"In the era of the Internet, criminals can easily lure potential victims to places where they become easy targets, but when an online bandit with a history of heists tried his shenanigans with someone who refused to be a victim, things didn’t turn out the way he had planned. DeKalb Police said that 32-year-old Salvador Burgos had advertised to sell a bulldog for $2,000 on several dog breeding sites, reports the FOX8. But when the Atlanta-area man went to meet the prospective buyer, things took a turn for the worse. Burgos said the man had pushed to meet late at night, which had him leery of the sale, but he agreed to it after the potential buyer offered an additional $500 for the odd meeting hours. Being suspicious, he had his friend Walter Gonzales, 40, accompany him to the meeting, and Burgos brought his .40 caliber Glock, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When the two men pulled up to the home just after midnight on Thursday, they saw two men standing out front awaiting their arrival. When Gonzalez got out of the truck to show the men the dog, one of them pulled out a pistol and demanded Burgos get out of the vehicle as well. Burgos, and his Glock, got out of the truck and he immediately opened fire on the man with the gun. The man’s accomplice fled, and Gonzalez and Burgos got back in their vehicle and drove down the road, where they stopped to phone police. They told police they fled the home because they feared the man’s accomplice may return."
(Sgt Trainer: OK...while I give big time kudos to these guys for being armed for their own protection I HAVE to say that the "red flag" of the "odd meeting hours" SHOULD have precluded the meeting from even taking place! Even for the lame reason of saving a few dollars. People MUST know that these types of red flags need to be recognized for what they are...a way to sucker them into meeting at unusual hours with no one around, etc. DON'T fall for it. There is absolutely NO material possession that is worth your life!)
"A member of my staff caught an obscure resolution that was introduced in the US House of Representatives last week — Resolution no. 41. The fact that there was essentially no coverage of this Resolution really shows how the mainstream media is completely turning a blind eye to the true fiscal situation of the United States of America. The entire point of the resolution is to say that the federal government is broke. It can’t pay its own bills, and therefore is shouldn’t be responsible to pay anyone else’s either. It doesn’t’ take a rocket scientists to figure out what a bankrupt government will do—just like any thief, they’ll go after easy targets first. The easiest target of all is future generations. They’re going to run up the debt as high as they can, which essentially means pulling future tax revenues into today. It’s the easiest tax of all, because unborn children do not vote. The estate tax is another one to watch out for—because, like unborn children, dead people don’t vote either. We had a great podcast yesterday about retirement savings, where there’s an easy $5 trillion treasure chest for them to raid. And, of course, there’s the greatest tax of all, the inflation tax, which decreases the standard of living for most of the population as the cost of living rises much faster than incomes."
"Recently, we learned: ‘Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.’ Additionally: ‘The NFLjust issued a statement saying reps from the following agencies are on board: Department of Homeland Security; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; FBI; United States Secret Service; Phoenix PD and Glendale PD.’ And yet: ‘NFL president Roger Goodell made $44 million last year, as head of a not-for-profit. That’s right — even though the NFL teams raked in about $9.5 billion in revenues last year, and the CEO of their industry association takes home one of the highest paychecks in the land, the sports league pays no taxes.’
"A study from the highly respected Journal of Infectious Diseases found that zinc acetate lozenges (and you should always look for zinc acetate) can slash the length of your cold nearly in half, from seven days to four. The lozenges can even reduce days spent coughing from five to two. Because zinc works by preventing viruses from replicating, you’ll find that zinc products work best when you start taking them during the first 24 hours of your symptoms. Giving your body a steady supply of zinc can also help you ward off other serious diseases. A study on hundreds of nursing home patients found that those with adequate levels of zinc in their blood were only half as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia. If you have a loved one in your life who is getting a bit older… or frail… zinc could be a real life-saver. Pneumonia remains one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, and cases strike hard in the winter. Have zinc acetate lozenges on hand and give it a try next time you feel a cold coming on!"
(Sgt Trainer: I use zinc lozenges when I feel like I'm going to catch the flu or cold, etc. They really work for me Make sure you read the entire article at the link as it has a plethora of info about other things that work as well!)
