"Smart Meters disappearing from fire scenes."
"Former National Security Agency technical director turned whistleblower William Binney told Alex Jones that the US no longer represented a country with a constitutional govt. Binney, a 36-year agency veteran who blew the whistle on domestic surveillance in 2001, warned that the United States was sliding dangerously close to “totalitarianism” under the NSA’s plan for a “controlled society.”
"The water crisis in California is reaching epic proportions. And it’s going to cost everyone, big time. After a sustained drought, NASA has reported that the state has less than one year of water reserves remaining, with no back up plan if things go wrong. Now, there is so much demand for water in Southern Californian cities, that many farmers are opting to sell their water rights to urban dwellers – not just at a premium, but at an unbelievable and unprecedented rate. CBS News profiled some rice farmers with historic rights to the Yuba River who are being offered so much for water, they have decided to forego planting their crops altogether and sell the new “cash crop” – liquid gold. The going rate has jumped from the $50 per foot acre, which many farmers have been willing to pay, to an astounding $700 per foot acre. Fourth generation rice farmer Charlie Matthews knows that the soft approach is the early one, and fears that cities will use any means at their disposal to steal or take his water if he isn’t cooperative. The crisis is that big:"
"Tomatoes also help provide fiber to the diet. In addition, tomatoes are low in a lot of things you might not want:
• Saturated fat
Another substance in tomatoes that has known health benefits is Lycopene, a vital anti-oxidant. Lycopene flushes out free radicals, substances involved in cell damage. Our body doesn’t produce lycopene on its own, so we need sources like tomatoes to reap its benefits. The tomato isn’t the only plant that contains Lycopene, but nothing else has so much of it. You’ve probably heard that cooking often removes some of the vitamins from food, and that’s mostly true, but tomatoes actually retain their lycopene content if cooked. Tomatoes have beneficial effects on a number of organ systems:"
"Financial analysts and preppers that are in tune to the systemic corruption of the banking and political systems are encouraging people to get out of debt and into hard assets and sustainable living practices. For hard assets, this includes storing food, water, clothing, firearm protection and other materials. For debt, it includes paying off college tuition, credit card, car loans and mortgage debt. Nothing sounds bad about that right? Getting out of debt and being self reliant is something that is hard to find fault with. However, as I explore the theories of how the system might implode, I’ve found that one of the above solutions may not be a solution at all… While I agree that acquiring hard assets can help you weather the storm, I am not so sure getting out of debt will completely stem the tide of the financial collapse. In particular, I’m only referring to one type of debt – mortgage debt. As I received my bank escrow statement for the prior year, I found that it had run a deficit as the property taxes had increased. Why? In under three years, my home and others in the neighborhood had organically grown 14% in value. This is largely due to the real estate bubble returning, and little on behalf of the home owners or locality’s improvements. In addition to the increase in property values, 2015 taxes have also increased substantially. What I am left with is a jaw dropping increase in taxes. So, how might this ruin you in an economic collapse?"
"Out of curiosity I searched for maps that would reveal nuclear targets in the United States, and I’ve posted them here for your interest. Each target map is in the public domain. They vary with regards to nuclear proliferation and opinion of the day during the time they were published. Some maps are older than others and might not represent some of the changes which have occurred since their publish, but they are still interesting to examine, especially relative to one’s own location…"
"I have a bookshelf full of homesteading books, resources, information, and magazines on all kinds of homesteading topics. I have dreamed about the day when we would live on enough acreage that we could easily keep livestock, grow an expansive garden, and maybe even make a bit of income from our excesses. I have practiced countless homesteading skills (canning, milking, seed starting, soil amending, etc.) in preparation for our Eventual Farm. And yet, when finally faced with the opportunity to do all of the things I (we) have been longing to do, I’ve found myself completely overwhelmed by the intensity of the options that lay before us! I mean, really! How do you start your homestead?"
(Sgt Trainer: Part 1 is available at this link also in case you missed it.)
"You look through your riflescope at a target in the distance. The target can be “measured” by means of a scope reticle with gradations in MOA (minutes of angle) or in MRAD (milliradians). The distance between two “mil-dots” is one MRAD. Scope reticles vary greatly in their design, but you can always find a description (somewhere) of the distance between markings in MOA or MRAD. What does it mean if an object measures 1 MOA or 1 mil-dot (MRAD) in your scope? How do we determine the distance to the object (called “ranging”) from that information? Your eye sees an object in the distance. You have a line of sight to the top of the object and a line of sight to its bottom. This creates an angle and a triangle."
