"MEMPHIS — A disturbing video has surfaced online showing a police officer unabashedly trying to steal money from a family’s make-a-wish foundation fund. The money was reserved for a sick child who was about to be cared for on a make-a-wish trip. The make a wish foundation is an organization devoted to fulfilling the wishes of children who are dying from life-threatening illnesses. The incident occurred at Memphis International Airport and was caught on a surveillance camera. Officer Ronald Harris can be seen running through an airport terminal after he was caught. He then cut the child’s father on his forehead in an attempt to get away. Officer Harris’s file at the Memphis Police Department is filled with charges for misconduct and consists of 137 pages of abuses such as failing to respond to emergency calls, insubordination, abusing sick leave for money, etc., according to reports. Officer Harris was trying to take a package that had a $1,500.00 gift card inside of it, which was intended as traveling funds for the sick child."
(Sgt Trainer: Why am I NOT surprised!!!! Entitlement attitudes in that town run rampant!!!)
"If you are thinking about getting an alarm system for your family home, you probably have a whole bunch of questions that you want answers to before you go ahead and place the order with an alarm company. If you are looking to provide a reliable way to protect the home that you live in, a burglar alarm system is definitely something you need to consider. According to FBI statistics, there is a burglary taking place somewhere in the U.S every 13 seconds, so you need to get the odds stacked more in your favor and divert attention away from your property as a potential target, which you can do with an alarm system. Having established that you want to protect your home with an alarm system, there are three important questions that you do want to ask the alarm company in particular."
"In recent decades, dozens of sovereign nations have fallen into ever-deepening trouble by becoming indebted with the “private megabank over-world” for amounts far, far in excess of what they can ever pay back. Is this due to bankers’ professional malpractice coupled with government mismanagement on a truly grand scale? Or are we seeing global power elite long-term planners slowly achieving their goals?"
"For uber-wealthy Russians, "an apartment in Miami, even the most glorious beachfront apartment, is not a priority right now," warns one real estate attorney, as The New York Observer reports Russian buyers no longer felt they had the liquid assets to carry on with the transaction and were looking to break closed real estate contracts. "Your average Russian buyer tends to be someone who works in the $5, $10, $15 million range. Obviously very wealthy people, but also people who are much more likely to feel a pinch given the economic situation and the exchange rate," and with maintenance costs sky-high, the trophy apartments have shifted from 'safe-deposit-boxes' out of reach of sanctions to burdensome drains."
"Every prepper knows the importance of water. Quite simply, you can’t live without it. Within three days, dehydration will take hold and death soon thereafter. The procurement and catchment from a water source is step one. Water Purification is step two. The water you’re hoping to drink might be riddled with parasites or bacteria particles, you can’t afford to skimp on water purification. In the very circumstances that put you in contact with questionable water (being in the wilderness, surviving or recovering from a disaster) the last thing you want to do is to get sick with dysentery. For preppers, having an adequate water supply requires three steps: Catchment, Purification + Storage. Last month we shared our methods for Water Storage here on APN: Water Storage for Preppers . This month we will deal with the basics of water purification as an integral part of a preparedness plan."
"An ongoing story concerning a former South Carolina police chief who killed an unarmed man has recently received a great deal of national attention. Much of the press, even in the alternative media, has been positive because it marks one of the rare times an officer even makes it into the courtroom after taking a life. Any hopeful expectations of justice came crashing down, however, when on Tuesday morning a hung jury prompted the judge to declare a mistrial."
"Social Security disability payments could be cut after Republicans bound themselves to a reform of the federal disability insurance program last week, on the first day of the new Congress. Essentially, the two Social Security components, the disability insurance program and the much larger Old Age and Survivors Insurance program, are treated as one system with money moving between the two if one is running short on funds and the other has plenty of money. The reform adds an obstacle to reallocating the money and if Congress doesn’t act, Social Security will be forced to cut disability payments to all recipients by about one fifth."
"All charges have been dropped against Officer Thomas Schmidt, a Baltimore police officer who had been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after allegedly holding down a small dog while Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit its throat. Schmidt, a 24-year veteran of the department, retired in September and will not be returning to the force. The trial for Bolger is scheduled for August. A medical examiner has been hired by the defense as an expert and is expected to testify that the dog strangled itself with the dog pole Schmidt was holding, and was already dead and lifeless for 5 minutes when Bolger slit the pet’s throat. “Agent Bolger could not be certain whether the dog had died or was dying and unconscious after it was removed from the dog pole,” Bolger’s attorneys wrote in a motion to dismiss the charges. “Consequently, in the event that it was still alive, Agent Bolger wanted to end its suffering.” That statement about Bolger’s big heart heavily contradicts Bolger’s statement prior to the slashing where he was overheard saying “I’m going to gut this (expletive) thing.”
"As states tighten their eligibility requirements for food stamps, that may leave as many as 1 million adults facing "serious hardship" next year, according to a new forecast. Some of the country's poorest will be struck from the rolls in 2016 as states re-impose work requirements that they had allowed to lapse when the recession struck in 2007, according to a new report from the progressive-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank. With the work requirements going back into effect, many states are planning to reinstate a three-month limit on food stamps for adults who aren't disabled or raising children and who don't have a job or are in a training program for at least 20 hours a week. While that might seem fair -- after all, critics of the program would question giving food to people who aren't apparently willing to work -- the CBPP notes that most states don't offer job training to every adult who is at risk of losing their food stamp benefits. "The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group, will likely cause serious hardship among many," the report notes."
(Sgt Trainer: Video AND transcript available at the hyperlink above.)
