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The current protests are not “The People against the State” and therefore it is not a revolution. It is the Left (CGT union and alike) against the Left (Presidency); it is a family affair like currently between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.
When these people rioted in my street, the REAL PEOPLE on their balcony INSULTED them. How could the real people walk in the streets with these bastards to make a revolution? They gather 2-3% of the votes in elections ! They ravaged everything for 20 minutes including a bank. We called the police who’s station is just 100 meters always and they didn’t show up until 20 minutes after their departure ! The police is not using water cannons and they are releasing within hours those who burn police cars and injure policemen.
The real risk is when the REAL PEOPLE clash with the PROTESTERS. That would bring an interim military cabinet who would delay the 2017 election. There is already General Didier Tauzin who announced he is running for President.
REPLY: They are calling this the second French Revolution, but you are correct, it is not the people so much as the left unions. We have the same problem in the States with government workers against the people.
Hello Mr Armstrong,
A single image that would suffice to understand the situation in France : Hollande is at a historical low approval rate, 11%.
The common reaction is : “How come he enjoys so much support ?”.
Honestly, I think Hollande does not get it. He likes to show how satisfied and proud of his achievements he is, which people see as a permanent provocation. He’s as clueless as you can get.
On the other hand, Manuel Valls is an arrogant, angry and brutal prime minister who often uses a martial rhetoric to silence anyone who questions his judgment. The man is known for having some serious mental problems. Be sure that if this man could, he would turn France into a dictatorship overnight.
Hopefully, Hollande is weak and unable to make decisions. He’s known to be a pathological liar, including in his private life. Being a natural born coward makes it impossible for him to take any responsability, even the smallest. When a problem occurs, he usually run away after having scapegoated someone else for the mistake.
Hello Mr Armstrong,
Some news from France where the global atmosphear is looking like a complete moral and political meltdown.
The french president François Hollande, his ministers, especially the head of the Ministry of the Economy Emmanuel Macron, can’t travel in France. Ministers have been ordered to reduced their trip to a “strict minimum”. The bill to reform the job market regulations is at the epicenter of the broader french society existential crisis.
Here is a link for the record related to the great difficulty the government experience to move within France : (not shown)
I discuss extensively with thousands of French from various background and regions. I think the anger is at an all time high. It’s pure hatred for the government, politicians and, because the leading one, Hollande and his prime minister Valls. People are more and more convinced that France is becoming a “socialist dictatorship”.
Thanks to police forces, Hollande is still alive, but if it were not for the cops, the crowd would already be sitting in the Elysée Palace.
I talked with a a person from Belgium leaving in Romania with high levels connexions in Brussels. They’re terrified about 2017 for they know Alain Juppé (former Chirac Prime minister, crooked as possible) or Sarkozy won’t be able to lead France for it is more of the same and people are all too aware of it.
I remember you told me that your computers do not see Sarkozy winning. I don’t see Hollande winning. And i don’t think Le Pen can win. It looks like a dead end at this stage.
REPLY: This is not just a French revolution, it is a worldwide revolution. We are seeing it in America, Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Greece. Everyone has simply had enough of politics as usual. The elite around the world are in a complete state of denial.
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Comments from France - Mon 06 Jun 2016, 1:43 pm
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50 Ways The Pros Tackle Seasickness -under theories for a reason - Sun 05 Jun 2016, 12:25 pm
50 Ways The Pros Tackle Seasickness -under theories for a reason
by Richard Detrich
I have a friend who has never cruised before. Right now he is in the middle of the Atlantic. Before he left he was very concerned about being sea sick. Fortunately in all the time I've been at sea I've never become sea sick. If it gets REALLY bad, particularly with the ship pitching, or going up and down front to pack, I have sometimes just gone to bed rather than stagger around, but actually sea sick, or as we call it on cruise ships experiencing "slight motion discomfort" ... never. However, motion sickness is weird. Put me on any amusement park ride and they will have to close the ride down while they hose it down, but on ships, never. But I've worked with crew members who did get sea sick. Guys on the bridge no-less who had to stop in the john for a moment ... fortunately on the bridge the bathroom is right there. I've known dancers who managed to puke and at the same time change costumes, then go right back out and continue the show with that great big, fake smile the dancers all have.
So here's a really good article by John Konrad of gCaptain about 50 ways professional seamen and women use to combat motion sickness.
What is Seasickness? And 50 Ways Professional Mariners Tackle It!
What is the definition of misery? Answer: Seasickness
One of the first questions I get asked when a landlubber finds out I work at sea is, “Do you get seasick?” In truth I have, just once. I was cooking lasagna in the galley of a 37 foot sailboat racing upwind in 20 foot swells when the kerosene lamp broke. Taken separately, the confined space, heavy rolls, the smell of lasagna and kerosene never bothered me much, but the combination of all four proved insurmountable. Luckily I just went topside and waited for the cabin to air out but the 60 seconds it took me to escape were pure misery.
The single worst aspect of sea-sickness is not being able to stop it. Seasickness on a boat is never a major problem as it’s usually only a short trip to the nearest harbor but, in the middle of the ocean, your only option is to wait until the seas calm down. This can take days.
So what can you do if you are looking to start a career at sea (or just looking forward to your first cruise ship adventure), but find yourself feeling queasy each time you step into a boat? The good news is that 75% of people eventually get acclimated to the sea and are naturally cured of the affliction. For the other 25% of you…. find a new career! Seriously, I’ve seen seasick people and it looks miserable, truly miserable.
But for those determined to stick it out, here’s our list of 50 ways to prevent seasickness. Some of these are scientifically tested, others are sailors tales, and none of them have been tested by gCaptain editors because, well, none of us are strong-willed enough to pick a profession which makes us sick! So, results may vary, but all of these have been suggested by a professional mariner though we can’t vouch for his/her sanity.
Fool Yourself – Believe it or not (your choice) but 99% of seasickness is mental. Even the most stalwart mariner begins to feel queazy at times… but quickly solves the problem by telling themselves “I don’t get seasick!”. Repeat it 3 times in the mirror before departure. And make sure you say it with conviction!!
Look at the Horizon – When a ship is riding to a heavy sea everything is moving. The only thing that is stationary is the horizon and looking at it will often reset your internal equilibrium.
Follow your nose – Motion sickness is often caused by bad smells. Even pleasant smells, like a girlfriend’s perfume, can often send you for the railings. So if you smell anything strange, move into fresh air fast. And be sure to keep your living area clean… a dirty room or body is a quick way to invite odor.
Other people – One sure-fire way to get seasick is to watch other people getting sick. Like a schoolyard cold, motion sickness is very contagious. Avoid other seasick people at all cost.
Watch what you eat – One of the reasons people get seasick on cruise ships is that they over-eat. When the waves hit greasy, high-fat foods swirl around your stomach like water in the head. Also avoid sugar which can make you light-headed and dizzy.
Chew gum and eat sweets – Hey didn’t I just say to avoid sugar? Yes but some people swear by it, other think just the repetitive motion of chewing, most effective with gum (ginger gum or candy works best), helps relieve symptoms.
No booze – Alcohol can make you sea-sick on dry land, the effects are worse in open ocean so avoid drinking at all costs.
Eat Only Saltines – An old sailors myth is, when the seas get rough, eat only saltines. Personally I think a full and healthy diet helps prevent seasickness but others swear by eating just saltines.
IMG_0192Drink Only Lime Juice – Like the saltines, some old salts swear by drinking only lime juice in a storm claiming it helps contract your stomach. We think this is bogus but, if you are going to try it, be sure to avoid all dairy because the mixture of lime and cheese might be great flavor for a Dorito but, in real life, they create curds in your stomach. Ouch!
Ginger – Whether you chew it, suck on it or dilute it in tea ginger has long been a favorite home remedy for motion sickness. Give it a try and, if you believe it works (see rule #1) it most probably will!
Carrot juice, apricot juice, citrus, prunes, mints, black horehound, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…. there are a 101 plants that are reported to help cure seasickness. We can only suggest you try them in small amounts.
Aromatherapy – get a fine mist sprayer (or use an oil diffuser if you have access to power) and fill it with distilled water, lemon oil, cedar wood oil, dill oil, lavender oil, and a few drops of spearmint. Then spray it lightly on your face.
Over The Counter Drugs – Dramamine and Bonine are the two most common seasickness remedies. These are available over-the-counter at most drug stores and contain antihistamines which makes some people drowsy so, if your at sea to work, make sure to look for the non-drowsy versions.
Ambien – One cure for motion sickness is to sleep through it but getting to sleep is hard when you feel miserable. Ambien will knock you out no matter what your state is. Just be sure to take it well before you start vomiting (medicine needs to be in you to feel better). And, if you can’t get a prescription for it, try it’s over-the-counter relative Benadryl, another antihistamine which will knock you out! Warning; These drugs are powerful so don’t expect the ship’s alarm to wake you if she starts to sink!
Wrist Bands – Anti-Seasickness wrist bands come in two varieties; acupressure and magnetic. They work by applying pressure or magnets to a pressure point located on the underside of the arm about an inch and a half above your wrist.
082Acupuncture – If the band doesn’t work you can try actual acupuncture needles but, be warned, sharp objects and moving ships are not a safe combination (and make sure you know where to stick them!).
The Patch – Scopolamine patches are worn behind the ear and look like small band-aids but contain small amounts of medicine which secretes into you skin. They are the most popular prescription drug for seasickness and they also come in pill form. The great thing about the patch is that it continues working even after you start to throw-up. But, be warned, prolonged use of the patch – for weeks at a time – can lead to hallucinations!
Kid’s Medicine – If Dramamine and Scopolamine leave you with bad side effects then try Stugeron (the brand name for cinnarizine) which reportedly works even after you have started feeling dizzy.
Change Heading – Sometimes a ship will get into a harmonic rhythm which drives certain people crazy. This is easily fixed by either changing the ship’s course or speed…. that is, if the captain lets you!
Don’t get pregnant – Many women are fine aboard ships in all weather conditions…. that is until they have their first child. So if you are female and plan on taking a world cruise be sure to do it before you have children. The worst part – sea-sickness has been the cause of many pregnancies by women who unknowingly threw-up their birth control pills.
Close your eyes – Many doctors believe that seasickness is actually your brain getting confused by too many mixed signals. So start to shut these signals down by removing smells, tastes hearing and vision. For the last two high quality earplugs and a comfortable eye mask may help.
Ask an astronaut – NASA has done extensive research on the causes and treatments for motion sickness. One tested treatment is to wear special LCD shutter glasses that create a stroboscopic vision of 4 Hz with a dwell of 10 milliseconds.
Pacific Princess 2011 Funchal 003Autogenic-Feedback Training Exercise – AFTE is a six-hour training program developed by NASA which is reportedly an effective method for enabling people to control voluntarily several of their own physiological responses to a variety of environmental stressors. Not sure what that means? Neither am I but I’m sure google can help.
Avoid Books and Computer Screens – Reading, wether on a device or paper, is a sure-fire way to get you sea-sick. But if you must be sure to read small portions at a time with frequent breaks to look up towards the horizon. If using a computer try a program that reads the text out-loud to avoid fixing your eyes on the screen, or use an e-ink device (like an Amazon Kindle) which isn’t as bright and doesn’t “flicker” like an iPhone or tablet.
Buy a program – With names like “The Puma Method” and “Nevasic” a mixture of doctors and hacks offer their training programs for a price. Some are DVD sets and others comes as cheap iPhone apps. Some surely work and others are a scam but all promise to relieve your pain in a few easy steps.
Saline Drip & O2 – Between sweating, vomiting and forgetting to eat or drink seasickness can quickly dehydrate you worsening your condition fast. So, for some, a trip to the ship hospital results in an IV and an 02 mask which hydrate and oxygenate the patient making then quickly feel better (FYI – you can purchase just the oxygen bottle over the counter). But a far simpler solution is to drink water and get fresh air before you get dehydrated.
Hammock – A simple parachute hammock strung fore-to-aft will let you lay motionless while the ship rolls beneath you. It won’t remove all motion (you still feel the up and down heave of the ship) but it does reduce the rolls.
Be A Burrito – If the hammock doesn’t work for you try wedging lifejackets (the bright orange thick cushy ones work best) under your bed to create an acute angle between the mattress and the wall, then climb in. This essentially turns your matteress into a burrito shaped shell, pinning you against the wall and preventing you from rolling in your bed.
Get In The Water – While this is impossible on most ships, if you are on a dive boat or on a cruise ship with a swimming pool you can reduce the water’s motion by submersing yourself in it! This works best when you are fully underwater with a SCUBA set.
Stay In The Middle – A ship balances at it’s center so that is the place where motion is least pronounced. The bow and stern should be avoided at all cost.
Get To Work – Dinghy sailors rarely get seasick and this is because their is too much work to be done by the small crew to notice the bad weather surrounding them. Free your mind and body with work or exercise to avoid getting sick.
Hair Of The Dog – In Britain new sailors are called Greenies for the color their skin takes when the ship starts rolling. Many people get terribly seasick in the beginning of their careers but become old salts after battling their first major – week long – storm.
Lay Down – Some say that lying down prevents histamine from reaching the brain, decreasing nausea. Try laying on your back to prevent your stomach from being pushed into the deck by your body weight.
The “Navy Cocktail” – This remedy consists of a heavy dose of both ephedrine and phenergan taken orally and was reportedly used by both the US Navy and NASA astronauts. We can’t suggest taking either without seeking a doctor’s advice.
Roll With The Punches – Fighting the roll of a ship can quickly cause fatigue which can lead to seasickness. Try to roll with the ship instead of stiffening up and fighting the motion (as most newbies unconsciously do).
Ice Water – Immerse your feet in ice water. We are not sure if this is a wive’s tale or real cure but I know of at least one sailor who swears by it.
Drink Coke OR Avoid Coke – Some people swear that Coca-Cola helps prevent sea-sickness others say that it causes it. Some also say that any carbonated beverage will help quite the stomach but that ginger beer works best.
Get a Diagnostic – Some people don’t have sea-sickness at all. They have vertigo or food allergies or other medical conditions that – once cured – relieve themselves to be the true culprit.
Steer The Ship – Taking the helm keeps your eyes on the horizon (2), allows you to change heading (19) and keeps you busy (30) but mostly it gives you a feeling of control over the elements and can be a fast cure to sea-sickness.
Clean Your Ears – Most of us take frequent showers and clean our ears out regularly with Q-tips but, if you don’t, wax build-up in your ear has been reported to lead to motion sickness.
Lean Back – Keeping head movements to a minimum may help you reduce the number and complexity of inputs to the brain. To do this recline your chair slightly resting your head.
Pull The Trigger – Don’t sit around fearing the sickness and go ahead an tickle your throat by sticking your fingers way down inside. Some sailors swear by it! If you can’t bring yourself to stick your own fingers down your throat (and your dearest friend refuses to help) then try some good old fashion Syrup of Ipecac.
Removing Part Of Your Brain – A university study (Hoffer, 2003). found that by removing the nodulus section of a dog’s brain effectively prevented motion sickness. It’s also thought by some that children under 2 are immune from motion sickness because this part of the barin has yet to develop. Loss of inner ear function and lesions in the cerebellar nodulus may also work but…..
Monitor your breathing – Hyperventilation can lead to lightness of head and induce many of the symptoms of seasickness. Take deep, controlled breaths and stay calm to prevent hyperventilating. If you still can’t stop then breathing into a paper bag may help.
Always Puke To Leeward – If you feel like you might throw up then go topside and puke to leeward. This is important!
Take a Chill Pill – Doctors don’t always do as suggested. I sailed with a doctor once who prescribed Scopolamine to all his patients but, for himself, he preferred Valium. Diazepam , lorazepam, benadryl and klonazepam are all reported by various sources to work but, be carefull, these meds are sedating and can be addictive.
Decongest – Stuffed and runny noses play havoc on the inner ear so, some suggest, a Mentholatum Ointment vapor rub or pepper powder to clear the nasal passages while others suggest over-the-counter nasal decongestant.
Get Some Rest – Sleep deprivation magnifies the occurrence of motion sickness because, according to US Navy research, it interferes with the vestibular system ( located in small cavities hollowed out of bone within each ear) habituation process. In the maritime environment, this is often a compounded problem since the sleeping conditions aboard a vessel. The solution? Get plenty of rest before the storm arrives.
Be Friendly – Some studies have suggested that motion sickness tends to be greater in introverts (Kottenhoff & Lindahl 1960) this may partly be due to their being slower adaptors (Reason & Graybiel 1972).
DSC_0006 Know the enemy…. But what is motion sickness? Sometimes the best prevention is knowledge so, to answer the question, motion sickness is a generic term for the discomfort and associated vomiting induced by a variety of motion conditions aboard ships, aircraft, vehicles, on swings or amusement park rides, in zero gravity environments (e.g. space), and elevators. Actually, the term “motion sickness” is somewhat of a misnomer from two perspectives. First, it can be induced in the absence of motion as during a virtual reality simulation, and secondly, sickness implies that it is a type of disease, when in fact it is a perfectly normal response of a healthy individual without any functional disorders (Benson 1999). Although the symptoms and physiological responses are consistent for all motions, seasickness varies with the individual.
What causes motion sickness? Most research suggests that motion sickness is caused by the vestibular apparatus (located within the inner ear, the vestibular apparatus provides the brain with information about self motion) sending signals that do not match the sensations of motion generated by visual or kinaesthetic (awareness of the position and movement) systems, or what is expected from previous experience. Said simply, it’s caused by sensory mismatch, the brain gets confused by too many unexpected inputs.
We shall leave you with this note from Dr. Timothy Hain, an expert on motion sickness. He writes of some interesting sea-sickness facts:
"Motion sickness is the nausea, disorientation and fatigue that can be induced by head motion. The first sign is usually an unhealthy pale appearance. Yawning, restlessness and a cold sweat forming on the upper lip or forehead often follow. As symptoms build, an upset stomach, fatigue or drowsiness may occur. The final stages are characterized by nausea and vomiting."
Horses, cows, monkeys, chimpanzees, birds and sheep have been reported in scientific publications to show motion sickness. Rats, unfortunately I suppose, do not vomit so cannot serve as experimental subjects.
According to research, nearly 100% of (human) occupants of life rafts will vomit in rough seas. 60% of student aircrew members suffer from air sickness at some time during their training. For vertical motion (heave), oscillation at a frequency of about 0.2 hz is the most provocative. Motion at 1 Hz is less than 1/10th as provocative. About 7% of seagoing passengers report vomiting during a journey (Lawther and Griffin, 1988).
