Day By Day© by Chris Muir.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Malthusians in Power

Thomas Robert Malthus
Modern day Malthusians think the world should be depopulated.  Malthus himself didn't advocate covert sterilization or killing off the population though, that I can tell.  That is a more recent idea.

There are many people in government, media, and think tanks now who openly advocate just that.  If not rounding people up and shooting them, then "soft kill" or sterilization.

I found this quote bouncing around online: “One-fourth of humanity must be eliminated from the social body. We are in charge of God’s selection process for planet earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.” — Psychologist Barbara Marx Hubbard – member of Task Force Delta; a United States Army think tank.

I looked up Dr. Hubbard and she seems to be a new-agey psych guru type, pushing for something she calls Conscious Evolution.  She tried to run for vice-president of the US in 1984 on the Democratic ticket but lost the nomination to Geraldine Ferraro.  I googled the above quote and it doesn't appear on any website she controls. I'm not sure where that quote originally came from.

Dr. Hubbard says on her own web page, "We do not have many years to change our behavior if we wish to avoid a catastrophic collapse of our life support systems, our social systems, and indeed, life itself on Earth."

So the possibility that she said the first quote is there, since the second quote is kind of in the same vein.

"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal."- Ted Turner - CNN founder and UN supporter - quoted in the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, June '96

On 23 January 2009, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum authorizing USAID and State Department to fund NGOs that may use "non USAID funds to engage in a wide range of activities, including providing advise, counseling, or information regarding abortion or lobbying a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available."  lifted from here.

Though I am for choice (although it's a dire choice to have to make), and for women to be able to get contraception, I think it's a bit odd that we're spending US money to facilitate abortion in other countries.  It would be better to just hand out condoms, as we'd be preventing disease.

After a roundtable discussion with Indian Minister for Environment Jairam Ramesh, [Hilary] Clinton openly pondered this supposed link:
“One of the participants”, Clinton stated, “pointed out that it’s rather odd to talk about climate change and what we must do to stop and prevent the ill effects without talking about population and family planning.”

LifeNews.Com reported on the comments by Clinton advisor Nina Fedoroff, who stated before BBC One Planet:
“We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can’t support many more people. There are probably already too many people on the planet.”
 The last two quotes are from here

John P. Holdren, Obama's Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is a Malthusian. John Holdren's mentor is Paul Ehrlich, who called among other things for coercive population reduction and mass sterilization. Holdren and Ehrlich worked together to try to stop the development of fusion energy, on the grounds that it would give humanity cheap energy.

Here are quotations from the 1977 book, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich and John P. Holdren.
"Involuntary fertility control — a program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men. The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births." (p. 786)
"Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock." (pp. 787-8)
"Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society." (p. 837)
"If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children, and if the need is compelling, they can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility — just as they can be required to exercise responsibility in their resource-consumption patterns — providing they are not denied equal protection." (p. 838)
The stuff about Holdren is here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

US Military Training Against Militia, lumps Tea Party in with terrorists

one's enough thanks
Do you want your Tea Party with one lump or two?

The US Army has been conducting training exercises where they pretend they are fighting militia groups.  But they are also naming the Tea Party in the exercise as a "dangerous" group that they should fight.  One such exercise recently happened near Fort Knox, KY.

You know, we should all feel threatened by white middle class married guys (the major demographic of the Tea Party). Who probably worry more about their kids and keeping their mortgage paid than about rioting ... And returning veterans.  Who felt a civic duty strong enough to volunteer to risk their lives for us.  Yeah, worry about those guys who might be able to help protect us if the Chinese ever invade. Because the Chinese are training too. With video games.

No, on second thought maybe we should feel threatened by a government that thinks it's ok to force a 95 year old cancer patient grandma to let them inspect her adult diaper at the airport.  (She had to complete the rest of her journey without a diaper - it was wet and it was her last one)  Or one that is conducting exercises where they train to fight Americans on American soil in violation of Posse Comitatus.

Microsoft Can Now Spy on Skype Conversations

Yup, Microsoft just released something called "Legal Intercept" that can spy on Skype VOIP conversations.
Here's a link to an article on it. MS just bought Skype in May, but their patent for Legal Intercept was filed in 2009.

Perhaps this makes it compliant with CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act), which requires telecommunications carriers and makers of communications equipment to enable their equipment so it can be used for surveillance purposes by federal law enforcement agencies.

So if you're using Skype for organizing/protests/resistance, better stop now, or at least make up a code word or two. Maybe we'll all be reduced to sending smoke signals.

Fed Appeals Court in Cincinnati Upholds Obamacare

Today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld Obamacare
Here's the link.
The Court ruled that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.
The Obamacare law was challenged by the Thomas More Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  They said it was unconstitutional and that it would impose hardship on those who could not afford the premiums.

The Thomas More Center plans to appeal.  Eventually it may get kicked up to a higher court.
In case anyone is interested here is a link to the Obamacare bill itself. (HR 3200)  It is a very large document.

Various weather/nuclear threats

Los Alamos: Wildfire has come within 50 feet of the facility and they were storing toxic waste there in a TENT.  If it catches fire it's going to be horrible.  Nobody seems to know what exact kind of toxic waste.  If it's radioactive iodine, there is only enough potassium iodide in the US to give to people living in a 10-mile radius of nuclear plants. The EPA is now monitoring the air. (you'd think they should be spending their time moving the waste away from the fire instead, duh) (source here). If it's not iodine, then the potassium iodide won't help anyone anyway.  Los Alamos has been evacuated.

Ft. Calhoun

Fort Calhoun, Nebraska and Cooper, Nebraska: The US has established a no-fly zone over Ft. Calhoun.  They're built a makeshift levy.  There have been two tornadoes in the last couple days near Cooper.  They were storing spent rods in a dry building because they'd run out of room.  They've closed the Red Cross facility near Ft. Calhoun. (source here)

Is the Gold in Fort Knox Fake?

Check this out!

There's a good chance that an unknown amount of the gold in Ft. Knox is really tungsten with a gold plating over it.  The Chinese bought gold this past October that came originally from Ft. Knox, and drilled into a bar and found it was mostly tungsten.  The gold had apparently been in Ft. Knox since the Clinton administration.

Russia claims Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up on attempted rape charges because he had become convinced that all of the gold was missing from Ft. Knox after the US had stalled the IMF on delivering some gold.

