"The signs are everywhere of an imminent “catastrophic collapse” of the U.S. health-care system that will leave Americans clamoring for medical attention, medical supplies and hospital care, says the former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lee Hieb, a practicing orthopedic surgeon and author of a new book called “Surviving the Medical Meltdown,” says the evidence is mounting that Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is making health care scarcer and that the worst is yet to come:
- Shortages of everyday medical supplies – from tetanus toxoid to thyroid, not to mention standard medical equipment – are everyday occurrences now in both urban and rural areas;
- Wait time for routine specialty care is dramatically increasing;
- There are not enough specialists to cover emergency-room calls;
- Hospitals in inner cities and poorer rural regions around the country are closing their doors rather than face economic ruin; and
- It is difficult in some areas to find a primary care physician, especially for Medicare and Medicaid patients."
"Which job sets your state apart from all the rest? The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed its findings of the “most unique job” in each state, based on data gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To determine the most unique occupation in each state, Pew analyzed the concentration of individual professions in each state and compared them to the national average. The Washington Post created this map based on those findings:"
"For the third time in the last few years, Al Gore, founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, spoke at the festival on Friday. Naturally, his interactive discussion focused on addressing the climate crisis. The former vice president focused on the need to “punish climate-change deniers, saying politicians should pay a price for rejecting ‘accepted science,'” said the Chicago Tribune. Gore said forward-thinking investors are moving away from companies that invest in fossil fuels and towards companies investing in renewable energy. “We need to put a price on carbon to accelerate these market trends,” Gore told the Chicago Tribune, referring to a proposed federal cap-and-trade system that would penalize companies that exceeded their carbon-emission limits. “And in order to do that, we need to put a price on denial in politics.”
"By now, the impacts of California’s unchecked groundwater pumping are well-known: the dropping water levels, dried-up wells and slowly sinking farmland in parts of the Central Valley. But another consequence gets less attention, one measured not by acre-feet or gallons-per-minute but the long march of time. As California farms and cities drill deeper for groundwater in an era of drought and climate change, they no longer are tapping reserves that percolated into the soil over recent centuries. They are pumping water that fell to Earth during a much wetter climatic regime—the ice age."
"Criminals will always find new ways to scam people out of their money, but a new method is on the rise. Unfortunately, it’s affected several people simply trying to look for a new place to live, as the con artists have embedded their art within the vast array of rental house advertisements on Craigslist. So, if you’re looking for a new place to live and using Craigslist to do it – listen up. There are actually four new types of scams, previously unheard of, that have recently been released to make the public aware. Of them, the most serious seems to be one where a “landlord” is seeking your personal information to “speed up the process. Basically you give them your information for a background check, schedule an appointment to come see the house, and never get to actually meet the “landlord” you’d been speaking to. On the other hand, they make off with your information and either steal your identity or sell it to someone who will. Ironically, all the scams consist of people pretending to be landlords when in fact they’re not – just in different ways. For instance, a person may have gained entry to a home illegally, showed off the house, and with enough luck, collected the security deposit and first month’s rent from an unsuspecting hopeful tenant.”
"One of the more-interesting discussions I’ve had over the years on a fairly consistent basis deals with the premise of prepping – usually initiated by someone who’s talking about a bug-out location, firearms, (freeze-dried or home-grown) food or (usually) all of the above. Let’s dissect this a bit, because the word prepping or prepper describe a lot of different things — and frankly, the more I hear about some of them the more I nod in approval at some, while smirking at others. I think it’s time we have this discussion, particularly given the rather-precarious nature of our global economy (driven almost-entirely by government attempts to protect certain powerful people and institutions.)"
"Long before modern medicine brought us affordable and quick reliefs for common aches, nature provided us with all the remedies we needed. The North American Natives knew this fact and how to obtain medicine from natural sources, just as effective as today’s treatments. Survival is about keeping your family protected, well nourished and most of all healthy. During a major crisis, you will find out that many of the most common medicinal products will not be available. You could find yourself face to face with a serious disease or just a regular headache and have no means to cure them, because pharmacies and medication will no longer be reachable. In this article, I will show you a simple method to obtain a natural form of one of the most used medicines around the world: the aspirin."
"When lying is no longer enough to gain compliance, then the organs of security are unleashed on dissent and resistance. “When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” Jean-Claude Juncker simply gave voice to what the world’s leaders practice on a daily basis, because now it’s always serious. And why is it now serious? Persuading tax donkeys and debt serfs that everything is going their way is now impossible without lies. Persuading the populace that the leadership is working on their behalf was jettisoned in the wake of the 2008 bailout of bankers and parasites. Stripped of the artifice that they care about anything other than preserving the wealth of their cronies, global political leaders now rely on propaganda: narratives designed to manage expectations and perceptions, bolstered by carefully tailored official statistics."
"In a case of first impression, David Cupello v. State of Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed David Cupello's conviction on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer. The court found that he exercised reasonable force under an amendment to Indiana law which legalized using force against "public servants" that unlawfully enter another person's property."
