Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Cat is a Furry Little Terrorist

Overseeing DWMD (dandelion wine of mass destruction) creation
I have discovered that my cat is a domestic terrorist! And she is targeting my crops! This morning she somehow knocked over the window box in the kitchen that contains the culinary herbs. Dirt went everywhere, engulfing the seed-saving project. Of course now some of the seeds are embedded in the dirt. I will have mystery crops in my window. So my cat turns out to be in the Catz Force but she is of course blaming the attack on Mousessad. And how did I know?  she doesn't look like a Persian cat.... LOL

More seriously, this week I laid in some rice from Restaurant Depot and I went to pay for it and they had to get a manager ID to override some limit on quantity. This was on just two bags of rice. I imagine that Chinese restaurants probably go through 200 lbs. of rice a day, but about 3 or 4 weeks ago I got 250 lbs. for a friend, and I got it in 25 lb. bags cause I can’t lift 100 lbs. – and maybe the Rice Nazi decided that was too much? How come the Chinese get away with it and not me???  Now actually I am not sure whether this limit thingie was imposed on everybody or just on me because I got the small bags. Or maybe someone else bought all they had one day? Or is DHS watching Restaurant Depot for preppers?

I can just see it, the Men in Black, with black chef's hats, lurking in the restaurant supply stores.  I'll foil them by speaking in fake Swedish.  Wiretap this! Hoor de voor dee mm bork bork bork!  They'll think it's my secret recipe for rond du jambe et arabesque flambe' avec foie gras quand on a besoin de lezarder a la Cote d'Azure pour Carnevale, but now that's French isn't it? Zut alors!

Okay, maybe too much champagne at the party where I just was.  By the way, just to show my exposure to Swedish isn't limited to a culinary muppet, for your New Years pleasure there is a great Swedish band out there called Hedningarna.  They're kind of trance-tribal electronic folk.  Here is them jamming with a Finnish joiker named Wimme.  Joiking is a kind of singing that's kind of like Native American chanting, only it's Sami.  It's improvised and usually pentatonic.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Anonymous (or whoever it is) Says They Will Publish Stratfor Emails

Via Daily Mail: (click on link for the whole story)

The hacker group Anonymous, or should I say, the hackers who hacked Stratfor and then claimed to be part of Anonymous, have said that they will publish the Stratfor emails they stole a few days ago and that the emails "provide a smoking gun for a number crimes".  They've already now posted the credit card numbers and used them to "donate to charity" on behalf of the clients on the client list they hacked.

Unfortunately, the credit card fraud they did will probably have a net effect of costing the charities a bunch of chargeback fees.  I hope the credit card companies will be nice and waive these fees, as the charities had nothing to do with this. It's just a big headache for them, even just having to account for the in and out of the bogus transactions; but a pile of chargeback fees on top of it at $35 a pop would just suck for them.

In a world of rampant government surveillance, it is only natural that there would spring up groups that used similar techniques to expose corporate and government corruption.  Who will watch the watchers who watch the watchers who watch the watchers who... aw hell.  Just set up an infinite mirror.  Here's looking at you kid.

Some new links/resources

I'd like to introduce a couple new resources I just added to this blog, that someone turned me onto.
One is http://www.newsfollowup.com/.  This is a gov't/business transparency watchdog site.  It didn't have a blog so I put it as a whistleblower source on the news page.
Another is http://www.fulldisclosure.net/.  This looks to be mostly about judicial corruption, from what I can tell.  It's based in California so a lot of their news is about goings-on there.  I put their blog on the blog roll.
And one more: www.corpwatch.org.  They have a blog too, but I thought they should go on the news page with the other business watchdog site.  This one is a watchdog site about corporations.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Military Bases Overseas are Staffed by Coolie Labor

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12675
The contractors who provide services to our troops overseas have in turn subcontractors, most from other countries, that recruit and hire foreign workers, mostly Asian, to build and staff our military bases.  Their working conditions are deplorable: most are making $1.50 an hour or so, they are not provided safety gear, they are made to wait in line in the desert heat to be fed slop, and they are worked 16 hour days, 7 days a week.  The contractors confiscate the workers' passports so they cannot leave.  Sometimes the subcontractors' recruiters use bait and switch tactics to get people to work for them.

Even if half the world lives on less than $2.00 a day, and the poor workers think it's a decent wage where they come from, this is unconscionable to treat these guys this way and have them working alongside men who get a lot more money, better food, and safety gear for the same work.  They all should be paid according to the work they do, not according to where they are from, allowed to keep their passports, and everybody needs safety gear.

The tiered system of contractors also shields the top tier of contractors from liability. So basically they are winking the other way at abuse, because they can make money that way.

So, is this the best we can do while "Defending the Free World"?  While the very workers supporting the troops are not free and are treated so poorly?

Well, first of all, why are we even over there in the first place?  9-11 was a false flag.  WMD's were a lie.  The Arab Spring was engineered.  We shouldn't be over there at all.

The whole idea of the so called "Free World" is BS propaganda to make us go to sleep while corporations rape the third world.  We the People are not free.  We are subject to covert surveillance all the time.  If you get to be too much of a pain in the butt, you get suicided, or your career ruined, your academic credentials erased, your kids taken on false charges, etc.

Even if you didn't care about other people in other countries, we are not even reaping much of a benefit from these companies using our military to pillage. Maybe we get some cheap consumer electronics that are designed to break anyway, ten cents off at the pump, or some pesticide-laden, gas-ripened tomatoes or strawberries in January.  Is that all we get for all that bloodshed and our boys coming home with PTSD?  An Ipod that breaks on purpose after 6 months?

