"Last Saturday, one of the largest open carry protests happened in front of the state capital building in Olympia, Washington, to protest the passing of I594. This outrageous piece of legislation was ostensibly written to enact a system for universal background checks. While simple on paper, in practice this law makes it illegal for residents of Washington to lend their firearms to anyone, or to so much as hand their weapons over to a friend. For those of you who are gun owners, you’ll recognize this as something you’ve done numerous times without a second thought. It basically makes every gun owner a criminal. The event was organized by activist Gavin Seim, who described the gathering by saying “This isn’t just a protest, we are here to openly violate the law“. The event went off without a hitch. Thousands came together on the front lawn of the capital building, armed with a myriad of weapons. They broke the law in full view of the police; some by passing their guns to fellow protesters, while others offered their firearms for sale."
"The ubiquitous 55 Gallon black garbage bag was designed with a one purpose, one time use in mind; to contain garbage and get it to the dump. It’s a shame that millions upon millions of these bags end up with the same fate. Some lucky bags find themselves in the hands of preppers. These bags can find many uses, from rain ponchos to camp showers. If you don’t already have the basic black garbage bag in your pack, get one, and here is 10 reasons why you should:"
"You would think in a state known as "Big Sky Country" there would be plenty of airspace for everyone - but think again. By next spring, the U.S. Air Force hopes it will have the clearance needed to conduct expanded training and war games in an enormous military training area called the Powder River Training Complex. The complex spans 20 million acres in the four states of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and affects 39 airports. The Air Force proposal has sparked concern from the states and communities involved, with those concerns focused on public safety and the local economic impact. "This is going to create a huge inconvenience for any corporate airplanes that transition in and out of the airspace," said Roger Meggers, manager of the airport in Baker in southeast Montana. Fallon County Commissioner Steve Baldwin agrees: "We're not adverse to our military, but the impacts to our community and on our neighbors in North Dakota, it's going to be devastating economically." Rudinger said AOPA is very concerned that the Air Force has chosen not to make accommodations for general aviation operators in its final environmental impact statement. One of the big concerns is that the Air Force plans to use the complex to conduct full scale war-games."
"The wisdom of the immune system is such that infection educates the body in ways that we do not completely understand (it's more than just antibody production!), and then passive exposure from infected individuals in the community, serves to continually reeducate and "boost" the potential response that keeps reinfection at bay. Vaccines don't do this, have never done this, and will never do this. DTaP is a perfect example."
"On December 15, 2014, a document detailing the Islamic State (ISIS) penal code was released on the Jihadi Media Platform forum (alplatformmedia.com). The document, which was titled “Clarification [regarding] the Hudud [Koranic punishments],” included a list of crimes and their respective punishment according to the shari’a. ISIS said it published the document as a warning and a reminder to the people living under its rule. It also reaffirmed its commitment to enforce it vigilantly. The document begins with various Koranic verses emphasizing the need for Muslims to adhere to the shari’a, while noting that those who do not follow it are considered unbelievers."
"A new study released in September of this year gives even more evidence that GMOs should have been banned before they were ever allowed on the market. Read on to find out how “Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America” pinpoints a significant correlation between GMOs and 22 diseases. Why does the biotech industry keep hiding the toxicity of their products? Well, there are numerous reasons – the corruption of the American and international governments, the fact that the USDA’s main man appointed by Obama was a former Monsanto executive, and the tremendously deep pockets of mega-corporations to launch propaganda campaigns – are just a few. The aforementioned title was published in The Journal of Organic Systems. It is full of very detailed evidence of the link between genetically modified ingredients and diseases such as liver failure, urinary and bladder cancers, hypertension, thyroid disease, stroke, obesity, and more. It is replete with telling charts and graphs that describe visually the mayhem that GMOs have unleashed on society."
"The San Diego Police Department is being sued by a civil rights organization over the possible use of dragnet-capable ‘Stingray’ cellphone surveillance technology that has given national police observers pause for its widespread tracking capabilities. San Diego police have long chosen to withhold details about whether it uses an International Mobile Subscriber Identity catcher (IMSI), which emulates the functionality of a cell phone tower in order to interact with a nearby mobile phone. Commonly known as Stingrays, a popular brand name, they can be used to capture and intercept the contents of communications, including calls, text messages, or internet activity. Many IMSI catchers are used in dragnet fashion, scooping up information about every phone in range. The First Amendment Coalition presented in the lawsuit a heavily-redacted invoice provided by the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) that confirmed $33,000 was spent to acquire or use IMSI-catching technology, yet SDPD will not provide further information to the group or news organizations, according to the Union-Tribune of San Diego."
