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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Google is stepping up its anti-piracy fight



On Wednesday, Google announced that it would step up its anti-piracy efforts in the wake of the forthcoming launch of its music service and its recently launched Google TV platform.

In a blog post, Google’s general counsel Kent Walker wrote:

  1. We’ll act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours. We will build tools to improve the submission process to make it easier for rights holders to submit DCMA takedown requests for Google products (starting with Blogger and web Search). And for copyright owners who use the tools responsibly, we’ll reduce our average response time to 24 hours or less. At the same time, we’ll improve our counter notice tools for those who believe their content was wrongly removed and enable public searching of takedown requests.
  2. We will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete. While it’s hard to know for sure when search terms are being used to find infringing content, we’ll do our best to prevent Autocomplete from displaying the terms most frequently used for that purpose.
  3. We will improve our AdSense anti-piracy review. We have always prohibited the use of our AdSense program on web pages that provide infringing materials. Building on our existing DMCA takedown procedures, we will be working with rights holders to identify, and, when appropriate, expel violators from the AdSense program.
  4. We will experiment to make authorized preview content more readily accessible in search results. Not surprisingly, we’re big fans of making authorized content more accessible on the Internet. Most users want to access legitimate content and are interested in sites that make that content available to them (even if only on a preview basis). We’ll be looking at ways to make this content easier to index and find.

This is all interesting news in light of the recent news around the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act in the US and the Digital Economy Act in the UK.  Google is one of the first businesses to enable the ability for rights holders to submit a complaint and have it dealt with in a timely manner without the government forcing a mandate or imposing undue burdens on businesses.
Google has received a lot of complaints regarding the way that it dealt with privacy and personal data recently.  This move might be seen as a reactionary or even conciliatory response to all of the problems that it has had in the eyes of the general public and the US government.  However, Google has been growing its relationship with Hollywood in order to secure content deals and it has been speculated that stepping up its anti-piracy campaign is a part of some of those final deals.  When all is said and done, however, it is good news that businesses are experimenting with ways to manage its own content.  And there will be more innovative solutions to come.

By Dominique Lazanski

Guest Post: How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter


by Bailey Harris

Taking time to winterize your yard is one of the best ways to maintain the health of your grass, trees, shrubs, and flowers. Raking, fertilizing, pruning, and mulching are just a few of the things that you can do to encourage strong spring growth. The following guide will help you prepare both your yard and flower gardens for the cold weather.

Rake Your Leaves

Some people dread raking leaves, but no one can deny how important this step is to the health of your yard. Leaves that are left on the lawn all winter can suffocate grass roots. Unraked leaves can also prevent water from reaching roots or trap water and cause grass to rot or die over the winter. You can use any type of rake you like to get the job done, but you may want to try one of the newer, ergonomic models with foam cushioned handles to make the job easier on your back and hands.

Fertilize the Lawn

Although your lawn may appear dead in the fall, it is actually still growing roots to prepare itself for winter. You can give the roots a boost and keep them strong through the freezing weather by fertilizing the grass before it is hit with a killing frost. Good winterizing fertilizers for this time of year include those that are high in nitrogen or winter-friendly versions that are lower in nitrogen and higher in phosphorus and potassium.

Cut the Grass

You should lower the deck on your mower and trim your grass very short before it gets too cold or begins to snow. You can leave the grass two inches high or so, but no more than three inches. Cutting the grass this short will prevent it from bending in on itself, retaining too much water, and developing fungal disease.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Pruning your trees and shrubs in late fall can encourage healthy spring growth. The best time to prune trees is after they have gone dormant and their leaves have changed color. Summer flowering shrubs can also be pruned at this time. While pruning, take time to remove diseased or insect-infested wood and broken or damaged limbs. You should also trim branches that are close to utility lines or those that interfere with lines of sight on your street and driveway. Keep tools sharp and clean throughout the process to get nice cuts and avoid the spread of disease. When you are finished, give both trees and shrubs a deep, slow soaking with the hose.

Clean Up Flower Beds

Every type of flower garden can benefit from an end-of-season clean-up. Start by tending to any plants afflicted with disease or insects. You may need to strip off leaves or get rid of whole plants to keep the rest of your garden healthy. When that’s finished, trim dead leaves, flower heads, and stems. Perennials can be cut down to the ground unless you would like to make seeds available to winter birds or keep particularly interesting flower heads in your garden just to have something to look at.


Bitter winds and the freeze/thaw cycle can be really hard on plants. You should consider removing old mulch and adding a fresh layer of new mulch in your flower gardens and around trees and shrubs. Mulch will help the soil maintain a more even temperature, raise the freeze line, and encourage earthworm activity. Mulch can be applied before or after the ground is frozen. Some of the things that can be used as mulch include chopped leaves, wood shavings, pine needles, straw, and high quality compost.

Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes on home insurance, finance, and home improvement topics for

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SHTF: Damnation Alley


Damnation Alley is a survivalist story from the 1970's. It was first a book and then a movie. Let's review both.
Damnation Alley the book was authored by Roger Zelazny and features the main character, Hell Tanner. A cross between Mad Max Rokatonski and Escape From New York's Snake Pliskin, Tanner is a member of the motorcycle gang, Hell's Angels. With a criminal record a mile long, a captured Tanner is given a job delivering precious medicine to Boston from Los Angeles in exchange for a full pardon.
No problem, right? Wrong. Damnation Alley takes place in a post-apocalyptic American after a massive nuclear war. LA and Boston (and a few other cities like Albany and Salt Lake City) are all that remain of the USA. The Midwest is one big radioactive, dust filled, electric storm raining rocks and dead animals wasteland home to freak mutated oversized creatures and desparate outlaw gangs.
Tanner won't be travelling on his hog, though. He is assigned a "Car" which we later read to be over 30 feet long, armored and armed with rockets, .50 caliber machine guns and flamethrowers. What's more, is Tanner is assigned a partner to help with the driving.
Early on, two other Cars which are also part of the convoy to Beantown both buy the farm leaving Tanner in charge and the only hope for getting the serum to Boston, now if full pandemic mode.
Tanner faces off against giant Gila monsters, a hunormous spider, a crazy scientist and attacks by two gigantic motorcycle gangs. Does he make it to Boston? Read the book and find out.
Damnation Alley the book precedes The Road Warrior and other like genre films by at least fifteen years and clearly sets the theme in motion.
Damnation Alley the movie is a whole other matter. Filmed and released in low budget glory in 1977, DA stars Jan Michael Vincent and George Preppard as two Air Force officers at a desert ICBM base.
After launching their missiles, the base and dicipline slowly fall apart and problems are compounded after an accident kills most of the surviving crewmen and officers.
Here' a snippet from YouTube
Preppard and Vincent (and two other airmen) take off in a pair of Landmaster survival vehicles loosely based upon the Cars of Zelazny's book. Along the way, one Landmaster is destroyed and a few more survivors, notably a woman who looks like she just walked out of the shopping mall, are found and added to the team.
The Landmaster was a real vehicle designed by Dean Jeffries and still in one piece in California. I doubt it has those mortars or rocket launchers any more though.
Flesh and metal eating cockroaches, a giant scorpion, some lame shootouts and a brief motorcycle chase (the only nod to the original book) and our wayward service members arrive in some green valley full of happy survivors who can't wait to meet them.
The book is worth the read and hardly dated at all. The movie is worth finding in the one buck DVD rack at Wallyworld and good for a laugh.
Either way, Damnation Alley is one of the original survival books/movies available to complete your collection.

Watch Out… Sunspot 1131, Enormous Filament



There are two potentially important developments on the sun which will either…

…create problems for us on Earth during the next week

…or will simply provide some fascinating imagery as the two features rotate across the surface while facing the Earth

Problem 1, Sunspot 1131

So far, sunspot 1131 is the largest yet during this current solar cycle, which is due to peak during 2012 – 2013. It appeared into view during 2-Dec and will transition across the solar surface during the next 12 days before it rolls over the limb to the back side.

