"America is literally falling apart around us. Roads, built decades ago, are littered with potholes from carrying ten times the number of cars they were designed to carry. Crumbling Cold War–era gas pipes are exploding. One in nine of the country's bridges is structurally deficient. And some dam or levee is always just one rainstorm away from wiping out a neighborhood. After decades of decline, public spending on infrastructure is at its lowest since 1947. State and local governments, which account for about three-quarters of the nation's infrastructure spending, have been slashing their budgets and putting off repairs. And the Highway Trust Fund, which relies on the federal gas tax for cash, is starved for resources. In its last assessment of the country's infrastructure, the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the US a D+, estimating it would take $3.6 trillion to upgrade the country's infrastructure by 2020."
"Dried food is around 11% of it’s original weight. Therefore, 100 pounds of food can be more easily carried when it is at around 11 pounds after being dried. Imagine having a gear bag with 1000 pounds of food in it, but only weighing around 110 pounds. Just add water to reconstitute it. That’s powerful with respect to food storage mobility. We must also consider which dried foods we are storing in regards to protein and nutrition. We must stop thinking by merely accounting for the amount of calories a particular food item offers. There are such food items that are called “empty calories”, because they have very little nutritional value. In the long run, this lack of nutrition will greatly affect your health and ability to survive."
"The following is informational only, and is intended to be used, when you as a Prepper, have to abandon your home, and are forced to set off in to the wilderness. You may be forced away from your home by marauders, rouge law enforcement or rogue military units and even by other Prepper groups. Your success or failure depends on the level of training of those tracking you, and your own level of training. Assume those tracking you are skilled and that they may use tracking dogs. This information is not applicable to those that find themselves running from law enforcement because they have committed a crime. The fact they committed a crime shows their level of training and intelligence, so enough said on that. Evasion is a survival skill that is instinctive in human and animals alike when danger is present. Animals use it all the time. They use their instincts/skills to prevent detection, so they do not end up as a meal for predators, human or otherwise. Animals cannot control their environment as humans can however."
"Many a beer drinker has heard about the health benefits of red wine over the past few years. In fact, there have been so many studies on the supposed elixir of life that there’s a good chance some beer drinkers, looking to confer the same benefits, have converted into wine connoisseurs. But convert not my fellow beer drinker, for beer also confers some health benefits, according to a new study, which found a compound within can ward off dementia and other cognitive decline. There are a number of paths that lead to cognitive decline, from tau proteins and amyloid plaques, which are suspected to cause Alzheimer’s disease, to aging. Regardless of which path a person finds themselves on, they all lead to the death of brain cells from oxidative stress — a biological imbalance that occurs during the metabolism of oxygen, and results in an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS, byproducts of this metabolism), which damage cells. Oxidative stress has been implicated in all sorts of health problems, from Alzheimer’s and cancer to heart failure and infection. Researchers from the University of Lanzhou, China, however, found in their new study that the flavonoid xanthohumol (Xn) may delay or even prevent the onset of dementia and other cognitive decline."
"You know how important it is to learn from your mistakes, but the actual process is easier said than done. Despite our best efforts to learn, our brains fight us every step of the way. But with the proper know-how and the right approach, you can clear them with finesse. Sometimes we twist reality so that it looks like we didn't make a mistake at all. Unfortunately, for you to learn from your mistake, you have to be able to recognize that you've made one. We don't like to feel bad, so we find ways to skirt around the truth. We tell ourselves, "I didn't mess up, that's just the way it's supposed to be." This is one of the biggest obstacles you can make for yourself and it's arguably the most important one to overcome."
"Planning to live without civilization means there will be times when we won’t have access to the skills we need. Society provides an immensely beneficial service to us, in the form of people who are specialized in certain tasks, such as doctors, mechanics, and electricians etc. But despite spending their whole lives practicing these sophisticated skills, even they need to reference a book or a website from time to time. So for the rest of us who are planning to survive through scenarios that lack these life saving services, it would be wise to store as many books as we can on a wide variety of subjects, preferably in a portable, digital format. Fortunately for us, there is a vast surplus of reading material for preppers, and much of it can be had for free. I recently discovered a page from a website called Armageddon Online, that had compiled nearly 3,000 books on a wide range of skills. It seems like there is a preparedness book on just about any subject you can think of including hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, tsunamis, EMP, and nuclear survival. There are also extensive lists of books on wilderness survival, fire building, alternative energy, food storage, gardening, and medical skills. It even lists books on more obscure topics like blacksmithing and radio operation. And that’s just one website. A cursory Google search on “free survival books” will yield dozens of listings and hundreds of other free books."
