"Binoculars allow you to view threats and/or to view situations that may turn threatening from a safe distance. Use them to gather intelligence and for spotting game as well. The so-called sports glasses that you would take to a ball game are sometimes called binoculars, but they are not ideal for survival situations. They will help magnify at short distances in optimum light, but do not provide clarity and most importantly, they are not designed for rough handling. Binoculars to signify magnification and diameter will have two numbers that are separated by an “X”. Two examples would be, 7 x 42 or 10 x 25. The seven and 10 would be the magnification and 42 and 25 would be the diameters. Binoculars with a magnification of seven for example will make an object look 7 times bigger or seven times closer. In other words, an object 70 yards away will look like it is only 10 yards away when using a seven magnification."
"It’s tax season again, and time for the IRS to get their greedy paws on your hard-earned money so they can frivolously spend it how they see fit. Your money might go to fund research into how uncircumcised men in Africa wash their genitals or perhaps it will be given away this year to all the people who don’t actually work. So, just in case you felt like you weren’t getting taxed enough, here’s some additional items the IRS says you are required to report on your taxes. Because like it or not, you are simply a cash cow for the U.S. government, and pretty much everything you own and any work that you do can be taxed for the benefit of Uncle Sam."
"Nunavut is the edge of the world in a lot of ways — it’s the farthest-north part of Canada, a broken-up spray of frozen land coming off the top of the country like a very icy mohawk. In terms of land mass, it’s bigger than any other Canadian province or territory, with an area the size of Western Europe, but its population (mostly Inuit) is smaller than Berkeley’s — and I mean the university, not the town. So it’s remote, and cold, and sparsely settled, but none of that really explains why food is so outrageously expensive that the basic necessities of life are beyond normal people’s reach. Now, the locals are starting to get fed up (not literally, because they can’t afford it), and they’re agitating for government attention to their unsustainable cost of living. Cabbage that costs $28? Chicken for $65 a pound?"
"Despite her desperate attempts to disprove any accusation of worthlessness, Michelle Obama has taken to frustrating more Americans than helping via her school lunch guidelines. As this mandate has unfortunately become the law of the land, it’s absurd and often hypocritical intentions has been engrained into those educating our children as well. Although there has yet to be a story demonstrating the good Michelle’s program has done, there are countless indicating how it’s actually hurting America’s youth. Enter Dr. Justin Puckett – a father and most recent victim of Michelle’s ludicrous program. When this Missouri parent received a letter informing him to pack a “proper” lunch for his daughter the following day, well, you can imagine his surprise. As it turns out, not only was the letter rude beyond all excuse, the “teacher” had her facts wrong."
"U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently introduced H.R. 131, a bill that would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for law-abiding gun owners. Current federal law guarantees the right of law-abiding persons to transport firearms between two locations where they have a legal right to possess and carry them, regardless of state or local laws that would otherwise apply. The firearm must be cased or otherwise not readily accessible. Unfortunately, anti-gun local officials are using overly restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers who have made every effort to comply with the law, resulting in seized guns that are sometimes never returned, delayed travel, legal fees, and sometimes even unnecessary guilty pleas. H.R. 131 would ensure the law has the effect Congress intended when it passed more than 25 years ago. Specifically, the legislation would make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected, as well as expand the protections afforded to travelers to include “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental” to the trip. Additionally, the bill would place the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that the traveler failed to comply with the law."
"A petition is circulating to persuade three of the top infant formula brands in the U.S. — Abbott Laboratories (Similac), Mead Johnson Nutrition (Enfamil) and Nestle (Gerber Good Start) — to stop using genetically modified (GM) ingredients in their baby products. Each of these powdered formulas is loaded with corn and soy byproducts, along with sugar, which means they are more than likely GM in nature and harming children."
"The Obama administration has a new partner in crime and it is the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA created the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Edition) which was recently adopted. DSM 5 is highly controversial and has sparked outrage from the mental health practitioners. As many of these practitioners point out, the new DSM-V makes a pathology out of simple and normal behaviors such as grieving for the loss of a loved one. This constitutes a new subjective approach in diagnosing of mental illness in that it promises to end free speech and any form of political dissent. The federal government has already declared anyone who opposes its unconstitutional policies as having “political paranoia,” which is now diagnosed as a type of mental illness."
