Day By Day© by Chris Muir.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More about the Hunt Brothers cornering the silver market

Here is another account of the Hunt Brothers cornering the silver market.  There were other players in the game, banks that shorted silver, and possibly even the assassination of the Saudi king of the time by his nephew was related to it, but who knows.

The reason why silver is not higher than it is, is because of the enormous short position taken by JP Morgan Chase Bank.  Last time the price approached $50 (early May) the regulatory body raised the margins 4 times in a row in order to keep them from having a margin call.  This in my opinion robbed others who hold silver from an opportunity to make money.

At the same time as the "silver smackdown" at the beginning of May, JP Morgan Chase took delivery of a lot of physical silver (about 190,000 oz.).  They now have 41% more physical silver than they did before.

However, the sheer size of this short position is actually keeping the dollar higher and staving off hyperinflation.  But at some point the dam will have to burst, i.e. when China gets done divesting itself of dollars.

Monday, May 30, 2011

More zombies: The Zombie Safe House

I just figured out that May is Zombie Awareness Month. Sheesh, go figure.  No wonder there's so many articles about zombies lately.

This Polish architect Robert Konieczny has invented a safe house suitable for the Zombie Apocalypse.  Here is his company's website, they are called KWK Promes.  There is an English language version of the website.  You will have to click around a bit to get to the Safe House but it's there.  Essentially the Safe House is a monolithic cement block with heavy cement shutters that close over glass pane windows.  When the house is open, it's light and airy.  When it's closed, it looks like a cement block.  The entrance is on the second floor by drawbridge, and visitors must wait in a secure lobby type room before being admitted to the house proper.

The weakness I spotted immediately is, you better have a generator to operate all those window shutters.  I can't see someone in a power outage running around the house trying to close it up with the weight of all that cement to push around.  And generators can run out of fuel.  Solar would maybe work, but would be vulnerable to vandalism.  The other weakness I thought of was ventilation.  You will need power to ventilate the place, and someone could place something nasty near the intake vent.  Hopefully they were smart enough to put the intake vent up high as well.

There is also a Hidden House in their portfolio.  It's sort of a partially underground house with a pop-up trap door leading to the garage.

The China in the Bull Shop

Get the big pic, there's weird stuff in it
Last night I went to a party and other people were talking about prepping and about the dollar crashing soon.  They were already talking about this when I arrived.  I don't know hardly any other preppers (or so I thought) and I've never heard these people talking about this subject before, so this was kind of weird.  We were also talking about China divesting from the dollar.  To me, this says that the masses are starting to get a clue.

Then I got home and the Western Rifle Shooters had a link to this excellent essay by Jaded Haven about her disillusionment about our country.  Man, she said it.  And of course ZeroHedge had something about China divesting.

My guess now is the dollar will crash not all at once but in slow motion at first, and it's already happening.  Slowly other countries are trying to get out of dollars, get gold, etc.  They are making the dollar irrelevant, and getting the dollar out of the middle of their transactions.  (for example to buy oil, now they have to first buy dollars because oil is valued in dollars).  China is doing it somewhat sneakily by using its dollars to buy up everything in sight: natural resources, manufacturing concerns, etc. worldwide.  At some point after the rats are done jumping ship, the ship will start to sink in earnest.  So I think we only have until China has done enough divesting to satisfy itself before we get an announcement that nobody wants to use the dollar anymore.  Since we ARE on the way down, there is a greater chance someone will try to kick us while we're down.  In fact, I think China is doing just that, vis. the hacker attack on Lockheed Martin the other day. They don't know who did it, but my money is on China.

To protect yourself or your company against hacker attacks, if you store your data "in the cloud" it might be wise to have an offline copy as well.  Get an external hard drive and back up your hard drive, or at least make copies of your digital documents.  Or simply use a computer that is never online to do your bookkeeping and stuff, that would not only protect the integrity of your data but would also prevent it from being accessed online.  (but back it up too in case of hardware failure) Keep in mind the old adage that One is None, and Two is One.  In case the power plant virus spreads any further, an alternative energy source would also be wise. (a solar panel and a deep cycle battery, for example), and a UPS on any desktop computers you have that you can't afford to have unexpectedly crash from a power out. 

One thing that occurred to me this morning was that law that says you can't take more than $10,000 cash out of the country at one time.  $10,000 will be chump change when hyperinflation hits, and I doubt they'll adjust the amount for inflation, because they'll be trying to trap everyone and their money here.  Just a thought, if you were considering leaving the country when the SHTF. Check out my earlier posts on hiding money, I had some ideas about how to expatriate wealth in one of them.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Zombie Apocalypse will not be televised

Lately there have been a few articles and blog posts about Zombie Apocalypses. Here are some:
Blame it on toxoplasmosa gondii.  Half of all humans have it.  I think you can catch it from breathing kitty litter dust when you change the cat litter and that pregnant women are more susceptible, so if you are pregnant wear a dust mask to change the cat litter or even better, get someone else to do it.  It can make you crazy (and we thought mad cow was enough).
This is just a puff piece about very basic low-level preparedness with zombies thrown in for humor.

And here is a new zombie movie called "Colin" which is completely from the zombie's point of view and cost a whopping $70 to make.

The Patriots Need a Fight Song

The song "Chester" was the original (but unofficial) National Anthem, written by William Billings in 1770 and revised in 1778.  It was second in popularity only to "Yankee Doodle".  Billings was also responsible for popularizing grass-roots choral singing.  There is also a religious-only hymn set of lyrics.
Strangely, there was also another Declaration of Independence before the 1776 one, the first one was signed in Chester, Vermont in November 1774.  I'd like to think the song title referred to the town of Chester as a center of resistance, but it's probably a coincidence.  He had a song "Africa" also which is not about Africa.
Anyway, I just changed some names for the modern era, and a word or two... since we seem to be turning into a fascist tyranny.  All sorts of "big brother" stuff happening.  I'm not scared of terrorists - the chance of being attacked by terrorists is less than the chance of being hit by lightening or winning the lottery - but I am scared of what is happening to my country from the inside.  We're losing our soul.  What good is winning the endless "war on terror" if we lose our soul in the bargain and BECOME the terror?  When did the Land of the Free become the Land of the Lied-to, Spied-On and Harrassed?
I started this blog out with frugal advice and little recipes and such, but more and more I feel like I am just telling people how to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. So, here's the song lyrics.  I'll put a link to the tune you can listen to below it.
Let tyrants shake their iron rod,
And Slav'ry clank her galling chains,
We fear them not, we trust in God
New England's God forever reigns.
Obama, Big Sis, Clinton too,
With Pelosi and Bernanke join'd,
Together plot our Overthrow,
In one Infernal league combin'd.
When God inspir'd us for the fight,
Their ranks were broke, their lines were forc'd,
Their Scanners Shatter'd in our sight,
Or swiftly driven from our Coast.
The Foe comes on with haughty Stride;
Our troops advance with martial noise,
Their Vet'rans flee before our Youth,
And Gen'rals yield to beardless Boys.
What grateful Off'ring shall we bring?
What shall we render to the Lord?
Loud Halleluiahs let us Sing,
And praise his name on ev'ry Chord.
Here's a choir singing it.  Unfortunately the sopranos are too loud, and drown out the melody in the tenor. But it was the best recording I could find on YouTube.