Women are more sensitive to motion than men, by a ratio of about 5:3 ( Cheung, B. and K. Hofer , 2002). Women are more sensitive to motion around the times of their menstrual cycle (Glunfeld and Gresty, 1996). This may be due to interactions between migraine and motion sickness. [GCaptain]
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Questions Abound - Clinton - Fri 03 Jun 2016, 3:08 pm
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Today's State Department Presser Lands The Clinton Camp Back Into The Center Of The Email Controversy, As Many Questions Remain Unanswered
DODGE #1: THE STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T SAY IF CLINTON SENT CLASSIFIED FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INFORMATION OVER HER EMAIL
The State Department Won't Say Whether Clinton Sent Foreign Government Information Presumed Classified. REPORTER: "But wait a minute, the Foreign Affairs Manual, and I'm reading from the version in effect for 2009, when the emails that we looked at were sent. It says all Department employees 'must safeguard foreign government and NATO restricted information as US government confidential' or higher. I don't fully understand how this can be a matter of great debate because if you stipulate that information given in confidence by a foreign government to a U.S. official is foreign government information, it seems like you are under an obligation to treat it as confidential or higher in terms of classification. Can you explain to me why that's debatable?" TONER: "It's just that I appreciate your question, it's just that, I hope you understand, I can't litigate those kinds of things, I can't pass judgment from this podium right now. Certainly not when there's other reviews or other investigations that may be under way. Certainly as you know, the Inspector General is looking more broadly at some of these issues and questions. You know, as I said, you know, our clear focus is on clearing these emails, redacting them as necessary, in order to safeguard anything that we have deemed now should be upgraded in classification." (Mark Toner, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/31/15)
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Reuters Has Reported That Clinton Sent Dozens Of Classified Emails Containing "So-Called 'Foreign Government Information'"
Thirty Of Clinton's Email Threads From 2009 Have Been Found To Contain "So-Called 'Foreign Government Information.'" "In the small fraction of emails made public so far, Reuters has found at least 30 email threads from 2009, representing scores of individual emails, that include what the State Department's own 'Classified' stamps now identify as so-called 'foreign government information.'" (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Dozens Of Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Start, U.S. Rules Suggest," Reuters, 8/21/15)
"The U.S. Government Defines This As Any Information, Written Or Spoken, Provided In Confidence To U.S. Officials By Their Foreign Counterparts." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Dozens Of Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Start, U.S. Rules Suggest," Reuters, 8/21/15)
"This Sort Of Information, Which The Department Says Clinton Both Sent And Received In Her Emails, Is The Only Kind That Must Be 'Presumed' Classified, In Part To Protect National Security And The Integrity Of Diplomatic Interactions…" "This sort of information, which the department says Clinton both sent and received in her emails, is the only kind that must be 'presumed' classified, in part to protect national security and the integrity of diplomatic interactions, according to U.S. regulations examined by Reuters." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Dozens Of Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Start, U.S. Rules Suggest," Reuters, 8/21/15)
DODGE #2: THE STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T SAY IF CLINTON SENT UNMARKED BUT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION OVER HER EMAIL
The State Department Won't Say If Clinton Sent Along Unmarked Classified Information. REPORTER: "And then, one other thing. Sorry, you said-you said that you stood by your position that you are-I can't remember if you said you are confident or certain, but that the information in the emails was not marked classified at the time it was sent or received. But you're not willing to take the position that it was not, in fact, classified, when it was sent or received regardless of whether it was marked as such?" MARK TONER: "Well we've said that we're-we've-and we've been very clear about this, when we've upgraded, we've always said that that certainly does not speak to whether it was classified at the time it was sent or handled, or however, forwarded or received. You know-and we've also been very clear that nothing that we've seen so far was ever marked classified. So I'll just stay there." (Mark Toner, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/31/15)
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The State Department Announced That Of The 7,000 Pages Of Clinton's Emails Set To Be Released Today, 150 Emails Contain Now-Classified Information. "The State Department will release roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified." (Matthew Lee, "State Dept. To Release 7,000 Pages Of Emails; 150 Emails Contain Now-Classified Information," The Associated Press , 8/31/15)
State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner Said That "Around 150" Emails Have Been Deemed Classified And Will Feature Redacted Information. "Department officials said the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and not identified as classified at the time Clinton sent or received the messages. All the censored material in the latest group of emails is classified at the "confidential" level, not at higher "top secret" or compartmentalized levels, they said. 'It's somewhere around 150 that have been subsequently upgraded' in classification, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters." (Matthew Lee, "State Dept. To Release 7,000 Pages Of Emails; 150 Emails Contain Now-Classified Information," The Associated Press , 8/31/15)
The Clinton Campaign Has Claimed She Did Not Send Classified Materials Over Email
Hillary Clinton Campaign Spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri: "Hillary Didn't Send Any Classified Materials Over Email: Hillary Only Used Her Personal Account For Unclassified Email." "Hillary didn't send any classified materials over email: Hillary only used her personal account for unclassified email. No information in her emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them. She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email." (Jennifer Palmieri, "Hillary Clinton's Emails," Medium, 8/12/15)
Clinton's Story On Whether Or Not She Ever Sent Or Received Classified Information Continues To Evolve
Clinton, March 10: "I Did Not Email Any Classified Material To Anyone On My Email. There Is No Classified Material." CLINTON: "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The UN Regarding Her Personal E-Mail Account, New York, NY, 3/10/15)
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Clinton, July 25: "The Facts Are Pretty Clear: I Did Not Send Nor Receive Anything That Was Classified At The Time." "'The facts are pretty clear: I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,' Mrs. Clinton told reporters in Iowa." (Colleen McCain Nelson, "Hillary Clinton Says She Didn't Use Personal Email Account To Send Or Receive Secret Data," The Wall Street Journal , 7/25/15)
Clinton, August 15: "But The Facts Are The Same As They Have Been From The Very Beginning Of These Questions Being Raised, And Most Importantly I Never Sent Classified Material On My Email And I Never Received Any That Was Marked Classified." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, 8/15/15)
DODGE #3: THE STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T SAY IF CLINTON FOLLOWED FEDERAL RULES ON HANDLING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
The State Department Won't Say If Clinton Followed Applicable Rules. FOX NEWS' ED HENRY: "The rules and standards are so important that everyone in this building must follow them. Can you say from that podium categorically that Secretary Clinton followed the rules and the law?" MARK TONER: "I'm just not going to answer that question. It's not our goal, it's not our function in this regard and releasing these emails. Our goal, and our sole purpose - when you look at these emails is to decide. Well, first to publish them according to the FOIA request we have received. But in doing that, looking at them and deciding whether any of that material needs to be redacted and subsequently classified." HENRY: "The department can state categorically that the secretary of state followed the rules?" TONER: "All I can say is that there are, I've alluded to it, I've said as much to our side - there are other reviews underway and that's really for the inspector general and other entities that are out there looking into some of these broader questions." (Mark Toner, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/31/15)
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A U.S. District Judge Said Clinton's Secret Server And Private Emails "Violated Policy"
Politico Headline: "Judge Says Hillary Clinton's Private Emails Violated Policy" (Josh Gerstein, "Judge Says Hillary Clinton's Private Emails Violated Policy,"Politico, 8/20/15)
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan Said That Clinton "Violated Government Policy By Storing Official Messages On A Private Server When She Worked As Secretary Of State." "A federal judge has added fresh fuel to the incendiary controversy over Hillary Clinton's email, asserting during a hearing Thursday that she violated government policy by storing official messages on a private server when she worked as secretary of state. 'We wouldn't be here today if this employee had followed government policy,' said U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, apparently referring to Clinton, during a hearing on one of the many Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking access to her records as secretary of state." (Josh Gerstein, "Judge Says Hillary Clinton's Private Emails Violated Policy," Politico, 8/20/15)
Judge Sullivan: "We Wouldn't Be Here Today If This Employee Had Followed Government Policy." "'We wouldn't be here today if this employee had followed government policy,' said U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, apparently referring to Clinton, during a hearing on one of the many Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking access to her records as secretary of state." (Josh Gerstein, "Judge Says Hillary Clinton's Private Emails Violated Policy," Politico, 8/20/15)
DODGE #4: THE STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T SAY IF CLINTON WAS SUBJECT TO THE DEPARTMENT'S OWN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANUAL
The State Department Repeatedly Refused To Say Whether Clinton Was Subject To The State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual When She Served As Secretary
The State Department Won't Say If Clinton Was Subject To The Agency's Foreign Affairs Manual. REPORTER: "Two other quick things. One is, do you believe as a general matter that the Secretary of State, whomever he or she may be, is bound by the rules in the Foreign Affairs Manual, or not? It maybe that they're not, that they have sort of a status that's different and that therefore they have the right to not follow it." MARK TONER: "I mean, I would just say that every State Department employee from the Secretary on down takes the handling of classified information very seriously and is aware of the rules surrounding those classification standards." (Mark Toner, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/31/15)
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In The Same Press Briefing, The State Department Again Would Not Say Whether Clinton Was Subject To The Agency's Foreign Affairs Manual. REPORTER: "On the thing of the, that everybody is obliged to, can you not address squarely whether the foreign affairs manual applies to the Secretary of State or not?" MARK TONER: "I can say that again, you know, from the Secretary on down take the handling of classified materials and the rules surrounding those in that sense, including the foreign affairs manual but also other regulations, stipulations, training that we undergo in how to handle classified and confidential information." REPORTER: "Do you take them." TONER: "Seriously." REPORTER: "But does that mean you're bound by them?" TONER: "We're all bound by, how we treat classified information is as I said an important component of the work we do but I've also made clear that when you look at classified material it is not an exact science, it is not black and white, it is not always clear so there's strong feelings and different beliefs about when something is classified whether its born classified or whether it should be classified later. These are all questions that are being answered in a deliberative and thorough way that were looking at that's not somehow some cabal of people in some small room so were making these decisions. It's an interagency process, it involves the IC, and it involves other agencies that as it touches their equities so that's our focus." (Mark Toner, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/31/15)
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As Secretary Of State, Clinton Should Have Signed A Separation Form, Which Would Have Required Clinton To Surrender All Work-Related Emails Before Leaving The Department
The State Department Conceded It Has No Record Of Clinton Signing A Separation Form. JEN PSAKI: "Thank you. Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. Oh, you have a little clover, Samir? Great. Some green in the back. All right. Matt, I don't have anything at the top, so go ahead." MATT LEE: "All right. Well, let's hope for the luck of the Irish here. Can you put to -" PSAKI: "Let's hope." LEE: "-- rest the questions that you have not been able to answer to this point about former Secretary Clinton and whether she signed this separation form or not? " PSAKI: "Well, we have reviewed Secretary Clinton's official personnel file and administrative files and do not have any record of her signing the OF-109. In addition, after looking into their official personnel files, we did not locate any record of either of her immediate predecessors signing this form. It's not clear that this form is used as part of a standard part of checkout across the federal government or even at the State Department. So we're certainly looking into that." (Jen Psaki, State Department Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/17/15)
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The State Department Previously Said That "The Secretary Of State Is Supposed To Follow Such Department Policies." "Clinton left the State Department in early 2013. It was not immediately clear if Clinton signed the agreement but State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the secretary of state is supposed to follow such department policies. A Clinton spokesman did not immediately comment." (Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas, "Clinton Avoids Email Controversy At Women's Event,"The Associated Press , 3/9/15)
Shannen Coffin, Former DOJ Civil Division Assistant Deputy Attorney General: In Light Of Her Private Email Cache, If Clinton Signed Separation Statement OF-109, "There's No Question She Committed A Crime." KELLY: "If she signed it, as you read the law and the manual itself which refers to the criminal code, if she signed that saying she had given them everything back, every federal record that she had in her possession, when in fact she had thousands of documents, thousands of emails sitting on her home server, did she violate the law? Did she commit a crime?" COFFIN: "If that is the -- if that's the case, there's no question. The form itself says, hey, before you sign this understand that you are certifying something that we can prosecute you for. Making a false statement in this context knowingly and willfully, which I can't imagine anything more knowing and willful than knowing you have 55,000 records sitting in your home, if you do that, it is a felony punishable under 18 USC 1001." KELLY: "The form is OF-109. And the question tonight is did Hillary Clinton sign it? And if not, why not? That's what we're going to stay on." (Fox News' " Kelly File," 3/11/15)
The Associated Press Reported That All Outgoing State Department Employees Had "To Sign A 'Separation Statement' Declaring They Had 'Surrendered To Responsible Officials All Unclassified Documents' Related To Official Business During Their Employment." "The Republican National Committee used the vacuum Monday to keep the pressure on Clinton, noting a State Department policy requiring all outgoing employees to turn over job-related materials before leaving. The policy required such employees to sign a 'separation statement' declaring they had 'surrendered to responsible officials all unclassified documents' related to official business during their employment." (Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas, "Clinton Avoids Email Controversy At Women's Event," The Associated Press , 3/9/15)
According To A 2003 State Department Directive 12 FAM 564.4 "Termination," State Department Employees Are Subject To "A Security Debriefing" And Completing A "Separation Statement." "A security debriefing will be conducted and a separation statement will be completed whenever an employee is terminating employment or is otherwise to be separated for a continuous period of 60 days or more. The debriefing is mandatory to ensure that separating personnel are aware of the requirement to return all classified material and of a continuing responsibility to safeguard their knowledge of any classified information. The separating employee must be advised of the applicable laws on the protection and disclosure of classified information (see 12 FAM 557 Exhibit 557.3) before signing Form OF-109, Separation Statement (see 12 FAM 564 Exhibit 564.4)." (U.S. State Department Foreign Affairs Manual, 12 FAM 564.4, 2/13/03)
Richard Grenell, Former U.S. Spokesman At The United Nations, On The Possibility Clinton Was Not Required The Separation Form: "No Chance Whatsoever." KELLY: "Is there any chance in your experience that she would not have been required to sign this form, this of-109?" GRENELL: "No chance whatsoever. I mean, if she's dealing with classified information on a daily basis, which every State Department person does, she when she leaves the service has to turn in all of her documents, has to sign forms to say that you have no classified, top secret, or secret information in your possession. This is fundamental to doing your job at the state department at a low level." (Fox News's " Kelly File," 3/12/15)
Women – Now is The Time To Defend Yourselves in The Public Bathroom - Mon 30 May 2016, 5:19 pm
Women – Now is The Time To Defend Yourselves in The Public Bathroom
By Ray Gano -
May 30, 2016
I recently wrote an article titled “Men, It Is Time To Start Protecting Our Wives and Daughters”
You can read it here – http://raygano.com/men-it-is-time-to-start-protecting-our-wives-and-daughters/
I got a lot of positive responses for the article, mainly from women.
BUT… it was interesting some of the comments made.
Here are some snippets from some of the women’s emails…
“Thanks Ray. Men have abdicated their role. Since I am single I have had very few men treat me as they should the weaker sex.”
Interesting, I had several emails from women expressing this sentiment.
Here is another email…
One thing to note is that the kind of attacks you describe are found more in restrooms located where women and children are not with the husbands and fathers you want to protect them. Men typically do not join families shopping in malls or or department stores. These are the kinds of places where a distracted mother will absentmindedly send an eight year old child to the restroom because they are “big enough to do it alone.” Not only are men unlikely to be along on shopping trips, in many cases there is no man in the family at all. There are larger and larger groups of single women handling a group of children with no assistance from a strong male figure.”
And one more that I wanted to share…
I smiled as I read this because I’ve been thinking basically the same thing. Men need to start acting like men! The protectors of their family.
My concern is that the majority of the time women are either alone or with children when shopping. Men notoriously don’t like to shop. Some could be persuaded to come along as protection but many will not be able due to work or other commitments.
So us ladies will need to possibly defend ourselves n our children or grandchildren. My thoughts were to carry potent pepper spray n keep it handy. It’s take down some pervert or criminally minded male!
I’m not familiar with stun guns. Never used one but is definitely possibility.
Loved your approach if guarding bathrooms n not becoming the aggressor. Yelling to STOP, STAY BACK, etc would likely make the perp flee. Wise advice. Love it.
This needs to be published perhaps with advice for women. No one else is addressing what to do. Instead they wring their hands n wonder what if anything we should do about this situation. “
Kind of seeing the theme here?
There are a lot of single women in today’s world who have to raise their children alone.
There are also a lot of women who are married to men who as much as I hate to say it, are spineless wimps who have forgotten about chivalry, protecting the wife and kids, etc.
This is totally sad and like it or not, these men are “worse than the infidel.” That is what scripture clearly calls these sort of husbands and fathers.
So no matter what, the women has to now look to become the sheepdog and defend herself and her children from these predators seeking to gain access to the women’s restroom.
Ladies – we need to remember that this isn’t the days that we grew up. We are living in the last days of the last days.
Scripture says …
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
We have got to remember that we are living in the last days. There are bad, evil people who are just waiting to violate you in one form or another.
ALSO, I am writing mainly to the Christian female who maintains a biblical set of standards.
We live in a post-Christian nation where God is not revered or cared about. In fact the world we live in hates God, and therefore they hate you. They do not care about you and some of these people think you are worthless breathers of air that if you were exterminated tomorrow, they would not even blink an eye. They believe that it is the fundamentals of Christianity that are holding them back in the first place.
This is the main thing that you have to remember. You are in the minority of people who live a right life and strive to do what is right in the eyes of God.
The majority of the people are the direct opposite. They are the “natural man” who has no love for God, think His laws and Bible is “foolishness” and many today strive to make sure those of us who are Christian are made to be second class citizens.
This is a fact and you must remember this.
So I dedicate this article to the women out there that are forced to face these dangers by themselves and I hope that the information that I do provide will help.
Women’s Rules of Conduct and Engagement
In my past articles addressing men, I talked about rules of conduct and rules of engagement.
What I am doing is making suggestions to you as to how you can react and know how to react in certain situations.
Rules of Conduct
wing-chun-women-self-defence-lThe following rules are just suggestions to get you to think about your own situation. You as a woman know yourself, your abilities and what you can and can’t do. So the following rules are not written I stone, but just guidelines to help you create your own rules of conduct.
By having rules of conduct, you and your children will know what to do if you are in a public space or have to deal with a violation of your person / privacy.
Rule of Conduct #1 – Children NEVER go to the bathroom alone and YOU enter the bathroom first. You as the mother needs to protect the health and welfare of the child. Is it an inconvenience at times? Yes it is, but this needs to be one of those “draw the line in the sand” sort of rules. Never send your kids in the bathroom by themselves…period. You or another capable adult needs to be with them so that they remain safe.
Rule of Conduct #2 – ALWAYS have a means to protect yourself in hand when you are entering a public restroom. You do not know who is on the other side of that door or who might be hiding in a stall just waiting.
In my last article I strongly recommended the use of a “stun gun.” But before you go off and order one from Amazon or such, make sure that they are legal to use in your area. There are state, county and city laws that might prevent you from using a stun gun.
NOTE – Why A Stun Gun Vs Pepper Spray?
I know that I am taking a side step here, but I feel the need to explain why a stun gun over that of pepper spray.
First, a stun gun omits an audio and visual warning. The sparks from the end and the crackling of the electricity can help be a deterrent in and of itself. The sound is pretty loud and the sparks are pretty intimidating.
STCS-Weaponize-by-Ray-GanoThis audio and visual warning may give you the second or two to get you and your kids out of that bathroom, or give you time enough to prepare to defend yourself.
