"Acupressure therapy, sometimes called pressure acupuncture, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It involves applying pressure to acupressure points that lie along meridians in your body to promote relaxation and treat illnesses. There are more than 400 acupressure points on the body. It is believed that vital energy called qi (chi) flows through these meridians or energy pathways. There are 12 major meridians that connect specific organs, thus organizing a system of communication throughout the body. Illness occurs when one or more of these meridians are blocked or out of balance. Most Western practitioners, however, attribute the benefits of acupressure to factors like reduced muscle tension, improved circulation and stimulation of brain chemicals called endorphins that act as natural pain relievers. Irrespective of the underlying reason for its effectiveness, several studies have found this alternative therapy beneficial for relieving certain aches and pains. The acupressure points are to be pressed with moderate pressure for a few seconds up to a couple of minutes and then released. For best results, take slow, deep breaths as you hold the acupressure points."
"When it comes to managing your time, many people feel like they have a crushing number of requests coming at them that make them a victim to their circumstances. "There's always too much to do. Everyone just keeps piling more work on me." Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone, but you should stop playing the victim and own the situation. They see forces outside themselves as the reason that they don't have time to exercise, can't leave work at a reasonable time, or just generally struggle to get everything done. Although there are occasionally situations that are outside of your control—that recent bout with the flu, for example—most aren't. And even though it can feel gratifying in the short term to blame others for your situation, this attitude toward your time investment will leave you truly powerless in the long run. When you play the victim with your time, everything around you suffers. You're constantly on edge in your interactions with others because you fear that they'll pile yet one more thing on your already heavy load. Since you don't believe you can ever say, "no," your "yes" comes out of a place of obligation and resentment, not wholehearted commitment."
"A 4-yr-old boy will have to live the rest of his life with only one leg, after a police attack dog was allowed to get loose and maul his body. The attack dog belongs to the child’s father, who is a Rialto Police Officer. The child is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Loma Linda California. The dog mauled him so badly and for such an extended length of time that his leg had to be amputated. One can only imagine the fear and agonizing pain that the 4-yr-old went through as the animal ripped through his skin and muscle tissue with its fangs."
(Sgt Trainer: My question is why the K-9 was at the officer's house? I understand that this is probably standard operating procedure for civilian law enforcement, however when I was in the military any K-9, also known as Military Working Dogs, were kept in centralized kennels and were looked after by rotating K-9 handlers who would feed and water them and stayed with the veterinarian when they were being treated, etc. These dogs were NOT allowed to go home with their handlers. I feel that this is something that should be seriously considered for civilian authorities as well.)
"Even though there have been numerous objections raised to SB 1445, the state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would keep the names of police officers’ secret after shootings. Law enforcement agencies would be permitted to withhold names of officers involved in shootings for 90 days after incidences of deadly force. The Tucson Sentinel reports that SB 1445 “would apply unless the officer is arrested or charged, a criminal investigation is complete, the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure require the release, or the officer consents to the release.” The bill was drafted by Senator Steve Smith (R-Maricopa), who said that his goal in writing the legislation is “to protect officers and their families.” “This bill came because we are trying to protect those who protect us,” he explained. Smith says that 90 days would be a good enough “cooling-off” period where public unrest should dissipate on its own."
"Reading, MA – 43-year-old police officer Shawn Norton was released from jail on a meager $100 bail after he was caught driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident. The 16-year veteran of the police department was reportedly so drunk when he was arrested that he could not even stand, and had trouble getting out of his vehicle. Just before midnight on Wednesday night, Norton was driving drunk when he got into a car accident with another vehicle and kept on driving. A witness followed Norton and reported his vehicle to police, who tracked him down and arrested him. When police found Norton, he was driving in a vehicle with severe front-end damage near the intersection of Hartshorn Street and John Carver Road. When police pulled up behind him and put on their flashing lights Norton continued to drive away, making several turns. Norton was chased by police until he eventually stopped at Birch Meadow School. Norton’s arrest was reportedly slow and difficult because he was so drunk that he was unable to cooperate with police. According to reports, Norton drove head-on directly at another police officer. Not only is it a travesty of justice that he has been released on such low bail, but a normal citizen would most likely have been shot and killed by officers who “feared for their lives” as this maniac drove straight at them. On Thursday, Norton was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to operate a vehicle within marked lanes and speeding. He’s not facing a single charge of assault on an officer or anything similar from allegedly forcing another police officer off the road. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 21 and has been suspended from the police department.
(Sgt Trainer: I have another question regarding this situation. From the video, it appears that this individual arrived in court without being escorted by police or corrections personnel. This indicates to me that he was not jailed for his crimes. Also, from what little snippets shown on the video, he was also allowed to leave under his own power. It APPEARS that he may have been ROR [released on his own recognizance] with no bail having been posted. Had this been a non-law enforcement official who was charged with all of these crimes, said person would probably been arrested [at the very least] and held for a bond hearing...and if you could not post bail, you would have been returned to the slammer pending your scheduled hearing. Why was this not done for this officer?)