Congressman Ron Paul wants to know, too. He wanted  representatives from the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Mint to testify at a subcommittee hearing on June 23.

The Gold Antitrust Action Committee (GATA) has been trying to get info from the Federal Reserve via a FOIA request but hasn't gotten anywhere with it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Social Media Developments

Here's two articles on new Google and FB stuff:

Google is working to improve SEO for social media.  They have something new called Google +1. Although this may benefit bloggers, I fear it may associate the various different identities people use online to compartmentalize their lives.  This would reduce privacy.

FB is going to re-design their look again soon.  The main difference will be that the ads displayed will stay static while the rest of the screen scrolls, and there will be a new "Happening Now" screen.  FB is pretty bad for privacy.  It's a good tool for getting the word out if you've got an ax to grind for whatever reason, or something to sell, but you don't want to give it too much information.  Sometimes thieves go looking for marks on FB, targeting for example, men who like tennis.

Banksters Taking Over Greece

I'm quoting from this article here:

Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy by Michael Hudson
"The tax system operated as a siphon collecting revenue to pay the German and French banks that were buying government bonds (at rising interest risk premiums). The bankers are now moving to make this role formal, an official condition for rolling over Greek bonds as they come due, and extend maturities on the short-term financial string that Greece is now operating under. Existing bondholders are to reap a windfall if this plan succeeds."
 He also says that the Greek financial pickle had been concealed Enron-style by Wall Street banks before it came to light.

Now the banksters want to change the treaty they have with Greece, sort of like your credit card goes to default rate if you miss a payment.

Here's Stephen Lendman's reaction to this on

Monday, June 27, 2011

George Soros and US Gov Buying Up Flood Ravaged Famland Cheap

The billionaire George Soros probably means the U.S. ill.  His MO is to ruin the currencies of countries by first getting them to follow his "open society" program (which is socialism) and then short selling the currency when that country starts to weaken from the economic burden caused by the socialism.  Because socialism is a great program, and it works, right? (not. That's why we have a huge deficit.).  He made a billion dollars short selling the British pound sterling in 1992.  There are also three east European countries that won't let him step foot on their soil because he ruined their currencies.

And Soros was part of that secret (not so secret anymore) meeting last year where a few countries got together and decided the US dollar should no longer be the world's reserve currency. (are we surprised? no).  I bet Soros thinks it would be a big feather in his cap to ruin the US economy and make a mint at it in the meantime.

Anyway, look what Soros is up to now: He's buying up flood ravaged land in the Midwest at fire-sale prices (or flood-sale prices) through a front company named Osprale.  So is the US Government buying as well.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

We interrupt this program for the garden

Hi! I just have been gardening all weekend.  The swiss chard is pretty much ready.  It was huge in the front yard garden so i brought in that batch.  Brought in the onions - they weren't very big but they were flowering and flopping over. I got 2 gallons of onions and onion tops from it. Thinned out the turnips out and got 5 or 6 turnips plus greens.  And I dug up my two viniest, gnarliest potato plants, took potatoes off them and put the plants back into the ground.  I just made up doing that but my gardening friend says people do that.  I hope the plants survive.  I'm not sure I did the right thing, but I have maybe 6 or 7 other plants.  One website said to wait until the foliage starts dying back, so I guess I'll have another month at least to wait.

The onion tops, I'm dehydrating some to use as a spice.  I put some into a potato-onion top soup with most of the leftover creme fraiche from the last recipe I posted.  I think I might pickle the little onions.  And I made blackberry sorbet, but those berries were from the store.

It'll be back to the regularly scheduled program soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whitey Bulger arrested

Whitey Bulger, The FBI's #1 Most Wanted, was arrested the other day in Santa Monica.

Whitey was an infamous South Boston mob kingpin. He was rather bloodthirsty (allegedly killed 19 people) and had been on the lam with his girlfriend for 15 years. 

I wonder if Whitey knows where the missing art that was stolen from the Gardner Museum is?  And did the IRA have anything to do with it?!  I hope someone thinks to ask him. 

This is the sort of thing the FBI needs to be doing instead of investigating people who attend oil fracking movie screenings.

For example, if would be nice to recover this Vermeer:

D.C. Police Arrest Man for Videotaping Public Meeting of Taxi Commission

This is on and Youtube, and I have embedded the video here, and the poster's comments verbatim are below the video.  This arresting people for videotaping stuff has to stop. This was a public meeting at which the presence of media should be expected, and the cops overreacted.

It makes me wonder if the police are now being trained to intimidate and arrest people they see making videos or taking pictures in their presence.  The reporter ought to use FOIA (or sue and use discovery) to get copies of the police training materials, just to see.

Here's one way around this trend: Here are instructions for making a hidden camera in a pair of sunglasses for cheap. Although sunglasses would look dumb indoors, maybe eyeglasses would work too.  The only thing with the sunglasses is, if you have audio in them, don't get arrested with them on, or you might also face wiretapping charges.

"Here's Producer Jim Epstein's account of what happened:

On June 22, 2011, I attended a meeting of the D.C. Taxi Commission for a story I'm currently working on about a proposed medallion system in the district.

About half-an-hour into the meeting, I witnessed journalist Pete Tucker snap a still photo of the proceedings on his camera phone. A few minutes later, two police officers arrested Tucker. I filmed Tucker's arrest and the audience's subsequent outrage using my iphone.

A few minutes later, as I was attempting to leave the building, I overheard the female officer who had arrested Tucker promise a woman, who I presumed to be an employee of the Taxi Commission, that she would confiscate my phone. Reason intern Kyle Blaine, overheard her say, "Do you want his phone? I can get his phone."

(The woman who was given assurances by the officer that she could have
my phone can be seen at the end of the video telling me, "You do not
have permission to record this!")

As I tried to leave, I was told by the same blond female officer to "stay put." I told her I was leaving and attempted to exit the building. I was then surrounded by officers, and told to remain still or I would be arrested.

I didn't move, but I tried to get the attention of a group of cab drivers who were standing nearby. At this point I was arrested.

I spent the remainder of the day in a cell in the basement of the building. I was released at about 4PM.

Go to for more reporting on this issue, and to for downloadable versions of this video."