Friday, May 27, 2011

U.N. says dollar could collapse

the Weimar Wagon had no black box
The U.N. warned on Weds. that the dollar could collapse if it keeps sinking against other currencies.

Like I've been saying, go out and get extra food now.  Cancel your cable, stop eating out, and buy double groceries - canned food, flour, maybe some sugar, and beans and rice.  Don't forget the spices, but get them from an ethnic grocery because they're about 1/10 the cost there.  Plant a garden (it's not too late for some crops).  And figure out now how to heat your house this winter, because if the dollar collapses nobody will be able to afford energy either.  I recommend a rocket stove.  If you figure out how to make them well, your neighbors might want to buy them from you this winter.

If you become unable to afford a telephone, get a CB radio for emergencies.  They are like $30 or $35 new at Wal-Mart or you might be able to find one used.

In maybe somehow related news, the Dept. of Transportation wants to put black boxes in ALL cars (not just new ones) by the end of 2011.  About 2/3 of all cars built after 2005 have them already.  They're supposed to be for analyzing a crash.  The question is, will the new black boxes contain spy gadgets?  Privacy is disappearing and censorship and surveillance are on the rise.  On the other hand, we might be all riding bicycles next year because gas will be out of reach, so the black box plan won't even matter.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

OPSEC when hiding money

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Using a safe at home to store valuables may not be good enough!  If you don't have OPSEC (operations security, in other words SECRECY) then your safe is nothing to an organized and determined burglar. Man had his life savings ($750,000) in silver in a safe. Robbers disguised as cops overpowered him with a knife and made off with the silver, which was uninsured. The cops think maybe his friends or relatives might have blabbed about the silver to someone. Man had $7000 in gold coins stolen from his safe at home. A few relatives knew about his safe. Whoever it was knew where the key was and helped themselves to a few coins, not all of them, and then replaced the key. They couldn’t get good fingerprints, and the man who owned the gold has no idea exactly when it was stolen. He’s not making a homeowner’s claim because insurance companies often will drop you after small claims.

This isn't money, but it's related:  A lady I once knew died.  She had disinherited her one daughter because the daughter stole her mother's boyfriend.  After she died, this same daughter got into the house and found the new will that disinherited her and stole it.  The only copy of the new will had been kept in a vase.  Nobody could prove she stole it, but they suspected.  Because nobody could find any more copies of the new will they ended up having to use the old one.

Solutions: Don't keep the only copy of your Will and other important papers at home.  Keep a copy at your lawyer's, and/or register the Will with the probate court. 

Don’t tell anyone (not your family, nobody. Not even your spouse) that you have stored anything valuable at home. Or have a little bit in one safe and the rest in another, and then if robbers come, open the one with the little bit. (of course if you blab that you have 2 safes or even let anyone see you in the course of your everyday life making a move toward the one with the larger stash, the robbers will know). It’s the same as carrying a dummy purse/wallet with a few bucks in it in a big city so any muggers think they’ve got your goods and run away without the real money.

If you get a safe, install it yourself. Put it in the floor under the fridge or something else equally heavy. Or behind a baseboard.  Don't let anyone know you did this.  Don't let anyone ever see you access this safe.

You could bury your treasure. Cover your activity with another reason for digging, like fixing a fence post. You can seal your stuff in a short length of PVC pipe with caps on the ends. Don’t use a coffee can, they rust. You might want to bury some junk metal here and there also, to foil metal detectors. DO NOT make a treasure map. It could be found and used by someone else.

You could get a safe deposit box for treasure. But then your treasure won’t be accessible 24/7, and it won’t be insured against bank robbery. Also, if the government decides to confiscate all the gold, there’ll be a paper trail leading to your box.  A safe deposit box is good for papers for if your house burns down, not for a large amount of precious metal or cash.

I suppose if you want one person to be able to find your treasure if you disappear or die, then put a sealed letter to them in the keeping of your lawyer to be opened under those circumstances. Then tell that person that if you die they need to see this lawyer.  You could even remove it one step further by renting a safe deposit box just for the letter and then have the key at the lawyer's place.

Asymptomatic Depression - I'm Not Dead Yet, I Feel Happy! LOL
Sometimes humor and art cut to the chase a lot quicker than learned treatises.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Even More Spying Coming Soon: The Insight Focused Incubator

DARPA has just unveiled The Insight Focused Incubator.  This program replaces the Pentagon’s controversial Total Information Awareness (TIA) project that was de-funded in 2003.  This was and is a data-mining project.  They are currently seeking bids.

We interrupt this for a word from the Carter Family:

Perhaps this program will help the US in war; but it could also be turned against Americans.  It certainly was under Bush.  The NSA was wiretapping ALL Americans, but focusing more on JOURNALISTS.  As if journalists were going to be terrorists.  How McCarthyesque.  Here is a transcript of an interview of Russell Tice, a former NSA analyst, fessing up to Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to get around Internet surveillance and censorship

The following are some links to things you can do to bypass internet censorship and surveillance:

There are several levels of censorship, from home/school/work, to parts of the internet being blocked for a country, to a whole country's whole internet service being blocked.  Also, you must assess your risk in attempting to bypass a censor.  What is at stake if you get caught?  This is a personal decision for you whether the risk is worth it for the reward.

What I gathered from glancing over these was that if people in a neighborhood who all have wifi unpassword their wifi, there will be a giant wifi network, sort of an intranet.  This might work for a city.  It would also create a sort of a "free" netzone.  Also, someone could set up a small, private ISP, or you could have a small network of dial-up that goes over land lines.

Radios are possible.  The only long-range radio available LEGALLY to regular folks is ham (and this requires a license), but there was noise about the US Gov taking away that frequency range.  I hope they don't, because ham operators helped out a lot in the Katrina disaster.  They are an asset.

One more link: If you want to build your own pirate radio station here is for free: Zeke Teflon's Pirate Radio Manual:   Wouldn't that be maddening, if Big Brother couldn't turn off the flow of TRUTH coming from the people?  That would make 'em blink.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another doomsday person, Robert Fitzpatrick, goes home

The other day I blogged about a minister who had disappeared after his end of the world prediction didn't come true, Harold Camping, the guy who had the website

Another doomsday predictor, Robert Fitzpatrick, just went home instead. I think this must be the guy who had the RV in Times Square.  Boy, he must feel like a chump.  He was a follower of Camping.

