"A week before Christmas 2011, Ruth Soukup, a thirty-three-year-old stay-at-home mom of two girls in Punta Gorda, Florida, was throwing toys into a bin. An avid shopper who started a blog about spending less, Soukup had the art of buying on a budget down to a science. She referred to herself as “a Mommy who is a pro at finding great deals.” But, on this afternoon, she wasn’t seeking to amass things for her children. She was getting rid of stuff that her kids already had."
(Sgt Trainer: This article does NOT pertain to just kids and toys. Everyone should read this. When I relocated this past summer I discovered that I was giving a LOT of stuff away that I either did not have room to move or was giving stuff away that my deceased wife and I had obtained in the past and never really used. The ease I felt about releasing these material possessions was amazing and the joy I felt for helping others that either really needed them or could really use them was like turning loose of a huge weight on my shoulders. Even if you don't feel like the title of this article pertains to you...I HIGHLY recommend that you read it anyway! As a side note, if the opening image on the screen confuses you for a second, like it did me, it is not a video...just scroll down past the image for the article.)
" Gamers like me spend hours leveling up our characters so that they're stronger and faster and can defeat enemies more easily. Why not try that in real life? I realized that I could use this mindset with my health, and was surprised to find that gaming had prepared me to reach my fitness goals. As a hardcore competitive gamer and lifelong nerd, it's not surprising that by the age of 20, I hadn't once stepped foot in a gym. I hated exercise. I grew up clumsy and out of shape, and I'd much rather set world records on video games than personal records at the gym. (Guess who was the first person to get to level 50 on Borderlands 2!) I was too glued to my computer, spending most of my day browsing Lifehacker and forums like Major League Gaming to bother surrounding myself with barbells and treadmill. But what if exercise were just like video games? Perhaps I could think of myself as a character, leveling up day-by-day and eventually building awesome stats, much like Steve Kamb has advocated at Nerd Fitness. So that's exactly what I did."
"There are a handful of terms that, when used, immediately elicit images and dialogue inside the average person’s head of fringe, or extreme behavior. I submit that one word which falls into that category is the word Militia. For many, the term Militia brings up memories of groups of men who paint their face and dress in camo while running through the woods shooting at each other espousing anti-government slogans. That may, in some cases, be what the Militia has devolved into in modern times, however that persona is very far afield from the original Militia who used to inhabit this land in Colonial times. No, the idea of a Militia is not fringe, and yes, a Militia is Constitutional, as illustrated above. Would a well-regulated Militia solve our problem with lawlessness in America? How about the “Death by Cop” phenomenon sweeping across the nation? One man, Edwin Vieira, Jr., thinks it would. Since Edwin Vieira is a holder of 4 Degrees from Harvard University, and considered one of the top Constitutional experts in the country, when Edwin Vieira talks we should all pay attention and get ready to learn."
"While heavy snows can disrupt travel plans, cause damage to structures and trees, and puts anyone caught out in a snowstorm in a life-threatening situation, it can however be used to your advantage in some cases. Some assumptions have been made and one is that you would have ample supplies on hand so you would not have to leave your home. It is also assumed you would lose electricity and thus your heating source at some point. It is also assumed a crisis will be created because of the heavy snows. A crisis that shuts the community down meaning roads will not be plowed and many services disrupted or stopped completely."
"After 33 years behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler,I’ve backed up more miles than some folks have gone forward. Consequently, I’ve learned a few things about backing that I hope make it a little easier for you."
"Not too long ago, my husband took a three week-long business trip to the West coast. Although he has travelled often domestically and abroad for his job in the past, this trip was particularly difficult for me and our special needs son. Our son was out of school for the summer, and because he has special needs, he requires more monitoring and care than most children. I was working on a difficult semester in the PhD program to which I am involved. To add to this typical stress, several things around the house needed repairs that couldn’t wait. One morning as I was putting on my running shoes, I noticed a moth flying around in our walk-in closet. A brief look through our clothing led me to find several more. Needless to say, I was not the least bit thrilled. Although our house is not that large, our walk-in closet is rather roomy. As a result, we store more than clothing in there, including books, backpacks, my husband’s military equipment, uniforms, and our food preps."
"I have been in war with lot of people, I mean I spent lot of hard time with folks who in that time I could call friends, or at least some kind of allies. After that I lost contact with most of them, sometimes I heard something about someone, or see some of them, but real "buddy“ contact with people from that time and events is rare. People who have not gone trough experiences like war probably imagine that there is something like annual meetings of old buddies who used to shoot together and kill other folks, and on that meetings there is huge barbecue and drinks…"
"Since I wrote this article titled “Disarming America’s Heroes” I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from veterans and the families of veterans. The horror stories I am hearing are proof that the VA and the Obama administration have launched an all out assault on the Constitutional rights of our nation’s wounded warriors and other veterans."
"Fracking has the potential to be as controversial and as damaging as thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, a report from the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser warns. The technology has been developed to help oil companies extract gas trapped in shale rock but, the report fears, it could prove to be another innovation that takes society in the wrong direction. Drawing a direct comparison with fracking technology chief scientist Mark Walport’s annual report said: “History presents plenty of examples of innovation trajectories that later proved to be problematic — for instance involving asbestos, benzene, thalidomide, dioxins, lead in petrol, tobacco, many pesticides, mercury, chlorine and endocrine-disrupting compounds, as well as CFCs, high-sulphur fuels and fossil fuels in general."