Just so you know, there is no “definitive” weapon in these situations, so you will have to really do your research and handle / train with the weapon that you choose to use.
Now, I don’t like pepper spray in this sort of situation for multiple reasons.
1 – You are in a confined area, you could get blow back from the spray. Spray that is vaporized in the air can also affect you as much as it is effecting the bad guy.
2 – Blow back, if there are fans, AC, something that is causing the air to move in the bathroom, then there is a chance that some of the mist or vapors from the pepper spray also blow back into your face.
3 – No initial deterrents like the audio and visual warnings a stun gun gives off.
4 – You have to hit the person in the face for it to be effective, where a stun gun will allow you to pretty much hit any part of the body and it will take effect.
So these are the quick reasons why I do not like pepper spray in this sort of defensive situation. I am one who is a huge advocate of pepper spray, but in this sort of close quarter situation, I really think a stun gun will give you a better edge over the assailant.
I will discuss a number of weapons that you might choose from later on in this article.
Rule of Conduct #3 – If you are able, try to go to public places with another female. This way you can work together watching each other’s back as well as helping each other with the children. Both of you can go into the bathroom together and one kind of “stands guard” inside the bathroom while the other tends to the children and themselves.
Rule of Conduct #4 – Pay attention to your instinct. The one thing that I have noticed is that women have a 6th sense or instinct for danger. Over the years this instinct has been put down and many women have pushed it aside internally. Women need to start bringing this instinct out of the closet and start paying attention to it when the internal alarm bells go off.
When traveling together with another woman, both need to agree that if the instinct internal alarms are going off, then the other will respect that and heed the internal warning and vacate the area.
It is better to shop another day or another place than being victimized by some predator.
Rule of Conduct # 5 – Try to go out into public at times which is safest. The hours from 10 AM – 12 Am – 1:00PM – 3:PM – 4:30PM – 6:00PM These are considered safe times. Stores and establishments are not as busy and the employees are more willing to pay attention to clients, ask to be of service, etc. This means that the employees are being more attentive to their jobs and to you the client. Predators do not like it when they are being watched. It is easier to blend in with the crowd. But when there is no crowd, the predator tends to stand out and be more easily observed.
Posture, Presence and Situation Awareness
womanstrikinggroin - CopyI know that these rules of conduct can be a bit of a hassle. But what you need to remember is that this isn’t the same world that we grew up in. Predators have all the rights and you, well as a recent op-ed piece stated “Women are just going to have to “get over it”, seeing men’s penis’ in the women’s bathroom.”
We are living in an age like none before. The predator is on the prowl and he/she has the law now backing them up.
A woman in today’s world needs to be more attentive and have their situation awareness turned up.
They need to pay attention to the area where they are, look for dangers, look for ambush points and look for shady characters.
This is a difficult thing to do if you are new at it, but once you start practising this situation awareness, you no longer become the victim and will become the sheepdog.
See, the predator does not like the person who is aware of their surroundings. They want to be able to ambush the easy prey and be able to violate the weak person because that is what is all about, violating the weak.
By being situationally aware and paying attention to what is going on around you, your own body language will put off a sense of purpose and your posture will present a more “willing to fight” attitude.
One of the key things that you need to remember. The predator does not want the fight, they want the “sheeple” person that they can abduct, pull behind a corner or secluded area and then have their way with them. It is all about the power over the weak.
By maintaining a strong presence, you are, in most cases, defeating the predator and causing them to look for weaker prey.
Weapons I Approve of For Women Defending Themselves
NOTE – Please check your local, state & county laws as to the carry of the following weapons. In most cases these are legal to own and use in a self defense situation, but you need to make sure that the laws are on your side and not the predator. If you do use these and they are against the law in your area, there is a chance you could be arrested. In the end, I would rather be tried by 12 than me or one of my children be carried out by 6 if it meant the life of myself or my children.
Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun Flashlight
streetwise-stungunThis is a great stun gun and is what my wife carries. It is smaller in diameter, so it fits a woman’s hand really well.
This is why I like this stun gun for a woman. It fits my wife’s hand easily and she can use it pretty quickly
But I have to admit that I like it to because it is small enough to conceal and keep in the hand without it being obvious that you have a stun gun in your hand.
This is a good weapon that you can have in hand when you are entering an area, like a public restroom so that you can use it at a moment’s notice.
Another great point about this stun gun is that it fits a single woman’s budget. It runs around $25 – $30 dollars and at this price, a woman can purchase several of these so that she has one in her purse, her car and even keep on by her bedside at night.
This also has a good lanyard on it so that if you do lose your grip, it will not fall to the ground and you can easily bring it back into your hand.
Another good selling point, it will double as an “ok” flashlight if you are in a pinch and need a flashlight.
PRO – Slim and can fit smaller hands
PRO – 9,000,000 volts and rechargeable – that is a lot of volts you will send through a person
Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun –
Cold Steel Ti-Lite Zytel 6”
Cold-Steel-Ti-Lite-6-InchOk, this is a pretty big knife, but believe it or not, this is what my wife also carries.
The great thing about this knife is that it doubles as a kubaton… a small baton like weapon that you can carry in your hand. You see a lot of kubatons on women’s key rings.
I have to admit that when my wife got hers, I loved it and had to get one also.
Because it is long and hard like a kubaton, you can use it to smash on the predator’s head, use it like “brass knuckles” as a fist weapon and the hook like quillion has a rough texture on it that you can use to help scratch across the face, hook under the chin and smash also into the temple area.
This knife has a lot of multiple uses as a defensive weapon.
Like the Streetwise stun gun, you can hold this in your hand and it really not look like a weapon, it is easily somewhat concealed and by having in your hand you are ready for the fight if you have to defend yourself.
NOW… this is using this knife when it is closed.
The one thing I like about this knife is that once you break it in, you can easily flick this open and deploy it quicker than a switch blade can be deployed.
If you can throw a Frisbee, you can flick this knife open. All it takes is a little bit of practise and you will be amazed at how easy and fast you can get this blade opened.
This knife when deployed is effective just in and of itself. When you learn how to flick it open and the predator sees how large this knife is, they are going to think again. You have a good 8 -10 inches of reach on this knife. This will help give the woman a tactical advantage and help keep the bad guy at bay.
PRO – I like that you can carry this in your hand and it doubles as a kubaton. It is large enough to really do some damage without even deploying the knife.
PRO – The quillion, the little hook at the base of the knife blade, also is a very mean weapon in and of itself, The rough thumb grooves on the quillion will do damage if you use this as a kubaton. You can hook a chin, rip an eye, do a number of kubaton moves where the quillion will do some major extra damage.
PRO – You can deploy the knife as it is pulled out of the pocket by “snagging” the quillion on the pocket edge. This is a move that needs to be practised as well, but you will have a great tactical advantage just taking the knife out of your pocket and it deploying as you remove it.
PRO – You can learn to flick open this knife one handed. So if you are using it in a kubaton style, it is nothing to flick it in the process of a swing or block and deploy the 6” razor sharp blade.
PRO – Cost – $56.33 w/ Amazon Prime
Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6″ – http://tinyurl.com/pz-cs-ti-lite-6inch
Monkey Paw Keyring
monkey-paw-keyringThis is a weapon a bludgeoning weapon and what I like is the cost – $9.98. This is a price that a single woman can afford, and in fact afford to buy several of these.
These are based off of the old “ball and chain” mace type weapon and if you slammed this into the side of someone’s head, they would definitely see stars. This is a very easily concealed weapon that you could easily have in your hand when you are entering suspicious areas. It is long enough to give you about 8 inches of reach, but short enough that the 550 cord encased 1” steel ball will not come slamming back into your own face.
Using this to hit the side of the face, elbow, knee, or any hard boney area will produce the most damage.
Using a simple “X” movement swinging your hand and arm down right to left and then down left to right will create an intimidating “shield” that the predator has to go through before they get to you.
There are other movements that you can learn, for example “The Heaven 6”, which is a Filipino stick fighting movement that you can also use with the Monkey Paw key ring.
There are a lot of great videos on You Tube that you can choose from and learn different fighting techniques for this and all the weapons that I am recommending.
There are many other versions of the Monkey Paw key ring, but looking through them all, this is the one that I liked the most and also liked the cost.
Monkey Paw Keyring
Now I know that this is not a huge selection of weapons like I might suggest in other articles.
The reason is that this situation is very specific and although these weapons are great in just about any situation, I chose them for the “close quarter” fighting that a woman might encounter.
Rules of Engagement for Women
I am going to be frank here and say that if you are a woman and you feel your life is in danger, then you do all that you can to take that person stop and then get out with your life.
NOTE – If assaulted, you need to know your local laws and what you can do to use to defend yourself. Can you use a stun gun if assaulted in this manner? Can you use some other weapon to protect yourself from a questionable individual like Ti-Lite or Monkey Paw? If so what manner of force can you use as someone who is protecting themselves?
In general courts have taken the side of the women when she is protecting herself. Seeing that a bathroom is close quarters and you must fight for your life is another positive if you have to take out the predator.
So I really only have one rule for women…
Rule of Engagement #1 – Fight like your life depends on it because if you have to resort to using your weapon, your life is in danger. Train with your chosen weapon and make sure you know how to get at it in a time of stress / duress. The training is critical. Watch videos on You Tube, take some self defense classes. It is you against the predator and you need to make sure that you are the one going home that day.
I hope that this information has helped. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
PLEASE, share this article with anyone and everyone. The world has turned into a very wicked place. The predator has the law on their side and it is time that we stop being “sheeple” and start standing up to these predators and fighting back like the sheepdog.
It is my hope that you never need to use the information in this article, but I hope that you take what I have said here to heart.
Train Hard, Stay Safe – Your life will depend upon it.
Top Selling Children’s Vitamin Contains GMOs And Cancer-Causing Chemicals - Sat 28 May 2016, 8:39 pm
Top Selling Children’s Vitamin Contains GMOs And Cancer-Causing Chemicals
Posted on May 27, 2016GMO
It was recently uncovered that the top selling children’s vitamin brand could be doing much more harm than it is doing good. The Flintstones Vitamins, which have been the #1 brand in the US for years, has recently been exposed for containing GMOs and cancer-causing toxins such as Aspartame.
Ironically, Flintstones Vitamins are advertised as the “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice” for children’s vitamins.
However, the list of ingredients below are far from healthy or safe for children.
Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6);
Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean);
GMO Corn starch;
Bayer, the company that produces Flintstones Vitamins, suggests on their website that this cocktail of chemicals is a fair alternative for vegetables.
Aspartame is a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, and is known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body. Aspartame has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature, and has been shown to exhibit both neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity.
Meanwhile, Cupric Oxide and many of the other substances listed are also toxic chemicals that are recognized as harmful by multiple international rating agencies.
These vitamins are obviously not a viable replacement for vegetables, and actually feeding children vegetables in the first place would cancel out the need for supplements like this.
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Men, It Is Time To Start Protecting Our Wives and Daughters - Tue 24 May 2016, 5:38 pm
Men, It Is Time To Start Protecting Our Wives and Daughters
By Ray Gano -
May 24, 2016
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Chicago man chokes 8-year-old girl in public bathroom
CHICAGO (WATE) – The Chicago Sun Times reports that an 8-year-old girl was choked by a man who was in the women’s bathroom.
The girl’s mother was shopping when her daughter went to the restroom alone. The mother heard a scream and ran into the bathroom where she found 33-year-old Reese M. Hartstirn carrying the unconscious little girl into a stall.
He had used his hands to strangle her until she passed out.
Other store patrons assisted the mother in restraining Harstirn until police arrived to arrest him. Source – http://kron4.com/2016/05/17/chicago-man-chokes-8-year-old-girl-in-public-bathroom/
This girl is lucky and so is her mother.
She is not dead and she is going to live to see another day.
But what is the price that she is going to have to pay? The physiological trauma of having some pervert try to kill her just because he wanted to?
What happened? Did this guy wake up that day and decide “HEY.. I am going to self-identify as a child murderer?”
For some time I have been warning people that we need to start thinking about defending ourselves. I am not talking about being the aggressor, but truly defending ourselves without aggression.
FOLKS… we are living in the last days of the last days. Even though we say it, so many of us do not live it.
We have godless heathens walking the earth and now THEY are the ones who are in the majority.
There was a time when Christians and Christian ethics were the law of the land. Well, that is no more and it is now the lawless who rule.
Because the lawless heathen rules the land, we need to realize that they do not hold to the same values and ethics that we as children of God hold to.
They do not care or respect the 10 commandments.
They do not care or value life. In their eyes we are hybrid forms of monkeys, thus we are animals with no souls.
So what is the big deal if they kill off another soulless hybrid monkey?
It is the predator that now has all the rights and the victim has none.
So like it or not, MEN… it is now time that we start protecting our wife and children when it comes to them being in public places, but particularly the public restrooms.
THE SOCIETY THAT LOT LIVED IN… HE WAS VEXEDMEN… now is the time that we stand up and start protecting our families from those out there that wish to harm our loved ones.
I am reminded of Lot and how he protected the angels that came to him.
Here is what scripture said…
Genesis 19:4-5 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
The term “To Know” is the same term used when Adam “knew” his wife Eve. It means to have sex with that person.
So this mob was demanding that Lot send out those men so that they can “Sodomize” them.
This is what is we are witnessing today in our own society.
“LET US IN THE BATHROOMS SO THAT WE MAY KNOW YOUR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS”
It is basically the same and the perverse law is on these predators side. The law says that these people now have access to our families where before it was unthinkable to allow these predators in.
What does God’ Word say?
Psalms Chapter 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
This means that if our females need to use the bathroom, we need to ensure their safety and be ready to protect them.
That is one of our jobs as husbands and fathers.
WHAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTANDThe information that I am presenting is tough. It is information that could get a person arrested.
But personally I would rather be tried by 12 than seeing my wife or children being carried out by 6, dead in a casket.
That little 8 year old girl was very lucky that she survived that attack, but are you willing to put all your chips and bet that your wife or kids are just as lucky?
You need to fully understand what I am presenting here and not turn into some John Wayne wanna-be.
We are living in days where we need to be using our brain, and not turn into some gung-ho, damn the torpedoes sort of person.
That means that we have got to stop burying our head in the sand and take responsivity for the safety of our families when we are in public places.
This is a pure fact that we need to nail down in our brains.
In today’s world we as Christians… the law is already against us.
We need to understand this fact and if you take these steps that scripture tells us to take and situations escalate, you will be made to look like the bad guy and not the pervert predator.
Just to give you an example, look this over.
Guard Arrested, Charged for Trying to Stop Transgender Woman From Using Women’s RestroomWashington D.C. Security Guard Could Face Hate Crime Charges
A female security guard at a Giant grocery store has been arrested after trying to prevent a transgender woman from using the women’s restroom. NBC Washington News4 reports the “confrontation escalated to shoving or pushing,” according to a source.
WUSA9 reporter Garrett Haake reports on Twitter the guard was charged with assault:
“Sources say the guard then pushed the woman from the bathroom area all the way to the store exit.” ABC7 reports.
ABC7’s Jennifer Donelan adds the security guard is female and “under investigation for hate crime for allegedly using homophobic slur.”
NOW… as you can see this guard did not do the right thing and became the aggressor. This is why she is facing charges.
But we can clearly see that her actions, if they were taken say just a few years ago, that female security guard would have been viewed as the hero. Today she is facing charges against her for doing her job.
THE BEST TACTIC IS PREVENTIONYep that is right. Don’t need the hassle, don’t use the public bathrooms. Simple solution, problem solved.
But life is not that way and like it or not when the need to go… well you need to go.
Like it or not, it means that we must avoid putting our family in a situations where they need to use a public restroom where they might encounter some sort of pervert or predator.
How do we deal with this?
FIRST – That means that EVERYONE needs to use the bathroom BEFORE they leave the house.
SECOND – it is a very good idea to purchase a couple of “Travel Urinals” so that you can keep them in your car.
Everyone needs to learn how to use these just in case the need arises.
Here is one that I am recommending because it is inexpensive (15.95 from Amazon), BUT… it also has a female adaptor so that a woman or a girl can also use it.
Travel Urinal – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Travel-Urinal
If you have gotten this far you probably think I am a complete lunatic and going WAY overboard.
This is true, but my responsibility as a husband and father drives me to these lengths where I need to make sure that my family are protected.
So if YOU are out in public, YOU need to decide are you going to do what is right when it comes to protecting your wife and children OR can you avoid the situation completely by …
1 – Just leaving and going back home
2 – Just using one of the travel urinals that we now need to make as part of our everyday life.
You as head of household need to weigh these things every time you leave the home.
Is this harsh?
Yes it is, but what you need to really drill into your head is that this isn’t the “Leave it to Beaver” world where everything was honky dory, life was grand and people had a conscience.
Today we are living in Sodom and Gomorrah, or at least some sort of reality that really comes close to it.
Men, we need to take action and be aware of our surroundings.
MEN – SCOPE OUT THE AREA – KNOW THE BATHROOMSIf you are out and about and the need arises where you MUST use a public bathroom, try to find a bathroom that is a single room and not one where multiple people can use at once.
It is good of you as the husband to probably take a day and go to all the places you and your family frequent and check into the different bathrooms.
I am not saying going into the women’s bathroom, but go into the men’s and if it a single toilet, odds are that the women’s is the same.
You need to make a mental note of these “safe” bathrooms.
You also need to make note of where you are and what bathroom you do NOT want to use.
For example, I would not let my wife or child use a Target bathroom. In fact I have joined the boycott and refuse to shop at Target.
I would not let my wife or child use any bathroom that the corporation sides or shows sympathy with the transgender idea.
YEAH… I know what is going through your head and you probably think I am completely loco, but folks, this is the days that we are living in. God warned us of this and like it or not this is where we are in the whole last days plan. They are not good, they are in fact dangerous, especially with ungodly laws such as this being passed where predators are being allowed in bathrooms today.
I know that a lot of what I am saying sound WAY OVERBOARD. But again, what do you think the mother of that 8 year old daughter is thinking?
If she had the chance to do it over again and put some of these rules in place, think she would gladly do it to prevent this crazy from attacking her child?
I believe she would.
Just so you know, this case with the 8 year old is not a singularity. The Liberty Councel has been tracking these sort of cases and there is a VERY LONG LIST (50 cases) where women or children have been violated in one form or another.
You can view that list here — http://www.lc.org/transgender
This is a reality folks, and because this is the crazy world that we now live in, we as hubands and fathers need to make sure that our families health and welfare as well as their security is maintained.
For this reason I am suggesting that families sit down and discuss what I am calling “Rules of Conduct” and “Rules of Engagement.”
What do you do if you are in a public restroom?
RULES OF CONDUCT
How do you ensure the safety of your wife and children?
Again, what you and your family need to strongly understand is that it is no longer safe for our wife and children to go into public restroom.
It is the perverted predator that now has all the rights, AND the predators are very happy and want to take advantage of this ungodly law that was passed.
