"There are some household repairs that are so simple, even the pros feel bad about charging for them (really!). Many of these plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning, and appliance repairs are simple things that homeowners overlook, and all of these repairs can save you a big chunk of change the next time something goes wrong. If you've done any home improvement work before, you probably know a lot of these already—but if the first thing you do is call a professional whenever something goes wrong, a few of these tricks are worth learning."
"According to a report from August 2012 by the National Resources Defense Council, America wastes about 40 percent of its food supply. Let that sink in for a moment. Imagine going into your kitchen and just throwing away 4 pounds of food for every 10 pounds you have. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. You’ve either spent money buying or time growing and harvesting your food. Why on Earth would you want to just toss it out? The simple fact is we don’t throw away food that’s typically “good” – only the things that either grow hair, turn sour, or pass their expiration date. If you’ve read 40 Ways to Save Money on Groceries, I’m sure you’ll want to know these 25+ ways to keep food from spoiling."
"In the old Soviet and East German police states of the Cold War, police kept secret files on scores of common people. Information was fed to the police by thousands of clandestine sources – and a seemingly banal or routine interaction with nearly anyone could lead to a surprise “knock on the door” by authorities. During the late Soviet era, communist leadership moved away from the executions and purges of the Stalin years and began to increasingly rely upon medical professionals to diagnose “enemies of the state” as insane – thus, a routine trip to your doctor could lead to a visit from police."
"In North America, approximately 75 to 89% of the soy beans grown are genetically modified (GM). One may not realize it, but this is concerning news – especially because recent research found that GM soy is toxic to the kidneys, liver, and more. There isn’t just one smoking gun anymore pointing at GMO toxicology. There is now an entire arsenal of scientific research proving that genetically modified organisms adversely affect the body. In yet another new study conducted by Egyptian researchers, rats given GM soy were found to have deadly amounts of toxicity in their kidneys, liver, testes, sperm, blood and even DNA."
"Randy Wymore, Ph.D., a medical school professor at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa who has become an unexpected champion of the Morgellons community. He was doing an Internet search on muscle fibers in the spring semester of 2005 when he stumbled onto a Web site discussing a fiber disease. Intrigued, he read for a moment, thought it seemed crazy, closed the link and went back to his other work. But the topic nagged at him, and a few days later he called up the search again. Wymore says he assumed the people posting were unhinged and spinning wild obsessions out of dryer lint and pet hair. To satisfy his own curiosity, he e-mailed a few of those who had posted, inviting them to send him some fibers for analysis. “I was quite expecting people to say things like, ‘Well, if we try and ship them to you, they’ll disappear,’ or, ‘You can’t see them unless you have the disease, too,’” he recalls. “But 24 hours later, FedEx packages started arriving.”
"This story’s gone viral, sparking all sorts of debate about whether open carry is really the way to go when one can in many cases opt to carry concealed. Local media reports that a Gresham, Oregon, man was openly carrying a handgun this past Saturday when he was robbed at gunpoint by another man. The victim, identified as 21-year-old William Coleman III, had recently purchased a Walther P22. He had it on his hip in plain sight while he was talking to his cousin on Oct. 4 at 2:00 a.m. During their conversation, a man walked up to Coleman and asked for a cigarette. According to Coleman, the individual said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.” The robber then pulled his own pistol from his waistband and pointed it at Coleman."
"Police fatally shot an Alabama “sovereign citizen” Tuesday during an altercation at an animal shelter. Investigators said 30-year-old Robert Earl Lawrence became disorderly as he attempted to turn over a stray animal about 12:30 p.m. to the Dothan City Animal Shelter when an employee told him he could not leave without showing identification. He instead showed paperwork that identified him as a sovereign citizen and, therefore, not bound by federal, state, or local laws. Employees called police, who attempted to arrest Lawrence after they said he refused to calm down. Police said Lawrence struggled with the arresting officer, who then shot him in the abdomen. Lawrence died about 9:50 p.m., authorities said."
"Starting Jan. 1, it will be illegal to throw food and food waste in the trash in Seattle, when a new ban takes effect to increase recycling and composting in the city. Currently, Seattle residents are allowed to throw food and food waste – pizza boxes, dirty napkins, soiled paper towels – in the garbage. Residents are required to have a food and yard waste collection service, but they don’t have to use it for food. (Backyard composters are exempt from that requirement.) Similarly, multi-family building owners are required to provide a compost collection service for residents, but residents don’t have to use it. But on Jan. 1, Seattle will ban food and food waste in trash."