What to do, besides complain online? Break away from the system as much as you can.  Arrange your life so you don't need the trinkets, or at least you need less of them.  Avoid taxes of all kinds legally as much as you can by arranging your affairs accordingly.  Boycott the big corporations to the extent that you can.  Try not to use as much gas.  In addition to starving the system, you will save money.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Stratfor Gets Hacked by Anonymous - PWNED!

The hacker group Anonymous has hacked www.stratfor.com and stolen its 4,000 member database.  This list of clients included MF Global and the Rockefeller Foundation.  They also stole 200 GB of emails.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/stratfor-hacked-200gb-emails-credit-cards-stolen-client-list-released-includes-mf-global-rockef

I have a link to Stratfor in the news section.  Usually you can go there and even without joining get a little bit of foreign strategy/policy news.  It's down for "maintenance" right now though. 

edit for clarification: Stratfor is kind of neo-con, or maybe more accurately, pro American intervention.  This would be the opposite view from Ron Paul who is anti-interventionalist.

I wonder what kind of leaks Anonymous will make in a bit?

News update: Anonymous says they didn't do it.  Basically the problem with being Anonymous is anyone can do something and claim to be Anonymous.  Although NPR was speculating they did it and then pretended they didn't because they just didn't realize who they were dealing with. (whatever).  Also one of the charities that the hackers were suggesting using the credit cards to make donations to, asked for them not to do so, because they'd have to return the money and pay a $35 fee on top of it for a chargeback on each transaction.  this is what I heard on NPR this afternoon.  Sounds like NPR is annoyed that another news outlet got hacked and they're sticking with their industry.

Anyway here's a link to another blog that has the real Anonymous' press release saying they didn't do it. Ah, what a tangled web we weave... http://www.talkleft.com/story/2011/12/25/124727/35

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My revised opinion of #Occupy

When the Occupy movement first came out, I thought it looked like a bunch of unwashed idealistic hippies, an inarticulate mass of young people who were just looking for an excuse to protest because they wanted to defy their parents (or a generic substitute in the establishment) - a natural impulse of many adolescents, but perhaps just a flash in the pan.

I was also concerned that the protests were costing municipalities money they couldn't afford to spare, as they had to police those areas more and provide enhanced sanitation services, etc., and that local businesses might suffer.

Further concern was due to a few well publicized sexual assaults at the sites of the protests and some hoo-ha about the chronically homeless taking an opportunity to "mooch" off the protesters, and how it posed a PC crisis of ethics or something like that.

Lastly, I feared that cynical globalists/socialists including the President himself had been attempting to co-opt the movement and steer it towards being (or seeming to be in the mainstream news) a sort of Greek chorus for their own platforms.

This all may have been at least partly true, but I think that with the passing of a few months, the Occupy activists that have hung on have become a bit more articulate.  It has matured past being a street protest and has soaked back into activism carried out in the daily lives of its adherents.  A couple of conversations with friends who are involved with Occupy has convinced me that the Occupy folks are pushing for a lot of the same things the Ron Paul supporters want.  Mainly an end to the Federal Reserve Bank and a switch away from fiat currency to something backed by commodities, chiefly gold.

If Occupy and the Ron Paul supporters could find a way to get together, there would probably be enough critical mass there to try and rout out some of the corruption that has infected our system and that threatens to kill its host.  I still think street protests accomplish nothing in and of themselves, but at least they got people talking.

Friday, December 23, 2011

US Military Designates US Citizens as Enemy During Collapse

 We have met the enemy, and he is us?!?!?!?  
WTF!

This disappeared off the Federal Business Opportunities (fbo.gov) website on December 21, an hour after Infowars linked to it. And then they posted a warning against putting "classified" information on their website.  However, the info was not actually classified. 

Someone has archived these documents on Flickr. Please save them and further spread them.  This goes beyond partisan politics, politically active people on both the left and right need to worry about this.  Heck, we ALL need to worry.

People need to know what is happening.  They are getting ready for a collapse and they intend to lock up/rendition/torture ordinary Americans with no due process. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is for real.

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Avian Flu Goes Airborne

Some Dutch scientists have mutated the H5N1 avian flu virus to be transmittable airborne from human to human.  In case you didn't know, avian flu is 50% fatal.  Before, you had to be in close contact with someone or something that was infected.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alarm-as-dutch-lab-creates-highly-contagious-killer-flu-6279474.html

The lab is in a university and only has minimal security. i.e. a locked door, and no armed guards.  The main scientist who did this incredibly stupid thing, a Dr. Ron Fouchier, has come out and said he did this, which could make himself and his colleagues unsafe (let's hope they stay safe).  Microbiologists have been dying young under weird circumstances for several years now, much more than is statistically possible as a fluke.  Chances are they're being assassinated. 

The US government is trying to talk Dr. Fouchier out of publishing his results, or at least the whole DNA sequence.  If he publishes how he did this thing, then anyone could do it.  Even so, the virus could mutate in the wild and produce the same result on its own.

The flu outbreak of 1977 was due to a virus that was in a university lab getting out.  If there is ever an outbreak, maybe up to 30% of the population would get sick.  So at a 50% fatality rate, 15% of the population could die.  Avian flu tends to affect the young more, although I wouldn't feel safe just from being old.

So what can you do to stay safe?

