Weekly Watchman & Current Events – June 5, 2018

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CURRENT EVENTS AND BIBLE PROPHECY

– PREPPED & AWARE!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

IN THIS WEEK’S WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Unhitched and Unhinged″ – 6/3/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 3, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Special update from the Israeli-Syrian border– June 4, 2018.
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – Distraction, Deception, Then Destruction – June 3, 2018
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – WHAT IS BIBLE PROPHECY?– 6/3/18
  • Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 5/31/18
  • Jason A –This Video will Expose Everything! (2018-2019)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Unhitched and Unhinged″ – 6/3/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 3, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Special update from the Israeli-Syrian border– June 4, 2018.

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – Distraction, Deception, Then Destruction – June 3, 2018

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – WHAT IS BIBLE PROPHECY?– 6/3/18

 

Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 5/31/18

 

Jason A –This Video will Expose Everything! (2018-2019)

 

Peace,
Todd

Bugging OUT is for REAL

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I’ve written some articles in the past and shot some video related to bugging out, there are always the naysayers who scoff at the idea.  I think what needs to be understood is that the concept of bugging out needs to be kept in context, I’m not talking about some fantasy out of a prepper book where one narrowly avoids government opporession and with $200 of REI gear heads to the woodline to foster a community and live off the land.  Um….right.  What I AM talking about is the fire that’s burning approximately 2 miles from my location and the level 1 evacuation emergency that has just been put out by local officials.  Mostly likely this 2+ acre fire (which I believe was started by lightning) will be contained, I count 2 helicopters, 2 airplanes and who knows how many are on the ground currently.  Yet, there could be a real need to pick up and leave in a short amount of time, hence….a bugout.

Currently around the country there are many who have faced bugout situations, some on much shorter notice than others.  Hurricanes coming up through the center of the country, massive flooding on the east coast and oh by the way a volcanic eruption still ongoing in Hawaii.  Get your stuff, get out and you may or may not be able to come back to your home.  Decisions must be made, what’s important and what’s not, how much space and time do you really have.  Will roads be closed and are there alternate routes, where is the final destination and much more.  Having stated all that here are a few considerations I’ve come up with, this is not an all inclusive list.

Bugout Considerations

  • Tiered bugout strategy, by that I mean have a 1 day, 1 hour, 5 min strategy to get out.  This is all time driven.
  • Have essentials pre-staged or at least identified, know what you need to take…what you want to take…and what gets left behind.
  • Yet another reason why you never park your vehicle with less than 1/2 a tank of gas in it just in case
  • Talk through with your family what to do if everyone is home, everyone is not or you are split up
  • Rally point primary and alternate (where are you bugging out to)
  • Consider a safe deposit box at a local bank for critical documents just in case you are not home and can’t get out what you need
  • Rehearse and validate load plans, do all of those containers actually fit in the back of your SUV along with the dog(s) and other items?
  • Sign up via your smart phone for text alerts from local agencies, this is helpful in many instances

There are more considerations but those are just a few, please feel free to add your own in the comment section.  I think more than anything we just need to acknowledge that, driven mostly by natural events / distasters, the need to bugout could certainly arise and we mut be prepared.  I’m happy to report that in my instance the smoke seems to have died down but the planes and helo’s are stilly flying, hopefully it will be all contained in a few hours.

 

Hurricane Season Begins This Week. Start your Survival Kit Now!

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The year 2017 was a monumental year for hurricanes, among other serious disasters. It was an ugly scene. I called it the year of the prepper and I think that still holds pretty true. The big question was whether or not people would heed the warnings of 2017 and start putting more a priority on …

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Squash Vine Borer: Protecting Your Food Crops From These Pests

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The squash vine borer is not common along the west coast, but for the majority of the United States it’s a common pest. The larvae burrow deep into the soft vines of zucchini or summer squash and kill off the plant. Today I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the lifecycle of these … Read more

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Part of the Deep State / globalist / NWO Plot Is to Bad Mouth Capitalism and Replace With a Worse ‘Ism

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  • An all out attack on Capitalism is underway.    The globalists who pretty effectively co-opted what used to be a left leaning democratic party have swung the narrative.     They have convinced marginalized millenials that somehow socialism is “good”.    Even though the same millenials have no idea what socialism is.
     
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    Note “Usury” is basically getting interest for loaned money or other resources. 
     
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    Usury…I had a feel for the hidden usury and capitalist skimming, and its much worse than the mere interest on your loan
    The incredible facts are these:
    1. In construction a whopping 75% of prices are related to costs for capital. Meaning that if we buy a new $100,000 home, $75,000 is lost to banks and other financiers.
    2. When we buy the house with a mortgage, we will not only pay $100,000 for the house, but an additional $150,000 in interest over 30 years.
    3. So we pay a total of $250,000 for a house that actually costs no more than $25,000 to build.
    That means, all else being equal, you work to build 10 houses and only end up with one house. This is not hyperbole, not hypothetical, not fake news. This is capitalism. The only reason its been working out is the increase in efficient manufacturing and ongoing exploitation
    go ahead stock, read about it, others will
    https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/usury-why-we-dont-build-cathedrals-these-days/

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    Usury..so all the people that didnt think about it or didnt have time to think about it now know what stock and razzz dont know, even though they claim THEY know and everybody else is a moron. This of course makes them look like morons, so if they care about reputation or anything they better wise up
    ‘So, you lose 40% (!!!!) of your disposable income to interest through prices.
    Interest is being payed by people borrowing money and received by people having loads of it. So it is per definition a wealth transfer from poor to rich.
    It transpires, that about 80% of the poorest people pay more interest than they receive to the richest 10%.’
    this is a capitalist success story;
    “In Germany the poorest 80% pay 1 billion Euros in interest to the richest 10% PER DAY. Yes, that’s right, one billion euros per day. That is a grand total of 365 billion euro’s per year. That is one seventh of German GDP and extrapolating this to America, the poorest 80% must be paying at least a trillion a year.
    https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/on-interest/

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    Can I use the fuck you meme? Well fuck the capitalist and his apologies, denials, lies and the millions of minions that support him.
    you people out there, you spend 3/4 of your working life supporting those rich capitalists who gain their entire wealth from YOU. Read and weep for your lost years, your wifes lost years, your childrens
    https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/budget-of-an-interest-slave-2/
    “Worse still: approximately half our own disposable income is lost to interest, on top of the taxes we pay. Combined interest + tax takes 75% of our gross income.”
    “It has been established that 45% of prices we pay are for interest on business loans or other capital costs. No less than 50% of taxes we pay go to servicing the National Debt and capital costs included in prices the Government pays”

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    capitalism and usury. Here its well laid out. Why capitalist usury is an unsustainable wrecking ball. And an obvious solution
    Margrit Kennedy
    http://www.converge.org.nz/evcnz/resources/money.pdf
    stock and razzz, Ive been over this in many different ways. You cant call me a blind purveyor of fake and preposterous idiocies if you dont read up. Thing is,,,other people WILL, and you will be left in the dust with your pants down

Appendix carry strikes again!

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Oh, it was just a few days ago when I posted about this.

