10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon That Surprised Even Us

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When you think of ways to protect yourself and your family, you don’t usually think of going to the kitchen. But did you know a powerful weapon of protection could

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To bray and to act no different!

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To bray and to act no different! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! I haven’t seen such weakness in a long time. The faces carrying the torches were among the saddest and most predictable creatures I have seen in all of America. The same type that would bray about ISIS but they looked … Continue reading To bray and to act no different!

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The Ultimate Survival Tree That Grows on Almost Every Street in America

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This tree is so common in the U.S. that you can see it planted on the streets, in parks, and in residential areas (due to its use as a specimen

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Popeye, Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s!

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Popeye Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s! Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! I will be joined with Popeye from Down the Rabbit Hole. The start of the show will be a look at the economic news and the Markets. We’ll take a look at Gold and Silver prices along with … Continue reading Popeye, Down the Rabbit Hole and Anything Go’s!

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This is Why you Teach Your Kids Self Defense: Thugs Brutally Beat Innocent Teens

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Earlier in the week, a group of kids were brutally attacked while hanging out at a boardwalk in Quincy, Massachusetts. The story received zero national coverage… […]

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Bureau of Land Management planning to Remove 6,737 wild horses from Land in Nevada

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The federal government is yet again targeting the vestiges of the Wild West, as the Bureau of Land Management plans to remove one of the most iconic symbols of the American West from land in Nevada. […]

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Melting Ice Cap Threatens To Release Trapped Ancient Viruses

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It’s official: scientists warn that we now are facing a pandemic SHTF. The deadly, frozen pathogens that have been sleeping for millions of years under the Arctic ice and deep

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Google Releases 20 Million Genetically engineered Mosquitoes in California: Isn’t this how Apocalyptic Sci-fi Films Start?

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Today, Verily began releasing 20 million lab-made Genetically engineered Mosquitoes in two neighborhoods in Fresno, California. […]

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Fukushima plant set to release radioactive material into ocean

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Japanese Fisherman are furious with Tokyo Electric Power Co., latest plan to remove nuclear waste from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, and say it will destroy an already devastated fishing industry. […]

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Preppers and Patriots News Wrap Up

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Preppers and Patriots News Wrap Up James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! After a great celebration of the nation’s birth I think we should take some time to talk. We will not drill down on a topic and instead take a walk through the news that affects both preppers and patriots. We have … Continue reading Preppers and Patriots News Wrap Up

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Is Illinois Facing Collapse? Over 100 People Shot over 4th of July Weekend in Failing City of Chicago

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The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago has officially reached 3rd world warzone status. Over the Independence Day weekend, over 100 people were shot in the city of Chicago. […]

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JOBS: Preparing for Job Loss…steps to move onward & upward [Updated]

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Yes, I am living it right now. I made a decision and quit a job with the state of Wyoming, moved to Nashville with everything I owned (that I hadn’t sold or gotten rid of) and started from scratch again. Had a job building corporate Dell PCs for two weeks, but after knee surgery 6 months […]

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Whats your media diet?

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Whats your media diet? James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! We Drudge, we Prepper Website, we SHTFplan and we may even Future Danger from time to time. As preppers and survivalists we consume a lot of media. In fact, its one of the more addictive parts of this whole process. There are tons … Continue reading Whats your media diet?

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Food Storage and Freeze drying!

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Food Storage and Freeze drying! Ray Becker “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! On this show, I have a guest with me: Stephanie from Harvest Right. We are going to cover Freeze Drying food for long term storage. Along with freeze drying, I will address other methods of storing your food. Long term storage … Continue reading Food Storage and Freeze drying!

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Terror Attack in Michigan Airport: Man Stabs Cop at Airport, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’

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The Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan has been evacuated after a man screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ brutally stabbed a police officer. NBC News: The Canadian born suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing the officer multiple law […]

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Mass Shooting Targeting Republicans: Left-Wing Wacko Opens fire at Republican Members of Congress

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The political tension has reached dangerous levels today after a left-wing activists opened fire at a congressional baseball game. […]

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JOBS: Preparing for Job Loss…steps to move onward & upward.

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Yes, I am living it right now. I made a decision, and quit a job with the state of Wyoming, moved to Nashville with everything I owned (that I hadn’t sold or gotten rid of) and started from scratch again. Had a job building corporate Dell PCs for two weeks, but after knee surgery 6 months […]

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Having Trouble With Facebook?!

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I think this email says it all!
“Hi Keith,
It looks like you’re having trouble with logging in to Facebook. Just click the button below and we’ll log you in”.
You sent me this message, but it did not help me to get back on Facebook. I have no idea WHY you locked me out in the first place!
I have tried to get back on numerous times, but you apparently ASSUME that I know by SIGHT all my Facebook friends. I DON’T!!! Nor have I any intention of sending you copies of my private documents to prove who I am. You shut me out, I did not leave. I have a book page, my personal page, I am admin on a group, & I had membership in several groups, & you blocked my membership. I can no longer share with any of the groups, & the group that I ran can no longer accept new membership or close down. It is in limbo because of you.
You want me back on? You fix it. If you don’t want me back on, STOP SENDING ME NOTIFICATIONS FROM FACEBOOK!!!
Very Sincerely, Keith H. Burgess.