"So many are asking, “What can I do? How can I make a difference? How do I go about helping to effect the changes the world so direly needs?” Good questions. I repeatedly say to people to get conscious and you’ll know what to do. What does that mean? Gain empowering knowledge and information for one. And if someone’s asking those questions they obviously know just where to find it. The exponentially growing body of information available on the internet is an opportunity of the ages. I don’t know if this happened in the time of Atlantis or other previous advanced civilizations or not, but how unique an opportunity can we get?! Look, read and learn. Then act on it. Admittedly, growing up in a truly enlightened culture one wouldn’t have to do all this searching and have so many lies and cover up and so much disinformation to get past. It is time and energy consuming, especially for young minds under a variety of social pressures."
"As more parents have become aware of the risks and side effects of vaccines, many vaccination rates have been declining. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors alike are concerned about this awakening, so they have created training materials to help vaccine providers handle what one manual refers to as “vaccine-hesitant parents.” When you take your child to their health care provider for a visit, you may have a list of questions to ask them about vaccines. You might be wondering about the risk of autism, the side effects of a vaccine, or the damaging effect dozens of vaccines will have on your child’s immune system. And, your child’s doctor will have answers: the ones they are trained to give you. Organizations such as the World Health Organization and the National Academy of Pediatrics, two names you might trust but should not, have created brief manuals for doctors, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and even pharmacists, teaching them how to successfully deal with parents who question or refuse vaccines."
"The toughest, most resilient people as both individuals and as societies all generally have one thing in common – self-sufficiency. This by no means suggests isolationism, but rather the ability to survive, even thrive through one’s own work using resources at their own disposal. As a principle, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and individualism defined young nations like the United States, catapulting it upon the world stage as a global leader after spending time racked in debt and in England’s shadow. By establishing its own industry, its own institutions (including those of a financial nature) and its own military might, the United States transcended the tangled webs of interdependency locking Europe’s ever-shifting, fragile alliances together. The evolution of human civilization along the lines of socioeconomics and technology has changed the roles, effectiveness and relevancy of those industries and institutions that had once made America great and in turn, those nations that had attempted to emulate such features have now all found themselves within the same boat – the boat of globalization."
"Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a series of changes to its standards governing the use of toxic chemical dispersants during oil spills, like the 1.9 million gallons of dispersants used during BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster. The EPA claims their new rules will incorporate part of what officials learned during BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster, including toxicity testing requirements, information that manufacturers must provide the EPA and the public, and how toxicity must be monitored while the chemicals are used on future spills. Mathy Stanislaus, who oversees the EPA's emergency response policies, stated: "Our proposed amendments incorporate scientific advances and lessons learned from the application of spill-mitigating substances in response to oil discharges and will help ensure that the emergency planners and responders are well-equipped to protect human health and the environment." But several scientists and doctors took issue with the EPA's claims, stating that the agency has not gone nearly far enough in protecting people, wildlife and the environment from dispersants that they described as "deadly," "cancer-causing," "extremely toxic," and that "wreak havoc on people's bodies."
"For those who are on board with these thoughts, now is the time to start preparing. Actions need not be grandiose; moving to a remote part of the country or living off the grid may be wise, but a simple coffee can and some smart thinking can help when survival mode becomes necessary. In a brief SHTFblog.com article, one author who signs off as “Jarhead Survivor,” says that a coffee can that houses some key items can be extremely beneficial. Designed to help a person for only a short duration, the author notes that creating such a can is ideal for overnight or temporary situations. Making one is easy. Simply fill a good-sized coffee can with items you personally deem necessary for survival. Much of it involves common sense, such as food and protection from the elements. As such, an inexpensive poncho and some portable, high-energy, on-the-go foods are ideal. Take some time to think about your own personal health needs and outdoor environment when it comes to adding other to the coffee can. Jarhead Survivor suggests the following:"
"Does the government really even need excuses to seize the assets of its citizens, especially for relatively minor crimes? Apparently it does, at least according to the state of Utah. A new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 changes the wording and adds provisions to a law that has been in effect since 2008 allowing officers to impound a vehicle that isn’t insured. The crucial verb that was changed, raising sides between those in favor and those opposed to the revised law, is the shift from the law previously stating that an officer “may” seize a vehicle without warrant if it’s being operated without insurance to the fact that now an officer “shall” seize said vehicle. The wording change makes it mandatory. What was always an option is now expressly a command. The senator behind the new law feels this is necessary despite uninsured drivers really not being much of a problem in his home state."