Free Speech Being Obliterated On Campus in US and UK

In the US, the Dept. of Education is pushing for lowering the bar on what is considered sexual harrassment.  They want to include unwanted flirting as a form of sexual harrassment, and they want to lower the burden of proof.  This would give people who wish to silence or ruin the careers of anyone in a university who express un-PC opinions a way to do so with flimsy or false claims of sexual harrassment.

In case you think my conjecture is paranoid, get a load of this:

In the UK, there is a Canadian man named Kevin Galalae who lost his status as a student at Oxford University, complained fruitlessly all the way up the chain of power and now is on a hunger strike about it in Strasbourg.  He was dumped by Oxford after being accused of a "breach of netiquette" while taking a class there by a student named Carla Liuzzo, who he later discovered to be a fake student working for the country of Qatar as a spy.  He alleges that the whole British university scene is corrupt with covert government censors:

"spies masquerade as legitimate students while secretly collaborating with the course tutors. They gather information on every student, test the students’ allegiance to the system, assist the course tutors in deflecting and diverting the discussions away from subjects the government deems taboo when the opinions expressed by students run counter to Britain’s foreign or domestic policies, bully and coerce students into toeing the politically correct line, manufacture consent and, should that fail, provoke students to commit netiquette breaches or simply create an environment so harassing as to cause targeted students to quit their studies of their own accord."

Here is his screed against the censorship that has crept into British education.
Here is the Wikispooks page about the covert censorship.

Just another reason NOT to pay to go to college, but instead educate yourself.  Why encourage the leeches?

Stay Home and Make Some Real Money

I'd hate to see
the electric bill here
 I just saw this article and liked it a lot:

Stay Home and Make Some Real Money

Basically if you're a couple, you can save money on a second family car, takeout food, daycare, work wardrobe, etc. while pursuing cottage industries if one of you stays home.  You can also home-school the kids, which seems to work better than public school for some.  I could even see this as an opportunity for the stay at home parent to learn whatever their kids have to learn themselves. Boring perhaps at first grade level, although you could add music, foreign languages, nature walks, plant identification and the like; but at high school level it could really get interesting.  You could have yourself and your kids learning rhetoric or logic in addition to algebra and English literature.  Or engine repair, simple construction (think doghouse or playhouse), etc.

This whole idea really would take off if you had room for a garden.  But visit that article, he says it all better than I do.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fancy ice cream for cheap

I just made a quart of ice cream.  But not just any homemade ice cream.  This is creme fraiche ice cream.
I got this recipe somewhere online and now I don't remember where. (sorry)
This will take 24 hours to make the creme fraiche, a few hours to chill it, and then maybe half an hour to make the ice cream.

Creme fraiche is sort of like sour cream, but it's not that sour.  It's expensive if you buy it already made, but it's real easy and cheaper to make.  Get some heavy whipping cream and some full-fat buttermilk (not low fat).  Equal amounts, if you're making that ice cream. A pint of each will make this recipe.  Make sure it's heavy whipping cream.

Take the whipping cream, maybe put it in a clean Mason jar or something, and add a tablespoon or two of buttermilk. Leave that jar in the warm with a saran wrap or even just a tea saucer over the top for 24 hours.  Then put it in the fridge and chill it. Voila you have creme fraiche.  It keeps in the fridge for about a week. You can put it on fruit or in sauces, or whip it.  It makes a good frosting whipped... but we'll make ice cream with it instead this time.

Put 2 cups of creme fraiche and 2 cups of buttermilk (i.e. the rest of it) in a blender.
Add 1/3 cup of lemon juice and up to 1 1/4 cups of sugar.  I used honey instead and I don't like my ice cream too sweet, so I just put maybe half a cup of honey.  Your mileage may vary.

Beat that in the blender for 2 minutes.  Then make it into ice cream in an ice cream maker.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, I think you could take two cooking pots, one inside the other, and put ice and salt around the smaller one.  Put the mix in the inner pot (duh). Then stir the ice cream, scraping the sides of the pot, occasionally for around half an hour until it freezes.  It might not get really hard, sort of like soft serve.  Then put that in the freezer to get it harder.

This tastes a little like lemon cheesecake.  And it's cultured, so it's more nutritious than regular ice cream.  But it's just as fattening. (can't have everything)

If you want to put stuff in your ice cream like berries or chocolate, do it at the end.  But I would taste this plain first.  If you want chocolate, I would recommend leaving the lemon juice out and putting some vanilla in instead.  If you don't want it to taste like cheesecake, leave out the 2 cups of buttermilk and do a whole quart of creme fraiche, and use the rest of the buttermilk you had to buy to get the couple tablespoons, for making pancakes.

Mmmm good.

Chance of dying from terrorism 1/9 that of choking on your own vomit

Stupid, you say?
Washington's Blog points out today that the fear of terrorism makes people stupid.  If you scare someone with enough hobgoblins, they will embrace a tyrant posing as a protector. There are quotes approximating this idea from the likes of Hitler and Stalin.

This is what is happening now in the US.  You need to read this article because it really spells it out, and quotes several US higher-ups who have admitted that the terrorist threat has been inflated both to get Dubya re-elected and to excuse taking away the liberties of Americans.

One other thing struck me about this article:
It says in this county people are 8 times more likely to die from being attacked by their own police than by terrorists.

Unless of course you define those police as also being terrorists. In which case just add the two likelihoods together.

Not all cops are bad, but "just following orders" is a Nazi-esqe excuse that doesn't cut it.  The police swear an oath to uphold the Constitution.  So do elected officials.  But that piece of paper is getting mighty thin these days.  They just about decimated the 4th Amendment in Indiana recently.  And this idiot Fareed Zakaria from CNN today was suggesting to overhaul the Constitution.  Well, you know, Zakaria, we all want to change your head.

It's not about foreign terrorism or some sudden desire of Arabs to be "free".  It's not about that.  It's about superpowers seizing control of what's left of the oil and other peak natural resources through war so they can keep jockeying for supremacy.  It's about the government here controlling the population more closely, because the US is broke and when the dollar bubble pops there will be unrest.  It's about maintaining a balance between making an overblown threat to scare us into giving away our freedoms and lulling us into not making a run on the banks until the elites finish expatriating their money (rats jumping ship!)

At some point the scales will fall off people's eyes.  Probably not until they wake up to find their dollars worthless.  But the noose will already be in place at that point, for most.  If that new Rural Council gets any traction, the countryside won't be any kind of retreat either.  Don't give them any traction.

