"The state of Texas is now considering a piece of legislation regarding gold & silver which would be nothing short of revolutionary if passed…"
"Earlier this week the European Commission’s attorney Bernhard Schima told the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the US-EU Safe Harbor framework does not work. The framework process supposedly protects personal data. In 2013, however, it was discovered the NSA and its British counterpart — the GCHQ, short for Government Communications Headquarters — had siphoned off data transfers by tapping directly into under sea cable networks. In fact, according to a lawyer representing the Austrian government before the CJEU, Safe Harbor is better suited for pirates than the protection of data of EU citizens. In other words, the system was designed to be hijacked by the NSA and GCHQ. “You might consider closing your Facebook account if you have one,” Schima told attorney-general Yves Bot at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg."
"If you needed a better motivation to get your funds out of the bank, this is a clear sign that a digital clampdown is coming. There are increasing examples of technology failures and stricter bank policies that are keep people from getting their money. And they are happening all across the globe. Ulster Bank in Ireland just made news after customers were locked out of their accounts by a glitch that disabled access to wage money:"
"This isn’t new; in fact, the practice is hundreds of years old apparently… but it was new to me. My mom actually told me about this a month or two ago. I got a brush and a little booklet about it, but I haven’t honestly remembered to do it every day for long enough to write a full review for Nutritional Anarchy. However, now that we’re juice fasting, I thought I would make a quick video on it, the logic behind why it works, and how to do it for others who might be interested. To put it simply, your skin is the largest organ on your body. It’s also an organ of elimination, and a third of your body’s toxic load is excreted through it. Dry brushing works to unclog pores and rid you of dead skin cells faster, and that’s just for starters. Makes sense if you think about it. And dry brushing also just feels really nice. My skin feels all tingly and awesome for quite awhile afterward too, as if something is actually happening there. According to the little booklet that came with my brush, the benefits include improved circulation, lymphatic system stimulation which aids in detoxing, unclogging pores and smoothing cellulite thus making your skin all glowy and soft, and it also apparently releases endorphins!"
"MSNBC correspondent Jeremy Lancaster sat down with government official Darrin Cornia to discuss recent rumors that have been in circulation in regard to registered motorcycle owners being placed on a classified FBI gang list. Darrin Cornia who currently holds a position within the National Security Branch of the government agreed to complete transparency prior to the interview with MSNBC’s Jeremy Lancaster and did remain direct and seemingly forthright throughout his conversation with Lancaster. After a few moments of introduction, Lancaster bluntly asked the following question,” Mr. Cornia, if I were to make the statement, all registered motorcycle owners are currently showing on a classified FBI gang list, would the statement be true or false? Cornia responded by saying, “That would be a true statement, the FBI has been collecting and compiling Department of Motor Vehicles and Drivers License Division records for the purpose of adding those that own motorcycles to a classified gang list since 1994. Lancaster asked Cornia to explain the reasoning behind the list which seems inappropriately broad, to Cornia answered the question with the following statement, “It’s nothing more than collecting and utilizing data. We may not like to admit it, but the truth of the matter is that those that own and operate motorcycles are 67% more likely to be involved in illegal or criminal activity than those that do not own or operate a motorcycle.”
(Sgt Trainer: Really? I think they're operating under an outdated supposition of what type of person rides a motorcycle, but regardless...I've added this list to the list of lists that I'm probably on by now. Maybe I should start a social network named "ListBook"...sort of a competition of how many lists people are on, or think they're on! Ridiculous? You bet? Just as ridiculous as the "list" identified in this story.)
"For much of the past month, the American shooting industry and pro-gun civil arms rights groups, along with the majority of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, have been rightly preoccupied with the Obama Administration’s latest gun control proposal to effectively ban common center-fire ammunition used in popular AR-15 style rifles and pistols. The resignation of the BATF Director last week should not be the end of the story however…the Senate and House Judiciary Committees should question the acting Director of the BATF, along with other officials at the Departments of State and Justice on the apparent transnational dimension of the aborted ammo ban. The fact is that the 13 February BATF ammo ban is linked through timing, content, and “covert” or “off the books” US involvement to a nearly identical United Nations plan released for comment to a small group of pre-approved experts on 19 January 2015. Setting aside the questions raised by the Administration’s January “publishing error” detailing current law as if the proposed ban was adopted months prior when in fact the proposal hadn’t even been made public, the apparent violation of Administrative Procedures Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 533), and the less than credible justification given by the White House Press Secretary on 2 March,"
(Sgt Trainer: OK, since I don't believe in coincidences, it is my opinion that it is collusion!)
