"In a pattern fitting for January, waves of cold air will flow into the Midwest and East with brutal blasts of arctic air poised to sweep southeastward this week. Following a large storm that bring snow and ice to a large part of the Upper Midwest and interior Northeast this weekend, multiple blasts of cold air will follow. The first blast will have many people shivering as they head back to work and school in the Midwest early this week. Another batch of arctic air set to move during the middle to second half of this week is likely to bring the lowest temperatures of the season so far to parts of the Midwest and much of New England and the mid-Atlantic. With the frigid air moving in, temperatures may hold in the single digits around Chicago and the teens around Chicago or lower on multiple days this week. These frigid days will be followed up by even colder nights with many locations dipping well below zero. Those headed out early in the morning to work or to school should dress in layers to stay protected from the harsh cold."
(Sgt Trainer: Notice the location of the jet stream. The above image shows it dipping almost all the way to the Gulf by midweek. The mid-week forecast for my locale already shows overnight lows in the single digits...although that could change...so make sure you are ready.)
"It’s not earth-shattering news: genetically modified foods carry huge risks for humans. The newest information, however, shows that there are larger risks than ever before seen. These risks affect us on a much deeper level than previously thought."
"When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. Demonizing all fat as shameful or "bad" must end. Fat under the skin - skin adipocytes - help protect against infections. Here is a study that shows the benevolent and helpful role that fat plays in our health. In a new paper published in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria."
"Dr. William Thompson used to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, but Dr Thompson admits he would never give his pregnant wife a flu shot because many contain thimerosal, a mercury-containing adjuvant that he warns can be linked to toxic effects and “autism-like-features.”
"In reality some if not many of the items you set aside for bartering once the SHTF will be used by you, in the days and weeks following a collapse. As the crisis extends bartering will become more prevalent however. This is not to say that tradeoffs cannot happen at any time, but what do you have that can be parted with in the early days. You have to think long term. You may not need it today but what about tomorrow. Once society collapses, bartering will become a business, a black market business if you will, likely run by criminal elements. Individuals will have items they can barter with, but in most cases, a person would not be able to afford to part with the items they do have. Those prepared will probably not need to barter for anything in the early days. Anyone not prepared will have nothing to barter with, so looters will be active as well as desperate people who were previously not of a criminal mindset. Looters and other criminals will steal so they can then use the stolen items to barter with and thus the black marketing of goods will begin."
"When people are so dependent upon the police state that they have to actually call and ask police to come over to their own house to supervise the discipline of their own child, there might be a problem."
"Drought, climate conditions, and pollution are major factors concerning agriculturists. Drought can be overcome with drought resistant plants, climate controlled environments can isolate a grow from any environmental factors, and local organic grows can greatly reduce pollution from pesticides and transportation. One family in Phoenix, Arizona responded to the world’s agriculture issues and ensuing food crisis with their own self-sufficient pool farm. Dennis and Danielle McClung began by placing an emphasis on producing their own sustainable grow and ended up with an elaborate backyard ecosystem made out of a swimming pool."
"A person's entire immune system can be rejuvenated by fasting for as little as three days as it triggers the body to start producing new white blood cells, a study suggests."
"The 7-year-old girl who walked away from a small plane crash in western Kentucky that killed four members of her family used survival skills passed down by her father to find her way to safety, relatives told NBC News."
"Do you ever get a feeling that some preppers you talk to seemingly want a SHTF scenario to happen? I’ve been around the block for awhile now and have gotten to meet a variety of people that consider themselves preppers. Every now and again, I meet people that are a little too excited about the topic. While I do not think anyone should be excited about a collapse, I do find that there may be justification in earnest anticipation of it."
"There’s no such thing as bushcraft equipment. There’s bushcraft. And there’s equipment. At the heart of bushcraft is a study of nature and the resources she can provide. Some resources are obvious and don’t take much skill or knowledge to access; making the most of other resources requires a large knowledge (e.g. fungi) or a high level of skill (e.g. building a birch bark canoe). And there is much to learn in between. Given the breadth and depth of the subjects encompassed by bushcraft, it can be a little overwhelming to begin learning some of the techniques."
"One of the many questions we seem to encounter on the Prepper Journal from people new to prepping centers on tips for how to deal with our detractors. You all have at least one of them in your life; those people who for one reason or another think your idea of prepping is stupid. Either that or they believe some aspect of what you are preparing for or perhaps how you are prepping is out of phase with their version of reality. In some cases, these people who don’t feel the same importance we place on prepping are our loved ones – often the last person on earth you wouldn’t want on your side for something as important as this. Others are friends, family or acquaintances – even the media or maybe your favorite TV show might be casting your prepping activities in a negative light. At some point no matter how you try to convince them of the importance of preparing, the word ‘paranoid’ inevitably comes up."
"No matter how much food and water you store, or how much gear you have, or how many skills, or little tricks and hacks you know, if you are not physically training and becoming healthy through organic and appropriate nutritional foods, you are not prepared for a serious survival situation. Without infrastructure and many of the conveniences we take for granted even as preppers, long-term life without them will be a very physically demanding everyday life. I know this irritates people to hear, because if you are far out of shape, it seems like an insurmountable task to accomplish becoming healthier and getting in better shape. Either that, or you don’t think it is important because you have become so domesticated that you are mentally, more cattle than human. That is normal when people become so used to a high level of convenience that they cannot imagine it not being there. People that have grown up in the tech-era, will have an almost impossible time imagining a world where everything they do will require a physical effort of their own. This is not a judgment. This is a factual and realistic examination of an area where the majority of preppers are lacking in preparedness. The majority of preppers may do physical labor in camping or even at a homestead for a weekend of off and on in their daily lives, but very few have experienced a long-term physically demanding lifestyle. The majority of preppers do not eat healthy and nutritionally, do not exercise and strength train, and do not believe it is important enough to take seriously."
"We’ve all experienced that feeling of emptiness at our core: that something important is missing. Even in our synthetic, dog-eat-dog society, we can feel our souls aching, pushing up like flowers through the asphalt of our lives. We catch fleeting glimpses of it in poetry, in the embrace of a lover, in the howl of a distant coyote, or during a magnanimous sunset. Most of us muffle that cry, pressing the thousand-and-one inane snooze-buttons of our lives. But some of us are beginning to hear the call again. For us, all is not lost. We are beginning to listen again. We are finding that there is still time to reunite ourselves with mystery. And nobody is reuniting things with the Great Mystery more so than modern day shamans, specifically, post-modern shamans with the ability to transform disaster into regeneration. Here then are six ways you may be a Disaster Shaman."