First, get yourself an ordinary painter's dust mask, or even better, a box of them, at any hardware store.  You want either an N95 or a N100 mask.  (the numbers are printed on the mask). They make them with a breathe-out valve, or not.  If you start to hear of people dying of this thing, or anything else, you can whip out your handy dandy mask and start wearing it.  Having several of these would be useful.  In a contagion, if you are healthy then the outside of your mask should be considered to be infected.  So don't touch it unless you wash your hands afterwards, and don't touch the inside after the outside or you should throw it away and put on a new mask.  If you fall sick, wear a mask to avoid infecting others.  In this case, don't wear the one with the valve, it won't filter your exhale.

These masks are also good for if you are exposed to dust or fumes (to a certain extent) for any reason: construction, explosion, tanker spill, etc.  They're good to keep in your car, for example, and they are small so why not.

Second, go to www.alpharubicon.com and read up on all their links having to do with avian flu, setting up a safe room, etc.  These guys don't fool around.  They test everything they put on there.

Third, try to get an antiviral medicine (like Tamiflu or Relenza) that you can keep around just in case.  They won't be able to develop a vaccine fast enough for an outbreak.  You could also get/make colloidal silver, zappers, etc. but I'd do that in addition to an antiviral.  It's your life after all. 

Fourth, if you haven't put any food by, do it now. At least get a month's worth, and I'd get something you don't have to put a lot of energy into preparing, in case you get sick.  There would probably be disruption of services and store shelves would get empty if nobody was working.

Last, if anyone in your house gets sick, you will want to keep them in a room by themselves.  It would be best if this room had its own bathroom, if you had a choice.  It is also better if it's not someone's regular bedroom, but one more sparsely furnished, because that's less decontamination afterwards.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rocket Stove From Cans

A challenge in any situation where fuel is scarce, is how to heat your food up.  You might not want to fire up a big wood burning stove just to cook a meal.  Or even if you have a camp stove, you might eventually run out of propane.  In a small rocket stove, a handful of twigs is enough, twigs are almost everywhere, you don't need special tools to cut them to size, and you can also burn cardboard in a pinch.  So I just tonight made a rocket stove for cooking with some empty food cans and a wire clothes hanger.

First I took a big can that used to have beef stew in it, and a 15 ounce vegetable can.  I took the bottom off the small can with tin snips.  I had to drive a nail hole in it to get the tin snips in.  I cut a hole in the side of the big can that the small can could fit into.  I put the small can in.  I had some aluminum tape so I sealed it up around the small can. We'll see how this tape holds up under heat. Also it's not totally necessary, and if you don't seal it, you could remove the small can in order to pack the ensemble down smaller for transport. The small can sticks into the big can by maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.

I put some more nail holes in the big can near the top and stuck a piece of a coat hanger in there. This will act both as a rack for whatever I cook and as a handle. Inside the small can I put a folded up part of a third can to act as a platform for the wood.  You're supposed to put the twigs in there, on top of that shelf, and that way air can still get into your stove.
You can see I also found a bathroom tile to put it on, if I ever had to cook on a surface that was flammable.  It fits just right on the tile. 

Here is another view, of the coat hanger in the top.  I bent the ends down to make it stay in there.  I wonder if I will have to put another piece in, to make it a triangle, or if this will do?  (By the way, that's a rust stain on my kitchen table that won't come out.  I might try lemon juice on it some time.  Bleach didn't work. If I wanted to be really hoity-toity I'd put a table cloth on it anyway).
I found another can just a little bit skinnier than the big can, that could be used as a cooking container.  I am concerned that it might be too wide and therefore snuff out the fire, and that it seems to have a BPA liner, so this might not be it; instead I could take the bottom out and use it as extra insulating walls around some other can, or I think this stove might be the right size to heat one of those metal Army cups.  But here's the can.  It sits on the wires just right:
I'll test drive this rocket stove another day soon (because it's dark out and I want to test it outside when I can take pictures). To Be Continued!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Santa's List Gets Leaked (LOL)

News flash: THE list, that is Santa's Naughty/Nice list, has been hacked!
Oh the humanity! The elvendom! HO HO HO!

Replacing a Smart Meter With a Safe Analog Meter - Vid

Monday, December 19, 2011

Anonymous Declares War on US Gov for Indefinite Detention Bill

There has been so much saber rattling about this bill.  It's rather shrill out there, and with good reason.  The bill is, quite simply, unconstitutional. And scary as hell.  I have a bad feeling that things are about to go completely berserk, and soon.  It's like a feedback loop, a self-fulfilling prophecy,

I will repeat my usual advice, although I have no idea who is actually listening: if you are being encouraged by anyone to do anything that would cost people's lives, chances are they're agents and you're being set up.  Don't be a patsy.  Walk away from it.  If you are agents who are trying to make some guy do something, then shame on you, you're just as guilty if not more, and you can also walk away.

And my solution for both the government and the people they're scared of, is just plant gardens.  None of this camp stuff is necessary if people can eat well.  Any kind of self-sufficiency needs to be encouraged.
/rant

I got this story originally from Western Rifle Shooters, but the links go back about 5 generations to this Pastebin link:
http://pastebin.com/BLjKcuYW

Here is a reprint.