"So…after you saw last week’s infographic on the budget-friendly winter vegetables you should be eating, you decided to go for it. You went to the farmer’s market and got yourself some winter vegetables. They’re the best bargain around this time of year, so you were very happy to see how affordable they are. But now, you have a lumpy pile of unfamiliar produce on your cutting board. What the heck do you do with this?"
"The surest sign of a medical dictatorship is an aggressively enforced blockade against intelligent questions. Intelligent questions, after all, can destroy a medical police state because they expose the fraud of it. Intelligent questions — which the vaccine industry characterizes as “dangerous” — are the greatest threat to the vaccine delusions still being played out across the world today, which is precisely why such questions are not allowed to be asked. Those daring to ask such questions are now being threatened with mass arrest and imprisonment — that’s how vulnerable the fraudulent vaccine industry has now become. It can be brought down by mere words if only those words are allowed to be circulated. What sort of questions are we not allowed to ask? Here are 21 censored questions the obedient, pharma-controlled mainstream media will never dare ask:"
"According to Wikipedia, Normalcy bias is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. I had heard this term myself for what seems like years, being used to describe what we have all seen, dozens if not hundreds of times in the media, whenever some disaster struck. Images of people acting completely shocked that something horrible happened even with a fair amount of advance warning. I don’t mean something unexpected like a tragic shooting incident; I mean threats that were publicly discussed. It wouldn’t matter how many days the news of the impending hurricane was incessantly broadcast on all forms of media; once it reached land and caused it’s predictable havoc, shell-shocked looking individuals would always be filmed, sadly walking around in a daze – looking at the destruction around them, picking up a family photo lying in the wreckage and wondering why they were suddenly without power, food, water, shelter or protection. It is if they never thought for a second that everything they were being warned about could happen. It always strikes me as sad that these people are living through a real tragedy but at the same time I wonder why they didn’t do anything. Normalcy bias was the answer to that question. As preppers we need to fight against this normalcy bias ourselves and I believe that for many practicing preppers we are doing just that. We are preparing for disaster whatever form it may come in. We do not underestimate threats out there. If anything we are more in-tune with them. We don’t look at normal events that cause destruction and say ‘that would never happen to me’, and we don’t downplay the severity of any crisis. We prepare for the worst case scenario even though we hope for the best."
"I know many people are capable of hunting. Most of us have factored firearms into our plans but in a post-SHTF scenario, stealth may be the difference between life and death. I don’t want the report of a rifle tipping off anyone, where I am, or where my family is. That’s where air rifles come into my plan. A few months ago, I found a sale on the Crosman Pumpmaster 760s for $19.99. I have fond memories of this rifle. It was my constant companion through my boy hood. While there have been many air rifles in my life, the Pumpmaster 760 will always have a special place in my heart. This is all it took to start me down the path of incorporating air rifles into my post-SHTF hunting plan."
(Sgt Trainer: I wholeheartedly recommend getting an air rifle...the kind that you pump for more power. Getting one that uses compressed air cartridges is OK until you consider the cost of the cartridges and the "availability" of said cartridges if the economy collapses, etc.)
"I have a confession to make. I’m the dumbest guy in the woods! This isn’t an exercise in false humility. To increase my woodsy knowledge, I always assume, whether it’s true or not, that my woodcraft and bushcraft IQ is the lowest around the campfire. Following this one simple tip, which 99% of the people reading this will ignore, will instantly raise your intelligence and skill level."
(Sgt Trainer: There's no such thing as a dumb question...unless it's the one you DON'T ask!)
"Stop! Before you head to the garbage bin with things you want to throw away, consider whether there’s anything more you can do with your old stuff! From coffee grounds to egg cartons and old t-shirts, this fantastic collection offers many creative ideas on how you can reuse everyday items around your home."
(Sgt Trainer: Some really good tips!)
"There is no denying that the internet today is filled with articles and blogs about ‘the basic stuff we need to bring in our bug out bag…’ or ‘the bare essentials for survival…’ and the likes. And most of the time, the things being mentioned in these posts appear over and over and over again as if we’re not yet fed up of reading this overload of information. So instead of writing another guide about the usual suspects, I decided to share about the other things which can be equally useful in times of disasters and emergencies. Stick around as we are going to give a rundown of the 10 household items which can used as life saver during survival situations and probably leave some space for them to be included in your bug-out bags."
