While many solar users assume that their system will continue to power lights and electricity in the event of a hurricane, storm or blackout – or in any situation when the main grid is down – the reality is that it depends on the specific type of system owned.
In a recent blog post, Southern Current – one of the top solar installers in South Carolina – said the only way to be completely sure your solar installation will hold up in a blackout, hurricane or storm, is to be 100% off the grid – but due to the expense, this isn’t the most common option for Americans.
According to Southern Current, the most likely result, if and when the grid goes down, is that the solar array shuts down as well. This is due to the National Electric Code (NEC) that stipulates the system must shut down for safety reasons – specifically, to prevent workers from getting electrocuted.
“If the power source – your photovoltaic solar panels – continued to be energized when the sun was shining, it could generate and send solar electricity into the power grid and potentially electrocute persons working to restore power after a blackout,” Southern Current wrote. “So, per the NEC code, the inverter is designed to shut down during a blackout or loss of grid power. Without a functioning inverter, not a single electron will flow in to or out of the house.”
Southern Current estimates this is what happens with about 99% of the systems installed in America, which are grid-tied solar power installations. However, there are a few exceptions – systems that are designed for semi-off-grid and off-grid living.
New storage technologies
The first exception is a system that incorporates backup batteries with AC coupling systems. AC coupling allows the energy generated from solar to be stored in a battery and used independently of the grid. Enphase Energy – a well-known microinverter installation company – has developed an AC energy storage unit that can be retrofitted into existing solar installs.
AC coupling is a relatively new technology, but Southern Current predicts it will become more and more popular in the future as utilities change the way they charge their users for power, like with time of use (TOU) billing tiers being implemented in California and Hawaii. In this scenario, an AC coupled solar power system could be programmed to store solar energy when rates are low, using it to power the home when utility rates are at their highest later in the day (a term referred to as ‘peak shaving’ or ‘rate arbitration’).
The second and least common scenario is using off-grid solar power system. This setup would involve being 100% independent from the local power grid – generating 100% of electricity requirements from the solar system, and storing all of this electricity in a bank of batteries connected to the home’s electrical system. The benefit of being 100% off grid is that there is no need to adhere to NEC codes; as such, the system would not have to shut down during a disaster or blackout because it would never be sent back into the grid. However, this is the most expensive option.
“The bottom line is that a solar power system can be designed to provide you with electricity during a blackout, but it will cost extra, and at this time it’s not too popular,” Southern Current wrote. “Adding batteries to a standard solar installation can cost thousands of extra dollars. Although blackouts are a pain, they don’t happen too often and generally get resolved in under 24 hours.”
That being said, Southern Carolina runs a number of solar rebates and incentives to reduce the costs of installing and running solar systems, and the popularity of solar installation for home or business in the state is rising each year.
American architect and designer Meg Stevens was “immediately hooked” on tiny houses when she discovered them five years ago. She set a plan in motion to design and build her own tiny house – which was realized last year when she moved into The Lucky Linden, a tiny house RV measuring about 170 square feet.
Meg grew up in Michigan in a neighborhood under construction. Spending her spare time helping her dad with building projects, her interest in architecture, design and building was piqued at an early age. When she became interested in tiny houses in 2013, she purchased a ticket to a workshop at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, an organisation focused on designing tiny house RVs, in order to learn more about the process. She ended up being hired as an architect, and her Lucky Linden RV design is one she created for the company – with a few changes made to suit her (and her husband Dan’s) personal living style.
“We decided to build a tiny house about five years ago, and immediately started planning (and saving up money),” Meg said. “We didn’t want to go into debt for the house, so I would work on the build as we had the funds, and put it into storage while saving up for the next phase. It took three years to build this way, and it was in storage for stretches of time from six months to over a year.”
“While we were building, we gradually downsized until we were living in a 330 sq ft studio apartment,” she said. “The apartment was just a bit over double the size of the tiny house, so when we finally finished the build and moved in to the tiny house it wasn’t much of an adjustment at all. We love it!”
Tiny houses can be anything smaller than the normal for family size, according to Meg. A four-person family living in a 600 sq ft house is tiny, because there is only 250 sq ft per person. But conventionally – at least in terms of the growing Tiny House Movement across the US – a tiny house is between 100 and 400 sq ft. And the majority of them are built for off-grid living.
Meg, a prominent member of the Tiny House Movement – a community of like-minded individuals across the US advocating tiny houses as energy efficient living spaces – says the American tiny house community has experienced “rapid, almost exponential growth” in the last four years, owing to environmental concerns, financial issues as the cost of living rises, and the desire for more time and freedom.
“Designing especially is more difficult in a small space, but it’s rewarding. Efficiency is everything, and really considering ‘needs’ vs ‘wants’ vs ‘nice-to-haves,’” Meg said.
“Tiny houses are more energy efficient just because of their size, but also I think the general tiny house community is more interested, aware and/or educated about energy and efficiency, so it compounds into having tiny houses that are both energy efficient and more environmentally friendly,” Meg said.
“Tiny houses use much less energy to heat and cool because of their size. Occupants of a tiny house also have less possessions, so both of these make tiny houses perfect candidates to go off grid!”
She estimates that a third of people interested in tiny houses or tiny living are also interested in going off grid – herself included.
“The Lucky Linden is powered from a big house on the same property, and the big house has solar panels that provide most of the energy needed,” she explained. “In the winter, when there isn’t much sun, we do draw a little bit from the grid. Our goal for 2017 is to purchase our own solar panels and setup, and try to go 100% off-grid.”
The Lucky Linden has a sleeping loft area overhanging the kitchen, with a front storage loft made slightly larger than the original Linden model to accommodate a twin sized mattress if wanted. Meg also changed the position of the front door to create a bigger footprint for the porch area. The adjustment also expanded the living room area. The sleeping loft is smaller than the plans show, but it still holds a regular king size mattress.
Meg and Dan step directly on the couch to the kitchen counter and up to a set of three steps in order to get to the loft area, after deciding it would take too much space to build in dedicated steps. They don’t have a washer or dryer, preferring to use a nearby laundromat in winter and hand wash in summer. They also don’t have an oven, but have the option of visiting friends and using their facilities if needed. Storage shelves are built into most available wall space.
In late 2016, the Tiny House Movement successfully submitted an appendix to the International Code Council (ICC) for inclusion in the upcoming 2018 building code for American houses. An optional “guide” that cities can adopt into their local codes, it gives a guideline for building safe and reasonable tiny houses on foundations. With more than 160,000 votes, the Tiny House Appendix passed in December last year – a stepping stone to building tiny legally in the US.
“The Tiny House Appendix creates a pathway for building tiny legally, which is huge for the tiny house community!” Meg said. “Currently the only legal way to build tiny is to put it on a trailer and call it an RV.”
American families have been going off-grid for more than forty years, but for most it’s a gradual process, involving a lot of learning by trial and error. In a recent article published in Reason, J.D Tuccille wrote about how his experience going “semi-off-grid” in 2008 led him to reconsider his attachment to the mains, and begin a journey towards self-reliance that is still ongoing today.