As of yet there is no indication if 1131 will deliver a nasty blow. In the days ahead, it will become more clear as to the potential class of solar flare we might expect. Stay tuned.
Problem 2, Enormous Magnetic Filament

Even larger than the 400,000 km filament that was observed on the sun during the end of October, which seemingly went on to develop into an unusual looking ring, we now have an even larger magnetic filament, currently measuring 460,000 km! That is the same distance as 1/3 the entire diameter of the sun!

Magnetic filaments will twist, stretch, and roil above the surface of the sun, and at any time could potentially explode, firing countless tons of radiation into space. While the filament faces the Earth, those particles would almost certainly impact us. Stay tuned.

Will update this post throughout the week as developments unfold
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How To Use Your Memories To Improve Clairvoyance


One of the more popular problems of psychic newbies is that they would like to have visions on daily basis, or see things when performing psychometry or psychic reading. That problem arises because of lack of understanding what they should be expecting when using these psychic abilities.

Not many books that discuss how to develop your psychic abilities explains this, either. I have explained what you should expect with your Extra Sensory Perception skills in m article about psychic readings. Basically, what you should expect is your memories to pop-up.

How Did I Figured This Out

I have learned that I should not expect any” original” images, while experiencing and exploring few things – first, psychic readings, and the way our brain works. I was performing many psychic readings on my friends, and at the same time, totally by accident I stumbled upon few random articles that one way or another explained how the brain functions. After few month of experiments and reading, I’ve put all the experiences and knowledge together.

How Does Clairvoyance Works

Basically, when you pick up information via psychic means, your brain have no idea what to do with it. If you’re developing your psychic powers for some time, you should have dealt with filters that hide these information from you. But even without filters, your brain is confused – so it’s picking up random images from your memory bank that describe the information he just acquired in the best way possible.

To make things clear, let’s throw an example. Let’s say that when you was a child, you fell from the stairs – you remember this accident as painful, dangerous, scary and generally negative. Now many years later, as psychic your in a room, and you’re picking up psychic information of the tragic that happened in this room. Your confused brain will try to search for most accurate memory to represent the information you just picked up, and it will show you the images and give you sensations of that accident of yours when you fell from the stairs. The energies are similar, the information base is nearly the same.

What Kind Of Memories Are We Talking About?

I’m not just talking about entire events that you remember. Memories are different, so you might recall:

  • A book you have read - maybe the part of your perception tries to tell you that someone read the same book in the room? Or any other book? Or maybe it’s something about feeling good and relaxed when reading a book? As long as you feel good and relaxed when reading, of course :).
  • A movie you have seen - or a TV show, or a YouTube video, or static photo. Again, the information might be about this particular movie, or generally watching something, or feelings when watching something etc.
  • The image of a tree – as long as you have seen a tree :).

There are simple so many memories, long and short, simple and complex, and so many ways of interpreting them according to the context of the situation, that you can’t run out of ideas for psychic impressions :).

It’s In Your Head – How to Use It?

Now that you understand how memories work in general Extra Sensory Perception (as the above works for general ESP, psychometry, psychic readings etc.), you should learn how to use this knowledge for your own advantage. Here are some tips:

  • Pay attention to things you see – in order to get rid of your subconscious filters, you need to always pay attention to things you see and feel. It’s good to keep a psychic journal where you will write down all the things, so your subconscious will know this is important for you.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t understand – when you see or feel something that you recall from the past, don’t worry if you don’t understand what does it mean.
  • Analyse - do the “math” and analyse your perception, because then you will understand it. Recall every detail of the event you remember. What happened? When? What and how did you felt? What led to the event, what was the outcome? Every single information might be important.
  • Interpret - finally, interpret how the memories might correspond with the information you just acquired. Each memory, each image and feeling can be interpreted in different way, according to the context of the entire situation you’re in.

With these tips, and this knowledge, you should quickly find out that your clairvoyant abilities are becoming more and more accurate.

Have you ever noticed how your memories play a role in psychic abilities?

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Friday, 3 December 2010

How To Build A Solar Water Heater For $5


My trailer like most travel trailers it’s size comes equipped with a small water heater and while this is efficient for most of my needs, being a tightwad I’m always looking to save resources and free alternatives.

Box Number One Lined With Emergency Blanket

I only need a few gallons of hot water a day to wash dishes and take a shower so this small set-up works great for me, especially in summer when the sun is at its hottest.

I could have chosen an elaborate solar water heating system (and expensive) but I prefer to keep things simple and cheap.

Total cost for my batch solar water heater was under $5 since most of the components were free for the taking. All you need to make this heater are two cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, tape, an emergency space blanket, and clear plastic sheeting.

Tools needed include a box-cutter or sharp knife and scissors.

A batch solar water heater is nothing more than an insulated box covered with aluminum foil to reflect the suns rays back to the containers inside. The design, I use is idiot simple but you can improve the concept by building your batch container from other materials, constructing a framed glass and hinged door etc.

What you can do is limited only to your imagination.

The concept is simple, heat from the sun is absorbed by the water and the box, the suns rays are also reflected off the aluminum foil back to the bottles speeding up the heating process.

The time it takes for the water to reach a desirable temperature of course depends on season, time of day and other factors.

In July and August, I can have hot water in under an hour but on cooler or cloudy days it can take several hours for the water to become warm enough to shower with or do dishes. It’s not an exact science.

I picked up the cardboard boxes for free at the local hardware store, both were the same size, but one will expand to accommodate the other with a little work. The box I have will hold five 2-litter plastic soda bottles but you can choose a larger or smaller box depending on your needs.

To start, line the inside of box number one with the emergency blanket, (these can be found in the sporting goods department of most department stores) use tape to secure it to the inside the box.

Keep in mind that box number two will be placed inside this one so it is important to leave enough flexibility when securing the emergency blanket to allow for this.

The Finished Product - Note The 2-Liter Soda Bottles Inside and Front Cut To An Angle.

Next, line the inside of box number two with aluminum foil to reflect the suns rays back to the water containers inside. Now fit box number two inside of box number one.

This may take a little cutting and slight modification. I had to cut about one inch off the front the box to make it work, but this should not be much of a problem.

Okay, now you need to cover your box – I used clear plastic sheeting secured with tape around the edges, leaving about ten inches free at the end so I can add and remove my water containers when needed. I tuck this loose plastic underneath the boxes when in use.

Now all you have to do is place your water containers inside the box (I used 2-litter soda bottles), but other containers can be used. Place the solar water heater facing the sun and wait for the water to heat up.

Have ideas on how to improve this design (cheaply) I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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Rosemary Herb, Grow, Dry, Crush


If you like the flavor of Rosemary herb (especially delicious on chicken and poultry), no matter what time of year, you can benefit from growing and processing (dry) your own Rosemary.

I have to say, home grown dry crushed Rosemary tastes SO much better then grocery store spice-in-a-jar Rosemary. You will never go back once you start growing your own.

If you live in regions where temperatures drop much below freezing during the winter, you can still grow your own Rosemary in a pot, inside. Pick one up at a nursery. During the winter the Rosemary plant will need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day to survive, so either a proper facing window or grow light will be required.

How to dry Rosemary herb leaves

The process to dry your own is very simple. Snip a few sprigs (branch sections). I will typically snip 3 or 4 tips of branches, each about 6 to 8 inches long. In the end, this will provide about a half ounce of dry Rosemary leaves.

Hold the sprigs and bunch up one end and tie them all together at the end with a string, so you can hang it. Then, hang it (I hang Rosemary indoors and out of direct sunlight). So long as the environment isn’t terribly humid, it will dry out just fine.

After about 2 weeks, or whenever the leaves easily come off the branch when handled, scrunch each branch with your hand so that the Rosemary leaves will fall into a bowl.

Then, pick up handfuls and crush the leaves until they are as small as you prefer. When the leaves are dry enough, they will split into smaller pieces easily when crushed . Otherwise you could use a mortar and pestle and crush them using the tool.

