The First Temptation of Christ

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The First Temptation of Christ

Want. Take. Have.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Bad Girls” (1999)

. . . Miracle, mystery, and authority.  Thou hast rejected all three and hast set the example for doing so.

—Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1879)

In the Wilderness

After the Spirit descended upon Him, Jesus went immediately into the wilderness.  He was there, fasting, for 40 days and 40 nights.  All the while, Satan tempted Him to abandon His mission (Luke 4:2).  He tempted Him to trade obedience to His Father for the glories of self-will and self-affirmation.  As the days wore on and the trial drew to an end, Jesus’ health and strength began to fail.  Satan then appeared to Him in visible form and made three last assaults on His ultimate trust in His Father.

Scripture insists that these temptations were real and that there was, in each of them, something that would appeal to Jesus’ human nature (Heb. 4:15).  It’s important to understand that Jesus was truly human.  Huge deal.  In addition, He is also eternal deity.  Huge deal, too.  The truth is, the psychology of all this is tough for mortals to process.  As the Son of God, Jesus was both omniscient and omnipotent.  He upheld creation and decreed its end from its beginning.  As a true man, He grew, learned, and suffered.  So, as days of temptation turned into weeks, He could feel the full effects of hunger, exposure, and exhaustion.  And so, in His humanity, Jesus felt the full force of Satan’s arguments.  He really was tempted in all points like we are, and yet He never yielded to the temptation.  He did what His mission required, never turning away from His Father’s will.

Satan’s Attacks

Satan struck first at Jesus’ very real need to survive.  “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  The force of this temptation was simple enough …  if you die here and now, it’s all for nothing and your whole mission goes south.  Fail in your mission and you fail your Father and your people.  That said, survival becomes job No. 1, right? If you are who you claim to be, accomplish phase one of your mission by living to fight another day.  Make bread out of these stones.  Use your miraculous powers to save your life and the lives of those who will follow after you. Focus on the ends, not the means.

Satan struck next at the path to the cross.  In a moment of time he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  All these, he said, I’ll turn over to you if you fall down and worship me (Rev. 13:4).  In other words, Satan was offering to withdraw all opposition to Jesus’ mission.  Fascinating.  There would be no resistance, no sufferings, no cross.  But not just that, there would be no persecution for His followers, either.  No lions, no stakes, no martyrdom.  Satan would support Jesus’ claims to sovereignty, and no Christian would ever have to suffer for his faith.  Jesus could have it all simply by admitting that Satan’s perspective made pragmatic and existential sense.

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Finally, Satan struck at the actual definition of the mission.  People, he implied, are a tough sell.  They’re not going to buy in to your mission on your word alone.  They need real reasons to believe.  They need evidence.  Give them some.  Jump from the pinnacle of the Temple.  The God you call your Father won’t let you die.  He’ll send angels to catch you, land you and get you safely among “credible” witnesses … the Pharisees and Sadducees.  With those kinds of witnesses and that kind of buzz, everyone in the Temple precincts will know beyond a doubt that you are the Messiah!  And to punctuate this third argument, the devil quoted Scripture: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Ps. 91:11-12).  In this version of Satan’s plan, the Temple and the scriptural promise of the supernatural “safety net” were to launch the ministry in a big new way. It would be the “P.T. Barnum” way.

What Would Jesus Say?

The First Temptation of ChristJesus had walked His prescribed path all His life.  He knew His Father’s word.  It was indelibly stamped on His heart (Ps. 40:8).  When He responded to each of Satan’s attacks with Scripture, He didn’t speak like a child who, from a memory that has been crammed with Bible verses simply spits out the necessary, parent-pleasing responses.  He spoke from a firm, heart-felt commitment to the power of God’s Spirit.  And He spoke as the eternal Son of God.  There was no word-magic here, only a firm and full commitment to God the Father.

Satan’s first temptation was addressed to the desires and needs of the physical body.  Satan had tried to place these bodily needs above the very word of God.  But in words borrowed from Deuteronomy (8:3), Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).  Jesus didn’t deny that man needs bread and food to live, but He insisted that obedience to the words of God was a far greater need.  Man doesn’t need to merely live … man needs … first and foremost … to obey God.

Satan’s second temptation appealed to man’s desire for possessing the big, the shiny and the beautiful.  Man sees, wants, and takes often without any regard to God’s law.  Jesus could have all the kingdoms of the world immediately, Satan said.  No delayed gratification necessary.  No killing the will to self. All He had to do was admit Satan’s underlying and most fundamental premise …

The right to challenge divine authority. Simply stated… men can be as gods.  But Jesus responded with: “It is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve” (Matt. 4:10).  The universe functions in terms of God’s law and His decree.  There are no other gods, no other sovereigns.  Man must acknowledge God as the only true source of legitimate authority.  His Word alone is the only legitimate explanation of reality.  And with respect to man’s place in all of this … true authority comes from submission to God and His law.

Satan’s third temptation aimed at human pride.  Man wants celebrity status.  He wants attention, acclaim, admiration … and he wants it now.  Just like Veruca Salt in the original Willy Wonka movie, who wanted to be the first to find the golden ticket and wanted an Oompa Loompa pretty quick, too. But that was mild compared to vanity and pride offered in the place of worshiping God.  Again, Jesus answered Satan with Scripture: “You shall not tempt the Lord your God” (Matt. 4:7).  God’s promises are not to be a launching pad for our own private plans and pleasures, our own pursuits of glory.  Man’s chief end is the glory of God.  And we are created for precisely that.

Three Deceptive Hooks

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  This is how John sums up the lifestyle of the world apart from God (1 Jn. 2:16).  These were the three hooks with which Satan tried to deceive Jesus and if “sold separately and without responsibility” are the ones he throws at us.  These were also the big three hooks that Satan used in the Garden against Eve:

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Gen. 3:6).

