"There are fears that a “historic” blizzard with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was already blowing sideways on Monday with ever-increasing intensity in New York City by midafternoon and flurries began in Boston as forecasters predicted the snowstorm would build into a blizzard. While it’s advised to take all the appropriate precautions to remain safe during the snowstorm, it never hurts to be prepared for the worst. If you ever find yourself stranded in the blistering cold, there are several unconventional ways to start fires, keep warm and — more importantly — alive in extreme situations."
"Cue the pro-vaccine crowd’s b.s. arguments as to why this is doesn’t matter and we should all keep taking the risk shooting up our children in the hopes this won’t happen to us. Via Daily Mail: A five-year-old girl has died in hospital three days after developing a strain of the flu that she was vaccinated against – as a deadly outbreak of the virus continues to sweep across the country. Keira Driscoll was prescribed steroids and a nebulizer at a Quick Care clinic after she started feeling unwell with a cough and a fever at her home in Clark County, Las Vegas, last Sunday. But just hours later, she collapsed. Her mother, Tiffany Driscoll, frantically performed CPR on her small body, before she was rushed to hospital. There, she was found to have influenza A. Despite medics’ best efforts, Keira could not be resuscitated and she was placed on life support. On Tuesday, her parents made the heartbreaking decision to turn off the machine the next day. The vaccine… didn’t magically save her. Why? Because vaccines are not magical saviors (despite what Big Pharma and its biggest customer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, would have people believe)."
"With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said."
"All of us, alive today, are both blighted and blessed. Never before, in human history, have we faced such threats (WWIII, global economic, environmental and societal collapse etc.) but never before have we had access to almost limitless information and analysis (both good and bad) and the ability to communicate as a global family of human beings. We aren’t “consumers”, defined by ideology, race, ethnicity or culture but genetically related human beings and we are presented with a unique opportunity to transform humanity and the planet. We have the accumulated wisdom and history of multiple civilisations from which to understand: Who rules? How did they get their power? How do we distribute power for the benefit of all human beings and the planet?"
"In a time of crisis almost everyone will be armed regardless of what the government tries to do about it. Having and knowing how to use personal defensive handguns will make survival possible for you and your family. The following five sections should be considered by all preppers no matter what their training or experience levels are."
"The ECB is buying more bonds than expected, and from longer maturities. ECB President Mario Draghi was almost scornful of concerns about the lack of burden-sharing in the event of losses. Equities rallied, credit spreads tightened, and both yields and spreads fell across European government bonds. The Euro has fallen against every major currency except for the Danish Krone today and every major currency except for the Canadian dollar and Czech Koruna this year. It has further to fall, even if it is long overdue some kind of correction. The CEEFX currencies in particular are likely to see gains (PLN to the fore). But as outsized moves repeatedly surprise asset markets, there is a need for caution – A strong dollar has a Jekyll and Hyde personality – a ‘good dollar’ that reflects economic and monetary policy divergence and whose rally is orderly and limited. And a ‘bad dollar’ which de-couples from monetary policy and reflects instead a loss of investor in the face of higher volatility. That dollar rises faster, much further, and is potentially devastating."
"World events seem to be moving at an ever accelerated pace. I sat down with Eric Dubin in order to take a look at the big picture. When one embarks on such an adventure it take can a minute for the picture to unfold. In this case it takes close to two hours. Over the next two hours you are going to be submersed in the ongoing financial collapse. There are a great many moving parts and Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors, provides a laundry list of forecast that have already began unfolding. Mr. Dubin details how some disturbing trends are already taking hold in early 2015."
"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, December, 2014, 1 in 5 of the Millennial generation (birth years from early 1980s to early 2000) live in poverty and have lower rates of employment compared to their Baby Boomer parents of a similar age in the 1980s, one of the most prosperous eras of American history. Obviously, the Millennials need a place to live (besides with their parents), clothes on their back, food to eat and resources to care for their children. Not to mention time and money for travel, and doing fun things, as well. Oh and then there is saving and investing for the future. Go figure… The problem is, like the saying about seeing the nose on your face; it’s hard to see it. The world of commerce has gradually overwhelmed and may totally smother whatever non-commercial essence of life is left, having nothing to do with money or its demands. While commerce has always been with us, today, everything not nailed down seems to have become a brand of one sort or another that vies for dominance over the others."
"After a victory in Washington State with I594, gun control groups are now setting their sights on Oregon with for a similar bill. Many people around the country have seen just how poorly written I594 was, and how no one in the state seems to interpret the law in the same way. There is so much confusion here in the state that dealers refuse to do transfers because they are not sure how to proceed in certain situations. Now the same groups have their sights, poorly written laws and Bloomberg billions set on Oregon. A similar bill was defeated in the last two legislative sessions in Oregon, but now democrats have expanded their majority in the Senate by two seats and plan to try again in 2015 and are expecting to win."
