"Allowance Manager founder Dan Meader said using plastic and tracking spending not only saves families money, it helps children learn how to make transactions in an increasingly cashless society." Tracking spending. This is the precise reason why the Lewis family has gone nearly entirely to cash."
"The latest Hunger Games film, “Mockingjay – Part 1″, is topping the international box office. Although it’s a Hollywood blockbuster aimed at young adults, it presents potentially quite subversive ideas of mass revolution, economic sabotage and the populist fight against oligarchy. These themes of popular uprising are particularly relevant in light of the current civil unrest happening across the world from the streets of Hong Kong to those of U.S. – the latest Hunger Games has tapped into a certain zeitgeist of global rebellion. Thailand’s pro-democracy protestors have even directly borrowed the movie’s three-fingered symbol of resistance in their own struggles against a repressive regime. Adding fuel to this fire, one of its main stars Donald Sutherland recently declared: “I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution.”
"Do you love coffee or know someone who does? ‘Tis the season for the fanciest possible version of everything, and your hot beverage is no exception. Places like Starbucks have taken flavored coffees to whole new level. At my local grocery store, there’s an entire refrigerated unit dedicated to decadent flavored creamers. Unfortunately, those creamers are rife with chemicals, including artificial flavors and neurotoxins like aspartame and sucralose. You certainly aren’t giving someone a “treat” by putting that stuff in their coffee. Here’s some great news, though: If you possess the ability to heat milk and use measuring spoons and a whisk, the fanciest flavors around can be yours, and at a fraction of the price of the artificial grocery store versions. The fanciest flavors around can be yours, and at a fraction of the price of the artificial grocery store versions."
"If you had to go operational to defend your home & hearth in 10 minutes, do you trust your current level of: Two-Man & Four-Man Combat Team Skills; Combatives/CQB Fighting Skills; Comms Skills (local and long-range); Trauma Medical Skills; The tech/Mech Skills of Breaking Shit; Breaking Bad People on the down-low; Setting-up an effective Intel Shop; Getting out of Dodge after a Caper. When you answer the polls at right, you can answer as many selections as you wish. But what I am looking for is a deep introspective look inside yourself and an honest answer - are you ready to get that job done right now, or is that particular skill you truly think you need to improve in order to get home alive. Leave your Ego out of the equation. To help encourage that, I'll give you my answers in public."
"Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG (SIE) to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home."
"Have you ever slept outside on the ground in the winter? Very few of us do so by choice. To be comfortable in your shelter requires a warm sleeping bag, but perhaps more importantly, isolation from the ground. Sleeping with your body directly on the ground, even in a sleeping bag, will quickly sap both heat and energy. This is because the direct contact with the ground allows for more efficient heat transfer. For winter campers, the remedy to the situation might be an expensive sleeping pad. These work by placing a layer of air between your body and the ground, usually in the form of an air chamber or foam. For those of us that don’t have the cash laying around, or want a dual duty device that can perform a few functions, we can use an inexpensive car sunshade."
"Texas lawmaker Dan Flynn has introduced legislation that would invalidate within the sovereign borders of his state every act of the federal government that exceeds its constitutionally derived authority. State Representative Dan Flynn’s bill — House Bill 98 — denies to the federal government: the power to take any legislative, executive, or judicial action that violates the constitution, specifically including those actions that unconstitutionally undermine, diminish, or disregard the balance of powers between the states and the federal government established by the constitution. Flynn goes on to cite chapter and verse of the Constitution and the principles of federalism in defense of his position that the state of Texas retains the power to refuse to carry out federal mandates that are not specifically authorized in the Constitution’s enumeration of federal powers."
"Are Americans’ freedom to choose what is injected into their body at risk in the United States today? Is it possible that the day is not far off when if you refuse a mandated vaccine at your place of employment, or refuse a mandated vaccine for your child, that you could come home one day to find your residence quarantined, restricting you from leaving your home or having visitors simply for exercising your right to refuse a medical treatment? There is compelling evidence that this is not some conspiracy prediction of a future Orwellian society, but something that is already in process in the United States of America. Many fear that a person’s choice of accepting or refusing mandatory vaccines could restrict one’s ability to travel in or out of the United States, one’s ability to send their children to school, one’s ability to continue working at their place of employment, or even one’s ability to leave one’s own privately owned home."
"Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation’s history, brazenly titled “I Will Not Comply.” No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594. Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petition was circulated affirming gun owners’ refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.” As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police - most who probably detest I-594 - decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns - not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble. The rally could not be dismissed as fringe elements."
"It’s happening on a global scale. It’s taking place in relationships, in occupation, in health, in spirituality and almost everything. Everything is moving towards sustainability because we have been in a position that is really unsustainable for a long time now. All the constructions that are busting down the world right now, the financial arrangements, the way money plays, and the way we care for the environment, and so on, all these structures that in front of our eyes are because they were never sustainable to begin with. So, what we need to do now is shift towards sustainable living. Sustainable living is not some buzz work, it’s not like “Oh! I’m being sustainable because I purchased some green matter”, it’s richer than that."
"Antibiotics, defibrillators, feeding tubes and ventilators are lifesaving tools that sometimes become weapons to prolong life against our will. None of us can escape death but some of us want to shape our final time on earth. We don’t want to live for years in a nursing home rendered unconscious by late-stage dementia; or brain-damaged by strokes; or on and off ventilators with recurring pneumonia, growing so frail we lose the choice of an unfettered death at home. We grow determined in our wishes. We formalise end-of-life plans asking for comfort care only, no heroic, invasive or futile medical procedures, no artificial food or hydration, minimal feeding. We assemble and legalise these plans. We calm our fears. It sounds rational and safe. But in reality, the faith we place in legalised directives, or in the medical professionals charged with enforcing them, has proven unwise. Medical professionals ignore such directives, no matter how carefully we’ve crafted them, particularly if we end up in a hospital or nursing facility."
