"With Ebola on everybody’s minds these days, the topic of disease prevention, and particularly how to avoid viral infections — incidentally, the annual rite of “flu season” is also upon us — is surely on every survivalist’s radar. But learning how best to prepare for, well, the worst poses its own set of unique challenges because, quite frankly, real solutions for disease eradication aren’t exactly popular media’s thing. Most mainstream news outlets simply tell people to constantly wash their hands and avoid human contact, but this is hardly foolproof, nor is it practical or even necessary. Strengthening one’s immune system should be the first line of defense, and learning how to effectively prevent infection the second. The latter approach is two-pronged, meaning there are safe and effective ways to kill viruses on surfaces as well as inside your body, and knowing both is critical for long-term survival."
"A proposal to designate more than 250,000 acres in the western U.S. as “wilderness” — thereby placing severe restrictions on land use and having the potential to ultimately drive ranchers out of business — was quietly inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act by House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday night. E&E Publishing first reported on the deal. The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the next week. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a statement Wednesday called the move an “extreme land grab” and urged House and Senate to “reject this attempt by self-serving politicians to exploit the men and women of the military to serve their special interests.” The new wilderness areas include portions of New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Montana."
"This concept eludes public awareness to a scary degree. It’s similar to the reality of false flag operations, the epitome of carefully planned societal manipulation by unseen forces who have no regard for the human condition other than to control it at any cost. This is so very similar to the slogan of the nefarious Mossad: “By way of deception, thou shalt do war.” And the war is on us; for the subjugation, exploitation and control of….us. The human race. Nothing is as it seems. Nothing. Not the least of which is anything and everything in our engineered society. It’s all misdirection, controlled opposition for the mind. This game of ruthless deception is endemic to the fabric of the entire matrix."
"We spend a good portion of the day using our hearing, but we know very little about how to maintain our ears properly. There's a lot of confusion out there about how to properly take care of our ears and maintain our earwax, so let's set the record straight. We sat down with Dr. Dan Weiswasser, a primary care physician, and asked him how to properly maintain our earwax (also known as cerumen). Here's what he told us."
"Dear reader: Are you one of these "new technology rejecters"? Apparently you will be the one getting a label if you don't want GMOs or nanoparticles in your food. Read on... Previously, research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota showed that people were willing to consume food with nanotechnology (particles, chips for purposes of tracking and changing texture, taste) - but they wanted it labeled and were willing to pay more to have nano-free or nano-labeled food. The duo is back to tell you what it would take to get consumers to finally accept genetically modified organisms and nanotech in their food - with a dose of chiding, that is."
"I think that the idea of building a safe room with a secret bookcase door was long ago inoculated in my mind … probably when I was a child. But now I find it more practical than ever. My food reserves, water, my AR-15, my ammo and other things are finally stored properly without anyone suspecting it. On top of that it’s nice to know that in a crisis I have a place to hide in case I’m outgunned by looters. Although, this is probably not the best example. It’s just nice to have a hideout for you, for a loved one or for something you value."
"A little-known aspect of Common Core should have students worried about what goes on the dreaded "permanent record," say critics of the national education standard. Parents in Pennsylvania have written outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett to demand a moratorium on the collection of what they describe as sensitive and personal information on students, which they say is part of a federal database to track the development of every child. And education activists around the nation say it is part and parcel of the controversial campaign to impose a uniform, national standard for math and English."
"In matters of survival and self-reliance, you don’t have to look far to find keyboard commandos telling you how-to do stuff. In the world of survival, spewing advice with little to no knowledge, much less actual experience, is becoming epidemic. The imagery of Brad Pasley’s song/video Online comes to mind."
"People with the worst vitamin D deficiency are highly susceptible to illness and suffer respiratory infections than those with sufficient levels. Vitamin D supplementation could reduce flare-ups of lung disease by more than 40% in patients who are deficient, say researchers. We know that in the absence of vitamin D from sunlight, disease increases more than 1000 percent. Data from systematic reviews of several population-based studies shows that more than a third of populations worldwide may suffer from low levels of vitamin D. The randomised trial data, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first clinical trial to investigate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on severity and duration of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms “finding that supplementation with the vitamin had a dramatic impact on COPD patients who were vitamin D deficient at the start of the trial.”
"US Navy training film aimed at downed pilots telling how to hunt or harvest and prepare food, including animals, plants, fruits, berries, and nuts, between 45 degrees and 70 degrees north latitude (although much of the advice would apply anywhere)."
"Torrential rain deluged swaths of drought-hit California on Tuesday, bringing floods and traffic accidents across the state and prompting evacuations amid fears of destructive mudslides. After a scorching drought which is the worst in California since records began, a powerful storm front lashed the region from the southern border with Mexico to the northern boundary with Oregon."
(Sgt Trainer: Update - The rains there continue today.)