"In experimenting with a number of tonics over the years, I’ve whittled my favourites down to a simple concoction of six ingredients that are highly effective in offering protection against strep throat, colds and flu. Here’s what you need to make this simple and highly effective sore throat, cold, and flu tonic:"
"Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs? Now pharma is back to creating new diseases, patients, risks and "awareness campaigns." Check out these eight new diseases they've invented."
"It has long been evident that TAFTA/TTIP is not a traditional trade agreement -- that is, one that seeks to promote trade by removing discriminatory local tariffs on imported goods and services. That's simply because the tariffs between the US and EU are already very low -- under 3% on average. Removing all those will produce very little change in trading patterns. The original justification for TTIP recognized this, and called for "non-tariff barriers" to be removed as well. Those "non-tariff barriers" include regulations and standards introduced to protect the public -- for example, through health and safety laws or environmental regulations. Removing those "barriers" in order to increase trade might be great for companies, but increases the social costs through weakened protection for the environment, or greater health risks. The outcry caused by this prospect has led both negotiating parties to insist that TTIP will not lower standards. But it's hard to see how those non-tariff barriers can be harmonized without a race to the bottom in terms of regulations, since no one is calling for a race to the top. Even "mutual recognition," which would allow both standards to be used, would inevitably see the lower standard becoming the norm because it would be cheaper to implement, and thus offer competitive advantages."
"The usual clickbait sites are gleefully blaming “anti-vaxxers”, parents opposed to vaccines for their children, for the measles outbreak. They are certainly a safe target, but overlooked is the simple fact that there would be no outbreaks without immigration from countries where measles is widespread. So much vitriol is spent on blaming parents who don’t vaccinate, while blaming those who import the disease, especially Obama with his border rush amnesty, is politically incorrect. Asked if the anti-vaccination movement contributed to the latest outbreak in California, a spokesman for the state health department Carlos Villatoro, said in an email: “We think that unvaccinated individuals have been the principal factor.” Obviously unvaccinated individuals are a factor and the average liberal smiles having his prejudices reaffirmed. But unvaccinated, does not necessarily mean those opposed to vaccinations."
"Friends gathered together to play a poker game in a private residence during a peaceful November evening. They never expected that a group of militants dressed in all black would raid them and take away their money at gunpoint. SWAT team officers from Fairfax County Police Department surprised the poker players after barging into the private home. With assault rifles pointed at the players, they were ordered to keep their hands on the table. The officers then gathered up $150,000 in cash and took it, according to reports. One of the players said that moments before the raid occurred, he happened to notice black helmets “bobbing up and down” outside the window. None of the poker players were armed and none of them threatened the police or anybody else. But that didn’t stop the officers from pointing their assault rifles at the players and taking away their belongings. The players were then questioned and arrested. The police have agreed to return 60% of the money they took, but they will keep 40% of it under “civil forfeiture” which allows them to seize assets of private citizens. In exchange a deal was made that the players will not be charged."
(Sgt Trainer: This sounds like the same tactic organized crime uses/used in controlling their areas, e.g., if you didn't pay for protection or pay a percentage for the "game", you got raided.)
"England-based Solar Cloth Company has created a lightweight photovoltaic fabric solar panel system that can operate pretty much anywhere. The company’s founder Perry Carroll, says that the system is currently being marketed for use on parking lots, rooftops and other places that traditional solar panels may not be practical for. Carroll says that the company is teaming up with some high-profile clients to launch their project. “We have built a growing sales pipeline worth £4.2m [about $6.57 million] for 2015, including park and ride projects, airport parking operators and retail park owners,” Carroll said. According to the specifications of the equipment, a ten square meter portion of the cloth weighs about 7.3 pounds. This is extremely light-weight when considering that a traditional solar panel weighs roughly 35 to 48 pounds."
"It’s a race—will we all be injected with substances that program our own bodies to attack us before or after we realize that the newest weapon in the New World arsenal is our own immune system? The theory that vaccines prevent the spread of infectious disease is based upon the belief that, by injecting a small amount of a disease into the body, it will develop "antibodies" that will prevent the injected person from contracting the disease against which he had been vaccinated. The theory is complicated by the fact that attenuated doses of pathogens alone will not initiate an "antigenic response." So, vaccines contain compounds known as "adjuvants" to intensify the body’s immune response. Traditional adjuvants are alum (aluminum hydroxide), and thimerosal—which is 50 percent ethyl mercury and also serves as a vaccine "preservative." According to Edda West, "A quick read of the scientific literature reveals that the neurotoxic effects of aluminum were recognized 100 years ago." The neurotoxic affects of mercury are likewise not a secret and have been documented extensively in the scientific and medical literature since the mid-1800s."
