"Biomass is comprised of compressed compounds containing various organic materials, including corn husks, coconut shells, grass clippings, dried leaves, sawdust, cardboard or paper. Learning how to make alternative fuel sources using the items you have around is an essential survival skill to learn. In this case, trash really is literally a treasure. Phone books, newspapers, old homework paper and other paper-based rubbish, that we would normally throw away can be fashioned into a green fuel source."
"A remarkable study reveals that a vaccinated individual not only can become infected with measles, but can spread it to others who are also vaccinated against it - doubly disproving two doses of MMR vaccine is "99% effective," as widely claimed. One of the fundamental errors in thinking about measles vaccine effectiveness is that receipt of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine equates to bona fide immunity against these pathogens. Indeed, it is commonly claimed that receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine is "99 percent effective in preventing measles," despite a voluminous body of contradictory evidence from epidemiology and clinical experience. This erroneous thinking has led the public, media and government alike to attribute the origin of measles outbreaks, such as the one recently reported at Disney, to the non-vaccinated, even though 18% of the measles cases occurred in those who had been vaccinated against it -- hardly the vaccine's claimed "99% effective." The vaccine's obvious fallibility is also indicated by the fact that that the CDC now requires two doses."
"By looking at the court case Diversified Metal Products v. IRS and the definition of the IMF from Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Edition, we know that the IRS is NOT part of the United States government and the IMF IS an agency of the United Nations (UN). In other words, these two foreign agencies are unlawfully collecting tax and money from the American people. If you are an American, you should be mad as hell over this! But instead of remaining angry, turn that anger into motivational energy to motivate you to learn how the tax and banking system work. The IRS, the Fed, the IMF, and the UN are criminal private corporations that are responsible for destroying the economy of the USA and the economy of many other countries throughout the world."
(Sgt Trainer: If you doubt this, one key indicator is to look at where you mail your tax return to. If you are owed a refund...you mail your tax forms to the Department of the Treasury (a government department). If you have to pay money...you mail your tax forms to the Federal Reserve...a private entity. Check it out.)
"The flu shot is a fraud. But it's a fraud that's so deeply embedded in the delusional pro-vaccine culture of the pharma-controlled medical industry that even well-meaning doctors and pharmacists (who are otherwise very intelligent) fail to realize flu shots don't work. In fact, flu shot vaccine inserts openly admit there is no scientific evidence demonstrating flu shots work. See the vaccine insert photos below for proof. This is probably why people who receive the flu shot almost never receive the insert sheet. It's not handed out by doctors and pharmacists because they don't want people to realize the extent of the pseudoscience behind the flu shot scam. It's so much easier to demand blind obedience while screaming "SCIENCE!" than to actually allow people to read the science and realize the science conclusively states there is "...no decrease in influenza disease after vaccination." In fact, most people who have taken flu shots aren't even aware that an insert sheet exists at all."
"Despite poll after poll showing that Americans want more clean energy, Indiana legislators are pushing bills that would reduce energy efficiency and make it harder for Hoosier state residents to go solar, just as the solar industry is getting on its feet in the state. Last week, Indiana’s Senate Utilities Committee heard from a packed room about its bill that would let utilities set energy efficiency goals. Last year the state decided to end the popular Energizing Indiana efficiency program. Now some in the legislature have created Senate Bill 412, which is very one-sided in favor of utilities who sell electricity and doesn’t protect the average person from monopoly interests."
"More than a million people receiving treatment for asthma may have been misdiagnosed, experts warned today. Almost a third of the 4.1m people treated for asthma in the UK did not show any 'clear evidence' of the incurable condition, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) . This means they may be receiving unnecessary treatment. However, asthma charities warned diagnosing asthma is difficult and the majority of patients 'do not receive adequate care'. And experts cautioned that no one diagnosed with the condition should stop taking prescribed medication unless instructed by a healthcare professional."
"Toilet paper companies have been padding their bottom lines by reducing the size of their bathroom tissue. The size of individual sheets has decreased from the standard 4.5in by 4.5in, and some companies are now selling non-square paper with fractions of an inch knocked off the length and width. The decrease means companies have made up to a 25 per cent decrease in toilet paper surface area. However the price for toilet paper rolls has not fallen and in some cases has even increased by 2 per cent."