"About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack, a USA TODAY analysis of federal energy records finds. Although the repeated security breaches have never resulted in the type of cascading outage that swept across the Northeast in 2003, they have sharpened concerns about vulnerabilities in the electric system. A widespread outage lasting even a few days could disable devices ranging from ATMs to cellphones to traffic lights, and could threaten lives if heating, air conditioning and health care systems exhaust their backup power supplies. Some experts and officials fear the rash of smaller-scale incidents may point to broader security problems, raising questions about what can be done to safeguard the electrical grid from an attack that could leave millions without power for days or weeks, with potentially devastating consequences. “It’s one of those things: One is too many, so that’s why we have to pay attention,” said Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur. “The threats continue to evolve, and we have to continue to evolve as well.”
" It might sound like something straight out of Q’s laboratory or the latest Marvel film but a group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. Science for the Masses, an independent “citizen science” organisation that operates from the city of Tehacapi, theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural molecule that can be created from algae and other green plants, could enhance eyesight in dark environments. The molecule is found in some deep sea fish, forms the basis of some cancer therapies and has been previously prescribed intravenously for night blindness. Jeff Tibbets, the lab’s medical officer, said: “There are a fair amount of papers talking about having injected it in models like rats and it’s been used intravenously since the 60s as treatments for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step.” The next step was to moisten the eyes of biochemical researcher and willing guinea pig Gabriel Licina’s eyes with 50 microlitres of Ce6. The effect was apparently almost instantaneous and, after an hour, he was able to distinguish shapes from 10 metres away in the dark and soon at even greater distances. “We had people go stand in the woods,” Licina said, “At 50 metres, I could figure who they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.”
"The Spool Tool, as you may have guessed, is a spool for holding paracord along with other useful tools, such as a cord cutter, melting notches (more on these later), and a place to hold a miniature lighter. It weighs just a few ounces, measures just a touch over 6" long and a smidge under 3.5" wide, and without cord it's 0.25" thick. It's also made of a very tough reinforced nylon. How tough? While I could probably snap the prongs off the lighter holder if I put my mind to it, the rest of the tool is quite sturdy; holding a flange in each hand and bending with all my might, the tool flexed only a little bit. I have every confidence that the Spool Tool can survive anything you throw at it."
“OPSEC” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around frequently, and whenever I read any article in opposition to practicing OPSEC, I just have to wonder if they really understand what it is. To many of the misinformed and uneducated, Operations Security (OPSEC) is a ridiculous concept because, as they understand it, the word means to not tell anyone anything, to clam up and to not network. Their understanding, from what I can surmise from their own words, is that OPSEC means keep your mouth shut about everything and don’t participate or network because you’ll identify yourself and be marked for attacks or put on the proverbial watchlist and then you’ll either be killed by gangs or the government because you were too focused on your security that you forgot about your security. (One of the things that I stress time and again is the development of tribe. ‘It takes a village…’ You’re fighting an uphill battle if you plan to secure your community without your community’s involvement.) So they deride OPSEC because it’s too extreme, and that’s really, really unfortunate because OPSEC for the Patriot-Prepper is actually not disassociation from the community, nor is it the development of a hermit’s lifestyle. At the root of OPSEC is a way to plan how you’re going to control information so that the wrong people don’t get it. And even then, we can’t protect all information, so OPSEC is really a way to protect our critical information. And identifying critical information, by the way, is the very first step of the OPSEC Planning Process. I’ll give you a great example. I’ve received numerous versions of the following question:"
"You may not consider yourself to be a prepper since many people think that preppers are just paranoid, conspiracy theorists. Regardless of what label you choose to put on yourself, if you are into emergency preparedness and especially food storage, you really need to read this article. What most people don’t realize about storing food is that there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. If you do it the wrong way, you may not be able to survive on your food storage during an emergency situation. Hopefully, after you read this article, you’ll be better prepared to make sure that the food you are storing will be viable and able to keep you alive if things ever get to the point that you have to survive on it exclusively."
"Ever wonder how to build a simple home for very little money, without going into debt? The key is to use low-cost, locally available natural materials such earth, small diameter wood and straw to keep expenses to a minimum. The real fun is incorporating all of these methods into an optimum, comfortable, affordable home. Our earthbag projects have confirmed what I’ve known for a long time – that building at $10/sq.ft. (materials only) or thereabouts is possible. Other aspects of earthbag building — strength, durability, sustainability, etc. — are all important. But perhaps the most important point is affordability, because building at $10/sq. ft. makes housing affordable to virtually everyone on the planet. The last page of this Instructable includes a list of $10/sq. ft. projects built by others. A big reason for the growing popularity of earthbag building is its low cost. You can build shelters for under $1,000."
"There’s no doubt that preparing for an SHTF scenario is not something you can do in a week or two. It takes time, a little bit of money and a little bit of work. Only problem is that the more we know, the more we feel like we know. So we start absorbing information like a sponge. We end up learning things that we’ve never even considered back when we were unawakened. Some of these things may even be considered weird by the average Joe but we know better. I have a few interesting survival ideas for you that I think you might like. These are not the common sense ones as that everyone’s talking and writing about. The ones in this article are meant to not only help you but to make you say: Ahh, I never thought about that. That’s clever! Ready? Let’s get started with #1."