Check out this new accident with AIWB carry posted over at The Truth about guns.

VIDEO: Holstered Pistol Discharges…Negligent or Accident?

Guys, its would be so easy to take the “personal preference” “do what works best for you” stance but I cant. I have to be honest and in all honesty I believe appendix carry is a terrible idea.
Sure, nothing is supposed to happen “when done right”, its supposed to be perfectly safe but guess what? People keep getting shot in the groin while carrying that way.

Why? Well my dear friends, because at the end of the day nothing, not even appendix carry, is perfect. When it comes to guns, If you are not planning for a worst case scenario when it comes to safety then you’re a walking tragedy waiting to happen.

Shoot enough and you’ll see people have not only negligent discharges but accidental discharges as well. No negligence involved, just human error. When that gun fires, when you hear a bang when you’re not supposed to, where do you want that gun to be pointing at?
Stay safe.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Free PDF: Tubular Plastic Methane Bio-Digester

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Tubular Plastic Methane Bio-Digester is a compendium of digesters used in Tanzania, Vietnam, Zimbabwe & China.  It was edited by John Furze of Denmark and was designed for the use of students, workers, research and production engineers and technicians, as well as for political decision-makers at all level. I am very interested in methane production for home use.  As it can easilly power cooking appliances and stationary internal combustion engines.  The author believes that for this tech to transfer from the third world to the first we need to start with the bag based systems.  He’s probably right, but I

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Don’t Forget The Many Off-The-Grid Benefits Of Baking Soda

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You can use baking soda to make brushes and combs fresh again.

Baking soda is unusual in that it’s inorganic. That just means that you cannot produce baking soda from anything that was ever living. Household odors consist mostly of organic oils. Therefore, baking soda works like a charm for getting rid of odors because the inorganic powder neutralizes them.

Dishwashing Delight. If you have hard water in your home and it leaves ugly spots on your dishes that you’ve run through the dishwasher, add a spoonful of soda to your next load. Your dishes will come out spot-free.

Cleaning Grout. A simple paste of three parts of baking soda and one part water is all you need. Nonetheless, make a new mixture each time you plan to attack the space between your tiles.

Clean A Messy Brush. To make brushes and combs fresh again, soak them in a mixture of 1-quart hot water and 2 tablespoons baking soda for an hour. Then, rinse and enjoy your like-new brushes.

Smelly Suitcases. Is your suitcase a bit musty? The night before packing, pour a cup of baking soda in it, close it and shake. In the morning, vacuum up the soda and the smell should be gone.

Get Rid Of Stains Before They Start. Keep some on hand, and if your baby spits up, sprinkle baking soda on the spot to neutralize odors and absorb the spill before it sets. Moreover, soda works well for grease splatters on clothes as well. Rub into the grease spot to absorb as much grease as possible. This will make it harder for stains to set and will soak up a lot of the grease before it works its way into the fibers of your clothes.

Cleaning Your Garden Greens. To clean up your spinach, Swiss chard, or any other leafy vegetable, fill a large bowl with some fresh water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Next, move the vegetables around in the water, soaking them for three minutes, then rinse. The result? Almost all of the dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl and your greens will be clean.

Tobacco Killer. Get rid of stubborn odors and stains from cigarettes by adding a half a cup of baking soda to the wash cycle when doing your laundry.

Cleaning Paint. What’s the easiest way to remove crayon, pencil, ink, and furniture scuffs from painted surfaces? Just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub clean, and rinse.

Scuff Remover. To remove scuff marks left on your floor by dark-soled shoes, rub some baking soda into the spot with a wet rag. They will virtually disappear.

Cleaning Blenders And Food Processors. If dried on food gets stuck in the blades of your blender or food processor, baking soda can help. Add 1 tablespoon of soda along with 1 cup warm water to the bowl, put the lid on, and blend for 10-15 seconds. Then, wash as usual.

Fire Prevention. Because baking soda creates carbon dioxide, it’s a useful substance to have around where there are flammable chemicals or grease. Keep a package handy and throw the soda on the fire in case of emergency. It will prevent oxygen from feeding the flames.

Air Freshener For Carpets. A mixture of equal parts baking soda and cornstarch can be sprinkled on a smelly carpet or rug to freshen it up. Sprinkle it on at night, then vacuum up the powder in the morning and the smell should be gone.

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How To Make Dirty Water Crystal Clear With A Simple Survival Still

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Making your own survival still is a simple and efficient water filtration solution.

Making a simple survival still is not an extremely complicated task. Even the old-fashioned and low-tech devices can take undrinkable and foul-smelling water, even ocean water, and turn it into safe drinking water.

When Louis and Clark spent years exploring what was to become the United States as we know it today, the explorers often garnered their drinking water straight from the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The pair likely just used wood barrels to hold their liquid, letting the silt drift to the bottom and drinking the cleaner water on top. Unfortunately our rivers, streams and creeks are mostly far too polluted for us to drink as Louis and Clark did.

A lightweight simple survival still is fairly portable and provides peace of mind during a long-term emergency or for daily use at an off-the-grid homestead. There is a “watering trough” in my little hometown in rural Ohio that folks come from miles and miles around to fill up their jugs and barrels. Although the local health department maintains that the water from the spring-fed source in the hill is not safe to drink, residents pushing 100 have ingested no other type of water their entire lives. Maybe we just got lucky and have one of the few clean, openly flowing watering holes left in the state.

But staking your life and the lives of your loved ones on luck during a survival scenario could surely spell nothing but doom and gloom. Knowing your water and routinely testing the sources available around your home in advance will help you determine what type of contaminants it contains, and this will help you stockpile the right kind of filter to keep you safe. A simple still at your homestead or retreat is a good start, but follow the backup rule and carry a portable water filtration system with you when in the woods, at work, and in your vehicle.

Ultra Efficient Water Filter Fits In Your Pocket!

People most commonly use copper in still-making. The attractive and shiny material is not cheap, and commercially purchased stills can run into the several thousand dollar range. For our simple still, aluminum will do the trick just fine.

Simple Still Supplies

  • A 5-gallon plastic bucket
  • Aluminum pot with a firm-fitting lid
  • Power drill
  • 3/8 inch drill bit
  • 1/8 inch drill bit
  • A cooking thermometer
  • Hot glue gun and sticks – rated for high temperatures
  • Metal file
  • Teflon tape
  • 20-foot-long refrigerator coil
  • Ice
  • A consistent heat source such as a house stove, wood stove, or a well-regulated fire
  • Two 3/8-inch compression adapters from the plumbing section in the hardware store

How To Make A Simple Survival Still

Using the power drill and the 1/8 inch drill bit, drill a hole in the aluminum pot lid a few inches in from the edge lip of the lid.

Wrap the thermometer with the Teflon tape in order to create an airtight seal. Make sure that you slide the thermometer snugly through the hole and sit it flush on the lid. In addition, you can use some of the high-temperature hot glue to help secure the measuring device even more securely in place after you situate it in the hole drilled in the top of the aluminum lid. You must use high-temp hot glue because the glue will ultimately come into contact with the steam from the still. This type of glue stick has a melting point higher than that of water. You can also use high-temperature resins and silicone when making the simple still.