We are anonymous

We ask that you post the following in public places

Whereas, on the 14th of December, 2011, the House of Representatives of these United States

voted in favor of indefinite military detention, without charges, of any American, anywhere,

anytime, without due process of law, at the discretion of the government alone;

Whereas, on the 15th of December, 2011, the Senate of these United States voted in favor of

the same bill;

Whereas, the proscription against the use of military force to police the populous has been

an essential feature of American civic life and civic liberty since the arrival of our

civilization upon this continent;

Whereas, the wanton violation of this proscription was one of the chief causes of the

separation of the American peoples from their government in Great Britain;

Whereas, the Constitution so chartering the government of these United States does not grant

this power;

Whereas, the Constitution forbids the addition of any power not enumerated to the general

government;

Whereas, the use of such draconian measures has been an essential feature of the enforcement

of tyranny by totalitarian governments of the 20th century, including, but not limited to,

the Nationalist-Socialist government of Germany, the fascist government of Italy, the

government of the United Soviet Socialist Republics, and the government of Vietnam;

Whereas, the use of such draconian measures is carefully calculated to quash all political

dissent amongst a captive people;

Whereas, the codification of such draconian measures effectively nullifies all civil

liberties the people may hope to hold;

Whereas, the codification of such draconian measures are the last act in the quest to hold a

people captive to the rapacious will of their government without recourse;

And whereas, the codification of such draconian measures is an act of war against the

populous at large;

Therefore, be it declared that a STATE OF WAR formally exists between the Government of

these United States and the People of these United States.

We, the People of these United States, declare any and all attempts to enforce the

provisions of HR 1540 to be unlawful, void, and of no force.

We, declare ALL WHO voted in favor of HR 1540, and ALL WHO attempt to enforce HR 1540 to be

traitors to these United States, punishable under law.

We, SHALL DISOBEY, APPREHEND, OR RESIST WITH DEADLY FORCE, in our discretion, any person who

attempts to enforce the provisions of HR 1540.

We, SHALL NOT aggress against any employee of any American government who shall not attempt

to enforce or aid and abet the enforcement of HR 1540, they being as trapped as the rest of

the populous.

Such STATE OF WAR shall continue until HR 1540 is stricken from the code of law, and all who

had hand in HR 1540 are brought to justice under due process of law.

Signed and witnessed by we, the individual citizens of these United States, below:

Small Town in England Grows Food for the Taking

Now this is very cool: The town of Todmorden in England is aiming for town-wide food self-sufficiency.  The cops have a vegetable garden that anyone is allowed to pick from, and there are other public pick-your-own garden food plots all over town.  Since starting this, vandalism is way down and kids are eating fennel instead of candy on the way to school.  There's also a vegetable cart where the proceeds go to the high school.  I am glad that people are catching onto this guerrilla gardening thing, and making it mainstream, and making their towns nice places to live.  http://wakeup-world.com/2011/12/14/a-deliciously-resourceful-town-aims-for-total-food-self-sufficiency-within-7-years/

Friday, December 16, 2011

GMO crop risk database! Squee!

Via FarmWars:

Testbiotech e.V. has published an online database of genetically modified crop plants and the risks they pose.- This is really cool, because this data wasn't really available in one easy to research spot before.

Munich, 15.12. 2011 Testbiotech is today publishing a database designed to give an overview of the risks associated with genetically engineered plants allowed for marketing in the European Union, or being about to be authorised soon. The current version of the database, called PlantGeneRisk, gives an overview of thirteen genetically engineered crops, four soy plants and nine maize plants. Ten of these plants already have EU authorisation for use, import and usage in food and feed, one of them is also allowed for cultivation. The plants produce insecticides or are tolerant to herbicides, and many also have a combination of both. So far, thirty eight genetically engineered crops have been authorised within the EU for use in food and feed, but no public database is available giving an overview of their risks. In the existing databases provided by state authorities or by institutions which have a close affiliation with industry, the actual risks are mostly marginalized.
Genetically engineered plants raise similar problems to the finance sector: Everybody is concerned by the problems, but hardly anybody has an overview of the actual risks,” says Christoph Then from Testbiotech. “So far, most information comes from industry. By establishing this new database we are offering some much needed counter-expertise.” 
Looking at the existing data it is evident that there are major gaps in current risk assessment:
  • Interaction between genetically engineered plants and the environment are only poorly investigated. Due to the invasive methods used for genetic engineering, genetically engineered plants very often show different reactions to environmental stress when compared to plants derived from conventional breeding. This can also cause unexpected changes in their compositions and risks to the consumers.
  • The mode of action of the insecticides produced by the plants is not known in complete detail. This leaves major uncertainties about risks for humans and the environment. All together, the plants already authorised in the EU produce ten different insecticidal toxins. These toxins can also be found in food and feed products in varying concentrations, and also can show unexpected combinatorial effects. A lack of sufficiently standardised methods means that the insecticide content in the plants cannot be reliably determined.
  • Despite the fact that most genetically engineered plants are tolerant to herbicides, there are hardly any data available on the actual amounts of herbicide residues that they contain after spraying with herbicides such as Roundup.
  • Feeding trials with plants to examine effects on health are not mandatory and there is an almost complete lack of long-term investigations.
  • Possible accumulated effects emerging from cultivation of different genetically engineered plants or from mixing them in food and feed are not investigated despite this being required by EU regulations.
  • The post marketing monitoring of potential effects on health as foreseen by EU regulations is not implemented.
This pilot version of the database was initiated with funds from the Gregor Louisoder Environmental Foundation and Hermsen Foundation. In 2012, further initiatives will be started such as workshops with scientists to further develop the content and structure of the database.
Contact: Christoph Then, Tel: +4915154638040, info@testbiotech.org
Link to the database of Testbiotech: http://www.testbiotech.de/en/database

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Dragon Family's Trillion Dollar Lawsuit

OK, this one is weird, and it could be good news if it's true.  According to this website
http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/995-lawsuit-end-tyranny
there is this group in Asia called the Dragon Family which apparently is the old ruling party of China (or their heirs) from before Communism.  This party entrusted an American expat fellow named Keenan with transporting somewhere around a trillion bucks worth of government bonds earmarked for humanitarian purposes, which were then stolen in Italy when they were confiscated from two Japanese guys who were involved somehow with Keenan, and called fakes.  Berlusconi reportedly subsequently tried to cash them but was unsuccessful.  Keenan has now sued Italy and the UN for stealing the bonds. 