"Being on the “grid” is generally considered to mean that one is connected to the electrical grid supplied by a local electrical provider. Today, labeling yourself as “off grid” can mean a whole bunch of things. Maybe you don’t have water or sewer. Maybe you don’t shop at the store. Maybe you don’t have any internet and you consider yourself “off-grid”. However, literally speaking, being “off-grid” means not using the electric company. The only connection my family has to any outside utility is through a phone line that provides data. This phone line is powered by our solar panels. Amazingly, we have DSLAM equipment in the area that allows locals to connect with DSL. We don’t use the phone line for phone service at all. Because we are so far out in the boonies, almost every number we dial is considered long distance. So instead we use a phone that is connected to our data line(VOIP). We knew before we left the city that we wanted to take advantage of alternative energy technologies. Solar and wind tech has advanced leaps and bounds over the last 10 years, and even more in the last 2 years. However, I believe we are way far off from ease of use – plug and play systems that the average homeowner can pick up at the local Walmart. More on that in a minute. Here are the top 3 questions we get on a regular basis about our alternative energy setup here on An American Homestead."
"Having been a longtime prepper, a survivalist if you will, I long ago determined that being a lone wolf/solo survivor was a sure road to a quick death or interment in any situation greater than a winter storm. In a grid down/SHTF scenario, being part of a group will be imperative, and the more low key and inconspicuous the better. In the early stages of my “journey,” I allied myself with family and relatives. I made the acquaintance of other like minded individuals, usually through casual conversations followed up by in depth discussions of politics and philosophies. I was asked by leaders of local “groups” to become a member, but I declined as I had designs on forming a group of my own choosing, but it was obvious that some people knew about me. Some of these contacts became close friends and confidants, others nothing more than “good to know people” who thought as I did. At the time, I never gave much thought to the security issues associated with being a prepper/survivalist."
"The Freecycle organization has been around for several years, yet there are still lots of folks out there who’ve not heard of it. Freecycle can be an excellent resource for rehoming your unwanted stuff and occasionally receiving items of use to you. Taken from the Freecycle.org website: The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,206 groups with 8,600,848 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Once upon a time, Freecycle groups used the Groups feature on Yahoo. Nowadays, pretty much everything is done via the Freecycle website. Here’s how this works."
"This is lesson 11 of my Brand New 38 lesson online self defense course entitled Self Defense Made “Real” Easy. In this lesson you’re going to learn some unique and different self defense techniques against a gun. I am also going to make fun of Hollywood Gun Disarms and how most people put to much “power” into the mystique of getting the gun. I will show you that the gun is just a “tool” while the real weapon is the brain of the attacker. Take out the brain and the tool goes away. Most self defense gun disarm training puts way too much emphasis on getting the gun. The problem with this is that you are putting yourself at a greater risk of being shot if you focus on the gun and not shutting down the brain of the attacker. Plus, what happens if you do take the gun away from an attacker? Are you going to know how to use that particular gun? Is the safety on or off? Do you even know where the safety is? Is the gun loaded? Is it a fake gun? Will it blow up in your face? Focus on taking out the brain of the attacker and the gun (“tool”) just falls away."
"The U.S. military is looking at a new way of holding detainees in the field, according to government procurement records: small, prefabricated cells, designed for solitary custody and barely big enough to lie down in, that could be deployed to war zones. The Army is looking for information from contractors who could design and build a “modular detainee shelter system,” according to an announcement on fbo.gov that was posted in November. Each “closed, box-like” shelter would be “a holding cell for one detainee during combat operations.” Two former military officials familiar with detention in combat zones said that at times, commanders have had to come up with detention options on the fly. In Afghanistan, for example, prisoners were kept in tents in Kandahar in the early days of the conflict, and then transferred to a warehouse on the Bagram air base. In Iraq, prisoners were sometimes held in large shipping containers or tents."
"Prior to sitting down to type out this article, I knew which three rifles would be included, had either handled or done basic research on all three and pretty much know what I wanted to say. My first thought was: Why would anyone want a collapsible rifle? Well, let’s think about it a moment. Maybe there are times you don’t want to be carrying a rifle around but you don’t want to leave it at home. Maybe you want to have it in your backpack “just in case.” Maybe, until you’ve gotten to the location where you anticipate needing it, you want a more convenient method of packing or transporting it. Maybe you want to be able to grab just one pack but still know that you’ve got your “survival” rifle in it. Whatever YOUR reason may be, there are several rifles on the market today that break down into easily assembled, reliably functioning parts. Prices range from fairly affordable to pretty expensive (for me; not necessarily as compared to other rifles on the market). In the examples I’m using, calibers range from small caliber (.22lr) to large caliber (.308 in this case)."
