"You know things are getting bad when your government begins to stick its hand into retirement accounts just so that it can remain solvent for a few more months. With the debt limit about to come back into full swing at a staggering $18.1 trillion this week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has undertaken drastic measures to kick the can down the road until later this year. One such plan to fund the government includes raiding the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a 401(k)-style retirement savings plan set up for federal employees. Specifically, the Treasury wants to go after the G Fund, the largest fund in the plan, which contains Treasury securities that help to finance the national debt. As of last month, those securities in the G Fund make up $193.3 billion of the $451.7 billion of investments in the TSP."
"Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with “guest workers” from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through America’s front door. Critics say lawmakers – including top Republican leaders – are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple the number of H1B work visas. The legislation’s potential impact on the American worker has been widely debated on Capitol Hill, with experts warning lawmakers at a Senate subcommittee hearing last week that the plan would eliminate certain technology and IT jobs for Americans. But, so far, little has been said about the risks to national security."
"Newly introduced legislation in the Ohio House would prohibit the manufacture, sale, or public display of toy guns designed to look like the real thing. Under House Bill 119, authored by Democratic state Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland, the ban would apply to any BB gun or gun replica that a “reasonable person” would confuse with a real firearm. Those who make, sell, or publicly brandish imitation guns could face up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine… “It’s either a gun or it’s not,” Patmon said in an interview. “This idea of imitations has gone a bit far, especially in this day and age. … This is a bill that if it saves one child or one adult, then I think it’s done its job.”
"This video explains exactly How, and Why, we must declassify, and get control of the weather warfare programs. Chemtrails, and Haarp, are being used to hide the runaway heating in the Arctic. The weather warfare programs must be de-classified, or the mass extinctions will spread and accelerate."
"HBO’s news documentary series “VICE” on Thursday released several promotional video clips highlighting the rise of America’s militias. The third episode of the season, airing Friday night, includes interviews with the Three Percent United Patriots, a well-armed, reportedly well-trained group with chapters across the United States. “As faith in the government continues to erode, people are starting to want to go back … to the real intention of the constitution,” Three Percent co-founder Mike Morris told VICE during the October taping of the show. “The original intent of the Second Amendment was that the American citizen would be as armed and as prepared as the government itself.” Militia groups are on the government’s radar and considered by officials to be breeding grounds for right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism."
"It’s been almost a week since New York Police Department deployed a new ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. However, the innovation has raised privacy concerns among New Yorkers while tracking loud bangs, the system records private conversations. Questions arose after New York Police Department deployed 300 hidden microphone sensors around the city. They are aimed at identifying the sound of gun shots, and then activate nearby cameras and immediately alert law enforcement officials."
"With Jade Helm 15 coming to Texas, Utah, California and 4 more southwestern states for 'summer exercises' between July 15 and September 15 this year, numerous 'FEMA Domes' that are being rushed to completion across the state of Texas in locations such as Lumberton, Brownsville, Pancho Maples and Kingsville are raising alarm with many who view these structures as potential 'FEMA death domes', used to house 'insurgents' following the red and blue list round-up of gun owners, Christians and patriotic supporters of America and the US Constitution."
"You’ve just become aware of how fragile our society really is, and all the horrifying ways the shit can hit the proverbial fan, and you think you have to rush out and buy a bunch of supplies and gear to survive the inevitable looting spree. There’s something you should know first though. If there is one thing that is practically guaranteed to part an otherwise smart person from their money, it is fear. So stop, take a deep breath, and realize that in all likelihood the world is not going to end tomorrow. There may not be any serious crises for months or years. I know this (as do many other preppers) because I couldn’t possibly count the number of times I’ve heard someone I would consider reputable, sound the alarm on a possible threat. It’s time to take a critical look at that list of supplies and gear you’re thinking of purchasing, and be prepared to cross a few off, because some of those items are highly overrated."
"There are many aspects of Prepping that we think of from a tactical perspective as being information we wouldn’t want to share with everyone. You don’t usually want to advertise to the world that you are a prepper in the first place because conventional wisdom would say you have supplies that others could want in a crisis scenario. To that end we discuss concepts like OPSEC or operational security – being those practices we employ to keep our supplies and activities on the down low. There is no sense telling your neighbors what you have and advertising your stash of prepping supplies if you ever expect to hang on to them in a crisis. At least without putting up a fight to keep them to yourself."
"Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The agency published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform. Aside from assessing how healthy the food in daycare is, the USDA will also check the weight and height of roughly 3,000 children."
"Individual underground and resistance operatives, expected to cope with sophisticated law enforcement practices or security organizations are often as a singular disadvantage in their efforts to understand systematized techniques and practices of clandestine behavior. The varieties of this behavior, known collectively as “tradecraft,” are a traditional province of secret intelligence and special operations; fields reluctant to shed light on operational methods and procedures. There is a dearth of reliable material in the literature of underground and resistance intelligence and unless the operative has an appropriate background, attempts to obtain useful extracts from the broader open literature will prove difficult indeed. The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with an introduction to elements of tradecraft important to evade enforcement operations or security investigations by underground and resistance operators. We have enclosed disciplines set a pattern of practitioners and this pattern is liable to prediction or analysis. We disagree with this theory when it is applied to clandestine behavior. The logic of tradecraft is the logic of fear. Fear is an individual matter."