I guess the moral of the story is, always hedge your bets.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Beware the Ministry of Truth

oh yes I did-  add this picture
While looking for fodder for my blog today I stopped by and found this excellent article on how the mainstream media discounts/makes fun of anything having to do with conspiracies, no matter how good the evidence presented by the person concerned.  They use ad hominem attacks, constantly use the word "theory" with the word "conspiracy" in order to make it only look like a theory, stack up the more loony conspiracy advocates (instead of the respected ones) against recognized experts in debates, and ruin the careers of journalists who get too close to the sensitive truths.  Sometimes those journalists even end up "suicided" later.

Recently former President Clinton suggested the government form a "Ministry of Truth" to combat "misinformation" on the internet.  (that's so 1984) There is also Kentucky trying to pass a law against anonymous blogging. This would certainly stop whistleblowing and it would also keep people from speaking their minds online for fear of losing their careers and could make a dangerous precedent against freedom of speech. People who now can make anonymous comments to blogs with sensitive subjects like debt or mental health will certainly feel suppressed from being able to seek help.  As for this blogger, I choose anonymity to avoid stalkers and to compartmentalize my life, but I also cross post to Facebook under my real name, so I'm really not that anonymous.  Fortunately there are still darknets and other P2P parts of the internet they might not be able to shut up, unless they shut down the whole internet, which Obama wants to be able to do should an occasion arise.  There is a Senate bill for that being considered right now.

Unless they think they can muster the bandwidth and manpower to cross reference everyone to their blog comments and actually enforce this stupid law being considered in Kentucky or wherever else this cancer ends up spreading, people can probably get around it just by adopting a pseudonym.  You could get humorous about it, call yourself Ethelbert Dinkelacker or Baron Peewee Rothschild or Ungabunga Abudabi and give the address of the nearest vacant house that the neighbors lost to foreclosure last year - God knows there's plenty of them to choose from.  Or you could use TOR.  But this is the kind of stupid law that deserves to be resisted.

In case they shut down the internet, I saw a great idea someone had of embedding a USB thumb drive in the mortar between bricks of a brick wall or building.  Even if the internet were down, or if you were afraid of sending the information over the internet, you could use the thumb drive as a sort of information "dead drop".  The only disadvantage to it would be it would limit your information to whoever could physically get to the thumb drive, and also it might look a little weird for many people with laptops to all sidle up to the same brick wall all day.  Maybe if one was located inside a coffee house or something like that.

Like I've said, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.  Nobody and no one medium has the corner on the market of disinformation.  The mainstream media lie constantly through presenting only part of the story, or the wrong part of the story.  In 1989, I attended a protest against the turning over of Roe v. Wade to the states in Boston.  Tens of thousands of people marched and blocked one of the main thoroughfares, I think it was Memorial Drive but it was long ago so not sure anymore.  I was sitting down in a huge crowd of people and the crowd was so thick that I wasn't aware that I was actually sitting in the road until the protest was over and I figured out where I was. (I'd thought it was a parking lot.)

Later, I went into a bar with friends to watch the evening news coverage of the protest.  All the news kept showing over and over was a 5 second clip of some woman who lost her temper and punched a cop, and the tail end of the protest after it was all over, when about 6 bull dykes were still standing there with signs all by themselves.  The aerial crowd footage was also chosen to make the crowd look thin - it was the edge of the crowd.  The seemingly liberal media had let us down.  They made us look like a small bunch of cop-punching fringe. (no offense to any bull dykes intended)

That day was the day I stopped trusting mainstream media.  Basically, the best policy is don't trust any media completely.  Everyone has an axe to grind. (even me).  And no, the mainstream media isn't all liberal either, or they would have represented this protest as what it really was, a gigantic, peaceful (except for that one woman) protest of people from all walks of life, men and women, clogging the main road for an hour or two.

Volcano in Iceland, Day After Armageddon, Harold Camping disappears

On the heels of Armageddon Day, another Icelandic volcano has erupted.

In probably unrelated news, Harold Camping, the 89 year old guy who made the end of the world prediction for yesterday has, predictably, disappeared.

Earlier, reported that Camping's site,,  really wasn't very commercial of a site, that there was only a little donate button at the bottom, and that the organization was spending most of what it made to get more advertising.  They predicted that Camping would disappear WITHOUT the money.  I tried to visit the site just now and can't get through.  Not sure if it's because they took it down or because there is too much traffic to it right now.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mind control, coffee and heavy clipboards

It is really no big secret that the government was into mind control experiments (and may still be).  They ran around in the 1960's dosing random Americans with LSD without their knowledge under a program called MK-ULTRA. (at least I think it was that program, if it wasn't that one it was another one, but they did do it). A friend of mine once told me his dad did Psi experiments for the Pentagon, as well.  Telekinetic people would come over to their house and move small things around in a glass case with their minds. 

On the way dark side, there are people who allege that the government was/is taking little kids (military brats and orphans, mostly) and traumatizing/programming them on purpose to try and make them into Manchurian candidates. (unconscious assassins, mostly, although there's also the psychic spy variation called "remote viewing"). 

Now that sounds far out, but many shamans (shamen?) say that they became attuned to the spirit world after a traumatic near-death childhood experience.  It would not be a far cry to think that this phenomenon could be engineered; however, I say it would be very unethical.  But if they were dosing people without their knowledge, it is only one or two steps further down the rabbit hole for them to be messing with kids.

But whether it's true or not, it doesn't mean the government has to have all the "fun".  Why not reclaim mind control for ourselves!  But for good purposes!  If nothing else, become more aware so that you might notice when someone is trying it on you.  As far as the ethics go, perhaps it is a matter of degree.  Everyone tries to influence other people's thinking all day long, but you do it too hard and it gets evil.  So here is some food for thought:

Recently I read that coffee makes you more open-minded (read suggestible).  Serving coffee at business meetings or sales presentations might make people more open to your pitch.  Even if they don't drink it!

Yale University's John Bargh did a study about the suggestive power of physical objects, and he concluded that if someone offers you a warm drink, even if you don't drink it, the idea of the warm drink as opposed to a cold one will make you think of the giver of the drink as being emotionally warm on some unconscious level.  Likewise, if you are given a heavy clipboard as opposed to a light one, you will think that whatever document is on it has more "weight".  This could be used to slant someone towards one idea or another based on the weight of the clipboard the idea is on.  You could put the one you want them to pick on the heavy clipboard.  Job candidates could use this technique for making the interviewer think they are more serious than their competitors: just hand the interviewer something kind of heavy.  Maybe your resume on a heavy clipboard, or maybe just have them see you using a heavy looking pen.  I think it would be better if they touched the heavy object themselves, but you don't want to get weird about it.  It would have to be natural.