"Lots of us have dreams of owning our own off the grid cabin, yet when adding up the costs we are often dismayed. The costs of new construction can be astronomical. We could go into debt, but that would be against our basic tenants as preppers. Good news, there is a company that can get us well on our way to successfully living off the grid in a cabin that doesn’t break the bank. Arched cabins specializes in economical, durable, and attractive shelters. Their buildings can serve as off grid homes, animal shelters, or even a shop! All you need is a piece of land, the cabin can be placed on a few different foundation options. You can use a traditional poured foundation or you can build a pier and beam foundation using either wood or steel. Once you have your foundation the Arched Cabin kit can be built in as little as 4 hours. The costs of the Arched Cabin kits are actually very reasonable, they range from $3,600 – $12,800 depending on the size you want. All kits include all structural components, sheeting, insulation and construction instructions. Learn more about the Arched Cabin Kits at… ArchedCabins.com"
"While the smart grid grows across the United States with 38 million smart meters already installed, critics are pointing to a host of concerns about the potential breaches of privacy enabled by the technology. In January, the U.S. Department of Energy will publish the final draft of a voluntary code that governs data privacy for smart meters, but many think it is not enough. So much money is at stake that consumers “will still be cajoled or conned into giving up their data, not just to power companies but to third-party data aggregators,” Politico reports. A surprising amount of privacy information can be gathered from the detailed data on energy consumption gathered by smart meters. Interested parties can determine the number of people living in a house, their daily routines, their religious observance, their use of household appliances and even what they watch on TV, according to two German hackers."
"Researchers at the American Medical Informatics Association are requesting the United States Congress to allow them to see patient records without patient permission. To do this, they need Congress to make an amendment to the Central Federal Healthcare Privacy Rule."
"The massacre of Greek citizens under their Goldman Sachs controlled puppets, continues and Greeks are dying while the banks are getting paid for their bad credit swap derivatives. Greece is on the verge of a grass roots led civil war. Why should America be any different than Greece? The reason that the banking and retirement accounts of Greece have been destroyed is because Greece was chosen by the banksters to pillage their economy in order to help pay off their derivatives debt. Think of Greece as being an appendage and the appendage belongs to a man who has a staff infection which is rapidly spreading through his system. To save the patient from dying, the patient must first have his hand amputated. When the doctors are unable to stop the infection from spreading, Spain and Italy are the next amputations to be performed as the other hand is amputated. This will be followed by bail-ins for the G-20 nations and that is when both arms will be cut off by the banksters as they attempt to stay one step ahead of the burning bridge with regard to the derivatives debt. After the patient has lost both hands, both arms, it is time to begin thinking about amputating both legs as the credit swap derivatives infection begins to spread with greater rapidity. This would be the United States. We are about ready to have every financial asset amputated and removed from our custody. And at the end of the day, it is not going to matter, because the patient is terminal. Welcome to the world of credit swap derivatives which have dealt a death blow the global economy."
"Are your children safe at school? That depends on if you're worried about bullies or administrators. Here are 10 of the most infamous "zero tolerance" punishments handed down to kids—and even some adults—this year."
"While the world’s most popular energy sources – oil and gas – have seen prices sliding in 2014, another commodity – coffee – has leapt in price. Bad news for coffee fans and drinkers, but music to investors’ ears – droughts in “coffee” countries have sent the price of now precious beans soaring. The coffee price grew by 49 percent by October, when it reached $2.29 per pound, according to the data from the financial visualization service FinViz. The beloved morning drink is followed by Feeder Cattle which saw a 32 percent rise. ICE Coffee futures are now trading $1.65 per pound."
"No development in U.S. healthcare over the last three decades has imperiled us more than the idea that we benefit from physician oversight of life events and circumstances that are not inherently medical. At its most intrusive, this process, called medicalization, creates a clinical conundrum out of the mere act of living and posits medical solutions for things (such as how to live a healthier lifestyle) that frequently benefit more from individual concentration and perseverance than professional intervention. We are thus bearing witness to tortuous reformation of what it means to be a physician in America: a formerly independent and autonomous profession is now our societal hall monitor. Adam Goldstein, M.D., of North Carolina exemplifies the problem. His facile positioning of firearms as the new tobacco, coating the argument in a patina of medical benevolence, is testament to the profession’s creativity in dragging into its sphere things that do not belong there."