I store mine in a small jam sized canning jar to keep it fresh. After several months it will lose some potency, but that’s not a problem – just dry some more!
Here is a short video of the process

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12 Simple Things You Can Start Doing Right Now To Prepare For The Coming Financial Apocalypse


It is becoming increasingly apparent that the U.S. economy is heading for complete and total disaster. State and local governments across the nation are uncontrollably bleeding red ink. The federal government has accumulated the largest debt in world history. Every year we buy hundreds of billions of dollars more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. That means that we are getting hundreds of billions of dollars poorer as a nation every single year. Meanwhile, thousands of factories and millions of jobs continue to be sent overseas as American cities turn into post-industrial wastelands. Incomes are down, unemployment remains at depressingly high levels and very few of our politicians seem to have any idea how to fix things. Yes, things are really, really bad. So what are some things that we can all be doing to prepare for the coming financial apocalypse?

Well, the truth is that we all need to start becoming less dependent on "the system". If the economy does completely fall apart at some point, your employer is probably not going to take care of you. Neither is the federal government - just look at what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In the end, you are going to have to take care of yourself and your family.

So are you ready?

Now is the time to prepare. If you wait until things totally fall apart it will be far too late.

The following are 12 simple things that you can start doing right now to prepare for the coming financial apocalypse....

#1 Become Less Dependent On Your Job

Many people define a job as the state of being "just over broke". The truth is that it is incredibly difficult to become financially independent working for someone else. Now, the truth is that most Americans would not be able to survive without a job, but what would you do if someday you suddenly lost your job during a financial apocalypse? Now is the time to start investigating alternate sources of income and different ways to build wealth. Today it takes the average unemployed American over 33 weeks to find a job. You may not always be able to count on being able to get a good job, and the economy is only going to get worse over the long-term. All of us should be operating under the assumption that any jobs we now have will someday be taken away.

#2 Get Out Of Debt

Some people disagree with this, but unless society degenerates into complete chaos or we experience Weimar Republic-type hyperinflation, the truth is that your debts are going to continue to hang over you wherever you go. Getting out of debt can be completely and totally liberating. It will give you much more freedom and will make you far less dependent on your job. In fact, it looks like a lot of Americans are already moving in this direction. It was recently announced that 8 million Americans have stopped using their credit cards over the past year. Why not join them? When things start really falling apart and it is incredibly difficult for anyone to get a job, the last thing you want is a huge amount of debt hanging over your head.

#3 Reduce Expenses

For decades, most Americans have been living far beyond their means. In the future, times are going to be really tough and we are all going to have to learn to tighten our belts. Do you and your family waste money right now? If you can eliminate that, you can live on a smaller income and you will have more money to invest in the things that are really going to matter.

#4 Purchase Land

Real estate is still priced too high in most areas of the United States, but the truth is that you don't want to wait forever to get your hands on a piece of land. If a "financial apocalypse" does happen, you don't want to be stuck in a big city with no place to go. You always want to have somewhere that you can "bug out" to. The U.S. real estate market is continuing to struggle right now, so hopefully prices will come down even more and there will be some really great deals available over the next couple of years.

#5 Learn To Grow Food

Another reason why you want to purchase some land is so that you will have somewhere to grow food if you need to. 100 years ago almost all Americans knew how to grow their own food, and most of them also knew how to raise farm animals. Today, relatively few Americans have those skills. A great way to begin is by starting your own "survival garden". If you are not already doing this, then why not start this upcoming year?

#6 Find A Reliable Source Of Water

Water is going to become a very, very valuable resource in the years to come. It will be absolutely key for you and your family to have a dependable source of clean drinking water. If you do not have water you will not be able to survive for long. In the event of an economic meltdown, basic services such as power and water may not be there. So be certain that you and your family have an alternate source of water to depend upon.

#7 Explore Alternative Energy Sources

This point is similar to the one above. Do you think that if a financial apocalypse happens that you will always be able to depend on the power company? The truth is that there is a good reason why so many Americans have been trying to go "off the grid". Without power, life gets really difficult very quickly. But if you are generating your own power then you won't have to worry about that.

#8 Store Supplies

In the event of a major disaster or emergency, store shelves are going to empty really fast. If supplies are disrupted on a permanent basis, you may have to get by on what you already have in your home. So do you and your family have enough warm clothes, personal hygiene products and medical supplies to last for an extended period of time? Hopefully your local stores will always be able to supply what you need, but we need to prepare as if that is not guaranteed.

#9 Protect Your Assets With Gold And Silver

The way that the Federal Reserve is abusing the U.S. dollar, it is only a matter of time before rampant inflation sets in. Even now, the U.S. dollar has already been seriously declining and precious metals like gold and silver have been shooting into the stratosphere. In the future, your paper money may not buy much for you at all, but if you have some gold or silver coins you can always exchange them for the things that you are going to need.

#10 Learn Self-Defense

Did you see what happened at stores from coast to coast this past Black Friday? Americans were literally trampling one another just to get their hands on some cheap foreign-made plastic crap. So what do you think is going to happen once these people have been without food for two or three days? Now is the time to think about how you will defend your home and your family from crazed looters. It is not a fun thing to think about, but unfortunately we are heading for times that will not always be pretty.

#11 Keep Yourself Fit

As Americans, we live such "cushy" lives. But when times get hard things will not be so cushy. In fact, the years ahead are likely to demand quite a bit of physical activity. So keep yourself in good physical condition right now. In the future you will be very glad that you did.

#12 Make Friends

It is really, really hard to "survive" by yourself. Those who will thrive the most in the future are those who will have a community that they can depend on. Americans are always at their best when they work together. Don't be afraid to reach out to your family and friends. In the times ahead the world will be a very cold place, and a little love and compassion will go a long way.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Busted!! - Government/MainStreamMedia Puppet Show Exposed!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Posted by √Čtienne de la Bo√©tie
Preface: This is a companion article to our article The Bought and Paid for Central Bankster-Owned LameStreamMedia and their "Propaganda Matrix" which details the six companies that control 97%+ of what the average person sees on a given day through their ownership and control of, essentially, every major newspaper, television station, cable network, radio station, magazine publisher, magazine distributor, book publisher, chain book store, theme park, record company, major internet property, movie studio and theater chain.
That article also details how the organized crime oligarchy is able to control the content of what those six companies air through the CIA's Operation Mockingbird and a handful of organizations that give key journalists, editors, and producers in the MainStreamMedia food chain their marching orders and control editorial approval and content.
This article details the numerous instances where the LameStreamMedia has been caught openly lying and propagandizing the American people OR abjectly covering up news that incriminates the organized crime cartel.

Government/MainStreamMedia Puppet Show Exposed!!
By Etienne De La Boetie

I love it when the Government and MainStreamMedia's Puppet Show gets exposed. The Central Bankster and their political puppets are forever using their bought and paid for media puppets to sell the American people on some foreign adventure, cover up their numerous crimes and/or use "predictive programing" to set them up for the next war, climate-scam, eugenics program, or police state measure. What is truly amazing is that no matter how many times they get caught in absolutely, completely bold-faced lies the majority of the American people can't believe the fact that the tell-a-vision and glossy magazines are propagandizing them... Soviet-style.
Here are just a few of the more outrageous examples where the central bankster-owned MainStreamMedia has been caught engaged in the little puppet show they put on for the slaves.

New York Times and The Economist Magazine Caught Writing Articles off the Same Talking Points - August 24th, 2009
Town halls burst with Obama 'plants'
By Chelsea Schilling , WorldNetDaily - The government and the media are caught staging Town Hall meetings where the only people who get to ask scripted questions are Obama administration plants.