Perhaps this is why they serve coffee at the new mega-churches nowadays.  (some of them even have cup holders in the arm rests in the sanctuary)  The libation to Caffeina might actually help you get Jesus.  Either that or they just like a good cup of java.  It might just be a happy coincidence.

There is a whole science of persuasion in negotiations that pays attention to details like the layout of the board room, who sits where during a meeting, who makes the first offer, etc.  Real estate guru Peter Conti teaches techniques for getting the purchase price of a house down while talking to a motivated seller. And of course, the advertising industry has been working on subliminal messages for years.  They're not supposed to put them in TV ads, but I once saw a billboard for Kent cigarettes that had a mountain that looked like a big purple pudendum if nothing else.  I got a chuckle out of mispronouncing the brand name of the cigarettes at that moment when I pointed it out to someone.

This article says mind control drugs that control your morality are coming.  This would be good if someone voluntarily took them in order to fix themselves; however, I am against drugging people against their will.  

Friday, May 20, 2011

Global food crisis is coming

I stole this image from the UN
Bad weather around the US is already making 2011 a bad crop year.

20 signs a global food crisis is coming

The World Bank says food prices have entered the danger zone

When people rioted in the Middle East (The "Arab Spring") it was in my opinion mostly because of the price of food which had doubled in the last year.  There is nothing to incite riots like hunger.  Since we supply most of the wheat that the Middle East eats, and because the wheat harvest is going to suck this year (it's waterlogged), we may expect more riots. But the riots are spreading.  They have had protests in several European cities also - just more genteel ones, since the Euro governments aren't trying to kill the protesters.  (yet).

Herbal Medicine Cures

Forget the pills
Simple cures from easy to find plants and other stuff.  Many will be free because you can find them in your back yard or on a hike, or they are cheap because they're in the spice cabinet already.

Rashes: Take a plantain leaf, chew it, and rub the juice from the chewed-up leaf on the rash.

Poison Ivy: Jewelweed, which grows in wet places. Rub the juice on the rash.

Burns and rash: Aloe. Break a leaf and squeeze the juice out on the burn/rash.

Bug bites: Clay on the bite will draw out the poison.  You can also try baking soda paste.

Sore throat: Anise or licorice tea are the best.  Also slippery elm bark, it's mucilagenous and soothing.

Sinus: Take some whisky or other strong drink, heat it up in a pan, and breathe the fumes with your nose.  That is if you can breathe with your nose.  You could also eat a small amount of ephedra, but it's speedy and now it's illegal so good luck finding any.  But ephedra will open your sinuses right up.  One way I open my sinuses is with an ice pack on my face.  That shrinks the membranes.  Once you can breathe you can do the whisky thing.  It will kill some of the germs in the sinuses.  You can also snort warm salt water.
Cough: Make a tea out of plantain leaves and drink it. Garlic, red pepper and ginger are also good – they make the mucus flow more and garlic has some antibiotic properties. Also mullein tea (from leaves) or smoking mullein leaves is excellent for coughs. Raspberry leaf tea is also good. (from the red raspberry in particular)

Colds: Echinacea tea.  This is a coneflower.  It's common enough that you can grow it in the garden as a flower, then you'll have it for free.  It reduces the symptoms.  Vitamin C in larger doses is also good.  If you don't have vitamin C pills, get cranberry juice or rose hips.

Urinary tract infections: Cranberry juice.  Unsweetened!  The sugar is a complication you don't want.  It will be sour but you'll just have to deal with it.  Drink a ton of water and a ton of cranberry juice.  The acidity will knock out the infection, if you get it soon enough. (at the first twinge).  If you are prone to UTI's, then quit drinking coffee and tea so much.  They irritate your bladder.  For some reason, citrus is not a good idea for UTI's, stick to cranberry.

Stomachache: Ginger, mint. Either a tea or just munch a little piece of ginger root.  If it's heartburn, just drink some baking soda in warm water. (tastes bad, but works great).

Nausea: Smoke some pot if so inclined. (Whether you want to break the law is your call.) Or if you aren't so inclined, grab the web between your thumb and index and squeeze the meaty part hard for a whole minute. There’s a pressure point there. It's real good for fighting dizziness.  Also, nutmeg is good for nausea. (ingested).  I think ginger works ok for that too.  Don't overdo the nutmeg, an overdose is psychedelic and supposedly not in a pleasant way either.  I think you'd have to eat a whole nut or two worth of nutmeg for that to happen though.  Probably a quarter teaspoon is safe, I bet people sprinkle that much on their latte or egg nog.

Headache: Drink tea from lavender, vervain, feverfew, or willow bark. Vervain is very bitter.  Even just smelling lavender can help, or rub lavender oil on your temples.

Worms: Black walnut hulls, in a tea. Wormwood tea. Very bitter.  Jump up and down a lot to shake it up in your intestines.

If you are cold: Drink tea from dried ginger.

If you are hot: Drink tea from fresh ginger.

To induce a miscarriage: Early in the pregnancy, drink pennyroyal tea. NOTE: DO NOT INGEST PENNYROYAL ESSENTIAL OIL. That will poison you. However you can rub a little bit on your skin. Another thing you can do is there is a pressure point just below your ankles that you can squeeze.  No guarantees.  I know someone who tried all this and it didn't work.  If you change your mind after starting this and decide to have the child, you might have a problem pregnancy.  It's your conscience and your body.  You can sometimes find pennyroyal as a creeping rock garden plant in plant nurseries.

To bring on your period: Drink parsley tea several times a day, or eat a large amount of parsley. Not sure if it will induce a miscarriage, but it sure will make you bleed if you’re not pregnant.

To stem bleeding wound: If you don’t have a bandage but have a cobweb, slap a cobweb on it.

Head lice: A decoction of the leaves of Virginia creeper applied to the hair will kill lice. It also apparently makes a good black dye.  I don't know if a fixative is needed with the dye.  I also don't know if it will change the color of your hair.

Bunions and corns: Rub bruised Virginia creeper leaves on them, it's supposed to relieve the discomfort.

To make yourself barf and have diarrhea on purpose: Drink a tea of Virginia creeper leaves, bark or berries.

Hepatitis C (which is incurable) or any liver ailment: Dandelion root tea is really good for strengthening the liver and encouraging the flow of bile. Interferon treatment (what doctors prescribe for hepatitis) is really bad for other organs. It can really make you sick. So since it’s incurable anyway, just do the dandy.

Natural estrogen:  Soybeans have estrogen.  But for a real wollop, Fennel seeds (in a tea, or to make your boobs grow, rubbed on boobs in a cream, although that will make your boobs real sore), or a tea made from boiling fenugreek seeds. (add brown sugar, it’s good) You would use these things either to make your boobs grow or to encourage lactation. Probably not good for menopausal women. By then it’s too late.  Excess estrogen can make you gain weight, create inflammation and may increase the risk of certain kinds of cancer, so don't overdo it here.  By the way, microwaving food in plastic containers or eating canned green beans will give you fake plasticky estrogen.  That can't be good so get some Pyrex or ceramic bowls for microwaving things.  Keep one at work, etc.

