"Here is a very interesting video that has lots of applications for preppers. With this DIY mini-foundry you can begin to turn trash into useful stores of metal. Want to transform some old soda cans into something useful or turn some old lead tire weights into bullets? No problem, this little foundry will do it in short order. You can use this foundry to begin storing metals in ingot form for a rainy day. WARNING FROM THE KING OF RANDOM: Charcoal foundries can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000ºC, which is well above the melting point of hobbyists. This project should only be attempted with adequate knowledge and training, proper protective safety gear, and in a fire resistant area with adequate ventilation. The sparks flying from the foundry can ignite fires, and the fumes from burning dross can be toxic. Use caution and common sense. Use of this video content is at your own risk."
"In a stunning Tuesday report, Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton revealed that “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.” Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available. “Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses,” writes Clifton."
"On January 2, BATFE issued its first ruling of 2015. Identified as ATF Rul. 2015-1, it significantly expands the scope of activities that BATFE considers to be “manufacturing” for purposes of the Gun Control Act (GCA). While BATFE claims this ruling is simply a “clarification” of their prior position taken in ATF Rul. 2010-10, 2015-1 is clearly an attempted expansion of the definition of manufacturing."
"Every once in a while I suddenly remember there are still people who watch the mainstream news and actually believe the lies. As all of us who are truly informed via the independent media fully realize, those people are hopelessly beyond reach. After all, they still think chemotherapy prevents cancer, flu vaccines prevent the flu and that government police state surveillance is awesome because it makes society safer. There are still people who think the national debt doesn't matter, too, and because of that faulty faith in fiat currency, they will of course be caught totally unprepared when the U.S. dollar eventually collapses. Although no one can predict when it's going to happen, the certainty of the collapse of the dollar is inescapable. And when it does collapse, things are going to be so bad for the average CNN watcher that they will be absolutely clueless about what to do or where to turn. An instructive example of all this is taking place right now in Venezuela, where plummeting oil prices have caused a currency crisis that's gutting store shelves and causing nationwide shortages of food and supplies."
"In case you hadn’t noticed, the MSM storyline was obliterated this morning with the December retail sales report. There is absolutely no way for the shysters and charlatans in the media, Wall Street or government to spin this data in a positive manner. The shit is hitting the fan. A recession for the average American is confirmed. Plunging gas prices haven’t done shit to motivate people to spend money they don’t have. And guess what you won’t hear from CNBC or any of the corporate media?"
"This article has been around for years, but it’s still worth reading. Mike Pannone is a fellow 18B and someone with nearly immeasurable M4 experience. He was an instructor for, and one of the designers of, AWG’s combat shooting school, which prepared a lot of guys for successful combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. A friend who was the SJA at AWG raved about that course. Mike is pretty well known in the shooting and training community."
"It’s called Chameleon—a computer virus—but maybe it should be called FrankenVirus. You wouldn’t believe what it can do: literally move through the air, as in airborne—like a biological pathogen. And like some Franken-creation, it came from a laboratory, cultivated at the University of Liverpool’s School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Electronics. Chameleon leaps from one WiFi access point to another. And the more access points that are concentrated in a given area (think of them almost like receptor sites), the more this virus gets to hop around and spread infection. The scientists behind this creation have discovered that the more dense a population, the more relevant is the connectivity between devices, as opposed to how easy it was for the virus to get into access points. Access points are inherently vulnerable, and Chameleon had no problem locating weak visible access points from wherever it was at, and it also avoided detection."
"The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan in rural Webster Parish to burn 15 million pounds of propellant explosives, originally designed for military use, into the northern Louisiana atmosphere. People exposed to it might develop cancer or blood pressure problems or even pass on birth defects to their children, experts warn. Parish residents fear these toxins, which could rise two miles into the atmosphere depending on weather conditions, might eventually cover their entire corner of the state or spread into Texas or Arkansas. Puzzlingly enough, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, who otherwise won’t hesitate to force landowners to go through long, costly environmental impact statements, aren’t doing the same here. Maybe it’s because this is one of the EPA’s own special projects."
"The Department of Homeland Security secretary has announced increased vigilance regarding national security, as well as stepped-up random searches of travelers and carry-on luggage in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris. In the announcement made on Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Federal Protective Services – which provides security for US government buildings – will be expanding its reach to major cities and will vary shifts and patrols from location to location. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also conduct random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage at US airports. “We have no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country,” said Johnson in a released statement."
