"“I couldn’t believe it…It’s real…batteries are dangerous.” That’s David Miller’s warning to everyone out there with a junk drawer, that catch-all storage space most people use to store odds and ends. See, Miller made the mistake of putting old 9-volt batteries in his junk drawer after changing out the power supply in his smoke detectors. It was a costly mistake — one that likely many of us are making. (And something we warned you about in 2012.) “The morning of the fire, I had moved the bag around and that’s apparently what caused the batteries to get into the right position to short against each other,” Miller told WCPO-TV. As Broadview Heights Asst. Chief Joe Fleming explained to the station, it’s easy for the terminals of the battery to come in contact with metal in your drawer, heat up and burst into flames. How easy? The station did an experiment of their own by throwing common items into drawer, and it only took a couple tries for it to go up in flames."
"Have you ever wondered why some people swear by herbs and have outstanding results, but you simply didn’t realize any or very little benefit when you tried those herbs? It could be that you weren’t actually taking herbs but something quite different. If there is a conspiracy, it’s designed to scam the consumer. A 2013 Canadian study conducted by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario uncovered the scamming practices of some herbal supplement manufacturers. These companies mixed herbs with various fillers that diminished the traditional medicinal benefits of the herbs."
(Sgt Trainer: I always recommend that people get regular dried herbs instead of buying the supplements that are manufactured, plus always get them from a source that you trust.)
"From full-on, doomsday preppers to simple gun-owners who fear impending gun control(read, confiscation) by the U.S. government, Guns.com has seen quite a spike recently in inquiries on how to stash a few firearms underground. So, what should one consider before building a “hillbilly cache”? A few years back, a shooter friend of mine from Canada told me about the fear he and his father felt towards Canadian gun control legislation. In the course of our conversation, he admitted that his dad had buried a bunch of guns “out by the family well”. I was glad he told me. We were friends and he trusted that I wouldn’t tell a single soul, which I didn’t. Well, until now. The decision to cache your weapons is a very personal decision and my friend is only okay with me sharing his story with a couple hundred thousand interested readers today because, well, because of none of your business. But I tell his story here because it helps illustrate a greater point: a secret is a secret until it isn’t."
"Constitution loving, red-blooded Americans know that our Founding Fathers established a set of guidelines to ensure no one man becomes too powerful. Though these “checks and balances” have been heavily acknowledged over the years, it seems that a staggering amount of Americans now believe that President Obama should be able to override everyone in the pursuit of what he believes is good policy.
Tyranny is officially on the rise, and America has taken it hook, line, and sinker. According to a poll released by Rasmussen Reports, 26% of Americans believe Obama “should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country.”
(Sgt Trainer: It never ceases to amaze me just how many Americans have forgotten how our government is structured and are always "drinking the kool-aid".)
(Sgt Trainer: A very good article.)
"Second Amendment opponents are in an uproar after Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore proposed a radical new concept to help curb the rise in rapes on college campuses. Her off-the-wall idea, which is as old as the United States itself, is that women on college campuses be allowed to carry firearms."
(Pictured: Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore)
"First off, you can automatically discount much of the partisan political hackery that is endemic to the type of broadcast portrayed in the video below. The plans being discussed have far less to do with the current Administration in the White House and far more to do with the broad overreaching future plans (future threat, in my opinion), which the Obama Administration supports. It isn't their baby, however, and such ideas will far outlive any of them or their proverbial moment in the sun where they wield any type of real power. These are ideas supported by those who espouse support for Agenda 21-type measures to combat climate change/global warming as a means of attempting to protect the environment for the future. The problem, of course, is that climate change – while a very real problem – is largely a result of cyclical patterns and there is much undecided debate as to whether or not human activity is truly a significantly important contributor. Never doubt, though, that these people will continue to attempt to push their agenda under the guise of environmental protection, while the true goal is nothing more than iron-fisted control of the population. Resist the urge to allow yourself to fall into either a deep conspiracy mindset (no jackbooted thugs are coming to your house anytime soon to drag you away) or one in which you allow yourself to be confused by political ideology. This isn't about politics. It's about control."
"These 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning and the suggested links are in my opinion an essential component to beginning, improving and solidifying an effective, successful and beneficial preparedness and disaster survival plan. You are encouraged to conscientiously evaluate and embrace the information given and the guidance provided by the questions contained in the linked articles."
"I know a couple of people who were obsessed with prepping a couple of years ago, and now have completely dropped out. From our previous conversations, I think they got burnt out from prepping. Discouragement is fairly common-it happens to all of us. The trick is to overcome it. The doubting thoughts start small but can slowly take over. Watch out for the warning signs."
"This plan is THE fastest, cheapest and easiest way to start a food storage program. You are done in a weekend. AND there are no hassles with rotating. Pack it and forget. It’s space efficient – everything is consolidated into a few 5-gallon buckets. You’ll sleep content in knowing that you have a one-year food supply on hand for your family should you ever need. With the exception of dairy and Vitamin B12, this bean soup recipe will fulfill all your basic nutritional needs. It won’t fill all of your wants, but using this as your starting point, you can add the stuff that you want."
(Sgt Trainer: While I agree that this can work, it does NOT address the very real issue of "diet fatigue" which occurs when you end up consuming the same meal every day over an extended period of time. If you choose to follow this plan, make sure that you can supplement it with other things to avoid this problem.)
