"From the outside America may seem to be a land of endless optimism and confidence. But could it be in danger of falling apart? An increasing number of Americans seem to think so, and they're preparing for the end. They call themselves preppers. Mainstream suburban Americans hoarding supplies and weapons while leading otherwise perfectly normal lives. The trigger could be a terrorist attack, a monetary collapse, cataclysmic failure in power generation, or a natural disaster. Preppers fear what comes next and have no faith in either their government or human nature. "We're not talking about folks walking around wearing tin foil on their heads," Jay tells Sky News. "We're not talking about conspiracy theorists. "I'm talking about professionals: doctors and lawyers and law enforcement and military. Normal, everyday people. They can't necessarily put their finger on it. But there's something about the uncertainty of our times. They know something isn't quite right."
"This article is not advocating for or against the practice of carrying a firearm while hiking the back trails. This article is talking about a traditional hiking expedition along marked trails and it asks the question “should you carry and do you need to carry a firearm”. Those opposed to firearms will of course say there is absolutely no reason to carry one under any circumstance. Then there are those that believe that a person should be able to carry one anywhere at any time, and that there should never be any restrictions. Then there are those in the middle that may wonder is there a reason to carry one in a particular circumstance, and those same people may realize that logic should dictate actions in some cases when it comes to firearms."
"Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes. ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalize on the multiple health benefits you’ll be receiving."
(Sgt Trainer: I can vouch for items 1, 2, 3, 9, 20, & 23.)
"Shoplifting has soared in the past year as Brits battle austerity cuts. There were more than 21,000 extra thefts from stores across England and Wales, a near seven per cent hike, figures reveal. In the year up to last June there 321,014 shoplifting crimes. The worst hit area was London with 37,680 thefts. The all-party Parliamentary group on food poverty and hunger revealed it had heard evidence from police officers about the rise of ‘survival crime’."
(Sgt Trainer: With the economy being what it is...coming soon to a neighborhood near you!)
"If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th. In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare. It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to healthcare.gov in a cheaper plan of CMS’ choosing. That’s right, the government will choose your plan, perhaps limit access to your doctor, and ultimately make the decision on what is “best” for you. Not to worry, just like Lady Justice, who wears a blindfold when determining guilt or innocence, CMS will use a blindfold to pick your plan. The agency will select your plan without knowing your medical history. They will do so without knowing if you are currently undergoing treatment or working with a specific doctor. They will do so without knowing your financial status. Despite the fact that the millions of people who already enrolled chose the plan that they believed was best for them."
"You will want to remember this date June 22, 2015. According to one of the top minds in the U.S. Intelligence Community, that is when the United States will enter the darkest economic period in our nation's history. A 25-year Great Depression. And alarmingly, he and his colleagues believe the evidence they've uncovered proves this outcome is impossible to avoid. In an exclusive interview with Money Morning, Jim Rickards, the CIA's Financial Threat and Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, has stepped forward to warn the American people that time is running out to prepare for this $100 trillion meltdown."
(Sgt Trainer: I am always leery about "dates" being announced like this. It provides a "goal", usually illusory, that there is a certain amount of time still remaining to "get ready". The danger lies in folks procrastinating because the "date" is still "far in the future" when, in fact, it could happen tomorrow or next week. Then said person would be left with nothing because they counted on the "date" that was "predicted". Make sure you are ready now and take these "dates" with a grain of salt. If you get your preps now and don't need them until June 22, 2015, then great. But, if you get your preps now and end up needing them next week...you are better off.)