Here’s what’s important:

This threefold hook is directed at man’s threefold office, that of prophet, king, and priest.  Satan would have man put his bodily needs and desires over the (prophetic) Word of God.  He would have him seize (kingly) power and dominion without regard to the law of God.  He also would have mankind seduce and abuse others in an anti-priestly bid for prominence and pride.

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The First Temptation of ChristBut since man is always prophet, king, and priest … every temptation appeals in a greater or lesser degree to all of these at once.  In other words, every temptation appeals in some measure to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  And every sin is a surrender of our hearts and souls … to the power of Satan and self.

Victory Over Satan

All of Satan’s temptations implied a kind of soft-and-easy-to-digest “marketing message” for Jesus and those who would follow Him.  He encouraged Jesus to use miracles to save life, power to establish His kingdom, and mystery to gather a following.  Miracle, authority, and mystery.   These are exactly the words Fyodor Dostoevsky uses in “The Grand Inquisitor” section of The Brothers Karamazov (1879).  In this parable, the Grand Inquisitor, like Satan before him, berates Jesus for failing His people, for not loving them enough.  Of course, Satan and his messengers regularly pose as angels of light.

But Satan’s worldview assumes that man’s biggest problem lies in his current situation or condition. This could be found either in the outside world around him or even in his own current physical or psychological status.  But how can we turn the misuse of miracle, authority, and mystery into something we can use?

Here’s the thing that should immediately grab us and is the very bottom line:

Our true problems are NOT environmental or psychological.  Our real problems are ethical and judicial.  Our natural, unbridled impulses push us to be ethical rebels against God’s law and we then find ourselves under His temporal curse.  The truth is, no miracles, no heavy-handed tyrannical power, no slick and seductive mysticism carry any real meaning and authority.  They’re only the devil’s lies.  Jesus knew this, and He rejected every and all options except a very painful but obedient walk toward Calvary.  He set His face toward the cross.  He trusted His Heavenly Father.  He obeyed the Word of God, and Satan fled. That’s the only formula that makes Satan flee.

Then God intervened.  Angels came and ministered to Jesus.  He was in the wilderness with the wild beasts, and for a moment Paradise was restored (Mark 1:13).  It was Jesus’ ethical obedience that won this battle.  But the war had only begun.  There would be fierce, future engagements.

How To Make A Rash Treatment Salve

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How To Make A Rash Treatment Salve If SHTF or you are trying to be more natural and you suffer with skin ailments this is a great treatment for you. When making salve, it’s always best to first consider what you are attempting to treat. Always get the ingredients from a trusted shop or even …

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A Canoe That Can Fit Inside a Backpack

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A Canoe That Can Fit Inside a Backpack Ori Levin designed a full sized canoe that’s completely collapsible and can be stored in a bag that’s only 5 x 9 x 28 inches big. Basically, you can have a boat in your backpack. This amazing product Called the Adhoc Canoe, only weighs 9 pounds and …

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The government’s attacks on the vulnerable and needy are cruel. You ALL need to read this.

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Is the government of Malcolm Turnbull just totally inept or is it actually cruel?

You have to wonder given its fiscal attacks on some of the most vulnerable and needy members of our society.

It’s not just that the government proposed cutting the dole to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or that it expects women to surrender paid parental leave entitlements and family benefits to pay for better childcare, but now it is proposing to abolish federal funding of women’s refuges. Seriously.

DIY Miracle Healing Salve

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DIY Miracle Healing Salve Healing Salves have been used to treat wounds and promote healing on every continent and by every culture for thousands of years. Even in modern medicine, different types of salves are used to treat burns (aloe based gels), keep infection down and promote healing (antibacterial ointments), and correct skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis). …

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A Guide to Veterinary Drugs for Human Consumption

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A Guide to Veterinary Drugs for Human Consumption In times of uncertainty, we humans like to stockpile and hoard.  We seek information that will keep us safe and provide for our well-being. It’s not a big secret that veterinary antibiotics and drugs do not require a prescription. I personally have the fish-MOX stockpiled. I know a …

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Patriots’ Prayers for 2-19-2017

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Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States
Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Daily Bible Reading  
(Finishing the book of Genesis) 

Sunday: Genesis 44
Monday: Genesis 45
Tuesday: Genesis 46
Wednesday: Genesis 47
Thursday: Genesis 48
Friday: Genesis 49
Saturday: Genesis 50

A Return To The Old Paths: How To Make Pemmican Like The Native Americans

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A Return To The Old Paths: How To Make Pemmican Like The Native Americans Pemmican is a concentrated nutritionally complete food invented by the North American Plains Indians. It was originally made during the summer months from dried lean buffalo meat and rendered fat as a way to preserve and store the meat for use …

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Long Suffering

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reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering . . .

2 Timothy 4:2b

It’s rare that you’ll see me getting into the Greek or Hebrew definitions of words found in the Sunday Prepper Bible Studies, but I reserved the right to do so when I feel like it has something to add or it brings clarity and understanding to the study. We can never have too much clarity and understanding. So here’s a few of the Greek terms from today’s verse and their definitions.

Reprove- elénchō- to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

Rebuke-epitimaō- to admonish or charge sharply

Long Suffering-makrothymia-patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs

The reason I’ve provided the definitions today is that I want you to really think about the words in this verse. Notice the contrast in the definitions.

Paul is telling Timothy to reprove and rebuke people. Those are inherently harsh actions.

But then, he tells him to use all long suffering when doing so. This idea of patience, forbearance, and slowness in avenging wrongs seems incompatible with showing someone their fault and calling them to account. But it’s not.

What many of us want to do is to hand out a scathing rebuke that really lets people know what a terrible thing they’ve done. Or, we want to just let it go and say nothing. Neither one of those line up with Paul’s instruction in this passage. We are to explain the wrong, but we are to do it with patience. We have to speak the truth in love and gentleness. Yes, sometimes that doesn’t work. Some people don’t hear gentleness and patience. But take the high road and try to reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering as you go about your business this week.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

 

 

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Food Storage Recipe ~ Hobo Dinner

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I love this recipe. My mom used to make this a lot when I was growing up.