Man Robs Bank for $1 In Order to Get Health Care in Jail

James Richard Verone, 59, had never committed a crime in his life until he lost his job driving a truck for Coca-Cola, where he had worked for 17 years.  In declining health, he took a part time driving job but his various health problems got in the way.  His money ran out and he didn't want to be a burden on his siblings.  Eventually he got the idea of committing a crime in order to get access to the health care in the prison system.  He robbed a bank he picked at random for $1.00 and now he is awaiting trial in Gaston County, NC.

Full story is here.

Interesting.  What he aims to "steal" is the health care.  So then if the judge gives him a sentence, is the judge an accessory to theft?

We may see more of this kind of thing happening, until Obamacare hits; and even then, it may well be that the health care in prison may excel that which can be got on the outside.

The only thing is, I've heard complaints about the crappy health care in prisons.  I expect the quality of the health care provided in prison might depend on the prison.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Could Supermarket Bread Be Making You Sick?

Today the Daily Mail did a sort of 100-year retrospective on its campaign to improve bread in Britain.  The parallels are interesting.  100 years ago, bread was 40% of the diet of the British poor.  Everyone wanted to eat white bread because whole grain bread was considered poverty food.  That was bad enough just from the standpoint of not getting hardly any nutrition, because the nutrition of grain is really in the hull.  But then bakers were also cutting corners and baking bleaches and alum into the bread to make it whiter, and it was wrecking people's teeth, not to mention their health.  So the Daily Mail started a campaign to improve the bread people could buy, and Britain ended up with something called Standard Bread.

Nowadays, still most people eat white bread, which has additives like reducers (make dough stretchier), soy products, bleach (again), things to make it puff up more, etc., and none of these things are any good for you either.

And now for something completely different: Zombie bread: (bet you weren't expecting that! Gotcha!)

Giant Green Goddess Earthworks in Northumbria

This American born architect Charles Jencks is taking a slag heap left over from mining in Northumbria and turning it into a gigantic earthworks sculpture of a woman.  The local Geordies are calling her "Slag Alice".  I think it's going to be rather pretty.  Parts of it will be shaped in a good way to have local concerts on them.  People will be able to walk all over it.  This pretty much will dwarf any other earthworks sculpture ever made. 
The cool part is this is not going to cost the taxpayers anything. Hey, this makes me want to experiment with cement, maybe make a big Chia pet type sculpture and grow thyme on it... Hmmm... cement is cheap, thyme seeds are cheap, could throw some tile in a la Gaudi...  hmm... indeed.

Note: I previously thought he was a Brit aristocrat.  I have corrected this error.  Here's Charles Jencks' bio

Family Fined up to $4 Million for Selling Bunnies

This is a bit old news, but here it is: this family started raising rabbits with their son as a hobby, and the rabbits became a little cottage industry for them.  They sold $4,600 in rabbits in one year, some to the amusement park Silver Dollar City and some to a pet store.  The USDA showed up one day, inspected their operation, and then some months later fined them $90,000 with more punitive fines up to $4 MM if they didn't pay on time.  Their crime: Selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in one year, without first obtaining some kind of special license.

It might be argued that ignorance of the law is no excuse, but GEEZ LOUISE.

The point here is, even if you think you are small potatoes, and that a law seems designed to catch bigger fish than you, what matters is how it's written.  If according to that law and how it's written you fall into it, then you fall into it. And the Fed will not hesitate to make an example of a small guy.

The even worse part, is Federal debts can send you to prison if you fail to pay them.  I can just see it.  Big tough guy in the Federal pen for going postal or something asks "What are you in for?" Dad says "Selling rabbits".   Yeeeeeeah.  This is my country.  I think I'll go hit my head repeatedly with a board now.

Here's some links:
the story
GardenSERF's take on it

Obama Creates New Program to Meddle in Rural Towns

Obama has just created a new program called the White House Rural Council.  He says its purpose is to create public-private partnerships in rural areas to bring the "economic prosperity" of urban areas to rural areas.

Urban economic prosperity? Whose kool-aid has he been drinking? Has he seen Detroit lately?

If I recall correctly, it's rural areas that aren't doing too badly in this recession - North Dakota for example.  The urban areas are where most of the real estate fraud happened (L.A., New York, Miami, etc.)  The larger cities are where all the people keep going postal at McDonalds, where lines to apply for jobs go around the block, etc.  And he wants to bring this "prosperity" to rural areas.  Hmm.

Here's what I suspect is really up: a higher Federal presence in rural America would mean:
  • TSA agents on Main Street USA to grope and harass you and your family. 
  • Some nosy Fed in your town making a list of who has guns, who might be trouble later, or even who might be bartering tomatoes for babysitting in violation of S.510 the so-called "Food Safety" bill.
  • Someone trying to infiltrate your church to see if there's any so-called "Christian militants" there.
  • Someone bribing locals to spy on each other, so that trust between neighbors gets destroyed.
  • It might mean a witch hunt for the local landlords for not getting an EPA lead-paint scraping permit.
  • It might mean someone scoping out nice properties to confiscate from owners on bogus charges of "terrorism".
  • And it might mean them forcing your local Barney Fife friendly cops out of a job and installing some jack-booted TSA agents in SWAT uniforms instead, who didn't grow up in your town and don't give a crap about anyone.
I hope the people in the rural areas just refuse to participate.  Boycott the Rural Council.  Run them around and waste their time.  We don't need no stinkin' Feds shoving urban "prosperity" down our throats.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Wi-fi

I dunno, it looks like a bong to me. Get munchies eat chips.
If you can't afford internet but there's free wi-fi across town, you can make a Cantenna in order to extend the range of your wireless antenna so you can access the free wi-fi from your house.  You can make a Cantenna from an old Pringles can, or a coffee can.
Here's the link

Sunday, June 19, 2011

MERS no longer allowed to foreclose in New York, says appellate court

MERS, the Mortgage Electronic Registration Services, is no longer allowed to be the plaintiff in foreclosures in New York, or to assign that right to anyone else, according to a recent Appellate Court decision.

MERS was formed as a convenient way for mortgage companies to sell mortgages to each other without having to file an assignment in the public records every time.  Because of this sometimes when you get a mortgage the mortgagee is listed in the public records as MERS, instead of the bank that made you the loan.  However, MERS is not the entity that made you the loan, and they have no personal knowledge of the loan, and they have never held the note.  Therefore they have no right to foreclose.