The illustrated guide to Obamacare human props
By Michelle Malkin • August 12, 2009 12:48 AM

Here is BBC reporter Jane Standley broadcasting live from New York City on 9-11 explaining how and why WTC 7 fell 20 minutes before it collapsed with the building still standing visible behind her! When someone in "Central Control" realizes they are going out early with the "how and the why" before they have blown up WTC 7 then the BBC loses the signal from NYC five minutes before WTC 7 collapses completely and symmetrically into it's own footprint at free fall speed defying the laws of physics and displaying all the hallmarks of controlled demolition.

Here is video of obvious media plants that were on the major networks almost immediately after the attacks selling the public on the official story before anyone knew anything. Think about it: The official story is the government had absolutely no prior knowledge but 33 minutes after the 2nd tower is struck there is an MSNBC anchor describing in detail Osama Bin Ladin's history and spooky arch-terrorist cover story. Who gave him this info? Jerome Hauer is also on television selling the story of Osama Bin Ladin which is funny because he is one of the prime suspects for his role in building the NYC Emergency Management Center in WTC 7 which many believe was the intelligence agencies base of operations during the attack. Jerome Hauer is also a prime suspect for getting the FBI's #1 Bin Ladin expert, John O'Neill, a position as head of WTC security where he conveniently dies on his first day on the job before he can offer his opinion on Bin Ladin's ability to pull off such a sophisticated operation.

Here is an oldie but a goodie. CNN from the 1991 Gulf War where correspondents Charles Jaco and Carl Rochelle get the script mixed up. It looks like Carl forgot his prop gas mask so they have to ad-lib on live TV. They are also obviously broadcasting from a studio while pretending to be in the field.
Here is a short 10 minute video that covers three different times the MSM has been caught lying and fabricating news:
1. Dateline NBC caught rigging GM trucks to explode and then producing a news story showing a rigged explosion as a normal crash.
2. ABC News caught suppressing evidence of US government prior knowledge in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah building and evidence of other participants.
3. Multiple news organizations caught lying about the existence of concentration camps to sell the world on supporting the military intervention in Bosnia and Serbia in 1990.
The suppression of Ron Paul in the 2008 Presidential Election - Ron Paul enjoyed massively greater voter interest during the primaries as reflected by Google searches, YouTube, Facebook, etc. but the Bought and Paid For Central Bankster-Owned and Controlled MainStreamMedia ignored his candidacy and popularity and pumped up the pre-chosen "winners".
The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Complete Suppression of Additional Bombs Found in the Alfred P. Murrah Building - Most people don't realize that their were multiple bombs found within the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. National and local media reported on this fact throughout the day initially and then when "Central Control" decided that it didn't fit with the government's official story about the Lone Bomber - "Sheep Dipped" special forces operative Timothy McVeigh and his ANFO truck bomb. The media then completely "forgot" about multiple bombs found in the building and this crucial evidence was flushed down the memory hole even though General Benton K. Partin who ran the US Air Force Armaments Testing Laboratory wrote a thorough report, delivered to the Major Media, explaining in detail how the government's story was completely and patently false.

Let's not forget the fake "Brooks Brothers Riot" during the 2000 elections which the news channels tried to pass off as "spontaneous demonstrations of angry Miami voters" until the "rioters" were identified as republican operatives who had been flown in from all over the country on commercial and executive aircraft to try and stop the recount.

Let's not forget the obviously fake Bin Laden "confession" videos.
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Other Propaganda Examples

Author and former film industry insider Steven Jacobson, explains the techniques of mass mind control through television. More at his website:

Here is a local station airing what appears to be a Video News Release trying to sell parents on the fact that mercury-laden vaccines are actually good for kids and "are associated with improved behavior and mental performance", Mercury... the world's most toxic heavy metal that is not radioactive. Riiighhht...

Demonizing the Arabs - Here is a short 9 minute film showing Hollywood's persistent, demonization of the Arab people. Out of 1000 films that have Arab & Muslim characters (from the year 1896 to 2000) 12 were postive depictions, 52 were even handed and the rest of the 900+ were negative. Why would the Central Bankster-owned media relentlessly demonize the Arabs for decades? Islamic Banking forbids Usury and the charging of interest for loans.
Psychologist and Best Selling Author Dr. John Breeding discusses Subliminal Mind Control, Brain Washing, Media, and Psychology.

CBS Propaganda Placement: Conspiracy Theorists Are Anti-American, Domestic Terrorists

What Your TV Is Telling You to Do

NBC Universal's Shows Are Sending Viewers Signals to Recycle, Exercise and Eat Right. Why?

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UK Slammed, Frigid Cold, Snow


Severe Weather Map for the UK region

Frigid temperatures and high snowfall are blasting through parts of the UK and Europe, causing tremendous disruption, delays, cancellations, and hardship.

From the UK Met Office, “Severe weather warnings are in force across Scotland, eastern England, East Anglia and the South East, where further snow is likely through Wednesday and into Thursday”

The UK Met office reports up to 100 cm (almost 40 inches!) of lying snow in the eastern regions.

Temperatures have plummeted to well below 0 C and as low as -15 C in some locations.
Why is it so Cold with so much Snow?

Normally, prevailing winds are from the west in regions around the UK, which keeps things warmer in the winter (relatively speaking). This year, a very large high pressure system has developed in the northern Atlantic Ocean, resulting in a blocking pattern for those westerly’s. Since winds rotate clockwise around high pressure systems in the northern hemisphere, it is drawing down very cold air from the north and northeast.
Be prepared for severe weather

While some other parts of the world may be familiar with severe winter weather conditions and encounter them on a somewhat regular basis during the winter months, such a drastic weather change is catching people off guard and unprepared in the UK and other locations where this type of severe weather is unusual.

Although it is too late in the UK this time, to be prepared for the severe snow storm that is occurring, it will hopefully open the eyes for some and lead to better preparedness plans in the future.

Having a 72 hour emergency kit in ones vehicle is a very prudent precaution. While watching the reports on this storm I see many images of stranded vehicles and I wonder how many of them have a blanket, food, and water as a bare minimum…

Same goes for those who are stranded in airports, etc… with only the clothes on their back and whatever is with them. Having a mini emergency kit with food and water in your backpack is a very good idea!

Having adequate food storage at home is also good insurance. It is surprising how many people have one week or less of food in the house. It seems like a 3 or 4 week supply would be a good minimum food supply to start with.

Gulf Stream current and the north Atlantic high pressure system?
As an aside, it would be interesting to discover some reasoning as to why the large high pressure system has developed in the northern Atlantic, which is apparently a somewhat rare happening during winter.

Hmmmm…. the Gulf stream and issues resulting from the Gulf of Mexico – BP oil spill and dispersants that were released to keep the oil under the water?
Map of Gulf Stream currents during 1-Dec-2010

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Naked Truth



Contributed by Reason Magazine on 01 December 2010 14:12:53

According to the Transportation Security Administration, Americans have no problem with the new airport screening procedures. So they should stop complaining.

That self-contradictory reassurance, which would be unnecessary if it were true, seemed slightly more plausible after chaos failed to ensue from protests by Thanksgiving travelers who refused to walk through the TSA's full-body scanners last week. But there are reasons to question the TSA's portrait of placid passengers happily baring all for the sake of homeland security.

First of all, the TSA's numbers are fishy. It typically compares the number of passengers who opted for a pat-down instead of a full-body scan to the total number of travelers passing through the same airport that day—for example, "39 total AIT [advanced imaging technology] opt outs…out of 47,000 fliers" at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on the day before Thanksgiving or "113 AIT opt outs across LAX's 8 terminals, which is less than 1 percent of the approximately 50,000 travelers screened."

But to opt out, you have to be presented with a choice between revealing yourself to the TSA and letting an agent feel you up, and it seems most travelers never got that choice. Fewer than 400 of a planned 1,000 machines have been installed at airports so far, and they are used sporadically. Even when they're used, passengers do not necessarily know what they are walking through or that they have a right to request a pat-down instead.