Multiple Terror Attacks in London: Knife and Van Attack

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London was rocked by a series of terror attacks tonight with multiple fatalities after a van ploughed down pedestrians on London Bridge and three men with hunting knives started stabbing people nearby. […]

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Separating Fact from Fiction on the Internet

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Separating Fact from Fiction on the Internet Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio in player below! “3 out of every 5 statistics are made up on the spot” – Abraham Lincoln Did you know… You can have someone transmit a signal from your spare remote key via cell phone & unlock your car door? Or … Continue reading Separating Fact from Fiction on the Internet

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NJ Emergency Alert System ‘Accidentally’ Sends Nuclear Emergency Warnings

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The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management says the Emergency Alert System “accidentally” sent out a warning that something was wrong at a local nuclear power plant. […]

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The US in Syria: Boots on the Ground or Get the Heck Out?

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Remember the high hopes for the “Arab Spring” in 2011? It’s almost forgotten now, apart from one grim legacy – the Syrian Civil War. This has now been raging for

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NSA Tools used in Major Cyber Attack: Cyber Attack hits 74 Countries; Cripples UK Hospitals

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A large-scale cyber attack was launched today, hitting at least 74 countries and seriously damaging the UK’s health care system. […]

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SurvivalRing fundraiser time — Updated

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SurvivalRing Radio has been shut down for the time being (mentioned this last Friday). The main SurvivalRing.org site and the SurvivalRingRadio.com websites will remain online…just no upcoming podcasts or shows for the time beings. We’ll call our “Hiatus for the next few months. Focus on family and career (and health) for now….It’s all about the […]

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Congressional Expert: North Korea Prepping to Launch EMP attack Aimed At U.S.

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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security is warning North Korea may be able to launch EMP attack on the U.S. […]

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Link – Great-grandmother survives 5 days stranded in mountains with her cat

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AKRON, Colo. — An 85-year-old Colorado great-grandmother is safe at home after she was stranded for five days in her car in the mountains.

Ruby Stein was in Gypsum visiting family last week and she and her cat, Nikki, were just starting the 200-mile trip back to her home in Akron.

“I’d been stuck at Eisenhower tunnel before, and I thought, ‘I want to get out of here before that snow comes in.’ Well, I took a wrong turn,” said Stein.

Instead of going to I-70, she accidentally drove deep into a rural mountainous area, getting her 2007 Nissan Sentra stuck at the end of a muddy dirt road.

Her cell phone didn’t have a signal, and by Wednesday her car battery had died, drained by the lights she kept flashing to bring help.

But Ruby says she didn’t panic.

Stayed with the car and survived. She accidentally had food and ‘blanket’ materials with her. Even without a dedicated survival kit she had one thing that every person who is going to survive a disaster must have: presence of mind.

“I keep myself very calm, which surprised me. Of course, if you raise 5 kids, you know,” she said with a smile. “What will be, will be. You just got to accept it.”

That resourcefulness helped her survive, as she fashioned a makeshift blanket from clothes her granddaughter had given her for donations.

She also melted snow in a can on her dashboard during the day, and she rationed sweet rolls and Rice Krispie treats to two bites a day, wondering if she would have to eat her cat’s food to keep from starving.

It is hoped that she will have learned a lesson and think twice about deviating from her planned route and will have a better stash of food/water and blankets in her car. Spring is kinda sorta here in the mountains, although there’s still plenty of snow higher up….but you can still get stuck pretty easily if you wander too far off the asphalt and think “I’ve got all-wheel-drive…this thing can go anywhere.”

Moral of the story: Stay with the vehicle. Have gear.

The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this show our host have a special message for you. Forrest and Kyle collectively have decades of prepping, firearms experience, training, and survival experience. That collective knowledge, experience, and research would like to say … Continue reading The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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Sustainable Gardening Systems!

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Sustainable Gardening Systems James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! Is there anything like eating out of your backyard? I don’t know about you but when I get the change to look out back and see beds of kale, chard, beets and spinach growing tall I am so satisfied. Just having access to … Continue reading Sustainable Gardening Systems!

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US Official Procedures Before SHTF. How to Know Before It Hits

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In any major disaster or SHTF situation, there will always be two critical forces that respond: the government and you. Knowing what the government will do and what you should

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Darwin couple rescued from WA desert. What To Carry With You When Going Bush.

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The Darwin couple were saved from WA’s Gibson Desert. Picture: AAP


Things/Items to carry with you at all times when going bush: (1) A good winch, preferably a hand operated winch. (2) A post hole shovel. This shovel can be used to dig yourself out by creating ramps from the bog. It can also be used to bury your spare wheel to use as an anchor for winching your vehicle out of the bog. (3) Plenty of drinking water. You can survive for up to 3 weeks without food if you are fit, but you can only survive 3 days without water. Hotter conditions and exertion will shorten the time you can survive without water. (4) Food. (5) A 4 litre container of engine oil. (6) Extra fuel. (7) A good medical kit. (8) Tool kit. (9) Wool blankets. My Father always carried a wool rug in his car. This was a carry-over from the days when our cars had no heaters. It is however still relevant, because deserts can get cold at night, and if it is winter it can get cold wherever you are in Australia. (10) A good tyre pump. We have an electric one. If purchasing an electric pump, make sure you get a good one. This is a classic case of “you get what you pay for”! (11) A “snap-strap”. Just in case someone else comes along and is able to pull you out. (12) A high lift jack. We call them “wallaby jacks”.