"The last several years haven’t been particularly kind to major clothing retailers – many brands that were once well-regarded are now closing stores, or closing up shop all together. Many blame trends and the rise of e-commerce, but others in the industry are saying that 2015 will be the make-it-or-break-it year. Retailers that cannot successfully complete an omnichannel transformation will begin to fade, while others that are ahead of the omnichannel curve will take the lead and prosper."
"Black, white, hispanic; middle class, working poor and veterans; from the streets of Detroit to the mountains of West Virginia, Americans are waking up and beginning to understand the need to unite against the scourge we call the 1%."
"Walter Fernandez flatly told Los Angeles police that they could not search his home without a warrant, saying, “You don’t have any right to come in here. I know my rights.” But the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Fernandez’s right to keep police out ended when he left the premises — even though that was only because police had arrested him and taken him to the station. An hour later, police returned without a warrant but persuaded the woman Fernandez lived with, Roxanne Rojas, to let them look around. They found evidence that led to a host of charges that cost Fernandez 14 years in prison. The court ruled 6 to 3 that when occupants of a dwelling disagree on whether they will admit police without a warrant, the objecting occupant must be physically present. That doesn’t change if police have removed the objector, the court said. “An occupant who is absent due to a lawful detention or arrest stands in the same shoes as an occupant who is absent for any other reason,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority."
"TurboTax customers are already outraged with a stealth 50% price hike in the software this year. But more secrets are coming out that might be equally surprising to some. Intuit (INTU), the company that makes TurboTax, maintains a database containing users’ Social Security numbers, names and other personal data — even for customers using the desktop version of the software who save their files on their own hard drives. The existence of the database was revealed to users when Intuit set up a website for customers to ask for their $25 refunds from the software price increase. The site at turbotax.intuit.com/25back requires users to enter their Social Security numbers to get their $25 refunds. That indicates that personal tax data is, indeed, being stored by Intuit."
"Residents in the city of Gardena, California have recently reported a foul-smelling, black sludge coming from their sinks, yet the Golden State Water Company claims that this grotesque “water” is safe to drink. And furthermore, it doesn’t sound like they are doing much to test the tap water for local residents. Customers even gathered samples of the water for the water company to test, and they still refused to test the samples because they needed “special tubes” to do so. Resident Diane Morita had claimed to reporters that the water, which is black in color and has a strange odor, is also filled with sediment and other particles. Morita, who has a dog with cancer and a daughter with skin issues, is afraid of the effects the water may have on her and her family’s health… and we don’t blame her! We wouldn’t put this water in a bird bath, let alone deem it as “safe” for consumption."
"Here are just 20 safety measures all gun-owners need to know to avoid both negligent and accidental tragedies. (Trigger warning: many of the videos used as examples in this post depict unsafe gun handling practices and may not be suitable for work. Click at your own risk.)"
(Sgt Trainer: EVERY firearm ALWAYS comes with 2 safeties. First...your trigger finger. Second...your brain. Use them!)
"Here is yet another example of the anti-gun “long-con” for eventual gun control. While anti-gun lawmakers in many states as well as at the federal level are being kept in check fairly well right now, they are banking on change for the next generation. In addition to ridiculous zero tolerance policies on anything even remotely resembling a firearm in schools, lawmakers apparently want to try to restrict children’s exposure to firearms as well. New York Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal has introduced a bill that would ban gun shows from admitting anyone younger than 12 years of age."
"[W]e figured it couldn’t take that long to read through the use of force policy, so we made a public records request, only to be told by the city’s legal department that releasing the policy “could impair an officer’s ability to arrest a suspect by placing individuals at an advantage in confrontations with police.” This rationale is deployed far too frequently in order to keep law enforcement documents locked up. PINAC points out that other police departments have released use of force policies to the public and somehow managed to still effectively enforce the law."
"A federal judge has permanently shut down a cellphone spyware app called “StealthGenie” that exposed targets to having their calls and emails monitored without their knowledge. Judge Leonie (LAY-uh-nee) Brinkema in Alexandria issued a permanent injunction shutting down StealthGenie on Tuesday. That follows a temporary injunction issued last year."