Using the 3/8 inch drill bit, put a second hole in the lid. This hole should be opposite of the hole drilled for the thermometer. If necessary, use the 1/8 inch drill bit to do a starter hole for the larger bit. Use sandpaper or a metal file to lightly file off any rough edges left around the hole. Such “burrs” could pose a problem when the compression fitting is inserted.

Insert the compression fitting into the 3/8 inch hole drilled in the lid of the simple still. Place the threaded male nut of the fitting into the opening by twisting it through the lid from the bottom. The fitting might wiggle around a bit, but that is alright. The ferrule part of the coil looks like a grommet and aids in creating an airtight connection with both the male and female ends of the nuts.

Screw the male-threaded nut poking out from the lid onto the female-threaded nut. Make sure to secure firmly.

Use the 1/8 drill bit to start a hole in the 5-gallon bucket. The hole should be about two inches from the bottom base of the bucket. Now use the 3/8 inch drill bit to widen the original hole.

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Screw the male-threaded nut on the compression fitting into the bucket. Secure the fitting into place as before to create an airtight fit.

Make sure that the refrigerator coil attachment is still firmly affixed. Reshape the coil to the best fit by coiling it by hand or around an object temporarily slid between the coils – like a paper towel roll. Press down upon the coil rings to “collapse” them into the desired fit.

Attach the unused coil end to the bucket to complete your simple still. You should allow the device to dry for several days before utilizing it to cleanse drinking water.

Use the high temperature hot glue, resin, or silicone to seal the compression fitting to the lid. The fitting needs to be airtight to prohibit steam from leaking through the lid. Put the adhesive on both the outside and inside of the hole around the fitting.

Grab the refrigerator coil and place the female-threaded end of the nut around the end of the coil.

That’s it. You now have a simple survival still that can filter just about any type of water.

Have you ever built a still for drinking water? Tell us your tips in the comments section below. 

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Staying Battle Ready With Your Handgun

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Staying battle ready with your handgun is a crucial survival skill set that must be practiced continually to ensure success.

We all think we can defend ourselves with a handgun of choice, as though we won’t panic. It’s as if we will have a cool head, muscle memory, clear thinking, and a steady hand.  But when it comes to possibly taking another’s life, there usually isn’t time for deliberation. The most important decision you will make is how you prepare, practice, and train yourself prior to an event ever happening. Listed below are some interesting and helpful drills meant to aid you in staying battle ready in the case such an event occurs.

The Trigger Job

This simple task is about familiarizing your firearm to your hand AND breaking in the springs, trigger, and slide. Essentially, you will rack the slide and pull the trigger without any ammunition or magazine in the firearm.  Do this while you are sitting on the couch, watching the game, or listening to the news.  What you are doing is becoming familiar with the gun and learning the repetitive motions of racking the slide and approaching the trigger with your trigger finger.

Not only will you get a feel for your gun, but you will “season” it, break it in, and your hands will function naturally when behind the gun as a result of the repetition.  Repeat the process 3,000-10,000 times.  Sound excessive?  As long as you are not using the magazine in the gun, or a rimfire, you are not hurting the gun in any significant fashion.  Still worried? Use a snap cap. After 3,000 turns with this cycle, you cannot even imagine the control you will have over the slide and the feel of the trigger on your trigger finger. These are all positive outcomes for someone who is looking at staying battle ready.

Keep Your Handgun Locked and Loaded, Ready for Instant Use, Without Fear of An Accident…

Finger Control

Try setting a penny on the front sight of the firearm and steady your hand so that you can pull the trigger without tipping the balanced coin off the top of it.  Take your time: learn the trigger feel and know what to expect with your gun.  The extra time you take in staying battle ready will give you a better opportunity to know your trigger and build your finger dexterity. The slower and more precise you are with this action, the better you will be able to put a shot on target (the front sight can still be lined up with the rear notch). This is desirable from a practical standpoint, and the difference between this practice and the “trigger job” procedure is that you can build attenuation to the target in this practice.

Eventually, you will even be able to move the handgun around pretty far and pretty fast with a penny on the front sight and still keep from spilling it.  Having this kind of control and knowing exactly how much your trigger takes to fire a shot is immensely important. It’s the type of information and subconscious muscle control that would cost a ton of money if you were using live ammunition. The key to this exercise is to take extra time and use every bit of the process to stress muscle memory and feel.

De-Holstering

This is a big key for staying battle ready.  Knowing how to remove your gun from its holster in a variety of positions, under different stressful situations, and to accomplish different goals is of the utmost importance.  You will want to not only learn the natural position for un-holstering your handgun, but you will want to practice from seated positions, in your car, at your desk, etc. Knowing how to remove the firearm and come to stance will be very important.  Aside from knowing when to shoot and being psychologically prepared to defend your life, knowing how to remove a weapon from a holster will be the next most important thing.  Snags, positioning on the holster, and a host of other things that might keep you from cleanly removing your gun from your holster are issues that need to be ironed out in private without outside influences and without stress.

Shoulder holster, inside the waistband, ankle holster or even a non-concealed or only partially concealed holster rig are each going to require different techniques and different muscle memory. Several hundred times per set are needed. I would make it a habit to spend an hour a week at minimum on this process until you can do it blindfolded while your spouse is shouting at the top of their lungs at you and you need to act quickly and come to the ready.  No, really: have someone shout at you and be disoriented with a blindfold and see how you do.  It’s necessary to train for scenarios that you normally wouldn’t simulate, as they will give you key practice for an unpredictable circumstance.  The repetition will make you a pro during bad situations.

Off-Hand Shooting

It’s pretty self-explanatory: get good at an unsupported stance, learn the sight picture, and learn how to index yourself to a given target.  Gain the proper muscle control to keep the gun steady and to hold the sights on target.  Be able to keep the sight picture steady during trigger pull. The extra dexterity and stabilization will shine through in your normal combat stance as you seek to advance your prospects of staying battle ready.

Weak Hand Shooting

This is the opposite of above, but you do it to accomplish the same goal.  Learn the sight picture differences, the depth perception changes, and the fatigue that come along with a weak hand shot.  Try to become as close to proficient in weak hand off-hand shooting as you are in off-hand shooting.  Try it with a penny balanced on the front sight. It will do wonders for you and help develop a calm and smoother draw and movement into full combat position.

Make Sure That You and Your Family Understands The Fundamentals of Gun Safety…

The Complete Process Repetition

This is the third most important task to master. It is only behind psychological preparedness and knowing when you will shoot and how to become ready for an intelligent shot and just behind the second most important part of de-holstering.  What you need to be able to accomplish is full recognition of a threat situation. Furthermore, you should be able to draw your weapon without incidence, and then be able to stay on target after making a fast site acquisition. Then, of course, you must learn to pull the trigger while maintaining sight picture, accuracy, and calm.

This is a harder routine than you might think if you are being super critical of yourself and running through it slowly.  You MUST be critical, and you MUST go through each motion several thousand times to become proficient. Do not be afraid that you look foolish practicing in a mirror or talking yourself through a complete process cycle. This is the one thing that will count when you are in a life-or-death situation and using your firearm to defend yourself. Be good at it, practice it often, do it slowly, and do it right the first time. This should be true even if it takes you two minutes and a storyboard or a checklist to ensure you are paying attention to details.