"Why is tooth pain so completely miserable? I’ve weathered third-degree burns, a half-dozen broken bones, and a succession of self-surgeries including but not limited to horrible things with toenails. The short answer is nerves, of course: good old evolution wasn’t stingy with the wiring, particularly when it comes to the face, which happens to be close to the brain. And the brain is, of course, everything. The mouth and jaw are hooked directly to the trigeminal nerve, which is one of several cranial nerves: nerves that link directly to the brain rather than link to the spinal cord. So: teeth are linked up to a nervous short-circuit of sorts. But that’s not quite it. Teeth only feel pain. There are no other tooth feelings. If a nerve happens to be exposed in there, everything is pain. Cold is pain. Warm is pain. Wet is pain. Touch is pain. There’s just nothing else and that’s a pretty unique situation in the human body. Skin, for example, is perfectly capable of communicating “warm” without inflicting torture and the tongue knows “sweet” without the need for a bonus sensation of thermonuclear throb. And those nerves are a hop away from their trigeminal parent, a nerve associated with a variety of neurological chronic pain (neuralgia) that comes in bolts severe enough to occasionally drive its victims to suicide. (Whatever your worst tooth pain, there is something far worse that a dentist can’t do a thing about.)
"Cats can make great friends and companions. And they’re hilarious. You can laugh endlessly at some of the cat videos on YouTube. They seem to have almost taken over the internet in the last few years, especially with the rise of Grumpy Cat. We tend to think of cats as cute little furry things, often unaware of the fact that cats are some of the most powerful healers out there. Scientific studies have shown time and time again that cats are more than just good pets. They are extremely therapeutic, and may actually be a good form of medicine for people suffering from heart conditions. Did you know that owning a cat can reduce your risk of a heart attack? The finding was the main result of a 10 year study of more than 4,000 Americans by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis. After a 10 year follow up period, cat owners showed a 30% lower risk of death from heart attack compared to non cat owners."
"Researchers at Harvard University have found a new way to turn solar energy into a form of liquid fuel, a report says. The new approach relies on a lab-engineered bacterium, namely Ralstonia eutropha, according to an article in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In the process, a sort of artificial leaf splits the sunlight into hydrogen and oxygen. Then, the bacterium combines hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create a liquid fuel called Isopropanol. The conversion of solar energy into hydrogen had previously been achieved through the use of photovoltaic cells. The produced hydrogen can even be stored in fuel cells for future use but researchers have failed to make it usable as an energy source for vehicles."
"The US Department of Defense (DoD) received accolades from World-Leading Surgeons, Scientists and the Organ Preservation Alliance for initiating the “First-Ever Government Grant Programs Targeting Organ Cryobanking for Transplants”. In a December 2014 press release, DoD announced the “multi-million dollar grant funding pools” that are dedicated to the research of technologies for organ and tissue banking (1). In January 2015, the DoD established and opened three organ cryopreservation grant programs. It’s expected that combined the three programs (business innovation (SBIR) grants) could realistically fund a total of at least 20 of the leading American research teams. The monies earmarked for the grants could conceivably be awarded $3 to $3.5 million to each team (including phase 1 and phase 2 awards). The goal of supporting the “commercialization of science” also supports the military’s health goals. These would see that organs and tissues were readily available for military personnel, something that is currently complicated by availability, waiting lists and – the most pressing – time factor."