"One of the most popular tenets in the survival/prepper world is the requirement to relocate to an extremely rural location, or, if you must, to a town no larger than population 800, per survival blogger James Rawles. I have no beef with this except that many survival/prepper experts and their followers exert pressure on those of us not living in Prepper Nirvana, aka Idaho, as though this “strategic relocation”, the title of a book authored by Joel Skousen, is the cornerstone of any and all expectation of survival. A couple of years ago I even got a handful of emails that urged me, “Lisa, I beg of you. Get your family out of the big city.” Eventually we did decide to leave Phoenix, and here’s what I have to say about strategically relocating: it’s been the single most difficult challenge our family has ever faced. Any expert or even a well-meaning amateur has no idea what they’re talking about when they urge anyone and everyone to just up and leave. Leave a steady job. Leave loved ones. Leave a community that you’ve been a part of for many years. “Leave, and leave now!” they say. As long as you make your way to Idaho, or maybe Montana, then all will be well. I agree with these experts that in some SHFT scenarios some cities will become hell on earth and having urban survival skills will be of little use, but others may provide more survival options and be far more hospitable to long-term survival than you might think. But that’s a topic for another post. Let me take you step-by-step through our family’s relocation process and my advice to you, the prospective relocate-ee."
"Ductless split systems started out first being used mainly in restaurants and businesses as a comfort system. The ductless split system allowed the restaurants to free up space and offer a more open area for customers. Since the ductless split system obviously does not have any ducts there is not any wasted space on ventilation networks. Ductless split systems are now becoming more popular in residential areas as well. Homeowners are finally seeing the wonderful benefits the ductless split system have to offer and using them in both new and old homes."
"It's the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your FLOWhive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed. This cool invention takes much of the work out of beekeeping and honey preparation."
"Dandelion tea acts on cancer cells, affecting them in such way that they disintegrate within 48 hours, during which time no new healthy cells in the body are “diseased”. This plant is neglected, but it has many medicinal properties, and all you have to do is to collect it from clean slopes, away from traffic. While our grandmothers made syrups of dandelion flowers knowing that it contains many medicinal substances, what certainly did not know is that dandelion root may help cancer patients. Scientists have discovered that the root of this plant works “better” than chemotherapy because it “kills” only the cells affected by cancer, completely. In addition to that it has diuretic properties, it stimulates the secretion of bile, cleanses the liver, helps with allergies and reduces cholesterol. It contains very important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. It contains up to 535% of the required daily intake of vitamin K and about 110% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These are all facts about this plant that are known for years."
"America is a relatively new country with few of the buried skeletons of older cultures, but if you spend much time overseas, there are still a few aspects that are tough to get across to the host country. One is race; another is guns."
"Virginia lawmakers want to give local and state authorities the same sweeping search-and-seizure powers used by the FBI and other federal agencies under the Patriot Act. Senate Bill 919, by state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, passed 39-1 last month. A similar measure, House Bill 1946 by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, awaits action. The bills allow for “administrative subpoenas,” or what Virginia civil libertarian John Whitehead calls “sneak-and-peek searches.” “You’ll never know you’re being investigated,” Whitehead told Watchdog.org in an interview."
"Our Congress has an all-time low 9% approval rating, and Obama’s overall popularity is in the toilet. It has been 12 years since I declared war upon the central bankers when they tried to steal my property and that of 300 of my neighbors without one dime being paid in compensation. In that time, I have watched and written about how 13 million homes have been illegally stolen by the MERS mortgage fraud. In Congressional hearings, we have all seen how the IRS harasses and intimidates thousands of enemies of Obama (i.e. the Tea Party) as well as AP reporters who do not report the news in a manner pleasing to the President. The American people have permitted the passage of the NDAA which allows government the right to secretly arrest people without due process of law and hold them indefinitely. We barely notice as Obama declared himself to be “King” as he passed Executive Order 13603 in which he can take everything you own as well as your freedom at the mere whim of this President. In today’s militarized society, people have an 8 times greater chance of mistakenly being killed by their local police than being killed by a terrorist and on ans on it goes as nobody does anything about it."
"IBM’s Watson computer may soon decide if some individuals receive healthcare or not. IBM, whose stock price has sunk to its lowest in four years, has recently “announced a $1 billion investment to establish the new Watson Group.” IBM’s Watson computer processes large amounts of your information to make a better decision for you. Watson is now embedded in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Data Center in Austin, Texas to “advise doctors on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.” According to their press release, the technology will “transform decision making.” Or said in a different way, if you are a Veteran in need of care, IBM’s Watson will soon make the decision about your health care for you."
"It’s been about 6 years since I wrote this under my since retired ‘nom de guerre’, and a very good friend of mine at Western Rifle Shooter’s Association asked me if I’d mind updating it. This is a good base plan for folks you might know just waking up to the fact that things are spinning faster in the vortex than ever before, and this might be the best chance for them to get themselves in gear. Feel free to add or take away as your situation and local area conditions may require. You may be thinking, “WORST case?? What could POSSIBLY get any worse than this?? There’s nothing I can do. Things being the way they are, it’s basically over…all we can do is wait for the hammer to fall.” Well, for one thing, that’s just not true! Many folks just like you don’t agree with or believe that perspective in the slightest! There’s a lot you can do! And, if this plan helps get you thinking of what you can do instead of what you can’t do, we all might just benefit from your action! In fact, if enough folks begin to think about what they can do, we just might avert the “worst case” and many more of us may live through these ‘interesting times’! So, while you’re reading this, keep that thought in mind, ok?"
"Listerine began as a treatment for sweaty feet and corns, Coca-Cola was used for morphine addiction—and that’s not all."