"A couple of months ago, the sun sported the largest sunspot we've seen in the last 24 years. This monstrous spot, visible to the naked eye (that is, without magnification, but with protective eyewear of course), launched more than 100 flares. The number of the spots on the sun ebbs and flows cyclically, every 11 years. Right now, the sun is in the most active part of this cycle: we're expecting lots of spots and lots of flares in the coming months. Usually, the media focuses on the destructive power of solar flares — the chance that, one day, a huge explosion on the sun will fling a ton of energetic particles our way and fry our communication satellites. But there's less coverage on how we forecast these things, like the weather, so that we can prevent any potential damage. How do you forecast a solar flare, anyway?"
"Global governments are secretly negotiating a little-known mega trade deal that poses a threat to internet freedoms and boon to corporate interests, analysts warned Wednesday, citing a just-leaked U.S. proposal. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), under discussion between a 50-country subset of World Trade Organization members for nearly two years, is so secretive that its talks aren’t even announced to the public, making it even more shadowy than the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Kept in the dark about the deal, the global public will be hugely impacted by its provisions."
"The germ-killing powers of copper have been well-established since ancient times, but besides a few copper doorknobs — shown to kill 95 percent of superbugs like pneumonia and MRSA — the metal is noticeably absent from many medical facilities. Hospitals, meanwhile, are a breeding ground for disease, with the World Health Organization estimating that “hundreds of millions” of people are infected at medical facilities each year and the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reporting that 1 in 25 inpatients picks up an infection at the hospital. Copper BioHealth aims to change that."
"In just a couple of weeks a lot of you are going to be making New Year’s resolutions and according to our good old government (not sure why they have to have a webpage to tell us this) the most common resolution is to lose weight. This is a great goal for a lot of people but as preppers we can look at this another way too. Maybe it’s time to trim some pounds off your Bug Out Bag and save your back in the process. For a lot of us, the mythical – perfect bug out bag is one part Swiss army knife, one part hardware store and one part supermarket with a dash of your favorite clothing outfitter thrown in for good measure. Over time in our efforts to be prepared for anything, we have lost sight of what this bag is meant for and traded common sense for comfort, at the expense of weight."
"A violent home invasion took placed on Houston's eastside around 1:30am, according to investigators. Senior Officer Ken Nealy with HPD's robbery division told Eyewitness News a Hispanic male was sleeping at his apartment on Myrtle when four or five crooks kicked in his front door and stormed into the residence. According to officers, the men were wearing black hoodies and white bandannas to conceal their identities. Authorities said the criminals screamed "police" as they demanded property. At some point, the crooks got in a struggle when one of the men and shot the resident in the head. "This potentially could have been worse had not the neighbors been alerted by all the commotion going on," said Officer Nealy. "The neighbors started moving about. With that being done, it may have caused the suspects to leave a little sooner than they wanted to. Again, it's still in the early stages of the investigation."
"Fifty years of firing radioactive munitions by the U.S. Army has left a large swath of Southern Indiana toxic and dangerous: More than 160,000 pounds of depleted uranium projectiles and millions of artillery shells have been left behind, unexploded, at the firing range. The Army, however, is showing no signs of cleaning up the mess. In fact, it appears to be trying to walk away from the problem altogether, leaving local residents at potential risk."
"I’ve been asked by several readers which compass I use and why I chose it. My primary compass is the Suunto MC-2, my alternate compass is a Suunto A-10 and the compass in my survival kit is a little Brunton Globe. While in the Army we were trained to use the standard military lensatic compass but, during the deployments during GWOT, some SF teams were issued a version of the Suunto MC-2 with special tritium illuminated parts that most of us found to be superior to the lensatic. Like weapons, not all compasses are of the same caliber and no one compass excels for all uses. Some are toys, some are junk and some are overkill, so depending on the terrain you are operating in and what you are doing at the time, they can get you lost and embarrassed or worse, lost and dead. If I had to bet my life on a compass, it would be either a Suunto, Cammenga or a Brunton."
"On the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a poll run by the government-funded Public Broadcasting Service found efforts led by gun control groups have ultimately failed to convince the American public to surrender their Second Amendment rights. After buttering up readers with statistics cited by Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy, which claim that “there were 32 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2011” in the state due to newly-imposed gun control laws, PBS gives a run down of several of the restrictions that went into effect almost immediately following the shooting, one of which is a blanket no-purchase regulation on people labeled “mentally ill” by health professionals."
"Enzymes are very delicate nutrients that are responsible for carrying out virtually every metabolic function. We have around 3000 unique enzymes in our bodies that are involved in over 7000 enzymatic reactions. Simply put, without enzymes we would cease to function. Unfortunately, the average diet is almost completely void of enzymes. Processed and cooked foods often completely destroy the enzyme content, leaving your body starving for this nutrient that is a key component in your livelihood. If you have any health complaints, chances are you could use more enzymes in your diet, and these 5 will cover that requirement in spades."
"This Film From the US Navy Department (1961) shows how to render necessary assistance in the emergency delivery of a baby. Tells how to determine when delivery is too imminent to risk transportation to a hospital and outlines procedures to follow during and immediately after delivery. (Public Domain)"
"Department of Defense – US Air Force Film: Discusses major physiological and psychological stresses that may be encountered in a survival situation in the arctic, in the desert, in the tropics and on water. Describes methods of detecting, understanding and combating such stresses as hunger, thirst, cold, fatigue, and fear. Shows how to recognize and avoid dehydration."