This appellate decision is in Bank of New York vs. Silverberg.

New Hampshire Man Immolates Himself for Fathers Rights

Photo Courtesy of Zero Hedge

This is the spot where a man named Tom Ball burned himself to death Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in front of the Cheshire County, New Hampshire courthouse.  On Thursday, June 16 the local newspaper received this "Final Statement" from him. PLEASE READ THIS. IT'S IMPORTANT.

Mr. Ball had been through the "system" for several years following an incident where he slapped his 4-year old daughter once, accidentally scratching her while doing so; and his wife called the cops.  His experience with the legal system seems similar to many things I have seen through the years in the course of my work as a legal secretary.  In short, it ruined his life and impoverished both him and his wife and kids, dooming them all to a life of endless government and court meddling and interference. 

In his "Final Statement", Mr. Ball points out the existence of what he calls a "second set of books", comprising the policies and procedures manuals of police, social workers, mental health workers, etc. (the "first set of books" is the Constitution and the law).  He claims, and I agree that this is true, that the "second set of books" has superseded the first one and now our government is now no better than any banana republic with a dictator.  Oddly, statistics on domestic violence are lacking where most any other crime has lots of statistics available.  We should demand that the statistics be produced.

While I do not agree with Mr. Ball that the solution would be to burn down government buildings, I do think that reform is urgently necessary.  Men the way it is now basically have no rights, and the women who try to use the government and the courts as a weapon in family disputes come out not much better than the men at the end of it.

Ladies, until the system can be overhauled it's up to you: please do not be tempted by the lopsidedness of the dom-vio laws to use them merely to gain the upper hand in a domestic dispute.  It is like thinking you have a firecracker and then accidentally setting off an atomic bomb in your home.  There is no situation that cannot be made worse by the presence of the government in your life.  If you're getting pounded that's one thing, but if you have kids don't call the cops over something small and dumb, unless you want to bring social workers in to monitor, criticize and threaten you and your kids for the next umpteen years.

Somebody needs to start a co-ed homeless/domestic violence shelter for families, also.  Men who have custody of their kids don't have anywhere to go if they become homeless.  The domestic violence shelters don't take men or boys over 13.  Could 4 men get together and form a land trust, then buy a cheapie bank-owned 4-family in a cheaper part of the country for cash and live in it? Maybe a non-profit could start a program like this, to help people do this.  It might help fill vacant houses, and give homeless fathers somewhere to go.

Village of Obo Fights Off Rape Cult Themselves With Homemade Guns

Tiring of their government's inability to protect them from a cult of militaristic rapists ravaging the countryside, the village of Obo in the Central African Republic took matters into their own hands.  They made homemade shotguns, and a guy with a little FM transmitter started broadcasting tips about the rape cult's whereabouts.  This arming themselves disqualifies them from international aid, but they've not been attacked by the rapists since.

An argument could be made that local militia are somewhat of a danger to a central government, as they could be hijacked by warlords; but if the gov ain't working in the first place, it seems the natural thing to do.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Will Precious Metals Soon Become Illegal Again?

cute now, not so cute later
Today I was in a coin shop and one of the clerks told me they'd made silver illegal in Luxembourg.  I think he was pulling my leg though because I couldn't find anything about it online later, and there were also adult diapers involved in the story (like people who won't leave their slot machines wear).  That would be truly weird, and frankly I don't think watching the price of silver on is all that exciting most of the time.

HOWEVER, truth is stranger than fiction: I got home and discovered in someone's comment on Zero Hedge that has been sending people the following message:
We wanted to make you aware of some upcoming changes to’s product offering. As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act enacted by US Congress, a new regulation prohibiting US residents from trading over the counter precious metals, including gold and silver, will go into effect on Friday, July 15, 2011.
In conjunction with this new regulation, must discontinue metals trading for US residents on Friday, July 15, 2011 at the close of trading at 5pm ET. As a result, all open metals positions must be closed by July 15, 2011 at 5pm ET.
 This is for paper trading only, but could it possibly spread to physical PM's?

While I'm here, I would also like to point out an ill effect another law, the HIRE Act, will have.  Part of this law was designed to frustrate the rich from dodging taxes by expatriating their money.  However, it will screw up average-joe American expats as well as anyone who wants to become an expat.  For example, when the dollar implodes, I imagine there will be many Americans who will want to leave the US and go live somewhere that is more free and prosperous.

This law, when it goes into effect Jan. 1 2013, will make it hard to get any significant amount of money out of the US.  It will tax unreported money going out of the US by 30%.  It will also enable the IRS to detect the assets and income of Americans living abroad even if they have not filed taxes for years.  You'll have to report any account containing more than $10,000. Expat tax planning websites are saying that any expats who haven't bothered to file taxes for a while really should do so now.  See the following links.  Foreign banks are now already refusing the business of American expats because of the steep fines and fees associated with this law.  And it hasn't even gone into effect yet.
You can read the HIRE Act on Scribd, linked on my economic crash page. (link at top right of blog)

Fraudulent Real Estate Docs

This is courtesy of Zero Hedge from a few days ago:
This guy Jeff Thigpen, who is the Guilford County, NC Recorder of Deeds, has caught a raft of fraudulently signed real estate documents that were filed there.  They were prepared by a company called Doc X and had signatures by a Linda Green.  There were many variations of the signature, all before notaries.  Doc X contracted with Wells Fargo, BOA, and MERS.  Employees of Doc X recently admitted to fraudulent practices on "60 Minutes".

If you had a house foreclosed on by one of these banks or by MERS you might look into whether there are docs filed at your clerk or recorder's office that bear this signature or a preparation statement by Doc X.  If so, your foreclosure may be bogus.

What the heck is MERS?
According to Wikipedia, "Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) is a privately held company that operates an electronic registry designed to track servicing rights and ownership of mortgage loans in the United States".  The purpose of MERS was to avoid mortgage companies having to file assignments of mortgages every time they sold a mortgage.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another bad planting year - due to flooding

It's been so wet in the Midwest that planting has been delayed, almost to the point where they won't have enough of a growing season.  The summer will have to be "perfect" in order to get any kind of crop.  Expect food prices to go up again... best to stock up now...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Should You Walk Away From Your Mortgage?