NEED:

1 pound of ground beef

2 medium potatoes, quartered

2 medium onions, quartered

2 carrots , sliced

2 tablespoons of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Shape the beef into 4 patties and place on sheets of foil.

Top with some of the potatoes, onions, and carrots.

Wrap tightly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Season with the salt and pepper and serve.

Food Storage Recipe ~ Hamburger Macaroni Casserole

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Easy enough to make and the whole family loves it.
NEED:
1 8 ounce package of macaroni
1 pound of ground beef
1/4 of a green pepper , chopped
1 medium onion , chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of  catsup
1 can of mushroom soup
Shredded cheese
Cook the macaroni and then drain.
Brown the ground beef ,  green pepper, and onion until beef is cooked thru. Drain the fat off of it.
Add tomatoes, macaroni, and catsup. Simmer for a 30 minutes.
Pour into a large baking dish, add the mushroom soup, stir to mix well.
Sprinkle the cheese over top and bake for 30 minutes and 350 degrees.

Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar

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Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar Most people think that if you don’t have a root cellar, you can’t store vegetables long term. That simply isn’t true! Each vegetable can be stored for longer than normal with just a few tweaks here and there, depending on which vegetables you want to store. You really don’t …

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RE: Math for Marksmen by John Mosby

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John Mosby has been doing some good stuff at Prepared Gun Owners. Math for Marksmen is an excellent post. I do not disagree with any parts of it. In fact most of my thoughts come back to other stuff from Johns class.

– Practical shooting be it for defense, hunting, skeet, whatever always has some time pressure component. As such I think we need to think and train that way.

– I think accuracy demands have to drive speed. There is little value in shooting faster than you can make hits or at least distract them.

– How much accuracy you need is relative to the situation. With a prairie dog at 400 meters you need a lot of accuracy. On the other hand at 3 feet you can shoot minute of barn and still torso punch someone.

-Self awareness is so important here. Knowing how fast you can get away with shooting lets you end a violent scenario as quickly as possible. Giving someone less time to potentially hurt you is a good thing.

Florida Man Tries to Blow up Target Stores for Financial Gain

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target wikimediaThere are a lot of reasons why some individuals or organizations might engage in terrorism. It could be for a religious or political cause. It could be conducted by a government as a false flag. Or it could simply be an act of madness committed by a deranged person. Behind all of these reasons though, there is one purpose that unites them all. The goal of terrorism is terrify the population, and push them into a behaviour that satisfies the terrorists.

With that said, there is one motivation for a terrorist attack that is nearly unheard of, and that is financial gain. I’m not talking about it in an abstract sense, like say a terrorist group wants power and influence, which can lead to personal wealth. Nor am I referring to any act of terrorism that is an attempt to extort the population to fund more terrorist activities. I’m talking about pure financial gain for its own sake, like what a bank robber would want.

Now if you know the definition of terrorism, you may be a bit confused right now. After all, terrorists typically do what they to achieve for some kind of political goal. If someone incites fear for pure financial gain, then they are just ordinary criminals. But what if someone used the tactics that are typically reserved for terrorists, but for financial gain?

That very situation nearly occurred earlier this month. 48 Year old Mark Charles Barnett, a registered sex offender with an extensive rap sheet, hatched a plan to plant bombs disguised as food items in 10 Target stores along the East Coast. However, he isn’t a religious fanatic or a political extremist. He did it because he thought that a series of bombings would make Target’s stock price plummet. He planned to buy the stocks after they depreciated, and sell them when the company recovered. According to Zero Hedge:

To execute his plan, Barnett paid a man $10,000 to place the improvised bombs on shelves in Target retail stores along the US east coast. On Feb. 9, Barnett gave the man at least 10 explosives, a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover, which would be used to cover up the man’s identity, prosecutors said.

“Barnett told the [confidential source] not to let the box bounce around or they would explode,” according to the complaint. He reassured the source that they wouldn’t kill anybody, it said, but they would “take your hand off.”

But before the plan moved forward, the man went to the authorities and gave them the bombs and explained Barnett’s plan. 

An explosives expert determined that the bombs were capable of “causing property damage, serious injury, or death to nearby persons upon detonation.” It was not clear, however, if they would have also sent Target stock price lower.

That’s pretty extraordinary when you think about it. In my mind, the only event I can compare it to is the skyjacking committed by D.B. Cooper in 1971. He threatened to blow up a plane if he wasn’t given $200,000. He used a tactic that was typically implemented by terrorists during that era, to extort money for himself.

This doesn’t happen very often, and there really isn’t a logical reason why. You’d think that with all of the deranged and desperate people in the world, and with the way the media loves to focus on terrorist attacks and mass shootings, that more criminals would get this idea in their heads and try it out. Fortunately that’s not the case, and these types of incidents are extremely rare. Still, let’s hope that this isn’t the beginning of a new trend.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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4 Hidden Dangers Of Winter That Can Kill You

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4 Hidden Dangers Of Winter That Can Kill You

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Even for the seasoned outdoorist, it’s good to review wintertime safety protocols so that they are fresh in your mind.

Too often we become relaxed, believing that nothing bad will happen to us. Yet things don’t always go as planned, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here are four wintertime safety and awareness issues that everyone should keep in mind.

1. Watch out for black ice.

Black ice is ice hidden under the snow. It can be on roads, walkways, steps or even in your yard where the ground is hard. Fresh snow can create the illusion that it is safe to walk on it. An unexpected fall on ice can lead to serious injuries – and if you hit your head, even death.

Sometimes, though, walking on ice in unavoidable. If so, walk like a penguin. Yes, a penguin! Waddling like a penguin allows you to maintain balance by centering your upper body over your legs. Simply hold your arms out at your sides, keep your feet shoulder distance apart, and take small, waddling steps. Remember to breathe and to stay limber, as well. If you do fall, keeping limber can protect your body from injury, as being too stiff can make injuries worse. Also, try to land on your bum or upper thighs where you have more padding, as opposed to trying to stop the fall with your hands, which can result in fractures or breaks.