Natural progesterone: Licorice tea. By menopause progesterone is almost zero. So drinking this can help ease symptoms of menopause. Also, if you are stressed out, that blocks progesterone, so taking vitamin C can help with that. Flax seed is also good for balancing out hormones.

Toning the uterus: Raspberry leaf tea from the red raspberry. It’s good for pregnant women, and it also helps promote lactation. It’s also good for a cough.

Depression: St. John's wort.  You can find it flowering at the edge of the woods in July.  Even better, go for a long walk every day or two.  Get out in the light.  If you have a lunch break, go outside and walk around, and eat your sandwich while you walk.  Think about what is causing the depression.  If it's your life, then you will have to fix your life or the depression will keep coming back.  Same goes for stress. If you are feeling sorry for yourself, then volunteer in a soup kitchen for the homeless and this will make you get a little perspective.

Mania:  Sometimes Vitamin B6 will help with this.  Also cutting back on caffeine and getting more sleep.

Insomnia: Valerian root is good for this.  But it smells like stinky feet!  It's also good for acute stress, if you are frantic and just going in circles and you need to calm down quick.  A more gentle (and tasty) calmer-downer is chamomile tea.  I would try the chamomile first, it's cheaper, gentler and a lot less stinky.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Libya Has Gold

It might not just be about the oil.
Libya also has a godawful lot of gold.  See below article.
The IMF says they have 4.6 million ounces, worth about $6 billion on today's market.
This gold is stored in 3 locations.  2 of these locations have already been hit by NATO.

The article pointed out that Qaddafi may have trouble getting his gold out of Libya to buy stuff with it, though, at this point.  Which goes to show, you can't eat gold. 

Feds tell Court They Can Decide What Food You Can Eat

got raw milk?
In Iowa a court last year determined that a person has no "God-given right" to decide what he can put in his own mouth for food.

Here's the link to the Iowa story:

The case had to do with raw milk, which is an ongoing battle at the Federal level.  Even people who provide raw milk to their friends and neighbors can get busted in the wee hours of the morning like they were drug dealers, like this Amish guy got busted.

The point of my publishing this is not about the milk controversy, but about the dangerous legal precedent set by this court in Iowa.

I'm not worried about raw milk from some Amish guy's farm.  I have much more to worry about health-wise from Big Brother.   Mad cow disease gone undetected in factory farms, anyone?  How about a little NILBOG milk?  Pasteurization isn't gonna protect you from Mad Cow disease.

And it's silly.  It's just plain inconsistent. The Fed doesn't care about people buying raw eggs.  Raw eggs can have salmonella.  But most of them don't.  And that's really also the deal with raw milk.  If you take care of your cows, and they only eat grass instead of grains, soybeans and hormones, you can pretty much trust raw milk from them.

See, the noose is tightening. Wake up people. It's not about protecting people, it's about greed and control.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Free get-out-of-debt ebook

nom nom nom
This ebook is unfortunately a sample that has only every other page.  It's how to fight debt collectors, mostly by challenging the validity of the debts.  If your debt has been sold, chances are that the company they sold it to won't have your original note, or witnesses they can produce in court saying they saw you sign the note, etc.  Even though it's half a book, you might glean some info from it.

The author of this book put a comment below an article I saw about a bogus get-out-of-debt technique which involved asserting that not you, but your legal "straw man" who didn't exist was the real debtor.  He said don't fall for that convoluted crap, it doesn't work in court; but that most creditors' cases are weak or are filed after the statute of limitations, so you can often get out of the debts that way.

Here's the link to the free ebook.
 Here's the full version for sale.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We Hit the Debt Ceiling Yesterday

Debt Ceiling Cat strikes again!
The US Gov. reached its legal limit on debt yesterday and is now going to start dipping into Federal pension funds a la Ireland to make ends meet.

At some point, we're going to run out of credit.  It will be when the rest of the world cuts us off.  It's already starting to happen.  China is slowly divesting itself from US bonds.  Japan is going to sell theirs in order to fund their tsunami cleanup.  Mexico just bought a huge whopping pile of physical gold.  Billionaire investor George Soros and his buddies recently had a meeting to discuss making the dollar not the reserve currency anymore.  When the rest of the world decides that the US dollar shouldn't be the world's reserve currency anymore, then will we finally wake up?

Cure for Cancer Discovered in Canada, Ignored by Mainstream Media

(This is the pic off the site)

A friend on Facebook posted this:

Apparently scientists have found a cure for cancer in Dichloroacetate (DCA).  It's a generic drug, no patent, so big pharma won't be able to make a killing off it.  MUHAHAHA! (ahem).  But the article complains that mainstream media seems to be ignoring this big news. (and you expected different?)
Here's the scientists' original article

Perhaps it's not made a big splash yet because it needs more study. Academics have to be careful to cover their butts at all steps of the way, you know.  I used to work for scientists.  They tend to dribble out hintings of their research, publishing a paper at every little development, probably so they can stretch their big idea out for as much grant money as possible.  They may have already seen all the way to the end, but who knows if they'll ever get another big idea, so they save it and save it.  Plus they have to prove it to the nit-pickers.

Apparently that AIDS cure news I posted yesterday is about a month old.  There may be a bottleneck in implementing it, like the scarcity of donors, or having to match the donor and recipient for compatibility. Dunno.

But wow, what a week for bombshell futuristic blog posts: A cure for AIDS, a cure for cancer, and a self-driving car.  What more could I want, except to get back to the frugality stuff and stay on topic?  Aw hell, it's my blog and I'll stray if I want to.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Google's self driving car

This topic is a little off the beaten path, but I guess I'll lump it in with "Funny" for no better place to put it.  Google has been testing a self-driving car.  That old joke about the guy who puts his car on cruise control and goes to sleep might not be a joke for much longer.

Here's the link

Unfortunately, I can see a few "evil" applications in this, even though Google's motto is "don't be evil" (ha!).  For example there might be a Terminator or Mad Max-type application in there somewhere.  Killer robot cars.  Or Christine!  Anything a car can do to kill, spy or harass, could now be done with an unmanned car.  Now imagine the same technology but in other sizes, like a fly, mouse or dog size.  But I bet they had those already.  (I recently saw a picture of a flying spy cam that looked like a maple seed, and of course there's the spy drones, so they are trying that kind of stuff). The difference here is now it can hide in public, navigate the streets and look like an ordinary car.  Or maybe the difference here is that this technology has finally reached the general public. 