More and more homeowners are simply choosing to walk away from their mortgages, according to this article from CNN Money.  They are calling this "strategic default" and some of the borrowers are people who otherwise have good credit scores and who do this like one would divest of a bad investment in a portfolio.

"Fannie Mae found that while only about 27% of homeowners would even consider walking away, that's up from 15% last year." 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Impossible to Repay US Debt

Here's a link to someone else's blog that explains fractional reserve lending.  They claim that it is mathematically impossible to repay the US debt.

In our crazy system money is actually loaned into existence.  The Federal Reserve creates money (electronically mostly) and then buys US Treasury bonds with it.  So basically the US is borrowing money that was just created out of thin air by a bank that actually consists of a group of banks.  Also, when you deposit money into any bank, they are allowed to lend 10 times that amount, which they borrow, again from funds created out of thin air.  When someone then takes the borrowed money and deposits it into a bank, that bank is allowed to lend out 10 times THAT amount and so forth.

The reason why we have been able to get away with this is because the US dollar is the world's reserve currency.  This was decided in 1944 at Bretton Woods.  At that time the US was the world leader in manufacturing and there was actually some industry behind its economy.  No longer.  Most of our industry has fled to China and other foreign lands because it's cheaper to do manufacturing there, mostly because the US has imposed a lot of regulations that make it more expensive to do it here.  We're not saving the environment with our regulations because the companies that want to pollute to save money are just doing it elsewhere and we're not getting anything from it.

The fed is making more money (electronically mostly more than printing) and calling it Quantitative Easing so that it doesn't sound like printing money, which essentially it is, in order to prop up the US economy and keep it from sliding into deflation.  This is creating inflation, which is one reason why gas and food cost so much now.  There are some other reasons, like two bad crop years in a row and unrest in the Middle East and such, but mostly it's inflation.

As soon as China is done divesting itself of dollars, I think the world will abandon the dollar as a reserve currency.  We have enjoyed many years as the reserve currency, which for example requires other countries to buy dollars before they can buy oil, and other middleman type situations.  When this ends, and they start their end run around the dollar, my guess is the dollar will become a lot more worthless a lot faster.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Big Fat Conspiracy?

re. the Big Fat Conspiracy

A conspiracy is a secret agreement among people to do secret stuff and pretend otherwise.

The people could be associated either openly or secretly, but part of their relationship becomes secret, because of the secret agreement(s). The reason they do this is because there would otherwise be opposition to their activities.

I think there are a lot of conspiracies. How big and fat, differs from case to case. From the personal (small businesses cooking the books, teenagers sneaking off and going truant together) to the medium size (trade secrets of companies, insider trading, flash mobs) to the humongous (government conspiracies) they surely exist at all levels because that is human nature.

However, I don’t think they all are attributable to one big, fat conspiracy, necessarily. For that to be true, the members of that conspiracy would have to all be in accord with one another, and people are just too fractious and competitive for that.

That isn’t to say that some conspiracies aren’t part of others. It is possible that there are several big, fat conspiracies that encompass other small ones, kind of like a slushball might have little rocks or pieces of ice in it. Plus the big fat ones might together make a big messy cobweb: if you pull on one part, it will disturb another part, even if they were originally two different spiders’ work. So, a tangled web, but not a monolith.

I think that conspiracies have a sort of gravity. If they get big and successful enough they start becoming a part of culture, i.e. they become institutionalized. Examples would be the banking industry, which through the power of compound interest and fractional reserve lending impoverishes many; the pharmaceutical industry, which in order to sell their nostrums suppresses the propagation of natural cures and information about them; the misuse of police powers, such as the War on Drugs, in which law enforcement people are actually running the drugs in many cases to fund intelligence agencies and then demanding ever higher budgets to “fight” the problem they actually created themselves; etc. etc. These organizations may have some ostensibly good purpose, but the way they have been engineered to work has a net bad effect. One need only follow the money to see that power is engineering the system to keep or gain more power and money.

All these things are general knowledge, but if someone utters specific examples, or even worse, attempts to thwart them, they can run up against resistance, and risk their life, career, reputation, and the health and welfare of their families, because it becomes personal at that point. However, it is possible in many cases to fight conspiracies, because their usually objectionable nature gives them a disadvantage in the light of truth. This is especially true when the conspiracies are smaller, poor, and on the easy side to prove, i.e. clumsy amateurs attempting petty crimes. It is harder when they are institutional, well funded, and present a united front, i.e. something involving the entire judicial system of a region.  On the other hand the larger the conspiracy, the more the whistleblower may be dismissed as a loon; but the truth always comes out in the end.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cheaper to Keep Her - Avoiding Divorce

Whaddaya mean divorce dearie?
Divorce is expensive. It is one of the top eaters of net worth. (Kids is another).

Here are the 10 top reasons for divorce as quoted by a lot of different websites: infidelity, lack of communication, abuse, financial problems, sexual incompatibility, boredom, religion, children, addiction, and varying priorities.

You can't control other people but what can you control? Yourself.
  1. Your looks and hygiene. Don't let your looks go when you get married. If you stop making an effort and change into a disgusting slob with poor hygiene, can you blame them for no longer being attracted to you? Besides soap is cheap and divorce is not.  Also, having good grooming will increase your chances of getting a job or a promotion or more customers.
  2. Communication. If you and your partner have problems with this, work on it. Use “I” statements if you are trying to tell them there's a problem, rather than making it about them. There are a lot of books out there on personal communication. Read one.
  3. Sex. Make sure you give enough of it to your spouse so they won't get frustrated.  Read and learn about sex and your bodies, you're never too old to learn something new.  Nobody knows it all.
  4. Financial problems. If you are the spendthrift, then quit it. Get out of debt. Educate yourself to do your own financial planning. Do not mooch, either. Marriage is not your personal permanent vacation at another's expense.  Even stay at home spouses can help the finances of the household by finding ways to be thrifty, keeping a good house, or providing childcare.  And if you do so, point it out (gently) so that your spouse gets that you are contributing.  However, I really think that women should work at least part time or have a business, in case we find ourselves suddenly divorced or widowed.
  5. If you are getting uncomfortable or having mood swings due to hormonal changes in menopause, there are things you can do inexpensively to correct this. Drink fenugreek or fennel tea, for example. It mimics estrogen. There are also progesterone creams you can get over the counter, but they are not cheap. Note, however, that there are folks who think the whole idea of a hormone “deficiency” during menopause needing to be "corrected" is a crock of crap concocted by the pharma industry. So you be your own judge, and read up on it. I just think there's no reason, if you do decide to boost your own estrogen, to take horse estrogen if you can buy fennel and fenugreek in bulk from an Indian grocery for super cheap. And they taste good.
By the way, most marriages that fail do so within 3 to 5 years.  Sort of like the statistics for small businesses.  If you are doing a prenup agreement, keep that in mind and if you are putting some kind of time horizon for your spouse to become "vested" in your net worth, I'd say make it at least 5 years.

