"Whether you're training, looking for a good workout, or just like to be prepared, knowing how to climb a rope while using as little energy as possible might be good to know. This video demonstrates a few techniques that U.S. armed forces use. The video, from ITS Tactical, explains the three most common techniques you'll come across. First is the "gym class" technique, which involves you pinching the rope between your feet, but isn't ideal because it relies too heavily on your upper body strength. The Next two techniques are variations of the "brake and squat" style, which is faster and much more efficient in terms of energy use. This style has you create a small rope shelf for your weight to rest on and—instead of pulling yourself up with your arms—you squat and bring your legs up to you to create the next shelf. It's a great workout for your core and can also be a valuable skill depending on your lifestyle."
(Sgt Trainer: There is a hyperlink at the end of this story that takes you to the full instructions.)
"They didn’t fess up willingly. But after we applied the appropriate pressure, government officials responsible for operating the Washington D.C. Obamacare “Small Business Exchange” have finally admitted that Congress is taking advantage of health benefits its members and staff are not entitled to claim. At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the exchange. That’s why we filed a lawsuit in October on behalf of Kirby Vining, a D.C. taxpayer, against the D.C. Health Exchange Authority. In a court filing, the D.C. government conceded that, under D.C. law, the U.S. Congress is not permitted to obtain insurance through the District’s Small Business Exchange. But members of the political class, true to form, do not believe the rules apply to them. How do we know?"
"A state judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to release records on a secretive program that uses unmarked vans equipped with X-ray machines to detect bombs. The ruling follows a nearly three-year legal battle by ProPublica, which had requested police reports, training materials, contracts and any health and safety tests on the vans under the state's Freedom of Information Law. ProPublica filed the request as part of its investigation into the proliferation of security equipment, including airport body scanners, that expose people to ionizing radiation, which can mutate DNA and increase the risk of cancer. Richard Daddario, then the NYPD's deputy commissioner of counterterrorism, told the court in 2013 that releasing the documents would hamper the department's ability to conduct operations and endanger the lives of New Yorkers. Disclosing them, he said, would "permit those seeking to evade detection to conform their conduct to the times, places and methods that avoid NYPD presence and are thus most likely to yield a successful attack." But Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan called the NYPD's argument "mere speculation" and "patently insufficient" to outweigh the public's right to know."
"Government propagandists want you to hate “conspiracy theories.” But according to a growing body of evidence, you’d have to be crazy to obey. Two American professors, Lance DeHaven-Smith and James Tracy, have pointed out that the CIA has weaponized the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” to conceal government misdeeds. CIA document 1035-960, revealed by the New York Times in 1976, is the smoking gun. That secret document was distributed by the CIA in response to widespread skepticism surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It ordered the CIA’s thousands of Operation Mockingbird media assets to begin squawking insults. Those targeted included historians, journalists and researchers who had discovered that the JFK assassination was a coup d’état."
"A bill to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry permits to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations in Florida has been reborn for the new legislative session. The measure is essentially a reboot of a bill introduced last year that was dramatically killed by last minute amendments after dramatic politics in the state legislature. As open carry is largely prohibited in Florida, evacuees without a concealed carry permit cannot legally take their firearms with them in times of emergency. The reform bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-Petersburg), would change that. Brandes’ bill, SB 290, would allow a person to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they are able to lawfully possess that firearm, even without a permit to do so during a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency."
"What will you accept as real–your intuition that something is deeply amiss in America, or the official propaganda that all is well? In 1967, the rock group Buffalo Springfield recorded a song titled For What It’s Worth which speaks not just to the late 1960s but to the present. Consider the opening lines:
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
The ambiguity is not coincidental. When the song was recorded in December 1966, America was in the beginning throes of a full-blown national nervous breakdown that would endure for 15 years until 1981. The fundamental narratives that had sustained the previous 20 years of apparently limitless prosperity and moral certitude were breaking down. The primary narrative of American foreign policy–that the U.S. defended liberty and always won its foreign wars over evil totalitarianism/ fascism/ colonialism was being destroyed on a daily basis in Vietnam, an intrinsically political (and thus unwinnable by military means) war defending a hopelessly corrupt state created by quasi-colonial Great Powers fiat."
"A new analysis by a nonprofit organization found that nearly one-third of state revenue is provided from the federal government. Using data from 2012, the Tax Foundation produced a map that shows federal aid as a percentage of state revenue. Mississippi was the state most reliant on the federal government, while oil-rich Alaska was least. Interestingly enough, however, South Dakota was one of the most reliant states on the federal dollar, while North Dakota was one of the least."