"I don’t do this very often, but I wanted to share a great educational opportunity with those of you who are serious about saving seed. My friend Justin Huhn, master seedsman and co-founder of All Good Things Organic Seeds, will be giving an extensive 8-week online immersion course designed to teach gardeners of all levels to successfully save seed. Justin’s passion for education and his experience as a professional seed grower makes this online course a unique and valuable opportunity for gardeners and farmers wanting to successfully save seeds. I recently sat in on a webinar that Justin gave online and I can vouch for the fact that Justin really knows his stuff! This course would be a great way to take your seed saving sills to a higher level!"
"If criminals know your home is isolated, and you are not there at certain times, what does this tell a potential intruder? It tells them that they have all the time in the world to ransack your home. Security is concern if you purchase remote property for your bug-out location or to construct an off grid homestead. If the nearest neighbor is 20 miles away then there is simply no deterrent for anyone wanting to break into your home if you are away."
"There are many so-called "experts" who claim to be able to teach you either knife fighting or defense against a knife. The problem is that most of them are just teaching regurgitated martial arts, usually from the Philippines. While I have lots of respect for the martial arts of other lands, the truth is that you live where you do. Odds are you are not in a "knife culture." And that means that whatever you do regarding knives must:
A) Work to keep you alive against how you are likely to be attacked by a knife in your homeland; and,
B) If it does work, not put you in prison for murder or manslaughter"
(Sgt Trainer: Thanks to reader B.T. for this link.)
(Sgt Trainer: Thanks to reader B.T. for this link.)
"Obama is realizing his worst nightmare: a man with guts and the courage of his convictions and probably one the NSA or IRS can’t find any blackmail material for. Obama and his minions have not been able shake Hanen. The second problem facing Obama is that when a decision is reached, he can’t judge shop. Former attorney general and current Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott had the foresight to file the suit within the boundaries of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the most conservative of the 9 appeals courts. Assuming that the Fifth Circuit Court denies Obama’s appeal, the case would then go before the US Supreme Court."
"Herbal tea is a healthy and delicious drink that tastes even better when brewed from homegrown herbs. Grow herbs for tea in a small section of your garden, in containers on a sunny window sill or in a companion planting arrangement with fruits and vegetables. Here are a few of my favorite herbs to grow in a tea garden:"
"Something of that concerns every single one of us is how we will deal with health issues in the event modern medicine and western doctors are no longer available to keep us well. This goes far beyond current health woes because, as you know, stuff happens and someone that is perfectly healthy one day may be stricken with a health-related malady the next. With that introduction, a few months back I decided to explore whether the use of essential oils could help manage high blood pressure during times of trouble. From the get go, I will tell you that managing blood pressure with essential oils is a very personal quest. My own, traditionally perfect blood pressure, had suddenly taken a leap from 120/80 to 160/90 and higher. I was not a happy camper."
"If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now. Well, it’s time you change that… The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you’ll likely not have access to professional medical help. And if you or your loved one accidentally ingests something poisonous, it could end up being a very bad day for you or yours. That’s where having activated charcoal could be a very real life saver. In this article you’ll discover just what activated charcoal is and how it can be used to ward off potential disaster when things go very bad. In addition, you’ll learn about many of the other potential uses that this long-standing “medicine” has."
"Don’t like rain? Don’t be so quick to reject the water falling from the sky. In ancient times rain was seen as a blessing by many peoples, and for good reason. Here’s why everyone should care, and how you can start collecting rainwater from your own roof. And you can catch a lot of water from a roof. The roof of a 1,000-square-foot house can collect around 600 gallons per one inch of rain – that’s enough free water to fill more than 15 bathtubs!"
"Many of our readers have expressed an interest in learning how to keep bugs from biting them and what methods I use to prevent bites. This has always been a subject of great concern to me because I can legitimately say that the area I live in has the worst bug problem of any place that I have ever visited. I’ve seen people come to camp and get a 100 tick bites in only half a day and they didn’t even walk through the woods. Our ticks are literally like invading army ants and the chiggers are extremely bad too! These little ticks actually set ambushes and will wait on objects that you frequent and then attack at the first opportunity. We even have airborne paratrooper ticks that literally wait for you to pass under them and then they launch themselves from trees to get at you. Dealing with this and some of the other problems has made me a bit of an expert in living in the woods with the bugs. So in this article I am going to discuss the methods that have worked best for me and have prevented me from being eaten alive by the hoards of ticks that frequent our survival training grounds!"
"Unlike during the Great Depression of the 1930’s when food lines were clearly visible, today since we don’t see food-soup-bread lines, do they not exist? If the problem is hidden from view, is it no longer a problem? If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around, does it still make a sound? Today’s equivalent of food lines are indeed hidden from view and public perception, and therefore it’s as though the underlying problem does not exist. Similar to how other ‘negative’ economic news is hidden, disguised, or not spoken of – the fact is that the problems do exist, and they’re pretty bad…"
"I keep my eye out for old cookbooks when I go to thrift stores or garage sales. They are part of the books we keep on hand for reference material and I like to buy old cookbooks for many reasons. By “old,” I mean cookbooks from the early 1980’s or earlier."
"Many survivalists prepare themselves by storing large quantities of food or weaponry, for fear of a total lockdown. Others are scared of financial turmoil, so they invest their money in whatever might become a good bartering currency during the crisis. Many of these preppers have written to me, worried that they have run out of storage place. When asked what their storeroom contains, many of them admitted that they have allocated a large area to storing barrels of fresh water."