"As a child who grew up in the seventies, I’m flabbergasted at the degree of generational differences in health, medicine, food, safety, and general well-being of children. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and all the advancements we’ve made in several areas, but at the same time when you break it down to the simplest ways of managing human lives, we’ve taken one step forward and three steps back. The level of fear we currently exhibit as parents and as a society towards children is at an unprecedented level. When comparing the two time periods, an element of certainty exists where we have now immersed our most precious assets into an toxic, overly hygienic, medicalized, obsessive compulsive, paranoid, anxious and at the very least, a “cowardice culture” where children are being trained and almost indoctrinated into a world where “the norm” is to fear everything and everyone."
"Power outages are one of the most common events for which a prepper prepares. Common causes range from lightning, to ice, to even cars crashing into utility poles. Even if you have a generator, do you pull it immediately out at the first flicker of the lights? Having a generator is the first step in electrical preparedness, but there are a few things you can do to make the transition from utility to emergency power easier. Having a generator shed allows you to have a generator in place and ready to go on a moment’s notice. It keeps neatly tucked away outside, out of the elements. Couple that with a transfer switch and you can easily be up and running in under a minute. Check out this 12 part series on how to build a generator shed in:"
"Governments around the globe long ago made the decision to alter and manipulate Earth's weather and climate systems. This decision was made without the knowledge or consent of the public. Some of the agendas behind the deliberate manipulation of Earth's life support systems are clear (based on available data). One major objective is weather warfare. The US military has stated its desire to "Own The Weather By 2025", and there are numerous historical examples of weather warfare such as "Project Popeye" in Vietnam. An even greater aspect of the atmospheric manipulation is the attempt to slow down what may already be a "runaway greenhouse effect" on our planet. What are the known consequences of the climate engineering insanity? The 10 bullet points below should be considered."
"For those who have been following the recent ISM reports, one of the recurring concerns of respondents in both the manufacturing and service sector has been the congestion at West Coast Ports - which handled 43.5% of containerized cargo in the U.S and where transiting cargo accounted for 12.5% of US GDP - as a result of reduced work output by the local unions who have been more focused in recent weeks on ongoing wage hike negotiations. And according to the latest update from the 29 west coast ports that serve as the entry point of the bulk of Asia/Pac trade into and out of the US, things are about to get far worse for America's manufacturing base, because as RILA reported earlier, talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) representing port management, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) officially broke down on Wednesday, and without an agreement, experts have suggested that nearly 30 west coast ports could be shut down within a week. As RILA reports, "a work slowdown during contract negotiations over the past seven months has already created logistic nightmares for American exporters, manufacturers and retailers dependent on an efficient supply chain. A complete shutdown would be catastrophic, with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk if America’s supply chain grinds to a halt."
"Today's children should look like pincushions from the dozens of vaccines they get from birth to the age of 18. "According to the Centers for Disease Control, the onslaught begins within 12 hours of birth when many babies get a Hepatitis B vaccine," says holistic doctor Dr. David Brownstein. "At two months, eight more vaccines follow, including polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, and throughout the next few months, they are subjected to boosters of the vaccines they've already have plus additional vaccines. "The CDC recommends that children get 49 doses of 14 vaccines before they reach the age of 6, and the total reaches 69 doses by the age of 18," Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. In fact, today's average child is subjected to three times as many vaccinations as were recommended in 1953. In addition, children's small bodies are subjected to numerous vaccinations simultaneously. In 1983, the CDC guidelines stated that doctors shouldn't give more than four vaccines at the same time. By 2013, CDC guidelines changed to approve giving children up to eight vaccines at once. What's the result? According to the National Vaccine Information Center, chronic disease and disability in children has drastically increased in the past 50 years. For instance, in the 1990s, one child in 555 had autism, but by 2013, the figure had risen to one child in 50."
"The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had prior records of bad performance at the agency, including 141 former workers who had botched their own tax returns and others who had used their positions to peek at private tax information, the agency’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday. Five IRS employees were rehired even though the agency knew they had intentionally failed to file their taxes within the last two years, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said. Of the employees with prior problems, nearly 20 percent of them had more problems after they were rehired. In another instance, an employee who has taken eight weeks of unauthorized vacation and whose previous manager had written a note explicitly stating “do not rehire,” was nonetheless rehired."