If you are practicing, you will know what to do. Your muscles will revert to their natural tendencies, and you should have no issue whatsoever staying battle ready. Moreover, you will be able to rely on the calm and peace of mind that comes from good training and full preparedness. You can also see a list of 5 recommended handguns here.

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Best Ways To Invest Your Money Rather Than The Bank

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Dennis recently said, I retired 13 years ago. That first year, I purchased 45 acres adjoining my homestead for $500 an acre. Total investment-$22,500. When I retired, I left $400 in a savings account at my employee credit union, just to keep the account active. Thirteen years later the land I purchased for $500 an acre is surrounded by land that sold recently for $2,000 an acre. A 400% increase in value. The savings account increased to a total of $459. A 15% increase. – Dennis (a MSB contributor)   Here’s the question, Because banks don’t provide any resemblance of

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Battlefield America Part 3

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Battlefield America Part 3
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For this eighth broadcast of Behind the Lines, we continue the examination of the ‘combatants’ while reviewing a specific portion of the battlefield – academia. A short synopsis of preceding broadcasts will lead into how the ‘pro-state’ viewpoint entrenches itself within the posterity of our nation. Examining the proponents of the ‘pro-state’ perspective from their own writings, we will uncover portions of their ‘battle plan’ and examine their current and potential influence upon the American people.

Continue reading Battlefield America Part 3 at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Reliable Emergency SHTF Lighting Solutions

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Editor’s note: Please welcome Daniel Major to the website. Daniel is the owner of Alpha Survivalist. According to Daniel,  “I’m not ex-Special Forces. I’ve no experience in counter intelligence. I’ve never had to survive 3 years as a castaway on a deserted island, and I’m not some wannabee apocalyptic zombie killer! It wasn’t until after […]

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Grow Lavender This Summer And Harvest Some Amazing Benefits

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The intoxicating smell is just one of the reasons to grow lavender this summer.

There are many reasons to grow lavender. Lavender is a beautiful plant, most often known for its intoxicating smell. The small purple flowers and the leaves both emit the fragrant perfume that the plant is famous for. With lavender in your garden, you can expect to catch the scent on a breeze as long as the plants are flowering. But is lavender as easy to grow as other herbs? And what can you do with it aside from enjoying its perfume in the garden? Armed with the right knowledge, you can successfully grow lavender in your garden and put it to good use as a scent, in foods, and for medicinal purposes.

How To Grow Lavender

Lavender is the common name for an entire genus of perennial plants called Lavandula. The name comes from the Latin for “to wash,” probably because lavender has long been used in baths as a way to purify the spirit and to scent the body. Lavender is native to the Mediterranean mountain zones. There it grows in the hot, dry sun and in rocky soils. All species of lavender plants are small to medium woody shrubs with silvery-green, narrow leaves. The flowers appear on tall spikes and are small and usually purple.

In spite of lavender’s origins in the desert-like climate of the Mediterranean, it can be grown in a range of areas. In fact, lavender is well known as a garden element in England, with a cool, wet climate that is the opposite of the southern homeland of the plant. Select a spot in your garden that gets the most warmth and sun. Full sun is best. Lavender can grow in many soil conditions, but to get the most oil in the flowers, which is the origin of the scent, the soil should be well-drained, poor, slightly alkaline, and chalky.

Lavender plants are very hardy after you have gotten them established. In fact, if you live in a drought-prone area, plant plenty of lavender. You can expect it to survive and even thrive in your harsh conditions. Until the plants are established, however, give them a little compost and a regular watering. After one year, you should have hardy shrubs that can be given less attention.

You can grow lavender as far north as zone 5. What is more deadly to a lavender plant than cold is dampness and moisture. Having soil that drains well is very important to the success of your plants. If your lavender will be staying outside for the winter and you are in a cold climate, a layer of mulch will help. You might also consider growing lavender in containers and bring it inside for the winter. The roots of the lavender actually prefer a tight space.

Pruning in the spring is a good idea for lavender shrubs. For the taller varieties, take them back to about a third of the original height. For smaller species, trim back a couple of inches. Whatever you do, though, do not prune until you see new growth developing in the spring. If you prune too early, the plant may not come back to life.

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Types Of Lavender

There are hundreds of varieties of lavender out there from which to choose, so the options can get a little overwhelming when you first make your decision to grow lavender. They are roughly categorized as English, Spanish, and French, but there are also plenty of other varieties not included in these groups.

  • English. The English lavenders are of the species L. angustifolia. The varieties of this species are hardier than others and are better suited to colder and wetter conditions. They grow to a height and width of approximately one and a half to two feet. They bloom twice in the growing season: in June and again in August. These plants are best started from cuttings rather than seeds. Varieties include Hidcote, Rebecca Kay, Munstead, Cedar Blue, Blue Cushion, Melissa, and Richard Grey. Another group of varieties called the lavandins are sometimes classified as English lavender, but they are really hybrids.
  • Spanish. Spanish lavender varieties are from the species L. stoechas. They originate in the hot, dry Mediterranean region and are not hardy. The Spanish varieties are very dense and can be thinned down in July to keep air circulating through the branches. There is a great deal of variety in the size of these plants.
  • French. The name is misleading, as French lavender is not necessarily from the country of France. They are varieties of the species L. dentata. The word dentata refers to the tooted nature of the leaves. These varieties are not very hardy and should be grown outside only in warm climates. Otherwise, the varieties, like Green Fringe, Grey Fringe, and Linda Ligon, can be grown in containers and brought inside for the winter. The plants are a little bit shorter than English lavender.

Harvesting Lavender

When harvesting the flowers, wait until they bloom. As soon as you see the full color of the flowers, you can cut the entire stalk off of the plant. Do this in the morning after the dew has dried. If it can be done, harvest on a dry day. If you are using the flowers fresh for their fragrance, get them to a cool location quickly. The cooler they are, the more fragrant oil they will release. If you want to dry the flowers for potpourri or cooking, you can hang bunches of flowers upside down in a dark location or you can lay them out flat in a sunny spot.

Uses For Lavender

The most obvious reason to grow lavender is to capture its intoxicating scent. You can set fresh flowers in water to enjoy the smell or dry the flowers to use in potpourri, wreaths, and other crafts. One of the unique aspects of lavender is that the flowers retain their fragrance even after they have been dried.

Lavender oil can also be used for its fragrance. It is made by extracting the oil from the flowers of the plant. The oil is also used medicinally. The scent is thought to help relax you and get you to sleep at night, so a sachet in your pillow is a great use for the flowers or the oil. Smelling lavender is also believed to be helpful for treating headaches, while the oil may help with skin issues such as fungal infections, eczema, wounds, and acne. It may help relieve pain as well as heal.