2. Know the signs of frostbite.

Frostnip is the tingling feeling that happens first, and it is a warning sign that your body parts are becoming too cold. When you feel tingling in your fingers, hands, toes, feet, nose or ears, it is a sign that you need to warm up. If you ignore the signs, it can lead to frostbite. During this first stage, you will notice redness, and it might be painful, but permanent damage will not occur as long as you take action.

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4 Hidden Dangers Of Winter That Can Kill You

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Frostbite begins when your skin becomes numb and starts to turn pale, or even white. You may start to feel warm, but this is not a good sign at this stage because it is an adverse reaction to the frostbite. If not treated immediately, the skin of the affected body parts will start to die and will turn black.

As your body tries to fight the frostbite, you may experience intense shivering, loss of coordination, slurred speech and drowsiness. It is imperative to seek warmth and emergency help as soon as possible.

3. Monitor carbon monoxide levels.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas. Without taking proper measures, you will not know it is present until it is too late. Therefore, it is imperative to keep a carbon monoxide detector in your home and any other place where you use a heat source.

Carbon monoxide can be produced from a natural gas or wood fireplace, as well as from kerosene and similarly fueled heaters. A good way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to have your equipment checked each season and ensure there is proper ventilation.

Here are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • A dull headache.
  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Vomiting.
  • Confusion.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Don’t let these symptoms fool you into thinking you simply have the flu, especially if you use one of the heat sources mentioned. Get outside immediately in the fresh air. Call 911 as soon as possible and have your home and source tested for the leak.

4. Watch for the signs of hypothermia.

Don’t take shivering lightly. It could be a sign that your core body temperature is dropping. Shivering doesn’t mean you are in danger yet, however. You still have time to act. If the shivering becomes uncontrollable, more than likely hypothermia is setting in. It is imperative that you get to a warm place soon.

Know the signs of hypothermia:

  • You experience
  • You start to feel clumsy.
  • You begin to feel drowsy.
  • The shivering becomes uncontrollable.
  • The shivering stops
  • Your speech is slurred.
  • You notice you are making poor decisions.
  • Your energy levels are dropping fast.

Treatments for hypothermia:

  • Remove any wet clothing.
  • Keep moving. You need to raise your body temperature.
  • Move toward warmth and a shelter if possible.
  • Begin re-warming with dry clothing, blankets, heat packs or by a fire.
  • Drink hot liquids — but, not alcohol or caffeine, which can aid in heat loss.

Remember that other hazards are possible too, such as injuries from shoveling snow. Be smart, be aware, and do things as safely as possible.

It is better to be prepared for wintertime emergencies than not to be. You never know when you might find yourself in a survival situation.

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Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior) Growing Guide

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Common Deadly Water Purification Mistakes

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Filtration is important and sometimes is overlooked or abandoned completely because the water source looks clear, so this can be a serious mistake. Filtration is an important step in the purification process.

Micro waterborne cysts cannot be easily seen by the naked eye, and these cysts can harbor bacteria. Cysts can be best described as hard-shelled seedpods that can protect bacteria from destruction even when the water is boiled or chemically treated. The bacterium is protected until the cysts enter the stomach where digestive acids easily dissolve the shell releasing possibly harmful bacteria into the body.

There are various ways of filtering water and some methods are obviously more effective than others are, but any filtration is better than no filtering at all. Coffee filters, cheesecloth, cotton balls stuffed in a funnel neck, clean cotton cloth, sand, gravel, grasses, charcoal and clean soil can be used as filtering mediums.

The ideal method is when more than one filtering medium is used in layers. The mediums should be layered from coarse to fine so the bigger debris is filtered out first while the finer medium captures the micro-particles at the bottom of the filtering device just before dripping into a clean container.

If filtering is out of the question, you can let the debris settle and then slowly pour off the water leaving the debris at the bottom into a clean container for chemical purification or into a container for boiling.

Another mistake that is made is dipping a canteen into contaminated water and then chemically treating the water inside without ensuring the drink line (threads) and the cap are sanitized.

The ideal method is to collect water in one container then filter properly into a clean container prior to chemical treatment. If this is not possible, then treat the water using purification tablets or drops or by using household bleach. Once the chemical is in the water and you have shaken the canteen well open the cap and tip the canteen up to flush the threads and cap with the treated water. Then wait the prescribed time, which is usually 30 minutes. In some cases, certain tablets will require a longer wait period, so read the instructions that came with the purification tablets.

Below is the recommended amount of bleach for various volumes of water. The chart is courtesy of (The Clorox Company, 2017).

Bleach water purification
If the water you want to treat is cloudy even after filtration or you simply cannot filter it, then add twice the amount of bleach recommended above (The Clorox Company, 2017).

Bacteria and parasites can be destroyed at 145° F if the temperature is maintained for at least an hour. However, at 212° F bacteria is destroyed after one minute of rapid boiling.

One mistake that some make is assuming that by boiling water they will destroy or remove chemical toxins, poisons, and petroleum products from the water. This is not the case, so if your water source has an oil slick on top leave it alone.

If you use commercial grade activated charcoal as a filtering medium, you can remove certain pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and some petroleum products from the water, but this is not foolproof, so if you do suspect contaminates of this type it is best to leave the water alone.

Another mistake some make is assuming that boiling longer kills more bacteria. You do have to boil longer depending on your elevation, but unless you are on top of Mount Everest boiling longer than three minutes is just wasting water volume, because you can boil your water pot dry if you are not careful. If your water source is limited, you simply cannot let your water boil away.

As atmospheric pressure decreases, water boils at lower temperatures. At sea level, for example, water boils at 212 °F. For every 500-feet increase in elevation, the boiling point of water is lowered by just under 1 °F.