Dipping into off-grid waters
In 2008 a power failure lasted a week at J.D’s former home in remote Arizona. While he had his own well, it was controlled by a pump that required electricity, and the surface of the water was too low to dip some out by hand. Then there was the issue of modern plumbing without electricity, and the requirements of coffee pots to consider. However, outages were common – so J.D had come prepared. He and his wife Wendy Wendy had stored water, cut firewood, and fueled up the camping stove and lanterns. They remained hydrated, warm and fed through that and every other experience with the electric grid’s unreliability.
“All in all, it was a bit Little House on the Prairie for our tastes, though with a better wine selection – but ultimately more of an inconvenience than a disaster,” he wrote. “But tolerance for inconvenience can decline with the years.”
When they moved to a new house in the foothills, Wendy had a strict requirement – a climate-controlled environment in the house at all times. This required some research into the best off-grid power systems to use for the climate, so J.D had to get serious.
“This being Arizona, where everything bakes for much of the year under the fireball in the sky, my first thought was solar,” J.D writes. “But I quickly discovered that all of those panels adorning people’s roofs were nothing more than expensive shingles during a power outage. Most solar installations are designed to feed the grid, not keep you independent of it. I priced adding batteries to the mix to gain some autonomy, but they more than doubled the cost. And batteries couldn’t handle the power demands of an air conditioner anyway. So we settled, if that’s the right word, for a 22 kW standby generator, which can handle the well pump and keep the air conditioning running.”
He said they were “especially pleased” with the decision when the European Union completed a coordinated cyber-attack simulation and found it leading to a “very dark scenario,” including crashed power grids.
J.D also beefed up the water storage capabilities at the house with rain barrels hooked to the gutters, which are conveniently located near the garden where he now grows tomatoes, olive and fig trees.
“Wendy and I have stumbled down our path incrementally over the years out of a combination of necessity and curiosity,” he writes. “We also keep tweaking our set-up. In addition to the generator, I’m putting together a smaller-scale solar power system. That fireball in the sky isn’t going anywhere, and I want to get some use from the thing. I’m picking up a few panels, a few batteries. I doubt I’ll manage to put together a system that can handle the well pump, let alone the air conditioner, but maybe we’ll be able to power a refrigerator. We can always stick our heads in there to cool off in a pinch.”
In a similar long-term learning curve, Eartheasy founder and blogger Greg Seaman has been documenting his many “hits and misses” with off-grid issues such as lighting, electricity and solar panels since 2000. A seasoned off-gridder – he first moved to a rural island in the Pacific Northwest when he was 30 – he has spent more than 30 years learning the art of living off the grid, and writes that it’s a constantly changing and upgrading process. With the added necessity of internet connectivity to maintain his Eartheasy website, and provide access for his family as they grew, he had to develop alternative ways of powering his home.
“Bringing some of the benefits of electrical power to our off-grid home has been a hit-or-miss affair,” he wrote in 2012. “Over the years, we’ve tried some very simple approaches to lighting and small battery recharging for our flashlights, such as hauling a 12 volt car battery to a small rural school about a half mile away every time it needed to be topped up. This was time consuming and inefficient. But we didn’t want to lose the feel of our simple home by bringing in a large generator and the jugs of gas needed to run it, and the prospect of setting up a wind turbine or solar array seemed expensive and a technological eyesore in a natural setting.”
Greg said that for many years the family got along without electricity, but when wireless broadband was introduced into the area, the family decided to build its own “reliable, affordable and do-it-yourself alternative energy system.”
“Today, with the help of a local expert on off-grid home solar power and alternative energy systems, we have the best of both worlds,” he wrote.
Greg, who today runs a successful family business devoted to creating sustainable products for low-impact living, acknowledges that off-grid living isn’t for everyone – the reality of living through the winter, the isolation, physical work, school or community character doesn’t always fit for some people – but if you’re willing to keep learning and trying things yourself, independent homesteading can be a dream come true.
WASHINGTON — Experts in the American voting process believe hackers have the ability to disrupt the upcoming presidential election, thanks mostly to electronic systems that have made everything vulnerable to cyberattack.
“If you can get at an election management system, you could potentially alter results, or muddy up the results, or you could even just shed doubt on the outcome because you make it clear that there’s been tampering,” Pamela Smith, the president of a group called Verified Voting, told National Public Radio (NPR).
If may sound like something out of a Hollywood film, but it’s more possible than you might think. A cyberattack in July penetrated the Illinois voter registration system, giving hackers potential access to a database of registered voters. It wasn’t clear if any data was stolen or tampered with, but the system was shut down a week later, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported.
The biggest fear is that hacking would make it impossible to verify the outcome of an election – or even that a system would be hacked and no one would know it. That would create doubts and might lead to a recount and court challenges, as happened after the 2000 presidential election.
But a 2016 scenario could be far worse than the 2000 election. That’s because 80 percent of Americans vote either on a paper ballot or on a system with a paper backup, Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice told NPR. That means that the votes of 20 percent of Americans potentially would be unknown.
Each of the 50 states runs its own voting system. To make matters worse, elections are often run by volunteers with little or no expertise in computers and cybersecurity.
Several recent stories should give Americans pause:
- The FBI found evidence that Arizona’s voter registration database was hacked in June, KTVK-TV Malware was able to penetrate the system by going through a county election official’s computer.
- Virginia’s Board of Elections banned the use of touchscreen voting machines in April 2015 after it was discovered that 20 percent of them were vulnerable to hacking via wireless signals, NPR reported.
- Security analyst David Levin was arrested in May after he posted a YouTube video showing how easy it was to penetrate the election site of Lee County, Florida, NPR Levin was trying to show how vulnerable the system is. “Yeah, you could be in Siberia and still perform the attack that I performed on the local supervisor of election website,” Levin said. “So this is very important.”
- The Democratic National Committee’s system was hacked this year.
“Wherever there’s a fully electronic voting system, there’s potential for tampering of some kind,” Smith said.
Perhaps most disturbing, a hacker named Andrés Sepúlveda told Bloomberg in March that he fixed or tried to fix elections throughout Latin America for eight years. He is now in prison.
“My job was to do actions of dirty war and psychological operations, black propaganda, rumors—the whole dark side of politics that nobody knows exists but everyone can see,” Sepúlveda told Bloomberg.
The hacker claims he was paid tens of thousands of dollars to steal campaign data, install spyware, hack smartphones and spread false information through the Internet, social media and email. One of his specialties was to create fake Twitter accounts and send out false tweets, to convince voters that political propaganda was actually news.
“When I realized that people believe what the Internet says more than reality, I discovered that I had the power to make people believe almost anything,” Sepúlveda told Bloomberg.
He said he has few regrets.
“I worked with presidents, public figures with great power, and did many things with absolutely no regrets because I did it with full conviction and under a clear objective, to end dictatorship and socialist governments in Latin America,” he said.
Sepúlveda worked in Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Venezuela, according to Bloomberg.
He once tricked computers into calling voters at 3 a.m. – when they are asleep – to listen to a recording message for a candidate. The goal was to make voters mad at the candidate and vote against him, and it worked. He lost in a close election.