"For most travelers through Newark Liberty International Airport," the Newark Star-Ledger reports, "the choice between a full-body scan and an aggressive pat-down was strictly academic. The half-dozen scanners now operational at Newark Liberty were largely idle during Opt Out Day—and for much of the Thanksgiving holiday before and afterward—depriving passengers of the opportunity to opt out even if they had wanted to."

CBS News reports that at Reagan National Airport, "Only occasionally were passengers routed to body scanners. The vast majority went through metal detectors only." Furthermore, the machines "were not labeled as 'body scanners,' nor were there any images posted by or on them showing what they do. Several seasoned travelers told us they didn't realize they were in a body scanner until they were asked to raise their arms." In any case, "no opt-out choices were presented." Yet "your consent is presumed if you walk into the machine without objecting."

In these circumstances, the TSA's claim that 99 percent of passengers "consent" to full-body scans is less impressive. Still, it is not surprising that most people would choose showing their bodies to a TSA agent they cannot see over letting one get up close and personal, which is a more conspicuous, embarrassing, and degrading experience. That does not mean they're fine with the scoping, only that the groping is worse.

The TSA likes to cite a CBS poll conducted a few weeks ago that found 81 percent of Americans support the new scanners. But the pollsters did not mention that the scanners reveal passengers' naked bodies. Not surprisingly, polls that allude to this fact tend to find less support for the machines. A Gallup poll conducted a few days before Thanksgiving found that 42 percent of fliers object to the scanners, while a Zogby poll conducted around the same time found that 61 percent of likely voters oppose the TSA's new procedures.

As more scanners are installed and virtual strip searches become routine, opposition may increase. Then again, Americans have a history, at airports and elsewhere, of getting used to invasions of privacy and infringements of liberty justified in the name of public safety. Requirements that once seemed objectionable—from surrendering your pocket tools and beverages to taking off your shoes, from mandatory seat belt laws to DUI roadblocks, from divulging your Social Security number to showing your papers, from letting police dogs sniff your stuff to signing a registry when you buy allergy medicine—have a way of becoming the new normal.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

How to Survive TEOTWAWKI in 14 easy steps


I write lots of detailed, in-depth posts for you here on The Survivalist Blog about preparedness, frugal living, weapons and homesteading. Today I thought I’d simplify and offer you some quick survival tips broken into bits.

1) Keep it as simple a possible. If something can be done in two steps instead of three why bother with the third step? If there is an easier and simpler way to the same result, why make things difficult. Remember The KISS principle: “Keep it simple, stupid”.

2) Take your time and create a plan. With paper and pen write out a detailed survival plan. What, when and how – while considering your personal needs and those of your family. Do this every six months – circumstances change, keep you plans flexible.

3) Have realistic expectations. I’m sure many of you would like to have a retreat on one-hundred acres nestled in the remote Idaho wilderness. A room full of high-tech weapons and gear. Customized humvee in the drive. A bunker stacked from floor to ceiling with MRE’s and the latest freeze-dried foods. But in reality most of us will never have this stuff. Set your preparedness goals at an obtainable level work relentlessly to meet them.

4) Educate your team, work together. Divide your family or survival group by skills. For instance; one member might specialize in medical procedures, another in chemistry and another weapons repair and reloading etc. Figure out what skills and resources you have as a group. Fill the gaps with training, classes and study.

5) Get a solid understanding of the basics. Everyone should at least know the basics, CPR / first aid, how to shoot, weapons maintenance and using available resources. Cover the basics first before moving to more advanced concepts. Refer to #1 above.

6) Know when to change strategies. Don’t become fixated with plans or beliefs. If something works, great; if not you need to find out what the problem is and how to fix it – even if it means a complete overhaul of your original plan.

7) Do a threat analysis. Stop, think, look around – if you were being attacked what would be the most likely approach? What are the weak points in your defenses? Who are probable attackers? When are they likely to attack. When are you most vulnerable? Find weak spots in your defenses and harden those points.

8) Experiment. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Never assume something works without first trying it yourself. We have to many armchair survival “experts” giving advice on things they have never done. Never take anything at face value – try everything yourself to see if and how it works, (This includes stuff you find here), leave nothing to chance.

9) Build a good library. You need books on gardening, homesteading, food storage and cooking, trapping, tracking, repair, raising livestock, alternative energy, medical, herbs and eatable plants, outdoor survival etc. Make a list of the books you need. It’s best not to get many titles covering the same subject – they tend to overlap and cover the same techniques and advice. See number 8.

10) Don’t get discouraged. It’s easy to become discouraged or give up altogether. Stay focused, set obtainable goals and remember everyone started from the beginning. Stop worrying about what some survival guru said you need in his latest fiction novel. You know your situation and needs better than anyone – plan accordingly.

11) Analyze your skills. Take a close look at yourself and your skills. Write down the things you are good at – find your strong points. Do the same for your weak points. What do you know little about? Find the area that needs improvement and get to work building your skill level in that area.

12) Take inventory.Take a good look at your food storage and other survival supplies. Write down what you have, look for gaps in your inventory. I did this a couple of weeks ago and found I needed to expand my medical kit.

13) Get a check up. If you still have a job with medical insurance great. Get a complete physical and check-up – same with dental. Correct any problems found.

14) Find your own way. No one knows your situation or location better than you and no one can formulate a survival plan based on your personal needs better than you. You know who you are and what you are capable of – plan accordingly.

Have other tips or advice? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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Best Christmas Gifts for the Survivalist


I can't believe I originally wrote this two years ago for Christmas 2008. But it's a fun topic and overdue for an update.

Ho ho ho! Everyone loves Christmas and its just around the corner!

So what to get the bunker dwelling, canned food hoarding, "end of the worlder" in your life?

Or maybe you need a handy little list of suggestions to slip under the pillow of a loved one who is not sure what to get for a prepper like us?
Here are my Best Christmas Gifts for the Survivalist
1) A retreat. If money is no object, then give your favorite survivalist a super gift!
Survival Realty features only survival style properties throughout the United States. Some are very affordable and there is one near (in the same state) where you live.
Or check out Missile Silos for Sale and let your special survivalist design his own fixer upper or get one already done! As for me, I am not a big proponent of buying a former government base for a bug out retreat as everyone knows where it is. But for the true afficinado, nothing beats an old Atlas or Titan silo.
2) The ultimate bug out vehicle
You got to have wheels to get around. Fortunately, there are several to choose from and model your own after out there.

What survivalist doesn't want his own special set of wheels for hightailing it to the mall before Christmas and to the wastelands the day after?
Why bother looking for a Ford F150 with a camper top when you can have something more exotic?
How about a Unicat
Or a Unimog ready to go?
Or your own submarine? While they don't have one currently for sale, they do have access to more for the buyer who wants their own World War II era sub for quick getaways!
3) Food, food, food

Nope we are not talking about a little food basket or worse, a fruit cake. We are talking survivalist food!
How about a Nitro Pak one year food supply? The best long term storage food company out there and now, for a low one time price, can purchase a year supply of goodies to stock the bunker. What prepper would not love to wake up to a full pallet of Nitro Pak boxes and white buckets?
How about some MRE's? MRE's are like SPAM and Tang to your prepper. A couple of cases are affordable and fit just right under the tree!
Trying to keep it simple? How about a case of SPAM Classic, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6 )?
Speaking of Spam, nothing goes better with egg nog than a Spam sandwich for Santa!
How about some quickie gifts from Amazon?
A Leatherman Surge!
Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Black
Or an LED headlamp?
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse
Or how about a simple copy of Patriots?
Either way, shopping for the prepper in your life is easy. There are only about 30 days left, so shop early and shop often!

Don’t do this at home.


It’s past the watershed so I’ll pose you a question

This photo is absolutely incredible... it should be a poster for what not to do.
But can you tell what's wrong with it?

Yep, guess you spotted it, too.

Never, never try to Prop-Start an aircraft without chocking the wheels!
I am sure that caught your
eye right away like it did mine..