"While a debate rages over the use of hydraulic fracturing to exploit fossil fuel reserves inland, the practice has quietly taken hold offshore, in the Gulf of Mexico. Documents obtained by “Fault Lines” reveal that the world’s largest oil firms are now fracking in some of the Gulf’s deepest waters — raising questions about how it is being regulated. A list of about 100 well sites offers one of the first snapshots of the practice, which until just a couple years ago was unknown to the public. “There’s been a level of secrecy that’s shielded this activity from view, literally and figuratively,” said Jonathan Henderson, who works for New Orleans’ Gulf Restoration Network. “This activity is taking place offshore, and the public can’t get out here [to see it].” The list of sites obtained by “Fault Lines” reveals that BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell and nearly two dozen other companies were approved to use offshore fracking in 2013. It also reveals that fracking has occurred in the vicinity of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Chevron, which operates several near shore rigs visited by a “Fault Lines” team in January, said it also uses offshore fracking “safely and efficiently” at its deepest water sites. Sites where deepwater fracking is taking place, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement:"
"Researchers from Abraxis LLC and Boston University have further confirmed that the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – is widespread in food products around the globe. The researchers tested honey, pancake and corn syrup, soy sauce, soy milk and tofu purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area. Samples of honey (sixty nine), pancake and corn syrup (twenty six), soy sauce (twenty eight), soy milk (eleven), and tofu (twenty) purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area in 2014 were analyzed for glyphosate residue using ELISA testing. The minimum limit of quantification (LOQ) of the method were determined for honey, pancake syrup, and corn syrup to be 15 ppb; soy sauce, soy milk, and tofu 75 ppb. This means that even if the results were negative for some products they could have also contained glyphosate at levels under the minimum limit. Glyphosate residues above the minimum limit of quantification were not found in pancake and corn syrup, soy milk, and tofu. However, the most shocking results were found in honey:"
"This is a fascinating video, I have to admit. Pay special attention to how people react to the speaker. The speaker in this video is actually an actress named Kate Miles, but the facts about produce and its marketing are 100% real. The audience is also real, and thus the looks of disgust are totally real too. She opens with: “I’m going to give you some of the secrets about how we make you buy what we want you to buy. So, as a marketer, when I’m first given a project, what’s my job? Well, my job is to make you want it, to crave it, to need it, to think that it is the best innovation in food since sliced bread.” It starts getting creepy from there. The reality behind food marketing is pretty damn eye-opening."
"Dave Hodges has put his finger on a crucial aspect of one of the last executive orders from Dictator Obama, which shifts responsibility for surveillance on the American people (aka “domestic terrorists”) from NSA to DHS, for the reason that, while NSA has the authority to gather intelligence, it does not have the authority to also act upon it, which requires several levels of evaluation and tasking of agencies to act on it. DHS, however, can both gather and act upon its own intelligence. This creates a perfect recipe for using DHS to attack and terrorize the American people under the guise of enforcing laws against domestic terrorism. We know that there are virtually no bona fide “domestic terrorists” from a study by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security (released on 3 October 2012) based upon its review of 680 “fusion center” reports that found not a single example of a domestic terrorist action from 2009-2010: Zero! Zilch! Nada! Not one! None! NOTHING!
"Along the West Coast some of the world’s busiest seaports are virtually shut down. Shipping companies locked out union dockworkers from Seattle to San Diego today. The container ships anchored off Long Beach have been waiting for days to unload, caught in a labor dispute that has left the Coast Guard to manage a floating traffic jam. Under normal conditions, a ship comes unloads and leaves again. “Normally they come into port, they offload their containers and they’re finished. They leave. Time is money,” said Capt. Jennifer Williams. A single ship can carry 15,000 containers. The labor dispute has slowed imports and exports to a crawl at 29 West Coast ports. “At stake right now is the continuing recovery of the U.S. economy,” said Jonathan Gold, with the National Retail Federation, which estimates it could cost $2 billion a day if the slowdown grows into a full lockout or strike. ”The West Coast ports account for about 12.5% of the GDP for the United States.” Truck drivers spend hours waiting in long lines to deliver shipments that often go nowhere. Bill Aboudi and Gloria Stockmyer run trucking companies where losses are growing. “In this yard we’ve had loads of oranges,” said Aboudi. “They’ve sat here for 23 days. You can imagine what oranges turn [to] in 23 days.” Moldy oranges are part of the increasing cost to farmers. Washington apple growers say they’re losing $6 million a week. Meat and poultry processors, $30 million a week. California almond farmers and rice growers are months behind in shipments to Asia. “It’s almost like a slow death that we’re dying right now,” said Aboudi. With containers stacked high all along the West Coast, the two sides are back in negotiations today for the first time since last Friday. Negotiations for a new contract have been on and off since last May."
"In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as "talking points." These materials are part of the "Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit," which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From the beginning, HHS has sought to develop partnerships with faith-based organizations to promote the Obamacare. This "toolkit" has been available since 2013. However, the details of these partnerships have largely escaped the attention of the national media . The Second Sunday Faith Weekend of Action program encourages churches to use the second Sunday of each month during open enrollment to hold informational meetings and sign-up events. The sample bulletin insert appears as follows:"
"Today, I was at the grocery store by myself doing some shopping. For the duration of my 1 hour adventure, I could not help but be in awe of the absolute obliviousness of my fellow shoppers. As I got out of my car and braved the 10 degree weather towards the store, I was passed by at least 6 people with nothing more than thin pants and a fall season jacket. To my surprise, one of the individuals was even wearing shorts and a button down shirt with no jacket at all. My experience inside the store was no different. As I perused through the isles, I was bumped into by three people that were either busy texting on their phone or looking up at the ceiling to see which isle to go to. One laughable moment was a lady in her 50’s who’s cane (which was hanging off her shopping cart) snagged my coat and dragged it away. She proceeded down the isle for at least 5 seconds with my coat hanging off her cane without her knowing its presence or my repeated “excuse me ma’am’s”. I eventually just picked my coat off her cane, still without her knowing. While any venture into public spaces can be met with its fair share of unaware individuals, this trip was just special. As I drove home, I contemplated on my life as a sheep before I became aware and prepared. My…how far I’ve come."