At 7,500 feet, for example, water boils at about 198 °F. Because water boils at a lower temperature at higher elevations, it must boil longer to achieve the same results as boiling at 212° F. Up to 10 minutes at the highest elevation, but three minutes is adequate in most cases.

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-18)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

Survival Medicine Hour: Anaphylaxis, Ear Infections, Hemorrhage

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Ear Anatomy

The Survival Medicine Hour, hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ brings you a few topics, including ear infections, bleeding control and the final part 3 of the allergy series: anaphylaxis. Monday, February 20, 2017 is President’s Day, but do you know about the pre-George Washington “Presidents”? Do you also know who held the presidential office twice, but not with consecutive terms?

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signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis

Severe allergic reactions may cause body-wide reactions called anaphylaxis that can be life-threatening. Although few die from simple allergic reactions, anaphylaxis is much more severe and, without quick intervention, the victim can die from respiratory or cardiac arrest. Having an epi-pen handy is advisable, although you can learn how to dose with epinephrine solution from a sterile vial.

 

Ear infections are fairly common in babies and children, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep your ear canal as dry as possible during and after swimming. Feed babies in a head-up position, to prevent formula or milk from entering the passages into the ear. Beware of early warning signs before the ear infection becomes severe, such as: pain and itching, drainage from the ear canal and redness and swelling in the ear canal. babies may tug at their ear.

 

Plus, an introduction to hemorrhage and its effects on the human body.

 

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/02/17/survival-medicine-hour-ear-infections-bleeding-anaphylaxis

 

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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Choosing The Best Rifle Scope For Survival

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When you’re in a sudden SHTF situation, a lot of things will probably go through your mind. Have you prepared enough? Do you have enough food? Does your family have enough protection? Do you have a plan? Will you survive? One of the most important things to consider if ever caught in a survival situation […]

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Prep Blog Review: 50+ Natural Heal-Anything Cures

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Without access to modern pharmaceuticals and medical care, your own life and the lives of your loved ones will be at risk in the aftermath of a disaster.

Your health should be number one priority in a survival situation, and when it comes to medical preparation for a post-disaster scenario, natural remedies are the safest way to go.

For this week’s Prep blog Review I’ve gathered five articles on this topic. From plants and herbs you can grow in your own garden, or even indoors, to natural ingredients you stockpile in your pantry I present you 50+ natural heal-anything remedies.

1. 7 Heal-Anything Medicinal Plants You Can Grow Indoors

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“There is absolutely nothing like having fresh medicinal plants that you can pick and use right on the spot, when you need them.

Plus, you can dry them, and then use a mortise and pestle to grind them and encapsulate your own medicinal plants. You know they were never sprayed with pesticides. And you know all about the nutrients that were fed to them.

You can grow them in decorative planters in the kitchen if you have the lighting for it.”

Read more on Off The Grid News.

2. 5 More Useful Plants for Herbal First Aid

“Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) – Mullein is well known as an ingredient in topical oils meant for the ears, but it’s a good plant to have on hand for a number of other things. For respiratory support, it’s traditionally used for dry, irritated coughs where there may be a feeling of tightness in the lungs. It’s also very useful as a muscular and skeletal support herb! Part of this is because mullein has a reputation for being very lubricating for joints and tissues, and it was traditionally thought of as a pain relief herb especially suited for cramps, spasms, and physical injuries. It’s a lymphatic herb that supports the immune system.
Herbal Actions: expectorant, demulcent, antispasmodic, vulnerary, lymphatic”

Read more on Indie Herbalist.

3. 5 Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants

oregon_grape_forage“The crippling pain of a toothache can occur at inconvenient times – perhaps when far from your dentist or even your emergency first aid kit.

Because of the potentially intense pain and potentially critical health concerns associated with a tooth infection, wild herbs to treat toothache is an important category of medicinals to become familiar with in preparation for emergencies in the bush.”

Read more on Survival Cache.

4. 46 Effective Home Remedies and Natural Cures for UTI

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“Here’s a sad health fact: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is the 2nd most common infection in the body. According to NIDDK, there are at least 8 MILLION cases of UTI every year!

This inspired me to come up with this MASSIVE and IN-DEPTH article about Urinary Tract Infection which includes a visual how-to guide about 46+ home remedies for UTI.

I encourage you to learn about UTI, know its causes and symptoms, then dive right into the comprehensive and informative list of remedies that you can definitely apply at home!”

Read more on Ultimate Home Remedies.

5. Emergency Wound Care: When All You Have Is In Your Pantry

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“Without access to hospitals and emergency medical care during off-grid emergencies, a simply infection from wounds can become life-threatening. Having knowledge of alternative medical treatments using natural wound therapies could save a life.

Years ago, the Mrs. and I made a major move.  We had a specific timetable to adhere to, and as we were moving ourselves, efficiency was the word that exemplified our overall goals.

About an hour before we were going to batten down the hatches and hit the road, she slipped and slammed her shin on the edge of the moving van’s bumper: a combination of a laceration and abrasion, as well as potential for a broken bone.”

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What Are You Waiting For To Be Prepared

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What are you waiting for to be prepared? Maybe you are prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel. Maybe you are prepared with 72-hour kits. Here’s the deal, whatever you have done to be prepared for the unexpected you need to pat yourself on the back. I’m now getting requests to speak at preparedness groups for the month of September. You may or may not realize that September is designated as National Preparedness Month. I think people are starting to realize that it doesn’t have to be a major disaster for you to consider being better prepared. Being prepared is having the tools you need when you need them. Those tools could be water, food, skills, a garden, or at least know how to garden. Please get prepared with the necessities your family needs today, not tomorrow.

If we have a major disruption in our communities our grocery stores will become empty very quickly. Trust me, I have seen empty store shelves. Now I drive to local stores to take pictures of the empty shelves after a minor disruption here so I can share that information with my readers in hopes they get the vision of why being prepared is important. I don’t need anything, I just want to be aware of what the stores will look like when we have floods, damaged roads that are closed from too much rain, fires or other disruptive events.