"SHTF is an ambiguous and equivocal term. To render the term SHTF unequivocal for the purpose of this essay, this writer makes strict distinctions between what is SHTF and what is not SHTF. Financial and economic collapse is not SHTF. Government overreaching and onerous laws are not SHTF. Rebellious (government sponsored) minority uprisings are not SHTF. Martial law is not SHTF. Those things (and much more) are merely logical consequences of the Constitution. They are just a slow, steady, methodical, and systematic decline into chaos, barbarism and squalor. Given all or some of those scenarios there will still be some semblance of order and there will still be some (may God have mercy on us) constitutional government such that it is. SHTF is here restricted to two things; (1) catastrophic natural disaster on a continental scale to the extreme extent of societal collapse (it is going to happen), and (2) WWIII, which necessarily results in societal collapse – albeit more or less locally and on a somewhat lesser scale (this will happen first)."
"This video presentation was done in Northern California on November 21st, 2014, it is a wake up call. When the ship is going down, one must prioritize their time, their actions, and their energy. The planet is dying. Though there are countless forms of damage to Earth from human activities, climate engineering is mathematically the greatest single source, it is the epitome of human insanity."
"In some respects the Keystone XL project has been about more than just building a pipeline to carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The controversial plan also has served as a sleight-of-hand trick for an industry that has quietly built other pipelines in recent years. In fact, the U.S. system of oil pipelines has grown in size by nearly 25% over the past 10 years, according to the Associated Press. This expansion has resulted in more than 11,600 miles of pipeline being laid, much of it in the western half of the country. Compare that to Keystone, which would stretch only 1,179 miles. Keystone’s oil carrying capacity would be dramatically less than what’s now flowing through many states as a result of the new pipelines. “About 3.3 million barrels per day of capacity have been added since 2012 alone — five times more oil than the Canada-to-Texas Keystone line could carry if it’s ever built,” AP’s Henry Jackson wrote."
"It is time for some outdated, unconstitutional laws to be scrapped. Informally sharing seed with a neighbor who gardens down the street is illegal in multiple states in the US. The penalty for violating this ridiculous law is a fine of up to $7,500 a day. Like so many other senseless laws, this rule needs to be put to rest. You can’t even give away seeds to someone in your own neighborhood under certain laws. For example, in Minnesota, where seed laws on the books are so laughable that unless you buy an annual permit and submit each lot of seeds for germination testing, you are defying the law. You even have to attach an appropriate label, even if you aren’t sharing the seeds with a local seed sharing library and just want to give them to your daughter-in-law for her new garden. Even the 300 seed libraries throughout the US can’t give away seeds or facilitate the exchange of seeds between organic gardeners unless they purchase a permit."
"Your roof is the most important part of your house. You can ignore maintenance on many other home systems for years and probably not suffer serious consequences. Not so with your roof. A roof leak will quickly destroy your home and turn it into a rotting decayed moldy mess. You should not only have spare roofing materials on hand, but know how to make repairs. Once the stores close, you will be out of luck. Check out this video and learn how to repair a missing or broken shingle:"
"Something stunning took place earlier this week, and it quietly snuck by, unnoticed by anyone as the "all important" FOMC meeting was looming. That something could have been taken straight out of the playbook of either Cyprus, or Greece, or the USSR "evil empire", or all three. This is how the WSJ explained it:"
"The genetically modified obstacle course in the produce section is about to get some new hurdles. Our good friends at the FDA, always-kissing-corporate-butt always vigilant, have deemed GMO apples and potatoes to be a safe, even beneficial, part of the food supply. Warning: I cringe over the fact that most of this article sounds like something from the Onion or another snarky satire website. The quotes below don’t even sound real, but all came straight from an AP report."
"Do you enjoy saving a buck more than most people? Do you have a black belt in frugality? Here are 20 surefire signs that you are embracing your cheap side. How many things on this list apply to you?"
"Scientists will compete to create an improved wearable alcohol biosensor contest sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) or really the National Institutes of Health (NIH). FYI, the NIAA is a component of the NIH. If you guessed Homeland Security is behind this, give yourself a gold star. Don’t forget wherever DHS goes Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is sure to follow. MADD has a close relationship with Homeland Security, click here & here to read more. When there’s money to be made you can bet private companies are working with DHS to turn a quick profit! New alcohol sensing (spying) bracelets like ‘Vive‘ are being marketed as safety devices and also to prevent sexual abuse. If you also guessed Microsoft is behind this, give yourself another gold star!"