"After Sarah Cherry’s father was robbed at gunpoint two months ago at an Arkansas Domino’s pizza store, the former Army military police officer began carrying a gun with her for protection to her job at the same restaurant. Cherry had cause to use that gun — a .380 — Wednesday night when three armed men wearing hoodies stormed into the Blytheville eatery and shot at her during a robbery attempt. “When she came around [to the front of the store], she didn’t know what was going on,” Cherry’s father, Clint Cherry, told The Daily Caller during a phone interview. “She came around front, and she shot.” “She was defending the people more than herself,” Cherry added, noting that there were three or four other employees in the store at the time. Cherry said his daughter fired three shots at the assailants. “When she shot, they took off. And then she followed them out the door to see where they were going. She might have said a few choice words too,” Cherry joked. “She knows how to shoot,” the proud father added, mentioning that his daughter was a military police officer during her six years in the Army. “She could have hit them if she wanted to.”
"Is it possible that you could one day be convinced to confess to a crime you never committed -- because you don't remember you didn't commit it? How could you not know that you didn't commit a crime? Perhaps because your mind was altered to prohibit you from remembering that you're innocent. If that sounds confusing or bizarre, this will only add to the bizarre, confusing nature of such an event: New research suggests that this very thing may have already happened, and the implications are profound. A press release from the Association for Psychological Science said that new research published in the organization's journal, Psychological Science, discovered evidence from some cases of wrongful conviction that suspects can be questioned by authorities in a way that could lead them to falsely believe in, and confess to, crimes they didn't really commit. The organization said the new research is providing "lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had perpetrated crimes as serious as assault with a weapon in their teenage years." Researchers said data suggests that participants in such cases had come to internalize stories they were told, then provided illustrative detail about them even though they were contrived."
"Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesize vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs."
"As a means to prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend a fluoride treatment twice per year. Fluoride is also added to many of these dental care products, as well as to most public water systems. However, in 2010 the CDC reported that dental fluorosis, a serious condition caused by too much fluoride, is on the increase in the United States. According to this report, the “prevalence of dental fluorosis was higher among younger persons and ranged from 41% among adolescents aged 12-15 to 9% among adults aged 40-49.” In 1986-87, 22.6% of adolescents had dental fluorosis, compared to 40.7% in 1999-2005. This is quite an increase! As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services planned on lowering the amount of fluoride allowed in public water systems, but as of 2014 had yet to do so. What is even more alarming is the 2013 Harvard study, along with 37 other studies, that found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ. But putting the fluoride debate to the side for a moment… What else can we do to prevent tooth decay, naturally? We have all heard that limiting sugar intake is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, and of course the importance of eating a well-balanced diet to maintain a healthy body and teeth. Yet, despite all this, tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with approximately 60 % affected! Well, I think I can safely say that brushing your teeth is definitely a good idea, but this still begs the following questions to be answered: Are all these other dental products and advice really working? Are all these fancy tooth gadgets really much better than a regular toothbrush? Are our teeth healthier and stronger today than they were prior to the introduction of fluoridation in the 1940s? To answer these questions, I think the first thing we should do is take a look at how other regions of the world clean their teeth."
(Sgt Trainer: I'm always getting asked why I don't have a FB account...and always being told that I'm nuts. Well, I refused to play on FB (or on any other social media) primarily because of the security vulnerabilities I perceived them having. Then, there was this privacy issue. But, the thing that really sank it for me was seeing just exactly how much information people would put online with no thought of the consequences. People need to understand that there is such a thing as TMI (Too Much Information)...and they need to regulate themselves. BUT, they usually don't. I neither wanted or desired that temptation. So, this article is being posted for all those who keep asking me why I don't have a FB account. Maybe after they read this article, they won't have one either!)