"Medical cannabis has a long history of use, starting in India, and then in China and the Middle East some 6,000 years ago. It came to the West in the 1800s, where it was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopeia until the 1930s. Used for over 100 ailments, cannabis was a favorite of our grandparents for cough remedies, analgesics, and tonics and was available over the counter at every local drugstore as well as companies such as Sears, Roebuck and Co. Banned in 1937 via the Marijuana Tax Act as part of a politically and racially driven prohibition craze, it was gradually removed from the pharmacopeia and research was discouraged and later prohibited via drug scheduling. The FBI linked the herb with insanity and claimed a direct correlation between cannabis and violence, and even death, especially when used by people of color. Currently, science increasingly recognizes the role that cannabinoids play in almost every major life function in the human body. It wasn’t until 1990 that endocannabinoids, produced by the human body, were discovered to act as a bio-regulatory mechanism for most human life processes and have receptors sites throughout the human body. CB2 receptors are found almost exclusively in the immune system, with the greatest density in the spleen. These CB2 receptors appear to be responsible for the anti-inflammatory and other newly recognized and very significant therapeutic effects of cannabis."
"Sophisticated tracking technology, the likes of which you might associate with governments or big companies, may soon be in consumers' hands, homes, cars and local stores. If it works as described - a big "if," of course, - the technology developed by a small-but-established U.K. company called Apical could detect not only people, but determine what they are doing, where they are going and even what they may be thinking. The technology, dubbed Spirit and part of the growing and fast-developing field of computer vision, could be used for everything from helping consumers shoot better videos to helping the local coffee shop improve its sales."
"The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will release a report Tuesday that finds the Obama White House has turned the IRS into a political organization that has spent years attacking conservative groups. “The Internal Revenue Service has compromised its traditional position as an independent tax administrator,” the report found. “The IRS’s inability to keep politics out of objective decisions about interpretation of the tax code damaged its primary function: an apolitical tax collector that Americans can trust to treat them fairly.”
"It’s that time of year again: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) just released Wastebook 2014, his annual list of the most wasteful government projects during 2014. Coburn’s wastebook list includes a comprehensive analysis of 100 of the most wasteful government projects funded over the last year. The full report, which includes detailed descriptions and investigations of every wasteful project, spans more than 200 pages. Here are eight of the most egregious and infuriating wasteful projects listed in Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook report, which can be read in full here."
"Channel 2 Action News has confirmed federal charges for a Delta employee. He's accused of helping to put 18 firearms on a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The flight originated from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and went into New York’s JFK airport on Dec. 10, the complaint states. According to the complaint, the former Delta employee was using a "buddy pass" and he worked in collaboration with a current delta employee."
"Law enforcement in the Memphis area have been warned of an ISIS bombing conspiracy by the FBI, local media reported. A warning was issued by the agency to the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, among others, according to MyFoxMemphis. The affiliate station, which obtained a copy of the warning, said the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge was the intended target. The warning stated that 'According to an anonymous complainant, as of December 2014, ISIS instructed an ISIS member, a presumed USPER [US person] in Memphis, with a direct order to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States.' The Memphis-Arkansas Bridge is in close vicinity to both the Frisco Bridge and Harahan Bridge. Federal agents on a Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating, MyFoxMemphis reported."
"The New England Center for Investigative Reporting has a story out that should alarm every woman who’s recently had blood drawn for a prenatal screening. Beth Daley reports that, “sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests…has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down or Edwards syndromes, and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities.” The problem is, they don’t. Daley reports that while these non-invasive prenatal tests are more accurate than the combination of blood test and ultrasound—which is probably what I had five years ago—they nevertheless can lead to false alarms as much as half the time. The rarer the condition, the greater the risk of false alarm. And yet they promise things like “99% Accurate, Simple & Trusted.” Worst of all, Daley reports cases where women aborted based on those screening results alone, without getting confirmation from amniocentesis. Three fetuses aborted after high-risk results at Stanford University were later studied and found to be healthy."
"The PTR 51P PDW is as large a pistol as any person should really consider carrying. Maybe Andre the Giant could manage a bigger pistol, but the 51P is pushing ergonomic limits. This pistol is big, and when I say big I mean it’s huge! This pistol comes in at 23.5 inches in the stock form, and stretches out to nearly 30 inches with the SB47 brace attached to the rear. It weights 7.5 pounds in its stock form. With the addition of the brace and a side-folder mechanism, the pistol comes in closer to 9 pounds. But big is a relative term. The 51P PDW sports an 8 inch match grade barrel with a 1/10 twist. Its overall length is an astonishing 23 inches. Still, we all know this isn’t a gun you can lug around for concealed carry. While not impossible, concealment is difficult. The 51P is relatively easy to conceal inside a vehicle or inside a building, and that’s where the 51P shines. This pistol is for the person looking for a personal defense weapon (PDW) without all the hassle of the paper work associated with a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR). And it is a great platform for the person looking for the easiest way to build that SBR."