On the other hand, this may eliminate the "designated driver".  A drunk at a bar could just program his car to take him home so he didn't have to drive drunk.  However, as the law is, any "operation" of a car while drunk, which includes running the motor to stay warm while you sleep in it on the side of the road, or even trying to push it along, qualifies for DUI. So without changing the law, drunks may still be getting rides from friends.

I can also see this freeing up soccer moms.  No longer will Mom have to leave work to pick up Billy from soccer practice, she can just send the car around.  But anyone who does that and their kid gets abducted by a lookalike car, only has their own lazy self to blame.  Maybe they can add passwords to the car or something.  The car would have to utter its VIN number at the school gate, or tell Billy the family password of the day.

Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS « CBS San Francisco

Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS « CBS San Francisco
This guy got a marrow stem cell transplant from a donor who was immune to HIV (about 1% of white people are immune, no idea about other races) and not only did his AIDS go away, but so did his leukemia. Wow.

Free health ebooks

I was puttering around in the comments below a post on the Survivalist Blog and found this great link to a bunch of health/medical ebooks.
They have a few in foreign-language versions too in case you want them: Spanish, French and Japanese.

Bedbugs with MRSA

bedbugs on a mattress
According to the Huffington Post, they've discovered bedbugs carrying the super resistant germ MRSA in a hospital in a bad neighborhood of Vancouver.|htmlws-main-n|dl4|sec1_lnk1|212873

The article says "The study was released Wednesday by Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."  So I tracked that down.  Here is the original article:
Apparently the bedbug problem is horrible in that neighborhood of Vancouver (31% of beds infected), and half (HALF!) the infections they see in that hospital are infected with MRSA.  So someone got curious and discovered that indeed the bedbugs have become a vector.  Wow, this is probably costing Canada big time.  MRSA drugs are not cheap. One round of it's like $1,000.   Not to mention making everyone in that part of town absolutely miserable.

Another thing I noticed in the May issue of EID was an article saying a Carolina man had gotten ricketts from a tick bite.  It's getting on tick season, so be careful out there.

This reminded me of something.  One thing I remember reading once about stomping around in the jungle, was it's often not the large animals that get you, it's the little things like germs, insects and fungal infections.  And even though the US isn't a jungle (except for Hawaii maybe) there are nasty creepy crawlies even in the good ole USA. If the SHTF, or maybe even just a localized thing like a hurricane, we will all need to have our own ways to keep disease down to a minimum.  So perhaps this is the time to get a first aid kit or two, and a couple big things of peroxide, water filter, etc.

That $35 water filter kit I ordered finally came.  It seems to be just as advertised.  6 months of clean water for probably a total of $45 including the buckets.  That's not bad for peace of mind and it's the cheapest water filter I've found.  Just go back a few posts, you'll find it.  it's from Just Water.

Monday, May 9, 2011

More bubbles to pop

Maybe this time's different? Nah.
I've been on John T. Reed's site again.  (aw shucks)

Here's his article on other bubbles that may soon pop. a nutshell, there are various industries where prices have gone way up.  Therefore there may be bubbles that will pop.
He says that among them are:
Healthcare industry
Higher education costs
China and India economic growth
Union government employees (we're already seeing some conflict there)
The dollar (i.e. Quantitative Easing)
"Green" energy (only cheaper because it's subsidized. Sorry, greenie weenies.)
In another article, he opines that gold is overpriced.  Instead of buying it, as a hedge against inflation he advocates buying things in advance that you know you're going to use. (like food, or motor oil).

Since I think I've got enough food now, I went out and bought a lot of toilet paper.  Although who knows, maybe dollars will become cheaper, but they'd probably clog the pipes.  Fiat paper, Shiat paper, whatever.

While I'm talkin' sh*t, one thing I've figured out about TP is it's pretty much evenly priced, unless you get it on sale.  The seemingly cheap rolls are too loosely wound.  I've been getting the store brand single ply stuff, because it's very densely wound, and if you want 2 plies, just roll out more.  It also seems less linty than the 2-ply stuff, which keeps my nose happy. (TP is cheaper than Kleenex, they're both clothlike paper, why waste money to blow your nose?  And  yes, you could use a cloth hanky for your nose, but I wash my clothes by hand.  Have you ever tried to wash a snotty hanky by hand? EEEWWWWW! Never-ending Slime!  There is a limit where the value of my labor in washing slime is worth avoiding for a few pennies worth of TP.)

On that note, later alligator.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Silverfinger: The Hunt Brothers silver bubble of 1979-1980

I noticed silver went back down to around $36 an ounce today from its high last week of around $49 or $50.
It's too early to tell if it's in a popping bubble or if the "silver smackdown" of May 1 is a temporary thing.  Rumors that George Soros was selling off his precious metal holdings may have caused it, or maybe it was the Osama Bin Laden thing.  Overnight last night, China bought a bunch of silver, so it may go back up eventually.  If nothing else, it's a chance to buy more if you're dollar cost averaging. Personally, I suspect silver will go back up, because they haven't stopped making more "money" at the Federal Reserve yet. (i.e. Quantitative Easing)

Anyway, for your delectation and amusement, here is a link to an old Playboy article about Nelson Bunker Hunt, "Silverfinger", who caused the silver bubble of 1979-1980 by trying to corner the market on silver.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New FEMA camps (with GPS coordinates)

doomed to repeat history?
I've been reading rumors that FEMA has been building a lot of camps in the US. I mean a LOT.  I just found a list of some of the new ones.  They sound a lot more like prison camps than like refugee camps for people in disasters: Barbed wire all around, only one way in and out, guard towers.

So, what (or who) are these things for exactly?  Are they expecting a revolt?  From whom?  And why so many?  Could they be for YOU?  ME?

Here's my source: I stole this off a comment below a article.  Some guy who calls himself "reconscoutsniper" posted this.  It even gives GPS coordinates of the camps.  I do tend to give PP a grain of salt now and then, but I have heard about the camp in Lima, OH even before this, from people who live near there.