"President Obama unleashed a nation-wide crime wave when he directed his deputies to release 36,007 foreign criminals back into Americans neighborhoods in 2013, instead of repatriating the criminals, according to a list of crimes released Friday, Jan. 30. But GOP senators kept the list secret until after Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, completed her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Had the list been made public at the hearing, GOP senators could have pushed the media to focus on the huge cost of Obama’s 2010 decision to minimize enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. But that attention would have also increased public pressure to reject Lynch, who is supported by Democrats and their allies in the media. There’s little or no evidence that Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, want to reject Lynch, or to encourage a 2016 debate on Obama’s business-backed — but very unpopular — push for greater immigration. Currently, Lynch has open support from a few Republican senators, and is on track for confirmation, despite her endorsement of Obama’s decision to not enforce popular immigration laws. The newly released list describes criminal convictions that were won against 1,000 of the 36,007 foreign criminals who were released — but not repatriated — in 2013. The 1,000 criminals’ convictions included 196 drunk-driving charges and 57 other driving offenses, 88 theft, 69 burglary and 24 larceny charges, 26 assault charges and 35 charges of battery, 178 drug charges, two rape charges and at least four auto thefts. The list of 1,000 criminals does not identify the American or legal immigrant victims of Obama’s convict-and-release policy. It may be only a partial description of the havoc wrought by Obama’s criminals, and it does not include crimes where there were no convictions, nor crimes committed after the list was completed."
"Did you know that the rate of home ownership in the United States has fallen to a 20 year low? Did you know that it has been falling consistently for an entire decade? For the past couple of years, the economic optimists have been telling us that the economy has been getting better. Well, if the economy really has been getting better, why does the home ownership rate keep going down? Yes, the ultra-wealthy have received a temporary financial windfall thanks to the reckless money printing the Federal Reserve has been doing, but for most Americans economic conditions have not been improving. This is clearly demonstrated by the housing chart that I am about to share with you. If the economy really was healthy, more people would be getting good jobs and thus would be able to buy homes. But instead, the home ownership rate has continued to plummet throughout the entire “Obama recovery”. I think that this chart speaks for itself…"
"Google has recently revealed that it is dropping the paid subscription from Google Earth Pro, a more robust version of its Google Earth software. The Pro service will now be available for free, previously costing $399 per year. While the standard version of Google Earth has often been more than enough for casual map and globe users, the Pro version has seen use among professionals from scientists to businesses, who have been able to take advantage of advanced features previously not available for free."
"Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once famously said that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money. As of this writing our national debt is over $18 trillion and our unfunded long-term liabilities have been estimated to be as high as $200 trillion. Yet, despite this massive and unsustainable borrowing many Americans have been convinced that the party will continue for decades to come. And in the off chance our nation is ever faced with financial or economic crisis, our benevolent government will step in to save them – just like they did in 2008. What most don’t realize, as highlighted in a new micro-documentary from Future Money Trends, is that it is the very government they have entrusted with their livelihoods and those of their children that is responsible for the disaster in the first place. Eventually, as Margaret Thatcher warned, the money will run out, the consequences of which will be a global collapse of such immense proportions that it will be written about for centuries to come. It’s time to government-proof your life."
"I was trimming an ash tree in my garden recently with my friend Paul and I managed to save a few pieces for Atlatls and pot hangers. I decided on this post as we have shown students at the Bushmoot on our Starter course this type of pot hanger. Last year the group with Sargey asked to make one so this post is just to lay down the steps for anyone who has not attempted this type of pot hanger before. I have previously shown you how to carve a collapsible pot hanger so that it can fit into a pot when not in use but on a lot of occasions I just whittle one when I need one. The type of pot hanger I am talking about is shown below hanging off a ‘Wagon Stick’ (pronounced waygone) campfire set up. The pot hanger is adjustable in that the pot is easily raised or lowered by using the different hooks on the pot hanger."
(Sgt Trainer: OMG!!! LOLOLOL!!! Guilty on SO MANY counts!!!)
"Economically, what we are experiencing right now are birth pangs of the coming Great Depression. As we get closer to the crisis that is looming on the horizon, they will become even more powerful. This week, we learned that the Baltic Dry Index has fallen to the lowest level that we have seen in 29 years. The Baltic Dry Index also crashed during the financial collapse of 2008, but right now it is already lower than it was at any point during the last financial crisis. In addition, “Dr. Copper” and other industrial commodities continue to plunge. This almost always happens before we enter an economic downturn. Meanwhile, as I mentioned the other day, orders for durable goods are declining. This is also a traditional indicator that a recession is approaching. The warning signs are there – we just have to be open to what they are telling us. And of course, there are so many more parallels between past economic downturns and what is happening right now."