"In Part I of a Special 3-Part program, independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD ABD, confirms that U.S. Government and Jesuit controlled HAARP under President Barack Obama in coordination with monarchies and City of London banking networks are creating polar vortex and nuclear typhoons filled with Fukushima radiation that is then dropped on the northern hemisphere populations, especially targeting the United States people. By contrast, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, is employing Russian HAARP to lay an electromagnetic fence around Russia to keep out plumes filled with Fukushima radiation, thereby protecting the Russian people from depopulation. Putin is also constructing BRICS, a banking model in competition with the Rothschild-dominated private debt-based fiat-currency, a prison for humanity."
"When it comes to the underlying basis of survival, self-sufficiency, and emergency preparedness, nothing is more important than water. There's just no way around that fact. Even food, which our body definitely needs in order to survive, pales in comparison when it comes to our need for water. And another fact is that living on a homestead can often make that a bit complicated. Unless you are lucky enough to find affordable property that features a building site for a cabin right next to a natural spring, undoubtedly the easiest way to get water for your and your family's needs is by harvesting rainwater. Often, people opt to dig or drill a well instead. That would probably be the most foolproof option, being as how your water resources would be available whether it was raining or not; but it's also quite a bit more labor intensive and expensive to accomplish. Building a rain catch, or catchment as it is sometimes called, is a far less daunting task, and it to can help you provide for the water needs of yourself and those for whom you are responsible."
"Some of the most commonly thrown out items of clothing are old socks. Even if you are careful about keeping them together, invariably, one will get lost. Don’t throw them out – there are some good emergency uses for old socks. I keep a bag of clean, mismatched socks for cleaning. Here are a few more ideas:"
"I don’t have time to get sick. I’m pretty healthy, but when I’m out, I’m out for the count. Undoubtedly, you’ve seen the push for the flu shot recently. I’ve read articles that the flu shot isn’t going to really help this year, etc… My wife and I didn’t get the flu shot last year and we got it over our Christmas break (2013). We sent the kids to my parents house and spent New Year’s Eve dealing with symptoms and recovering. It sucked! This year, I’m not getting the shot either. So when people around me start getting sick, I take notice! I work in an elementary school and it is amazing how parents will send their sick kids to school with a little bit of Tylenol and let them spread germs. Some of my co-workers have been diagnosed with the flu too. I’ve been diffusing Thieves [Oil] in my office and I’ve been sucking down my vitamins. But this last Friday, I started to feel run down…I was kind of feeling like last December! Everyone at work/school knows that I believe in essential oils, herbal remedies, etc… I’ve been telling others about Sambucol, elderberry extract, for treating flu too. So when I got home on Friday afternoon, I took the recommended dosage (on the back of the bottle) of Sambucol – tsp (10ml), and went to bed. I slept for five hours."
"Don’t think you’re safe from an eruption just because you don’t live in Washington. Alaska is full of volcanoes on the danger list as well as some from Oregon and California. Though the most concerning US volcanoes are located on the West Coast, there are a few other speckled across the country including the Yellowstone Caldera in Wyoming which is classified as a super volcano. In Colombia, Nevado del Huila which erupted in 2008 and Galeras which erupted in 1993 killing 9 people. There are volcanoes in Mexico, Iceland, Japan, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo all showing signs of danger. I believe in prepping for anything, but my current locale leads me to prioritize volcanic eruption high up on the list. The cloud of volcanic ash will affect every part of your life. Air and drinking water will all be contaminated with volcanic ash which contains pulverized rock and glass. Something you don’t want to be breathing or drinking. If you need to bug out, your vehicle is not going to run well when the intake is full of ash and your visibility could be near zero. If you live in an area in close enough proximity to a volcano, some extra measures in your preps could go a long way to keeping you safe during and after an eruption."
"Just because you live in a small apartment or home doesn’t mean that you can’t join the wonderful world of prepping. There are many ways to have a garden, store food, and enjoy your living space – without looking (or feeling) like a hoarder!"