The real shocker is that this Dragon Family is supposed to have gold worth many thousands of trillions of dollars.  A thousand trillion is a quadrillion, folks.  I can't even wrap my head around it, except to think they could probably buy everything in the world all at once, if it were for sale.  This is like 10 times the entire amount of gold that conventional wisdom says was ever mined in the history of mankind.

And again, the interesting character Benjamin Fulford is in the news.  This is the Canadian guy who used to write for Forbes and who now says he's with a band of ninjas that want to take out the Illuminati.  He has covered this trillion dollars in bonds story for a while.  He has now been taken in by some intelligence types, and the author of the article doesn't know where they are holding him.

The author also prints an interview with Fulford where Fulford claims that WW2 on the Japanese front was really started over the gold in Asia.

I hope this story is real and not some ludibrium of the author's.  If you don't know the word ludibrium, google it. It's my 50 cent word of the day.

Martial Law?

Is the Fear of Unrest/Martial Law a Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

Martial law is usually declared in a region during a disaster, not in the whole US.  The last time martial law was declared was in New Orleans during Katrina.  However some things I can think of that would prompt someone to declare nationwide martial law would be:

Widespread riots and bank runs due to a dollar collapse – This might only cause martial law to be declared in cities rather than everywhere, unless it got really crazy.  It all depends on how badly or quickly the dollar crashes.

A famine – This is actually quite possible, the US strategic reserve of grain is only enough to make half a loaf for each American, and riots have occurred all over the Middle East mainly due to the rising cost of food.  When you are talking food for survival, it’s really staple foods with carbohydrates that count the most.  There have been problems with wheat (rust) and potatoes (fungus) in the last few years.  But if the dollar crashes hard, and we get hyperinflation, this will drive the cost of food through the roof regardless of availability.

A pandemic - If there is a pandemic going around, a quarantine might be attempted in parts of the country that are affected.  This might require martial law. As far as threats go, a pandemic is the most likely avenue of attack from a hostile party.  It's the most bang for the buck.  And our government preparation for pandemic is woefully inadequate.

Civil war/revolution/“homegrown terrorists” – There has certainly been enough thinly veiled saber rattling among various right wing/conspiracy malcontents lately (especially after SB 1867 was passed by the Senate); however, most of the organized militia groups are probably heavily infiltrated by counterintelligence agents.  Most “terrorist attacks” in the last few years have been false-flag or provocateured affairs.  I suppose on one hand that it could be argued that this practice weeds out the malcontents who actually have the will to carry out an attack before it becomes serious; however, it also gives the appearance of there being a conspiracy to create a false enemy.  Or maybe there is such a conspiracy. 

One also wonders how much of the saber rattling is really being done by "sock puppets".   Sometimes radio personalities are really in the pay of intelligence (i.e. Sean Casey), also according to Wikipedia "In the 1990s it came to light that soldiers from the 4th Psychological Operations Group had been interning at the American news networks Cable News Network (CNN) and National Public Radio (NPR)." - ostensibly for training purposes, and when they were discovered they supposedly discontinued the program; also there have recently been government sock puppets on Facebook, leaving comments under websites, etc.  Some psyops might be pro-government and some might be seemingly against, perhaps to get others to speak out and so be identified, or if you're more conspiracy minded, perhaps to create a situation that would seem to require more surveillance/martial law.

Whether this is all a 100-year-old conspiracy to use fiat currency to ruin the US as a nation-state, provoke both fake and real unrest, and then make martial law the new normal so someone can steal our natural resources; or whether it’s just the unfortunate result of greed gone wild, with scavengers like George Soros with his farmland-buying spree picking off the remains for cheap, is almost irrelevant.  The result is about the same. 

Either way, the best outcome when the dollar finally crashes would be if nobody rioted, and instead of making a big angry fuss we got down now to becoming more self-sufficient and cooperating with each other so that we didn't need currency or government aid so much.  If we want to resist anything, it would be best done through noncompliance and/or litigation, rather than violence.  I'm not holding out hope that my best outcome will happen though. Unfortunately the government's fear of riots and the people's fear of martial law may together become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Some statistics for your consideration:

Number of persons in the US military – around 2.5 million. Most are overseas at the moment.
Number of persons in the US – getting near 300 million
Number of guns among civilians in the US – Somewhere around 250 million
Around 40% to 50% of households possess at least one gun.
The Revolutionary War was fought and won by 3% of the population. But we were fighting at home and the British were fighting across the pond.  So I don't think this factoid has much meaning in today's situation.

If asked to round up and intern large sections of the population for pretty much no good reason, it's quite possible that our own military would turn and refuse to do so.  Some conspiracy theorists have claimed that for this reason there are UN soldiers who have been "imported" here and who are laying low working menial jobs until called up - I don't know about that, but if you can prove it then please comment.  It seems to me that it would require an awful lot of them.  Also, it would be easier for the government to just ask for UN troops if it became necessary - I don't see any advantage in keeping them here under wraps.  And the rest of the world is having problems too - the UN doesn't have infinite resources any more than we do, so why waste the availability of troops in that manner?