What surprises many people when they decide to grow lavender is that in addition to its delightful scent, you can eat it! Both the flowers and leaves are edible. If you use too much in a recipe, however, you can give your food a perfumy and bitter taste. In other words, a little bit goes a long way when it comes to lavender. English lavender varieties are the best for culinary uses. Other types can be overwhelming in flavor. Try some of these ideas with your lavender harvest.

  • Use the leaves of lavender, fresh or dried, in the same way you would use rosemary. The two plants are very similar, but you will get a nice surprise when you substitute lavender leaves for rosemary leaves when roasting meat, potatoes, or vegetables.
  • Toss a few fresh flowers in a salad for an interesting flavor twist. Just don’t use too many! If the flavor is overwhelming, take a few out.
  • Make a simple syrup by boiling lavender flowers and leaves with the sugar and water. Strain the herbs out before using. The syrup is especially tasty in lemonade and in tea.
  • You can also infuse your sugar or salt with the taste of lavender. Mix in lavender flowers and let the salt or sugar sit in a closed container for a week or two. Use the sugar or salt as you would normally.
  • Add dried flowers to recipes for cookies, breads, cakes, and practically any dessert. About one tablespoon of dried, crushed flowers per typical dessert recipe is appropriate.
  • When following a recipe that calls for lavender, you can use fresh or dried flowers. If the recipe calls for fresh flowers and you have dried, use one-third the amount.

You may also want to check out Companion Planting:  Vegetable “Buddies” That Actually Thrive Together!

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Sweet And Spicy Zucchini Relish – A Classic Recipe Makeover

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Sweet and spicy zucchini relish is a terrific way to use up all of those zucchinis from your garden. It seems like every summer our zucchini plants produce high yields that we can’t eat or give away fast enough. We

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Can The Declining Health Of Supreme Court Justices Create A Constitutional Crisis?

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The health of supreme court justices in our nation is a very real concern.

Because of the questionable health of supreme court justices, our country might find itself without a functioning Supreme Court in the near future.
Washington insiders are worried because of the rate of injuries to members of the U.S. Supreme Court. The fear is that the health of the members of the nation’s highest court will trigger a political crisis.
Some of the speculations focus on Justice Sonya Sotomayor; who underwent shoulder surgery because of a fall at her home earlier this month, CNN reported. That is the second health crisis for Sotomayor this year; in January paramedics were called to her home because of problems related to diabetes.
Ironically, Sotomayor is one of the youngest Supremes, she’s just 63. The average age of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice is 69, the median age in the United States is 37.8 years. Observers were concerned because Sotomayor’s arm was in a sling at recent hearings.

Health Of Supreme Court Justices Kept Secret

Sotomayor is not the first Supreme to appear on the bench with injuries. In 2013, the oldest justice; Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85, wrote a noted dissent while nursing cracked ribs from a fall at her home. Ginsburg is also a cancer survivor; she was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Justice Stephen Breyer, 79, was injured in bicycle accidents in spring 2011 and spring 2013. Breyer has given up riding, but there is a pattern of justices being ended just as their term ends, CNN noted. No other injuries to members of the court have been reported this year.
The health of Supreme Court Justices is often a closely guarded secret. CNN noted that court officials keep the justices’ health secret. To make matters worse, the justices themselves often refuse to discuss their health with anybody besides their doctors.
This occurs because there is no law that requires U.S. Supreme Court justices to be physically or mentally fit. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution gives Congress the power to remove the President if he or she is unfit, but not the Supreme Court Justices.

Senator to Supreme Court Justices… Please Retire
“So my message to any one of the nine Supreme Court justices,” U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on the Hugh Hewitt show on May 9. “If you’re thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday.”
Grassley wants to avoid a repeat of what happened after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016. Republican Senators refused to hold necessary hearings on President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia; Merrick Garland, because of the upcoming Presidential election.
Grassley is afraid Democrats will win control of the U.S. Senate in November and have the power to block any Supreme Court nominee President Trump proposes. Grassley also fears Democrats will block a Trump nominee to punish Republicans for not considering an Obama nominee. If a justice retired now, Republicans would have no problem approving the nomination because they control both the Senate and the White House.
An additional fear is that there would be only eight justices on the Supreme Court; that might lead to ties and make it impossible for the court to rule on issues. The Court has nine justices so that there will be no ties.
Part of the problem is that liberal Supreme Court Justices are doing their best to stick around until 2021 to see if a Democrat is elected President in 2020. That means, in the meantime,  the age and health of Supreme Court justices could trigger a political crisis as there is no Constitutional mechanism to deal with the issue directly.

Who would have thought that the health of supreme court justices would lead to this high tension, high stakes quagmire?

Could the U.S. actually find itself without a functioning Supreme Court in the near future?

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Cancer’s #1 Favorite Food

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There’s a lot of controversy surrounding cancer and what causes it, but everyone seems to agree on at least one thing:

Treating cancer is expensive. Preventing it can be a lot cheaper.

Nearly 1.6 million Americans faced a cancer diagnosis in 2014 (the most recent year for which numbers are available),1)https://nccd.cdc.gov/USCSDataViz/rdPage.aspx with a cost of care that, in some cases, ranged upwards of $115,000.2)https://costprojections.cancer.gov/annual.costs.html

Yet, while study after study has shown that diet plays a major role in whether a person gets cancer, and that people tend to make healthier food choices when they’re eating at home,3)https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2014/01/16/american-adults-are-choosing-healthier-foods-consuming-healthier Americans allocate less money toward food consumed at home than pretty much anyone else in the world. For example, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service,4)https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-expenditures.aspx we spend 6.4 percent of our income on eating at home, while the Finnish spend twice that and the Venezuelans spend triple that percentage.

And it’s not just people in other countries who spend more of their income on food. Our grandparents did, too. Back in 1960, Americans spent about 17.5 percent of their income on all food—including what they ate at home and what they ate out. Now, we spend about 10 percent of our income on eating, regardless of where it takes place.5)http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do

These numbers represent a disturbing shift in our national mindset. We’ve moved from a time when soils were healthier and food was more nutritious and generally less processed—but more expensive—to the present day, when the soils used in commercial agriculture are more depleted, the produce grown in them is less nutritious, and widely available foods are more processed—but also more affordable.

Simply put, Americans are not used to paying what high-quality food costs anymore.

Even people with access to sustainably produced, locally grown food via a farmer’s market, natural grocery store, or CSA often struggle with the cost. These products are more expensive to grow or raise—and therefore more expensive to buy.

But even though processed, packaged foods are sometimes cheaper than their sustainably produced, whole-food alternatives, their true cost can be astronomical.

According to Dr. Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again, disease has only two possible causes: toxicity and malnutrition.

The foods that increase cancer risk often contribute to both.

The bottom line is that we can pay more now for healthier foods and the deeper nutrition and reduced toxicity that come with them—whether we’re paying financially or, if we’re backyard food producers, through an investment of time and energy—or we can pay more later to treat the diseases that can stem from malnutrition and toxicity. As one young TEDx speaker, Birke Baehr, put it back in 2011, “We can either pay the farmer, or we can pay the hospital.”6)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVZwJbs54c

In the end, one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer is by eating the diet we all know we should—filled with high-quality vegetables, fruits, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats.