"As I read various articles and blogs about survival preparation, planning, preparedness, etc. it occurs to me that each writer, including myself, holds a greater expertise in certain areas of preparedness and survival than in others. I know… “Duh!” right? What would I expect? Everyone has that which they have mastered to a greater extent and those skills that they still need to practice. It is human nature, I believe, to prefer to practice that which we are already good at and to neglect, to some extent, the things we aren’t as good at. Why? Because we naturally don’t like failure and when we practice the things we’re not as particularly skilled at, we don’t do them as well… leaving us feeling a greater sense of failure than when we efficiently and neatly accomplish another skill set we’re far better at. Here’s the problem: We’ll never get any better at the things we NEED to practice if we always focus on the things we’re already good at. In a true survival situation, whether it’s short term or long term, our survival may indeed depend on how well-rounded our skill sets are."
"The short answer is, “Maybe.” It depends entirely on how you go about it. Allow me to explain. HOW you go about your camping and/or backpacking trips determines the depth to which you are practicing being prepared for an emergency situation. I know folks who “camp” in their fifth-wheel trailer with satellite TV. I know “ultra-light” backpackers who carry far less than I do when they go camping. Both are practicing living away from the convenience and supplies of their home but they are doing it in far different extremes. As I delineated in my book “Personal Disaster Planning Handbook,” there are five items required for long term survival. If you’re going to survive, you need to be prepared to provide or support these five items for yourself. The five items are:"
"The general consensus among medical professionals is that whole grains are an essential component of our diet. After all, everyone knows that grain products comprise the entire base of the United States Department of Agriculture's official food pyramid, and that adults should consume between 6 and 11 servings of grains per day for optimum health. Surely a food group that is promoted so widely, and is held in such regard by experts, couldn't be bad for us? Unfortunately, ongoing evidence continues to show that grain consumption is having an extremely damaging effect on our bodies. This is especially true of the world's most popular grain, wheat, which is proven to be one of the biggest health-destroying foods in the Standard American Diet."
"Despite a “tidal wave” of snow that could potentially dump three feet of the white stuff on New York City, Barack Obama continues to insist that global warming is the “greatest threat” that humanity is facing. And in his second term he is making the fight against climate change one of his top priorities. In recent months he has cemented climate change deals with China and India, and he has implemented quite a number of government policy changes that did not require the approval of Congress. He also made it a point to discuss the “threat to future generations” that climate change poses in his State of the Union address. For Obama, what was once a political goal is now being transformed into something akin to a religious crusade. But could it be possible that “the leader of the free world” is completely wrong about all of this?"
"It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday. The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization's new ten-year budget outlook. The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect. Pulling that off will cost Uncle Sam about $1.35 trillion – or $50,000 per head."
"Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she did. Mr. Palermo, who was the lead singer in a Midtown nightclub in the 1960s when her elegant tango first caught his eye, now regularly rolls his wife’s wheelchair to the piano at the Catholic nursing home in Manhattan where she ended up in 2010 as dementia, falls and surgical complications took their toll. He sings her favorite songs, feeds her home-cooked Italian food, and pays a private aide to be there when he cannot. But one day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Mrs. Palermo’s copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Mr. Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed. It was a guardianship petition filed by the nursing home, Mary Manning Walsh, asking the court to give a stranger full legal power over Mrs. Palermo, now 90, and complete control of her money. Few people are aware that a nursing home can take such a step."
"Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished. In Telfair County, where cotton and peanut fields meet dense woods a three-hour drive south of the Runions’ suburban Atlanta home, days of searching by authorities and volunteers ended Monday with a grim discovery and an arrest. Sheriff Chris Steverson said the couple’s SUV had been found in a lake a few miles outside McRae, a tiny city of 5,700 about 80 miles southeast of Macon. Searches discovered two bodies — a man and a woman — nearby."
"Eau Claire County, Wisconsin – According to multiple recent media reports, Eau Claire County police officers were sent out onto the street to select people at random and forcibly take them in for jury duty. Ironically, after these people were threatened and had their day wasted, the judge in the case decided that the jury was unfit and dismissed all of them! “We did talk about cases like this where a number of people have to go out and get people summoned to the jury,” Eau Claire County Sherriff Ron Cramer told reporters. Susan Schaffer, Eau Claire County Clerk of Courts was the official who gave the orders, saying that the Wisconsin Statute on “Insufficient Jurors” allows them to forcibly pull people off the street to serve in juries. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often. It just so happened that today was a day that we just needed more. The court can order the Sheriff to get people right off the street,” Schaffer said."
(Sgt Trainer: Well, I have to admit...this is a new one for me!!!)