Given these statistics, it would behoove the government to try and keep the majority of people supportive. It would also behoove the folks who are trying to prep, be self-sufficient etc. to be a little more civic minded and perhaps try to start community gardens, resilient communities, or whatnot.  Not necessarily with the blessing of government, since that would require spending tax dollars to do something you can do yourself.  Just do it.  The neighborhood you save might be your own.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paraguay Not So Hot After All

I had thought once upon a time that Paraguay would be a good place to go to get away from the coming implosion of America, because it's fairly inexpensive to establish residency there; but on Alex Jones today I heard the government there is persecuting the Mennonites there who are the farmers who feed most of the country with new onerous farming regulations that disfavor the Mennonites and favor big agra.  These Mennonites have settled mostly west of the river that runs through Paraguay and divides it into east and west sides.  The west side is actually more arid, and less desirable as farmland, but they make it work somehow, they've turned their part green and fertile over the years, and this is the thanks they get.  The Bush family and Sung Myung Moon have bought large tracts of land in Paraguay in recent years. 

I'm guessing it'll be all right for elites who are connected, and crappy for the average Joe who wants to move there and maybe farm.  For one thing, you'd be an outsider and equated in the minds of the locals with those other Americans who are destroying their way of life; for another thing, even if you are American, as a small farmer you'd still fall under the hammer of the big agra machine, so you'd get it from both sides.  And even if you don't farm, you will eventually have to put up with crappy, tasteless produce that is void of nutrition, GMO, and full of poisonous chemicals, and the other onerous laws that will undoubtedly get passed in order to keep people from resisting slow death by bad food.  Add to that the dollar probably becoming worthless, and you better not be depending on income from investments back in America.  You better either find a way to bring assets over and convert them to something local, or start a business there.  Good luck with the assets after 1/1/13.

On the other hand, perhaps one could go unnoticed more easily in a country with less infrastructure.  For a time.

Blackwater Changes Name Again

Blackwater was that contractor in Iraq that was kicked out for driveby-shooting unarmed civilians in a town square.  They changed their name after that to Xe.  Now they are changing their name again to ACADEMI and are seeking again to get a contract in Iraq.  (See here for Activist Post article)

Whatever the nom de guerre du jour, I guess it's all academic where they are now, they'll probably be beating our heads in soon enough too.  Is there nowhere to go to escape the madness?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mental Toughness Exam

This online quiz is mostly for soldiers or cops, I think.  But you can take it too.  If you don't "go on missions", then substitute other situations, like sparring if you take martial arts, doing an eviction, leading people on a work crew, administering first aid, camping in bad weather, or having to confront someone who is being disruptive and angry and make them leave.  I've had to do all of these at various times, with varying degrees of self-control. So I just substituted, and came up "passed muster". http://oripomerantz.com/toughness.html

This test was linked to here: http://www.warriorsciencegroup.com/warrior-mindset/

I've been poking around paramilitary/security professionals' training websites lately out of curiosity because of something I read the other day in a reply to one of my comments on the Survivalist Blog.  Now, I might be wrong but it seems to me they've sprung up a bunch lately.  Maybe it's only that I have just become aware of them, so I'm noticing them, kind of like those missing hubcaps I keep noticing. 

Anyway, some of them have open enrollment and might be good places to learn how to shoot, but there are other organizations like Appleseed as well, that would probably be more economical.  Learning how to drive defensively might save you from a carjacking.  You can read about it in a book and then try bits of it yourself, just do so in a safe manner and use your brain.  Martial arts training is always good, you really can't go wrong with that.  I think it's the martial arts training that gives me any mental toughness that I might have. Marching band was also kind of good for that; when I was a teen we had to march for miles in the snow and all kinds of weather.  Somehow the music made the foot-numbing slog go by without too much suffering.

Dilbert's Rebel Army LOL

Be careful out there.

Microsoft can Kill Apps Remotely

Microsoft just admitted that they can kill Microsoft apps that you bought, remotely.
http://cryptogon.com/?p=26401

This is a very good reason to switch to Linux, and back your data up early and often.  Even if you prefer Windows, you might like to take your old machine next time you upgrade and convert it to Linux.  The good news is Linux is usually free.  There are a lot of distros of Linux out there, one popular one is Ubuntu, another is Red Hat, but there are just tons of them out there.  People like to complain that Linux is for geeks, but the GUI (Graphical user interface) has made it easy in the last few years so you don't need to be a geek to use Linux.

I have both Windows and Linux machines.  In case you're wondering, and yes I'm a bit of a geek, but never mind that.

Besides, there's nothing wrong with learning a skill that will free you from yet another form of surveillance and control, now is there?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FEMA camp KBR leaked document seeks suppliers

Someone leaked this document to Infowars.com today.  It basically says KBR (the subsidiary of Halliburton that got the contract in 06 for the FEMA camps) is going to divide the US up into 5 areas and they are looking for suppliers for all the FEMA camps for tents, catering, barbed wire, etc.
http://static.infowars.com/2011/12/i/general/kbr-doc.pdf

Think they're a hoax now? This made my innards go to liquid. I feel sick.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Was Gingrich Involved in Freddie Mac's Fundraising Scandal?

Please see this article.  It wonders aloud if there is a connection between Newt Gingrich getting a consultant job at Freddie Mac to the tune of $30K a month from 1999 to 2002, and Freddie Mac starting to make illegal campaign contributions to Republicans during the same time period, for which it was ultimately fined.

Hmm. Could it be... Satan?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Poetry Break

To Those Born After (Bertold Brecht)
English translation was found on www.poemhunter.com
I.