Earthquake, East Coast USA, Continental Shelf



A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rumbled beneath the Atlantic Ocean seafloor off the East Coast of the United States today, 30-Nov-2010.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.6 km, only about 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

The eyebrow raising fact of this earthquake however, is its location. That is, right on the edge of the continental shelf where the seafloor drops from a depth of 500 feet all the way down a steep cliff to about 7,000 feet before gradually dropping further to depths as deep as 20,000 feet.

The location of the earthquake, although 4 miles below the surface (about 21,000 feet), is centered literally right on the top edge of the 7,000 foot cliff.

It is unimaginable to think about the consequences if part of the 7,000 foot cliff were to crack and fall away to the seafloor.

There is no indication that this is a current possibility, simply an observation based on the location coupled with the fact that we don’t often see earthquakes in this general location.

(stay tuned – more maps and data forthcoming…)

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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Madness Of A Lost Society


What do you think are we a lost society?

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Grocery Food Supply Chain, Risks and Survival


I read a very good article today touching on the food supply chain and its fragility due to over-active efficiencies, much of which rings true with me.

Among other things, the article promotes the idea of growing ones own survival garden to augment ones own food supply, namely using the square-foot-gardening technique (something I will be trying in the Spring, rather than my traditional type garden).

More striking however, and something that I have been keenly aware of for some time, is the underlying excessive demand for efficiency which places undue risks on the systems that supply and distribute our food.

Rather than repeating words that I’ve posted before, it is refreshing to read the words of others who realize the same risks.

Here is an excerpt from the article, written by Giordano Bruno at Neithercorp Press,

Survive Anything! Chapter 2: Food Crisis

The problem of storage and backstock is widespread in the U.S. and the culprit is actually one which we have been trained to admire; efficiency. It is because of the over-application of efficiency in grocery models and in the freight sector that most outlets carry little to no backstock in goods. Instead, they order goods as quickly as they sell out, refilling shelves on a product by product basis. This means that in most grocers, what you see on the shelf, is all that they have. The speed of trucking deliveries makes this business model possible, but its operation suffers from a seriously fatal flaw…

Grocery stores may seem like a bounty of goods at first glance, but if freight shipments shut down, or even slowed, those aisles would empty within the span of a few days. Many households in America operate on the same faulty “efficiency”. They rely on the weekly trip to the grocer to maintain the pantry while also attempting to save money by reducing backstock. It’s a frayed rope holding up too much weight, a completely inflexible system that cannot withstand any deviation from the set routine. One unexpected disaster could render the entire food and agriculture distribution network immobile.

Many grocery chains also function on a line of credit from banks while operating at a loss. Profits are poured directly into the liabilities the companies incur from loans and then more money is borrowed to continue ordering goods. Some stores in the chain (flagship stores) usually bring in enough money to cover the red ink of the other branches, however, what if banks were to cut off credit completely to a grocery chain? Or maybe ALL grocery chains? The cycle of debt, to sales, to profit, to debt, becomes disrupted. Any stores that rely solely on credit to stay open for business would immediately lose the ability to bring in new stock. Again, we are faced with empty shelves in less than a week.

This scenario is entirely possible in the U.S. today, especially in the event that big banks institute capital retention in order to protect themselves from a further collapse of investment markets. Banks have already restricted loans to consumers down to the bare minimum. A restriction of loans to the business sector in the near future is not that far fetched.

Read the article in its entirety here, Survive Anything! Chapter 2: Food Crisis

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NIA to roll-out National Identification Cards


Accra, Nov. 29, GNA - The National Identification Authority (NIA) will soon start the production of the National Identification Cards, an official source in Accra said on Monday.

The source told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra that it was ready to start the production of the Identity Cards with utmost integrity, professionalism and efficiency.

"The NIA is set to vigorously pursue other elements of the National Identification System given the completion of the construction of the National Data Centre building and the acquisition of equipment for ID card production," the source said.

It added that as part of measures to educate and sensitise the public on the National ID Card production, the NIA would engage the media on Wednesday, December 1 to kick-start activities to introduce the National ID (Ghanacard) to the public and outline the procedure and collection centres across the country.

The NIA source noted that the ID card would bear the personal information about the individual whose identity could be verified at all times and aimed at providing the public with added convenience and ease when conducting transactions with government and public sector institutions, civil society organisations and private sector businesses.

According to the source, the card utilised two types of biometric technology for identification purposes.

"These are the fingerprints which is unique to each individual in the form of digitised templates and facial dimension in the form of digitised colour photo of the card holder."

Both the fingerprints and photographs were captured during the mass registration together with other personal details and stored in the national database or register.

He said the NIA had deployed cutting edge technology that incorporated several layers of security features to make the card difficult to forge and protect the personal information stored on it.

Other features are a photograph of the card holder, along with name, address, date of birth and a personal identification number (PIN) that has been randomly generated and assigned to the holder.

A two-dimensional barcode at the back of the card also holds biometric information such as the holder's fingerprints in digitised templates as well as the holder's signature, which are unique to the individual.


Monday, 29 November 2010

Iceland Teaches, the World Ignores


Lost amidst the sturm und drang of the European debt crisis is the story of tiny Iceland.

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Iceland’s President Olafur R. Grimsson said his country is better off than Ireland thanks to the government’s decision to allow the banks to fail two years ago and because the krona could be devalued.
“The difference is that in Iceland we allowed the banks to fail,” Grimsson said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Mark Barton today. “These were private banks and we didn’t pump money into them in order to keep them going; the state did not shoulder the responsibility of the failed private banks.”

This is the story of plenty of financial and fiscal crises before now and only Iceland seems to have it figured out. Lost amidst the wailing and grinding of teeth that this is the worst economy in (insert random number of decades here) is that human societies imploding from time to time is a natural consequence of the imperfections of humanity. In the past, the fastest recoveries have been the ones where the government didn't engage in massive interventions, FDR's endless, large-scale experimentation in the Great Depression included. This isn't just noise, the Iceland recovery is really happening. Unemployment in Iceland is less than 7% and their economy is starting to grow.

Michael Derks points out another unspoken truth in all of these bailouts - the debt problems are too big to rescue through nationalization.

“The taxpayer has no realistic prospect of being able to save their banks, such is the magnitude of their bad loans and their extraordinary dependence on central bank support,” wrote Michael Derks, chief strategist in London at foreign-exchange firm FXPro. “Both junior and senior bondholders in these insolvent banks need to suffer huge haircuts,” he said.

Meanwhile, closer to home, we nationalized GM, Chrysler, the entire home mortgage industry in the form of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...
Bloomberg has disabled embedding, but here is a great interview with Olafur Grimsson. It's worth watching a national leader who gets it. Compare this to the serial statist spasms you see everywhere else.

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 2: Food Crisis


By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press – 11/29/2010

Food production is one of the most essential concerns of any society. Without direct availability and ease of consumption, without the consistent flow of agricultural goods, every nation existing today (except the most primitive) would immediately find its infrastructure crumbling and its people in a furious panic. It’s strange to me, then, that long term independent food planning is the one concern that many Americans seem to take most for granted. Firearms and ammo, camping gear and bug-out-bags, MRE’s, beans, and rice; these are the easiest part of your survival foundation. The hard part is not storage of goods, but devising a solid and practical plan for sustainability in the long term. This starts with the capacity to support your own agriculture regardless of how long the grid is down, even if it is down indefinitely.

Understandably, there will be some people who do not have enough land to implement many of these strategies. They should still know the fundamentals and be ready to apply them at a retreat location or within a community should the opportunity arise.

In the first chapter of our ‘Survive Anything’ series, we covered all the consequences of a nuclear attack on American soil, and how to not only make it out alive, but even thrive after such an event:

The reason Neithercorp covered survival tactics for a nuclear strike first was simple; we wanted to make it clear that the title of this series is not an exaggeration. Truly, ANYTHING is survivable with the right knowledge and preparation. Those who promote a ‘doomer’ view of economic collapse or global war are on average people who have simply given up before the struggle has even started. Therefore, their opinions on survival are empty, and barely worth the effort to ignore. Life goes on after collapse, as it always has since the beginning of organized civilization. It is YOU who decides whether or not you will be a part of that life. It is you who decides your chances of success.