"Pine trees secrete resin as a defense to close wounds from insects or other forces. The sap provides a protective layer or sealant over the injury. The sap hardens forming an amber glob which turns dark in color over time. On fresh wounds, you’ll notice a whitish layer of sap covering the damaged area. With time, large clumps form making it easier to harvest. Harvesting fresh resin can become a sticky situation. The fresher the glob, the more sticky and pliable. On dedicated Jewel of the Woods harvesting trips, I carry a grub knife, one I don’t mind getting covered with resin. To remove sap from my good blades in the woods, I use a bit of Everclear (190 proof) from my flask on a piece of cloth. For hardened resin, poke a sharp object (grub knife or sharp stick) into the base of the glob and pry it loose. It’ll break off and fall into your hand or container underneath. That’s when you’ll notice the crystalized form inside which resembles a beautiful piece of amber stone. For hard-to-reach spots high in trees, my friend Joe at Feral Woodcraft shares his clever resin harvesting tool."
"You might be able to mentally block out some of the pain from a turned ankle or banged-up arm when you’re hurting and in the middle of nowhere. But it’s really hard to ignore pain when it’s right there inside your head, namely in the form of dental issues. A cracked tooth, a lost filling, or a bad toothache can make crybabies of the most hardened outdoorsmen. If you haunt the backwoods and wild places enough, it’s only a matter of time before your teeth turn against you. Thankfully, a little bit of dental gear can go a long way to relieve pain and prevent further harm. The following items can be added as a dental module to your first aid kit, and will allow you to hold your own until you get to a dentist."
"There are certainly some differences that must be considered when you are traveling in a rural and/or wilderness environment vs. an urban environment. The most important difference is the mode of carry. Since most of your wilderness survival needs are coming while hiking, hunting, skiing, or similar outdoor on-foot pursuits you are not necessarily able to carry a tremendous amount of items. In an urban situation you typically have your vehicle and other resources that may be available to you. However some situations will force you to abandon those resources and go out on foot there as well. Secondly, is your contact with other people. In wilderness situations you are typically trying to get found because it is the environment that is most likely to harm you. In urban related events, such as natural (tornado) or man-made disasters (terrorism) you will want to remove yourself from other people most often. Simply because in that situation you are then competing with them for a limited amount of resources. With that in mind we put this video together to take a look at some items I have in my kits and how I carry them. Come on, join in, let’s learn together!"
"With all the recent attention about cyberterrorism flowing from the popular media’s kitchen sink approach to journalism, I thought it an appropriate time to address the very real possibility of an instantaneous GridCrash. And what makes a GridCrash so frightening is that it can happen without any warning, under a clear blue sky, in the middle of any day, and carries with it an unlimited supply of unpredictable downstream events. One second there is power and water and information. Then next second you’re Dark, Dry, and Dumb."
"This recipe makes a simple but effective fertilizer. It isn’t a fertilizer for your plants, but rather a fertilizer for your soil. After the long winter snooze, all those microorganisms that live in your soil and make it fertile are very hungry! The name is a reference to the Greek God Pan, the God of fertility. The recipe is simple and, better yet, cheap to make. Years ago I began making an effort to back away from commercial fertilizers. I searched all over for alternative ways to feed my compost, my garden beds, and my fallow ground. I found this recipe in a book of Greek mythology, of all places. I had to modify it slightly since mead isn’t readily available to me. I tried both red wine and beer to replace the mead, and I found that the beer is more effective."
"Imagine yourself and your family, forced from your home in the dead of winter, with nothing more than the few supplies you were able to carry amongst yourselves. Then imagine being shuttered into a community center with thousands of other families, displaced from their homes as well, relying on what few supplies the government could provide. If you live a comfortable middle-class lifestyle in a first world country, this situation sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? It is not. Families, just like yours, faced this exact plight on December 20, 2013, when a massive ice storm hit parts of central Canada and the U.S., crippling many cities and leaving tens of thousands without power for days, sometimes weeks. Those who were prepared for such an event, having items such as blankets and medications to bring with them, fared much better than their ill-prepared counterparts. In today’s modern society, we’ve come to rely almost implicitly on having a dependable source of power. When power fails, it causes utter and complete chaos for those not fortunate enough to have had the foresight to prepare."