"ABC 7 News in Los Angeles is reporting that federal health officials want to force a 26-year-old grad student, whose younger sister was one of the confirmed cases of measles caught recently at Disneyland, into a quarantine. Ylsa Tellez does not have the measles, and is not sick. So why do health officials want to force her into quarantine? Because she is not vaccinated against the measles. She could reportedly avoid the quarantine if she gets the vaccine. “(They were) saying I need to get vaccinated and I need to be quarantined, otherwise I’m going to go to jail or something, or I’m going to get a misdemeanor,” said Ylsa. Ylsa says she refuses to be a prisoner in her own home despite the possible quarantine order. Ylsa’s mother is also defending her daughter. “It’s not nice when my daughter is threatened like this because she’s not even sick,” said Myrna Tellez. Lost in all the discussions you will read or listen to in the mainstream media regarding measles outbreaks is that there is no clear science proving that the vaccine actually prevents these outbreaks, or that the measles vaccine “wiped out” the disease. Historical data points to a different conclusion on the effectiveness of the measles vaccine, showing that the disease was already on the way out PRIOR to the development of the vaccine:"
"The world can be a dangerous place. It is not as though we intentionally try to live dangerously, it kind of, sort of just… happens. Of course, we are being more than a little bit facetious when we say that because surely there is more to it than that. We’ve seen enough natural disasters over the last 10 years to realize that no one is immune, and Mother Nature isn’t selective. And there are dozens of other scary events that occur that are not-so-natural. Sickness, war, civil unrest, nuclear meltdowns – these are things that are within our sphere of reality. Realistically, we could find ourselves fending for ourselves and our families for some time, should the power go out or our water supply rendered unfit to drink or, cut off completely. Rather than fear and cower at the thought of these disruptive and frightening events, we prepare. This is not by chance. Being prepared must be purposeful and intentional. It does not happen by accident and it does not happen without of bit of work coupled with thought, time and resources. And the payback? The payback is knowing that if a disaster comes along (heaven forbid) you will be able to take care of yourself and your family. It is your life. Preparedness will help you avoid a trip to Camp FEMA if disaster strikes. Think about your family’s health needs, and ask yourself these questions…"
"If you have a limited time before the SHTF, What do you do? What are your priorities? Recently we saw this first hand with Hurricane Irene. The actions of the unprepared raises good questions for all of us."
"In many parts of the US eating squirrel is not uncommon...but to us city folk it is a stand off-ish kinda thing. We call them rats with fluffy tails. But in a survival situation squirrel is actually a viable meat to eat."
"I’ve recently come across a couple of good ideas that can be “thought forward” to emergency preps. They share a similar theme, so I decided it was worth a post to combine them. Today’s idea is preserving fresh items (or pantry items opened prematurely) in the event you’re without electricity. Some might think this is a funny thing to prepare for, but if the lights go “out” my belief is that they won’t be coming back “on” all too quickly, so we’d better be ready to adapt."
"When it’s the season for Cold and Flu, and if someone in your home has a cold or the flu, chances are that everyone else who hasn’t caught it yet, is scared of catching it! Here are several ways to limit the spread of germs:"
"To a survivalist, depending entirely on the world outside for a basic need is an unacceptable risk. The idea of not having a way of feeding their families in the event of a major calamity is an intolerable one. One of the most accessible ways of ensuring a steady supply of food after a calamity is also one of the oldest ones – you can raise chickens at home. While the idea of securing your family’s food supply in the event of a calamity may seem unnecessarily far-fetched to many, there are many regular reasons why you might want to participate in the backyard poultry movement. You could have a great supply of fresh eggs that are uncontaminated by factory farming methods, for example. Chickens also make cute pets for the children. These ideas appeal to millions of people across the country. While raising chickens in the backyard is illegal in many urban areas, they do it all the same – the draw of being in touch with nature is a very strong one. If the idea appeals to you, here is basic information that will help you get started."
"Last week there were two bill introduced that attempt to remove the unconstitutional barriers Mississippians face if they desire to carrying a concealed weapon. Our state constitution has always recognized that carrying a weapon for self-defense was a right, first enumerated in our U.S. Constitution and then reemphasized in our State Constitution. Mississippi State Constitution Article 3; Section 12; The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons. Our state constitution clearly forbids the state from making or enforcing any law that prohibits or forbids a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property. That fact is not questionable or debatable. Any law, sign, ordinance, judge, sheriff, or police chief that attempts to prevent a citizen from openly carrying arms is unconstitutional, unless that citizen has had their right taken away by due process of the law. But what if, because of societies misunderstanding of firearms, a citizen prefers to carry their arms concealed? Our state constitution allows the legislature to regulate or forbid carrying a concealed weapon. It does not say they must regulate or forbid it simply says they ‘may’. Until now our legislators have chosen to forbid citizens from carrying a concealed weapon unless they obtain permission in the form of a firearms permit."