"A bipartisan measure currently in the U.S. Senate would do away with the patchwork of state reciprocity laws and establish a uniform right to carry concealed firearms across all 50 states. This bill, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, was introduced Thursday and would treat concealed carry permits like driver’s licenses, allowing current permit holders to carry in any other state that issues permits. “This bill strengthens two of our nation’s fundamental rights – the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and states’ rights to adopt laws that are best suited for their residents,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the sponsor of the legislation, in a statement. Noting that, for example, a Texas concealed handgun license is only valid in 35 states, Cornyn explained, “This bill is an important affirmation of the Second Amendment, and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for some time.” Cornyn’s bill, entered as S.498, has 16 early co-sponsors to include West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. It would allow the holder of a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state. Persons carrying as a non-resident in a state would otherwise be bound by whatever laws of the state they are visiting. This would end the confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements that are currently in place across the country. A companion bill, H.R.923, was introduced to the House by Rep. Marlin Stuzman, R-Indiana."
(Sgt Trainer: Thanks to reader J.T. for this link.)
"Hype a war, sell an invasion. Hype a disease, sell a vaccine. That’s the business model. Make no mistake about it. And at the criminal liar’s club called the US Centers for Disease Control, men and women are working that business model every day. Here are 13 reasons to reject the current hype about the “measles outbreak.”
"The so-called “dark web” is where the visible Internet – easily accessible by public search engines and web crawlers – ends, and, everything else begins. The dark web is an unseen iceberg composing more than 95% of the real activity of the web, where databases, password-protected websites, official records from federal, state and local governments, various intranets, messageboards, website archives, forums and vast catalogues of data all reside. White and black hat hackers, law enforcement agencies and criminal networks all operate there in the shadows. And now, DARPA, the Pentagon’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed a surveillance tool known as “Memex” that can be used to reveal what is hidden on the dark web, and pursue criminal groups of interest – and perhaps control or even kill the dark web for good. CBS 60 Minutes reported on DARPA’s Memex, interviewing the project’s director and some of the principles involved. Ostensibly, the effort is focused on tracking and stopping sex trafficking… but obviously so much more is part of this secret military surveillance project. Watch the video report here. Dan Kaufman, the director of information innovation office at DARPA said:"
"You may know that Nurse Amy and I write about survival medicine, but did you know that we are avid vegetable and medicinal herb gardeners? Here’s Nurse Amy’s video on how to grow healthy tomatoes organically in containers:"
"To live more sustainably, I have a small garden bed in my backyard to grow food for my family. Although it isn’t as large as I would like it be and certainly could not grow a year’s worth of food, I am able to grow plenty of fresh vegetables to make sauces, salsas and salad ingredients. As well, I utilize my patio as a container garden to grow bush-type varieties in pots. Using the space I have to the best of its ability saves me money and, best of all, I have the satisfaction of knowing how my food is grown."
"I can’t remember the year but I do remember the storm. We were well into our first day without electricity and because of the ferocity of the weather outside, we had decided to relocate to the cellar. Even though a tree had fallen on the corner of the house, I felt pretty good about the whole situation. Here we were, sitting in our well-stocked safe room, mattresses and blankets dragged from downstairs. The orange glow of several candles created a sort of primal safe zone as I fired up the propane grill and cooked grilled cheese sandwiches for the family. For us, everything was going to be OK. Everything, that is, until one of the kids said that she had to go to the bathroom."
" There may come a day when water is in even higher demand. Or some disaster happens and water is in high demand. You should have a plan to make that water stretch. *** First one note. This is for light gray water. I think if you have a bigger dirt mess this may not be the place to clean up at. Also I do not suggest using dish water in this. Food contaminants may not make the water safe for hygiene purposes. This set up is a lot like a make shift ceramic water filter set up. Just a few steps more. Some call it a field sink. And it packs up nice...to the size of one bucket.