"In 2011, 1 in 25 Americans was arrested. In a few years, if the FBI has its way, the federal government will possess the DNA of all of those people and more. Under the radar of most lawmakers and journalists, the Bureau—with private industry and congress’ help—is pushing the most massive expansion of biometric state surveillance since the invention of the fingerprint. Late last year, the FBI cut the ribbon on its one billion dollar biometrics database, called Next Generation Identification. Since NGI’s official launch, state and local law enforcement officials have been encouraged to submit face prints, fingerprints, retina scans, photos of tattoos and scars, and DNA collected from people nationwide to the FBI’s central database. Those state and local officials can also search against the FBI’s biometrics store, if they want to identify someone. With NGI in full operation, the scary future of Minority Report infamy takes a giant leap forward into the world of non-fiction. The FBI has big goals when it comes to biometric databases, but they can’t achieve them without the active buy-in and assistance of state and local police. That’s part of the reason why Department of Justice and Homeland Security grant programs have paid for state and local police nationwide to purchase biometric capturing and processing technologies. Ask your local police department about their electronic fingerprint readers, for example, and you’re likely to hear that they were purchased with federal funds. Those devices make it easy for police and sheriffs nationwide to submit fingerprints to the FBI—rapidly, from the field, and with very little effort on behalf of departments."
"Like pretty much all ailments and illnesses in the United States, returning soldiers from the warfronts suffering from acute cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are currently being treated, or more like snowed under, with powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Because it is unnatural for the vulnerable human psyche to witness the insanity of war, watching your buddies or yourself get blown up by IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices), instantly your life can forever be changed into a permanent living nightmare."
"If you have most of your money tied up in the bank, you are either the most generous person in the world, or you are a fool of monumental proportions. Have you invested in developing the means to defend your property and family’s lives? Do you have enough food and water stored up to survive at least two years? Nearly every publication estimates the derivatives debt to be in the range of one quadrillion dollars to $1.5 quadrillion dollars which is 16 times the entire value of the planet. The game is over and the world’s economy is in the midst of entering a state of economic free fall. And what is going to happen when that occurs? There are going to be too many mouths to feed. Citizens will soon come to be viewed as an economic liability by their respective governments. Historically, what do governments do when they can no longer feed their people? The reader will be able to answer this question by the conclusion of this article."
"Becoming a prepper is one of the most rewarding thing you will ever do, but it can be tough getting started. Sometimes it can seem like there are more things to do than one person could possibly handle. With all the work that goes into prepping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed… Luckily we have expert preppers like Gaye Levy to help us get started. Here is here breakdown of the four types of preppers (which one are you?) and the 10 simple steps to help you get started becoming a prepper. Check out the article below, and be sure to visit Gaye Levy’s site BackdoorSurvival.com."
"A few weeks ago I posted on 8 ways you can recycle your Christmas tree. One of those ways was to make a cough syrup from pine trees. It was incredibly easy to make and I luckily had a cold 2 days later with a nasty cough to try the homemade remedy on. Pine trees are, most notably, very high in vitamin C. This is super handy if you are into natural remedies and foraging, as they are abundant all year long! And we especially need the vitamin C in the winter months. Nature is so perfect isn’t she? Why we mess with nature has always baffled me. My father has a bumper sticker that says “Nature Bats Last”. And she surely does. I’ve gotten on a tangent…..back to the point please Ashley."
"The purpose of this post is to compile a list of the very best apps that would be useful to preppers and anyone in a survival scenario. If you would like to recommend an app, please leave a comment below and if I like it I’ll add it to the list. To keep the list from getting too long and to make it convenient for everyone, I only include apps that are available on both Apple iTunes and Google Play (unless I find an equivalent in the other store). Now on to the list, in alphabetical order:"
"Homesteading is the buzz word of the year within the preparedness community, and rightfully so. The desire to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has never been stronger. Folks of all ages and all walks of life are beginning to look back to pioneer days as they seek skills to learn how to grow food, cook from scratch, raise farm animals, and repair and repurpose what is old and tired into something that is new and useful. Although I have written about homesteading, and especially how to homestead in place, there is so much more to write about. To that end, I have asked my friend LeAnn Edmondson aka the Homestead Dreamer, to create a brand new, exclusive series for Backdoor Survival readers. The focus of this series is how to homestead when you rent. In this series you will learn how to define homesteading using your own criteria and your own rules. You will learn to plan, assess your resources however meager, jump start implementation and the best part of all, how to reap the rewards! Enjoy the series and of course, be sure to leave a comment to share your own experience or to ask a question."
"Prepping with kids is never easy. And, as a suburban homesteader, you probably have a few running around your place. But, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. Kids are amazing resilient and are also sponges for knowledge. If you can introduce them to prepping skills wrapped in fun activities, you’re well on your way to making your kids more self-sufficient. With that thought in mind, here are seven prepping skills your kids can learn today:"