"Solar power is a fantastic resource, especially for preppers, and while it is catching on, it still isn’t where it should be. I have been adding raised bed planters to my garden, but couldn’t get a tiller in the boxes to add and distribute the amendments, so I came up with what I feel is the perfect solution, a SOLAR powered roto-tiller. It took me about 6 hours of puttering to do the complete changeover, and I used readily available components I had scrounged for free."
"As I read various articles and blogs about survival preparation, planning, preparedness, etc. it occurs to me that each writer, including myself, holds a greater expertise in certain areas of preparedness and survival than in others. I know… “Duh!” right? What would I expect? Everyone has that which they have mastered to a greater extent and those skills that they still need to practice. It is human nature, I believe, to prefer to practice that which we are already good at and to neglect, to some extent, the things we aren’t as good at. Why? Because we naturally don’t like failure and when we practice the things we’re not as particularly skilled at, we don’t do them as well… leaving us feeling a greater sense of failure than when we efficiently and neatly accomplish another skill set we’re far better at. Here’s the problem: We’ll never get any better at the things we NEED to practice if we always focus on the things we’re already good at. In a true survival situation, whether it’s short term or long term, our survival may indeed depend on how well-rounded our skill sets are."
"The towel you dry your hands on after washing them in the kitchen might be negating your cleaning efforts. A new study pegged towels as the most contaminated objects in home kitchens and says they could be a source of spreading foodborne illness. “First, participants were observed frequently handling towels, including paper towels, even when not using them for drying,” Kansas State University food safety specialist Jeannie Sneed said in a statement. “Towels were determined to be the most contaminated of all the contact surfaces tested.”
"In his most recent attempt to centralize the federal government’s grip on America, Obama has launched his “21st Century Policing” pilot program, COPS, in six cities across the country. “Obamalaw,” is yet another overreach of Constitutional authority to fundamentally transform the nation, this time by taking away local police enforcement rights and putting new rules and regulations in place as dictated by the President and Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Born out of the perception that racism is rampant amongst city law enforcement agencies, this new plan is intended to address the issue by trampling on local rights."
"The city of Sacramento is in the fourth year of a record drought – yet the Nestlé Corporation continues to bottle city water to sell back to the public at a big profit, local activists charge. The Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento is the target of a major press conference on Tuesday, March 17, by a water coalition that claims the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during the drought. The coalition, the crunchnestle alliance, says that City Hall has made this use of the water supply possible through a “corporate welfare giveaway,” according to a press advisory."
"Does anyone else have the feeling that things are not just unraveling, but that the unraveling is gathering speed?"
"Federal drug agents may be racially profiling and unjustly seizing cash from travelers in the nation’s airports, bus stations and train stations. A new report released by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice examined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s controversial use of “cold consent.” In a cold consent encounter, a person is stopped if an agent thinks that person’s behavior fits a drug courier profile. Or an agent can stop a person cold “based on no particular behavior,” according to the Inspector General report. The agent then asks people they have stopped for consent to question them and sometimes to search their possessions as well. By gaining consent, law enforcement officers can bypass the need for a warrant. But after reviewing the DEA’s policies, the Inspector General concluded, “cold consent encounters and searches can raise civil rights concerns.” In one incident, DEA agents cold-stopped an African-American woman at an airport and allegedly subjected her to “aggressive and humiliating questioning”; the woman was a Pentagon lawyer and traveling on government business."
"How many times is too many times before the general public realizes that microwaves are inducing severe weather? Today, March 19 2015, a strong detection of damaging winds, and a detection of a possible strong tornado forming in the foothills East of Kirtland Air Force base in Albuquerque New Mexico. The rotation formed almost directly over the dual dome RADAR stations located on the East side of the base (at the foothills producing the tornadoes rotation). New Mexico, not exactly known for its tornado activity to begin with, plus the addition of a mountainous location further reduces chances of this being “natural” rotation occurring. The NEXRAD weather RADAR shows the rotation of the storm develop and pass directly over the Air Force Base (due East of the NEXRAD tower)."
"If you believe that ignorance is bliss, you might not want to read this article. I am going to dispel the notion that there has been any sort of “economic recovery”, and I am going to show that we are much worse off than we were just prior to the last economic crisis. If you go back to 2007, people were feeling really good about things. Houses were being flipped like crazy, the stock market was booming and unemployment was relatively low. But then the financial crisis of 2008 struck, and for a while it felt like the world was coming to an end. Of course it didn’t come to an end – it was just the first wave of our problems. The waves that come next are going to be the ones that really wipe us out. Unfortunately, because we have experienced a few years of relative stability, many Americans have become convinced that Barack Obama, Janet Yellen and the rest of the folks in Washington D.C. have fixed whatever problems caused the last crisis. Even though all of the numbers are screaming otherwise, there are millions upon millions of people out there that truly believe that everything is going to be okay somehow. We never seem to learn from the past, and when this next economic downturn strikes it is going to do an astonishing amount of damage because we are already in a significantly weakened state from the last one."
