"Food or lack thereof has caused numerous wars, mass migration of millions of people and civil unrest that has lead to riots and deadly violence all over the world. Governments have been toppled because the citizens did not have enough food. Even if you, as a Prepper have enough food many will not, so the people that lack food may very well be the most dangerous people you will encounter during a crisis. The harsh reality is that many people will die from starvation and from diseases and sickness brought on by malnutrition in the weeks and months following a major crisis in this country. Uttering the words “let them eat cake” (the quote as it appears in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions) lead to the loss of some heads among the French monarchy in the 1700’s. The citizens literally did not have enough bread to eat and the utterance of the phrase meant there was a total disregard by the ruling class as to the plight of the common folk. Wrong answer as most would agree, because the peasants were starving and starving people are desperate and dangerous people as many found out. Food is important, and people are obsessed by it. This is reality and you as a Prepper must be able to deal with it."
"Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns. Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system."
"As part of provisions listed in the state’s draconian SAFE Act, New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services has found 278 gun owners whom physicians and other “mental health professionals” have identified as mentally unstable, according to a FOIA request submitted by the Syracuse Post-Standard. Gun owners can be identified by physicians, psychologists, registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers as unfit without their knowledge, as the law does not require health professionals to inform a patient or ask their permission before reporting them to the state. Some of those identified in the database have reportedly already been visited by police and had their guns confiscated."
"The do-nothing House of Representatives almost slipped up and did something to protect Americans’ privacy. The House passed a government funding bill that included an amendment that would have ended the ability of the National Security Agency to conduct “backdoor” warrantless surveillance of the content of Americans’ electronic communications under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. The provisions also would have stopped a mandate for technology providers to give law enforcement and other agencies an easy way to tap citizens’ communications. The bipartisan amendment passed with a veto-proof 293 votes. However, it was stripped from the bill by House leadership before it was sent to the Senate."
"There has only been one other time in history when the price of oil has crashed by more than 40 dollars in less than 6 months. The last time this happened was during the second half of 2008, and the beginning of that oil price crash preceded the great financial collapse that happened later that year by several months. Well, now it is happening again, but this time the stakes are even higher. When the price of oil falls dramatically, that is a sign that economic activity is slowing down. It can also have a tremendously destabilizing affect on financial markets. As you will read about below, energy companies now account for approximately 20 percent of the junk bond market. And a junk bond implosion is usually a signal that a major stock market crash is on the way. So if you are looking for a “canary in the coal mine”, keep your eye on the performance of energy junk bonds. If they begin to collapse, that is a sign that all hell is about to break loose on Wall Street."
"How well could your state handle a disaster? In an infographic posted earlier this year, Foodstorage.com’s “Prepper Feed” blog came up with a measure of each state’s disaster-preparedness by analyzing the risks each state faces from different natural calamities and stacking that against each state’s per-capita disaster budget. As you might expect, those criteria led to a ranking system that favors lower-population, bigger-government states. The worst-prepared state, according to the rankings: Texas, which faces threats from hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes but which has a fairly low per-capita disaster budget for its 26.5 million people. Meanwhile, states with smaller populations fared much better: Wyoming, North Dakota and Delaware nabbed the top three spots."
"There are guns that are truly great and will stand the test of time. The 1911, the Glock 17, the AR15, the M1 Garand. Legends, and rightfully so because they’ve earned their place in history. Some guns served on the wrong side of wars, but represented innovations like the Walther P38 or the STG44. But what about guns that everyone says are great, but are actually kind of terrible? Some are propped up by lingering nostalgia, others are popular because of their price point, but for whatever reason, people love them…even if they’re not very good. So get out your stadium hats and start chanting with me: “OVER-RATED! OVER-RATED!” as we look at the 5 Most Overrated Guns of All Time."
"As dangerous as a virus is to your computer, delete it by yourself can be even more dangerous. Removing a virus without the help of antivirus software is possible but risky. It should only be done by someone who is able to recognize which files are needed for the computer and that are part of the virus. You must delete all files and registry keys associated with the virus to get rid of it. You may not be able to delete some of them without changing them. Your computer’s command prompt can help you accomplish this task."