Asked if he believes similar things are being done in the United States, Sepúlveda replied, “I’m 100 percent sure it is.”
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At least three foreign governments consider the United States too dangerous for their citizens to visit.
Residents of the Bahamas, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were warned to be careful in the US this summer because of protests and violence, Fortune reported.
“Please be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US,” a Tweet from the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain states.
“For your own safety, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates urges you to please stay away from any ongoing or planned demonstrations and protests in cities around the United States,” a special alert for UAE Citizens in the United States, warns. “Please be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places when possible. Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe.”
The warnings do not mention any specific threat, but an alert from the government of the Bahamas warns that nation’s citizens about police in the United States: “In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.
The Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Issues is worried because most of that nation’s people are of African descent. The ministry is also concerned about political violence in the United States.
“Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds,” the advisory states.
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As we enter the most patriotic season in America, an annual debate rages in local churches. Should a church have an American flag on display in the sanctuary? Or, how about the church in general? Can a church be pro-God and pro-America?
Below are crafted the major points of each position. What do you think? Please feel free to comment below.
The American flag represents the nation we live in—the United States of America. Our nation was founded as a Christian nation in principle and practice. Other countries have long known and appreciated this fact. Displaying the American flag in all public places, including churches, reminds us why this country came, by God’s grace, into existence and who suffered for it. That is, because our ancestors wanted to be able to worship according to their conscience and not under the control of a state-run church.
It was this Judeo-Christian heritage that dictated much of what the Constitution entrails. Most, if not all, of the problems we face as a nation can be traced back to the fact that we’ve pulled away from our country’s original values and standards.
Perhaps this is why Psalm 60:4 says:
You have set up a banner for those who fear you.
In Old Testament times, a banner was a flag. God has given a flag to those who fear him and him alone. To “fear” isn’t some Casper-the-Ghost-type reaction, but rather to show reverence and to be in awe of someone or something—that is, God.
In the Lord’s gracious providence, He saw fit to give birth to the United States of America—a place to which people can flee from the bow, from oppression, from tyranny, from bondage, and from servitude.
Thus, to display the American flag in a church is to affirm our Christian heritage and pay homage to all of those who have sacrificed for it.
Let’s be reminded that it isn’t a small matter when a man or woman gives a part of their lives to our country. It truly is powerful to know that someone would pay the ultimate price of their life to defend what God has bestowed on us. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
The one sacrifice of our Savior is the ultimate sacrifice, to be sure. However, such words unify the military veteran, the average citizen, and the stark pacifist in our country under this banner. And displaying the flag in a church upholds what a Christian holds true in salvation and in the nation.
We need to display the American flag in light of the truth of God’s Word, and not let anything or anyone force its removal from our land. If someone is offended by the flag in church, they have well-forgotten the prosperity that God has given us to make us the greatest nation on this earth.
In short, placing a flag on display in a church doesn’t mean the worshippers or leaders are bowing to the flag or the nation above God (such as in Nazi Germany in World War II). Church leaders should make this clear distinction. For if we do not display the flag or indulge ourselves in the freedoms that flag stands for, then what’s our faith really worth in and outside of the church (James 2:14)?
In the local church, above any celebration of our nation is the correct and true worship of the triune God. His kingdom is one that can’t be shaken, and we are to offer to Him acceptable worship with “reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:28). Shouldn’t the physical elements of the service—such as displaying an American flag—reflect this very truth?
Although displaying a flag isn’t referred to in the Bible directly, when we gather in the local church, biblically, we’re more primarily Christian than American (or whatever nation’s flag is being displayed—Gal. 3:28). A Christian has more in common with the Pacific Islander who is born again in Christ than the non-Christian who lives on the block or shares a cubicle at work. A church should be a testimony and witness for the glory of God and His Gospel, not promoting a certain nation (Eph. 3:21).
Since the first church council in Jerusalem in Acts 15, the church has understood that any tradition or custom that interferes with multi-national worship in Christ’s name must go away (Acts 15:21; 21:25). When a church gathers to worship, the congregation doesn’t gather just in a certain country, but to “Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect” (Heb. 12:22-23).
Thus, a local church shouldn’t put any needless obstacle to the worship of those visiting from other countries (whether as citizens or immigrants).
What’s more, worship in the local church shouldn’t be the source of confusion of who or what we worship. The church is meant for the “mutual upbuilding” (Rom. 14:19) and common good. So, if displaying the American flag causes believers of any nation to be confused or to stumble in worship, there should cause for concern. Christ has accomplished eternal salvation for every tribe, people, and nation—not just America (Rev. 5:9).
The critic will say, “Doesn’t removing the flag take away the sacrifice and affection we have for our country and those that gave their lives for it?” But does this justify presence in the sanctuary? Yes, Christians in America should honor those veterans who have served. They should remember and thank God for the tide-turning events that constitute the annals of American history, and use holidays to that end. These, however, have nothing with the true worship of God’s people in the church.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that schools, civic organizations and other similar venues shouldn’t display the flag. We expect—and cherish—such placement because we know the context. And let’s be clear: Being a Christian doesn’t mean you hate your country (1 Tim. 2:1-5; Rom. 13, etc.)! We just need to know how to organize our priorities and celebrate being Americans apart from displaying a flag in the sanctuary.
As with any decision in the Christian and church life, we must ask: “Is it scriptural? Is it Gospel-centered? Does it uplift man or God?” In this instance, it appears not be the case.
I have been obsessed with the indigenous people of America and pioneering skills since I was a little girl. I began wearing headbands with feathers in them at age three and making teepees at age four. And when it came time to play what was then called “cowboys and Indians,” I always played the latter.
As I grew up, I wanted to acquire all of the old-fashioned skills of making things by hand. I learned how to make fire without matches, how to build a shelter out of branches, and how to make soap out of animal fat. But more than anything, I wanted to make my own elk-hide dress, like the one worn by “Stands With a Fist” in the movie “Dances with Wolves.”
However, even back in 1992, an elk hide was a hefty $350. I knew I could easily ruin it, so I decided to practice first with roadkill. My first try, using a squirrel, was a complete disaster. I was so excited that I didn’t pay much attention to the directions. After a week of trying this and that, I ended up with what looked like an elongated rawhide dog chew with a few whiskers on one end!
I have learned a great deal since those days. While there are dozens of ways to tan an animal hide and a wide variety of materials to do it, we will talk about the most common methods that the native people used.
We will focus mainly on deer and elk hides here. There are slightly different methods for different types of hides, but these are the two most commonly used hides among native people.
Wet Scrape and Dry Scrape
This is really a matter of preference, and both methods were used by different tribes. The most common method appears to be a dry scrape. Hides are either secured to a log or tree and then scraped with a bone or stick to remove all bits of flesh and skin membrane. Alternatively, hides were staked to the ground so that all the flesh could be removed. It is imperative that all flesh and membranes be removed from the inside of the skin. If this is not done, the hide will rot. But while you want to remove all the flesh, you don’t want to rub so hard that you make a hole in the hide. That was something I did repeatedly until I finally got the hang of it!
