s probably impractical for everyone in the home to have hearing protection available at all times. So you should take this factor into account when choosing a home defense gun. A .223 AR is far too loud for indoor use, especially without a silencer or hearing protection. A 12 gauge is similarly problematic. Recoil is another significant factor. If you are an experienced shooter, fine; you know which caliber you can shoot accurately, with a quick follow-up shot. But many preppers, who are not experienced shooters, would like to own a firearm for self-defense in the home. They need a gun that does not require a lot of range time to use effectively. And so recoil is an important consideration."
"Must be the weather… since August. US Manufacturers New Orders tumbled 0.2% in January (missing expectations of a 0.2% rise for the 6th of the last 7 months). This extends the losing streak for factory orders to 6 months, something we have not seen since the great recession in 2008… The drop was led by a plunge in Consumer Goods – not exactly what one would expect from all those gas savings? Just add it to the growing list of missed macro data expectations since the start of Feb!"
"As reported at Antiwar.com, the US and some of its regional client dictatorships are prodding the major al-Qaeda faction operating in Syria, a brutal terrorist group called al-Nusra, to “re-brand” so the US can openly arm it. Wikipedia notes that al-Nusra:
…is a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria…
…has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Turkey.
…is generally made up of native Syrian mujahideen who adhere to Sunni Islam. Its goal is to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria and create an Islamic Emirate under Sharia law.
Members of the group have referred to the United States and Israel as enemies of Islam, and warned against Western intervention in Syria. al-Nusra is also, according to both the United States government and ISIS itself, affiliated with ISIS, formerly known as AQI – al Qaeda in Iraq."
"Shingles (herpes zoster) is a secondary outbreak of the chicken pox virus. It can happen decades after the original infection. It is usually less severe the second time. It may occur for people who have had either chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination. It is often caused by the vaccine, and people who get the vaccine strain years after a vaccination get a much worse version of shingles. It is an opportunistic virus that will strike whenever the immune system is sufficiently impaired. Those who have never contracted chicken pox are at risk of contracting it from people with shingles. When it first occurs, shingles usually appears in circular patterns."
"The homes of many rich, famous people have a secret hidden within them. Somewhere, in the depths of the home, is a secure room to which the residents can retreat in the event of a home invasion or violent intruder. A safe room was carved into the original house plan, and many of these are state of the art. Features might include a bank of monitors for viewing what’s going on outside the room, a small kitchenette, comfortable furnishings, fresh air venting, and a hardened communications system. These expertly designed rooms can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to be a movie star or a multi-millionaire to build your own version of a safe room. Even the most humble home or apartment can have on a place to which vulnerable family members can retreat if they are under threat."
"I had to wait a few days to calm down before writing this. It seems a friend of mine, who has never said anything directly to me about my prepper ways, decided to put up a couple of posts on facebook. The posts were not insulting per se, but were full of implied criticism of ANYONE who prepares in any way. To make things worse, to me, this person lives about as far from a nuclear power plant as I do and has even less chance of escaping the area should something go wrong. So rather than do anything proactive to be ready (you know… prepare?) this individual has decided it would be great sport to make fun of preppers. My question is: how do the rest of you deal with folks who think there’s something wrong with YOU for preparing, all the while ignoring real potential problems that can occur day to day?"
(Sgt Trainer: If you can't control it...don't worry about it. It's not worth the stress!)
"An Iowa woman is training new and expecting parents how to carry both guns, and babies, safely. Melody Lauer’s class isn’t your ordinary gun training seminar. Her “Babywearing and Carrying” class offers onsite childcare, and is specifically catered to new parents interested in having their firearms close at hand, while they’re busy doing other things, like trying to raise a family.
"Three gun bills have survived the gauntlet of the Mississippi legislature and are currently on the House agenda. Senate Bill 2394 would exempt active duty members of the armed services from payment of the license and renewal fees for a firearms permit and reduce the fee for anyone else from $100.00 to $80.00. Also on the House agenda is Senate Bill 2619 which would clarify the definition of armed services as;"
"The oil of the peppermint plant has remained a central component of many medicine cabinets for centuries, for good reasons. Aside from being a proven anagesic, expectorant and carminative, this intense and aromatic oil is a potent anti-inflammatory that is well-known for treating gastrointestinal conditions, such as indigestion and stomach spasms, in a gentle and natural manner. Emerging evidence also suggests that it can even treat irritable bowel syndrome. Though it is widely used as an internal medicine, peppermint oil also provides several cosmetic benefits. It is particularly effective at improving the health of our mouth, hair, nails and skin."
"Forget buying toothpaste, reading all of those ingredients, wondering if you can recycle the toothpaste tube or not. Make your own toothpaste, mouthwash, and more. There's nothing you can get in the store that will do as well as these recipes. But remember, there's nothing you can do for your gums and teeth that will heal them and keep them healthy without eating a healthy diet."
"Earlier this year, I had a day where I experienced a sore throat and sinus irritation. I didn’t reach for a box of any over-the-counter remedy, instead I juiced a fair amount of ginger and lemon and added it to a tea. I was very satisfied with the relief I felt. My experience was nothing new; ginger, or ginger root, has been cultivated and used therapeutically for thousands of years. Traditional medicine systems all over the world have applied it to a wide range of ailments, including calming an upset stomach. Recent studies of ginger have confirmed this effect and much more…"
"I recently had a conversation with a young woman, a nurse by profession, who contacted me after reading one of my articles on Wake Up World. She wanted to learn more about how my work could help her release her deep pain from childhood in order that she could step more fully into her own sacred purpose – helping others heal. Throughout the course of our conversation I asked her, “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how intuitive do you feel you are?” She replied, “Zero really. I don’t really feel I am intuitive at all”. It was so incredibly interesting to see this exchange play out, not least because almost all of my articles speak to the fact that we are intuitive by nature and explore the far-reaching, lifestyle-improving benefits of developing self-awareness and intuitive skills. But there was something in that article that clearly struck a chord with her, and resonated so deeply that she instinctively reached out to connect with me right away. So… There she was, following her intuition, but she couldn’t actually see it herself! This highlighted for me a curious notion I observe a lot in my work – that many people have a difficult time putting their finger on exactly what their intuition is."