"Forget the Grinch: one family in Utah is going the whole way and canceling Christmas. John and Lisa Henderson told their three sons they can forget about presents, Santa and stockings this year. They hope their drastic action will put an end to their kids’ sense of “entitlement” and “disrespect.” “We gave them good warning, either it was time for their behavior to change or there would be consequences,” Lisa Henderson wrote in a Nov. 24 blog post. Lisa said she and her husband both worked with the kids for several months. When there was little change to their behavior, John suggested they give Santa the boot. “They are learning exactly what we wanted them to learn, because they are not moping around feeling sorry for themselves. They are thinking of others,” Lisa wrote." (Photo Credit: Overthebigmoon.com)
"The specific focus of this training is for combat patrols in environments other than mountain warfare. Mountain warfare includes climbing and rappelling tasks that necessitate a weight distribution of placing the heaviest items closer to the center of gravity — the spine. That exception aside, the majority of combat environments demand a weight distribution of heaviest items placed as close to the shoulder blades as possible, and balanced left to right. Furthermore, notice that items of immediate need are intentionally placed in the outside pockets, flaps, or added onto either side of the rucksack where they can be accessed readily. This training video makes recommendations. Your unit will, of course, develop its own Standard Operating Procedure."
"Like other seemingly insane ideas, the plan to grow food underground began at a bar, when Zero Carbon Food founders Steven Dring and Richard Ballard would sit and argue about the future of cities. Ballard was studying film and working on a piece about the future of cities--would the most important problem to solve for urbanizing areas be the democratization of energy? Would it be about food supply? Or would it be about resource scarcity, the plight of too little to give to too many people? Ballard ended up focusing his work on the supply of energy, but the underlying interest in the other areas remained. One day, during their pub debates, the question was asked: If cities keep expanding, how are we going to feed everyone?"
"We often read or hear quotes like “paper money eventually fail” and “paper money always returns to its intrinsic value which is zero.” In this article, we provide evidence why these statements are true, backed by research in which 599 different forms of paper money have been analyzed. We explain in an easy to understand way what money fundamentally is, how monetary policies of governments are affecting everyone of us and how gold is first and foremost an alternative form of money (for each and every one of us, not only for an elite). Courtesy of Vince Cate for the incredibly valuable research and David Morgan who referred us to the research materials."
"The U.S. Military, on an obscure website, has released photos of Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participating in the ‘Realistic Urban Training’ (RUT) in Los Angeles. These are the photos which the LAPD neglected to tweet over the weekend. Barging into apartments, handling detainees, and “enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions.” The LAPD tweeted a few benign photos of am aircraft landing for the Marine Urban Military Drill over the weekend at Fort Hunter Liggett, Ca. However, hidden in the archive of the DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagry Distribution System) are several more revealing photos which the LAPD did not tweet, of the drills which began in Los Angeles this weekend."
(Sgt Trainer: The images on the related webpage appear, at least to me, to be more of an international military force training scenario than just the 15th MEU personnel. Any comments from anyone?)
"If you’re sitting at home, and suddenly the power goes out, your car stops working and you can’t get any stations on your radio, then you can be fairly certain that one of three possible scenarios has just occurred:"
"A reader brought this to my attention. It’s a video showing how to set up a self watering gardening system using barrels. It’s really a cleverly designed passive hydroponics system. If you’re someone who enjoys projects like this one, you’ll appreciate how well it’s described. Consider building one of these for your survival gardening for next season."
"Do you remember seeing old pictures of the Great Depression which depicted “lines”? There were two types, bread lines and also lines to the front doors of banks. While we don’t see any bread lines today, trust me, there are bread lines in every single state, and long ones at that. Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. survive on SNAP, EBT cards or whatever they are called in your state. Can you imagine the “confidence” it would instill if each day on your way to work you saw massive lines of people waiting for breakfast? Or, when you came home from work you turn on your television only to see long lines again, this time for supper? I can see it now, some reporter out on the street giving us the “good” unemployment, inflation or GDP news with a line of people in the background waiting for food. My point? False economic news would be harder to “sell” and even harder to “stomach” (pun intended)."