"Natural health practitioners have for years recommended taking one tablespoon daily, for four days, to establish a level, then one teaspoon daily for maintenance (proportional to body weight for children). After six weeks, a pause of several weeks has also been recommended by some natural healing arts doctors. Also, colloidal silver can be applied directly to cuts, scrapes, and open sores, or on a bandage for warts. It can be applied on eczema, itches, acne or bug bites. To purify water, add one tablespoonper gallon, shake well and wait six minutes. Mixed this way, it’s tasteless. It is not an allopathic poison."
"In the early 70’s the NYPD installed CCTV cameras throughout New York City in the hopes of deterring crime. The recorded images were of course, also used to help identify criminals after a crime was committed. The theory was and still is if a person knows or suspects they are being recorded, they would be less apt to commit a crime. The point is of course that whenever you are in a public place the chances of being recorded is high. Cell phones cameras, drones and video surveillance systems in private homes are pervasive in today’s society and virtually any business will have a surveillance system installed as well."
"As many of us who are preparing for an uncertain future have discovered, trying to prepare to become self-sufficient for an infinite number of scenarios is overwhelming as best. More often it becomes a sort of anxiety provoking undertaking with no end in sight. It is easy to become so overwhelmed that you just run around buying things you know you will need at some point in the future. A box of bullets here, some canned veggies there, and so it goes. After all, these are things you know you will need and will be able to put to use at some point, why not buy and store? The problem with this is that is leads to prepping without method and it does not systematically satisfy basic levels of needs. You need a method to keep your efforts focused and deliberate."
"As we race toward the end of the year, we all need to be asking each other if we have done everything that we can do to prepare for the impending collapse of the Federal Reserve Note, that we call the dollar? Why would I ask such a ridiculous question? Simple, our economy is on the brink with our $18 trillion dollar deficit, our $240 trillion dollar unfunded liabilities (e.g. Social Security, Medicare), our negative national savings rate, the planned bail-ins of your savings accounts and of course, the mother of all debts, the estimated one quadrillion dollar credit swap derivative debt. With the full implementation of the free trade agreements, America has virtually no other source of revenue (e.g. tariffs) than the $2 trillion dollars of annual tax collection. The United States could spend every dollar, dime and nickel on these debts and not pay them off by the 50th century! An economic collapse is inevitable and it will come like a thief in the night. You will have virtually no warning from the MSM. The collapse will be more massive than the 1929 crash! There will be no breadlines, no government welfare, no handouts, your pensions will be cut off as will your social security. You may or may not have a job to go to, but even if you do, who will cash your check. After the coming crash, our society will be reduced to trading and bartering one hand and thievery, murder and cannibalism on the other."
"If the US Navy gets its way, it will begin flying Growler supersonic warplanes over Olympic National Forest and wilderness areas of the Western Olympic Peninsula next September in order to conduct electromagnetic warfare training exercises. As Truthout previously reported, this would entail flying 36 jets down to 1,200 feet above ground in some areas, in 2,900 training exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day, 260 days per year, with the war-gaming going on indefinitely into the future. The Navy’s plans also include having 15 mobile units on the ground with towers emitting electromagnetic radiation signals for the planes to locate as part of their exercises."
"(Sec. 309) Requires each element of the intelligence community to adopt Attorney General-approved procedures for any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order or subpoena that is reasonably anticipated to result in the acquisition of nonpublic telephone or electronic communications to or from a U.S. person, including communications in electronic storage, without the consent of a person who is a party to the communication. Requires the procedures to permit acquisition, retention, and dissemination of such communications but prohibit retention in excess of five years unless:"
"Thousands of illegals are pouring into Texas in a new border surge, following President Obama’s executive mass amnesty and refusal to deport. It was as predictable as the sunrise — and raises new questions."
"Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly announces the re-engineered 22 Charger pistol with enhanced features and introduces the new 22 Charger Takedown pistol. First introduced in 2007, the 22 Charger pistol became a favorite for .22 LR pistol shooters and plinkers alike. Weighing just under 3.25 pounds, the new 22 Charger pistol has an overall length of 19.25 inches and features a 10-inch precision rifled, threaded barrel with a 1/2″-28 thread pattern to accept most popular muzzle accessories."
"What triggered Ferguson to become the center of a national propaganda campaign that could very well be used to take away more rights and freedoms? Why was that exact spot chosen for this? Because some high level super rich corporate types decided they wanted to take the main avenue of Ferguson and turn it into a large strip mall, and mom and pop stores refused to sell. Take a look at this initiative which failed because mom and pop stores said NO:"
"In Palo Alto, every police car is equipped with multiple cameras that provide a panoramic view. "We've got now five cameras in every regular beat officer's patrol car that captures, like, a 270-degree field of view around the car," Perron explained. A touch screen allows Perron to tap on any one angle to pull it up. One camera points forward. Two side cameras cover blind spots. A prisoner camera watches the back seat. And then there's a rear camera. The system captures up to 40 hours of video, which makes it possible for officers to go back in time. If they drive by something that may be important but don't notice it immediately, the technology allows them to revisit it later."
"Behind the scenes in Washington, tough new environmental regulations are put on the books through a secretive process known as “sue and settle.” The system works like this: environmental activist groups that want to get a new regulation implemented file suit against a government agency, which opts not to fight the case and simply settles — thereby letting the rule be enacted, outside the normal governmental scrutiny that would otherwise be required. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, between 2009 and 2012, there were at least 60 cases where the Environmental Protection Agency refused to defend itself and instead opted to settle lawsuits brought by environmental groups. Those settlements resulted in more than 100 new regulations."
"Tennessee is arresting new mothers for having used drugs in pregnancy—but in a cruel Catch-22, many can’t get the treatment they need. Many states have laws about parental drug use, and government agencies are responsible for protecting children from parents who are neglectful or abusive. But Tennessee’s law, passed in April, is different: it handcuffs new mothers upon delivery. At least nine women in Tennessee have been arrested since the law went into effect. They are the examples, the cautionary tales: six in the city, three in the country, five black, four white, all poor. The new law amends a Tennessee criminal-code section so that women may be charged with assault for illegal behavior while pregnant. It threatens up to fifteen years in prison “for the illegal use of a narcotic drug…while pregnant.” Prosecutors say that a woman’s enrollment in drug treatment could serve as a defense in court—but, in a cruel Catch-22, drug-addicted poor women often can’t get treatment, even when they desperately want it."
"Most survivalists strive to have an impressive array of stored food, ready for consumption when disaster strikes. This stored food often consists of freeze-dried meat, vegetables and meals (25-year shelf life), nitrogen-packed corn, rice and wheat (10-year shelf life), and canned goods (up to a five-year shelf life). While it’s a good idea to have a stockpile of food, one of the main goals should be to have a sustainable supply of fresh food for carbohydrates, calories and fat. Even more important is a sustainable supply of protein-based foods. There are several options for survivalists and preppers, including vegan gardening, domesticated animals, and hunting and fishing."
"Coconut oil has made the journey from villain to victor in the health food world. What used to be deemed an evil saturated fat, dangerous for anyone worried about heart disease and high blood pressure, has become a healing nourishing substance soaring in popularity. How did such a drastic change come about? What made people change their minds about the numerous benefits of coconut oil? This story is tied in with the saturated fat myth that to this day runs rampant spreading misconceptions."
"Magnesium is a common element that has many functions in the human body, from energy production to providing bone density. It is also necessary for cardiovascular health. In fact, this simple mineral has been shown in a German study to dramatically reduce both cardiovascular disease mortality rates and the mortality rates from all causes. Inspired by the Study of Health In Pomerania (SHIP), the researchers analysed rates of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in 4,203 patients in relation to serum magnesium levels. The mean duration of follow up was 10 years. Among people with magnesium levels of 0.73mmol/L or less, the all-cause mortality rate was 10.95 deaths per 1,000 person-years, and the death rate for cardiovascular disease was 3.44 per 1,000 person-years. However, in those with higher magnesium levels, the all-cause death rate was 1.45 per 1,000 people, and the cardiovascular mortality rate was 1.53 per 1,000. This is a reduction in mortality rates by over 85% in all-cause deaths, and of around 55% in cardiovascular deaths!"