"Do you find that the very thought of homeschooling sends shivers down your spine? Does your head start to spin? Are your children so rambunctious that you can’t picture them sitting quietly to read and learn at home without driving you crazy? If so, you are not alone. Many parents feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or just plain too tired to even contemplate the notion of homeschooling. However, these are the same parents that notice the drastic, negative change of our public education in this country, and they feel stuck. Is that you? Well, take a breath, and let me guide you into the wonderful ocean of homeschooling."
"Few things could possibly be uttered in this life that would be more true than the fact that most people cannot seem to function without their coffee in the morning. This, of course, represents probably 10% being about the average person's taste preferences. Some people just honestly, really enjoy coffee. Some of them are in my family. The other 90% of the equation, however, is all about the fact that people are nearly irretrievably addicted to caffeine."
(Sgt Trainer: Guilty!! I know I need to wean myself from this because the headache that I get when I don't have sufficient coffee is not funny at all!)
"Essential oils have taken the prepper world by storm and with good reason. For a relatively low cost, a few bottles of carefully selected essential oils can resolve a myriad of first aid woes, not the least of which are colds and flus, headaches, minor infections, and those dreaded aches and pains caused by sore muscles, charley horses, and more. Each month, as I have written about essential oils, the message has come back loud and clear. “We want specifics!”. Today I am going to share with you a very basic, very useful, and very specific use of essential oils. It has been my experience that three simple oils, applied to the bottom of your feet at the onset of a cold, will bust the nasties quickly and allow you to get on with the business of living. This protocol is commonly referred to as the “Cold and Flu Bomb”."
"Due to the threat of new gun control measures such as bans on semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines, and a closing of the background check loophole, people weren’t just buying guns for themselves. They were buying guns for their children and grandchildren, too. Pretty soon, .22 LR vanquished completely from the shelves, and other ammo, handguns, rifles and shotguns increased to the point where some people couldn’t afford them. In some cases, ammunition had tripled in price. AR-15s and AK-47s disappeared from gun racks. But in recent months, people have been breathing a sigh of relief as the price of ammunition has fallen back to its normal levels. ARs and AKs are now in abundance at Walmarts and sporting goods stores alike. And .22s are still more expensive than they were, but at least they’re re-appearing on the shelves."
"We live in a very noisy world. TV, radio, video games, ear buds in the ears playing music or audio books some sort of manufactured noise is usually going on around us. This noise allows for your mind to stay distracted, sometimes to the point of avoiding meaningful deep thought, that of things you might want to avoid. But what happens when the power goes out and all you have left is silence? Have you ever just sat in your home in total silence? No TV, music, games, kids weren’t home, maybe even your spouse is away. Try it, turn everything off and just sit in silence for a while, see how long you can do it."
(Sgt Trainer: The military taught me about light discipline as well as noise discipline. Both are very hard to master and they take practice.)
"The feds are using Medicare reimbursements along with the new electronic medical record format standardized by the government to coerce doctors to ask patients about their guns and other personal questions, reported Dr. Mark Kestner, who writes for The Murfreesboro Post. “In essence, the feds are using their control of Medicare reimbursement to manipulate how your physician handles your personal health information,” he wrote. “As part of that process, the doctors are required to seek the answers to a certain number of personal questions from all their patients, including asking about gun ownership.” The new electronic format allows the information to be made “available to government entities,” Dr. Kestner added. “The federal Medicare program is structured in such a way that physicians had little choice but to comply with the program,” he continued. “On the one hand, if physicians complied with the program fully by last year they were rewarded with a financial incentive of several thousand dollars.” “However, if they delayed or failed to agree to provide the data they will be penalized by a certain percentage of Medicare payments going forward.”