"“The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of legislation."
"Herbal tinctures are typically an alcoholic extract of plant or animal material. One of the best solvents you can find in any home is VINEGAR. Being acidic is a better solvent for obtaining alkaloids then most of industrial products. The general method of preparation (herbal tinctures) is really simple: the herbs are put in a container (a jar), the vinegar is added and then the jar is left to stand for 2–3 weeks and shaken occasionally in order to maximize extraction. Here is an amazing antibiotic, antiviral, vermifuge, anti-fungal (and a lot of other health benefits as listed below):"
"Can't recall a friend's phone number? Press the speed dial on your mobile. Don't know the way to their house? Use a satnav. Modern technology has taken the strain off our brains with the answers to so many problems available at the click of a button. But is there a dark side to all this convenience? Growing scientific evidence suggests a future where our brains may prematurely fail in later life through under-use, thanks to Mother Nature's rule that we 'use it or lose it'. You might describe this new threat to our mental health as 'e-mentia' - memory-related problems, and even depression, linked to our overuse of new technology."
"Another issue related to GMO’s is the patenting of life forms by the grain giants and the pharmaceutical industry. Make no mistake – the money to be made on the ownership of genetic patents is staggering. That’s why the big agriculture, chemical and pharma-giants like Cargill, Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont are racing to patent plant genes – and not just the GMO’s they create, but all plants with any value – like the vegetable crops that you and I grow in our gardens. Imagine this scenario: all the plants in your garden are literally owned by a few multi-national corporations. You must not only buy their seed, but you may have to pay for the right to grow it. And if you save seed or propagate the plants vegetatively, you may find yourself face to face with a lawsuit and a very real threat of going to jail for patent infringement. I’m not just talking about seeds from plants that these companies worked years to develop – I’m talking about old varieties that have been around for 50, 100, or even thousands of years! You can just see the dollar signs swirling, can’t you?"
"The trial of Marine veteran Gene Vela ended on Wednesday when a jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault on a public servant. The charges were brought against the veteran after an intense police standoff in November, 2013, which concluded with him being shot by police three times. The man was months away from receiving his master’s degree when the incident took place. Also, his only previous run-in’s with the law were minor such as a DUI. The incident occurred when a friend of Vela had called the police because he was worried about Vela after he unexpectedly cut a phone call short telling his friend that he needed help and sounding distressed. Vela suffered from PTSD. When the police arrived at the home, they were met by Vela and his loaded Glock with a laser that the police allege was aimed at one officer’s chest. The defense argued that he did not know that the men banging on his door were police, and that he was attempting to protect himself and his home. “Why wouldn’t you say — just to make sure he understood — ‘hey, we’re Austin police, we’re here to help you?’” Skip Davis, the lawyer representing Vela asked officer Joseph Poswalk during the trial. A standoff ensued but ended when two officers fired three shots at Vela, striking him once in the shoulder. He then surrendered without his weapon and was taken into custody. After nearly four hours of deliberations, the jury sided with the defense who stated that Vela was within his rights to protect his property. This was due to the fact that police did not identify themselves until after Vela had already been shot."
"A pair of globalist-minded academics is arguing for an idea that, just a few short years ago, was derided as conspiratorial -- and by the same cable news outlet where the two are making their case: CNN. In an online column for the Cable News Network, Andres Martinez -- editorial director of Zocalo Public Square and professor of practice at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University -- and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan -- an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America and a former adviser on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policy planning staff -- argue for a European-style merger between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, though CNN attempted to ridicule former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, for his previous mention of a North American Union."
"Property developers want to build a super-mall smack dab in the middle of one of America's most breath-taking world heritage sites, the Grand Canyon. The mall would include an IMAX, shops, hotels and fast food cafes. The National Park Service has called the plans 'a travesty'. The ludicrous project is being proposed by property developers Confluence Partners as a way to make more money from the millions of people who want to see one of nature's greatest marvels. We cannot let big business get away with monetizing our national parks! The company is already facing huge outrage over the plan from many sides. If thousands of SumOfUs members speak out about this monstrosity, it will be forced to back down. Tell Confluence Partners to keep its hands off the Grand Canyon!"
(Sgt Trainer: My question on this is "Who gave them permission? Or is this a feasibility study?)
"Be forewarned, please, that this will not be very pleasant reading, especially if readers eat farm-raised fish and, in particular, salmon, a highly-farm-raised fish. “Wild-caught” need not apply. During my years of research, I’ve come across all sorts of information, studies, and papers relating to animal vaccines, but this one sort of “takes the cake,” in my opinion. Farmed fish are vaccinated because, according to the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NSVS). Modern fish farming is highly industrialized and relies heavily upon effective vaccines to minimize losses caused by infectious diseases.  Want to know how to vaccinate a fish? Please see slide 4 of the 28-slide presentation, “Side-effects of vaccination: an example of the conflict between guidelines and real life.” It looks like a PowerPoint presentation made by Trygve T. Poppe and Gunvor Knudsen of the NSVS."