To remove the hair, the hide should be soaked for a few hours in water mixed with wood ashes. Then, using the same type of tool that was used to remove the flesh, the fur can be removed. At this point, the hide is now ready to be tanned.
Using the Animal’s Brain
While there are other materials that will work to tan a hide, the most commonly used method was to use the brains of the animal. Even if you don’t want to remove the fur, it’s a good idea to soak the hide for a few hours in water mixed with some wood ashes. This helps to break down the fibers in the skin and makes penetration of the brain mash easier. It also will result in a softer hide.
Many tribes also added items to the brains to help make the hides softer. Some used the spinal fluid from the animal, others used the liver, but most tribes used some of the fat from the animal. The brains were smashed into a thick pulp and liquefied fat, or softened fat was mixed in. This mixture was then spread over the inside of the hide and massaged in. The hide was then soaked in water for an hour or so. After that, the water was squeezed or pushed out of the hide (by using a flat rock or flat piece of wood). Some tribes would wrap the skin around a tree and twist it to get the water out. The hide was then stretched back into shape and allowed to dry.
Is There More to It?
While this sounds fairly easy, trust me: It is a very labor-intensive process.
Sometimes the brains do not penetrate on the first try and this method needs to be repeated. Other times — as I learned the hard way with my first squirrel – if you soak the hide too long the hair comes off even if you don’t want it to. Which means you now need to scrape that side as well and remove ALL the hair.
Why Are Some Hides Buttery Soft?
Sometimes you want hides that are tough and strong for shoe bottoms or totes, but is there anything nicer than a super soft piece of leather?
To get that buttery-soft feeling, the fibers of the hide need to be broken down. It’s similar to the way we break down the fibers of meat. Tough meat needs to be beaten and pierced to break up the fibers. Most tribes got those soft skins by working the hide over and over until it obtained the softness they were looking for. After tanning, the inside of the hide was again rubbed with fat, pulled taut using the preferred method, and then worked over again with a rounded stick or rock. Of course, many hands make light work and, in most tribes, women worked together. But when one considers that most teepees were made from the hides of a dozen animals (or more) sewn together, you get a real appreciation for the work that was involved.
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Are you thinking of starting a homestead? Does the thought of growing food, tending animals and living independently sound attractive to you? If so, then you are not alone, as each year thousands of Americans discover the joy of the self-sufficient life.
But if you are on the fence, here are six reasons why you may want to get going on your homesteading plans:
1. You want to provide food for your family.
Many people who start a homestead do so because they are sick of being reliant on their local grocery store for food. Food prices are skyrocketing, quality is diminishing, and you never know exactly where your food is coming from. When you start your homestead, you will raise the majority of your own food, ensuring it is healthy and nutritious. Also, once your homestead is up and running, you can build a stockpile of healthy food for times of need.
2. You want to simplify your life.
Living in an urban area can be tough: The hustle and bustle of daily life, the fast food and the reliance on technology all eat away at your mental and physical health. If your desire is for fresh air and a good hard day’s work outside, then it may be time to begin your homestead.
People who have left their city ways and embraced all homesteading has to offer report feeling and looking better almost immediately. Their stress level drops, they sleep better, they eat better and they have an overall awareness for the world around them that they have never had before. This promotes a great sense of overall well-being.
3. You want your family to be close.
Modern living has shot a bullet through family life. We are so busy with social distractions, work, sports, school, etc., that we have forgotten what it looks like to be a real family. Few families share a meal together even once a week. The family table has become nothing short of a gathering place for mail and other junk — or a place to do homework. If your desire is to gather your flock together and promote teamwork and unity, nothing will do it faster than starting a homestead. That’s because running a homestead efficiently takes teamwork, and lots of it. Your children will learn the true value of physical labor, and you can enjoy shared meals that you have grown yourself and with less access to the hectic life of the past. You will learn again to have fun together as a family.
4. You want to learn new skills.
Homesteading requires that you learn new skills, and, of course, you need to learn skills to be independent and keep your homestead thriving. There is no better feeling than to be able to manage your own life and property without needing assistance. Learning new skills improves your confidence and also allows you to be a blessing to others in need.
5. You want to be self-sufficient.
Whether you move off grid or even partially off the grid, you will be more self-sufficient than about 90 percent of the population. Think about it: Most people rely daily on everything from the power company to the water company to the grocery store.
Reducing your independence on these services is the first step to becoming self-sufficient. Homesteading offers the chance to live independently, and this provides a strong sense of security.
6. You want to save money.
For many people, the initial cost of starting a homestead and going off grid can be scary. But over time, you will save money. Becoming less dependent on others by raising your own food, learning new skills, utilizing alternative energy sources, etc., will result in substantial cost savings. Take the time to compare your current budget with a proposed budget about one year into your homestead. You will see, pretty quickly, that you can save quite a bit of money.
Of course, homesteading is not for everyone. Always take the time to do your research before purchasing a property and starting a homestead. If you do decide it is for you, then you will need to do even more research to determine things like location and property size. This will help ensure that your journey into homesteading is a rewarding one.
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A contemporary study of the early American nation and its evolving democracy, from a French aristocrat and sociologist In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7,000 miles. The result was Democracy in America, a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th-century America. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing deomcratic system in America as a possible model for post-revolutionary France, believing that the egalitarian ideals it enshrined reflected the spirit of the age and
Many people wonder where the safest place to retreat is should a major disaster hit, an economic collapse occur, or the power grid go down for an extended period of time.
In truth, there is no singular “safe place” where you are guaranteed to survive no matter what, but there are certain factors that make some regions safer than others.
In general, the bet regions to survive in the United States should meet as many of the following criteria as possible:
- Low population density (arguably the most important factor)
- Away from the coastlines
- Little risk of natural disaster (tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.)
- Plenty of fresh, running water
- An abundance of wild game and edible plants that you can hunt or forage
- Fertile land for growing crops
- Long growing seasons
- A current strong local or statewide economy
- The ability to re-build an economy after a disaster (examples: farmer’s markets, mines, logging, oil sites, etc.)
- Protected gun rights
- A low crime rate
- Lower cost of living/housing
- Low property taxes
- Away from nuclear/chemical power plants and military bases
- Away from major cities that could be potential enemy targets
We’ve attempted to include regions throughout the US on our list. Let’s get started:
1. Idaho panhandle/western Montana
We’ll start out with what we feel might be the safest region in the entire United States: the Idaho panhandle/western Montana. The majestic mountains of northern Idaho and western Montana are rich in wildlife, edible plants, rivers and lakes. If you ever needed to find a retreat location in the wilderness, it’s perfectly possible to sustain yourself on natural resources here.
The population density is thin, gun rights are strongly protected, and taxes are low due to strong conservative/libertarian politics. And, the ground is perfectly fertile for you to grow a field of your own crops and/or livestock if necessary. In comparison to other states and regions, the crime rate is also low and in the event of a long-term disaster, the economy could rebuild due to a thriving logging industry, silver mines in the mountains, and a great quantity of successful farmer’s markets.