To the cities I came in a time of disorder
That was ruled by hunger.
I sheltered with the people in a time of uproar
And then I joined in their rebellion.
That's how I passed my time that was given to me on this Earth.

I ate my dinners between the battles,
I lay down to sleep among the murderers,
I didn't care for much for love
And for nature's beauties I had little patience.
That's how I passed my time that was given to me on this Earth.

The city streets all led to foul swamps in my time,
My speech betrayed me to the butchers.
I could do only little
But without me those that ruled could not sleep so easily:
That's what I hoped.
That's how I passed my time that was given to me on this Earth.

Our forces were slight and small,
Our goal lay in the far distance
Clearly in our sights,
If for me myself beyond my reaching.
That's how I passed my time that was given to me on this Earth.

II.

You who will come to the surface
From the flood that's overwhelmed us and drowned us all
Must think, when you speak of our weakness in times of darkness
That you've not had to face:

Days when we were used to changing countries
More often than shoes,
Through the war of the classes despairing
That there was only injustice and no outrage.

Even so we realized
Hatred of oppression still distorts the features,
Anger at injustice still makes voices raised and ugly.
Oh we, who wished to lay for the foundations for peace and friendliness,
Could never be friendly ourselves.

And in the future when no longer
Do human beings still treat themselves as animals,
Look back on us with indulgence. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Fed Loaned $16 Trillion to International Banks

via the Economic Collapse Blog: Read this

This is huge - it's more than the Federal deficit (which is $15 trillion).  Between 2007 and 2010 the Federal Reserve Bank (which as you probably know is not part of the Federal government) for a bailout, secretly loaned $16 TRILLION to international banks, at less than market rates, and they made $13 billion in profit off the arbitrage.

How does the Federal Reserve Bank get its money?
It creates it out of thin air.  (it used to have to print it, but it mostly makes it electronically now). When it does this, it dilutes the value of the dollar (causing inflation).

Inflation is mostly a tax on the poor and middle class.  It's a tax on everyone, but we all buy a certain amount of stuff to live, so it falls harder on us regular Joes because we spend more percent of our income to get the stuff to live.

So, if you thought that TARP was bad with its 700 billion, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

This is a crime scene.  You have been robbed.  How do you feel?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to Survive A Comet Smackdown, for Cheap

Several months ago I had an article on how to survive ginormous solar flares.  Mostly just keep your electronics that count in a Faraday cage (metal container), and have some batteries around for them. Solar flares aren't a big deal for people, only for electronics, but you might want to get some lightweight long sleeve shirts and a big hat if you are worried about sunburn.

In the event that there is a comet smackdown, though, the strategy would be different.  There have been several comet smackdowns in the past, for example some people think the Dark Ages were caused by one or more comets slamming into the Earth.  Here's a woodcut showing comets, lightning, and people running around while buildings burned from the 4th century. Courtesy of www.sott.net

There are also accounts of the whole sky being on fire, and that sort of thing, from late antiquity Rome etc. 

The comforting thought is that humanity has managed to bounce back from the comets in the past, because we're still here.  But comets have spelled the end of several major civilizations, along with a major culling of the population each time.  It seems comets do this about every 3600 years or so, and we're about due for another smackdown, in 2012 or soon thereafter.

The reason why a comet bombardment is so devastating isn't so much the destruction to property by falling debris as it is the large amount of dust and smoke that ends up in the air for several years on end, which stunts plant growth and causes famine and disease.  The evidence is borne out in tree rings as well as history.  Sometimes comets only affect one part of the world and then there's contemporary writings about "bread failures" and such.

I am wondering if the people who are making chemtrails might be better employed figuring out how to precipitate the dust from comet smackdowns out of the air faster.  They might be able to save more of humanity.  Of course, from what various elites have said on the record, I think they would rather have most of us die.  Maybe they think they'll survive in those giant bunkers they've built everywhere, then come out when the dust settles and be in a position to rule the rest of us, probably with less politeness than before.  With the stories that come out of alien or military type abductions that all seem to involve medical experiments or genetics, and the various attempts at population reduction through GMO food, sneaky sterilization or infection with disease by fake vaccines in the third world, etc., it's possible they also think they will replace us with something else "new and improved".

With this in mind, if you don't have some big underground bunker of your own, here's my thoughts how to survive the comet smackdown that is probably coming soon:

1. If you are just out and about and stuff starts falling from the sky, get as far underground as you can - like if you are in a city and there's a subway, go there, or go into the basement of whatever building you are in or near. Think about places to go take shelter in that are near where you frequently go.  Practice going to them, so that you don't have to think hard when the time comes.  Train your spouse and kids to do the same.  Carry on or near you, a dust mask or an equivalent (bandannas etc.). Perhaps there is a chance of weird electromagnetic things happening too - lightning, etc. so being underground in that event would be good.  Carry a little flashlight.  If you're in a basement and the lights go out, you'll be glad you had one.

2. If you have the luxury of moving now, seek the high ground.  I am guessing that the chance of actually being hit by a falling rock from the sky would be small, but that the resulting fires, shock waves from the impacts, tsunamis, etc. would be significantly more of a risk.  If a tsunami were big enough, it would throw water further inland than a regular storm, so you would want high ground.  I would also add, if you can be both on the high ground and near a drinkable source of water like a mountain stream or spring, so much the better. You can be both on the high ground and underground at the same time, if you can dig.  I would also choose to be near a small town that is within 10 or 20 miles of a hospital over a city or a really remote place.