"Ronny baby! Let me contribute this: These FEMA camps and there exact locations are given for those here who know what actions to take. There was a great deal of time spent in locating these camps as well as other very useful info. A new set of confirmed locations came in just today about another huge set of compounds located in Florence AZ. Home of John (NWO shill) McCain. That makes a total of 16 compounds, all located within less than a one mile radius of each other. They must be expecting a lot of business. Included in this list, is the confirmed location of the HAARP site in Alaska. This list comes as a courtesy of a lot of people who gave their time, money and risked being “made”. One other thing, the “terrorist camps” list, listed here in the US, will be coming out before long. (Jamaat Ul Fuqra, MOA, Hamas, CAIR, Hezbollah etc.) We are waiting for confirmation before posting it. So, with out further delay, here is the latest FEMA camp update. Does this make me a “good man”? No. Just another brick in the wall. LOL
Revised list with Latitude/Longitude coordinates posted due to request.
We are NOT adding any Federal Prisons. Federal Prisons, State prisons and County jails are all ready under FEMA authority. Read the Executive Orders and Army Regulation 210–35.
Georgia Fema Camps Verified.
1. Morgan Georgia. Located at the junction of Hwy 45 and Hwy 37 on the west side of town
West of Calhoun St.
2. Camilla Georgia Located 5.6 miles S.E. of the intersection of E. Broad St (Moultrie
Rd or Hwy 37) and Hwy 19. The camp is on the east side of Hwy 19. 32 miles south on Hwy 19
from Albany Georgia.
31.189492001347457 n
84.14411544799805 w
3. Abbeville Georgia Located 4 tenths mile south of down town on US 129 on the east side
of the Hwy. Make a left on “Prison Road.
4. Oglethorpe Georgia Located 2.4 miles south west of down town where SR 49 and SR 26
5. Unadilla Georgia Located 1.91 miles NE of town on East Rail Road St.
6. Hawkinsville Georgia Located North east of Hawkinsville Take Hwy 129 east to Upper
River Road Left turn on Upper river road. Go 2 miles north Camp is on the left hand side
just before Cannon Rd. (Fire Rd 110) Its called “Wilcox”.
7. McCrea Georgia Located North of town on Long Bridge rd. just before CR 92 on the left
side of the road.
8.Lumpkin Ga. Located 2 miles SE of Lumpkin on south side of Holder Rd.
9. Almo Ga. Located west side of town at the junction of Towns ave. and Broad st.
West Virginia Fema Camp Verified
1. Mill Creek W. Va. Located on west side of US 250 or US 219 or SR 92 just north of
“Old Brick Church Cemetery”.
Oregon Fema Camp Locations
1. Umatilla Oregon Located east of McNary golf course on “Beach Access Road North ,
referred to as “Two Rivers Correctional Institute.
2. Sheridan Oregon Located south of town on Ballston rd just below Salmon River Hwy or SR
18. East side of Ballston Rd.
Nevada Fema Camps
1. Lovelock Nevada Located N.E of town eastern side of US 80 Going north, Take exit 112
east on Coal Canyon Rd. Make the first right on Prison Road. It is called Lovelock
Correctional Facility.
Texas Fema Camps
1. Beaumont Texas Located 5.9 miles south of Beaumont on West Port Arthur Road from US
69/US 96/US278. Take a right on Knauth Rd. A total of four camps at this site.
Then at : (29.98831895584124n 94.05256032943726); and: (29.995102276866433n 94.04932022094727) and: (29.99473989198384n 94.03977692127228) there are a total of 6 in this area
2. Henderson Texas north of town at the junction of 571 hwy and FM 2276 (Old Kilgore hwy)
3. Bartlett Texas: Located west of town on the north side of Cr342 or Arnold Dr.
Louisiana Fema Camps
1. Oakdale LA. Located north of town. Take US 165 north to East Whatley Road make a
right(east). Go past N. 16th street about 850 yards. Two big camp complexes will be on
your right side looking south.
Idaho FEMA Camps
1. Boise Located 9.5 miles south of Boise at the intersection of Pleasant Valley rd. and Kuna
Mora Rd.
Montana FEMA Camp
1. Shelby MT. Located west of Shelby, south side of Heath rd west of US 15
Oklahoma Fema Camps
1. El Reno 3.34 miles West of El Reno Ok on SR 66 on south side of SR 66
2. Cushing 3.75 miles South of Cushing at Kings HWY and EO 740 rd.
3. Holdenville West of town on Old US 270
California Fema Camps
1. California City Located 7.42 miles east by east and a point north off of 20 Mule team Pkwy, Virginia Blvd. No guard towers just camera systems, double fence with razor wire and only one way in and one way out. CCA built Fema camp , fully staffed.
2. Twenty nine Palms Marine Base Located on south side of base on Rainbow Canyon rd. Notice the camera security and the double fence extending towards the NW. 3 dark squared off areas with double fencing. One way in only. Most of this area is empty which indicates it is a “holding area”.
3. Ft Irwin This is still under investigation as it is inside of Ft. Irwin. It is a fenced area with buildings. Go North on Camp Irwin Rd. just passed the US Army Dept. buildings. Hang a Caddy corner left N by NW and go about 2 miles. Next to Ft Irwin is the China Lake US Naval Weapons Depot. Both are just NE of Edwards AFB. A Naval Armory in the middle of the desert is rather odd. Not yet “confirmed”.
Virginia Fema Chopper base
1. Located 12.92 miles N.E. of Charlottesville. Take US 20 or Stoney Point Rd to SR 640 (Turkey Sag Rd) turn right, go to Peters Mt. Rd turn left and follow to the very end.
1. Located on Ft. AP military Reservation. From Bowling Green go NE on US 301 . Look left where Peuman Rd and Perrin Rd. meet. Double Fences w/ razor wire. Camera mounted security One way in and out.
Kansas FEMA Camps
1. El Dorado Located east of El Dorado on US 54 (SE 10th street) 2 miles from downtown El Dorado – Federal prison converted into forced-labor camp, UNICOR industries
Colorado FEMA Camps
1. Canon City Located east of Mackenzie Ave. and Evans Rd in Canon City Co. Its called Freemont Correctional Facility
http : // www . manta . com /c/ mmjmfjm/fremont-correctional-facility “Private correctional” There are four camps right in this area. One is on Centennial Rd another is just north of the main facility.
(38.44093436527363n 105.15804290771484w) (38.43608546640686n 105.15899777412415w)
(38.437690597241044n 105.15113353729248w) (38.422595915201335n 105.16207695007324w)
2. South west of Olney Springs Co. just off Hwy 96. Can’t miss it.
3. Just east of Las Animas between f-15 and east 6th street.
4. Burlington, CO. east on US 70 or east on Rose Ave. Its called Kit Carson Correctional. Another “private” prison.
Utah FEMA Camps
1, Box Elder Co. West side of the Great Salt Lake (Clyman Bay). “Lakeside” Go south 11 miles on Lakeside drive into Hill Air Force Range. On the west side about 2 miles off the road is a FEMA Slave Labor Camp.
2. Tooele Utah. Go south of Tooele 17.34 miles on hwy 36. The camp sits on the east side of the road. The former camp was just west of Tooele just off of west Utah ave. The remains of that facility can be seen quite clearly.
Former camp
New Mexico FEMA camps and Foreign Military Depots
These sites are inside White Sands Missile Base
This is a Prisoner compound. Note the towers that surround the perimeter and the fencing. Also, the “moon shaped rd” adjacent to this compound has areas of interest also. This has been reported and verified as a prisoner camp. Note the guard towers on each corner and the ones in the middle. (looks like Auschwitz) “Arbiet Macht Frei”
Area of interest;
Note the secured area with only 4 buildings inside the fenced area. Its a “one way in, one way out” compound. It has almost the same look as the Halliburton, CCA built, FEMA camps. Note the security cameras just on the outside perimeter
Here is another area with high security.
Note the octagon shaped area just NW of this enclosure
This location is unconfirmed, but believed to be holding the Russian made Military hardware
1. Lima Ohio, North side of town. Between west Chapman rd and East Bluelick rd. East side has RR tracks. Located on east side of SR65 or N. West st.
40.774041868909734 n
84.09974098205566 w
1, Florence AZ. North of town oat the corner of SR79 and E Ranchview rd. A total of 5 seperate compounds.
2. Florence AZ East of town on Hawkview Rd. 6 major units Very large compounds
3. Florence AZ 5 compounds at S Pinal Parkway and East Butte Ave
and the one just east at
3. Eloy AZ East of Eloy airport Very large facility
Illinois FEMA Camps
1. S. of Sheridan On S. Robinson st.
2. West of Dixon Springs 6 miles. On 146
3. Marion Just west of US 57 on Prison rd. south of Marion.
Indiana FEMA camps
1. Grissom AFB Located at the South end of the base.
2. Terre Haute Go south of town on HWY 63 to W. Bureau Dr. This is called a Fed Prison. Note the enclosed area on the south side. Thats a FEMA facility.
Alabama FEMA Camps
1. Taladega South west side of town on E Renfroe rd and HWY 275 They are calling this a Federal “Satellite” prison. IE FEMA camp.
1. The Fema coffin manufacturing center west of Covington Georgia on 960 Almon Road is still
making these coffins.
The storage facility in Madison Georgia has relocated these coffins
to another area.
HAARP Site Alaska.
These are FEMA camps and are named as “Correctional Institutes”. They are under Fema
Jurisdiction and are manned and ready. CCA, Halliburton and UNICOR built most of these camps.
At http : // www . apfn. org/ apfn /camps .htm a plethora of information can be seen as well
as the “REX 84″, “Operation Garden Plot” etc. Be sure to read the “authorization for these
camps back when “Tricky Dicky” gave the “nod” for them to be built as well as the executive
orders that allow for the dictatorship of this country to come to fruition. apfn has
more than one site to research."