Here is an egghead report about how to predict from the beginning of your marriage whether it's likely to last.

Between the statistics, what it seems to be saying is, if in telling your story of how you met, you use more positive language, you've got a better chance of lasting. I suppose you could judge your spouse's happiness in the marriage by setting a scenario up where they are asked to recount the story of how you met to someone else. If they criticize you or disagree with you in front of this person, watch out.

Since infidelity is the top cause of divorce, here are some causes of infidelity:

Lack of attention – if they feel unloved or unappreciated, or if one partner is never home.
Revenge (for the other partner's perceived or real affair)
Self-destructive streak – some people just want to mess it up for themselves. Might go with drug use.
Inability to communicate (or passive-aggression maybe): Someone wants the relationship to end but doesn't know how to say it. Makes themselves the badguy/girl by having an affair, so the other person will end it.
Proximity/Opportunity – with coed workplaces, this is pretty much an unavoidable factor.
Culture – Sometimes it's in the culture someone comes from that infidelity is expected. This may be an ethnic culture or their family culture. There is often a double standard where it's ok for men but not for women.  So you might get a guy who just thinks it's normal.

50 % of men, and 40 % of women are unfaithful during their marriages. Additionally, in industrialized Western countries, about 10 % of all people are illegitimate (their father is not who they think he is.)

If you are in a marriage where you know your spouse is cheating, and you are financially significantly better off married than if you were to divorce, you might want to consider trying to get them into counseling rather than just asking for a divorce.  Some couples also just have different ideas about other partners, but that discussion is really for someone else's blog.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lithium in your Drinking Water?

An article in the British Journal of Psychiatry has recommended adding Lithium to the drinking water - in order to cut down on the suicide rate and on violent crime.  Lithium is the cheaper, older drug given to people with bipolar disorder - but it requires the patients who take it to go get their blood tested once a month because IT HURTS YOUR LIVER.  Also, all neuroleptics, both old and new, destroy brain cells, up to 3% of your brain cells per year.  Interestingly enough, the soft drink 7-Up used to have Lithium in it.

I can't attribute this one to big pharma greed, because Lithium is really dirt cheap.  More likely it's being seen as a way for governments to cut costs associated with violent crime, by drugging the populace at large.

By the way, the Nazis used to add fluoride to the drinking water in the concentration camps, to keep the prisoners docile.  Prozac is also a form of fluoride.  Just a thought, since most of the drinking water in the US already has fluoride.  And the kind they put in the water actually doesn't do your teeth any good, rather it can pit them if you get too much.

One way to get all this crap out of your water is a reverse osmosis filter.  They're not cheap though.  You can't get rid of fluoride by boiling.  It has a way of sticking to water once it's in, so reverse osmosis is it.  Or maybe distillation. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SWAT team busts house over student loan, detains man and 3 kids

Now you can graduate Summa cum POWed
I can't make this stuff up.  The US Dept. of Education sicced a SWAT team on this house OVER A DEFAULTED STUDENT LOAN, and they busted down the door at 6 a.m. and detained a man in his underwear and his three small children in a cruiser while they searched the house.  The estranged wife, who was the actual debtor, wasn't even there.

WTF?  Over a debt?  How much did the woman owe?  Isn't there supposed to be no debtors' prison here?  I thought debts were strictly a civil matter.  If I hear any changes or clarifications to this story I'll post them too.

Here's the story from
 (Click on link for the video courtesy of ABC)

"Acting on orders from the U.S. Department of Education, a S.W.A.T. team broke into a California home Tuesday at 6 a.m. and reportedly roughed up a man — all because of his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans. She wasn’t there.
Yet, Kenneth Wright of the city of Stockton was grabbed by the neck by handcuffed before he and his three young children were put in a police car as the officers searched his house, he told ABC News10. He said he was in his underwear the whole time.
“They busted down my door for this. It wasn’t even me,” Wright told the local news station. “All I want is an apology for me and my kids and for them to get me a new door.”
Local police were reportedly not involved in the incident."

May I remind you of my prior post of why college is a scam?
Now, why participate in this system anymore?  Why try to climb the social ladder when the floor above is rotten?  Educate yourself for free online and save your money or become even more of a slave.

Monday, June 6, 2011

FBI targeting Political Activists, reports Russian press

Why does it take the RUSSIAN press to report this?
Things are indeed turned backwards now.
My link is to but they got it from Russia Today.  The FBI investigated people whose big crime was they attended a screening of a movie about oil fracking.

But I don't think this is new, we need look back no further than to COINTELPRO or to the US Gov's fight against the American Indian Movement or any other such things.  It's just now they're using "anti" terrorism resources to terrorize and intimidate the populace, and the FBI got taken off the job of looking for white collar crime and is now looking for ordinary people to call terrorists.  Because apparently mere curiosity and trying to educate oneself beyond the pabulum that is the mainstream media is now an act of terrorism.

What does this mean?  Perhaps it means that I am now a "terrorist" for blogging about preparedness, because they lowered the bar so much.  I'm probably even a "terrorist" for pointing out that the bar is lowered.  I am reminded of the Monty Python bit from The Holy Grail where the peasant starts yelling "Come see the violence inherent in the system!  Help I'm being oppressed!"  Except this isn't funny.

See, it's convenient to call anyone who questions authority a terrorist, because then they don't have to be burdened by all those inconvenient laws that give us due process, they don't even have to let your lawyer see what actual charges you might be charged with, or their evidence, or anything.

They're not going to shut me up.  (Sorry guys).  EVERYBODY should speak truth to power, complain about injustice and educate themselves, because they can't stop everybody all at once.

Pithy Quote

Aristippus passed Diogenes as he was washing lentils.
He said, “If you could but learn to flatter the king, you would not have to live on lentils.”
Diogenes said, “And if you could learn to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter the king".