"Retired Philadelphia Police Captain, Ray Lewis, has a message for America. In a recent interview, Lewis makes it known that gone are the days of the police working for the people. According to Lewis, “It’s an oppressive organization now controlled by the one percent of corporate America. Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.” Lewis gained notoriety when he crossed the blue line and came out to demonstrate in full uniform at the Occupy Wall St. protests and was arrested along with hundreds of others. Lewis has called out law enforcement on their overly aggressive tactics saying, “You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured. If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force.”
"FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Broward County judge issued an order Tuesday that temporarily bans turning people feeding the homeless outdoors in Fort Lauderdale into lawbreakers. Judge Thomas Lynch ruled that there were to be no arrests or citations for 30 days for violating the new city ordinance, which has been banning feeding the homeless in public places since Oct. 31st. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was the target of hackers activism Monday when they announced "Op Lift The Bans." The hackers -- who engage in worldwide activism -- have also been critical of rules that target the homeless by banning panhandling and sleeping in public property."
"Chinese investors have begun signing up to spend $500,000 each to help pay for a long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95. In exchange, the investors hope to get permanent residency in the United States for themselves and their families. Agents for the novel financing plan have been pitching the proposal in China since September, touting the project's financial stability and showcasing photos of Gov. Corbett and Turnpike Commission officials breaking ground for the construction in Bucks County. "Guaranteed by U.S. Government, Class A+ Repayment Credit!" proclaimed the Chinese-language website promoting the investment last month. "A key expressway-connecting hub project in U.S.A.!"
"The trouble with being poor goes far beyond having no money, Rex Hohlbein learned the other day. Example: Even if something is paid in advance, sometimes they still kick you out and threaten to call police — just because you fit the poverty profile. “I’ve had my eyes opened up a bit,” says Hohlbein, a Seattle architect. Hohlbein spent 25 years designing million-dollar homes for high-end clients before dropping his career to help people with no homes. Four years ago he started a campaign on the Internet where he posts black-and-white photos of the homeless, along with stories of their challenges and needs. Almost overnight it exploded into a kind of guerrilla direct-aid charity. The site has 14,000 followers from 45 countries who contribute money and supplies to help the folks Hohlbein features. So it was that last weekend he found himself up on Aurora, visiting a 60-year-old homeless woman, Gloria, whom he had checked into a motel. She had been ill and staying at the city’s cold-weather shelter — basically a mat on the floor at Seattle Center — when Hohlbein’s site raised enough money to buy her lodging during the cold snap. But when Hohlbein went to pay to extend her stay, he handed the desk clerk a credit card from his charity with the words “Facing Homelessness” on it. The clerk refused it. ‘We can’t take that because you’re not the one staying in the room,’ ” Hohlbein says the clerk explained."
"Hoping to tamp down fears about Ebola, the Obama administration said Monday the virus wreaking havoc in West Africa is unlikely to mutate and spread by air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fact sheet that says samples from the current outbreak, which has killed about 5,000 abroad and elicited fear in the U.S., are nearly identical — 97 percent the same — as the strains studied when Ebola was discovered in 1976. Scientists monitoring the virus have not seen any evidence that Ebola may be mutating in a way that would make it spread more easily, the CDC said, and changes resulting in new forms of transmission would require multiple mutations over a very long period, anyway."
"Gun control advocates used plight of iconic California condor to push legislation"
"The all-nighter. It’s kind of a rite of passage for college students, especially during finals. But even older adults sometimes need to pull one — finishing up a work project or driving through the night. Even I’ve pulled a good number of all-nighters these last six years, writing up a blog post for the next day. Given the fact that I’m my own boss and don’t technically have any set “deadlines,” I don’t know if this makes me crazy, or dedicated, or maybe crazy dedicated. Probably just crazy. Pulling an all-nighter isn’t the most healthy or desirable thing in the world (although it can actually produce feelings of euphoria), and doing so should be avoided whenever possible. But even the most organized student sometimes comes face-to-face with the fact that their paper is going to require more hours to complete than there are hours left in the day. To get a unique perspective on the ins and outs of pulling a successful all-nighter, we asked a group of former Soldiers, Marines, and Special Forces veterans to share the methods that got them through combat and a host of night-ops. These men – who are all currently on staff at the BluCore Shooting Center in Denver, CO — served in the Navy SEALS, Green Berets, and the Army and Marine Infantries. (They’ve asked that we only use their first names for purposes of anonymity). For these vets, staying awake through the night was a matter of life and death, but their tips apply equally well to the civilian who needs to plow through a work or school project. In addition to their advice, we’ve provided tips from sleep experts and researchers."
"There is a popular school of thought that dictates that your survival kit should follow you everywhere. Within this context I am not referring to a bug out bag or a vehicle emergency kit but rather a small, portable survival kit that you carry with you during the normal course of living your life. This kit is commonly referred to as your EDC, or Every Day Carry. I feel that the term “EDC” is misleading because it implies a set of items that is always with you, no matter what. The reality is that you may have multiple kits and multiple EDCs, each suitable for a different set of circumstances."