"Recently, the results of a study claiming that most cancers are caused by “bad luck” have been floating around in the mainstream media. This sounds like we should all just give up and accept our likely fates of cancer, chemo, and death, right? However, there is a mountain of evidence showing that cancer is in fact preventable, partly because tumor development is a bit too complex to be bad luck."
"Gone are the days when we accept everything we are told. Years ago faith in ‘The System’ meant we soaked up the latest news, believing what we were told and unquestionably believed, that our governments, whichever party they represented, would do the best for the country. Not anymore. We know for a fact that our own government, and many others around the world have staged events in order to garner public support for unpopular decisions they intended to make. We know this practice still continues. The question how do we know what’s for real, and what isn’t? In short, we don’t. Only the perpetrator of a scam knows it’s a scam unless he is caught and exposed during the scam. The same can be said of governments, unless they are exposed during the act we can never be sure what the reality of the situation is. We can suspect, but that’s as far as it goes."
"The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives. The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members. We are constantly reminded of how dangerous it is to be a police officer. A total of 50 police officers were reportedly killed last year in the “line of duty,” but the police themselves managed to kill 1,029 Americans during the same time period, most of whom were unarmed and innocent of wrongdoings. In other words, any encounter between the public and the police is more than 20 times more dangerous for the public than for the police. That should raise questions about the absence of restraint on the ability of police to use deadly force as a first resort. Yet authorities and white communities invariably defend police violence against the public. If Americans had half-decent educations, Americans would know that power comes from precedent. The police, like the executive branch, have now established themselves above the law. The laws that apply to the public do not apply to police, US presidents, presidential appointees, NSA, and CIA."
"If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege. It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected. With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed. It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life. The trap was set. At the beginning of a cycle that systematically undermines liberty with delusions of easy prosperity, the change may actually seem to be beneficial to a few. But to me that’s like excusing embezzlement as a road to leisure and wealth — eventually payment and punishment always come due. One cannot escape the fact that a society’s wealth cannot be sustained or increased without work and productive effort. Yes, some criminal elements can benefit for a while, but reality always sets in."
"Claiming to be on the side of the working poor, House Republicans, along with a dozen Democrats, this week adopted a bill that would redefine the full-time work week under Obamacare from 30 hours to 40 hours. GOP lawmakers say the rule established under the Affordable Care Act that mandates that employers with 50 or more workers offer insurance to those working at least 30 hours a week caused employers to cut workers’ hours to avoid paying for healthcare. Under the Republican bill, these workers would now have to work 40 hours a week to be assured of coverage. Backers of the plan include business groups, not advocates for low-income Americans, which prompted some Democrats to scoff at the GOP’s argument that they’re on the side of struggling employees."
"Like a thousand other farmers across the US, Kirk Bair is a farmer looking for ways to grow food economically and with as little labor as possible – but what are the moral implications of planting food you are aware is toxic, and selling it to your friends and neighbors? Is Bair in the right for planting GMO seed, even if conventional seed is hard to come by? “When you put a herbicide gene inside a corn seed, soybean, wheat, whatever you’re working with, you’re eating that. You’re ingesting it.” It is clear that Bair realizes the health dangers of GM crops, but he plants them anyway? Why? He feels he has no choice, and there is a multi-billion dollar industry calling the shots. “I’ve got some good looking ears coming,” said Kirk Bair, admiring his genetically modified corn crop, developed with Monsanto’s technology. When asked why he has planted GM corn, Blair states: “To use conventional corn, non-GMO, I’d have to till, apply pre-emergence herbicide. It’s more economical and more convenient to use GMO corn on real ground. I only use it because I felt like I had to. My seed supplier said, ‘Kirk it’s harder and harder to get a hold of conventional seed.’” In less than a decade, the US has gone from planning 100% conventional seeds to almost 90% genetically modified seeds. Corn, soybeans and cotton are some of the most commonly grown GM crops – all considered staples. Even though Blair grows GM crops, he says: “I want to know what I am eating and I don’t want to eat GMO foods.”
"Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope, but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk. Anti-psychotic drugs, including both older and newer ones, have been shown in many human brain scan studies and in animal autopsy studies to cause shrinkage (atrophy) of the brain. The newer “atypicals” especially cause a well-documented metabolic syndrome including elevated blood sugar, diabetes, increased cholesterol, obesity and hypertension. They also produce dangerous cardiac arrhythmias and unexplained sudden death, and they significantly reduce longevity. In addition, they cause all the problems of the older drugs, such as Thorazine and Haldol, including tardive dyskinesia, a largely permanent and sometimes disabling, painful movement disorder caused by brain damage and biochemical disruptions. Despite their enormous risks, the newer anti-psychotic drugs are now frequently used off label to treat conditions from anxiety and depression to insomnia and behavior problems in children. Two older anti-psychotic drugs, Reglan and Compazine, are used for gastrointestinal problems, and despite low or short-term dosing, they too can cause problems, including tardive dyskinesia. Nowadays, many patients are given medications for insomnia without being told that they are in fact receiving very dangerous anti-psychotic drugs. This can happen with any anti-psychotic but most frequently occurs with Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa. The patient is unwittingly exposed to all the hazards of anti-psychotic drugs."
"Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out. The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way to pay for upgrades to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that “nothing is off the table” when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to finance infrastructure projects."
"Cannabis oil is gathering an unstoppable momentum as a world class healer, and there is little or nothing Western Governments are going to be able to do stop it. Cases are popping up all over the world showing that cannabis oil has healed some very serious diseases, including anxiety disorders, epilepsy, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), cerebral palsy and cancer. This young man healed his stage IV throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer with cannabis oil. This Australian women healed her terminal stage IV lung cancer with it. Wallace Rose in the video clip above explains how cannabis oil cured his stage IV pancreatic cancer. It is a fundamental human right, no matter where you live on the planet, to be able to access and use whatever medicine you want to heal yourself. And, thankfully, we are beginning to see that Governments worldwide will not have the power to stand in the way of this natural right any longer."
"The living situation where grandpa and grandma live in their retirement community, far from their children, is rather new. Some 60 years ago, the elder generation typically lived with their adult children. Or at least lived within walking distance. From a social-economic and evolutionary point-of-view, grandparents have a very important duty. Aside from the love of their presence, grandparents exist to teach. Grandparents teach their adult children how to be better parents. Grandparents teach skills, values, and life lessons to their grandchildren. Not that I want to grow old quickly, but I do look forward to teaching and playing with my future grandchildren. When all three generations coexist under the same roof, this can be a lovely, healthy way to live. Grandchildren should not think of their grandparents as those old people who send gifts on my birthday."
"The world can sometimes be a violent place or at least it seems so. Fairly often we will hear reports of everything from terrorist, to workplace violence, to riots, and we haven't even mentioned normal crimes. The way we present ourselves can reduce our likelihood of being involved in a violent interaction. But if something were to occur how would you react? What would you do? A little bit of self evaluation will help us determine how we are likely to react. I know that none of us really know until something like that occurred, but making a plan in advance will help us be able to react in the way we would hope."
"The basic formula of this powerful tonic dates back to medieval Europe, that is, from the era when people suffered from all sorts of diseases and epidemics. This master cleansing tonic is actually an antibiotic that kills gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It has also a powerful antiviral and antifungal formula, increases blood circulation and lymph flow in all parts of the body. This plant-based remedy is the best choice for the fight against candida."
"Travis Haley is a renowned tactical trainer, high risk security operator, and former Force Reconnaissance Marine. In this video, he talks about his time during the Battle of An-Najaf, Iraq in 2004. The money quote from this video is, “We weren’t S2 people.” He describes the dire situation during the gunfight, and takes you step by step, including some live action video from the battle. The word “survivability” comes up numerous times throughout the video. Specifically, he focuses on the availability of good intelligence to improve survivability. You’re here reading because you recognize that intelligence is vital. It doesn’t have to be from me, but you need to get with someone or get with some material and familiarize yourself with intelligence concepts and skills, at a minimum. Some of you need to become intelligence experts; whether you’ll be a Human Intelligence or Signals Intelligence collector, or an Intelligence Analyst, or both. Or maybe you’re rooting out adversary intelligence assets as a Counterintelligence guy. But we need to focus on Intelligence just as much as we do on gunfighting. Intelligence drives the fight, and without it, we’re blind and can only react. There is no ‘gaining the initiative’ in conflict without good Intelligence."
"As the Survival Mom, I’m all about looking ahead to the future, considering its uncertainties, and then doing my best to be prepared, but when I see some of the dumb things people are doing to prepare, I have to shake my head. In no particular order, here’s what I see."