EDIT (4/29/12) I have looked at every one of these GPS coordinates and others that Recon gave out, and discovered they are nearly all existing federal or state prisons, with the exception of the coffin factory and HAARP. What we don't have here are new prisons being secretly built in the middle of nowhere, that someone has discovered and given coordinates for.  This doesn't mean the "prison camp" scare can't be real, though.  Existing prisons generally have a lot of cleared land around them, and could be expanded with temporary buildings.  There are trucks that can stretch barbed wire down the street as they drive, turning a neighborhood into a prison in minutes.  And if there are covert prisons, then they are probably inside warehouse buildings or vacant hotels or something like that, that aren't zoned as prisons per se.  Govbizopps just a month or two ago had an ad asking for companies that could roll out labor camps in 72 hours' notice.  A few months before that they had an ad for contractors to provide things like porta-lets and catering for camps, again within 72 hours' notice.  So this stuff is real, just not as easy to detect as skeptics think it should be.  Actually, any skeptics probably have their blinders on at this point, because the Govbizopps posts should be proof enough for anyone.

There are also cages for men.  These cages could turn any warehouse or other structure, or even an open field, into a jail pretty quickly.  They're even modular.

In conclusion, I don't think we'll know exactly where any particular FEMA camp, labor camp, or improvised prison will be, until the SHTF.  All they have to do is keep all the supplies for any particular camp in one place ready to be loaded on a truck, or have contractors waiting for the word.  Because they've sought contractors for some of this, the stuff for the prisons will be spread out in many different places until it's assembled.

If you want to speculate as to where one might be erected in your area, look at stadiums, existing prisons, unused runway or field areas of airports, vacant warehouses, bus terminals, and likely open spaces near railroad tracks.  At these places, look for new improvements like cameras and security lighting on poles, walls, barbed wire pointing in, and that sort of thing.  Good luck and be careful!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Re. Bin Laden

I found this quote on another site and thought it pretty much summed up my reaction to the louts chanting "USA! USA!" upon the death of Mr. Bin Laden:

"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr

Monday, May 2, 2011

Can Your Friends Make You Rich?

sorry, I couldn't resist
It is an old saw among success gurus that one's income is usually the average of the incomes of one's 10 closest friends.  Now I'm not sure if that's a chicken and egg thing, or if one can actually cause one's income to go up by hanging around rich people (do butlers and maids ever become rich?), but you do tend to learn behaviors and attitudes from your friends, and if you have a successful friend (or ten of them), they might be able to show you how you can be successful too.

I think it depends on the context.  If you just work for rich people, you may or may not have the opportunity to ask them for advice.  It may not be appropriate given the context of the moment.  Also not all rich people know how to get rich on their own, they might have acquired their wealth through relatives.  So you may have to seek out mentors in a more conducive setting.

For example there's REIA. (Real Estate Investors Assoc.) Even seasoned investors keep hanging around REIA after they make it.  Many are sincere in their desire to help other investors. I've seen people in there who started about when I did, go from being blue-collar wage slaves to having their own business and employing others, to eventually being rather well off.  Access to the REIA library alone was worth the price of membership.  There are other landlord associations as well.  Any kind of trade association like that for entrepreneurs would be a good place to hang out and find a mentor.  Or if you can't afford to hang out at a trade association, then find an online forum, find all the books you can on the subject, etc. and try to find the coffee shop or diner where some of these guys (or gals) go in the morning.

Because I was in REIA I learned about real estate investment.  I was able to make money in and around real estate.  I learned how to get a good deal.  I learned how to fix many things in houses. I had moral support when I messed up.  I was able to get advice on various deals I wanted to get into, and sometimes I was saved from bad ones.  I got advice how to better market a house I'd rehabbed that was just sitting there. I learned how to go about being a landlord in the right way, that would cover my legal butt.  I even sat on the board and learned how nonprofits work.  And because I had to, or because of jobs I got through my involvement there, I learned how to search titles, prepare deeds and land contracts, look for liens, etc.

It doesn't have to be real estate.  It could be anything entrepreneurial.  It could even be like a ladies' investment club or an inventors club. Just get out there and find people who are entrepreneurs.  And hook up with the ones with the very best and longest reputations, who like to give back.

Just one thing, though: Many people attend meetings of these type of organizations and never ever do a single deal.  They just bounce from seminar to seminar looking for that magic carpet ride.  The main thing, once you find people to mentor you, is to DO IT.  Put in the hard work.  There is no such thing as an auto-pilot business to make money while you sleep.  If someone tells you this, they probably have their hand out for your money.