"When I consult with preparedness planners about the various food options for long term storage, the foremost question is, “What is the shelf life?” Shelf life considerations for preparedness foods is an essential factor in effective preparedness and survival provisioning."
"Invented by the natives of North America, pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers. These people spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time. Pemmican was light, compact, high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and if done properly can last anywhere from a few years (decades) up to a lifetime without refrigeration! Pemmican consists of lean, dried meat which is crushed to a powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. Back in those days the natives made it with bison, deer, or elk but nowadays it is usually made with beef. Crushed, dried berries can be added as well. A man could subsist entirely on pemmican, drawing on the fat for energy, the protein for strength and vitamins for health. There are a few cases in history of people living for months (in good health) only out of pemmican. So, it’s easy to understand why I choose pemmican as the ultimate survival-superfood. People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how the guys who wandered the west 130 or so years ago did it."
(Sgt Trainer: This article is linked in the above story but I wanted to post it here in case someone misses the link...and there are several links inside this article that you may wish to explore.)
"The “SHTF” we all prep for is what folks 130+ years ago called “daily life:” No electrical power, no refrigerators, no Internet, no computers, no TV, no hyper-active law enforcement, no Safeway or Walmart, etc. They got it done, or else we wouldn’t be here! People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how the guys who wandered the west 130 or so years ago did it."
"The prepper lifestyle has become increasingly popular since the economic crash of 2008. Millions of Americans lost everything, while others sense the growing police state the U.S. is becoming. Preppers are determined to survive and prosper regardless of what’s happening around them. Those who are new to prepping may not know where to start or how to afford the things they’ll need to maintain their lives and liberty. These three tips will help those starting from scratch and on a limited budget."
"All of us love the tangy smell and taste of toothpaste — aah, that fresh feeling in the morning! But, how many of us have really cared to find out what there is in our toothpaste beyond that minty, fresh flavour? There are as many types of toothpastes as ‘biscuit brands’ at the local store. The point to bear in mind though is all toothpastes, like biscuits, are made of certain ingredients — to give them flavour, colour, texture, or a ‘pasty’ appearance. Of course, there are variations too, some claiming to be more effective than the others. A few examples include: toothpaste for sensitive teeth, toothpaste for bad breath, Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)-free toothpaste, and ‘natural’ herbal toothpastes. With so many variations available, how do you know if your toothpaste is safe? By understanding the ingredients, you can decide for yourself."
"When purchasing apple cider vinegar (ACV), people are typically urged to buy something organic that also states "mother" on the label. No, it's not some indication of a family-made recipe, but rather a vital component that makes ACV so effective; mother of vinegar, or "the mother," is what gives the vinegar its distinct sour flavor as well as its beneficial antibacterial and antifungal properties.(1) However, there's no need to rush to the local market to purchase a bottle. Why not make your own? It's a wise idea not just to ensure that it's as fresh as possible but also to have plenty on hand when it comes to preparedness. As society continually teeters on the brink of devastating environmental, economic and social changes, being well-stocked with the essentials is key."
"The government is readying rules largely favorable to companies that want to use small drones for commercial purposes, according to a federal analysis, potentially leading to the widespread flights by unmanned aircraft performing aerial photography, crop monitoring, inspections of cell towers and bridges and other work. An economic analysis by Federal Aviation Administration, which was inadvertently posted online, describes draft rules submitted by the agency in October to the White House budget office to review. In response to inquiries, the FAA said in a statement late Saturday that it will officially release the rules on Sunday. The regulations would apply to drones weighing less than 55 pounds. They would improve safety by using small, lightweight unmanned aircraft instead of heavier, manned aircraft that “pose a higher level of risk,” the analysis said. It notes that between 2004 and 2012, there were 95 fatalities involving climbers working on cell and other towers."
"With nowhere else to put it and workers constantly being exposed to it, radiation from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan has been ordered to be dumped into the ocean by Japanese regulators, according to new reports. This was just two days after a plant employee accidentally fell into one of the onsite storage tanks filled with radioactive water, resulting in his death. According to the Star Tribune, the 55-year-old man died of multiple injuries after falling through an opening at the top of the 10-meter (33-foot) high tank. He was one of three men who was inspecting the tank at the time of the fall. Following the incident, Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority met to discuss options for disposing of the radioactive waste, which continues to pose health threats at the facility. The Wall Street Journal reports that the regulatory body's chairman isn't pleased with the way the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has handled the disaster, which continues to wreak havoc."