So here are some guidelines for you and your family to talk over and consider. These are just suggestions on some rules to help protect your wife and kids.
1 – Never enter a bathroom alone. Always have an adult family member or trusted friend with you..
2 – If one has to go to the bathroom, a male who is able to defend stand outside and observe who is going in and try to prevent any possible predator gaining access while wife and children are in the facilities.
Better yet, Husbands, it is time to self-identify as your wife and child’s bodyguard and go into the bathroom with them. If someone enters, let them know that you are ensuring the safety of your wife and child and if they don’t like it, go complain to the manager.
3 – If you choose not to enter the bathroom with your family, then the oldest female enters the bathroom, check to make sure no one else is in the bathroom. If there is someone, leave and wait to till they exit. This way the bathroom is safe to occupy, then the male can stand at the door to prevent unwanted deviants from entering.
4 – Older females will ALWAYS have at least one means to defend themselves IN HAND when they are first entering a bathroom and in a case like this I would recommend a stun gun. This way if they are ambushed and assaulted, they will have the weapon ready to protect themselves at a moment’s notice.
5 – It is wise that males have some form of defensive weapon on them and ready to be used if the questionable individual decides to escalate the situation and become an aggressor. You are no good if you are taken out of the picture by some deviant who has intent to harm you, your wife or your child.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENTWARNING #1 – if you are the husband and you are protecting your family, know that there is the chance that you could be detained and arrested. So you need to use your brain and think things through as they are happening. You need to know 100% what you are doing.
WARNING #2 – We as Christians are NOT called to be violent nor be on the offensive. That means we are not to become the assailant and assault a person. We are called to defend and we MUST act to defend in the most peaceful manner as possible. A lot of times that can be achieved by just asking a person in a cool calm voice to please be patient and just wait a moment.
With that said… If you or someone else is going to enter the bathroom or stand near the door, then you need to be ready to possibly confront a person who has questionable intent as well as screen people who are going in with an honest need to use the bathroom.
In fact, if you choose to stand outside and friendly females seemed concerned and think you are a predator (which can happen) you might want to let them know you are waiting for your wife and kids and that you are just keeping an eye on things while your wife and children are in there. They will probably be grateful that you are there as well.
But no matter what, you need to have plans in your head ahead of time so that you know how you will react and that you have contingencies in place if something does arise.
What you do not want to happen is things get out of hand. This is why you have to really think things though and know exactly how you are going to handle things.
So with that said, here are some recommendations for you to discuss with your wife and family so that you are all on the same sheet of paper.
Rule of Engagement – 1 – If some questionable individual tries to enter the bathroom, the male needs to stand in the way of the door and ask the questionable individual in a calm voice to please wait a few moments so that the family members can finish their business. If things escalate, and you are outside, enter the bathroom with the questionable individual so that the male can escort the family members out of the bathroom.
Rule of Engagement – 2 – If some questionable individual tries to enter the bathroom, then the male needs to stand his ground at the door putting himself between him and the questionable individual so that he can prevent access. At the first sign of any aggression, the male will start shouting at the top of his lungs “ BACK OFF… GET AWAY FROM ME… STOP… YOU CAN NOT PASS AT THIS MOMENT. Shout anything that will cause the individual to stop trying to gain access at that moment and draw attention to the situation that is taking place.
Rule of Engagement – 3 – If things do escalate, DO NOT use your hands to push the questionable individual back or away. Place your body in the way and your back against the door. This way the questionable individual must use physical force to get past you, thus he/she has to lay hands on you if they wish to get through the door. The moment that they do, they are in the arena of physical assault. It is at this time that you need to determine to defend yourself and if need be use the weapon to protect yourself.
If you do have to use weapon, am recommending a stun gun to defend yourself from this sort of an assault.
NOTE #1 – You need to check the laws in your area which dictate the definition of assault.
NOTE #2 – While you are being assaulted, you need to continue the shouting to STOP… GET AWAY FROM ME… STOP PUSHING ME…STOP HITTING ME… it is at this time that you have drawn enough attention to yourself that you should be able to use your stun gun to prevent this person from assaulting you any further.
Rule of Engagement – 4 – If assaulted, you need to know your local laws and what you can do to use to defend yourself. Can you use a stun gun if assaulted in this manner? Can you use some other weapon to protect yourself from a questionable individual like pepper spray? If so what manner of force can you use as someone who is protecting themselves?
The key is that you DO NOT become the aggressor. It is very easy to slip past that line of defending one’s self and becoming the aggressor. So this is why you really need to check into your local laws so that you know your rights to defend.
It is at this moment where you are being assaulted where having a good stun gun can come into play. Using this as a warning device and letting the person hear and see the electrical sparks being discharged will often make the person think twice about engaging the male.
This in and of itself will also give your family members time to hear a situation and then get out of the bathroom as fast as possible.
Now this is an area where you need to really think things through.
Do you wait around for the police to arrive or do you and your family just leave the establishment?
Remembering the days with which we are living in do you want to be arrested for protecting your family, or should you just get the heck out of dodge?
If you choose to vacate the area quickly then get out of there fast. Don’t talk to anyone, do not stop, get out of the vicinity. If you are on private property like a shopping mall or such, just leave.
This action could be skirting the law and you have to do your research to see what the laws say in your local area.
Odds are that the establishment will be glad that you have left and try to avoid a scene.
WHY A STUN GUN FOR THIS SORT OF SITUATION?Like it or not, you may need to call upon some sort of weapon so that you can defend yourself against some radical predator who may be assaulting you or your family inside the public bathroom.
The reason these predators are winning is because no one is pushing back and everyone is allowing themselves to become sheeple against these wolves.
It is time to defend ourselves from these predator wolves. Loved ones are now suffering psychological effects, physical damage, even a couple cases of attempted murder; all from predators preying upon our wives and children in public restrooms.
With that, we need to realize that this sort of situation will be a close quarter combat situation.
Think 3-4 feet at the most 1- 2 feet most likely.
So you need to have weapons that you can deploy or have in your hand that will deter the person from assaulting you.
So for this reason I would highly recommend more defensive weapons like a stun gun.
You are not here to prevent a person from gaining ever. Your goal here is to stop the person for just for a minute. A lot of times you can just talk to them and that will give your family the time to get things done and out of the bathroom. You are not there to take the person out permanently.
This is that fine line between defending and becoming the assailant yourself. Don’t be a “John Wayne.”
With a stun gun you can let the person know that you mean business by letting them see the electrodes lighting up and the crackling popping sound that the stun gun makes. You can also stating to the person that you have 1,000,000 volts getting ready to course through them is another deterrent.
In most cases, this will stop the predator because what you need to remember is that predators are cowards deep down inside. They do not want the fight. So odds are that if you take this sort of position, they will not cross the line, but instead will back off a bit and start doing some strong vocalizing, body posturing and trying to intimidate you.
Don’t let this affect you, stand your ground, letting them know that once your family is done they can then gain access to the bathroom. You need to let them know that you are not saying that they are not allowed access. They just cannot gain access while your wife and family are in there. They are a big boy/girl, they can hold it for another minute or two. Once your loved ones get out, you and they then vacate the area and leave the store / mall, where ever ASAP.
STUNGUNS THAT I APPROVE OF
ZAP 1,000,000 Volt Stun Flashlight it
The first on my list I personally own and I love it. It has been with me for over 5 years and is a great flashlight to boot.
The ZAP 1,000,000 Volt Flashlight is beefy in the hand and can double as a sort of kubaton. You can punch with it as well as come down on someone’s head with it as well.
But most of all it is a great stun gun. I often use it when I am speaking publicly and the sound gets everyone’s attention and has even startled some folks with it.
PRO – Pretty good flashlight that one can use in a pinch
PRO – The electrode sparks are pretty significant and put on quiet a light show. This is a huge deterrent factor.
PRO – It is heavy in the hand but not to heavy. You can use it also to help punch or use as a kubaron type weapon
ZAP 1,000,000 Flashlight Stun Gun –
Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun Flashlight
This is another great stun gun and is what my wife carries. It is smaller in diameter, so it fits a woman’s hand really well.
But I have to admit that I like it to because it is small enough to conceal and keep in the hand without it being obvious that you have a stun gun in your hand.
This is a good weapon for the person going into the bathroom.
PRO – Slim and can fit smaller hands
PRO – 9,000,000 volts and rechargeable – that is a lot of volts you will send through a person
PRO – Really good price roughly $25.00. With a price like this, you are able to purchase several so that multiple people can carry these.
Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun –
Vipertek VTS-989B V Mini Stun Gun Rechargeable with LED Flashlight
This is a really impressive stun gun. I can’t say that I actually own one of these, but I know several people who do and they fit the hand really well. I am also impressed with the lanyard that you can put around your wrist.
In reading the reviews on Amazon, you can see it gets a lot of positive reviews and many people who have stunned themselves or had someone stun them with it, it took them down. In fact one woman said she dropped her 200+lb boyfriend with it no problem.
In regards to the PROS, since I have not owned one, I cannot give my personal opinion. I have just held one briefly and like I stated, they really fit the hand well without it being to bulky.
The one feature that I did like is that there is a metal strip where an assailant would naturally grab. If they do and you fire the stun gun, that area also will stun them. That is a great feature to have.
The one negative that I saw was the safety switch. This is where I can see some practise needed in activating this stun gun and getting it ready to be used. BUT… if you are on guard near the bathroom, then you should be ready to use this and be ready with the safety off.
Vipertek VTS-989B V Mini Stun Gun Rechargeable with LED Flashlight\
CONCLUSIONWe need to get it in our heads that the majority of the people out there do not love God. That means that they do not love us. They don’t care for us and they do not care if we are threatened, harmed or violated.
We cannot expect the heathen to adhere to God’s law, scripture tells us that the law to the “natural man” is foolishness.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
So we who are husbands and fathers as well as sons who are at an age where they can help protect the family, need to start thinking about doing just that, protecting the family.
You and your family need to sit down and have a serious talk around the dinner table and discuss the rules of conduct and the rules of engagement.
Again the best course of action is prevention. Go to the bathroom before you leave and have travel urinals in the car ready to use.
You need to discuss what might happen if a situation arises and what each family member will do if there is a need to react to a situation.
It is wise to practise this situation in the home first so that you can “iron out” what you need to do, how to do it, and see where you need to adapt your own means to the situation. .
If you do not practice, if a time comes where you have to take some action, odds are that you will freeze up and not know what to do.
If that is the case then the predator has just gained access to your wife and kids and in a matter of seconds can violate them in ways that will mentally scar them, possibly for the rest of their lives.
What you as the husband and father needs to do is ask yourself if that scaring process is worth it, or is it worth you standing up and just doing something simple as standing by the bathroom door and observe who is going in and stand in the way of some questionable individual from gaining access while your family is in there.
These are serious things that we now have to consider.
We are living in dangerous times where the predator has all the rights and we have very few if any.
I am reminded of the following verse.
Isaiah 5: 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
It truly disturbs me that we are seeing this take place right before our eyes. We are witnessing the spiritual battle manifest itself into the real world. Evil is all around us and it is pressing in with a vengeance.
Finally, what we need to cleave to…
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
The physical battle is drawing closer and closer. We as husbands and fathers need to strongly think and also choose what battles we are going to avoid, what battles we are going to stand our ground on and possibly what battle we are going to fight.
I can no longer stand idly by and let some predator assault and violate my wife and or children.
Like it or not, and as much as I stand with the police support their tough job, in the time it will take for them to react to a called in situation, your wife and or child can already become a victim to the predator and in some cases killed.
If something like that happened and I was able to prevent the predator from harming my wife and children and did nothing except wait for the police, then how can I ever look them in the eye again. That is if they are still alive.
If they were killed at the hands of a predator and I did nothing, I could never forgive myself when I could have taken action as simple as standing with my back against a door saying, “you cannot come in at this moment, my wife and children are in there. Please wait a moment and they will be finished at which time you free to utilize the facilities.”
But realize if you do that, there is a strong chance that you might be prosecuted under un-just laws that do not protect the innocent any more, but protect the predator who is more than happy to violate your wife and children for their own selfish evil desires.
This was a very difficult article to write, but it is something that I feel very strongly that needs to be said.
I hope that men begin to stand up and say “no more.” Only time will tell.
But if we do not, it is our women and children that will suffer the consequences. They are the ones that will have to deal with the violent memories of some sicko predator wishing to do harm all because they are now “allowed” to do it thanks to an un-godly laws that have been put in place.
Pray for Godly husbands and fathers all over. The battle is now here and we need prayer so that if and when we are faced with this battle, we stand and do the right thing in the eyes of God, which is pleasing to Him and not offer up our loved ones on the altar of compromise.
Finally, pray for mercy upon our nation and pray that we gain leadership that might possibly change the direction this country is going.
Above all, stay safe, stay alert, stay alive.
9 Rules to Survive Martial Law! – DETAILED GUIDE! - Sat 14 May 2016, 7:49 pm
9 Rules to Survive Martial Law! – DETAILED GUIDE!
Posted by Self Sustained
I came across this article during the Veteran March on DC on October 13th. The grammar was pretty bad, so I did my best to clean it up. The guide in LONG, so it took me a while to get it in this good a shape. Whoever wrote it may not have been the best writer, but he or she certainly knows how to be prepared. if you find grammatical errors, I will probably spot them and have them fixed soon. I did as many as I could as fast as I could for the purposes of getting the article published ASAP.
This article will start off assuming that the Reader is already subject to MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the Constitution. Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocation, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding assault rifles. Basic survival tips will be followed with some detailed ideas on how this country should be run once we take over. IF you’re reading this before MARTIAL LAW is imposed by the current corrupt government, and IF you are reading this while you still nominally under Constitutional Law, it’s urgent you read from the beginning to end so as to appreciate the opportunities you currently have to not only protect yourself and yours, but to attempt to stop all of this from ever happening.
Rule #1: NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT UNLESS THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO KILL YOU
- Government and it’s components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and their agents of enforcement, the SS ninja wannabes, have survived on illusion and lies, and for a lot longer than you’d think. It’s the very nature of the job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of American political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts. All that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend America. All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder. Is it any wonder then that such human scum would get together and work “the system” to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations that trip their crimes like a prom dress?
- They take as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP, AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDROOMS.
Rule #2 KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
- Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble. Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will. Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favor with the state can and will snitch on you. The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be: *A small businessman looking for a in with the state so he can make money a little easier. *A former friend who’s looking to get some revenge. *Someone desperate for even some food. Times are tough and will get tougher. Again, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
- Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW with Rule #2 ALWAYS in mind. Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to, WILL snitch to the “authorities” in exchange for favors or even brownie points, and then you get to find out how ironclad Rule #1 is.
- KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT!!
Rule #3: ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY!
- Unless you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW. Review Rule #1: Assume they’re all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, and sellouts. The same goes to any fellow travelers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for centuries. Stay away from them as much as possible. Tell them lies. Don’t do any business with them. Unless they’re sticking a gun in your face don’t even acknowledge that they exist. Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favors.
Word of the day: Prepare! And do it the old fashion way, like our fore-fathers did it and succeed long before us, because what lies ahead of us will require all the help we can get. Watch this video and learn the 3 skills that ensured our ancestors survival in hard times of famine and war.
Rule #4: YOUR PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE!
- If you’re prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item; review Rule #2 AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. If you’re prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where they won’t easily be found.
- Use your imagination. One idea is to store “whatever” in seal tight waterproof containers in remote wooded areas, known ONLY TO YOU! Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won’t think of looking right away, like sealed in wider metallic tubes, away from your property. And if you by chance acquire or keep firearms knowing HOW TO USE THEM (sight alignment, trigger squeeze) and RELOADING AMMUNITION will be mandatory.
- IF YOU’VE NEVER USED A GUN BEFORE, to use a gun, first find the PROPER AMMUNITION FOR IT.
- On semiautomatic pistols if the slide-that moving part on top-is locked back there’s a small lever on the left side of the gun. Push on it and it will close. Otherwise you’ll have to pull the slide back yourself.
- Pistols are concealable, rifles and shotguns are for starting a fight.
- Shotguns you load from a port on the underside, behind the fore stock or it breaks open.
- Rifles come in several varieties; single shot, pump, bolt action, automatic, and feed from the chamber, an internal magazine or has a detaching magazine. The rifle you want first and foremost is an automatic rifle in a military common caliber. That coupled with proper marksmanship transforms you from a victim to a freedom fighter.
Rule #5: HELP OUT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING!
- They, unlike you, have decided that there’s nothing to lose and therefore deserve anyone’s help who’s willing to risk their lives. Do you think MARTIAL LAW is going away on it’s own? Those bastards in black will have a sudden change of heart and do something worthwhile for a change and not oppress you?
- At The VERY LEAST: have extra food, water for resistance fighters, basic medical supplies, ammo caches (hint, these should be concealed).
- Those who fight will need to keep hidden, yet able to communicate with fellow fighters. You can be an intermediary. If you have skills, like welding, machine tools, chemistry, you can make weapons, ammo, other things the resistance needs.
- If you have inside information, share it. If you have videography experience, tools, make how-to videos on resisting the theft of your freedoms. If you have medical training, set up an underground hospital.
- Not all Patriots can or should pick up a rifle and blow a traitor’s head off. By uniting in common cause with all one has to offer the traitors can be defeated, and Freedom restored to the land. If you’re not at least giving aid to those helping to liberate you, forget this article, go back to being a victim of government oppression.
Rule #6: WITH THE UTMOST CARE, DEVELOP A SURVIVAL NETWORK.
- This is a group of people with skills and/or resources who can help each other in areas they would be lacking on their own. It could be anything from extra food, medicine, and repair parts, fuel, transportation-whatever. In any given neighborhood you can have machinists (weapon makers), medical personnel, drivers (good knowledge of local roads), gardeners (agriculture knowledge base).
- Petty bureaucrats secretly opposing martial law are prime candidates to spy, steal, or commit sabotage. Computer technicians can hack government systems and create surveillance systems and guidance packages for missiles.
- Construction workers can build secret rooms to hide anything from an arms cache to a secret factory. People in the media can smuggle cameras and work with computer techs to bug enemy meetings, and produce freedom media that documents successful means of resisting. Salesmen can “borrow” merchandise from their stores for use, anything and everything is useful.
- Especially useful will be disgruntled cops and military that can provide everything from intelligence on raids to weapons to training. Keep the numbers of your group “small”: smaller cells are more difficult to penetrate by enemy agents and professional snitches. Keeping that in mind, a means of communication independent from wiretapped phones and audible eavesdropping devices must be developed amongst you.
- Runners can be an athlete or a kid on a bike. They can carry small packages, or notes with a handy breakable vial of flammable liquid if discovered. With a sealed packet of potassium chlorate taped to it, the gasoline will automatically ignite; otherwise you’ll have to actually light that incriminating evidence.