The area may be a little too close to the West Coast than some may like, and northern Idaho in particular is close to the large Washington city of Spokane, which some feel could be a potential terrorist/nuclear target. But all in all, the Idaho panhandle/western Montana region meets almost all of our criteria, and at the very least it’s our highest recommended retreat area in the Northwest region.
2. Western Dakotas
Both North and South Dakota apply here, but we recommend the western halves of both states rather than the eastern sides (we’ll get to why in a bit).
In general, this area offers a lot of benefits for outlasting the apocalypse. Most notably, it’s as far as possible as you can get from both coastlines, which many disaster experts feel are dangerous hotspots due to their thick population densities, risks of hurricanes, and major cities that could be nuclear targets.
It also offers excellent fertile land for growing crops (though admittedly, some areas have shorter growing seasons), and boasts sparse populations and strong Second Amendment rights. But there is still one negative factor that makes this general area a slight concern, and you’ve probably guessed it: tornados. Fortunately, the Dakotas, especially North Dakota, are at the lowest risk for tornadoes in the Midwest. (Oklahoma, for your information, is the worst).
But a slightly lesser risk of tornadoes isn’t the only reason why the western Dakotas are the most recommended area in the Midwest to outlast a disaster. Home/real estate prices in both states are extremely low, and North Dakota has actually de-populated in recent years. In order to encourage resettlement, some lots in North Dakota are even nearly free! In addition, there’s very low crime and low car insurance rates in both states, and the oil fields of North Dakota offer an attractive opportunity for rebuilding an economy in the aftermath of an apocalyptic-type scenario.
One big negative to living in the Dakotas is that the winters here are brutal, and we don’t mean that lightly. But if you dress warmly and prepare your home and family well for it, you can get through it.
All in all, the Midwest is definitely a region to consider for outlasting a disaster, and the western Dakotas are arguably the best retreat area in the region to accomplish that.
3. Northern Arizona
Many people say that there is not one Arizona but two: northern and southern. Southern Arizona is noted for its vast and arid desert that is among the hottest and driest locations in the US. Water is a huge concern in any disaster situation, and it’s simply difficult to find enough of it in southern Arizona (or any desert region in the US for that matter). And as gun friendly as the state of Arizona is, many disaster experts do not recommend that you live so close to the unstable border even if you do decide you can tough out the desert.
Fortunately, it’s a completely different story in the northern part of Arizona that is marked by sprawling pine forests and tall mountains that sometimes look like they should belong in the Northwest. The temperatures here are much more moderate and forgiving than in the southern half, the population is much less dense (there’s no Phoenix in the northern half), and there are plenty of good ranch and farming sites for you to raise your own livestock and crops in addition to suitable retreat areas.
When it comes to negatives, certain towns and cities in northern Arizona are expensive to live in. But keep in mind we’re trying to choose regions throughout the US. If you live in or near the Southwest, northern Arizona is the safest bet.
4. Northern New Hampshire/western Maine
There are, unfortunately, fewer safe place in the eastern US than in the west. But, thankfully, there still some retreat areas to consider. Northern New Hampshire and western Maine are to the northeastern US what the Idaho panhandle and western Montana are to the west. Yes, the East Coast in general is a hotspot for nuclear threats and natural disasters. But northern New Hampshire and western Maine are safer.
This area is very rich in natural resources, sprawls of wilderness and wildlife. There are already strong hunting and fishing communities here, so you can self-sustain yourself on food if necessary. The population density is slightly thicker in New Hampshire, but it thins out in Maine. In fact, the population density of western Maine is less than that of Colorado. The only natural disaster that really threatens you would be winter storms; the effect of hurricanes will hit the coasts rather than farther north. More government regulations exist in Maine than New Hampshire, which is more economically free.
The biggest concern that disaster experts have with the area is its proximity to urban hubs like New York and Boston.
Just remember that no retreat area in the United States is perfect. But some places are better than others, and if you have no choice but to live in the Northeast in a disaster, northern New Hampshire/western Maine will be your safest bet.
5. Eastern Kentucky (specifically around the Appalachians)
Most survival and disaster experts strongly recommend that you live west of the Mississippi River if you want to live somewhere that’s safer from a natural disaster. But since many people do live east of the river, it’s not fair that New Hampshire/Maine be our only eastern location.
Perhaps your safest place east of the Mississippi will be eastern Kentucky, and specifically around the Appalachian Mountains. Western Kentucky is a hotspot for earthquakes and is much further away from the Appalachians.
Eastern Tennessee is another retreat options, but there are some nuclear sites there that you would be wise stay away from. Eastern Kentucky is far enough away from those sites.
Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Mountains offer prime retreat locations for you to get away from a disaster. In the early days of American history, the Appalachian Mountains were a barrier that prevented our ancestors from moving westward for many years. Today, many disaster experts consider the Appalachian Mountains to be among the best locations to ride out a disaster, and there aren’t any active volcanoes in those mountains, either. People have been living off the Appalachian Mountains for years, so you could easily sustain yourself and your family.
The valleys of eastern Kentucky also offer very fertile land, as well as running water in the form of rivers. You’re also far enough from the eastern coastline to be safe.
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Up to 200 million Americans live in areas that could be impacted by the Zika virus, and the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that the virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas.
Regions in the US that could be impacted include the South, Midwest, the Gulf Coast and the East and West Coasts – that is, warm areas of the country where mosquitoes thrive during spring and summer.
There is no vaccine for the virus, which is tied to a condition called microcephaly that causes babies to be born with heads and brains that are too small. Women in Latin American countries have been warned they should not get pregnant. Zika also may be tied to a condition called Guillain-Barre, which can cause paralysis.
Eighty percent of the people who get Zika don’t even know they have it.
“I think we’re in for real trouble in the United States,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Washington Post.
Brazil is currently undergoing a major epidemic of Zika epidemic, which was first reported in that nation in May 2015.
Zika “will certainly come to the United States, and I think it will come fairly rapidly,” Lawrence Gostin, the director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, told USA Today.
Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization’s director-general, said the “level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty.”
“We need to get some answers quickly,” she said.
The Gulf Coast is the region of the US most likely to see a Zika outbreak because the Aedes aegypti mosquito — which spreads the virus — is already found there, Gostin said. Areas with stagnant water and lots of garbage will be most susceptible, as will poor neighborhoods.
“These mosquitoes have adapted very well to our throw-away society,” Michael Osterholm, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy told USA Today. “It’s not in the swamps, where the mosquitoes that spread malaria live. But that discarded fast food wrapper in the ditch could be a very important source of Aedes.”
Even something as seemingly harmless as trash on the side of the road can become a breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito if it gets filled with water. The mosquito can breed year-round in warm, wet places like Florida and during the spring and summer in areas further north.
Zika is likely to spread through the Americas and affect every country in the region except Canada in the far north and Chile in the south, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.
There is also some evidence that Zika could spread through other ways, including sexual contact, WHO experts told The Guardian.
“Zika has been isolated in human semen, and one case of possible person-to-person sexual transmission has been described,” a WHO press release stated. “However, more evidence is needed to confirm whether sexual contact is a means of Zika transmission.”