With that success in mind, let’s dive into the most important aspects of food survival in a country where infrastructure has ceased to function…

Emaciated Grocery Chains

Last winter, I witnessed perhaps the most incredible snow storm I have ever seen in my life. A low pressure system punished the Northeast with downpour after downpour, stopping most road travel and cutting power to millions for at least a week. Being that the average family has only a week’s worth of food or less in their pantry, you can imagine the chaos that unfolded. Those grocery stores with backup power were flooded with customers buying armloads of batteries, water, ice chests, and, of course, foods that don’t require refrigeration. Now, what I want you to imagine, is what would have happened if no grocery stores had been open that week. What would have happened if they had never reopened? How many people would have been in the very real position of starving to death? From what I observed that winter…far too many…

The problem of storage and backstock is widespread in the U.S. and the culprit is actually one which we have been trained to admire; efficiency. It is because of the over-application of efficiency in grocery models and in the freight sector that most outlets carry little to no backstock in goods. Instead, they order goods as quickly as they sell out, refilling shelves on a product by product basis. This means that in most grocers, what you see on the shelf, is all that they have. The speed of trucking deliveries makes this business model possible, but its operation suffers from a seriously fatal flaw…

Grocery stores may seem like a bounty of goods at first glance, but if freight shipments shut down, or even slowed, those aisles would empty within the span of a few days. Many households in America operate on the same faulty “efficiency”. They rely on the weekly trip to the grocer to maintain the pantry while also attempting to save money by reducing backstock. It’s a frayed rope holding up too much weight, a completely inflexible system that cannot withstand any deviation from the set routine. One unexpected disaster could render the entire food and agriculture distribution network immobile.

Many grocery chains also function on a line of credit from banks while operating at a loss. Profits are poured directly into the liabilities the companies incur from loans and then more money is borrowed to continue ordering goods. Some stores in the chain (flagship stores) usually bring in enough money to cover the red ink of the other branches, however, what if banks were to cut off credit completely to a grocery chain? Or maybe ALL grocery chains? The cycle of debt, to sales, to profit, to debt, becomes disrupted. Any stores that rely solely on credit to stay open for business would immediately lose the ability to bring in new stock. Again, we are faced with empty shelves in less than a week.

This scenario is entirely possible in the U.S. today, especially in the event that big banks institute capital retention in order to protect themselves from a further collapse of investment markets. Banks have already restricted loans to consumers down to the bare minimum. A restriction of loans to the business sector in the near future is not that far fetched.

Food In A World Without Walmart

The above section illustrates just a few of the weaknesses in U.S. food distribution. I haven’t included the catastrophe inherent in a hyperinflationary situation because I think the consequences of that are self evident. The point is, if you are not standing on solid ground in terms of not just food storage, but a plan for sustainability, then you and your family are in serious danger. This is not a game, and it is not to be taken lightly. It is not something to be shrugged off and postponed for some undefined “later date”. If you have not already started the process of prepping for economic downturn or collapse, then you need to start today.

Buying food with a long term storage capacity is half the battle, and I recommend purchasing at minimum a year’s supply of these goods totaling at least 2000-2500 calories a day per person. Do not forget to include salts, sugars, and ample fats, without which, your body cannot function. Being that we have covered food storage in great detail in previous articles, let’s examine some practical methods for food production after your stores run out.

Squarefoot Gardening: One of the most productive styles of gardening I have ever seen is devised by Mel Bartholomew, a civil engineer who was frustrated with the immense waste involved in single row gardening. The process involves building easy to make above ground 4 foot by 4 foot soil boxes and then dividing those boxes into grids. These grids retain water and nutrients to a much greater capacity than traditional yard gardens, resulting in up to 80% less space required, 90% less water use, and 95% less seed to grow the same amount of vegetables. Fertilizer is not necessary and existing soil can be easily used. I would not set up a survival garden any other way.

There is one downside to squarefoot gardening, however, and it is one of visibility. If you are in a situation which calls for discreet growing of crops, then the highly visible soil boxes and neat rows will stand out like a sore thumb and alert others to your presence. If you feel secure in the defense of your homestead or retreat, though, then garden visibility is irrelevant and Bartholomew’s strategy is the best by far. Read his book, or check out his website here:

Non-Hybrid Seeds: Non-hybrid heirloom seeds are basically the seeds nature intended to be planted. These are the only seeds you should ever consider using for your survival garden for numerous reasons. Genetically modified seeds are unreliable, give you a low production count of vegetables, and very few quality seeds can be taken from the plants for the next season. Not to mention, there is no telling what has been infused into the DNA of GMO’s. A company in California called Ventria Bioscience has created a form of rice which contains HUMAN DNA, and this rice has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture! The reason? Ventria claims it can be used to treat diarrhea in children, of all things…

I don’t know what the direct health effects are of people consuming food made out of people, and I would rather not find out. I never thought I would see the day when the movie ‘Soylent Green’ was treated less like fiction and more like a documentary…

Natural Pest Control: I hate to say it, but in the event of a total collapse, it may be best to keep pesticides in stock. The first few years of a grid down scenario will likely be brutal, and if you are extremely dependent on your garden crops to keep your family fed, then you don’t want to take any chances on vermin decimating your plants. That said, there will probably come a point when your pesticides will run out, and natural methods will be necessary.

Some proven tactics of organic pest control include…

Lady Bugs (ladybugs eat pest insects and are incredibly beneficial to any garden)

Organic Pesticide (often contains garlic, chilli pepper or powder, vegetable oil, and water)

Repellent Plants (some plants naturally repel pests, like garlic, tobacco, or rhubarb. Some hot peppers are so acidic that they act as an anti-bug defense. Any peppers that contain large amounts of Capsaicin should be included in your garden plan)

Vinegar (can be used as an effective weed killer)

Cornmeal (can be applied to garden soil or turned into a juice and sprayed on crops. Cornmeal attracts fungi from the Trichoderma family, a good fungus which kills pest funguses)

Plant Daisies Around Fruit Trees (daisies attract a certain kind of wasp which is the natural predator of the bagworm, a worm that is notorious for killing crop trees. This wasp also kills locusts, an added bonus)

Herbs (strong smelling herbs repel many animals, including deer, that would attempt to feed on your veggies. Of course, you might like the idea of attracting deer to your property too…)

Grow For Your Region: The region in which you live will greatly affect the types of crops that grow well. Listed below are the various regions of the U.S. along with the vegetables that thrive best in them…

Northeast – Tomatoes, sweet peppers, snap beans, garlic, potato, bulb onion, cabbage, broccoli, mustard, spinach, eggplant, sweet corn, cucumber, radish, snow pea, asparagus

Southeast – Sweet pepper, garlic, hot pepper, broccoli, summer squash, collards, watermelon, cantaloupe, okra, scallion, lima bean, pole bean, sweet potato, potato, radish

Midwest – Corn, onion, lettuce, tomato, garlic, squash, pumpkin, turnips, beets, broccoli, cucumber, hot pepper, carrot

Central Rockies – Carrot, spinach, tomato, bush snap peas, potato, radish, fava beans, beets, shallots, leek, scallion

Northwest – Snow pea, pole bean, potato, garlic, pumpkin, squash, hot pepper, scallion, lettuce, onion, carrot

Southwest – Tomato, carrot, summer squash, bulb onion, snow pea, sweet pepper, eggplant, hot pepper, beet radish, sweet potato, southern pea, scallion

Keep in mind that these are not the only crops you can grow in your region, just some of the top producers. Many vegetables will grow almost anywhere in the U.S.