"A move by police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area to deploy drones for the first time is provoking a backlash from leaders and activists who fear the surveillance will allow authorities to peer into private lives. “Berkeley and the Bay Area have a long history of political discussion, protests, and debate, and there’s a real concern around the use of these drones under those circumstances, and the broader privacy issues,” said Jesse Arreguin, a Berkeley city council member who represents the downtown area near the University of California’s flagship campus. UC Berkeley, the birthplace of the free speech movement of the 1960s and a hotbed of political activism, would be among places subject to the police use of drones as local law-enforcement agencies pursue the new technology to monitor crime in progress. San Jose, California’s third-largest city, and Alameda County, home to Berkeley and Oakland, are exploring the use of drones, stoking public fears the devices will let police spy on them. While law-enforcement agencies from Grand Forks County, North Dakota, to Daytona Beach, Florida, have won federal approval to use the devices, the proposal to deploy them in Bay area law enforcement is chafing pro-privacy sensibilities. “‘Trust us’ isn’t going to work,” Joe Simitian, a supervisor in Santa Clara County, home to San Jose, said in a telephone interview. “For any agency or department of the government at any level to simply say ‘trust us, we can be counted on not to abuse the technology’ – that’s just not going to fly.”
"For what appears to be the first time on record, Powerball Lottery Sales declined year-over-year. As the following slides show, lottery sales declined 19% in FY14 vs FY13 and even more stunningly reflective of a nation whose disposable income (and hope) is in such short supply, sales in the first half of FY15 are down 40% from the first of FY14. As LaFleurs concludes, this will make it very challenging for most Lotteries to manage their budgets..."
"Aspirin is a popular drug for people who’ve never had a heart attack or stroke and would like to keep it that way. But for more than one in 10 people who do so, aspirin could do more harm than good, a new study suggests. Among 68,808 patients being treated by cardiologists around the U.S., 7,972 of them were taking aspirin despite having a very low risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. In other words, 11.6% of patients were taking the drug “inappropriately,” according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Aspirin -- also known as acetylsalicylic acid -- averts heart attacks and strokes by preventing the formation of blood clots. Clots are made up of blood cells called platelets, which stick together with the help of an enzyme known as cyclo-oxygenase, or COX. But aspirin prevents COX from doing its job."
"The 7 layer ECWCS system is the Armies newest answer to cold weather clothing. It was first fielded in 2007. It consists of a light 'silk weight' set of long underwear, a 'medium' weight set of long underwear known for one side having ridges like a waffle, a fleece top, a light wind jacket, a set of 'soft shell' top and bottom, a gore tex top and bottom and a cold weather top and bottom referred to as the marshmallow suit. These systems seem to be making their way onto the surplus market and Commander Zero asked about my thoughts on them. For background I have used various components of this system over several years in Central Europe, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. I have used it in a variety of weather from 40 degrees and rainy to 0 degrees (ambient not including wind chill) with snow, sleet and hail during training and deployment. Taking a step back we should briefly discuss the fundamentals of dressing for cold weather. You need to layer with moisture wicking fabrics that stay (relatively) warm when wet and during precipitation have an outer layer that repels moisture from the outside yet lets moisture escape from the inside. Start with a good set of long underwear that are synthetic or wool on the inside, have gore tex (or non patented equivalent) for when it rains and put insulating layers in the middle as needed. Also you need hats (at least 1x sun like a ball cap or boonie and 1x cold like a fleece beanie) and gloves."
"When the SHTF or the economy collapses or some severe disaster overwhelms the food production and distribution system, what do you need to survive? This post is a discussion of survival nutrition — not the optimum diet for perfect health, but the minimum for survival. First and foremost, you need carbohydrate. With water and carbs, you can survive for a long time. Carbohydrates provide energy for your cells; you can function from one day to the next with enough carbs. Without enough carbs, your body will use up its stored carbohydrates. Excess carbs are stored by the body as glycogen in the liver and skeletal muscles. But this supply is used up in about 24 hours. By comparison, excess dietary fat is stored in your body as, well, body fat, and can last far longer than your carb supply (depending on how much excess body fat you have). Dietary fat is an essential nutrient. But you can survive without dietary fat for some length of time. If you don’t eat enough carbs, your body burns body fat for energy. But in the absence of carbohydrate, the metabolism of fat is incomplete, resulting in the production of ketones. If ketones build up in your bloodstream to excess, the condition can be life-threatening (ketoacidosis or ketosis results). So carbs are the foundation of survival nutrition."
"When it comes to aspirin alternatives, one promising contender is pycnogenol, a powerful antioxidant extracted from French maritime pine back, backed by over 40 years of research, the most compelling of which we have aggregated on GreenMedInfo.com here: Pycnogenol Research. Amazingly, you will find research indexed there showing it may have value for over 80 health conditions. In 1999, a remarkable study published in the journal Thrombotic Research found that pycnogenol was superior (i.e. effective at a lower dosage) to aspirin at inhibiting smoking-induced clotting, without the significant (and potentially life-threatening) increase in bleeding time associated with aspirin use. The abstract is well worth reading in its entirety:"
(Sgt Trainer: I prefer using White or Red Willow Bark for pain but I like to have several alternatives such as this one.)