- A mail drop can be a home, a hollowed out tree trunk, a hole in the ground, an open fence pole, anything. Just be sure it’s discreetly out of sight of surveillance. If God’s really blessing you, one of your groups will be a SMART SURVIVALIST.
- This will be an exceedingly rare breed, because although most in this group were smart enough to prepare for the collapse to begin with, they WEREN’T smart enough to avoid detection of their awareness and distrust of government.
- They signed form 4477 registration forms for their firearms, used credit cards and checks for their weapon and ammunition purchases, registered for weapons permits, or registered themselves with gun clubs and shooting organizations.
- These people more than likely got swept up in pre-dawn raids or got blasted resisting.
- The SMART SURVIVALIST prepared-and kept his mouth shut about those preparations.
- He or she never signed federal permit forms for purchases or carry license. He or she presented an “average American” profile or totally disappeared.
- Get or find one in your group and you’ll have a literal treasury of knowhow and resources to survive, maybe even start taking back a little?
Rule #7: AVOID GOVERNMENT MONITORING AND CONTROL!
- Know where the cameras are and how to avoid them. Know who patrols where, and what routine they follow so as to avoid contact. Know your snitches and always feed them B.S. if you can’t avoid them.
- Find ways around checkpoints. Side streets, forest paths, neighbor’s yard, railroad tracks, tunnels; whatever go around necessary to getting from point a to point b without a pack of government troops searching you, checking your ID. I can’t and won’t go into detail, how you find your way will be up to you.
Rule #8: AVOID A GOVERNMENT ROUNDUP.
- It could be from a disaster, an attack, or even because they’ve decided to end the pretense and show you what they really think of you and your “rights”. You’ll just wind up in a detention camp where your freedom of movement and resources will be strictly controlled. That means having a place to go away from your area, a means to get there, and supplies. Very difficult to do in a martial law situation, with shortages and rationing at gunpoint.
- Remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina?
- Remember how they were set up to be stranded in New Orleans by the government?
- How they were constantly baited with false hope of rescue for a week after the catastrophe?
- How they eventually were herded by FEMA into concentration camps?
- You disregard Rule #1, you’ll find out.
- Get a safe house of your own, an abandoned home, an empty storefront or even a patch of woods. When the troops start going street-to-street, house-to-house have escape routes by lesser-used streets, trails, whatever.
- You may have to go on foot, so have a light backpack with a few days worth of nonperishable food, portable water purifier, a first aid kit, a light sleeping bag-and your weapon.
- A mountain bike may be a more optimal and versatile escape mode than your road-dependent car. Better to be on the run, desperate-and have your freedom-than be imprisoned in a FEMA slave camp.
Living without power, cars, electronics or running water may seem like a nightmare scenario but to pioneers it was just the way life was. Having the skills to survive without modern conveniences is not only smart in case SHTF, it’s also great for the environment. Keep in mind that the key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you managed to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started! Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available.It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones.
Rule #9: FIND A WAY TO SUCCESSFULLY RESIST
- Probably not with guns or bombs, but there’s plenty of ways you can monkey wrench the basic functioning of the state during MARTIAL LAW. If you work for the state you have plenty of opportunities to mess things up, but the government subcontracts even private firms. You know who’s just earning a paycheck, who’s backing this war against the people, and who’s getting off on “just following orders”.
- If you can take action, great, concentrate most of your planning on getting away with the job. Otherwise, get contacts with Patriots and be the most reliable source of intelligence you can be. Every bit of drag on the government beast helps, perhaps in botching that paperwork, breaking that surveillance camera in disguise, or misdirecting that bureaucrat or soldier cop.
- That act might be the beginning of a butterfly effect of bringing down the state of MARTIAL LAWand restoring Freedom to our nation. Always keep that in mind. You must find your own way, but find it you must, if you want what was stolen from you back!
As far as a detailed list, here’s what I have:
- A sturdy army surplus backpack.
- A first aid kit, including bandages, iodine, alcohol, gauze and painkillers.
- Close range “melee” type weapons. I have a hand made bearded axe that will go through solid walls, a welder’s chipping hammer (nasty looking thing), bowie knife, and assorted pocketknives. 4. Long range weapons. You will need a rifle, not a sniper’s rifle. Choose something that uses common ammunition, something you will not have a problem finding in looted sporting good stores, dead bodies and trashed houses. Choose something lite that you can strap to your back and above all MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT.
- Clothing. At least one set each of hot weather and cold weather clothing; you can always ditch what you don’t need.
- Boots. Sturdy new pair of military combat boots preferably steel toes. Trust me on the steel toes, when you’re stuck with no weapons you’ll be glad you have them. Make sure they are comfortable and broken in. Waterproof boots are good for woodland areas, for areas like bayous and such make sure you have Vietnam era jungle boots.
- Manuals. When you’re on the run, starving, and out of water you won’t be thinking clearly, manuals are a good way to ensure you will not forget important information. I currently have my improvised munitions handbook, an army wilderness survival handbook and a wilderness observation and tracking book.
- Water. Make sure you have a canteen and get purification tablets to refill. I can’t stress water enough.
- Rain gear. This one is obvious.
- A fire kit. When you’re freezing in the woods you will not be able to rub two sticks together. Make sure all your matches and lighters are sealed in plastic. Bring kindling if you can. I have also included lighter fluid.
- Light. Bring an army style red lensed flashlight. The red light will not ruin your night vision (your natural night vision) so you will not be left in the dark when you have to turn it off.
- Medicine. Any important medication you may be on i.e. insulin, asthma medications.
- Radios. If there are others in your group you will want to be able to communicate with them if you get lost.
- Hand signals. If you have others in your group you will need to be able to communicate with them silently, make sure everyone in the group understands the hand signals.
- Navigational equipment. Bring a compass and maps of the surrounding area. Good maps include road maps, hiking maps, and topographical maps. MAKE SURE you know how to use a compass and read a map.
- Shelter. A tent if you can carry it, something that will keep you out of the wind and rain. If it’s too big to carry in your bag and run at the same time leave it behind. You will then have to improvise.
- A hand crank radio. You will want to keep updated on new reports and such.
- Batteries. Lots of batteries
- A watch
- Cooking equipment. This includes a pot of some sort, eating utensils, and something to cut wood with. I’d suggest a “Commando Saw” which is like barbed piano wire and will fit in your pocket.
- Fishing equipment. Maybe not a rod, but bring hooks, lots of line, and lures. LEARN TO FISH
- Knowledge. This is your absolute best weapon. Once you have chosen the place or area you will run to make sure you know it like the back of your hand. No doubt others have thought of the same location, it will be your knowledge of the area that makes your better. If there is a stream, know where it starts and where it goes. Know the hills, the mountains, the trails, the flora, fauna and climactic conditions year around.
SECTION 2: HOW DO YOU TAKE A NATION BACK THAT’S UNDER MARTIAL LAW?
To be honest it’s probably the most difficult challenge anyone can face. Because you’re starting a conflict from scratch inside the belly of the beast, you can’t fight for territory when you’ve only got a few guns against divisions of enemy troops equipped with automatic weapons, armor, air support, the pitiful acquiescence of a “people” who long ago gave up Liberty for the trap of existence in a childlike, cushy debt slavery. So the smart coup leaders that prosecute a martial law takeover will do it against a population that’s already been pacified in one way or another. Now with the gilding stripped off their chains they’re as frightened hostages willing to go along with ANYTHING the state orders, so long as they have some semblance of their former “lives”. Aside from some disgruntled vets, the American People, untrained in the military arts or even basic survival, have been pacified, or the coup would never have taken place.
It is simply fear of loss after being so coddled, so divorced as a culture from personal responsibility which can lead to anger, and then revenge. So the better way to pacify is to bring it on in an overwhelming torrent onto a population unprepared for it, unprepared for hardships. Take away their culture, their moral cores, and their connections to God. Ply them with diversions and trinkets. Condition them to find solace in material things, in distractions like spectator sports, movies and television. Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture while their means of sustenance, their jobs, are shipped overseas piecemeal, so they don’t wake up. Keep them hypnotized while their rights are legislated into impotence and irrelevance by the state’s enforcers. Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture, as even the know how of being able to survive outside the system, basics like growing food, repairing cars and equipment, marksmanship and so-on, is all but gone. And all the time tell them they’re free and prosperous. Eventually you’ll have a people much like modern America’s dumbed down materialistic debt slave. Such a people as ours, constantly fed lies about this corrupt system in the media, are ready for a fall now as I write this. All that’s needed is a plausible pretext, a cover story for them to accept.
People can be stubbornly stupid when it comes to misdirected hope. Many of these slaves will actually defend the system that has enslaved them. Such is the enemy’s genius at their social engineering. All those slavishly obeying the state in a martial law environment, for some forlorn hope that their lives will somehow go back to the false paradise of the late 20th century, will in effect be the enemy themselves. But you won’t be alone. The enemy’s genius is formidable, but not perfect. Quite frankly they’re overconfident, and even if they weren’t, they’re not God. They can’t see all, and they will make fatal mistakes. God will put stumbling blocks in their path to protect you. The question will be, are you wise enough to exploit those mistakes to help bring their downfall? With whole regions of the country infiltrated and secured, secret industry can develop. Light weapons can be constructed at first, but eventually heavy weapons could be designed and made, and distributed. Ammunition, food, fuel, medicine, all these can be manufactured on or made with basic machine tools and chemistry. The time will come, if the enemy still clings to their foolish hope of defeating the American People with the brainless thugs and sheeple that lick their boots, that entire territories can be openly liberated.
BUT LET’S NOT LET THIS SCENARIO PLAY OUT! Because a MARTIAL LAW will lead to CIVIL WAR, and national destruction, what I suggest is that it’s much better to organize right now! We still have a political process we can use if we learn how to use it effectively. We can together find small towns and take them over, like the Libertarian’s Free State Projects, only focused onto individual towns. Take them over, and spread out from there. We as Americans need a standing example of what a Free State is. Even some in the traitorous elite don’t want to see MARTIAL LAW because they recognize the exquisite control and enslavement the current American political system has over Americans, and want to keep their power. They can be used, and then abused.
Individually, if you have guns, bury spares of your fighting arms, or sell them privately to new Patriot recruits. This will get easier as deteriorating conditions bring the reality of our situation home, and the government’s conduct in New Orleans make personal preparation a priority. Buy lots of ammo, food, medicine, and reloading supplies. Get these at gun shows for CASH ONLY. Go to gun shows while they’re still legal! Find books on basic manufacturing processes. That is vital!
If you have EVER joined a gun group, bought guns and ammo with credit cards, checks, and/or signed registration forms and permits HIDE AND/OR SELL YOUR EXCESS GUNS TO MOTIVATED PATRIOTS! Start driving around: look for abandoned homes, businesses, and roads or trails that’ll get you to them. Caves, forest haunts, old barns, the nastiest trailer in that tired old trailer park. When you recruit, don’t let them put their names on any forms that could implicate them in the eyes of the government. Keep your profile low. Patriots will need infiltrators, safe houses, and spies. You can’t do that if you’re still running around openly displaying an “I’m the NRA” sticker or a Gadsden Flag. Sorry. Take your Recruits and:
*Toughen yourselves and them up. Strengthening exercises, Camping, survival courses, hand-to-hand combat courses. Even getting them to let their TV gather dust to do anything that will be of benefit. Demonstrations, projects, meetings, find places to hide out.
*Shooting, and lots of it! Practice paintball to teach tactics. Find a range of some sort for battle rifle practice. Air guns and required turning in of targets for their own practice-the airsoft guns are coming along as viable training tools and as soon as they perfect a paintball that’ll cycle through them you should splurge a couple hundred bucks and get some guns and paintballs. Group buy ammo, parts, food, knowledge, a legal fiction to acquire property not under your own name, nor any connection to you. Have your stashes in several small units throughout the area you figure you’re going to operate. The more the better, and, no one person should have knowledge of where all the caches are. A cache should have ammo for the standard weapon/caliber your group should standardize on. I recommend a military pattern rifle in 7.62NATO, along with spare parts because they’ll break down with all the shooting and abuse you’re going to heap on them. Have enough ammo to refill all your carry magazines for a mission. Also, stockpile nonperishable food. You should have lots of calories, carbs, protein, and medical supplies.
You won’t get a lot of recruits. The enemy’s cultural weapons are pretty damn powerful, and their mind control of Americans is exquisite, but not foolproof! On occasion an event will occur that will defy their spin control and B.S., like the live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and their criminal abandonment of a city so people would be screaming for FEMA/Big Brother to save them. All so gangsters wanting a “Las Vegas on the Gulf” can buy property cheaply. Point out the criminal abandonment of the government to their People. Katrina opened a lot of eyes, and not all of them are going to be shut again by the system’s lies. Take your opportunities as they come. I have a plan of peaceful political action that can be used, so here’s a excerpt of my essay, “Message to Mr. and Mrs. America” at my blog freedomguide.blogspot.com: Taking back the government-peacefully!
This is the preferable manner of reclaiming our Freedom. To be effective, one must have an understanding of America’s political system as it relates to our cause. We have a president, a vice-president and their agents, a congress, a federal judicial system, and the duplication of this political layout among the states. Beyond that you have the many thousands of county and local governments. So what will work? Take over the presidency? It’s long been proven that unless you have the blessings of the two official parties of this nation, you cannot seriously run for president. Even the president can only do so much because America’s system of government is extremely compartmentalized, so that unless you have a common ideology and party mechanism guiding and controlling the various components, it’s impossible for one man to dictate policy. All a president could do is use the office as a bully pulpit and wake people up. But he would absolutely have to watch his back. Remember JFK?
Congress is made up of 540 members, 100 senators and the rest in the House of Representatives. All are elected in staggered election cycles so it would take approximately a decade of successful nationwide campaigning to create a majority party. Yes, congress writes the laws and taking it back is essential in our struggle, but even factoring out the two official parties and their political machines the structure of this body demands a massive political machine of our own. Massive organizations that have a hierarchical structure have been penetrated, subverted and corrupted by our enemies since the beginning of time. It’s a process that to them is a natural as breathing. Then there’s all the fundraising that would be needed, and we’re not rich. The only ones with money in America are the same pack of vampires who’ve been sucking us dry. So a singular, national organization will not be successful. Independent and rogue candidates however do have some success. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Ron Paul of Texas are some of the successes. Most candidates are attorneys who’ve long ago prostituted themselves. They whore themselves to the political machine that will take them where they want to go. All they want is power, and in exchange they have legislated the monstrosity American government has become. The democrats and republicans, their bosses for all practical purposes appoint these elitists their congressional seats, and they’re prepared to spend whatever cash it takes to retain that seat. Vote fraud of course is part of their arsenal.
It’s likely there are no rich left in these times who would willingly sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. They’re either sold out or scared. So any candidates for congress will have to be raised and funded by us. That means we have to do it in a grass roots manner. We have to build not one political machine, but an army of political machines that are independent of one another, yet cooperative. This form of political resistance lends itself naturally to our groups. It will go like this: The group helps other groups form. They in turn during the next local election cycle turn out and get the candidates they choose elected in town and county governments. Much of the oppressive laws plaguing us are drafted and enforced locally. Taking over local governments will not only give the freedom groups relief from local law enforcement harassment, it will give us the tools to revoke and repeal such things as:
*Property taxes that allow the government to seize that home you’re working a lifetime to pay for if you miss one “rent” installment. Those in power whine that property taxes are for the schools and the children, isn’t that what their gambling rackets known as the lotto are for? And they’re willing to make you and yours homeless for the children. All those damned zoning restrictions, regulations, speed trap traffic laws designed to churn up “tax” revenue, laws criminalizing all sorts of things and actions that bother nobody. Think of any local ordinance that seems to have been drafted by a neurotic control freak, the list would be endless! Un-Constitutional, pro criminal gun control legislation would just be the beginning. A big part of their program’s disarming us so that we’re helpless and have to rely on them exclusively for protection, establishing dependence. Not that the cops are legally obligated to your personal protection of course.
*Anything that pledges cooperation with state and federal authorities, at least until we take our nation back! When we take back a local government and bring that jurisdiction back into line with the classic tenants of American government, it will be a beacon of light, an example of successful peaceful resistance. It will immediately inspire and launch similar efforts in neighboring communities. Each composed of small, decentralized groups working together on the big problem, so that one day they can afford to bicker on the small stuff-that the Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Christian Patriots and Conservatives currently do. So together, with control of enough cities and townships, the combined efforts of those groups can take over counties. With control of enough counties, an entire state can be taken over by our groups. Why take that next step? The list of things we can do when we take back our local governments is vast, but then there would be the call to centralize governmental control with state and federal authorities. So when this begins we must be as aggressive as possible-being examples to others, advising, and most importantly WE MUST NOT FIGHT AMONGST OURSELVES OVER THINGS WE CAN DEBATE AFTER WE RETAKE OUR LAND! Our enemies will exploit backbiting; it will be our biggest downfall.
And if we can take the nation back, there are many things we must do immediately, as soon as we can take back control of America’s destiny. (1) Secure our borders from any further infiltration. Whatever that takes, whatever manpower is available, we must find a way to seal up thousands of miles of hinterland border, and many thousands of miles more of coastline. This will take bringing our troops and ships home, and in effect end America’s era of being used as a tool of global elitists. At the same time, a heightened state of alert must be maintained if another power were to take advantage of our transitional phase and attempt some economic or military adventure against our interests. America will be painfully contracting from it’s global economic empire as we attempt to revive a self-sufficient free republic and the last thing we’ll need is for Muslims seeking revenge against America, or China rolling the dice on a military adventure against us.
(2) Impose a flexible series of tariffs so that no matter where on Earth a imported good is made, it’s cost after going through customs is just a few percent more than one made in America, with all the taxes still imposed. Law must implement this for I’d calculate twenty years; because this is the minimum time required to rebuild America’s manufacturing economy. The rest of the world’s just going to have to learn to live economically without the American consumer, and the American consumer is going to have to learn basic economics. It will be a horrifically shocking adjustment, and lead to an economic collapse-of the megacorporations. It’s the bitterest medicine, but America and Americans have become almost terminally sick with the current system imposed upon us and those that don’t immediately take steps to save themselves will need some hard lessons quick to bring them back to reality.
AND WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO? The Most important thing you can do is Pray. Don’t do it in some new-world-order mega-church and tithe to some blow-dried huckster. Do it like Jesus taught. Find a quiet place, quiet your mind, and open your heart. God WILL talk to you, and convey some insight. If you can’t listen, it’s because you’re out of practice listening, so practice. Eventually God will talk to you, and it’s in your best interest to listen! God wants to help you! He isn’t looking to burn you for eternity for your petty imperfections. He’s looking to liberate His People, all of us. He won’t liberate a people if they’re dead from living the way the world has brainwashed them to live. God doesn’t want his people to sit around like couch potatoes, waiting to be saved from the Last Days scenario that is happening all around us. He wants you to put what gifts he has given you to good use, and then He will protect you from whatever is beyond your control.
By J. Croft. J.N.