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Late last year a cyberattack took down a large segment of the Ukrainian power grid, marking the first time that hackers anywhere in the world accomplished such a feat. Days later, in early January, North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, an action that could put it one step closer to launching an EMP.
Is a cyberattack or EMP attack on the American power grid next? That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to grid expert Peter Pry, the author of the new book Blackout Wars and the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
Pry, who also served on the EMP Commission and the House Armed Services Committee, says a cyberattack or EMP attack could take down the grid for weeks or months. He also tells us:
- Why he believes North Korea may be telling the truth – and why American intelligence may be wrong.
- How a hydrogen bomb would make an EMP even more dangerous – and how North Korea already has the capability to deliver it.
- Why the attack on the Ukrainian grid should worry Americans, and how hackers half the world away could take down the U.S. grid, with no notice.
- What we can do to prepare for an attack on the grid.
If the grid were down for one year, Pry says, upwards of 90 percent of the population would die from starvation, lack of medical supplies and unrest.
Pry also shares his thoughts on the White House’s Space Weather Action Plan, and he tells us how we can pressure Congress to protect the grid. If you’re concerned about America’s future and the power grid, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!
Religion, Influence on America
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
In a country where religion is moving towards the outskirts and people feel better about simply closing the book on divinity we cannot deny its influence on America. Both today and during the revolution as well as the very colonization of the continent. Whether you agree with the tactics of your American ancestors or not its the reason we are here today.
Religion plays a major part in the war we are currently in with ISIS. Its very important to understand that fact. I understand the powers that be attempting to take religion out of the ISLAMIC STATE argument. Its because a small portion of our population cant wrap their head around nuance and will be lynching Muslims.Still, looking at a religion based on what it does for the community and the practitioner. That to me is the best metric for religion in 2015.There is definitely an argument for morality and population management as well.
I am not a very religious guy but I understand its importance. I understand its power as well. I know that it can drive people to do better. We know now better than ever in this century that it still has the power to drive people to do powerful things. I pull motivation from the bible. There are times when I turn to that book above all else.
I wear a cross. Do I believe there was a man name Jesus who walked the Earth, did miracles, died for us and came back from the dead? I have my days when faith is strong and days when I am just way too cynical for any of it. Still I wear a cross. I want to talk about why.
Its a night for religion in the midst of some of the worlds most holy days. Join us and bring your knowledge and opinions. Its important that we look at this thing and put it into perspective because we are also on the door step of 2016.
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Vigilance in being prepared
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
A couple of minutes of sound problems in beginning of this show but well worth the trouble for information provided.
Are we surrounded by the enemy? Are we in the final hour? Are we fighting with all our might? No. We are waking up and going to work each day. We are spending time with our kids. We are up late at night writing show descriptions and worrying about what life will be in the years to come. This world around us is changing. It is important that we change. We have to look to Israel and how they live. People survive in Israel because they understand that the wolves have infiltrated the herd.
I want to talk about vigilance and preparing for an America where desperation is morphing our own people. I truly believe that the equation for mass shooting is pretty clear. There seems to be a recurring theme and it’s not SARIs or guns. The equation looks some something like this.
Desperation + Repression + Religion = fanaticism.
How do we ready ourselves for a world where death does follow in your very shadow. His sickle rattles incessantly in your ears. Tonight we talk about being prepared and being vigilant in this country that is teetering on the verge of something terrible.
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What They Plan To Do To Americans!!! And Why It’s Crucial You Know About It….
“…the battlefield may no longer be limited to regions afar, but may include the U.S. homeland.”
That is the unnerving quote found in a government study titled, Unconventional Operational Concept and the Homeland.
While America may not yet feel like we are living in the middle of a battlefield, we could very well become caught in the coming battle many are projecting for the the near future…at least that is what the Department of Defense wants citizens to believe.
Considering the United States government has been significantly increasing their training preparations with massive military drills like Jade Helm and the stockpiling of ammo, guns, body armor and the like. The possibility of some type of crisis or police state could become a reality a lot sooner than I would like to believe.
In the video below I cover the real truth staring us all in the fact, that is the fact that they are preparing for something huge domestically, from drills, to executive orders, to reports, to the massive spy system. Their main enemy is not the enemy “within-in.”
Here is the breaking report…
“…first understand the population within the context of the operational environment and then take meaningful action to effectively influence human behavior toward achieving the desired outcome.” Cognitive Joint Force Entry White Paper pg 4
“More broadly, law enforcement agencies nationwide are concerned about the growth of the “sovereign citizen” movement. According to one 2014 study, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials considered sovereign citizens to be the top concern of law enforcement, ranking above ISIL and Al Qaeda-inspired extremists.” DOJ, Attorney General John P. Carlin
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The terrorist atrocity in Paris has had an interesting side-effect here in America: Gun sales are on the rise.
Media reports across the country indicate that gun dealers and authorities who issue weapons permits have seen a significant increase in interest in firearms purchases.
“The line will go clear out the door, wrap around to the courtyard, and I would estimate the amount of phone calls quadruple,” Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff’s Office said of concealed carry permit applicants.
Kraus’s office normally processes around 50 applications for permits a day, but handled 104 requests on Monday, November 16, the first day of business after the attacks, TribLive.com reported. On Tuesday, November 17, the office processed even more: 121 permits.
Other locations in the state are seeing a similar pattern.
“It’s 104 for Monday and Tuesday,” Butler County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff Michael T. Slupe said of concealed carry applications. Slupe’s office normally handles around 30 applications each day.
“It’s a reaction from the public and their need to feel safe,” Slupe said of the increase. “When Sandy Hook happened, I was out front (of his office), and we did 100 a day easily.”
Elsewhere, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama also reported that concealed carry permits spiked, TV station WSFA reported.
Gun Sales Boom
Business at the nation’s gun dealers is also up. Jerry McCall, the owner of Texas Guns in San Antonio, told Fox News that sales have increased by 30 percent in the past week. He also said that sales of semi-automatic weapons have increased.
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“A normal firearm is about seven to 10 rounds and what has been selling this last week is 30, 40, 50,” McCall said of the firepower that is in demand. He’s also seeing more first-time customers.
McCall noted that the number of people in his concealed carry class also has doubled.
Record Gun Sales
The spike in firearms purchases is likely to send already record sales to new highs. The number of requests to the National Instant Criminal Background System (NCIS) hit a record high of 1,795,102 in September, Fortune reported. The number rose again to 1,976,759 in October. In fact, requests for NCIS checks have been at record highs for six straight months.
The increase in gun sales is driven by fears of terrorist attacks in the United States and concern that the Paris atrocity could lead to tougher gun laws in the United States. Such action has also taken place in Europe, where the European Union could soon impose a total ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles to the public, UK Sporting News reported. Some of the Paris attackers were equipped with illegal semiautomatic rifles.
At least one US politician, US Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), already has cited Paris as a justification for more gun control in America, Free Beacon reported.
“And I think it ought to cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun safety laws,” Schakowsky told Tim Farley on SiriusXM’s The Morning Briefing Show on Monday.
Other gun buyers are motivated by just plain fear.
“I don’t want to be with my kids and my family hiding under a table. I want to be protecting us and get out of there and if I had to, try to stop somebody,” said Mary Hernandez, a customer at Texas Guns.