"Je suis Charlie,” they tell us. “I am Charlie.” They are referring to Charlie Hebdo, the radical left-wing satire weekly in Paris, France, that was the jumping off point for the lastest round of Islamist attacks on civilization. 12 people died in the initial attack, and several more were murdered in an attack on a Jewish supermarket by allies of the attackers in the following days. I am not Charlie. Nor do I ever want to be. Charlie was a victim. Charlie will always be a victim. Homeland Security and the FBI cannot protect your community against “lone wolf terrorists.” They know it and have admitted it repeatedly. Likewise, while state and local law enforcement will do everything in their power to get to the scene and engage an attacker (Islamist or otherwise) just as soon as a 911 call is made and a dispatcher can put out a location, they are going to be long, desperate, and deadly minutes away. The only reasonable response for a sane and intelligent citizenry with a right to bear arms is to be trained and equipped to deal with such threats. The Suraez Group post calls those individuals who have the mindset, training, and equipment to stand against such monsters “lone wolf counterterrorists,” and in a world where our government leaders are too craven and cowardly to even name the threats as Islamist terrorists, they are desperately needed among the citizenry. We must self-rescue ourselves from those who would do us harm, and many steely-eyed Americans have set their jaws and accepted that challenge."
"In April of 1938, representatives from the USSR approached the Finnish government and expressed a concern that Nazi Germany could attempt to invade Russia, and such an attack might come through parts of Finland. The Finns replied that they were officially neutral, but any Nazi incursion on Finland's borders would be resisted. This did not mollify the Soviets. Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf, was published thirteen years previous with specific note that the Nazis would need to invade the Soviet Union. The Red Army was determined to "advance to meet the enemy" and refused to accept promises from the smaller country. As negotiations continued, the Soviets tried to coax Finland into leasing or ceding some area to serve as a buffer to Leningrad. In November 1939, however, all negotiations ceased, and on 30 November 1939 the Soviet Red Army invaded Finland. In the municipality of Rautjärvi near the Soviet/Finnish border, 34-year-old Simo Häyhä was a farmer and hunter leading a flagrantly unexciting life. Upon news of the hostilities, he gathered up food, plain white camouflage, and his iron-sighted SAKO M/28-30--a variant of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant rifle--and went to defend his country. Before the four-month war ended, humble Häyhä would gain infamy among the Russian invaders, and come to be known as the "White Death."
"A new federal executive order expands the list of illnesses for which you could be detained, isolated, and treated against your will if you are entering the US or traveling between states—even if you are completely healthy. Some states have similar or worse laws that would even allow entry into your home. President Obama has signed an executive order expanding the list of illnesses that could result in forced detention, isolation, and quarantine for anyone exposed, even if they are not sick. It updates a Bush-era executive order, adding “severe acute respiratory syndromes” except for influenza to the list of detainable communicable diseases. The Public Health Service Act allows the government to apprehend and detain individuals based on communicable diseases named in the Act, or named by presidential executive orders. Executive orders do not have to get congressional approval.
Not only can people with the disease be forcibly isolated, but the CDC also has the power to quarantine anyone who may have been exposed. The new executive order allows detentions for “diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness…capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled”. In other words, if you have been exposed to one of the listed communicable diseases—even if you do not show symptoms—you may be forcibly detained and quarantined. This is broad authority, as the CDC notes: “In addition to serving as medical functions, isolation and quarantine also are ‘police power’ functions, derived from the right of the state to take action affecting individuals for the benefit of society.” And since this is federal law, it covers people entering into the United States and people traveling between states as well. Even worse, because of various draconian state laws, individuals can also be detained against their will within their state—which includes being forced from their home. Once in quarantine, a potentially toxic drug regimen is generally enforced. While detention authority and scope differs from state to state, some have excessively broad powers."
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to appoint a Muslim lawmaker to the Intelligence Committee, congressional aides said Tuesday, giving him access to some of America's most closely held secrets in the war on terror. The move will come as the world is still grappling with an al-Qaeda death squad's massacre last week of journalists at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, executed because they had published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Rep. André Carson has attracted suspicion for his public statements, including a 2012 Islamic Circle of North America convention where he said America's schools should be modelled after Qur'anic madrassas. Moments later he warned undercover law enforcement skulking around the event looking for 'secret meetings' that 'Allah will not allow you to stop us.'