"The Shemagh (pronounced Shmog) has been used for years by people in the Middle East who wrap it around their head and neck as protection from both sun and sand. US soldiers also use it extensively when in that region or in other hot, arid places. While it is extremely useful for those purposes, it can be used in numerous other ways as well. Here are ten ways to use a shemagh:"
"In a survival situation, you can bet that you’ll be dealing with a lot of headaches, both metaphorical and physical. If you ever had to deal with a severe headache, you know how it can affect your work efficiency. In hard times, you’ll have to be at 110% efficiency just performing the activities of daily survival and headache prevention is important to consider. Headaches, and especially migraines, can be debilitating. There are many different types of headaches, and knowing what type you are suffering from will help determine your treatment options. The basic two classifications of headaches are “primary” and “secondary”. A primary headache occurs for unknown reasons, while a secondary headache is caused by an underlying disease process."
"Eighty years ago, Leonarde Keeler’s lie detector made its debut in court. Decades later, we’re still paying the price for his con job. Eighty years ago this week, inventor Leonarde Keeler proudly proclaimed his expert testimony before a Wisconsin jury to be “a signal victory for those who believe in scientific crime detection.” Despite the wide acceptance of the polygraph today—in police investigations, to monitor people on probation, and by the government to screen potential employees—it may not be used as evidence. But the lie detector has found a more circuitous way into our legal system. “The results of a lie detector are not admissible in court, but if you confess during the course of interrogation, that’s admissible,” said Alder. “The lie detector is essentially used in practice as a way to get people to confess to crimes.”
"It’s usually easy to identify that Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer who wreak havoc on office morale or who drag down the festive spirit at a family function. Their bad attitudes, catastrophic thinking, and fatalistic outlooks can infiltrate the ranks and spread like an epidemic. And although these negative people should get the least of our time and energy, we often give them the most attention. Negative people can also cause problems for us on an individual level. Perhaps it’s that neighbor who causes you to grit your teeth. Or maybe it’s a colleague whom you avoid at all costs. It’s important to recognize when these negative individuals intrude in your life in an unwelcome manner. Sometimes, we unknowingly give toxic individuals influence over our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Whether you spend two hours complaining about a mother-in-law you don’t like, or you let an angry customer ruin your day, it’s important to regain your personal power and stay mentally strong. Here are five strategies to take back you power and reduce the detrimental impact negative people have in your life:"
"History will remember President Barack Obama for many things. One of them will be his campaign to increase dependence on government—a goal he has pursued with missionary zeal. Everyone needs a helping hand to get through life at some point. Some people, through no fault of their own, need a helping hand for the entire journey. Government has a role to play in providing it, as even apostles of market economics, such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek, recognized. But for many decades, the general (and correct) sense was that depending on government should be a last resort: People should support themselves if they are able to, lean on friends and family when they aren't, and rely on the coerced assistance of others only so long as absolutely necessary. The president does not share that view. This has become abundantly clear to most people, thanks (inter much alia) to Obamacare. And yet the president keeps trying to remove every last shred of doubt. Hence some of the proposals in his State of the Union address."
"For as long as guns have been around, shooters have sought out innovative ways to increase their accuracy, and prepare themselves for real world combat situations. But for the longest time, this has mainly consisted of spending a lot of time on the range repetitively shooting sterile paper targets, or if you have the money, going through shooting simulations on an obstacle course. While an ideal training method for real world conditions, shooting simulations are usually out of the reach of most gun enthusiasts and are mainly reserved police and military personnel. But over time technology is starting to give everyday shooters the means to hone their skills in a convenient and affordable manner. As early as 1989, the military was using SNES light gun games (the same technology used to play Duck Hunt) to help train their soldiers without burning through expensive ammunition. Since that time there have been several awesome developments in the field of marksmanship training, and we can expect some great shooting technologies to come along in the near future. But until that time comes, here’s what we have so far. Below, I’m going to briefly go through a list of tools you can use to help your accuracy, starting with the latest and most expensive option, and working our way down to the cheapest and most rudimentary. None of these devices are brand new, and some of them have been around for a long time, but all of them have the potential to step up your marksmanship game; specifically in terms of pistol shooting, arguable the most challenging class of firearms to master. Let’s get started shall we?"
"The key words being probably never, and do not confuse bugging out with evacuation. You would evacuate because of a wildfire, flood and tornado for example, with every intention of returning home in a matter of days or even hours. You would evacuate and head inland for a few days to escape a hurricane, or move to higher ground to let flood waters recede, this is not the same as bugging out because society has collapsed or because you feel it might collapse in the city in which you live. If you have to bug-out because of hostilities or extremely dangerous conditions on the ground then you are essentially a refugee, unless you have a specific place, other than a government-established camp, that you can go to that provides shelter, has infrastructure, water, food and other essentials."