Teens Prove That Outwitting Airport Security Is Easier Than You Think
"All you really need to take over an airport is a yellow vest and the right attitude"
"Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans now take anti-depressant medication? This infographic provides some helpful natural tips for anyone struggling with depression."
"American officials, quick to draw attention to seemingly minor terror threats, were strangely tight-lipped about an alleged plan to take down passenger jets."
"Around 69% of American citizens are receiving fluoridated tap water. With those numbers, it is important to know how to remove the fluoride from your body. “Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models, and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development…children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas… The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment .” Research published by the Indian Journal of Pediatrics found thousands of cases of severe skeletal fluorosis in children due to the cumulative effects of fluoridated water . Another report by Scientific American “ concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid—the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism”."
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned of new “destructive” malware and cyber-attacks by unknown hackers targeting US businesses. It has recommended that users strengthen the protection of their information systems and limit access to databases. The FBI issued a five-page confidential “flash” warning to businesses. It comes after the exposure of hacker attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, in which four unreleased films were stolen and pirate-shared. The issued FBI warning outlines some technical details about the malicious software that was used in the attack, yet the agency did not name victims, Reuters reports. The warning claims that the malware overrides hard drive data on computers, which enables the hackers to shut down networks."
"In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate. The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest, during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court."
"On October 22, 1981, the government of the United States of America accumulated an astounding $1 TRILLION in debt. At that point, it had taken the country 74,984 days (more than 205 years) to accumulate its first trillion in debt. It would take less than five years to accumulate its second trillion. And as the US government just hit $18 trillion in debt on Friday afternoon, it has taken a measly 403 days to accumulate its most recent trillion. There’s so much misinformation and propaganda about this; let’s examine some of the biggest lies out there about the US debt:"
"Inflation has a slow methodical pattern of crushing every little dollar you have in your wallet. Even a moderate level of inflation is an enormous change when incomes go stagnant. There is talk about how spending this year isn’t all that great. This is a big deal considering that our economy runs on non-stop spending and a large part of spending happens during the holiday months. But Americans are still constrained from the Great Recession’s echo impact. The lingering financial problems remain and many Americans have swapped good paying jobs with many in low wage service jobs. The end result should not be a surprise but there is less to spend even with credit card access and more debt being thrown on cash strapped households. We keep hearing about how controlled inflation is but in reality, we are seeing price increases in many important segments of our society. No inflation they say. Let us look at some key items."
"If you opt to carry or own a gun for self protection, you should already know that there may be times that you’ll have to make difficult decisions. Well, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind for tactical shooters that will help you make the right ones:"
"A few years ago our illustrious editor was asked to write a three-part series of articles about what he considered to be the various levels of bags necessary for separate emergency situations. The first was his “Immediate Response” bag which was to be grabbed and used for when you hear something go bump in the night, or when your neighbor needed emergency assistance with that violent ex-boyfriend. Whatever the circumstances, that first level was simple. (we’ll review contents a little further down) His second level was the Bug Out Bag. In it was what you’d need to grab and go if your residence was going to be uninhabitable for several days. He described a content list that would last three days in less than comfortable conditions. His final level was the Battle Bag. It was what he would grab to survive that several days in an environment that might require fighting for survival."
"Before getting serious about my finances, I’d never even heard of an emergency fund, let alone why it’s important to have one. However, in today’s economy, it is even more important than ever to be prepared with an emergency fund."
"For most people, Christmas is all about the presents. But how did such a supposedly sacred holiday become a festival of greed? Not many people know the history behind Christmas gift giving, and it will probably shock you. This year, Americans will spend somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 billion dollars on Christmas, but most people have no coherent explanation for why they are buying all of these gifts. Those that are Christian will tell you that they are doing it to celebrate the birth of Christ, but as you will see below, gift giving on this holiday originated long before Christ was born. Others will tell you that they are just following tradition, but most of them have absolutely no idea where the tradition of Christmas gift giving originally came from. And the truth is that most people simply don’t care about the history. They are just excited about all of the stuff that they are going to get on December 25th. But if you are curious to learn how Christmas became a festival of greed, just keep reading…"
"Even when police officers are held accountable, it can be eventually negated by the power of their unions and the level of collective bargaining leverage they possess. Owasso police officer, Mike Denton, was fired after body cam and surveillance footage showed him stomping on a handcuffed man’s head and then repeatedly elbowing him in the face. Denton and two other Owasso police officers responded to a call on June 30, 2011 about an intoxicated man creating a disturbance at an apartment complex. The officers arrested Bryan Spradlin for public intoxication. The arrest was caught on all of the officer’s lapel cams and paints a clear picture of excessive force, to which the city responded to by firing Denton. However, the Fraternal Order of Police, who apparently agreed that Denton was simply “protecting himself” by stomping on a man’s head, nearly breaking both of his arms, and elbowing him, filed a grievance which was heard by federal mediator Edward Valverde in March of 2012."
"If there’s one thing we’ve learned about ObamaCare - aside from the fact that it’s an abject disaster in terms of meeting its stated goals - it’s that the unintended consequences of its passage just keep piling up. Sure, conservatives warned of the chaos that would stem from the Dems’ “signature legislation,” but even those of us who were sounding the alarm are amazed at how it keeps managing to fail in new, exciting, ways. Today we’re learning that the law actually incentivizes corporations to hire the millions of illegals who are currently enjoying Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order - instead of hiring actual, legal, U.S. citizens. In fact, under the ACA, companies who hire an amnestied illegal can dodge a $3,000 penalty that they would have had to pay if they’d hired a citizen."