If you’re not quite there yet, and you’re interested in reducing your risk of cancer by cleaning up your diet, the following list of carcinogenic (or potentially carcinogenic) foods is a good place to start. You can improve your health even further by replacing them with foods from our list of 30+ Cancer-Fighting Foods.

One final note: As you read this list, remember the old adage that “the dose makes the poison.” Even water, which everyone would agree is absolutely essential for life, can kill you if you drink too much at once.7)https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill While it’s best to avoid these foods on a consistent basis, most of them probably won’t hurt you if they’re consumed every once in a while. After all, what’s a BLT without the bacon?

  • Sugar: Cancer has a favorite food. It’s sugar. Without it, cancer cells can’t grow and spread—in fact, they need almost 50 times more sugar to function than regular cells, according to Dr. Nasha Winters, author of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer. In addition, up to 80 percent of cancers are fueled by glucose and insulin, in one way or another.8)http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/recent-observations-indicate-cancer-cells-readily-utilize-fructose-support-proliferation-and It’s easy to see why too much sugar in the diet is a very bad thing. In fact, the less refined sugar, the better!
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Our bodies turn the ethanol in alcoholic drinks into acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen. In addition to damaging the body’s DNA and keeping cells from being able to perform repairs, alcohol also increases estrogen levels in the blood (a contributor to breast cancer), prevents the body from absorbing several nutrients, and may contain carcinogenic contaminants.9)https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet#q3 It should be noted, however, that red wine contains resveratrol, a substance that has been shown to have anticancer properties.10)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28123566 While the substance itself has been widely studied, only a few studies have looked at whether drinking red wine reduces a person’s cancer risk.
  • Tobacco: This one’s no surprise. While tobacco is lovely when used for plant gratitude, and Native American cultures believe it offers its own gift of interpretation to help with disputes, it can wreak havoc on a person’s body when it’s smoked or chewed. Smoking tobacco, inhaling secondhand smoke, or using smokeless tobacco—whether chewing tobacco or snuff—all put loads of carcinogenic chemicals into your body.11)https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/cessation-fact-sheet
  • Processed Meats: Defined as any meat that’s been preserved through curing, being salted or smoked, or by other means, processed meats include bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and lunch meats including corned beef, salami, pepperoni, capocollo, bologna, mortadella, and ham. They are categorized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as “carcinogenic to humans.”12)https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf Scientists suspect that the nitrite preservatives contained in processed meats are what causes the harm. The body can convert these nitrites into N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), which damage cells in the bowel lining. To heal the damage, cells replicate more often, which in turn provides more opportunities for DNA replication errors.
  • Red Meat: Beef, lamb, and pork contain heme iron, a naturally occurring red pigment that helps form carcinogenic compounds in the body and has toxic effects on cells and genes.13)http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/4/2/177 It’s important to note that, in their research, scientists are lumping industrially produced red meat together with meat from animals raised on a natural, healthy diet. There’s no discussion in the scientific community on whether meat of healthier animals—such as cows fed and finished on grass—has the same negative effects.
  • Charred Meats: Grilling meat at high temperatures can produce heterocyclic amines and polycyclic amines, both of which can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer.14)http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/diet-and-cancer/how-healthy-eating-prevents-cancer
  • Salt-Preserved Foods: In addition to the processed, salt-cured meats mentioned above, this category includes salted fish and some pickled vegetables. The IARC lists Chinese-style salted fish as carcinogenic, but hasn’t yet made a determination on whether other types of salted fish increase the risk of cancer in humans.
  • Coffee: Is it, or isn’t it? Thanks to a recent lawsuit, coffee’s been in the news lately. At issue is the fact that roasting coffee beans causes the formation of acrylamide, a naturally occurring substance that has the potential to interact with DNA.15)http://www.newsweek.com/fear-coffee-causes-cancer-prompts-california-add-warning-labels-672831?yptr=yahoo Coffee isn’t the only culprit, though. Acrylamide develops in many foods when they are cooked at high temperatures for a long time (think baking, frying, and toasting, in addition to roasting). This year, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency launched a “Go for Gold” campaign to encourage people to avoid overcooking foods—thus minimizing the creation of acrylamide—by aiming for a finished color of golden yellow or lighter.16)https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2017/15890/reduce-acrylamide-consumption Despite the fact that coffee contains acrylamides, the popular beverage offers several other health benefits. So many, actually, that the American Institute for Cancer Research includes coffee on its list of Foods That Fight Cancer.
  • Areca nuts: About 10 percent of the world’s population still chews this addictive berry. It’s been shown to have several ill effects on the body, and is linked to numerous cancers.17)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080659
  • Artificial Sweeteners: According to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the link between artificial sweeteners and cancer is inconclusive—but possible. Since some studies have shown a correlation between the two in lab animals, the current recommendation is to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharine altogether.18)https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/may-2015/FOH-cancer-love-sugar.html[/note]
  • Toothpaste: Okay, so, technically toothpaste is not a food, but it made this list because it’s ingestible and some formulations may contain disperse blue 1, a dye that’s listed by the IARC as possibly carcinogenic to humans—and that’s also used as a hair and fabric dye.19)https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/disperseblue1.pdf Worth keeping an eye on!
  • Very Hot Beverages: Studies in cultures where people typically drink their tea or mate at about 149°F (70°C) have found a correlation between very hot beverages and the risk of esophageal cancer. But, unless you keep a thermometer handy when you’re drinking your morning Joe, how are you supposed to know how hot is too hot? Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you have to sip it to be able to drink it, let it cool a bit first.

What about you? What’s your take on what causes cancer—and what you can do to prevent it? Leave us a comment below!

(This article was originally published on October 2, 2017.)

 

References   [ + ]

1. https://nccd.cdc.gov/USCSDataViz/rdPage.aspx
2. https://costprojections.cancer.gov/annual.costs.html
3. https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2014/01/16/american-adults-are-choosing-healthier-foods-consuming-healthier
4. https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-expenditures.aspx
5. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do
6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVZwJbs54c
7. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill
8. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/recent-observations-indicate-cancer-cells-readily-utilize-fructose-support-proliferation-and
9. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet#q3
10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28123566
11. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/cessation-fact-sheet
12. https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf
13. http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/4/2/177
14. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/diet-and-cancer/how-healthy-eating-prevents-cancer
15. http://www.newsweek.com/fear-coffee-causes-cancer-prompts-california-add-warning-labels-672831?yptr=yahoo
16. https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2017/15890/reduce-acrylamide-consumption
17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080659
18. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/may
19. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/disperseblue1.pdf

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Visa Crash Forces Customers To Go Off-The-Grid For Purchases

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The recent Visa crash is a great reminder that backup payment alternatives are crucial.

A recent Visa crash forces millions of customers to pay for essentials like food and fuel off the financial grid. The Visa payment system in Europe and the United Kingdom crashed without explanation on Friday, June 1, 2018.
Customers were unable to buy food at supermarkets, gas at filling stations, and tickets at train and subway stations, The Guardian reported. Abandoned shopping carts and a cash only sign were reported at one British supermarket.
“I’ve only got two cards and they’re both Visa,” Lisa Eagleton Muir said on a trip to London. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. It is a long journey home with no food.”
Disturbingly the Visa cards worked at some places but not at others. Muir was able to get cash from an ATM with her PIN but not able to buy groceries. The British supermarket chain ASDA reported that some Visa payments were going through, but others were not.
Some Visa bank transactions did not work, The Guardian reported. The Visa network was down in Europe for about five hours.