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The horror that occurred in the streets of Paris on Friday could soon be repeated in American cities.
There are good reasons to believe that ISIS, the organization French President Francois Hollande blames for the Paris attacks, soon could carry out the same type of terror attack in the United States. Here are five:
1. ISIS itself has promised to attack America.
On Monday, ISIS released a video promising such an attack. A spokesman for the terror group made this statement:
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.”
2. Top American officials expect such an attack.
CIA Director John Brenan warned that other attacks likely would follow the Paris attacks.
“I certainly would not consider it a one-off event. It is clear to me that ISIS has an external agenda and that they are determined to carry out these types of attacks,” Brennan told a gathering of policy experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “This was not something done in a matter of days. This was something that was deliberately and carefully.”
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC he thinks ISIS likely would target his city. He noted that New York is brimming with the kind of targets terrorists hit in Paris.
3. ISIS’ strategy is based on attacking Europe and the United States.
Harleen Gambhir, a counterterrorism expert at the Institute for the Study of War, believes the organization, which is also known as the Islamic State, wants to turn Americans and Europeans against all Muslims.
“Now it is using tactical skills acquired on Middle Eastern battlefields to provoke an anti-Muslim backlash that will generate even more recruits within Western societies,” Gambhir wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “The Islamic State’s strategy is to polarize Western society — to ‘destroy the grayzone,’ as it says in its publications. The group hopes frequent, devastating attacks in its name will provoke overreactions by European governments against innocent Muslims, thereby alienating and radicalizing Muslim communities throughout the continent.”
The ultimate goal, she wrote, is an “apocalyptic war with the West.”
4. ISIS is accelerating its campaign of terror.
Gambhir noted that since January, ISIS-backed radicals have launched attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Lyon, France and attempted attacks in London. Officials also blame ISIS for a bomb that destroyed a Russian airliner in Egypt.
The next logical step in that acceleration would be to launch a major terror attack in the United States.
5. The United States has greatly stepped up its attacks on ISIS.
On November 12, a day before the Paris attacks, The New York Times reported that the US and its allies had sharply increased attacks on oil fields in Syria that are one of the Islamic State’s major sources of money. The fields generate $40 million a month — money without which ISIS cannot survive. “We intend to shut it all down,” Col. Steven H. Warren, a military spokesman in Baghdad, told The New York Times. This could harm ISIS in the long-term but escalate any counter-reaction in the short-term.
Also last week, US officials announced they were reasonably certain that an airstrike had killed the notorious ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, a British subject who killed victims in videos. Around the same time it was also announced that ISIS’s commander in Libya had also been killed by a US airstrike.
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After Paris, ISIS attacks coming to America next… will you be trapped in a ‘gun-free zone’ with no self defense?
While the mainstream media and President Obama pretended radicalized Muslims were warm, fuzzy refugees that we should welcome with open arms, the alternative media has been steadily warning about the precise scenario we just saw unfold in Paris.
Across the independent media — on sites like The Commonsense Show and All News Pipeline — warnings have been repeatedly aired about the “refugees” actually being military operatives who have been ordered to occupy western nations like France, Germany and the United States.
Two days before the Paris attacks, I openly predicted exactly what would happen during an interview with Red List News, saying “this is a planned, boots-on-the-ground occupation of Europe with an activation date at some point in the future where all these young men will be activated, they will pick up rifles or weapons or whatever they can find, and they will overrun the nations of Europe…”
At the time I said it, this statement seemed to many people to be nothing but hot air or even paranoia. Two days later, it became European history (and a massive “wake up call” for naive citizens everywhere who have been living in denial of reality).
Now the same people who accurately predicted the bloodbath in Paris are warning about what’s going to happen next
Now, the leaders of the independent media (new media) are warning about what’s coming next: An ISIS attack wave in the United States.
As I explain in the TalkNetwork.com special reports shown below, ISIS is planning to carry out a coordinated, multi-layered attack on America to accomplish two things:
1) To psychologically terrorize the nation with a high body count and gruesome deaths.
2) To cripple key U.S. infrastructure such as oil refineries, nuclear power plants, water distribution plants and railways.
Presently, the FBI is tracking nearly 1,000 ISIS groups operating in the United States. There is no question that ISIS operatives hate western culture (almost as much as Obama himself) and everything America stands for. To them, every casualty is a victory. Every act of destruction is divine redemption. They are willing, determined and armed with explosive vests, and there is nothing that can stop them once they are inside our borders. (Hence the total lunacy of open borders.)
Where will you be when the ISIS attack wave begins?
When the attacks begin, will you find yourself disarmed and defenseless because you live in a “gun free city” like Chicago?
As I state in these breaking news reports below, if you are currently living in a gun restriction zone (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, etc.), your political leaders have taken away your right to defend yourself against the very same kind of ISIS executions that just took place in Paris.
Will you kneel on your knees, disarmed and obedient, while ISIS executes you and your loved ones with slow, methodical certainty? Or will you exercise your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms?
People like California Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hope you sit there and DIE rather than fight back. They don’t want citizens to be armed, because those same armed citizens might one day overthrow a tyrannical, totalitarian government that rises up in America, too!
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants you to be armed so that you can defend yourself. ISIS operatives were already slaughtered in Garland, Texas, before they could even pull off their mass murder attempt. Any attempt at terrorism in places like Texas will be met with a wave of armed citizens opening fire on the terrorists.
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Hope everyone’s weeks is going well. Had a few minutes so wanted to touch base.
Yesterday was really touching to see the outpouring support for Veterans. I have mentioned this before but I did not serve. It is a regret I consider often. I have always appreciated what men and women of the armed forces have done for this country. My father was a Vet and I loved hearing stories of his time in basic training and the camaraderie he had with fellow soldiers.
I saw comments rolling in here and checked Instagram and Facebook periodically. Lots of stories, memories and appreciation shared.
Throughout social media there were also lots of comments regarding today’s generation and the degrading respect for the country itself, the American flag, and all that many brave men and women have sacrificed for. I agree. The entitlement minded today lack the understanding and respect for the country that should be there. The reasons are many and that is for another day.
What I do know is most everyone I have ever met and know now respect the hell out of the military and all those that serve and have served. While many things about this country are screwed at least the respect for the military hasn’t totally dissipated.
As Capt. Michaels provided – this video is very fitting……
To all those that serve and have served…..a sincere “Thank you.”
Democracy, committing suicide!
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams quotes
So if John Adams was correct we will either have to fight a bloody civil war to keep man free or we have to get comfortably settled under a rash of dictators who come in and rule over us with impunity one after the other. Its very frightening when you come to the realization that democrat or republican, when it comes to representation this nation is left to the will of the highest bidder. Even if you didn’t vote for President Obama he is a great example of good intentions beaten to death by the system.
That being said what if you had the power? Imagine, just for a moment, if you woke up on a throne and had just one day to enact some very serious plans to right the ship. Now I implore you to be a little radical in thought. I want to have fun with this topic tonight. I have some ideas myself. Let me put it nice and simple. What if you were Americas new dictator? What would you do and how would you do it?
