"In 1841, an invasive water mold began to infect the world’s potatoes. Starting from Mexico, the infectious agent of blight traveled up through North America, then crossed the Atlantic. Eventually it reached Ireland, where, as the journalist Charles Mann described it, “four out of ten Irish ate no solid food except potatoes, and … the rest were heavily dependent on them.” The Great Famine, as it came to be known, could have been avoided in any number of ways, not least by ceasing the export of food from Ireland to Britain. But the British government failed to take effective action. The question of avoiding starvation becomes harder still if some apocalyptic event causes the whole world to starve. How might a government prepare for a worst-case scenario? This is a question Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, began to think about while working on providing low-cost drinking water to the developing world. He found the prospect of disaster terrifying. “This would make us no better off than the dinosaurs, despite all of our technical progress,” he told me. “Humanity is too smart for that.”
"It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West. While EPA’s most recent regulations aren’t altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe. Whereas restrictions had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 microgram limit. To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter. Most wood stoves that warm cabin and home residents from coast-to-coast can’t meet that standard. Older stoves that don’t cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal."
"California drivers are now paying a “global warming” fee added to the price of gasoline before sales tax, forcing them to pay a tax on top of a tax. The state is charging gas retailers a new “global warming” cap-and-trade fee and retailers are passing the cost to consumers, but the consumer sales tax is calculated from the full pump price, which includes the cap-and-trade fee. “The global warming fee, which is variable and could soar in the future, added about a dime this week,” Dan McSwain of UT San Diego said. “Then the state adds 2.25% of the full retail price – including those other fees and taxes – while city and county sales taxes add more (0.5% in most of San Diego County).” Many drivers haven’t noticed the increase yet due to the plummeting gas prices, but they will eventually because the $0.10 per gallon fee is not a set price – it’s determined by California’s “cap-and-trade” market in which various industries trade their permits covering specific amounts of emissions, the total of which is capped by the state. In other words, the “global warming” fee can go up."
"A super-antibiotic capable of wiping out everything from MRSA to TB has been found lurking in soil. In tests, the new medicine rapidly cured infections that should have been fatal. The drug also worked ‘exquisitely’ well against hard-to-treat bugs that damage the heart. Crucially, it could be a powerful weapon in the war against antibiotic resistance, in which once easy-to-treat infections become deadly after finding sneaky ways of evading powerful drugs. With no new type of antibiotic hitting the market for almost 30 years and bacteria becoming harder to treat by the day, experts have warned medical treatment could soon be dragged back the 19th century."
(Sgt Trainer: OK, I take this story with a grain of salt! While it would be fantastic if it were true, my instincts kick in and say that this would be a perfect way for convincing people to take this vaccine only to have it turn out that it is not true and is, in fact, just a ploy to get folks to accept it. What better way to control folks...or even infect them! I'll stick with natural stuff, thanks.)
"Along with skills comes confidence. The biggest challenge for anyone lost or stranded is making decisions. In some cases, the wrong decision means certain death. You cannot make the right decisions unless you have a certain skill set that only comes through training. Knowing your options, knowing what can kill you, and what is the best course of actions is not always instinctive. It comes through knowledge and the practical and repeated application of that knowledge. Some if not many adults would have panicked, they may have run in circles distressed, screaming for help or ran crashing off through the brush, without lighting a stick for light and comfort. You need courage and a strong will to continue on a path you are not sure of to seek help. After a half of a mile, some adults would have assumed they went in the wrong direction and may have altered course. Altering your course would mean you could wander for days lost in the woods. Sailor, stuck with her decision because she had the confidence from her training to make that decision."
"In the last few years a formerly unknown phenomenon has appeared on Lake Michigan, huge “ice balls”. This should be perplexing enough, but what about when the “ice balls” appear in lake water that is 40 degrees or above? Welcome to the world of chemical/biological ice nucleation. Artificial nucleating agents form the nucleus of ice around which the “balls” form. Last year on Lake Michigan volumes of ice were still floating around while people were sunbathing on beaches with 85 degree temperatures. The vast majority of the public has absolutely no idea that it’s even possible to artificially nucleate ice on any scale, let alone doing it on the colossal scale being carried out by the climate engineers. How radically can the weather makers cool things down if they choose to? How about going from a record high temperature of nearly 100 degrees to snow in one day. The spraying of chemical or biological ice nucleating agents over clouds and storm systems is a major component of the completely engineered winter storms which are very theatrically named by organizations like “The Weather Channel”."