Stay Calm Visa is down
“Stay calm,” Spain’s national police force the Guardia Civil tweeted. “If you can’t pay it’s not because you’ve been robbed or hacked. Visa is suffering a service crash in Europe that’s stopping payments going through in its cards.”
Everybody should be concerned about the European Visa crash because Visa operates the world’s largest payment system. In fact, Visa also utilizes some of the most advanced and sophisticated payment technology.
Visa gave no explanation beyond a vague statement about a hardware failure. A “Visa crash” press release stated the crash was not caused by “unauthorized access or malicious event.”

How to Survive Payment System Failures in a Cashless World
The Visa crash is a good reminder that all of us need to be prepared for the possibility of payment failures in a cashless world. New payment solutions make life easier and more convenient, but they have severe limitations.
Survival tips for the cashless world include:
• Make sure that you have a supply of paper cash available.
• Keep that cash secret, do not tell anybody about it, do not flash it, and keep it hidden.

• Limit the amount of paper cash you keep to a few hundred dollars because cash is vulnerable to inflation and demonetization. Our government can imitate the actions of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi; who went on national TV and declared most of the nation’s banknotes worthless on November 8, 2016, at any time.

• Keep part of your money in alternative assets such as gold, silver, or cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. These are less vulnerable to government actions than paper cash.

• Avoid the habit of carrying paper cash and paying with it in non-emergency situations. The very last thing (for obvious reasons) you want to do is let local criminals know you have paper cash. They might come and visit you in an emergency.

• Watch financial news outlets carefully, and monitor developments in foreign countries like the UK, India, and China. Changes to the financial systems in those nations will be coming to America in the future. The American news media often ignore important events such as the Visa outage in Europe.

• Make sure that you have credit or debit cards from all the major brands; Visa, Discover, American Express, and MasterCard. The Guardian reported that MasterCard and American Express were working just fine while Visa was down.

• Have both debit and credit cards in your wallet. Visa debit cards were still working at ATMs in the United Kingdom during the outage.

• Install payment apps on your phone. Apps like Walmart Pay, Apple Pay, and Google Pay (formerly Android Pay) work directly off of credit card or bank balances and might not be affected. An advantage with such apps is that they will work with several different sources of payment. Apple Pay can be supported by several credit card balances and a bank account.

• Use more than one payment app because many major retailers; including Walmart, Home Depot, and the Kroger supermarkets, will not accept Apple Pay or Google Pay. Walmart will accept its Walmart Pay app which is available through the App Store and Google Play.

• Avoid using paper checks because they can lead to big bank fees. The average U.S. bank now charges an overdraft fee of $35, Nerd Wallet reported.

• Maintain stockpiles of essential items like food, ammunition, fuel, medicine, spare parts, fertilizer, water, drinks, etc. so you can survive without cash for several weeks or months.

• Learn how to barter. Understanding how to barter, and how a barter economy works can help you survive in a crisis.

• Have stockpiles of items you can barter available. Potential barter goods include:
food, eggs, fresh meat, fish, fishing tackle, seeds, canned food, frozen food, ammunition, snack food, condoms, cigarettes, candy, alcohol, fuel, books, magazines, batteries, firewood, propane, bottled water, spare parts, medicines, screws, and nails.

• Develop Off-Grid sources of essentials like food, heat, water, and electricity. The best way to survive grid failures is not to be reliant on the grid.

Understanding that the grid can go down at any time is an important key to survival. Conveniences like Visa can shut down at any time, disrupt your life or worse. The recent Visa crash, once again is a warning… for those with ears to hear. Stay vigilant.

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Why You Should Write Down Your Emergency Plan

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Why written emergency plans (EP) are better than just having one on your mind

Terrorism attacks, accidents or natural disasters can occur any time and if you are unlucky enough, leave you dead or in a hospital and in a dire financial situation. Fortunately, most emergencies are somewhat foreseeable such as flooding, wind and solar storms and hurricanes and to some extent, health problems. As it were, constant disaster preparation is a life philosophy of every prepper, and one of the ways to prepare for an emergency is to have a logical emergency plan for you and your family.

The purpose of this post is to analyze why written emergency plans are better than just having one on your mind. But before we even go there, why do you need to plan for emergencies in the first place?

  • It reduces potential losses and damages – Emergency planning may involve, for instance, buying and placing fire extinguishers all over your house and teaching family members how to operate them. Thus, they will be able to stop fires before they spread and raze the whole house.
  • It’s a confidence boost – With an EP, you and your family will know what exactly to do in case of an emergency. In the event of a disaster, they will be calmer and organized as opposed to the panic, chaos, and feelings of helplessness that accompany unpreparedness. Isn’t that what makes preppers ‘better’ than other people? Well, more dependable for sure.
  • Helps you get through emergencies – Planning for food, clean water, and medical supplies for sick members of your family makes it easier to go through difficult situations and saves you much-needed money.

Having said that, we can now agree that emergency plans are too important to be stored in memory or on your phone or laptop. You need to put it in writing for the reasons discussed in the next section.

5 Reasons Why Your Emergency Plan should be in Writing

Below are some reasons why hard-copy emergency plans absolutely rock:

  1. For Easy and Fast Reference

Keeping your EP in hard copy and making enough copies for everyone enables them to quickly check what to do or who to contact in an emergency. On the flipside, keeping emergency phone numbers or procedures in your memory may cause panic when, in the face of disaster, you forget some numbers or steps. As a matter of fact, it is quite hard to focus or remember things in such occasions. Additionally, when your family members are not privy to your plan, they might get panic attacks or get hopeless when faced with a calamity, which can, in turn, affect your psyche and your reflexes.

It is even worse if you keep your plan on your phone or computer as it could go off exactly when you need it the most. You might also not be in a position to access your electronics and as you know, emergencies and time wait for no man. With printed copies, which by the way should always be in your and every other family member’s sight, you won’t have a problem with communication and managing disasters as they happen.

  1. Writing Keeps You Focused and Self-Aware

When you write, your brain is focused on the act of writing and strives to create a logical flow. As such, you are able to write what’s on your mind without filtering any thoughts. Most importantly, old-school writing (using pen and paper) will help you remember disaster preparation concepts that you’ve learned whether from life experiences or government programs. You will also retain knowledge by noting it down as your brain will go into overdrive trying to decide the words to use, committing to long-term memory in the process. In an unfortunate situation, you will be able to remember at least some parts of your plan even without referring to the binder.

When it comes to emergency planning, we recommend that you first write all your concerns and aspirations in case of emergency on a draft paper then compile them into an organized document.