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SIX ISSUES THAT ARE AGENDA 21 - Fri 13 May 2016, 7:37 am
SIX ISSUES THAT ARE AGENDA 21
by Tom DeWeese
May 13, 2016
Every day, in meetings at all levels of government, representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), planning groups, and federal agents surround elected representatives and insist that their policies have nothing to do with international agendas. They regularly publish reports and rail against anyone even mentioning the names Agenda 21 or the new Agenda 2030. “No, no, no,” they insist. “Those people are just crazy conspiracy theorists. Ours is just a local plan for our community.”
Elected Representatives are often confused. Issues and policies suddenly appear in front of them with sample, ready-made legislation. And then the unending pressure begins for them to pass it. There is confusion, uncertainty and there is the herd mentality to pass legislation. And it’s passed without knowledge of its origins, its purpose, and especially a lack of understanding of its consequences. “Just do it,” goes the mantra.
What most of these legislators fail to understand is the direct relationship much of this legislation has with a much larger agenda. Most legislation interconnects with other pieces and parts contained in other legislation.
Like the children’s song goes "the toe bone’s connected to the ankle bone" And it’s donne so well, wrapped in innocent-sounding, positive wrapping, so that most elected representatives will argue vigorously that they passed no such thing. And most of all, they will answer, Agenda 21, never heard of it. Just local. Just local. Just local.
Well, let me show you how it works and how the toe bone gets connected to the ankle bone ending up with the Frankenstein monster. Here are six issues that are rarely connected to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development (especially when we are assured that Agenda 21 has nothing to do with local, state or federal government policy). However, these seemingly unrelated policies, once implemented, help enforce the stated Agenda 21 goal of “reorganizing human society.”
Issue 1: Global Warming/Climate Change. It has been so discredited in the true scientific community that proponents have become almost hysterical in their continued attempts to enforce Climate Change policy.
Most recently the Justice Department is considering legal action against “deniers.” Why don't they stop, even to question if their science is sound? They instead use great energy to attack any scientist who does dare ask questions or finds data contrary to the “official” line. Why is it so vitally important that they continue to promote something that clearly is, to say the least, questionable?
It’s because all of Agenda 21 policy is built on the premise that man is destroying the Earth. Climate Change is their “proof.” To eliminate that premise is to remove all credibility and purpose for their entire agenda. They are willing to go to any length, even lies, to keep the climate change foot on our throats.
On the local level this translates into planning policy that controls energy use and the efforts to cut down on the use of cars, enforcement of the building of expensive light rail train systems and bike paths and installation of smart meters, etc.
But don't take my word for it. I'll let them speak for themselves:
"No matter if the science of global warming is all phony...climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world." Christine Stewart (Former Canadian Minister of the Environment)
"We've got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy." Timothy Wirth (President, UN Foundation)
"It doesn't matter what is true. It only matters what people believe is true." Paul Watson (Co-Founder of Green Peace.)
Issue 2: Fear of over population is the central driving force behind nearly every Sustainable policy initiative. It’s the real force behind Stack and Pack Smart Growth cities.
The fact is, in developed nations populations are actually going down. The only real growth in the US population in recent years has been from immigration, legal or otherwise. Open border immigration policy is actually implementation of Agenda 21 as part of the drive to destroy national sovereignty and “nation states.”
Environmentalists insist that the borders must be open to allow as many to immigrate here as possible. They argue that the U.S. has a greater ability to control them and protect the environment than if we left them in third world countries. That’s because the Greens already have a stranglehold over our nation’s industry through massive environmental regulations.
In the face of their fear of overpopulation, however, studies have shown that there is no world wide over population crisis. In fact one study insists that we could put the entire population of the world in an area the size of Texas with a population density of Paris, France. Over population, and its accompanying environmental degradation, is a problem primarily in countries where the poor are deprived by government to improve their conditions. Nations that refuse to legalize private property ownership for the masses, for example, are a primary reason for growing poverty.
Meanwhile, Sustainablists work to keep these nations from developing or increasing energy use, thereby keeping them poor. Green regulations stop the building of infrastructure. They panic at the idea of increased energy use in developing nations. Instead of working to solve the real problems - the root of poverty- they exploit the excuse of over popuulation and advocate enforcing polices to drastically reduce populations. China’s brutal one child policy of forced abortions and sterilization has become their model.
Do you think I’m joking? Then consider these quotes from the
"Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing." David Brower (Sierra Club)
"A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At a more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible." United Nations Global Biodiversity Assessment.
Issue 3: The destruction of the free market system.
We have heard statement after statement from the UN; from members of Congress; the news media; and from Hollywood, all deriding the free market system as evil, corrupt and a tool of the rich to hold down the poor. So now, after deciding that the poor are expendable for the sake of stopping overpopulation, suddenly the planners are worried about them - iff it leads to their ability to raid our bank accounts. So are they really worried about protecting the environment - or are they actually&nbssp; honoring the tactics of Jesse James?
Redistribution of wealth is behind every policy that comes out of the UN, and now the Obama Administration as well. The EPA is the attack dog to shut down entire industries like coal. It has become very difficult to operate a manufacturing business in the US, and nearly impossible to start a new one. Environmental protection is always the excuse, even when Obama's own State Department said the Keystone Pipeline was not an environmental threat. A couple of years ago, radical greens, wielding torches, demonstrated outside the home of the head of the Keystone pipeline company. Visions of the terror of the Dark Agenda?
At the UN's Rio + 20 Summit held in 2012, the idea of "Zero Economic Growth" was advocated - just to keep things fair. It was stated that even the building of new roads upsets the status quo and disrupts a well ordered society. Such idiotic ideas are the driving force behind Sustainable Development. Again, images of the Dark Ages come to mind.
Yet, consider “local” planning programs that cut off access roads, and again, discourage cars. What about the EPA’s war on industry. Pretty hard to have economic growth without industry. The timber industry is killed and communities die. Dams are torn down and farmers disappear. Zero Economic Growth in the making. Just local?
Again, not my words, let them tell you themselves:
"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land." Dave Foreman, (Earth First).
"Global sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control" Professor Maurice King (Population Control Advocate)
"We believe planning should be a tool for allocating resources...and eliminating the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society... because the free market has proven itself incapable of doing this." Plannersnetwork.org Statement of Principles. the American Planning Association is a member and supporter of these principles.
Issue 4: Cheap Energy is the enemy of the Earth.
To the average person the drive to stop any ability to obtain cheap energy makes no sense. People are hurting economically. Jobs are lost. Energy costs are skyrocketing. Any attempt to drill oil, fracking of shale gas, and mining coal are all vigorously blocked by government and green policy. Yet the government spends billions of dollars on "alternative energy" such as wind and solar, which provides less than 3% of our energy needs.
Why? What is the motivation to put such shackles on the US economic engine? The excuse is that energy use drives up CO2 emissions and accelerates global warming - the excuse necessary to "harmonize" the US into the socialist, Sustainable global noose.
Many current state and local policies now are moving to increase taxes at the gas pump to keep energy costs high. In addition, Obama just issued an Executive Order to ban any off shore drilling of oil. So, just as the consumer started to get a break at the pump, higher taxes and Obama’s action will force prices back up. As the prices rise the “planners” will insist that the only solution is to enforce the building of expensive public transportation.
But, according to some anti-energy advocates, the fear of cheap energy goes beyond environmental protection - energy availability helps build wealth for individuals and removes them from the rolls of the dependent - the opposite goal of sustainable policy.
"Giving society cheap, abundant energy is the worst thing that could ever happen to the planet." Prof. Paul Ehrlich (Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University).
"Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it." Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute).
"The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet." Jeremy Rifkin (Greenhouse Crisis Foundation).
Issue 5: Common Core.
Many people see the reorganization of the public school issue as separate from Agenda 21. It's not. Those who are promoting what they call the Agenda for the 21st Century understand that it is going to be a long drawn out process. To “reform” a nation created on the ideals of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty into one that unquestioningly accepts government top down control will take time and a determined effort. There’s no room in a Sustainablist society for those who believe that we were born with our rights and that government's job is to protect those rights. The sustainable system says government will grant us our rights.
To enforce such a radical turn around of our society requires that the children be indoctrinated to accept it. The effort started in earnest in the 1990s under the Clinton Administration through the massive growth of the Department of Education in such programs as Goals 2000, School To Work and Workforce Development Boards.
The original American education system effectively provided an overall academic education from which students could choose their own futures. No longer. Today, the new curriculum has morphed into what is called Common Core. It’s a State run central curriculum that revamps schools into little more than job training and indoctrination centers.
Because, you see, today’s public education system is also designed to strip the children of their attitudes, values and beliefs that parents may have instilled, and indoctrinate them into accepting global values - global citizenship and a global economy based on the sustainable agenda. Little of American civics and history are taught in today’s classroom. But text books contain whole chapters on the Five Pillars of Islam, while ignoring the 10 Commandments of Christianity. The children are fed an unending diet of the evils of capitalism; the selfishness of individualism, and the social justice of redistribution of wealth. It punishes students for possessing individuality and is designed to eliminate such natural human tendencies. That is the "common" in Common Core. Common values, common goals, common future. Don't rock the boat of a well ordered society.
Common Core is the nationally dictated curriculum necessary for the acceptance and implementation of Agenda 21. Of course, we still elect local school boards pretending they have some say over the curriculum. It makes us all feel safer for our children. How, then do we explain the surge of Bernie Sanders and the Tsunami of Socialism? Well, today nearly every adult up to the age of 40 has gone thought this indoctrination, trained to accept a future chosen for them by someone else.
The education system was fully outlined in a very detailed letter to Hillary Clinton from Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy in November, 1992, immediately after Bill. Clinton was elected President.
Said Tucker: “First, a vision of the kind of national - not federal - human resources development system the na nation could have. This is interwoven with a new approach to governing that should inform that vision. What is essential is that we create a seamless web of opportunities to develop one’s skills that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone -- coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state, and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”
Issue 6: Healthcare.
How is healthcare connected to Agenda 21? Simply Google "Sustainable Medicine" and you will find more than 5,850,000 English language references to the subject. Read through the ideas expressed there and you will find nearly every provision of Obamacare.
An expert on Sustainable Medicine, the late Dr. Madeleine Cosman, put it this way: "Sustainable Medicine + Sustainable Development = Duty to Die."
Sustainable medicine makes decisions through visioning councils that determine what shall be done or not done to each body in its group in its native habitat. Sustainable medicine experts do not refer to citizens in sovereign nations, but to "humans" in their "settlements." Sustainable medicine is the pivot around which all other Sustainable Development revolves.
Principle #1 of the Rio Declaration that introduced Agenda 21 is that all humans must live in harmony with nature.
The translation means rationing healthcare, low technology for health care treatment and emphasis on medical care not cure. And that, of course, will lead to population reduction, as called for in Agenda 21.
These are the issues that are not usually discussed or connected to Agenda 21. Yet they are being implemented, step by step, by local planners in policies that are approved by befuddled elected representatives. It’s all driven through pressure from private NGO groups and funded by federal grants. That’s how it’s done, constantly driven a little bit with each innocent sounding idea. Then, without warning, Frankenstein rises from behind the smokescreen, toe bones and anklebones fully operational.
Americans must understand and connect these dots to everyday issues so they can clearly see the root and long term goals of these policies that are affecting our personal lives. Elected representatives at every level of government must come to understand that legislative actions have consequences far beyond their understanding. Agenda 21 is the “common core” and it has already invaded every level of our society. Our battle cry must be to stop this monster or watch freedom perish.
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Failure of the Quantity of Money Theory - Mon 09 May 2016, 3:06 pm
QUESTION: Marty; Are you saying that Bill Gross is wrong and they will not try “helicopter money” again or that “helicopter money” will not stimulate the economy?
ANSWER: Whether or not the Fed tries to apply “helicopter money” is highly debatable. Bill Gross DID NOT make a forecast that any QE (Quantitative Easing) would be successful or create inflation. All he said was that the Feds will print money trying to “stimulate” again as they did in the past buying bonds which he will eagerly sell to them. So I do not see where this is a right or wrong confrontation. He did not say “helicopter money” would succeed. He just said they would try it again. So where is the disagreement with respect to inflation? As far as the Fed even attempting another QE program is debatable. They realize that it did not work and it foolishly created the Excess Reserve Facility which allowed banks to park (hoard) money at the Fed which defeated the “stimulus” purpose because the money never made it into the economy to increase consumer spending. So the only quasi-disagreement at best is simply I am saying that the Fed realizes now that QE failed. They can see Japan and Europe. If those central banks raise rates, they will create panics because the idiot pundits convinced themselves that lower rates (even negative) are good for stock markets and economy while higher rates are evil. The central banks are trapped and this cannot end nicely.
Additionally, a number of questions seem to be amazed that a raw theory of the Quantity of Money does not work. They are stunned that I have shown velocity which has been in crash-mode since 1998. They were shocked that the Fed’s Excess Reserve Facility is proof of banks hoarding cash. People hoard money in times of uncertainty, and the data now shows that Americans are saving more and spending less. Their savings (hoarding) reached a 3-year record high in December 2015. This continued to cause the declining Velocity. Then we have banks parking (hoarding) cash at the Fed, corporates cash rich (hoarding) are buying back their own shares, and we have European banks shipping money to the States also parking (hoarding) cash at the Fed collecting 0.25% against negative rates at the ECB.
The question is merely whether the Fed would do another QE because people “think” that is necessary despite the fact there is no empirical evidence this has ever worked. The Euro peaked in 2008 and crashed. The capital flows turned into the USA despite the introduction of increasing the money supply by QE. So while the central bankers expected inflation and the Gold Promoters misrepresent this issue claiming that increasing the supply of money is automatically inflationary so gold must rise and the dollar fall, exactly the opposite has unfolded. So the Gold Promoters are preaching the same story as the central bankers. As the economic crisis became worse around the world, the dollar was (and remains) the only currency standing. The Fed has become the de facto central bank of the world yet the money supply increased. You cannot dismiss this and keep touting that the Quantity of Money still is relevant or that it works. Something is seriously missing. If such a theory is valid, then it MUST hold up 100% of the time. It is not the pure Quantity of Money that matters, there is another factor here being ignored – DEMAND; as in supply demand. Naturally, the Gold Promoters will say I am wrong because this is their #1 sales pitch. What they do not understand is you can fool people sometimes, but only a fool believes a fallacy eternally. The rest get burnt and they never come back because they lost confidence in the sales pitch. Gold is a HEDGE AGAINST GOVERNMENT, and to create a bull market requires the decline in DEMAND for dollars because they lost CONFIDENCE in government. Only when government is unable to then sell its debt or raise taxes, then it prints money like Germany to cover its expenses and it debases the currency stretching what resources it has to increase the supply of money to pay its bills when coins were a precious metal. There is simply more to this simplistic view that increasing the supply of money automatically produces inflation. The central banks have followed the very same theory as the Gold Promoters and also failed miserably.
Let me make this very clear; our study of the Quantity of Money extends back into ancient times and it is NOT based upon my “opinion” so if you want to argue, please show the data correlation that explains the failure of QE with the survival of the theory of the Quantity of Money. You cannot just say you “think” or express your “opinion” to have any serious consideration in the real world. This is why we reconstructed the world economy using the coinage from all countries. Before the 1663, dies used to impress images on coins were created by hand and are unique and the coinage was hammered rather than machine pressed and milled. This has allowed us to catalogue the number of known dies and then apply the average number of coins that can be struck from a die before it breaks – 15,000. We even collected ancient dies for study. This method allowed us to recreate the money supply on an annual basis. All of this research has enabled us to see the Quantity of Money produced on an annual basis and to test economic theories not guess about them or accept the ones that support a predetermined political view. To understand how things TRULY function, you MUST just let the data speak for itself. Then you can learn the truth rather than political or self-interest propaganda.
You cannot simply come up with theories and support them on “belief” and “opinion” for that just does not cut it in real science. Physics you must prove a theory. They hand out Nobel prizes in economics if they sound nice or to people who lack the back-testing as was the case with Black–Scholes theory which they won the Nobel Prize and then completely failed. So if I am going to make a statement, it is based upon real back-testing. This is NOT my personal opinion. So no worries. They would NEVER give me the Nobel Prize in economics because it proves Marx was wrong and that means government cannot function as it does or have politicians running for office promising to change something they cannot control nor do they understand. They only hand out Nobel Prize in economics to people who support the status-quo. The “establishment” has always been about manipulating the Invisible Hand of Adam Smith because they do not like being the subject of free market movements.
Perhaps the day will come when someone will plagiarize this work, call it their own, and pretend this is their theory without ever having to collect coins to actually do the work. That too is the way it always goes. Francis Hutcheson, the teacher of Adam Smith, I believe plagiarized Xenophon copying his book Oikonomikos from the 4th century BC which was a how to manage your estate for dummies. Hutchenson called his Book III “The Principles of Oeconomics and Politics” giving birth to the word “economics” which was Greek in origin “Oikonomikos” stemming from the compounded form of oikos meaning “household” and the complex root nem– meaning in this context to “regulate,” “administer” or “control.” So this will no doubt show up one day in the same manner. Outside of physics, there is no ethics in economics.
As far as the Quantity of Money and inflation is concerned, there is ABSOLUTELY no empirical evidence whatsoever which supports that the two are linked in some perfect union always producing the same result. Throughout the Roman Empire, the annual budge was funded by 80% taxes and 20% expansion of the money supply. As the empire expanded bringing in new regions, the bottom-line impact was identical to an increase in population. If the money supply does not increase keeping pace with population growth, then you produce deflation since there is less money per person causing money to rise in purchasing power resulting in the price of goods, services and labor to decline in terms of money (whatever that might be). To reconstruct the money supply required recording the number of known dies of the coinage for every year given they were all hand crafted with subtle differences. Experiments prove that about 15,000 coins were able to be produced from a die on average before it cracked. Hence, reconstructing the new money supply produced each year is a definable FACT (see above chart 157-50BC).
I am not asserting opinion here. We can easily determine the money supply and the expansion of the money supply as well as inflation throughout the course of the Roman Empire. This clearly demonstrates that the modern theory of the Quantity of Money alone is immature and lacks depth no less historical back-testing. This is why everyone from the Gold Promoters to Central Banks who all rely on this theory have been wrong. Make no mistake about it. The QE program which has failed is based on this theory which is also used to promote gold sales. They are both in the same camp.
Much of the records have survived as have the accounts of many contemporary historians. We even have the records as to the pay of a soldier and pensions over time. The term “stipend” comes from the Latin Stipendium, meaning a pension or pay, from stipem (meaning contribution, dues, income, tax, tribute) and pendo (meaning [i]hang, weigh or pay).[/i] Prior to the introduction of silver coins in Rome during 280BC, the money in use was bronze paid by weight and is known as Aes Rude because it traded in lumps, as shown here. This is why we have the merger of income and weight to create the word Stipendium.