"Collapse currency is a necessary shtf insurance policy we need to invest in for our long-term longevity. With this idea in mind, when we look at the concept of investing and wealth preservation for uncertain times, we want to employ a strategy that will provide as much coverage as possible so that if we are hit out of the blue with something totally unexpected, we’ll at least have the basic necessities to survive. One of the most popular shtf currencies many have invested in is gold and silver. While these are the currencies of kings, many believe it may not be the only form of currency in a shtf scenario to prepare for. In this type of scenario, you must take into account to our everyday lives will have changed. We will longer have access to our modern conveniences: medicine, clean drinking water, food and, in desperate times, we will do what we can to trade or barter for it. If we are facing an event where there is a capacity of millions of lives killed and take decades to recover from like a nuclear war or an EMP strike, then things like gold and silver may go on the back burner for a while. It’ll still have some value, but when survival consumes your every thought, your priorities tend to change. Valuable commodities like medicine, sugar and salt, seeds, knives and tobacco are a few of the six kinds of currency that will be tradable in a long-term emergency. Another important item to stock up on is alcohol."
"The snow that provides about 30 percent of California’s water didn’t fall this winter, which is really bad news as the state faces a likely fourth year of drought. In response, California’s water board has unanimously voted to adopt stricter conservation measures. The spring runoff from melting snow is “critically important” to California’s water supply, according to Doug Carlson, an information officer with the state’s Department of Water Resources. But the Sierra Nevada snowpack that provides that runoff only has 13 percent of the water content it usually does by this time of year, he said. Based on sensor readings, the state only has 3.7 inches of snow-water equivalent (the approximate amount of water you would get if you thawed all the snow at once). On average, California has 28.5 inches of snow-water equivalent by this time of year."
"Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol®) is the most commonly used analgesic medication worldwide. I have never been a fan of using acetaminophen for any condition. Let me explain. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (March 1, 2015) highlighted some of the adverse effects of acetaminophen. The researchers looked at multiple trials that reported adverse events related to acetaminophen use including mortality as well as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal or kidney problems. In one study, the authors found a 90% increased risk in overall mortality in those taking acetaminophen. Furthermore, there was a dose-response curve in the relative rate of mortality. This means the highest exposure to acetaminophen was associated with a higher mortality rate when compared to the lowest exposure group. Of the four studies that looked at cardiovascular adverse events and acetaminophen exposure, all found a dose-response with the highest users of acetaminophen having more cardiovascular adverse events (68%) as compared to the lowest exposure group (11%). With gastrointestinal and kidney adverse events, a similar dose-response was found; increasing doses of acetaminophen were associated with more problems."
"It’s easy to become overwhelmed when planning a new garden or improving an existing one. We talk consistently about permaculture, organic gardening techniques and ways to improve crop yields regardless of how much (or little) space you have available. So let’s look at companion planting; what it actually is, why it’s beneficial and finally, just how easy it is to accomplish at home without years of gardening experience."
"According to weekly detention and departure reports from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there were 167,527 non-detained convicted criminal aliens in the United States as of Jan. 26 of this year, a congressional hearing revealed Thursday. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.) read the statistic aloud Thursday during a hearing examining ICE's priorities and procedures for removing criminal aliens currently living in the United States. “In that report, it said that there are 167,527 non-detained, final-order convicted criminals on the loose in the United States,” Chaffetz pointed out while questioning ICE Director Sarah Saldana."
"You might be thinking, hey, I’ve got this one covered! I’ve survived lots of power outages. If that is your thought process, you could not be more wrong. Anyone who considers, even for a moment, how interconnected and interdependent our existence has become … so full of overly-complex, over-engineered, over-automated systems driving every aspect of our increasingly fragile existence that is dependent on just-in-time inventory and shipping virtually everything we need ridiculous distances … arrives at the same inescapable conclusion: that mankind has built a house of cards. I doubt we could have created a more fragile world if it had been our aim from the beginning. We have painted ourselves into a corner and we are going to make a mess getting out. Few analogies are as simple and powerful as tripping an electrical breaker to disconnect a building from the grid. One moment the building is alive, bright, vibrant, buzzing. With the flip of a switch, it lays still, cold and dead. On/off. Alive/Dead. It is truly that simple. One moment we have juice, the next we don’t."