For Fast Review and Corrections

When you plan things in your head, the chances are that you won’t be able to see any faults in your thoughts. On the other hand, when noting down your plans, you can always review later to check for mistakes and do corrections. In this context, you can do further research and consultation with experts, authorities and your family and compare their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions with your plan. Also, keeping a hard copy of your emergency plan close to you gives you the chance to read it over and over at different times and with time, you might be able to see some mistakes you overlooked and amend them in time.

It’s Easy to Make Helpful Noted and Schematic Drawings While Writing

As mentioned in the first point above, the act of writing focuses your thoughts on one idea at a time. Sometimes, as you jot down a fire management strategy, for instance, you can almost ‘see’ a certain thing or action in your mind that would be convenient in such a situation, such as an available door for quick exit.

Depending on the clarity of the mental image, you can make a drawing to show how one can move from different rooms in the house to the exit door and on to safety. Whether you are a good artist or not, as long as you can focus on a single image and make a draft, it can always be improved and polished by another person. Furthermore, it would be easier explaining to your family the movements and procedures to follow in case of a disaster using images and drawings as opposed to only words

If Something Happens to You, Your Family Can Use Your Plan

Keeping everything to yourself or on your phone, which probably requires passwords for every action, will only make things difficult for your people in case something bad happens to you. For one, they probably won’t be aware that you had an emergency plan in the first place. Secondly, if they can’t access your plan, they will come up with their own which could be ineffective due to panic. Sadly, statistics from the US government show that only 33% of Americans have communication plans in case of emergencies.

In essence, by writing a comprehensive emergency management plan in an easy to understand manner, you not only make things simpler for yourself but to your family, neighbors, and friends too. They will know exactly what to do in case of anything and everything and who will be in charge of what, thereby minimizing confusion, chaos, and stress.

Conclusion

It is often said that failing to plan is planning to fail and as a prepper, it’s hard to argue with that. Emergencies and disasters are messed up by themselves. You don’t want to add disorganization and disorder to it. Create a plan for such occasions, put it down on paper and circulate it to every member of your family and close friends. With that, you will be able to at least minimize the disastrous consequences of those bad days on you and your family’s lives.

About the Author: Lucas Cappel is a writer and an educator from Ohio. Graduate from Ohio University, he has a deep-rooted interest in education and sharing knowledge – interest that he shared in his work as a writer/editor at Theessaywriter.net and a philosophy tutor.  

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Colloidal Silver’s Antimicrobial Properties And Safe Usage Suggestions

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Colloidal silver is most known for its antimicrobial properties.  But there are many other uses for it as well, and we’ve composed this handy guide to help you understand how to get the most out of colloidal silver while using it safely to avoid argyria.

Although any website with a .gov ending is going to say colloidal silver is ineffective at everything, there is much evidence to the contrary. In fact, silver has been used to help fight infections for years and some scientists even believe it could be the missing link to help solve the antibiotic-resistant superbug problem creeping up on the global population. A team led by James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts, has described how silver can disrupt bacteria. The work is published in Science Translational Medicine.

Collins and his team essentially discovered that silver works in the human body by attacking bacterial cells in two main ways. First, it makes the cell membrane more permeable, and second,  it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds. Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today’s antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria.

Gram-negative bacteria, which have a protective outer coating can often be impenetrable to antibiotics made of larger molecules.  However, when combined with colloidal silver, these antibiotic drugs could kill between 10 and 1,000 times as many bacteria. The increased membrane permeability also allows more antibiotics to enter the bacterial cells, which may overwhelm the resistance mechanisms that rely on shuttling the drug back out.

Colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs is impressive. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver.  In addition, colloidal silver doesn’t contribute to antibiotic resistance. 

Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute composed a report in 1996 detailing the three primary ways that colloidal silver can help heal the body:

  1. Catalytic Oxidation: Silver naturally holds onto oxygen molecules, which readily react with the sulfhydryl (H) groups that surround bacterial and viruses. In turn, this helps block the life-preserving cellular process known as cellular respiration, which is defined as “the set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products.”
  2. Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: Silver ions (ions are silver atoms missing one electron from their outer orbit) can attach to bacteria cell membranes directly and produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
  3. Binding with DNA: Shown to literally enter bacteria DNA, up to 12% of silver has been detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.

With that, there are several ways to safely use colloidal silver (mostly, as with any supplement don’t over do it) and how to choose an effective ppm (parts per million) colloid based on your needs.

  1. Antifungal, example: Ringworm – You can treat ringworm (Tinea capitis) at home with colloidal silver because it’s also a potent anti-fungal. Ringworm is caused by a fungus that lives on the top layer of the skin and presents as round, scaly patches. It’s contagious and spread by skin contact and by contaminated materials, such as clothing.  Many people have found that simply spraying the affected area of the skin four or five times a day with 10 ppm colloidal silver and allowing it to air dry each time before putting clothes back over the affected area will knock out a ringworm infection in under a week. Experts say the topical treatment with colloidal silver should be continued for seven days after the ringworm infection has disappeared, in order to help prevent recurrence.
  2. Respiratory ailments, examples: Asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) –  COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.  Inhaling steroids is the most common treatment for such ailments, but they don’t cure asthma or COPD. They simply make it easier to breathe by cutting down on swelling, inflammation, and mucus build-up in your lungs and airways. But you can get the same results with a product called Quinton water, and colloidal silver. When these two ingredients are put in a nebulizer, an air compressor also known as a breathing machine, the device turns the liquids into a mist so they can be inhaled easily. For some patients, this type of nebulizer can replace a steroid inhaler. But keep in mind, there have been no human safety studies conducted on inhaling colloidal silver. While these animal studies are not conclusive regarding the safety of nebulizing colloidal silver into the lungs, they do indicate that until human safety studies are conducted, significant caution and common sense should be utilized when considering such a means of delivering colloidal silver into the body.  While it may be safe, there’s no way to know how much is too much and if you decide to use a nebulizer as an experimental means to put colloidal silver in your body, you are doing so at a risk. Do not use a nebulizer with colloidal silver for more than a few days, and only when it is completely necessary.
  3. Eye Infections, example: pink eye – Colloidal silver is very simple to use in the eyes.  You simply drop it in like eyedrops about three times a day.  Since it’s going in the eye, choose a 5 – 10 ppm colloid.  You can also use a pump spray bottle with a fine mist to lightly spray a bit of colloidal silver into their eyes.  If that’s still too macabre for you, try soaking a cloth in colloidal silver and simply hold it over their eye. Silver is very powerful, and in the eyes, a little bit appears to go a very long way.
  4. Viral Infections, examples: colds and fluuse colloidal silver in the cooler months to boost the immune system.  When used wisely and with proper discretion, colloidal silver appears to directly help prevent your immunity from crashing through the floor.  And that’s all the more important in the cold winter months when colds and flu are so prevalent. Putting 3 drops of 10 ppm colloidal silver in each ear when you first notice the onslaught of a cold can help stave off the illness.

Remember, the dosage is important and use colloidal silver safely. Please go here for a free dosage report. Almost any ailment or disease and how to possibly treat it with colloidal silver can be found at The Silver Edge. 

*This article is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease or ailment, it is for informational purposes only.

 

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Will the Liberals or the Conservatives Start a Civil Unrest?

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