There was no pay for a Roman solider prior to 405BC. The Senate appears to have approved pay for the military at that time. According to the historian Livy, the Roman Senate began the practice of giving pay to the Roman soldiers (stipendium) on the occasion of the taking of Tarracina which was a town 35 miles south of Rome. Livy tells us the change was spontaneous and unsolicited act of the senate, but from another passage we are told that in the year 421 BC, the Tribunes had proposed that the occupiers of the public land should pay their property tax regularly, and that it should be devoted to the payment of the troops (Titi Livi Ab Vrbe Condita Liber IV. 36).
No doubt, like the USA which failed to respect the veterans from World War I and attacked the Bonus Army asking for money, we see this similar action in the Roman context. The USA threatened with World War II was compelled to pass the GI Bill because of their harsh treatment of the vets from World War I. Here in Roman times, there appears to have been a proposal in 421BC to pay the troops, but it too waits until there is the treat of another war in 405BC, 16 years later. This became urgent for Tarracina revolted, which had been under Roman rule for some time. Rome needed a paid army to retain its power. The prospect of losing Tarracina was rather serious enough to prompt paying the troops for if their revolt had been successful, like the BREXIT referrendum in June 2016, the fear is the empire would fail. Indeed, Rome would later face the prospect of another war with Veii which came in 396BC. This was about securing all of Italy.
Late in 218 B.C., the Carthaginians again defeated the Romans on the left bank of the Trebia River, a victory that earned Hannibal the support of allies including the Gauls and Ligurians. By the spring of 217 B.C., he had advanced to the Arno River in Italy. It was the invasion of Italy by Hannibal which prompts the first issue of Roman gold coins. The obverse is the Roman god Janus (for whom January is named), and the reverse depicts an oath scene of allegiance. Rome issued gold coins to demonstrate to the other Roman cities that Rome was rich and that they should not abandon them for Hannibal. This gold issue was clearly a political display of wealth. A stater in the Greek world equaled 20 drachms. The weight was idealized at 8 grams of gold with a silver drachm being 4 grams making the silver to gold ratio about 10:1. However, in practical terms, the ratio was closer to 8.6 since the silver drachms were really about 3.2 grams.
Knowing the weight of coinage is one thing. We then must also have some reference point with respect to its purchasing power within society. According to the Greek historian Polybius (c. 200 – c. 118 BC), the daily pay of a legionary amounted to two oboli. However, he makes a Greek drachma equivalent to a Roman denarius, and a denarius in paying the soldiers was then estimated at ten bronze asses. The Greek tetradrachm (4 drachms) was 16.85 grams making a drachm/denarius about 4.25 grams. However, this was a gross salary and Roman soldiers, since what was deducted from their gross pay was the money value of whatever they received in kind such as food (corn), armor and clothes.
There was a sharp increase in money supply as illustrated above between 97 and 87BC. We then find a very sharp decline in new money coming into the economy. This prompted a serious debt crisis prior to the First Civil War. In fact, corruption was so outrageous it was similar as we see Goldman Sachs donating tons of money to politicians to buy favor that even Obama says he can now make serious money doing speaking engagements for Goldman at the 2016 White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The corruption buying votes sent interest rates soaring for the elections. During the Roman Republic, the corruption was so widespread, that interest rates doubled from 4% to 8% for the elections of 54 BC because there was so much bribery going on to gain votes. There was a very serious shortage of money resulting in a deflationary wave. People could not pay their debts because money was scarce. This was the state of the economy going into the breach of the First Civil War prompting Caesar to cross the Rubicon. We have the coinage record as well as historical accounts.
The bronze coinage of the Roman Republic collapsed in weight and was used in terms of accounting only, but virtually no bronze coinage was even being minted. C. Coota complained in 75BC that there was no money (Sallust, Hist. ii, 47M, 6-7; cf. 46M), which is confirmed by a letter from Pompey the Great from Spain (Hist. ii, 98M, 2 and 9). Clearly, people were hoarding money despite the sharp increase in coinage which had taken place going into 87BC, because of the fear of the future. The population had expanded but the money supply did not keep pace producing deflation. There was the First Mithridatic War (88–84 BC) when the legions were commanded by Lucius Cornelius Sulla. We see the issue of Roman gold aureus at this time issued 84-83BC with a weight of 10.78 grams making the silver/gold ratio its lowest point at 6.9:1 demonstrating the rising abundance of gold as Rome moved East. The war ended with a Roman victory, and the Treaty of Dardanos in 85 BC, but the Second Mithridatic War (83–81 BC) broke out which ended inconclusively after a Roman defeat, and withdrawal on Sulla’s orders. This uncertainty would Rome survive contributed to the hoarding.
The Senate seems to have known about the rising threat from Mithridates VI (135–63 BC) who was perhaps the Republic’s greatest foe at this time since in 78BC they appropriated 18 million denarii to pay for the military. They sent a Quaestor to Cyrene to raise cash since that was a Roman property from 96BC. All accounts show there was a wave of deflation despite the rise in coinage production into 87BC (money supply like QE today). This was followed by the Third Mithridatic War (75–63 BC) commanded by Lucius Licinius Lucullus (75–66 BC) and then by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (“Pompey the Great”, 66–63 BC), where Rome was finally victorious and Mithridates VI died in 63 BC.
During the 70s BC, the prospect of war led the people to hoard money despite the fact that the money supply increased sharply to pay the troops. There was no government bonds. They issued coinage to cover expenses. There was not enough money to pay the troops as recorded in a speech of Pompey in 59BC (Cassius Dio XXXVIII, 5, 1). Money was being produced in large quantities, but it was being hoarded thanks to uncertainty. Rome was expanding, but it was not yet in possession of Europe or Asia. To fight the pirates dominating the Mediterranean Sea, the Senate appropriated 36 million denarii (Appian, Mith. 430; cf. Plutarch, 25).
There was a tremendous wave of inflation that is not reflected in the silver coinage, but in the gold coinage. The first gold aureus to be minted in Rome itself was that produced by Julius Caesar. The previous issues of gold were struck in the provinces by Sulla to pay troops. The gold inflation wave, much akin to the California gold rush of the 19th century and the Spanish flooding Europe with gold from the New World, has its parallel also at this point in history. The gold inflation wave was created by Julius Caesar’s four victories over Gaul, Egypt, Pharnaces, and Africa, resulting in Rome being flooded with gold. The Roman economy was overwhelmed by gold driving its value of down sharply for it became commonplace. The historian Appianus tells us that Caesar brought back 65,000 talents of gold (talent = 32.3 kilograms (71 lb)) which would have been about 262,437 gold aureii. Additionally 2,822 golden wreaths weighing 20,414 pounds, were carried along the triumphal procession. Caesar gave out an enormous amount of money in gold to both his army and the population of Rome. He paid out the equivalent of 400 sestertii to each and ever citizen or 200 silver denarii equivalent to 4 gold aureii (there was no issue of bronze sestertii to account for the payments). To his troops, he gave them 20,000 sesterii or 5,000 silver denarii which equalled 200 gold aureii. Since these payments were made in gold, they were measured in sestertii (unit of account) but again no such bronze coinage was produced in that denomination. Instead, we have this enormous gold issue. There are 111 known obverse dies from the issue of 46BC and 122 dies of the reverse. This would account for 1,830,000 gold aureii being struck that from that issue alone. This enormous issue of gold aureii caused a collapse in the value of gold.
The enormous gold coinage of Julius Caesar in 46-45BC flooded the money supply with the yellow metal and produced a violent disturbance in the monetary system as the silver/gold ratio had risen from its low under Sulla (6.9:1) rising to 12.5:1 and then collapsing again back to 9:1 in about 31 years (Pi Cycle). This contributed to the debt crisis insofar as loans had been in terms of denarii, not gold aureii. This clearly sent the financial market into chaos down the Via Sacra, the Wall Street of its day. Creditors had been demanding repayment in denarii, which was obviously at a premium to gold.
After the Second Civil War where Octavian (Augustus) defeats Marc Antony and Cleopatra, some of the aurei of Augustus (27BC-14AD) were struck at the reduced rate of 42 to the pound whereas Caesar struck the aureus at 40 to the pound (8 grams). The weight was further reduced by Nero (54-68AD) who struck the aureus at 45 to the pound (7.3 grams). Marcus Aurelius (161–180AD) struck aurei at 50 to the pound (6.5 grams), and by the time of Caracalla (211–217AD) he introduced double denominations that were only about 50% greater in weight.
During the 3rd century, the gold aureus was reduced sharply during the financial meltdown of 260-268AD and after that crisis the coin stabilized at 4.5 grams. However, double aureii were struck regularly weighing only 6.62 grams on average or about 50% greater in weight yet were twice the value showing it was not the metal content that determined the purchasing power. The monetary reform of Diocletian (284–305AD) around 301 AD, struck the solidus at 60 to the Roman pound (and thus weighing about 5.5 grams each) and with an initial value equal to 1,000 denarii, which had been reduced to bronze. The gold solidus was reintroduced by Constantine I (306–337AD) in 312 AD after he confiscated the wealth of the pagan temples. This denomination now permanently replaced the aureus as the gold coin of the Roman Empire. The solidus was struck at a rate of 72 to a Roman pound of pure gold, each coin weighing about 4.5 grams of gold. By this time, the solidus was worth 275,000 of the increasingly debased bronze denarii (once silver).
Where the silver was debased, the gold was reduced in weight. Julius Caesar doubled the salary for the legionary soldier according to Suetonius prior to the civil war (Sueton. Jul. Caes. 26). After the Civil War and Augustus defeats Marc Antony, Suetonius tells us that Augustus appears to have raised the military pay to 10 asses a day (three times the original sum), or 300 a month, or 1200 in four months.
We even know how many legions Marc Antony and Cleopatra had in the battle against Octavian. Antony issued a denarius for each legion. At the time of Julius Caesar, a denarius was ideally 4 grams. The legionary denarii of Marc Antony weight about 3.8 grams. So we do not see any massive debasement given there were two civil wars back to back despite the fact that the money supply rose significantly to pay the troops.
Here is the chart of the debasement of the Roman silver denarius. Note that the debasement begins with Nero (54-68AD). The reason for this was largely to cover the cost of government, which included the military.
Now as the original amount of a solider’s pay had been tripled, the soldiers could not complain if the denarius were reckoned at 16 asses (bronze) in payments made to themselves, as well as other persons; and taking this value, the 1200 asses amount to exactly 3 aurei, or 3 × 400 asses. This sum then was considered as an unit, and called stipendium, being paid three times a year. Hence Suetonius says of Domitian raised the soldier’s pay (Dom. 7): “Addidit et quartum stipendium, ternos aureos”: a fact which Zonaras confirms (Ann. II. p196) otherwise expresses by stating, that instead of 75 drachmae (i.e. denarii) Domitian gave the soldiers 100, i.e. he made a pay raise of 25 denarii or 1 aureus to their pay.
Putting together the history of the world monetary system reveals that there is ABSOLUTELY no support for the idea that “helicopter money” creates inflation nor is it the cause of the decline and fall of a nation. That becomes the net result of a collapse in confidence FIRST whereas people then hoard money and do not spend it. The economy turns down and tax revenue also declines. Rome’s budget was effectively 80% taxes and 20% creating new money. As confidence collapsed, there was less and less to tax. People saved (hoarded) rather than spent and in the process the economy shrinks. This comes SECOND comes the “helicopter money” which emerges as tax revenues collapse. We will see this in the years ahead as social programs are cut and we see state and local government go bust. The ONLY source of funding becomes the creation of money. When government becomes strapped and can no longer sell their debt today, then the implosion unfolds. This is being furthered by central banks buying government debt which they can never resell. Then the entire system implodes.
There is a growing concern that the central bank is out of ammunition both in lowering interest rates as well as QE printing money. While many people will say I am wrong or whatever, they do not speak directly to people in central banks or to staff on the House Banking Committee – I do! Central Banks have even attended our World Economic Conferences. In fact, the Commission designing the Euro attended our 1997 Conference in London and took the entire back row. So I do not speak out of total speculation.
Right now, even in Germany, the Bundesbank is departing from the policies of the ECB and Draghi. The negative interest rates are becoming widely seen as undermining pensions. Here is the front cover of a German magazine warning that pension funds are broke thanks to negative interest rates.
I would NOT put it as 100% guaranteed that the Fed will engage in “helicopter money” buying government bonds. They are trapped. They know that. They may have no choice in the end, but that would be if government finds it cannot sell its debt. Do not expect the Fed to be the first to fall. They will be the LAST. We have the data. We have run the correlations. If someone wants to disagree, then ask for their data – not opinion or “I think” scenarios based upon assumptions and bias.
37 Foods to Store: Essential Foods For Any Disaster - Sun 08 May 2016, 7:20 pm
37 Foods to Store: Essential Foods For Any Disaster
Everyday food storage is an important topic! The more people who prep, the safer we all are, which is why we’re giving away information for free.
Looking for a magic list of grocery store survival food? Wondering what are the best canned foods for prepping? Take stock of the 37 most important shelf-stable goods to buy from the grocery store while they are still available. Here’s the emergency preparedness information you need — a free guide:
Prepper’s list of 37 Foods To Hoard Before Crisis
This is the best of prepper food lists (survival stockpiling of shelf-stable foods):
#1: Distilled water and seltzer water.
Water isn’t a food to hoard, but you certainly can’t live without it, which is why water is #1 on the list. Distilled water is the most pure form of water. Get water now and make plans to get more water. Consider adding canned seltzer water to your pantry as well. Canned seltzer water lasts indefinitely, adds a fizzy pep to your water supply and even helps relieve constipation! Avoid seltzer if you have acid reflex.
- Want to know the #1 food to hoard? Skip to #6.
#2: Canned liquids.
It’s important to stock up on canned foods with high liquid content. Two excellent (and often overlooked) examples are canned pineapple juice and vegetable juice available on the bottom shelves of your grocery store. These foods will provide nutrition and hydration simultaneously. Look also for evaporated milk, condensed milk, and canned coconut milk. Coconut milk will help you cook rice faster! Stewed tomatoes, and vegetable, beef or chicken stock can also help you cook rice without depleting your drinking water. It’s also a great excuse to stock up on canned beer, which you can use to cook!
#3: Dehydrated (powdered) milk.
Milk does a body good (or so say the commercials). Indeed milk is a versatile food well worth stockpiling if you don’t have a cow or a goat. Bob’s Red Mill dehydrated milk lasts, pictured right, up to two years, and is an excellent natural creamer for coffee. Skip the non-dairy creamers made of hydrogenated oils and use powdered milk instead.
#4: Hard cheeses encased in wax.
Waxed hard cheeses are not so easy to find, but they are available. Parmesan, swiss, sharp cheddar or Gouda encased in wax is a very “Gouda” thing to find! Wax prevents cheese from growing mold and bacteria, and it also keeps moisture in your cheese, so it can store for a very long time without refrigeration. Parmesan is a hard cheese, and in the powder form has a four month expiration date, but encased in wax it can last up to 25 years! Consider buying cheese wax and even a basic hard cheese kit to make your own delicious cheeses. Wax will keep hard cheeses moist during the aging process, and also prevent unwanted mold growth on your aging cheeses.
#5: Protein bars and protein drinks (Whey Powder or protein concentrate).
You know that Little Miss Muffet ate her curds and whey, and so should you. In cheese making, curds are the thick part of the milk that’s separated from the liquid when the milk turns sour. Whey is the watery part that’s cloudy and yellowish. Whey is highly nutritious! Bob’s Red Mill offers an all natural whey protein concentrate. Whey contains a high quality complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids required by the body for strength and muscle development. It is a great way of increasing protein intake without adding excessive carbohydrates and fat. It dissolves instantly so it ‘s great for making high protein shakes and smoothies. In survival times, mix it with dehydrated milk for an extra frothy and satisfying nutrient! So while this isn’t the first thing that will fly off the shelves in the event of a crisis, it’s one Happy Preppers
should have on their list.
#6: Canned & dehydrated meats.
What’s the #1 food to hoard? Well, the best prepper protein source is meat. Go for the jerky! If you had to stockpile just one kind of food you’d want to stockpile meat in cans. Go ahead and Tune-in to the tuna. Stack up on the Dak! Why? Because meats provide humans with around 90% of sustenance needed to survive; and 90% of plants are deadly to humans. Man must eat meat! When possible, look for grass-fed meats, like Yoder’s brand. Canned salmon, canned sardines, canned mackerel and canned tuna are rich in necessary Omega 3 oils. Stock your refrigerator with meats too. Smoked salmon, sausages and hot dogs can last a long time in your refrigerator. Store organic hot dogs and sausages, such as Applegate Farms Uncured Beef Hot Dogs, which are made from organic, grass-fed beef. Consume them first in a power failure.
#7: Coffee, tea, Ovaltine, Tang and bouillon.
Coffee for survival purposes provides the primary benefit of increased mental alertness, but as a morale boost it’s good too. Tea for survival is important too, and has been around for 5,000+ years for a reason! Water quality of our ancestors wasn’t very good, so tea helped it taste better and boiling water killed bacteria. In an emergency situation, tea can help you hydrate quickly when you can’t wait for the boiled water to cool. Caffeinated teas provide a burst of additional energy; while other teas can provide a calming and soothing effect, which you may need. Additionally, many kinds of tea have anti-cancer properties (polyphenols), and reduce the risk of blood clotting and even lowers cholesterol levels. Consider adding echinacea, peppermint and chamomile teas to help combat the common cold, naturally, too! Tang is a prepper classic to enhance the water supply. Bouillon cubes are compressed stock. This salty essential will help you flavor soups, rices, ramen style noodles and gravies. Even if you don’t use coffee, tea or bouillon in your regular diet, consider securing them for your Prepper’s pantry for bartering!
You can’t cook much without oil! Buy oil small containers and look for the word “virgin” which means that they are the first press and have the most nutritive value. Olive oil is an ideal oil, but can quickly go rancid, thought it may have a shelf life up to two years. Shortening usually has trans fats, so consider coconut oil as cooking lard to replace Crisco or other vegetable shortening, which is made of dangerous trans fats. Coconut oil is very heat stable, and because it’s low to oxidize, it means that it won’t go rancid as quickly as other oils. It can last up to two years, and it provides fast energy.
Ghee, here’s something to consider:
- Ghee. Ghee is butter that’s been melted and simmered down until all the water has evaporated and the milk solids have settled at the bottom. It has a long shelf life.
- Butter. Pure Creamery Butter, pictured right, comes in a can and lasts three years.
- Organic shortening is a good alternative to hydrogenated Crisco. It lasts indefinitely.
- Lard. Surprisingly, new studies show lard is a healthful cooking fat! It’s versatile too.
- Other oils. If possible, look for a NON-GMO corn oil, as 86% of corn has been genetically modified. Whatever oil you buy, be sure to buy them in small containers as the minute you open, they oxidate and begin deteriorating quickly. Avoid anything made with Soybean oil as 90% of soybean products are genetically modified or cross-contaminated. Here’s how to make your own oils.