What are you waiting for:

If you can take one night a month, or one night every quarter at the very minimum, and make a plan with your family for evacuations, I would love it. You don’t have to make it a scary experience, just explain where you can meet, what to do and where to go if you are separated. Can you imagine your child walking home from school and an earthquake starts rumbling? If you have a plan they will know what to do and where to go. Will they be scared, probably, but not as scared if you had never talked about a plan after the disaster hits your community. If the family is home, hurray, but that isn’t always the case, and you may still need to evacuate the whole family. This past week over 200,000 people we forced to evacuate an area down river from an overfilled dam that was showing damage from recent storms. That was in California, north of Sacramento. Those people couldn’t return home for at least two days. I’m sure most of those people never thought they’d have to leave the safety of their own homes. I wonder how many had their 72-hour kits with them as they drove out of the driveway?

Sometimes people have to hear it over and over again to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe they read about the floods in other areas of the country and it hits them they better get their act together to be prepared to evacuate. Or at least have some water stored and food with a can opener. I can eat food out of a can if I have a can opener. My suggestion is to get at least two can openers. If one breaks you have a spare. I have to laugh, I was teaching a food storage class and one lady said I don’t own a can opener. I was shocked, who doesn’t own a can opener? I asked her how she was going to open the #10 can food items she has stored. She mainly buys fresh meat and vegetables for her meals. I bet she has a can opener now. Life is good if we have a can opener and a plan. KitchenAid Can Opener, Red

Here are a few items that would help you get through a short-term disaster:

  1. Water, we can’t survive without water and I will not be standing in lines to get a case of water at the city or county buildings after our water lines are broken or our local water supplies become contaminated. Please store water.
  2. Food, I don’t care if it’s a few extra cans of beans, green beans or diced tomatoes in a can. Chili in cans would work, pancake mix, etc.
  3. Cooking devices, this is one of my favorites: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  4. Storing a few extra paper plates, cups and plastic silverware would be awesome so we don’t have to use our water to wash dishes.
  5. Learn to make crackers, tortillas or bread because if you have a jar of peanut butter, canned beans, canned veggies, and fruits you have a meal or two sitting in your pantry.
  6. Learn to cook from scratch, you can survive any disaster with those skills and a full pantry with baking items needed.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, you must take care of yourself and your family. The government can’t take care of everyone. Please be self-reliant, you can sleep at night if you are prepared. May God bless you and yours.

My favorite things:

My book is available worldwide in every bookstore and online everywhere.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

 

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What Are You Waiting For To Be Prepared

What are you waiting for to be prepared? Maybe you are prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel. Maybe you are prepared with 72-hour kits. Here’s the deal, whatever you have done to be prepared for the unexpected you need to pat yourself on the back. I’m now getting requests to speak at preparedness groups for the month of September. You may or may not realize that September is designated as National Preparedness Month. I think people are starting to realize that it doesn’t have to be a major disaster for you to consider being better prepared. Being prepared is having the tools you need when you need them. Those tools could be water, food, skills, a garden, or at least know how to garden. Please get prepared with the necessities your family needs today, not tomorrow.

If we have a major disruption in our communities our grocery stores will become empty very quickly. Trust me, I have seen empty store shelves. Now I drive to local stores to take pictures of the empty shelves after a minor disruption here so I can share that information with my readers in hopes they get the vision of why being prepared is important. I don’t need anything, I just want to be aware of what the stores will look like when we have floods, damaged roads that are closed from too much rain, fires or other disruptive events.

What are you waiting for:

If you can take one night a month, or one night every quarter at the very minimum, and make a plan with your family for evacuations, I would love it. You don’t have to make it a scary experience, just explain where you can meet, what to do and where to go if you are separated. Can you imagine your child walking home from school and an earthquake starts rumbling? If you have a plan they will know what to do and where to go. Will they be scared, probably, but not as scared if you had never talked about a plan after the disaster hits your community. If the family is home, hurray, but that isn’t always the case, and you may still need to evacuate the whole family. This past week over 200,000 people we forced to evacuate an area down river from an overfilled dam that was showing damage from recent storms. That was in California, north of Sacramento. Those people couldn’t return home for at least two days. I’m sure most of those people never thought they’d have to leave the safety of their own homes. I wonder how many had their 72-hour kits with them as they drove out of the driveway?

Sometimes people have to hear it over and over again to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe they read about the floods in other areas of the country and it hits them they better get their act together to be prepared to evacuate. Or at least have some water stored and food with a can opener. I can eat food out of a can if I have a can opener. My suggestion is to get at least two can openers. If one breaks you have a spare. I have to laugh, I was teaching a food storage class and one lady said I don’t own a can opener. I was shocked, who doesn’t own a can opener? I asked her how she was going to open the #10 can food items she has stored. She mainly buys fresh meat and vegetables for her meals. I bet she has a can opener now. Life is good if we have a can opener and a plan. KitchenAid Can Opener, Red

Here are a few items that would help you get through a short-term disaster:

  1. Water, we can’t survive without water and I will not be standing in lines to get a case of water at the city or county buildings after our water lines are broken or our local water supplies become contaminated. Please store water.
  2. Food, I don’t care if it’s a few extra cans of beans, green beans or diced tomatoes in a can. Chili in cans would work, pancake mix, etc.
  3. Cooking devices, this is one of my favorites: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  4. Storing a few extra paper plates, cups and plastic silverware would be awesome so we don’t have to use our water to wash dishes.
  5. Learn to make crackers, tortillas or bread because if you have a jar of peanut butter, canned beans, canned veggies, and fruits you have a meal or two sitting in your pantry.
  6. Learn to cook from scratch, you can survive any disaster with those skills and a full pantry with baking items needed.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, you must take care of yourself and your family. The government can’t take care of everyone. Please be self-reliant, you can sleep at night if you are prepared. May God bless you and yours.