"If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. But what is empathy? It’s the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. That makes it different from kindness or pity. And don’t confuse it with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As George Bernard Shaw pointed out, “Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you—they might have different tastes.” Empathy is about discovering those tastes."
"Merry Christmas to all, and thank you! Crazy Christmas, I had read about “Israeli trauma bandages” months ago here on Shtfplan.com. Bought some for family Christmas gifts. My Son showed up and had bought some for me, as well, so we’re swimming in them. After dinner dishes were done, the wife is putting away the big glass platter and dropped it, a shard of glass impaled her foot. Freaking blood everywhere. I peeled her sock off which pulled out the glass, and the blood is gushing. I tell my son to get one of the bandages, and it works just like the YouTube video, and we’re off to the emergency room."
(Sgt Trainer: I've posted a demo video below and while it appears graphic, the wounds are not real...they're used for demonstration purposes. Recommend reading the entire article at the hyperlink as well as investing in some of these bandages.)
"I am creating a new garden on the cheap. I have big plans for raised beds and I’m looking for re-purposed materials to build them. I was able to scoop up a bundle of pallets the the local mini-storage for free. Cheap is good, but not at the expense of my families health. I’ve heard that pallets can be treated with methyl bromide, which is listed as an endocrine disrupting chemical on the EU list. According to the California Proposition 65 List, methyl bromide has effects on reproduction and development. Since soil can pick up chemicals leaching from the reclaimed wood, I need to be sure that my “free” pallets are not going to cause us long term harm."
"Teaching, it’s harder than one might think. So YOU can shoot and are sexy when doing it (sick reloads for the win!), but can you take someone who has never held a gun before and actually help to make them a proficient shooter? Can you not only get someone to follow your lead but show them ways to retain knowledge? Do you have a methodology in place to check on learning and address shortcomings? What if your first and second course of action just don’t work, how can you modify your style so that the audience is more receptive? All great questions and just some thoughts I wanted to toss out there. It’s one thing to be joe multicam prepper with a blog, velcro US flag on the ball cap, and 100k youtube views on the resume. It’s entirely another thing to be able to teach the skills acquired to a diverse audience who might learn in various ways."
"If you knew in January 2014 all the events of the forthcoming year, would you have been more diligent with your preparations? While there were many geopolitical events that shook our preparedness community, I would argue that life for most Americans has stayed relatively consistent from prior years. Therefore, I think for most individuals, the answer to my question is not a resounding “Yes”. Of course, we each have our own personal issues that come up year to year, but the predicted American or global SHTF moment has not arrived. Since we haven’t been majorly impacted (yet), there’s not too much for us to regret. However, imagine if you will that you were a Ukrainian citizen who knew about the coming 2014 civil war before it happened. I would bet any dollar that you would take the initiative to change your entire life around for the sake of you and your family’s survival. Wouldn’t you?"
"We’ve all put on a band-aid sometime or other; but that’s not really wound treatment. In a survival situation, you’re probably going to be faced with much more serious wounds than that, requiring much more thorough wound treatment. Whether due to gunshot wounds or working with tools that most of us aren’t accustomed to using, the likelihood of serious wounds is much higher. The other problem is that medical services will be overloaded. This happens in any crisis situation, with hospitals and clinics becoming overcrowded and medical personnel working round the clock to take care of those with needs. Just getting medical care will be a challenge. Doctors say that the faster a person receives treatment, the better. Quick treatment lowers the amount of blood loss, as well as reducing the chance of infection. Being able to take care of wounds yourself can literally save someone’s life, by getting them the care they need before it is too late."