# 9: Whole wheat flour.
Wheat is a basic food product that’s chock full of fiber, protein, vitamins and even minerals, like selenium. If you stock white flour in your daily pantry, be sure to stock wheat flour in your Prepper’s pantry because it has more nutritive value when it has the whole grain (bran, germ and endosperm). White flour has only the endosperm.
Thankfully, “There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any genetically engineered wheat on the market,” according to the Non-GMO project, so stock up!
You may also need flour for thickening gravies, or coat and fry, such things as freshly caught fish. If you have whole wheat flour, you won’t have to stock genetically modified corn starch, which is also used for thickening.
Wheat flour because it comes wrapped in plastic, rather than a paper bag which is more susceptible to pest invasions. Ultimately, you should store whole wheat flour in your every day pantry. Your long term pantry should include whole grain wheat and you should have a grain mill.
#10: Cereals Shredded Wheat, corn or rice.
Stockpile whatever cereals your family eats oat, corn, rice, or wheat-based. We recommend Shredded wheat! The first edition of the Boy Scout Manual in 1911 highlights the best food for Boy Scouts is Shredded Wheat, “because it has all the muscle-building material in the whole wheat grain prepared in a digestible form, supplying all the strength needed for work or play.” If refrigeration isn’t an issue, pack wheat germ, which has high levels of fiber and vitamin E to boost your immune systems. Wheat germ is the center of the seed. Packed with protein and fiber, wheat
germ also has folate, magnesium, zinc, manganese, selenium and vitamin E. It’s considered “nutrition in a crunch.” It’s not really a meal, but one you can add to your hot cereal.
#11: Potato flour.
Consider adding potato flour to your Prepper’s Pantry. Potato flour is wonderful, gluten-free addition to your Prepper’s Pantry to make breads, pancakes and waffles, and potato soups. It’s also wonderful as a thickening agent, so you can avoid GMO cornstarch. Don’t confuse it with potato starch, because potato flour is the entire potato (skin and all) dehydrated.
#12: Corn as a grain (dried).
Corn as a grain is an essential prepper food and there are many kinds of dried corn.
Popcorn is a grain that can be ground into flour! Spanish for “dough,” masa is the flour of finely ground maize, hominy or corn. It’s basically been dried, cooked, ground, soaked in lime and then dried again. It reconstitutes easily with warm water and salt to make corn tortillas. You can also use Masa harina to make the dough for empanadas, papusas and tamales. Look for organic brands, which will ensure you’re not getting a dangerous genetically modified food products. While Masa Harina is a finely ground meal, corn grits is more versatile, hearty and nutritious basic food.
Nothing satisfies like the savory experience of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free corn grits (also called polenta). For breakfast, you will love it with milk and honey. Grits left in a pot to cool become polenta. In this way, you can serve it for dinner with butter, cheese, marinara or gravy. You can also purchase alkali-treated corn (actually dried maize kernels) known as hominy, which is largely popular in Southern and Mexican cuisine. Popular in the South, you can also find this product out West if you look for it in cans in the Mexican food isles. Hominy is high in calcium content.
#13: Corn as a vegetable.
Corn as a vegetable is also an important pantry essential. (Corn is both a grain and a vegetable: the only difference is that as a grain it’s dried before harvesting.) Buy organic corn in cans to help ensure it’s not genetically modified as most corn is GMO. In stores, look for the “Non-GMO project verified” label to avoid buying genetically modified corn. Steer clear of GMO corn products by purchasing organic (shockingly, 86% of the world’s corn is GMO).
#14: Oats and Oatmeal.
A favorite of American pioneers, oatmeal is a food low in saturated fat, and it’s also a good source of fiber, which is especially important during survival times. You’ll need to store adequate water as making the porridge requires 4 cups of water for every one cup of oatmeal. A tip for preparing is to soak the oatmeal over night, so that it takes just 9-12 minutes to boil (instead of a half an hour). Look for John McCann’s steel cut oatmeal in a can, which are 100% whole grain and natural Irish oats. Stock up on emergency buckets of rolled oats and quick oats today, and learn more about why oats are an important part of your food storage.
Living without power, cars, electronics or running water may seem like a nightmare scenario but to pioneers it was just the way life was. Having the skills to survive without modern conveniences is not only smart in case SHTF, it’s also great for the environment. Keep in mind that the key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you managed to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started! Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available.It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones.
#15: Bread crumbs and stuffings.
Bread crumbs are a satisfying addition to casseroles, and can also help you make salmon and crab cakes with the cans in your Prepper’s food storage. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find Bread crumbs sealed in plastic for freshness. Usually, they are boxed in waxed paper. Stuffing is a natural accompaniment to your mashed potatoes and will mix nicely with spices and dehydrated onions. Try also, bread in a can, and pumpernickel. Learn to like Pumpernickel and make it part of your everyday diet! This amazing whole grain rye bread (enjoyed by Germans and Scandinavians with cheeses, pates and meats), packs a mighty punch of fiber and has a three or four month shelf life! You can make a satisfying meal with even one slice of bread. In the beginning of a food crises situation, you will find yourself feeling full from this nutritious bread. So pack some pate and store Pumpernickel regularly. (You’ll feel regular too.)
#16: Shelf stable, ready to eat meals.
There are two kinds of shelf-stable, ready to eat meals to include: the kind you eat, and the kind you don’t. Soup is good food and can provide a hearty meal with crackers. In uncertain times, you can take comfort in having several shelf-stable, ready to eat meals on hand, which require no cooking. Go Picnic is one of them.
While crackers have little nutritive value, they do provide a sense of normalcy to a survival situation and will be a worthy an satisfying accompaniment to soups and tuna salad, and peanut butter stashes in the Prepper’s Pantry. You may find some surprising nutritive benefits such as niacin and iron in flaky flavorful crackers. In your long term food storage you’ll need to buy some pilot crackers in a #10 can.
#18: Potato Flakes and au gratin potatoes.
If you can find a shelf-stable variety of au gratin or scalloped potatoes that don’t have hydrogenated oils, then go for it. Left is Edward and Sons. Unfortunately, most au gratin potatoes have them (so skip Wegmann’s, Betty Crocker and Idahoan until they stop including hydrogenated oils in their manufacture). Look for au gratin potatoes at organic based food market, like Whole Foods. There are plenty of more reasons why you should make potatoes part of your long-term food storage plan.
Sure, jasmine rice is cheap food, and worth storing but you can also store a variety of rice to keep your family interested. Try basmati rice, Italian arborio rice, short grain Asian rice, wild rice, and brown rice too! Brown rice is a healthy option, but requires more cooking time, which could deplete your cooking resources. Consider instant rice for this reason alone, though it’s not as healthy as other rice options.
Dried pasta has little to no fat or moisture content, so it resists spoilage. Among the most filling and inexpensive foods, store a variety of pastas in addition to your spaghetti and macaroni noodles including: egg noodles, gnocchi (made with potatoes), dried tortellini (filled with hard cheese), orzo (rice shaped pasta), couscous (wheat-based pasta) and the other variety of shaped Italian pasta such as lasagna, linguine, rotelle, rotini, rigatoni, orecchiette, penne, mastoccilli etc. Remember Asian pastas too! There are healthier options to the inexpensive ramen style noodles. Try soba (made from buckwheat), rice noodles, udon (wheat flour), bean curd noodles, and chow main noodles (fried noodles made of egg and wheat). Right, you can make a meal of Annie’s cheeseburger macaroni meal starter and Keystone Ground beef.
#21 Raisins, dried fruits and fruit strips.
Just a handful of raisins will provide a full serving of fruit. Raisins have protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C. Raisins are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, too. Use them in your Prepper’s pantry to enhance the flavor of rice for dinner and cereals for breakfasts. Remember, raisins are a dried fruit and not a dehydrated food. There is a difference in how you store each. Organic raisins are the best choice so you can avoid toxic pesticides of commercial farming. Newmans Own is an excellent choice. These raisins are packed with juicy flavor and a pleasing texture, and are available by the six pack in 15-oz cans for your prepper’s pantry and delivered to your door. Enhance your supply with dried apricots, dates, cranberries, mangos and whatever your family enjoys. Skip the fruit rollups, which are ladened with unwanted high-fructose corn syrups. Instead, look for Simply Fruit twists and high fiber dried fruit strips available in a variety of flavors, such as cherry, grape, and apricot. The more variety, the better for your family to fight boredom in diet and to get the essential nutrients they each provide
#22. Jams and jellies.
Jams and jellies are a canning favorite from blackberry jams, strawberry jams, raspberry jams, grape jellies and also apple butters, your pantry can easily have a variety of fruit spreads to sweeten life.
#23. Canned fruits.
Most people stock up on canned veggies, but really it’s the fruit they should concentrate on because fruits contain twice as much calories per pound as veggies. A fruit cocktail will give you about 300-400 calories per pound. Peaches, packed in light syrup offer a tremendous calorie boost to the survival diet. The liquids also provide a valuable source of hydration, so don’t can the juice in the cans! Look for citrus varieties, such as pineapple and mandarin oranges, to give the essential vitamin C.
Applesauce too can be a wonderful accompaniment to cereals, and can also serve as a dessert. Canned pumpkin puree will also provide a heavy dose of Vitamin A and you can make a simple soup by adding bouillon and spices, such as garlic.
#24 Canned veggies.
When it comes to veggies, preppers need to think beyond green beans! Unfortunately, green beans do not pack many calories. If you’re looking for the ideal veggies to stash, then think about canned root vegetables, like sweet potatoes and yams. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, plus they’re filling. Add a variety with canned sauerkraut, cabbage and beets, too. If you eat them, carrots, peas and potatoes provide the fixing for a nice stew. Canned olives, asparagus and artichoke hearts will help you make easy pasta dishes. Dried veggies, right are available online.
Skip the canned corn (it’s likely GMO).
#25: Beans and legumes.
Stock up on beans — all kinds of dried beans and canned beans, (including refried beans). The more variety of beans you store, the better as it provides energy and fiber. Beans pack around 1250 calories per pound. Best of all, you can sprout beans — it as little as five days you can sprout crunchy, fresh phytonutrients for your family from dried beans, peas, and lentils. (See the sprouter, immediate right.) Peanuts aren’t really nuts (they’re beans, but stock up on those too because they add protein).
#26: Nuts, seeds and nut-butters.
While it’s true that nuts can go rancid quickly, nuts are an excellent source of energy, so stock up on them in your Prepper’s pantry (provided there are no allergies in your family)! Raw almonds, walnuts and cashews are excellent choices, pistachio’s too. Mixed roasted nuts will also provide varieties, such as hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts. Nuts are obviously allergens, so avoid giving them to children under 5. Think also canned chestnuts, which are a great source of fiber and found in the Asian section of your supermarket. (They’re also an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin C.) The healthiest nuts and seeds are in bags, rather than oil filled cans and jars. Think sunflower seeds and alfalfa seeds too! Yes, you already knew to stock peanut butter, but did you know that peanut butter is really a bean butter? Look for peanut butters that are simply peanuts, oil and salt (yes, the kind with oils at the top, which are the natural peanut butters). Skip the peanut butters that have sugars in them or worse yet, those with hydrogenated oils in them. Know that “trans fat free” doesn’t mean that they are free from trans fats, it could mean that there is less than. 05 grams of trans fat per serving.
Even if you don’t use honey, buy some honey, honey! Not only will honey last forever, but you’ll use honey in survival times to flavor boring oatmeals and other breakfast grains, as well as teas. Honey eases sore throats, and more importantly, if you don’t have any topical antibiotics, you can use honey as a paste to put on wounds. There are medicinal and other reasons to stock honey in your preps: here are nine reasons to stock honey, honey! When you learn how to bake breads, you’ll realize that many 329 recipes call for honey. So, honey, what are you waiting for?
#28 Iodized salt.
Look to history and you’ll find salt was an important commodity. Salt can kill bacteria! Salt contains chloride and sodium ions, and all living things need these components in small quantities. Not all salt is the same! Humans need iodized salt to avoid thyroid gland problems and goiter and to help regulate fluid balance in the body, but more importantly we need salt to preserve food. How does salt help preserve food? Salt inhibits growth of germs in a process of osmosis where the salt pushes water out of the microbial cells. Best of all, salt lasts for ever. You can salt everything from salad greens the way the Roman’s did to curing meats and preserving other kinds food. Indeed, salt is very useful to Preppers.
#29 Sugars and Molasses.
You’ll need granulated sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar. We also suggest buying sugar in the raw. Skip the beet and go for the cane, baby! Skip also the sugars that you can buy in boxes and paper bags. Buy your sugars wrapped in plastic, because this helps protect it from insects. As a second step you can buy sugars in cans or place your own sugar purchase into mylar bags and sealed food-grade plastic buckets sealed with a gamma lid. Look also for sugar in the raw packets. One final note of caution with spices: if you regularly eat curry or other spicy foods then it’s fine to include them in your Prepper’s diet; however, you may well find yourself with a “ring of fire” otherwise. We therefore suggest you cautiously pack
#30: Spices and herbs.
Survival spices to consider might include saffron will sure make that boring old rice more tasty, and chili to add flavor to all those beans you’re storing. Buy more of the spices already in your cupboard. Some good basics include dill, red pepper, cumin, rosemary, oregano, dried mustard, and ginger in addition to the saffron and chili. Skip the strong spices curry! While it tastes wonderful, they may also attract human predators. If you’re stocking beans make sure to get pinto bean seasoning, right, to enhance the flavor of your preps.
Your favorite condiments will go a long way towards making foods taste better in uncertain times. Buy pickle relish and small cans of mayonnaise for your tuna salad on crackers (because once you open the mayo, it will quickly go bad). If possible look for a mayo that’s not made with from deadly soybeans (90% of which are GMO). A variety of mustards can also help spice up your foods. Buy ketchup without deadly high- fructose corn syrup, and keep it in a brown paper bag and store in a dark place so that it will preserve as long as possible. Tabasco sauce, too can help add flavor to otherwise bland foods. Think also of canned gravy as a condiment! Gravies will surely add some flavoring to your potatoes and stuffing. Look for NON-GMO soy sauce for all that rice. Stock vinegars (balsamic, cider and rice whine). Think also in terms of Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and to enhance your stews and soups and to help you make gravies. And on the sweet side, consider stocking maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts, plus cocoa powder and chocolate syrups.
Chocolate chips store relatively well. Remember also, baking chocolate! Not only does chocolate pack loads of antioxidants, but it’s a morale booster that could prove essential. What’s more the fiber will fill you up. Pack high quality dark chocolate, like Dove bars, in your Prepper’s Pantry. If you look closely at the ingredients, of other chocolates, like Hershey’s Kisses, you’ll find an unwanted ingredient: hydrogenated oils. Those do not belong in your chocolate, even during survival times! Besides, chocolate has been known to boost heart health.
- Chocolate may help fight urinary tract infections. So be sure to keep chocolate
chips to your food storage! Add chocolate chips to pancakes, muffins, breads,
and more to delight kids and help keep the normalcy as best you can in a
disaster situation. Read about morale boosting foods.
Keeping at peek vitality is crucial during episodes of stress. While multi-vitamins are a great idea, be sure to pack a Calcium with Vitamin D fortified vitamin, as this combination may help your body fight infections. Also, look for magnesium; As an essential stress supplement, magnesium prevents the damage caused by excess adrenaline. Vitamins and pills do not help a prepper pull weight, but vitamins do help the body use food. Only after eating actual food can a prepper pull more weight or work harder. So in short, the answer is not pills, but good food in plenty of variety is the key! The best option is to have the vitamins in the food. For kids, stock Calcium gummy Bears, right, to help fight infections and stay healthy.
#34: Food bars.
We already mentioned protein bars, but there are other kinds of food bars, including nut bars, pictured left and pemmican bars, pictured right. Ideal for a bug out bag, food bars are compact nutrition and should be part of your everyday food storage. Sure, some food bars are a sort of cross between chocolate candy bars and vitamins, others more of a granola, but they are often high in protein. Food bars can provide a satisfaction for a morning meal or an addition to your other rations. Look for coconut bars too! Another food bar that often goes under the radar with Prepper’s (but shouldn’t) is Pemmican, pictured right, which contains complete protein and gives energy. Free of isolates, fructose, sugar and cholesterol, Pemmican is a concentrated food bar that offers quick energy.
You can cook with vodka, drink it or barter it. What’s more, vodka has a some medicinal value. Use vodka as a mouthwash or help numb the pain of a tooth ache. Apply vodka dabs to cold sores to dry them out, as an anesthetic for blisters, or to ease poison ivy and as a skin repellent to shoo flies and mosquitoes. Have stinky feet? Wipe the smell clean with vodka. Try vodka too for cleaning the lenses of eyeglasses. Who knew vodka would be such a versatile pantry item? It’s also on the prepper list of morale boosting foods.
#36: Dry yeast.
Unfortunately, yeast has a very short shelf life, but it’s still well worth having on hand. Dry yeast is an essential leavening agent in baking bread, and has a longer shelf life than compressed yeast, but still after several months it loses potency. It’s purpose is to convert the ferment able sugars of dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol. Look for Fleishmann’s Active Dry Yeast, which is the original active dry yeast, relatively stable and valued for its consistent performance since 1945. It’s one of the most essential ingredients to use in your pantry immediately following a survival situation.
#37: Baking soda and baking powder (leavening agents).
Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which means they produce carbon dioxide to help food rise.
- Baking soda: Pure sodium bicarbonate, when you combine baking soda with honey or an acidic ingredient like buttermilk or yogurt, you’ll get a chemical reaction of carbon dioxide bubbles. This causes baked goods to rise. Look for aluminum free baking soda (a good choice is Bob’s Red Mill, which is extracted in an all natural process without chemicals. Baking soda can last two years. Learn why you should store baking soda in your preps.
- Baking powder: Baking powder has sodium bicarbonate as an ingredient, along with an acidifying agent (cream of tartar for example) and drying agent (such as starch). Baking powder lasts around a year and half.
Sure, we listed 37 essential food items for your Prepper’s Pantry, but the list could easily continue on non-food related essentials. For example, extra can openers, firewood, charcoal, lighter fuel, candles, paper plates, plastic utensils and disposable cups. Finally, remember the tampons! Any real survival man will tell you that a fluffed up unused tampon is a good emergency tinder source to have around, so come on baby, light my fire!
But while we’re still on the topic of essential foods to stock, consider this: if you’re lucky enough to have a root cellar, then you can stock fresh apples, potatoes, onions and garlic to last you several months, but remember, never store them in plastic bags or in the refrigerator. They must be stored in a cool dark, and well ventilated space, and away from pests, which is not easy to do.
Finally, know that it’s okay to stock up on junk food. Did you know that Cheetos and Pringles can get a fire going? The content of much of the processed foods you buy has the perfect combination of air and fats to make fire. Who knew that your everyday food storage of junk foods would come in so handy in a disaster?
So there you have it: the 37 essential food items to stock. Now you are that much more prepared.