"The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia has announced he is stepping down, a decision that reportedly is not connected with the discovery that evidence in possibly thousands of D.C. criminal cases was withheld by police from defense lawyers. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. revealed his plans to resign only hours after he informed defense attorneys in a letter that a “glitch” in the D.C. police computer system inadvertently left certain information out of police reports since 2012. The reports sometimes include witness accounts or evidence forms that are given to defense attorneys before trials. “It was possible that in pending and past cases, [the police department] was in possession of information that should have been disclosed to the defense and had unwittingly failed to provide that information,” Machen said in the letter, according to The Washington Post."
(Sgt Trainer: This appears to be grounds for a whole lot of retrials or mistrials.)
"The next time you come back from overseas and flash your American passport at Washington, DC’s Dulles airport, customs officers might take a picture of you and use facial recognition technology to figure out if you really are who you say you are. On March 11, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) quietly rolled out a new facial recognition pilot program to help custom officers catch “imposters,” or people using a passport that isn't theirs, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Motherboard on Wednesday. The pilot is part of a larger effort to modernize US customs practices with the use of new technologies as part of the Apex Air Entry and Exit Re-Engineering (AEER) Project. And it’s only the first of at least three experiments labeled “Targeted Biometric Operations,” according to a previously undisclosed CBP presentation obtained by Motherboard. The goal of the pilot program, called “1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot,” is to figure out if facial recognition can be a useful tool in catching these imposters, but civil liberties activists worry this is the first step to create a database of law-abiding Americans’ mugshots, which could create unforeseen privacy risks."
"You have probably heard of “Hardtack” but do you know what it is made of. It is simply flour, water and sometimes salt. In years past in particular during the Civil War salt was difficult to obtain because of blockades and the fact many people simply lacked the money. Flour however was available because farmers could mill their own or have it milled locally. Hardtack is often times referred to as pilot bread, ship’s biscuit, shipbiscuit, sea biscuit, cabin bread, and sea bread."
"Adult interrogation methods do not belong in the classroom, so why are school administrators throughout the United States being trained to use them on their students in order to extract confessions?"
"What began as an effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week at Pine Bush High School has imploded into a raging controversy that has divided the school into angry factions."
"Employees of Amtrak, the publically-funded railroad service, earned themselves a round of bonuses because their agency only lost $214 million last year. A second set of bonuses was scrapped after Amtrak fell far short of its customer satisfaction goals, according to the agency's inspector general. Amtrak handed out $11.2 million in bonuses as part of a short-term incentive program, which was designed to reward staff if they managed to keep operating losses under $305 million in 2014. The other half of the incentive program would have seen millions in additional bonuses showered on employees had they been able to satisfy 84.25 percent of their customers. Perhaps because that was considered a lofty goal, Amtrak said it would still pay a partial round of bonuses if customer satisfaction levels had reached 83.5 percent. Customer satisfaction sat at 81 percent last year."
Fighting Mindset of Our Founding Fathers - Part 2 of 6
Fighting Mindset of Our Founding Fathers - Part 3 of 6
Fighting Mindset of Our Founding Fathers - Part 4 of 6
Fighting Mindset of Our Founding Fathers - Part 5 of 6
Fighting Mindset of our Founding Fathers - Part 6 of 6
(Sgt Trainer: Thanks to reader J.T. for these links!)
"Larger buried survival caches have their place and are fine for your final bug-out destination. Until you arrive at your final bug-out location, you may not want or be able to carry all of the gear you originally put in a large en route cache. There are alternatives to large and buried caches, all having legitimate advantages and drawbacks. Two such alternatives are aerial concealment and exposed/ground level concealment. The key word to remember here is practical. The type of cache you decide to use depends on some important factors based upon your age, your physical condition, and your environment. Here are some points to consider in selecting your cache method."
"Inspiration for new preps can come from unexpected places sometimes. This happened to me when I was last visiting my parents and had the opportunity to take my Dear Old Dad’s quadrocopter drone for a test flight. The drone, a Phantom 2 by DJI was a blast to fly around. It also sported an HD camera that took high quality footage of us and the surrounding area. It was surprisingly easy to control, even for a novice (me). Watching the drone soar got me thinking, are there any applications to prepping that a drone could be used for?"
"In a survival situation, not being able to see well, or at all, could drastically reduce your chances of making it through unscathed. With that in mind I am going to give you some things you can do preemptively as well as a couple things you can do if you happen to be caught unprepared."
"OK, Mr. Prepper. You have your storage carefully laid in down in the basement and well crafted bugout bags for each family member. Food, water, clothing, fire starter, toiletries, and to make sure you sleep well, one of those fancy shiny space blankets. Well, done, my intrepid prepper. But one item that you may have missed could put your family at risk of discomfort, or in some cases, threaten their survival. That item is a pad. Insulation to sit or lay on. It’s as important as whatever method you use to keep your upper body warm. And without insulation, you or your loved ones body heat will go to keep the earth warm. Trust me, you will run out of body heat before the earth runs out of cold. So how to keep your tush from freezing? Let us count the ways:"