"In life, how many times have we seen that two similar men face a set of similar circumstances only to witness two entirely different outcomes? One man meets the challenges, grows stronger and more successful as a result. The other man ignores the crisis at first, hoping that it will go away. When the denials breakdown, the second man feels overwhelmed and succumbs to the problem and his life is subsequently ripped apart. Nations are like people, they have a character, a personality and a persona. They either have resilience and can bounce back from adversity, or they do not. They either have courage or they cower in the corner because they are weak and timid in the face of danger. And like with the two men, when countries face the same challenges, one country may thrive and the other country takes a dive. When we look at how two countries, Iceland and the United States, responded to economic Armageddon in 2008, one country was head and shoulders above the other in terms of displaying a spirit of resilience."
"During a recent book giveaway, the question asked was “What piece of prepping gear is at the top of your bucket list?” Needless to say, I was more than a little bit surprised to find that the top response was water storage, water filters, and water purification equipment. While having the gear is nice, anyone interested in preparedness also needs to have a basic understanding of the concepts behind water and water storage. Where to find, store, purify, and filter water are all questions that need to be asked, answered, and periodically reviewed. And why do I know that? A couple of months ago I was personally without running water for 12 days. Being up to speed on the do’s and don’t of water were key to my getting by just fine during this period. With that in mind, today I share an article on water as a survival basic."
"A number of veterans say they’ve received a letter from the Veterans Administration (VA) offering them “free gun locks” if they fill out a form which asks for their address and the number of guns for which they need locks. The VA is offering up to four locks per veteran. The Washington Times acquired a copy of the letter and quoted it as saying the VA “[hopes] to reach all our veterans with this offer.” The VA said locks will be mailed to the address remitted on the form. The letter also says: “As your partner in healthcare, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe… Gun locks have been shown to greatly reduce death and injury caused by firearms in the home. If you own a gun, we hope you will request and use a gun lock.” The VA letter obtained by the Times was signed by Daniel Hendee, who serves as “director of the VA medical center in Philadelphia.”
"In a disaster, it’s possible that you might encounter a person in shock who is desperately in need of fluids. IV hydration is certainly the best method of delivery in these cases, but Normal Saline and others are prescription products. As such, they are difficult to stockpile in an austere setting. Rectal rehydration, also called Proctoclysis, may be an alternative in situations where IV therapy is unavailable. The large intestine functions to absorb water, electrolytes, and vitamins (but not nutrients), leaving solid waste. It stands to reason that, if the colon can absorb fluid introduced from “above”, it should be able to absorb it from “below”. In the first decade of the 20th century, John Murphy, a Wisconsin Surgeon, introduced a drip method of introducing salt solutions via the rectum. Used in the hospital units in World War I, proctoclysis received acceptance as another tool in the medical woodshed. As intravenous fluid administration became more advanced, use of the method diminished. I knew little about proctoclysis as it is rarely used in modern medicine. The difficulty that the average person would have obtaining IV fluids in a survival situation, however, made it clear that an alternative fluid delivery system was needed for those unable to be orally rehydrated. Indeed, it’s the lack of availability of many medical items in times of trouble that first led me to write about “fish antibiotics” as a survival option years ago. The benefit of rectal rehydration is the fact that sterilized water or oral rehydration solutions may be used effectively via the rectum to improve fluid status. This provides an inexpensive and readily available avenue when intravenous therapy isn’t possible."
"So apparently the mainstream media isn’t the only one censoring anyone critical of Islam, it looks like after posting today’s story over the terrorist attacks in Paris – which included a picture of Mohammed – we have been banned from commenting on our own Facebook page, a page which has almost 350,000 followers. As of now the actual Facebook fan page is still up; but for the last three hours we have been blocked from commenting on our own page, after I posted the story below."