"Local governments are clearly laboring under significant new budgetary constraints in dealing with recent spikes in joblessness, homelessness and related issues. Yet their responses have often followed a trend that many say runs counter to state and federal law, the U.S. Constitution, and even international obligations around human rights. Instead of town and city officials redoubling efforts to figure out how to provide additional low-cost housing and social services, a clear pattern has emerged in recent years of local governments enacting a range of laws and ordinances aimed at cracking down on the markers of homelessness. This includes panhandling, “loitering,” sitting or sleeping in public, or sleeping in one’s car. This even includes outlawing actions taken by groups or individuals intent on assisting the homeless and hungry, such as passing out food in public spaces. Such anti-homelessness laws have been around for at least the past three decades, but watchdog groups have seen a marked increase in the aftermath of the recession."
"Warning to motorists: Don't speed in the toll lanes. E-Z Pass is watching. Several states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania, say they monitor speeds through the fast pass toll lanes and will suspend your E-Z Pass for multiple speeding violations. In all, five of the 15 E-Z Pass states have some kind of rules on the books for breaking the speed limit in the convenience lanes. "You can lose your E-Z Pass privileges if you speed through E-Z Pass lanes," says Dan Weiller, director of communications for the New York State Thruway Authority. "You get a couple of warnings. We don't have the power to give a ticket, but we do have to power to revoke your E-Z Pass, which we will."
"A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday. The most widespread travel disruptions and the worst weather conditions in terms of windswept rain and travel-impairing snow will be centered on Christmas Eve. Problems due to snow and wind will continue in the Upper Midwest and central Appalachians into Christmas Day."
"We might forget occasionally how powerful microwaves are. Not only can they heat food quickly, but they're useful for a variety of other tasks. This graphic shows you several examples of both. This graphic, courtesy of appliance site Part Select, starts off as a handy cheat sheet for food-related tasks you can do in a microwave like cooking scrambled eggs, or making onions, garlic, and peaches easier to peel. It also includes tips for non-food-related tricks like removing the stamp from an envelope or even clean the microwave itself."
"One in four people, when buying an over-the-counter medicine to treat a headache, will go for a brand name product. Unless that person is a pharmacist. In that case, according to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, they'll almost certainly buy a generic version. The pharmacists know, and trust, that the drugs are identical."
"Officials at a Virginia school turned an allegedly misbehaving 4-year-old preschooler over to law enforcement, where he was put in handcuffs and shackles and ordered to talk to jail inmates, according to a legal group intervening in the case. The unnamed student, who was enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program at Nathanael Greene Primary School, in Stanardsville, Virginia, was removed from the classroom Oct. 16 after allegedly “becoming agitated and throwing several items onto the floor.” “That such extreme restraints would even be contemplated in a case such as this points to a failure by those in leadership to provide the proper guidance to school personnel in what forms of restraint and force are appropriate when dealing with students, especially the youngest and most vulnerable,” said a letter sent this week to school district officials by John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, which was asked by the mother to intervene."
"There have been numerous discussions in the survivalist and SHTF communities about diabetes, and while Type 1 has been discussed at length, Type 2, which is much more prevalent and equally life-threatening, usually gets little more than a mention and possibly a conclusionary statement that it can be handled/managed with diet and exercise. But what exactly does that mean? There’s no discussion on what such a diet-based treatment would entail in a SHTF situation. It’s not a simple disease to handle. Type 2 diabetes, if untreated or improperly treated, can lead to loss of life and/or limb, just as in the case of Type 1 diabetes. Simple advice, such as cutting out the sugar and doing a few pushups, is not going to solve the problem. Special attention must be paid and special dietary considerations adhered to."
"When we look at broad measures of jobs and population, then the beginning of 2012 was one of the worst months in US history, with a total of 2.3 million people losing jobs or leaving the workforce in a single month. Yet, the official unemployment rate showed a decline from 8.5% to 8.3% in January - and was such cheering news that it set off a stock rally. How can there be such a stark contrast between the cheerful surface and an underlying reality that is getting worse? The true unemployment picture is hidden by essentially splitting jobless Americans up and putting them inside one of three different "boxes": the official unemployment box, the full unemployment box, and the most obscure box, the workforce participation rate box."