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Silent Dancers at Jefferson Memorial Busted by SWAT team

OK, this is kind of like a surreal mini Jasmine Revolution kind of event.  Call it the Silent Dance Revolution.  First a small group of people decided to have a silent dance party at the Jefferson Memorial and they got arrested.  So to protest this, a larger group of people did the same thing and this time TPTB (the powers that be) sent in riot police and a SWAT team.  Now they have erected a fence around the memorial to keep this wanton dancing thing at bay.  Because who knows, maybe someone could bust a move.
Here's a link to the story.

Come on, all they were doing was dancing.  They weren't even playing music out loud.

Maybe they were doing the Macarena.  That sort of mimics a pat-down done on oneself.  The TSA probably doesn't approve of anyone but them doing pat-downs.

I think right now someone needs to invent a TSA Macarena Dance, where you pat down your neighbor.  They can leave the hands down the pants thing out though, unless it's that kind of party. :-)
US soldier teaches Iraqi solder the Macarena. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Florida Homeowner Forecloses on Bank

The mice are in training to fight the fat cat...
Remember the post I wrote in February about "Vampire forecloses on bank"?  Where this guy who fancies himself a vampire, complete with fangs, sued Wells Fargo for their dishonest dealing?

Here is another very similar story.  These Florida homeowners DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A MORTGAGE but Bank of America must have thought they did and tried to foreclose on them.  They proved they didn't owe BOA anything and were awarded attorney's fees but BOA never paid them, so they went and filed a lien and the sheriff padlocked the office of BOA that they sued.

BTW, Wikileaks and BOA have been in a little pissing contest.  Wikileaks has exposed some documents BOA didn't want seen, and BOA has hired hackers to try and take Wikileaks down.  So then Wikileaks found this out and exposed it, too.  Go, Wikileaks!  There's a couple links to them in the News page now.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Why College is a Scam

I found this informative video on how college really isn't all it's cracked up to be.  As I said in a previous post about higher education, there is education, and then there is credentials.  If you want education you can get it online, and a lot of it you can find for free.  Credentials are what can be expensive; however you can test out of a lot of an undergraduate degree, and/or go to a discounted program like Harvard Extension School.

Most interesting to me in this video was near the end where they were calculating the real cost of a degree that would earn you $1MM more during your career (this was the figure thrown out by the education industry) and having it come out about $450,000 due to having to spend 6 years in school to get a sufficiently advanced degree, paying 6% interest on the price for 10 years, and losing your earning potential for 6 years while in school.  Also many high earners they interviewed are actually entrepreneurs who don't think that their college education did them much good vis a vis their enterprise.

With hyperinflation around the corner and the possible attendant miseries (rioting, hunger, martial law, lack of health care, crime), perhaps going to college is not the best idea right now.  Better to spend the money on your own personal infrastructure and security.  You can still get online (for now) and learn stuff on your own.

Here is the video.
By the way, it may soon become a felony to embed videos in this manner if they are copyrighted material.  Just another way Big Brother is trying to keep the flow of TRUTH down.  I suppose one could just put a link instead, but that's just annoying.  Guess I should research "fair use".

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deadly Mutant E-Coli in European Produce

There has been E-Coli found in European produce.  Several people have died.  It seems to be a new mutant strain, a cross between two other known strains, and it is highly contagious.
Here is a page with a video about it
In case it hits here in the US, you might want to consider eating only cooked vegetables for a while, or only ones you grew yourself.  At least wash your vegies very well.

Culture on the Cheap

no snark here
Modern "Culture" is in my opinion a construct invented by big business and media in order to keep you buying crap you don't need.  In other words it's kind of like a scam, they sell you a big pile of nothing, just symbolic stuff, and it keeps you distracted from living your life for real.  We all have a finite amount of time, the more time you waste chasing celebrity nonsense, or even the next promotion (so that you can afford more symbolic aristocrap) the less time you have in your life for living.

Why adhere to some kind of junky TV-esque culture when you can actually be a mover and shaker by unplugging from it?  Make your own culture.  Build your own community.  Meet your neighbors.

I saw this quote on RootSimple, a blog I follow, and it's spot on:

"We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world." --Terence McKenna

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

World Health Organization Finally Admits Cell Phones Cause Cancer

From the Duh file: Cell phones can cause cancer, according to the WHO.
The WHO finally changed their tune about cell phones - they used to call them safe.  But other people/organizations have been saying they cause cancer for years.  Cell phones give off low-level microwave-type radiation. 

To avoid the radiation, it's best to keep your phone away from your head - maybe a hands-free set would help, or if you can text instead of talk.  If you can take your phone off your body and set it down (in your purse, on your desk, in the car), that is also good.  Try not to sleep with the phone right near your head, either - put it a few feet further away if you must have it on at night.  And if you're pregnant, don't keep the phone near your belly.  Another thing you can do is to try to avoid talking on the phone if you're in the boonies or in a moving car - the phone can broadcast harder because it's looking for towers.  You should also be wary of letting school age kids have cell phones - their skulls are thinner and their brains are still developing.

Here are some resources about the radiation in cell phones, including which models have the least and most:
I looked mine up and it's not the worst but it's close.  Next time I get a new one I'm going to use their guide.  For now I'll be looking for the hands-free set.

Of course, if all you want the cell phone for is emergencies, why not get a CB radio instead?  You can get one plus an antenna and power source, and be done paying for it for less than what most cell phone bills are per month.

Research Bees Stolen

Call it a bee sting.  A week or two ago, someone stole bees used in research in Dundee, Scotland.  They were part of a study to see if pesticides were responsible for bee colony die-off.  Now the research is set back a lot.

Whoever stole them waited until their caretaker arrived at work and then grabbed the bees while the guy was inside getting settled in.  In the 20 minutes between when he arrived and when he came outside to take care of the bees, they were gone.  Apparently someone saw two men in a white van hanging around.  One of the thieves had on a beekeeper bonnet.

Apparently stealing bees is getting more popular as bees become more rare.  But was the motive here more than just to steal some bees?  Was it to steal these research bees in particular?  Who could benefit from a setback in this research? Could it be Monsanto or some other big agra company that doesn't want its pesticides taken off the market?  These bees were somewhat special, they'd be easy to spot if they tried to sell them.