"On my list of “must have” spices, basil ranks in the top five. It is one that you just can’t make due without for Italian-inspired dishes. And just the thought of pesto makes me smile. It turns out that basil is not only delicious, but it is very healthy and is said to even have medicinal qualities too. Basil contains beneficial phytonutrients and polyphenolic flavanoids which are known to be health promoting/disease preventing. In addition, it is known to provide many essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil has exceptionally high levels of vitamin A, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zea-xanthin. These help rid the body of “free radicals.” In addition, basil contains notable amounts of vitamin K, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. In the Hindu religion, “holy basil” or Tulsi, is revered and believed to cure many things. The list includes respiratory mucus and flu while working prophylactically to prevent malaria and dengue fever. Basil tea is used for sore throats and is believed to “strengthen” the stomach and kidneys. It is believed to lower cholesterol levels and “purify blood.” Canker sores and other oral infections are treated by chewing basil leaves. Consuming the herb is supposed to prevent insect bites and drinking the juices or applying a paste of the plant is supposed to relieve bites after the fact. It is applied topically to cure ringworm also. Basil tea is said to cure headaches. Fresh basil is always superior to dried since the volatile oils are much more potent while fresh. The anti-inflammatory properties credited to basil make it good for the natural treatment of irritable bowel syndrome as well as rheumatoid arthritis. With all that members of the basil family have to offer, shouldn’t you have at least one variety of this wonderful plant in your medicinal garden?"
"Our “9mm vs. 45” Survival debate was a popular one, so we’re going to take it one step further and go to the ultimate U.S. Military assault rifle comparison: the great .223 Remington, (NATO designation 5.56x45mm) vs. the stalwart .308 Winchester (NATO designation 7.62x51mm). They are both battle proven platforms that have been in service since the 1950′s and remain in service today with both the United States Military and our NATO allies. They are also both one of the most common types of rifle rounds manufactured in the United States, which is why they are the preferred choice of survivalists."
"In a wilderness survival situation, particularly one where you likely aren’t going to be found in the immediate future, locating a source of water can be critical. Sure, having the means to filter and disinfect it is important, too, but you have to find it first, right? Here are a few tips on finding natural sources of water."
"These five economic indicators tell me the U.S. economy is getting weaker, not stronger…"
"What a wasteful society we have become. We would much rather throw away items rather than try and find another use for them. Will today’s wasteful culture cost us our future if we don’t mend our ways? Perhaps, this wastefulness is more of a learned behavior from throwing away products, fast food runs and the overuse of plastics. That said, it isn’t just plastic packaging that is filling our landfills to capacity. A 2004 study by Dr. Timothy Jones of the University of Arizona found that in the U.S., 40-50 percent of all food ready for harvest is wasted. 40-50%! Jones estimated that an average family of four throws out $590 worth of meat, fruit, vegetables and grain products each year. How did our culture change so quickly? Back in the day, we held onto everything, believing it could serve another purpose. It’s a whole different mindset these days. Have you ever wondered why products aren’t made to last as long as they used to? Planned obsolescence is why. Instead of making an expensive product that is built to last, businesses produce more affordable, disposable items. As well, the tech fads have led all of us to believe that “newer models are better”. These rapidly occurring technological advances cause us to further play into this throw-away culture."
"In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress. It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a“Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible."
" Oklahoma rocketed to the top of the earthquake charts in 2014, tripling the number of 3.0 shakers in California, the one-time undisputed champion of the United States. But like the steroid scandal that tarnished baseball and ruined the statistical landscape in the 1990s, many scientists are pointing to the introduction of performance-enhancing chemicals to explain the recent 40-fold-plus increase in quakes—in Oklahoma’s case, hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) crunched data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and counted 562 Oklahoma earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater, compared to 180 in California. E&E Publishing looked at the same numbers and counted 564, but who’s quibbling? Oklahoma, a state half the size of California, only had 100 significant quakes the year before, and that was a huge leap from previous years. The state averaged 1-3 quakes a year from 1975 to 2008 before experiencing an uptick to 20 in 2009. CIR says scientists lay the blame squarely on the oil and gas industry: “Numerous studies agree that wastewater disposal from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a major factor in increasing seismic activity.” One of them, published last May in Science magazine, was entitled, “Sharp Increase in Central Oklahoma Seismicity Since 2008 Induced by Massive Wastewater Injection.” Fracking is a drilling technique used to reach previously inaccessible deposits. High volumes of pressurized water force toxic chemicals, sand and other materials smashing through the Earth, then the stuff that bubbles back up to the surface injected back into the ground. While the injection wells get most of the blame, fracking itself has been linked to quakes. CIR said Oklahoma, which has undergone an oil-drilling boom of late, pumped more than 50 billion gallons of wastewater back into injection wells last year. North Dakota’s Bakken fields are the most heavily fracked in the country, and they have not experienced more earthquakes. But they aren’t near known earthquake faults; Oklahoma’s fracked fields are."