I have some very strong ideas and plans if I were given such power. Ideas that would make most people flinch. Its a night to think about the what ifs and wonder about the future of our nation. Though we wont be talking too much on the prepper side of things we will be talking about America.
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Americans Face Impoverishing War on Cash: “More Big Banks Are Shunning Cash”
This article was written by J.D. Heyes and originally published at Natural News.com.
Editor’s Comment: Only in the bizarro-world controlled by the banksters would cash money become a liability and pseudo-criminalized form of payment (which is actually an instrument of debt).
But as SHTF has covered at length, the big banks are much more interesting in having everyone under their control, and on watch through the cashless control surveillance grid.
WAR ON CASH: Banks to start charging for cash deposits
Few could have envisioned it even just a few years ago, but it’s happening now, and on an ever-widening scale. More big U.S. banks are shunning cash, because the banking system has become so dependent on other “assets” that large cash deposits actually pose a threat to their financial health, according to The Wall Street Journal.
State Street Corporation, a Boston-based institution that manages assets for institutional investors, has, for the first time, begun charging some customers for making large cash deposits, according to people familiar with the development.
And the largest U.S. bank in terms of assets — JP Morgan Chase & Co. — has dramatically cut “unwanted” deposits to the tune of $150 billion this year alone, in part by charging customers fees.
What gives? What kind of world do we live in when banks no longer want cash?
As the WSJ reported:
“The developments underscore a deepening conflict over cash. Many businesses have large sums on hand and opportunities to profitably invest it appear scarce. But banks don’t want certain kinds of cash either, judging it costly to keep, and some are imposing fees after jawboning customers to move it.”
As usual, the problem originated largely in Washington, D.C.
The paper said the banks’ actions are being driven by low interest rates (set by the Fed) that eat into profits, as well as “regulations adopted since the financial crisis to gird banks against funding disruptions,” adding in a separate report that a number of large financial institutions have become more dependent on buying and selling stocks, bonds and commodities like oil.
The latest round of fees for large deposits stems from regulators’ deeming them risky. They are sometimes dubbed hot-money deposits that analysts believe is likely to flee quickly in a crisis (think runs on Greek banks recently, which the government eventually curbed).
Agreed upon a year ago in September and managed by the Federal Reserve and other regulators, the rule covering liquidity coverage ratios forces banks and financial institutions to retain high-quality liquid assets — like central bank reserves and government debt — to cover anticipated deposit losses over a 30-day period (creative way for the federal government to continue financing its overspending — by forcing private banks now to hold government debt). Under the rules, banks are required to retain up to 40 percent against certain corporate deposits and as high as 100 percent against some hedge fund deposits, WSJ reported.
“At some point you wonder whether there will be a shortage of financial institutions willing to take on these balances,” Kelli Moll, head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s hedge-fund practice in New York, told the paper.
Moll added that the subject of where to actually put cash has become something of an interesting conversation as hedge funds are turned away by the traditional banking sector.
Dodd-Frank is to the financial industry what Obamacare is to health care
WSJ further explained the phenomenon and fallout:
“Jerome Schneider, head of Pacific Investment Management Co.’s short-term and funding desk, which advises corporate and institutional clients, said that as a result of the bank actions, he and his customers have discussed as cash alternatives boosting investments in U.S. Treasury bonds, ultrashort-duration bond funds and money-market funds.”
“Clients have been put on warning,” Schneider said, when it comes to cash.
The rules essentially criminalizing large depositors of cash stem from the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial “reform” law — a “reform” that did to the banking industry what Obamacare has done to the health care industry.
The law’s two primary authors — Democrats Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, both of whom are now out of Congress — were also backers of Clinton-era housing rules said by experts to have caused the 2008 financial crisis. So, in essence, Dodd-Frank is punishing banks for rules that the two of them (along with most other Democrats and too many Republicans — and Bill Clinton’s signature on the legislation)actually caused.
In the meantime, there appears to be no end to the federal government’s meddling in both the financial industry and just about every other facet of American life.
Causing more problems than it solves — that’s a classic congressional move.
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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com
Get ready. All the controversy that has just swept over Europe with migrant refugees is now coming to America.
Will a threat emerge from the ten thousand or more that will pour in? Homeland Security has noted their concern, as they vow to “carefully screen” for security risks among refugee populations.
Now that Europe has been upended by the refugee crisis, it is time for refugees in the United States. The Obama Administration admits that at least 10,000 are coming, and likely many more later, though Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson refused to hold to a number in the interview. But in a twist, mass exodus from the Syrian proxy war may well bring with it the enemies the U.S. have unleashed. There is, officially speaking, cause for alarm – according to the very same authorities who so often stoke fear in order to yield emergency power and strengthen perception.
To simplify that, the U.S. is inviting a new attack.
USA Today reports:
[Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson] said vetting procedures for 10,000 Syrian refugees who are to be resettled in the United States during fiscal year 2016 refugees had been tightened since the influx of Iraqi refugees a few years ago. “We now do a better job of connecting dots, consulting all the right databases and systems that we have available to us,” he says. But he acknowledged that the self-proclaimed Islamic State might try to use the influx of refugees as an opportunity to infiltrate the United States. “We have to be concerned about the possibility of a security breach and we are concerned about that, and we’re going to vet refugees very carefully.”
Johnson has also acknowledged that “there is no risk-free process” with which to screen the refugees:
“We may have someone who is not on our radar and someone may choose to do something bad after they get here,” Johnson said.
“It is not a perfect process. There is a degree of risk attached to any screening and vetting process. We look to manage that risk as best we can,” Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said.
Homeland Security’s statement is partially in response to Republican concerns about ISIS infiltrators among the refugees. Let’s hope they don’t confuse them with any moderate rebels:
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warning that fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could try to sneak into the U.S. disguised as refugees.
“We must be aware that groups like ISIS will infiltrate refugee camps and try to seek admittance into the United States. As you move forward with the process of admitting more refugees into this country, it is critical that rigorous background checks and security measures are in place,” they wrote.
It is blowback incarnate for the countries that brought conflict to the Middle East by waging war, and who have subsequently attempted to manage the aftermath by agitating undesirable leaders and fueling terror proxy groups as a deliberate but costly maneuver to sow chaos.
In further blowback – tougher security checks for refugee immigrants mean tougher security checks for everyone. Yet another blow to civil liberties. TSA measures at the airports may soon be stepped up to include mandatory biometric scanning just to travel.
After years of grumblings that jihadists would infiltrate America and wreak havoc, the perfect pretext has arrived. The potential pretext for ISIS to attack the Homeland, and revive the tensions of the staged War on Terror is fitting scenario for a military power that has just been publicly shamed for supporting manufactured terrorist mercenary groups in Syria – and is looking for a renewed justification for its actions.
Those who sponsor Middle East terrorism are multiplying their threat perception dollar value, by reigning down a population of unstable Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees – oddly dense in males – who are fleeing from a war torn region.
Cross your fingers as the next phase begins.
This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Homeland Security “Concerned About Security Breach” From ISIS As Refugees Prepare to Flood America