My favorite things:

My book is available worldwide in every bookstore and online everywhere.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

 

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Free Speech, but Only if You’re a Leftist

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With the presently overwhelming surge of “multi-culturalism”, feminism, gay “rights”, and all other forms of “social justice,” one might seem justified in thinking that freedom was expanding in the United States.  One might think that the free exchange of ideas was increasing, not only with the “social justice” movement, but also with the ever-increasing amount of information that is available to an ever-increasing amount of people through the internet and social media.

One might even think that with the amount of profanity on the radio, sex on TV and violence in video games, that censorship is decreasing, or even possibly dead. But despite these understandable assumptions, nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact is, that censorship in the West is at an all-time high.  People censor themselves, sometimes without even knowing it, in order to avoid the social stigma of being hateful in some form or another.  The major media organizations that flood our consciousness with a constant supply of “information” are censoring anything that does not agree with the ideology those who control them want to promote, or that threatens their objectives.

European countries, Canada, Australia, and even America are all passing laws that directly target speech they feel threatened by.

But why?  And why are all the things that would be traditionally censored in Western society now being allowed to go unchecked?

Because those that are in control of institutions of academia, the media, and governments in the west are purposefully attempting to bring about the destruction of Western civilization and put us under their complete control in a Marxist society ruled by a dictatorship they control or are benefited by.  That’s a pretty bold statement, I know.  Some are undoubtedly going to be skeptical, so let’s look at the evidence for my assertion.

First, it’s important to note that Marx and Engels wanted to put the entire world under communist rule, which would require abolishing national sovereignty.  They recognized that there would be resistance to this, by those that were in control of the capitalist system that they sought to topple, and by those they felt were enslaved by it.  They believed, or at least professed to believe, that the reasons why most working class people in a capitalist system would resist their goals was because of conditioning throughout their life beginning at birth.

This conditioning would start at birth because they would be raised in a family, being cared for, or psychologically traumatized by, depending upon your beliefs, their parents.  This experience would inculcate in them a belief and acceptance of a hierarchal system.  They somehow failed to notice that every socialist country to ever exist brutally suppressed its people.  But then again, they didn’t have the benefit of history that we have now.

They also believed, and with good reason, that those same parents that were traumatizing their children while caring for them and raising them would also instill into them the values that they believed in themselves.  Namely, moral values stemming from a belief in God.

These values were unacceptable to Marx and Engels.  They recognized that if they wanted to bring about the end of capitalism they were going to have to bring about the end of the family and of religion.  They talked about this in Chapter 2 of The Communist Manifesto, where they state that abolishment of the family is an “infamous proposal of the Communists”, that “the working men have no country”, and also, that  “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis”.

So without even needing to get to the third chapter, we see that communists want to destroy religion, the family, countries, and national borders.  Do we see any of this being promoted in academia, the media, and by the state with descent being censored?

Let’s take a look at the first, and perhaps the most ironic area that we see Marxist values being promoted and everything else being censored: academia.

Just days ago a pro-life student’s group was denied official status at Strathclyde University in Scotland. Why? The pro-life students were told that the University was concerned that the pro-life students would “harass” and “intimidate” other students.

Across the pond in America, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, angry pro-choice feminists destroyed a display created by pro-life students. Rather than reprimand vandals, the university’s democratic society praised the violent action by the feminists.  Somehow this wasn’t seen as intimidation or harassment.  A similar incident took place at Southern Methodist University in Texas, and a similar response was given.

Of course, that’s just religion, or arguably family, which is not the same as wanting to destroy national sovereignty.  Surely students these days appreciate national sovereignty since they want the government to pay for their student loans, right?

Wrong. From South Carolina high schools to UC Irvine, the American flag has been attacked by students and faculty.  Matthew Guevara of UC Irvine claimed that seeing the American flag at school made some students feel so uncomfortable that they didn’t even want to go inside. He says it represents “hate speech”.  He received support from his fellow students, 60% of them. One might wonder how these same students feel about the Mexican flag which is so often seen at anti-Trump protests?

Moving on, conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannapoulus have been banned from multiple college campuses across America.  The reason given for both of them is “hate speech”.  For those that don’t know, Ben Shapiro is a practicing Jew living in America, and Milo Yiannapoulus is a practicing homosexual living in the UK, so they both belong to groups of people who are typically the recipients of “hate speech”.

They are both conservative though, that’s what makes them hateful.  Both of them regularly expose the lies of the wage gap, Islam as a peaceful religion, and “white privilege”, which is what leftist use to replace the communist nomenclature “bourgeois” with these days.

This is why the left must support Black Lives Matter and Islam, because they are not Western white movements, they oppose Western values and they are deleterious to the fabric of Western society.  Anyone that exposes the truth that blacks in America are 200 times more likely to violently attack a white person than a white is to attack a black person is not fond of statistical analysis, they are racists.

Likewise, anyone that asks why Muslim immigrants are being shoveled into areas that the native population doesn’t want them is a white nationalist.  Both accusations have been hurled at Shapiro and Yiannapoulus, which is hilarious given that they are so antitypical for conservatives according to the leftist narrative that says Jews and gays would never think that way, only racist whites.

Ben Stein made a documentary entitled “Expelled:  No Intelligence Allowed”, in which he makes the clear case that anyone who dares to deviate from a hard line stance that Darwinian theory is unquestionably true will be fired and black listed.

To be clear, I’m not talking about professors bringing in the Bible and teaching from Genesis that God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden on the sixth day.  I’m talking about professors and highly credentialed educators that have been fired simply for suggesting that Darwinian theory is inadequate as a scientific theory to fully explain the origin of life.  Marxists can’t allow God into the picture.

But those not currently attending college are not immune from the forced feeding of leftist propaganda and the censoring of everything else.  Anyone that is ever exposed to any mainstream media, including social media is immediately bombarded with Marxist ideology repackaged as intellectual progressive thinking, or political correctness.