"Did you know that you should not put a bottle of Round Up in your municipal trashcan for pick up? If that is the case, then why on Earth would we put that same chemical trash into our bodies? Yep – Round Up, Monsanto’s favorite herbicide and one of their best-selling products, is considered a Hazmat issue for local cities and towns. It isn’t supposed to be disposed of in your regular trash pick-up. According to the Department of Public Works, “Employees can be harmed by their toxic fumes.” Monsanto’s Round Up is in the same category for trash removal as paint, paint thinner, furniture polish, mercury, swimming pool chemicals, CFL and fluorescent light bulbs, and antifreeze. I certainly wouldn’t eat antifreeze, would you? I know that question may sound a bit insulting, but how is it then that we allow (through the voting process and complicit agreement) the EPA to hike up allowable glyphosate (the main ingredient in Round Up) levels? They’ve done it not once, but multiple times. Now – the allowed level in teff animal feed is 100 parts per million (ppm); and in [GM] oilseed crops, 40 ppm. Allowed levels in some fruits and vegetables eaten by humans have also risen."
"According to multiple reports, Judge Katherine Forrest has threatened to impose a secret jury in the case of accused Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht, in response to jury nullification outreach that has been taking place outside the courtroom all week. For those who don’t know, jury nullification is basically the right for any juror to not only judge the facts of the case, but to also actually judge the validity of the law itself. This means that if a jury feels that a defendant is facing an unjust charge, they actually have the right to rule in the defendant’s favor, even if they are technically guilty under the court’s standards. However, authorities in the court system prefer that this fact is unknown by jurors, so they can continue to persecute people for nonviolent, victim-less crimes. In the case of Ross Ulbricht, Judge Forrest has went through great lengths to see that the jury will not be fully informed about their rights to judge the legitimacy of the law. Not only has the judge dismissed a number of jurors because they were made aware of jury nullification, but she has also now threatened to impose a secret jury if activists don’t stop their jury outreach. According to jury rights activist James Babb, “Basically, she decreed that if the independent volunteers didn’t stop informing jurors of their right to nullify unjust and misapplied laws, she would “annonymize” the jury, bussing them in from a secret location, blocking their contact from the outside world. Of course, the jurors won’t be told that they are being “protected” from a 100% factual pamphlet about their indisputable rights. Instead, they will thank the judge for protecting them from a dangerous crime boss.”
(Sgt Trainer: Jury Nullification is a POWERFUL tool that most people do not know about...and that most judges don't WANT you to know about.)
"We all have become accustomed to flipping a switch, turning a dial or pushing a button and having things operate. We have become so accustomed to how things work with electricity that we may not realize that some things can in fact work without electricity, while on the other hand we tend to forget that certain other things, things you may not realize do require electricity to operate."
"South Carolina state senator Larry Martin (R) has successfully pushed a bill through subcommittee that bans the possession of guns and ammunition not only for people who caused “bodily injury” via a domestic disturbance, but those who “could have” as well. According to the text of Martin’s bill--S. 3—persons who commit the offense of “criminal domestic violence in the second degree” cannot “ship, transport, or receive a firearm or ammunition.” The offense of “criminal domestic violence in the second degree” applies not only to those who cause “moderate bodily injury to their household member” but those who create a situation where “moderate bodily injury to their household member could have resulted.” Not that it did occur but that it could have. This appears to open the door to guilt by accusation, and a subsequent suspension of 2nd Amendment rights."
"The concept of Homesteading has always held a particular thrill in American culture. The very word calls forth romantic images of covered wagons creaking slowly across a dusty prairie and the triumphant battle against untamed nature. These homesteaders were a tough self-reliant breed, able to calmly persevere in the face of great odds. And while I’m not so sure the reality of the backbreaking labor and a good deal of deprivation would be as thrilling as the idea of it, I find I quite envy them. Theirs was a life of freedom. Even if it was just the freedom to fail. The vast expanses of land just waiting for some sturdy soul to claim it for his own are no more. Yet the spirit that inspires one to go out and make a better life still flows through our American veins. We feel instinctively that this life we have built, so dependent on those who have little concern for our welfare beyond the contribution we can make toward their profits, is sorely lacking in both basic security and personal satisfaction. This has led to a new way of homesteading…. Not with hundreds of acres in the middle of the wilderness, but in a small backyard in a quiet suburb, an abandoned lot in a run-down neighborhood, or even the balcony of an apartment. Yet even with these radical differences, the new homesteaders still embody the vital qualities of self-reliance, ingenuity, and hard work. So you’re dreaming of your own little homestead, but for whatever reasons you can’t just pull up stakes and move to the country. You can get started right now and just where you are. You may even discover that you already have your little slice of heaven and you didn’t even know it. Here are five steps you can take to jump start your journey to self-reliance:"
"A while back, I received a question that asked about the best way to sharpen stainless steel knives, a common problem, especially considering how much easier it is to sharpen carbon steel than stainless steel. Well, it seems a lot of you benefited from that article, and as a result, I thought it’d be a good idea to do a very similar article detailing how one can sharpen ceramic blade knives, since those are even more tricky to sharpen. Ceramic is basically the black sheep material of the cutlery industry, and whilst many do like using it in the kitchen, I’m not personally all that fond of it myself. If you haven’t jumped the gun and purchased some ceramic knives yet, but are considering it, I’d suggest against it, though I’ll be posting a full article that details the pros and cons of using a ceramic blade knife over a steel blade knife some time in the next month."
"In times when most of the day is spent peeling zombies off your windshield, antibiotics are going to be difficult if not impossible to find. In this post we’ll discuss why you might want to think twice about treating fever, and when it is too high and must be dealt with. Fever it seems, is natures oldest and most effective antibiotic. It’s also likely to be the only one available in the dark days ahead. Our immune system has its own intranet. It’s a way to call for help using chemical messengers:"