Most Nutritious Plants: The plants and vegetables with the highest nutritional content of vitamins and minerals are: Sunflower seeds, soybeans, almonds, leaf amaranth, broccoli, navy beans, collards, potatoes, dandelions (yes, the weed), lima beans, northern beans, kidney beans, okra, spinach, kale, butternut squash, sweet potato, peanuts, avocados, and watermelon (believe it or not).

Focus On Grains: Grasses that produce grains are hearty and grow almost everywhere in the U.S. Grains are the mainstay of our diets because they are so abundant and because they can be stored for years, even decades if needed. Families and communities hoping to restore food production after a breakdown in infrastructure will need personal gardens, but also reasonably sized tracks of land set aside for wheat, rice, barley, oats, etc.

Wheat is one of the few plants that can grow during the winter, but only if nitrogen content in the soil is adequate. Growing legumes in a garden patch can add large amounts of nitrogen, after which, wheat plants can be rotated in. Wheat also needs loose soil to grow well, and compacted soil can ruin a crop. The squarefoot method can be used just as easily for wheat as with regular garden vegetables and could help avoid the soil compaction problem, along with certain space issues.

‘Hard Wheat’ is the best type to plant if you live in a dry temperate climate with cold winters. ‘Soft Wheat’ is better for climates with more moisture and mild winters. After harvest, your wheat kernels should be stored in a cool dry place (40-60 F is optimal) and sealed in containers that prevent oxygen exposure.

Grains are the single most important food item for the survivalist because of their longevity. Civilizations are built and rebuilt on grains and grain storage. The average adult requires around 275 pounds of wheat a year, and the average child requires around 175 pounds a year. A well maintained acre of plants will produce around 40 bushels or more of wheat. A bushel contains around 60 pounds of wheat, meaning a standard acre could yield around 2400 pounds of grain; more than enough for two families every year. If the squarfoot method is applied, the yield could be significantly higher and the space could be reduced tenfold. Extra grain can be easily packed away, saving you in the event of a bad crop or other unforeseen problems. Grains combined with beans also make a complete protein in the event that your diet is low on meat. The advantages of grain production for survival are endless.

Growing And Hydroponics: I realize the word “hydroponics” is synonymous with wacky weed, Maui Wowie, and that shy neighbor in the aviator shades that lives on the corner lot of your block. Of course, its none of my business what that guy is growing in his basement, nor is it the government’s, but before you go out to order a subscription of ‘High Times’, let me assure you that my primary reason for bringing up hydroponics is one of survival, and not “mind expansion”.

Hydroponics is simply a method for growing plants using electric lights that simulate the rays of the sun, and this includes vegetables. There are many benefits to growing your food indoors.

If you are in a survival situation which offers minimal protection and greater danger from looters or others, you may want to consider the hydroponic option. This method would be a considerable edge for those who have chosen to stay within a city or suburban landscape with less open land and more people in tighter quarters. A hydroponic garden in your home or apartment might show up on infrared surveillance, but otherwise, no one would be the wiser to your food supply.

Hydroponic plants grow 30% to 50% faster than outdoor plants and their vegetable yields are often much higher. Some hydroponic systems don’t even require soil for growing! ‘Active Systems’ use a pump to supply nutrients to your plants while ‘Passive Systems’ use a wick to absorb nutrient solutions and pass them on to the roots of your crop. You can build your own hydroponic system using guides available on the web, or you can purchase pre-made systems. Pre-made systems with special lights are likely to run you around $1000, though deal hunters may be able to put something together much cheaper.

The downside to hydroponic growing is that you are paying for the light that you would normally get for free from the sun. Not to mention, in a grid down scenario, you lose your light source completely (we will cover strategies for survival electricity in the next installment of this series). But, if you have the ability to produce your own electricity, then indoor growing may be a godsend. Keep in mind that with hydroponics, food growing can be done year around, even in winter. Pests are much easier to control. And, your crops are also much safer from a threat I see rising to the forefront in the near future; GMO pollen. GMO pollen has the ability to “infect” healthy non-hybrid plants and mutate their seedlings. What would happen if your acre of veggies was suddenly hit with a blast of GMO pollens from breeds that use engineered terminator seeds? Say goodbye to next year’s crop, unless you have indoor gardens and extra seeds to back you up…

Sprouting: One easy way to get nutritious greens any time of year without special growing lights or fancy equipment is to sprout beans. All you need is a wide container with small holes in the bottom, and any number of sprouting beans or seeds. These include; lentils, garbanzo, mung, adzuki, pea, peanut, alfalfa, barley, pinto, and others.

The beans are spread in a thin layer across the bottom of the container and sprayed lightly with water daily. Some indirect sunlight is recommended. After around 3 to 5 days, they will begin to sprout, producing healthy greens even in the dead of winter.

The Omnivore’s Advantage

Vegetarianism seems like a spartan way of dieting, but really, vegetarians have a difficult if not impossible time when it comes to survival environments. Vegetarianism is a luxury, one that you cannot afford if you hope to get through a grid down event. The key to survival is flexibility and adaptability. Forgoing a meal of meat is not an option if you wish to avoid starving.

While killing and dismembering Bambi for your stew pot is not the most pleasant of exercises for many, its something all of us might have to get used to very soon. Traditional hunting, though, is not the most practical way of obtaining meat during a collapse, and counting on hunting alone could very well end in empty plates for you and your family on a regular basis. Here are some strategies for making sure that never happens…

Raising Chickens: Chickens are some of the easiest livestock to raise. They require little space. If allowed to roam the yard they practically feed themselves, they lay eggs which are a fantastic source of protein, and, when they stop laying, they can be eaten.

One problem to watch out for with chickens is ‘fowl cholera’. Symptoms include greenish yellow diarrhea, difficulty breathing, swollen joints, darkened wattles. Infected birds die quickly and there is no treatment. Destroy all infected birds, even those that survive (they become carriers and infect new birds immediately). Other diseases and sicknesses usually require some care and warm shelter, while the bird’s immune system takes care of the rest.

Raising Rabbits: Rabbits are another very easy to raise meat source, though they cannot be allowed to roam like chickens and dry warm cages are necessary. As we all know, rabbits breed like there’s no tomorrow, so you will have a never-ending supply of new stock. Rabbit food is relatively inexpensive to store, though veggies from your garden often work just as well. In fact, planting a couple quick producing crops just for your rabbits may be an effective feed source. Rabbits also need clean water regularly, because they dehydrate easily.

Bring The Game To You: Running around the forest with your scoped bolt action may not be the cleverest way to put meat on the table during a collapse, unless you have a lot of well armed buddies to keep watch over you while you lounge in your tree hide for half the day. There is too much wasted time and too many risks involved. During a societal breakdown, sometimes you have to work smarter, not harder.

Bringing the game to you is not so difficult as long as you know what they like. Leaving salt licks and corn on the perimeter of your land will bring deer, and in some places wild pig. Wild flower and clover patches attract rabbits which can then be snared. Wild turkeys like crabapples, beechnuts, and acorns during winter, and clover during spring.

Another more expensive option is to build a small artificial pond on your land. Animals for miles around will congregate there to drink, especially if there are no other streams or lakes nearby.

Don’t Be A Liability

Preparation is not just about you, it is about all the people you save by not becoming part of the problem. The more Americans prep, the less Americans starve in the midst of calamity. Fewer empty stomachs means less fearful minds and less panic when the other shoe drops. In this sense, survival preparation is not just a hobby, or a mode of self interest, it is a duty. Frankly, if we care at all about the continuity of our ideals, our belief in freedom and independence, then we should also feel obligated to become more self-sufficient. If the economy were to slip into oblivion tomorrow, would you be a pillar of strength, or just another frantic helpless man-child waiting desperately for a handout from the nearest criminal bureaucracy? Would you be a strong-point in the protection of liberty, or a weak link holding the rest of us back?

The strength of one can have reverberations in the lives of thousands. Preparation makes us strong. Adaptability and knowledge makes us unafraid. Training and experience makes us successful. These are the principles upon which America was founded, and these are the principles which will allow America to live on.