"Concerns include the spread of diseases caused by human contact and contamination of food and water. Dirty hands will spread contaminates to food, water, and contact surfaces throughout the home. Just because the water supply is disrupted does not mean you forgo proper sanitation, in fact you need to be even more diligent during a crisis. You may not have access to medical care or medications so it is important that you do everything you can to keep diseases in check. Disasters can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases. We have seen this time and again with natural disasters. In some cases the diseases after the crisis has struck cause more loss of life than the disaster itself. Diseases that cause diarrhea account for over 40 percent of deaths in disaster and refugee camp settings in developing countries. Of course the United States is a developed country, but a prolonged crisis could create a situation that promotes the spread of infectious diseases. Epidemics in some countries are typically related to polluted water sources, sources contaminated by fecal matter. Water can also be contaminated during transportation and storage if proper procedures are not followed. Diarrhea is a symptom of infections caused by a host of bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms. Usually the infections are spread by feces-contaminated water. Infection is most common when there is a shortage of adequate sanitation and hygiene and safe water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning (WHO, 2015)."
"A lawmaker in Helena, Montana is trying to make the state’s “indecent exposure law” include yoga pants. Representative David Moore said introduced House Bill 365 on Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee. He said the bill is in response to a group of nude bicyclists who participated in a group bicycle ride through the city of Missoula back in August. The proposed bill would drastically expand the existing indecent exposure law to include any sort of expose of nipples – including men’s – or any clothing that “gives the appearance or simulates” buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple. That means men can wear shirts with fake nipples, but women cannot. Neither can go topless for any reason – again, including men – and yoga pants that reveal the shape of one’s buttocks are completely prohibited. “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore stated openly after the introduction of the bill. The Missoula Republican representative said that he even agreed with people being arrested for “wearing provocative clothing.” He added that he trusts police officers “to use their discretion.” Walt Hill, a retired professor in Missoula, helped to draft HB 365. He said, “I want Montana to be known as a decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices. I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation.”
"“Beware of New Jersey,” warns Gordon VanGilder. The retired schoolteacher is the latest to fall victim to the Garden State’s gun laws — the 72-year-old is facing up to 10 years in prison for having an antique flintlock pistol in his car. In this exclusive report, his attorney notes that VanGilder is facing the same felony charge for his unloaded mid-1700s firearm as he would be for a loaded .44 Magnum. “This is overreach, for sure,” says VanGilder."
"Honored as the “Top Teacher” by ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” show, Stacie Starr was speaking at an education forum earlier this week when she dropped a bombshell. The veteran teacher at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, told a stunned audience Monday she will resign at the end of the school year because of the new federal Common Core system of standards and assessments adopted by her state, reported the local Chronicle-Telegram newspaper. As she fought back tears, she disclosed she is leaving traditional education and plans ‘to teach in a different way.” At the forum, which sought to help parents navigate the complex standardized testing system, Starr was talking about how special education has suffered under Common Core. “I can’t do it anymore, not in this ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’ atmosphere,” she said. “I don’t think anyone understands that in this environment if your child cannot quickly grasp material, study like a robot and pass all of these tests, they will not survive.” Her announcement was met with gasps of disbelief, the paper reported."
(Sgt Trainer: Posted here for all of those "home schoolers" out there. We've known for a while that Common Core has a hidden agenda and basically forces good teaching techniques out the door. Here's your justification for home schooling...if you need it.)
"In her best George III imitation, Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) is coming for your ammunition. Esty’s proposed legislation caps magazine capacity at 10 rounds. “Think of the damage that someone could do in the U.S. Capitol with 30 rounds,” insisted Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a vocal proponent of the bill. Esty’s H.R. 752 would “prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.” Currently, the bill benefits from the support of 107 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. Esty insists that the number of co-sponsors for her legislation has “doubled since last year.” “The support is growing,” she said. “The momentum has not stopped.” She’s right. The momentum in D.C. toward the unconstitutional disarmament of civilians is increasing daily. Sadly, there are many so-called conservatives who call out Murphy and Esty for their gun grabs, but they allow for certain “common sense” restrictions on the type of arms and ammunition common people can own. Here’s the uncomfortable truth: There is nothing in the Second Amendment that excludes ownership of certain weapons from within its protection. In fact, the text of the Second Amendment is very clear regarding the government’s ability to qualify this most basic liberty: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
"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. Here are the top 10 acupressure points for relieving pains and other problems."