"I recently received an email from a new CPT coordinator in South Dakota asking for some of my input on organizing a team. I responded with as much help as I could muster considering CPT is still very much a young and adapting concept that we are continuously attempting to improve with the experience we gain. After all, Americans have not been organizing their communities in this fashion for a couple of centuries, and the art form of building a self-reliant citizenry is nearly a lost one. In my response, I felt motivated to perhaps share some insights with the rest of the Oath Keeper CPT hard chargers, including methods that I believe do work, as well as methods that don’t appear to work so well. Starting an organized group of any kind is a complex thing. Here are some ideas to help you avoid feeling like you are herding cats…"
"Incredibly, U.S. Presidential candidates from the democratic party are now openly suggesting that all parents across America should be arrested and charged with crimes if they do not submit to having their children injected with toxic chemicals like mercury, aluminum, MSG and formaldehyde (all of which are known neurotoxins, by the way). The top Republican candidates, on the other hand, are correctly pointing out that America is not a dictatorship and that citizens still have medical choice. Rand Paul, in particular, continues to correctly support medical choice even though he still advocates vaccines in principle. It is astonishing that there's even a question over whether citizens of America own their own bodies. The public health contradictions from Washington have reached a level of insanity no one could have imagined just a year ago. For example, the White House and CDC both insist that doctors and nurses directly exposed to Ebola victims should not be quarantined. But perfectly healthy children who have no symptoms of any disease must be quarantined, we're not told, if they've never been vaccinated. In what bizarro world should healthy children be quarantined while nurses exposed to Ebola should not? The weird world of voodoo vaccine science, of course."
"The nation’s first per-mile charging system will launch in Oregon July 1, 2015 . The implementation team for Oregon’s Road Usage Charge Program, enacted by the Oregon Legislature last July, has qualified three companies to help build and support Oregon’s mileage charge collection system: Sanef, Verizon and Azuga. The companies will now pass through ODOT’s certification process in order to provide services to the program’s volunteer motorists beginning July 1, 2015.“Our vision is to create a reliable, easy-to-use, low cost, enforceable, and publicly acceptable ‘open’ system,” said Jim Whitty, Manager of ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding. “A charge based on measured road use preserves fairness and accountability in supporting the state’s system of roads and highways.”
(Sgt Trainer: This program will be voluntary, at first. Why would anyone in their right mind want to volunteer to provide data that will only be used to get more money from you in addition to tracking you?)
"Financial writer Bill Holter says there is better than 60% to 70% chance that another financial calamity will hit in 2015, and it could start from anywhere in the world. Holter contends, “It doesn’t really matter where it starts. It will probably be global within less than 48 hours. The reality is it will go all the way around the world within two days because party “A” will not pay party “B” who doesn’t pay party “C” and on and on we will go. The payment chain will break. . . . I’d like to get back to the point of true and real settlement. If nations don’t settle honestly amongst each other, that is how your trade wars start. That’s how one neighbor believes another neighbor is ripping them off. This is how wars start, and that is what this is about: the rest of the world wanting to trade and wanting to do business mutually and evenly and getting paid for trade. In the past with the dollar, the U.S. has gone into many places; and after the deal was unfair, they paid with dollars, which is an un-backed freely printed currency. That’s what the world is upset about. That’s what this tipping of the balance is about.”
"Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera has been the cause of many epidemics in the past. Even in modern times, millions of cases of cholera are reported every year worldwide, with over 100,000 deaths. There have been 7 cholera pandemics recorded since the 1800s, and a major epidemic occurred after the earthquakes in Haiti a few years ago. Disaster scenarios that cause contamination of water supplies can easily cause an outbreak of cholera in a community. Therefore, it makes sense for the medic in the family to know how to identify and treat the disease. Untreated, cholera has a death rate approaching 50-60%; if dealt with quickly, however, mortality goes down to 1%."
"Recent events have again reminded us just how divided we can be as a population. Throughout American history we have been challenged to find common ground within a melting pot of ethnicity, socioeconomic stratification and political maneuvering. What will you do when it lands violently in your front yard? Sometimes the big picture blurs out who are truly being affected. Hint: it’s us the individual citizens and the family next door. If you are reading this it is a safe assumption that you have begun to take your family’s safety and preparedness more seriously. There has been a smoldering divide in our communities that seems to be flaring up more often lately, most recently, there has been a storm brewing over the militarization of the police at the local level. With the situation in Ferguson Missouri demonstrating a total distrust of police after the shooting of an unarmed black teen and the overwhelming military style projection of force by the state, has the match been lit for emotional contagion?"