"On December 18, a three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a ban on gun purchases for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution” violated the Second Amendment rights of a Michigan man who was denied a gun purchase because of a mental institution commitment in 1986. Judge Danny Boggs wrote the majority opinion for the panel: “The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights.”
(Sgt Trainer: The page at this link has downloadable manuals for some old model Singer sewing machines. The files are in .pdf format. Each page can be opened and printed by clicking on the appropriate link, provided you have already installed Reader. If the pages do not display or print correctly from within your browser, try right-clicking on the file and selecting "save as." This will save a copy of the file to your hard disk, where you can open and print it with Reader--this usually works, regardless of the browser.)
"This is an introductory article to an updated series on antibiotics that will be useful in a long-term survival setting. Future articles will discuss these drugs in detail and some natural substances that may have antimicrobial properties. It should be noted that recommendations on this site are meant for post-apocalyptic settings. If modern medicine exists, seek it out. Practicing medicine without a license is illegal and punishable by law."
"I grew up with Vick’s VapoRub always being present in my childhood medicine cabinet. When I was feeling under the weather, my mother would rub this on my chest, and almost immediately, the mentholated fumes would start working their magic. I decided to make my own whipped version of this old-fashioned herbal ointment using natural ingredients and couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. By whipping the coconut oil and shea butter together it created a soft texture that rubs on smoothly. And, since this was such a simple recipe, I had to share it!"
"It seems to me that one of the MANY skills we’ve lost as a culture–especially as a result of our “disposable” goods mentality–is the ability to fix things and otherwise to make do with what we have."
"How do you make flour out of wheat? A few years ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer for you as I’d never heard of anyone outside of the history books making their own flour. It wasn’t until after I made the decision to live a more self-reliant life that I learned about grain mills. But still, not having a mill of my own, I didn’t have much knowledge to share. So, recently, when a wonderful opportunity arose to try my hand at making flour, I jumped at the chance. As part of the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge, I was given a WonderMill Grain Mill and challenged to make 3 recipes using whole grain flours milled by the WonderMill. You’ll hear more about how I fared during the challenge later, but for now, let’s take a look at why you should consider making your own flour and how you go about doing it."
"Family gatherings. They happen throughout the year. Whether it’s a big holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or smaller ones like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or even a special event like a family reunion or a wedding, there are times when our extended families gather together. Knowing the family dynamics, and possible ongoing arguments we will face, can make even the most family-focused of us less than excited to see our extended family. But what if you want something different? Most families don’t really want to rehash the same arguments, listen to bragging and comparing, or repeat the same questions about future plans. And the bigger the family, the harder it is to avoid family drama. Realistically, those things won’t go away, but you, your own individual self, can make a plan to do things differently and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get some of the others on board and family gatherings will become more fun for everyone. I think doing is really the key."
"Yes, prescription painkillers do in fact take more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths. It all has to do with how these prescription pharmaceuticals work in the brain, and how many individuals around the country are easily acquiring them to feed their deadly habits. Because after all, who said legal drugs were all that different from illegal drugs in many cases?"
"Those who eat a balanced and wholesome diet should seldom become ill. Healthy people are usually able to combat minor infections without showing any symptoms. However, even healthy people become sick when their exposure to pathogens is persistent or they become too lax in their diets. Emotional stress can weaken the immune system too. Our usual recommendations about the avoidance of most sugars, and a diet featuring vegetables should be disregarded during sickness. While these healthy habits may be ideal for preventing illness, they can actually slow a body's recovery when an infection has taken hold. During sickness, normal digestion is essentially suspended, and it is very common for the intestinal yeast to overrun the beneficial bacteria that normally helps to digest the more challenging foods, like vegetables."
"Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect. Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a “constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public.” The Boston Police Department now explicitly instructs its officers not to arrest citizens openly recording them in public. Slowly but surely the courts are recognizing that recording on-duty police is a protected First Amendment activity. But in the meantime, police around the country continue to intimidate and arrest citizens for doing just that. So if you’re an aspiring cop watcher you must be uniquely prepared to deal with hostile cops. If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws and carefully adhering to the following rules."