"Did you know there are over 2.3 million cell towers and antennas blanketing the United States right now? That’s a lot of electromagnetic frequency right there. While some people, including myself, have pointed out that it’s ridiculous to find a giant cell tower erected literally on an elementary school basketball court right next to the playground or placing them directly on school rooftops, this is becoming more and more common to the point there are so many towers and antennas everywhere, they are beginning to blend in with the scenery as if having this many of these things is just natural now. Pretty soon, no matter where you go in this country, you’ll be within mere feet of at least one cell tower or antenna (but likely many more). Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, a team of six engineers evaluated more than 5,000 of these cites and found that one in ten is violating the rules on excessive radiation."
"The New York City subway is cramped with people, but a new study shows that the underground system may be much more crowded than we realized. Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College have unveiled their findings after 18 months swabbing turnstiles, ticket kiosks, railings and benches for DNA on the world's largest transport system. They found 15,152 different types of microorganisms that share the train with its 5.5 million riders, including bubonic plague, dysentery and meningitis. Principal Investigator Dr Chris Mason and his team released findings from their 'PathoMap' study on Thursday, a map of all the microorganisms and DNA present on surfaces in the New York City subway. The study, which used a super computer to study more than 10 billion biomedical fragments, was apparently inspired by Dr Mason seeing his daughter, then in preschool, sticking toys in her mouth in 2010."
"Dozens of Washington state foster parents say they’ll give up their licenses to care for kids from birth to age 2 rather than get flu shots mandated by a new regulation. Some foster parents said they object to the influenza vaccine because they believe it is “experimental” and poses potential side effects. Others said they simply don’t like being told to inoculate themselves and their biological kids, and they worry that the regulation will worsen a growing shortage of foster families. “We will not get the flu shot. We choose not to,” said Glory Tichy, 35, a Tacoma mother of three biological kids and a 2-year-old foster daughter. “Right now our license has been amended and we cannot take any children under 2. I’m desperately hoping and praying that it gets overturned or they think twice about it.” But officials with the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) said they’re sticking with the new administrative rule, WAC 388-148, which took effect Jan. 11, because medical experts advise that the shots are safe, effective and in the best interests of the youngest children in the state’s care."
"You have to ask why the United States still allows proven carcinogens to be added to our foods. Why they allow arsenic in chicken feed, and why it allows companies to lure in children with bright attractive packaging when they know those kids are going to be guzzling flame retardants. Mtn Dew contains a chemical that also is used to prevent carpets from catching on fire. The list of food additives banned in other countries, but still in use in the United States, is a long one. Here are a few of the worst to whet your appetite…or not."
"There are a number of foods that can help curb allergy symptoms. Here's a quick look at a few of the most potent."
"Seems like a lot of people nowadays prefer to limit the usage of chemical and toxic products in their household and dedicate their time to the preparation of homemade solutions and blends which are safer and more beneficial for the health. Once you try this method, you certainly will never want to go back to the dangerous products offered in the shops which on top of everything else always leave the smell of chemicals. The special powers of the herbs are well-known from ancient times, so why do we have to endanger our health by using toxic and expensive products? Substituting your cleaning supplies and other products with natural ones is the best thing you can do for yourself and for your family."
"During my first encounter with prepping I always planned with the big picture in mind, which was my family. I never really placed too much concern about the pets. Well, since we picked up a German Shepard dog that has all changed. Everyone considers their dogs as part of their family, and would like to take them along if a catastrophic event were to happen. So I ask you, is your dog prepped, have you done everything you possibly can to prepare your dog in the event that civilization as we know it were to fail. I know many people think “sure, I have all the food and necessities my dog can possibly need”, which is great, and that’s a start. The one thing we all miss when it comes to preparing man’s best friend is training basic obedience. It may sound like it’s not a big deal, but you will be surprised to see how basic obedience training can make a big difference in various situations. Let’s take for example your family is stuck in a bad situation and there’s marauder’s breaking into houses, and you have no choice but to abandon the home on foot. Depending on your family size or the amount of stuff you’re taking with you, you don’t have the time to hook a leash or that extra hand to hold that leash. This is when simple obedience comes in. Now say your dog is proficient on a recall and heel, the dog will not leave your side because it’s been trained to and now your fear of possibly losing your family’s pet is no longer there."