Every major media outlet in America, CNN, MSNBC, and to a lesser extent Fox News, called now president elect Donald Trump a racist for wanting to build a wall on America’s southern border.  Never mind that Mexican is a nationality and not a race, or that Mexicans are largely the descendants of Europeans that slaughtered the natives, national borders are not racist.  But, they are detrimental to communist goals, as Marx and Engel stated, “the working men have no country”.

These days, entertainers have a loud voice that can give them powerful influence, even if the public doesn’t know where they got their ideas from.  Bill Nye, “the science guy” has said that people who deny that anthropogenic climate change is a reality should be imprisoned.  “Anthropogenic” being the key word there, because it’s not enough that one is willing to entertain the idea that the climate could be changing, one has to accept as absolute truth that humans are responsible for it and accept the UN’s proposed solutions in order to satisfy the left.

Why?  Because all of the suggested solutions to fight climate change, which may or may not be happening, and may or may not be caused by humans if it is happening, and may or may not be a bad thing if it is both happening and being caused by humans, all of their solutions are Marxist.

They want to limit private ownership, even completely abolish private property, of course the state has to be given unlimited powers to do this, and all resources will be rationed to the humans that are allowed to live by this new god-like state.

But what about social media?  You can always voice your opinion on Facebook or Twitter right?  Sure, and as long as your opinions are Marxist, nobody will censor them. But if they’re not?

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was caught on a “hot mic” telling leftist German leader Angela Merkel that they (Facebook) are working on censoring posts that voiced criticism of the massive “wave of Syrian refugees” flooding into Germany and other European nations.  But posts calling for the death of white police officers can be found in abundance.  Apparently that’s not “hate speech”.

In fairness, in a free society based on Western values, corporations should be free to say whatever they want to say, to promote whatever ideals those who run those corporations have, and to censor ideals that oppose theirs.  But are nations themselves, Western nations, really promoting Marxism and censoring descent by force through the rule of law and not just asking Facebook to do it?  Yes!

Canada has passed “hate speech” laws that seem to only be enforced or reported on when the victim is Muslim or homosexual.  The vast majority of these crimes fall under the category of “mischief” and are not violent attacks but usually involve passing out literature or holding signs that offend someone.

Because Canada is so concerned with offending people based on their religion that they passed laws prohibiting homeschooling parents (who tend to be overwhelmingly Christian) from teaching their children that homosexuality is morally wrong, and of course homosexuality and the transgender lifestyle is being promoted in the public schools.

It has been deemed to be “hateful” to suggest that a man who thinks he is a woman is mentally ill, thus thinking that one is a gender other than the one that they are is not treated medically as mental illness.  Yet, there is no group with a higher suicide rate than transexuals, only the severely mentally ill have comparable rates.

But, this is blamed on “hate speech” all over again and we are told that the suicides are a result of persecution.  Even though blacks who were enslaved and Jews in the holocaust had lower suicide rates.  So, these people’s mental illness goes untreated in the name of “love”.  Not because Marxist care at all about LGBT folks, but because they want to promote anything that erodes at the family unit.

Australia has passed laws making it a crime to speak out against Islam.  Some might suggest that I am being misleading and the law says that it is a crime to vilify anyone because of their religion and that someone would be prosecuted for vilifying a Christian too.

Well, what did Australian Prime Minister Malcomb Turnbull say?  He said, “It is important for us to promote and encourage Islam.”  Is this because Turnbull loves Muslims?  Doubtful, it’s more likely because Turnbull likes anything that threatens western values and western society and gives him a moral guise to cover for his attack on free speech which would be critical of his government.

Sometimes the censorship isn’t done officially, or legally, and then officially denied.  With words that are politically inconvenient connotations can just be edited out as though they never existed.  And where is this sort of censorship being performed?  North Korea in foreign media that is critical of dictatorships?

Maybe, but I was thinking more along the lines of earlier this year when the White House (Dan’s note: under Obama) “edited” the audio of French president Hollande in order to remove the words “Islamic terrorism” from the English translation of the French president’s remarks, and then they claimed that it was a technical difficulty. So when events don’t match your narrative, just edit them so they are little less inconvenient.

Ironically enough, after selectively editing White House audio, the most frightening case of state based censorship becoming the law of the land is taking shape right now in America.  After Wikileaks released John Podesta’s emails, a theory developed that there was a code in some of these emails that substituted words that would have had clear pedophiliac meaning with words about food.

Of course, these accusations are denied, well sort of, they aren’t even addressed directly so in a way they aren’t being denied.  Instead, Hilary Clinton and most of the talking heads on corporate news stations are calling for “private and public” action to prevent the spread of “fake news”.

Now, let’s just say that “Pizzagate” isn’t true and that Podesta and the Clintons are not perverts of the worst kind, who is going to be put in charge of determining what is real and what is fake?  For those that read Orwell’s 1984, you would know that the Ministry of Truth will handle that.  And that is the obvious conclusion to Clinton advocating for public action to prevent “fake news”.  That means that the state will determine what is true and what is false, along with corporate news of course.

But don’t worry comrade, things have always been like this! They aren’t getting worse, cops kill more blacks than whites even though the CDC’s statistics say otherwise, homosexuality and transgender lifestyles are healthy even though they have astronomical suicide rates. Multiculturalism will be a boost to European economies, Islam is a religion of peace, climate change is happening and your property is the cause of it (even though the evidence has been falsified as with “climate gate”).

There is no God, and therefore no basis for morals, but we still need to be concerned about the plight of everyone the left tells us to be concerned with (especially polar bears). Western society is evil, even though Western values are always used as a measurement of how evil Western society is, and no other society is ever presented as a viable alternative.

And Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia.

Body armor life saving tactical gear!

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Is Prepping a Monkey On Your Back?

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At one time or another, every prepper on the planet has asked themselves whether they have taken things too far. Has their passion for preparedness gone too far? Has it taken over daily life in such a way that every trip to the store involves scouting out that perfect something for when the poop hits the fan? How do you determine whether being prepared is an addiction, an obsession, a chore, or simply smart living? Has prepping become a monkey on your back?

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