"Team Miculek paid us a visit at the farm and we decided to pit Jerry’s trigger finger up against an AR-15 equipped with the Fostech Defend AR-15 bump fire stock."
(Sgt Trainer: This was FAST!!! 10 rounds in 1.39/100 of a second!!!)
"As the 2015 legislative session comes to a close gun owners are pleasantly surprised as the House votes to remove some restrictions on guns. Senate Bill 2394 was first introduced by Senator Burton (Republican District 31 Lauderdale, Newton, Scott) with a goal to reduce the fee for obtaining a concealed carry permit. Senator David Parker introduced a bill to cut the fee in half but once his bill failed our hope moved to Burton’s bill that reduced the fee from $100 to $80. On Friday gun owners received a pleasant surprise when SB2394 not only made its way through the conference committee with the fee reduction but was also amended to include some very welcome changes. The final paragraph of the bill reads as follows;
(24) No license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.
With the passage of this bill we move a step closer to removing the requirement to obtain government permission to carry a firearm for self defense."
"Mainstream media measles madness appears to have subsided, as most overly-hyped fear-based propaganda campaigns do. But measles isn’t the only “vaccine preventable” disease that has been rearing its ugly head lately. Last month, we reported on widespread mumps outbreaks that were largely ignored by the mainstream media, and speculated about why that might be: Maybe that’s because it would be much harder to blame those nefarious little “anti-vaxxer” hippies for these outbreaks. The mumps vaccine does not confer children with lifelong immunity, repeated vaccinations have become the rule, and mumps has become an adult disease that threatens to be costlier in terms of both time off work and health. In fact, the mumps vaccination is a “staggering underperformer”: For one thing, the vaccine is a dud with many, accomplishing no good at all. “Right off the bat, when you give it to 100 people, 15 won’t respond,” states Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, one of the world’s largest and most authoritative. Even when the vaccine does take, its full benefit often doesn’t last long — just one or two years before the level of antibodies drops below the level required to protect against mumps, according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. By the eighth year, the antibody levels have plummeted to just one third the level required for protection. Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, has been making the news lately, as there are small outbreaks, well…all over the place. Why isn’t the mainstream media hyping this one up like it did measles? Let’s explore some possible reasons."
"In a video uploaded to Youtube, a man refuses to be intimidated by a Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy. When you are pulled over by a cop while driving in Texas you do have to provide a drivers license or you will be “lawfully” arrested. However, the driver was simply waiting at a red light to turn left and the officer and him engaged in a consensual conversation. This was clearly not a traffic stop. However, the officer still demanded his ID without any legal basis to do so. It’s amazing to see how many cops are plain ignorant when it comes to the law.
Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information. It did not appear that the driver had been arrested, either lawfully or unlawfully. The request for his drivers license appeared to be out of frustration rather than pursuant to a lawful arrest as required by the statute.
Even if the driver had been lawfully arrested, Sect. 38.02 only requires the arrestee to furnish the officer with “his name, residence address, or date of birth.” It says nothing about his drivers license. That information can be transmitted orally yet the deputy never asked for it. Often times a cop is the last one to be well informed on the law. That is exactly why you must be versed in knowing your rights. Had the driver given his ID, this could have led to a myriad of inconveniences, fines, and possibly an arrest; even if he was entirely innocent."
"I know this is going to sound crazy to many of you, but I let some weeds grow in my garden on purpose. This wasn’t always the case. When I was growing up on the farm, we had a huge garden for fresh eating and preserving. With long, straight rows of veggies and paths in between each row, weeding was a never ending chore. My stepdad used to run the tiller up and down the paths, while the rows themselves were tediously weeded by hand. Inevitably by the end of the season, weeds that escaped the hoe would be overgrown and seeding out, to be tilled into the soil and start the whole cycle again. I dreamed of a garden without weeds. Fast forward to the 90’s, and my very own garden beds to arrange any way I wanted. I discovered the magic of mulch and planting in blocks instead of rows with nekked empty space between. Instead of dirt paths that turned to dust when things got dry and mud when it got wet, I had raised beds with tidy paths between, perfect for a suburban yard. Then things changed again. Attached to the end of another article a friend had copied off for me was a page of another manuscript – “Weeds: Guardians of the Soil“. It caught my eye, but I had no idea where to read more as the book was no longer in print, and the friend passed away. "
"Knowing how to can chicken on the bone comes in really handy when you butcher your own chickens or when chicken legs or thighs go on sale at the store. I’ll be canning chicken legs in this tutorial, but you would use the same methods for canning chicken thighs and wings as well. There are two ways to can chicken on the bone: the “raw pack” method and the “hot pack” method. I’ll demonstrate how to do them both. No matter which method you choose to use, both require a pressure canner. You cannot safely can meat without a pressure canner."