3. Food and water. Starting now, carry food you don't have to cook for 2 or 3 days and maybe a half gallon of water on you (minimum). But water is heavy, so carry some and have more around where you will usually be.  Put bottled water in your car and stash some at work. You can do the same with the food, but at home, stockpile a lot of canned and dry food and water, because not only will there be a great disruption of the supply chain, but there will be problems with crops for several years after.  You might want to hide a lot of this food so that looters won't get it all, and just have some out.  Don't brag to your neighbors about your food!

Not only get regular shelf-stable food, but if you can't afford freeze-dried food, which is 3 times the cost of regular food, consider dehydrating regular food yourself and storing it with oxygen absorbers and with as little oxygen as possible.  You can make your own oxygen absorbers by putting steel wool and salt in a little cloth pouch (just use a piece of cloth and put a twist tie on it).  Store your food in 5-gallon buckets from the hardware store (with lids), unless you can get free buckets - and perhaps also in mylar pouches, if you can afford them.  You can get oxygen out of your food containers by putting dry ice on top, waiting a little while and then closing the lid.  Carbon dioxide is heavier than air so it'll fill the top of the bucket. You can make a solar/air dehydrating shack, about the size of a doghouse or an outhouse, and not need power to run it.  This will dry a lot of produce at once.  You could make it out of pallets and an old window for almost free.  If you can't make a big thing like that, you can make a small dehydrator out of a small lamp with an old-style light bulb poking into a cardboard box with a lid, and some old screening for shelves.  Get one (or more) gravity water filter, and learn how to make one out of sand, clay, charcoal etc. so that when your filter runs out you can make another one.  Also, get a water barrel or some kiddie pools so that you can collect water to drink, irrigate, etc. Or dig a well, or at least learn how to dig a well.  A well with a hand water pump would be a great thing to have.

If you can afford it, you're of a fertile age, and you want to stay fertile, store home grown food that you know isn't GMO or treated with pesticides. If you know nothing else, then know this: Just avoiding all prepackaged food as much as you can is a big step.  Cook from scratch and don't eat corn or soy unless you know for certain it's not a GMO variety.  However, if you are curious, there's a couple links to GMO news on the news page.  They keep coming out with more GMO stuff, like salmon for example.  For now, wild-caught salmon is still safe.

4. Seeds.  Store some heirloom seeds.  You might not be able to grow crops effectively for a few years after a comet smackdown.  You could try, but the reduced sunlight and/or weather disruptions might make it a non-starter.  If you were fabulously wealthy or a government you could get some kind of small nuclear reactor and power grow lights in your bunker underground, but since we're just average Joes and Janes here, you want to store seeds in a way that they will keep for 5 or 10 years. Freezing them is good, but we can't be assured of having power.  The best we can probably do is keep them in a cool, dark place and keep them dry.  You can freeze them for now, and maybe your area won't be affected by power outages.  Maybe we can be reassured that Bill Gates and Monsanto have built a big seed bank in Norway, but somehow I don't think that's for us.  There are other seed banks, too.  Also consider learning about edible weeds, because those plants might be better able to survive without irrigation, lots of sun, etc.

5. Security.  If you want to stay in your home, which might be easier than running off to somewhere else, you will want to make bars for the windows, for across the door, etc.  You can pre-fab these in sets now and just keep them around, then install them when you think you need them.  Re-bar is okay, but if you don't have the tools to cut re-bar then try conduit.  It's better than nothing, and they make clamps etc. for conduit so you can fasten it to wood.

I suggest you also arm yourself and learn how to use your weapons; and hide a few of them so that if the one you carry is stolen you can re-arm yourself later.  You may need to defend yourself from looters.  Guns aren't the only weapons in the world.  Practically anything can be used as a weapon.  But do consider getting a conceal carry license - follow the law.  No need to get jailed for something stupid while society still works.  And of course, use discretion.

I also suggest that you stockpile dog food.  Even if you don't want to have a dog now, you can always acquire one (or more) later as a guard dog, and you will be able to feed it then.  There will probably be a lot of stray dogs running around after a disaster.  The strays will get feral after a short while, so it might be better to adopt a stray dog sooner than later after a disaster.  Also, people might start to eat the stray dogs and cats if they get hungry enough, so eventually there might be no dogs around.  If you have land, consider things like trip wire alarms, booby traps, etc. for when things get rough.  It will be hard for someone to live alone and survive.  You will have to learn how to work in a group, if only for the reason that you have to sleep sometime.

6. Utilities.  Store propane, lamp oil, wood, candles, and get a wood burning stove.  If you can't afford a wood burning stove, you can build a rocket stove from clay you get from the ground, rubble, a metal barrel, and furnace parts.  Get a battery powered carbon monoxide alarm if you are going to experiment with that.  You can make a primitive fridge from two large clay pots, one inside the other, with a lid and wet sand between them.  When choosing a place to live, if you are going to build something, keep in mind that a small place is easier to heat, and that underground it stays around 50 degrees F year round.

7. If the comet disaster leaves your area sort of "walking wounded" and then it looks like you will face a lot of social chaos, troops, etc., the best bet for survival is to hide, blend in, try to stay calm, avoid armed conflict if you can, pretend to acquiesce to authority, but then do your own thing when they're gone.  If it gets too nazi-esque, then slip away, hide, lie, whatever you need to do.  Nobody has the right to be a nazi to anyone else.  Everybody has the right to live and be free.

8. Once things settle down, you will need a profession that actually produces something or is useful in the  smackdown world.  If you don't know how to do something useful, learn now.