"If you’ve ever fallen into ice-cold waters, you know what it truly means to be cold. We often think that we’re cold when the wind picks up or when we’re underdressed for the weather, but there’s simply nothing like being wet and cold. During the winter, we as outdoorsmen are often placed in situations that could turn deadly in an instant if we’re not adequately prepared. Preparing for the worst comes in two forms. First, it’s important to ensure that you’re wearing the right gear for the environment and the second is having a solid knowledge base of how to help yourself or your buddy when no one else can."
"Having three boys in Boy Scouts, we do a lot of camping, but it’s always been in the spring, summer and fall. A couple weeks ago we went to a week-long winter camp, where the temperatures at night dropped down into the 20s. It took a little extra planning, but we all slept warmly, so I thought I’d pass on a few pointers. Of course, this doesn’t just apply to camping trips. In a SHTF situation you may find yourself without power and proper shelter for a period of time, where the ability to keep warm means more than just a pleasant night’s sleep. Let’s start with your tent. There are two main styles of tents – three-season and four-season. A three-season tent will have large mesh panels to allow ventilation on those hot summer nights, while a four-season tent will have much less mesh (to retain the heat), and will have stronger poles to stand up to snow and wind. If you can’t get a four-season tent, then you at least want to make sure that your tent comes with a full rainfly (one that reaches all the way to the ground). This way the wind will hit the rainfly and not your inner tent wall; you’ll have a small space of still air that will give you a little insulation. Also, the smaller your tent, the better – your body can heat up a smaller space faster. Don’t go too small though, you don’t want to find yourself sleeping up against any of the walls. When selecting a site for your tent, obviously you want to stay out of the wind as much as possible, but you also want to avoid valleys and sites near lakes or ponds – places where cold air can settle."
"Very few people that I notice while out in public, do the ‘automatic scan’ while they’re out and about while walking here and there. They are often focused on one thing – and it’s not related to their personal security. It might be their smart-phone, it might be their conversation with a companion, they might be staring straight ahead, or they might be looking down while walking forward. Their mind is elsewhere. They are in their own bubble as they move about. The problem with that is – while many people do live and function in a fairly safe environment, one never knows when their (false) notion of security might be shattered… After you have learned the automatic scan technique, it will become a natural part of your subconscious, and will compliment your own situational awareness and personal security. The automatic scan is about focusing and paying attention to the things around you as you move about. It’s about looking beyond your 6-foot bubble of ‘comfort zone’. It’s about a periodic scan of your environment."
"Being a prepper is a relatively easy choice for me. Looking back, I can't understand what I was thinking BEFORE I ever choose to prep... just young and naive, I guess. These days I understand the importance of prepping and what it means to my family's safety; it's really a no-brainer lifestyle. Sadly, the vast majority of Americans don't see things as I do. Obviously, one of us (me or most Americans) has to be wrong. But who? The answer may shock you: It's me. I'm wrong and I ALWAYS will be because it doesn't matter what I think. Here's why..."
"Multiple insurance studies find that theft claims rise substantially over the holiday season..almost 50% by some estimates. And those numbers don’t lie. The FBI uniform crime reports show a spike in reported crimes around the holiday season. Last year, there were over 2 million burglaries in the US. About one every 15 seconds. If you have ever experienced your house being broken into, it is a sickening event. It leaves victims feeling scared and powerless. It happened to my sister a few years ago. She was a single mother with two small kids. She said she felt traumatized; like she was no longer safe in her own home. For the next several months, there were times I found myself sleeping on her sofa simply to help her feel safe. You can replace the items that were stolen. Your sense of safety and security are not as easy to replace. There are steps you can take to protect your home."
"An azimuth is the angular direction to an object. Azimuths are described commonly in degree increments from either true, magnetic or grid north. In the world of recreational navigation, GPS receiver operations and orienteering the use of the term “bearing” has become synonymous with azimuth. Azimuth direction is measured from north clockwise in 360° increments. The point from which the azimuth originates is from the center of an imaginary circle. This imaginary point is the operator."