North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment’ Reports say US Deploying Two More Aircraft Carriers

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According to the South Korean news outlet Yonhap News, two additional U.S. Aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, have been deployed to join the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently heading towards the Korean Peninsula. […]

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Article – Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

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Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter.

Interesting article. A lot of people forget that the internet was originally envisioned for exactly this sort of scenario – a resilient communications system that could operate even with chunks of it destroyed. It’s decentralized nature increased survivability and resiliency.

I find it interesting that the focus is on the East Coast which has gotta be a lot tougher for the NorKs than getting a warhead to the West Coast. But, here in Montana we’d be relatively insulated from either coast getting whomped on.

War on the horizon? Nope. I’m putting it right up there with the return of Xenu or Planet X. But, remember, there doesn’t have to be a war to screw up your plans…all that has to happen is for enough people to believe that there’s one on the way and it becomes virtually self-fulfilling. Don’t be surprised if gas prices go up and the metals market does some weird shimmying.

I liked the emphasis on EMP in the article. It’s something that has still never really been done, as far as I know, on any researchable large scale….kinda hard to set off a high altitude nuke these days without someone getting their panties in a twist. I think EMP is a tad overrated in terms of potential damage. Fiction would have us believe that planes will fall from the sky and even your Casio G-Shock will stop working. I suspect that smaller, simpler, electrical systems will probably work just fine. The planes? Mmmmm…(waggles hand).

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes, but I think this is such a non-event that I’m not really doing anything special…but then again, life is always a “DOUBLE TAKE” around here anyway.

North Korea Threatens ‘WE’LL NUKE YOU’ – Trump ‘Sending an Armada’ to Confront the Threat

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The North Korea State Media warned that the government of North Korea was ready to launch a ‘nuclear attack on the United States’ President Trump dispatches an “armada” to the Korean Peninsula […]

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Iran and Russia threaten War with U.S. if President Trump takes further Action in Syria

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Iran and Russia are threatening to take military action against the United States if President Trump takes further action in Syria. […]

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WWIII? Trump Bombs Syria; Russia Warns Strikes will Lead to Negative Consequences

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It looks like the Swamp is back in action, as yet another President has bombed a foreign country without congressional approval and without that country posing an imminent threat to the United States. […]

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John McCain Trying to Push War with North Korea | North Korea Threatens to Nuke the U.S.

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The U.S. Senate’s top warmonger, John McCain, is yet again trying to push U.S. troops into another unwanted and unwarranted war. North Korea threatens all-out war… […]

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Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda!

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Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda! Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen in player below. There is something about a man alone with his mic that really makes me excited to podcast. I cannot help but enjoy the journey we take each week together. Every so often though I happen upon a guest that is … Continue reading Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda!

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It’s High Time You Started Worrying: The Rich Are Becoming Preppers

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Prepping has an image. It’s not very fair, but it is persistent. When the average person thinks of a prepper they think rural homes, with chickens running around the yard or

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REPOST: SurvivalRing Guide #1: Five Most Important Skills for New Preppers…Set Your Foundation First (plus bonus Bug-out section)

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“Hello…We’re the Preppers…” The “Prepper” movement has grown exponentially in the last few years, thanks to reality TV shows such as “Doomsday Preppers” (aka DDP), and all the knockoff shows and repeats on many other networks, as well as online TV show services like Hulu and NetFlix. Mainstream print and online media is following in […]

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Social Unrest Unleashed: Radical Political Activists Violently Attack Opposition Again

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More political rallies turn violent over the weekend as radicals start openly calling for civil war and violence in the streets. […]

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Fake News on The APN Report

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Fake News Bob Hawkins “The APN Report” Audio in player below! From the very beginning, there has been controversy concerning the press & it’s apparent bias over how it reports the news. But of late, a new controversy has appeared that throws fuel on the fire. The rise of “Fake News.” Up until the last … Continue reading Fake News on The APN Report

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The Next Gen of Preppers

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The Next Gen of Preppers Regardless of what you may think or feel about the millennial generation, there are certain things about them that have far exceeded their parents’ generation. Information, for example. All they’ve ever known is to Google search. They have little to no concept about the Dewey decimal system, cassette players, or …

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Fake News, Real News & Soaring Eagle!

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Fake News, Real News & Soaring Eagle! Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! There has been so much talk about fake news lately that its been a bit overwhelming. On this show I would really like to explore the idea of fake news. You see fake news in and of itself … Continue reading Fake News, Real News & Soaring Eagle!

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3 Major Threats Facing the U.S. By the End Of 2017

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There was a time when writing about the threats we face as a nation was little more than conjecture. Many long-winded articles often injected fear into the reader based merely

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Riots erupt in Sweden as Mainstream Media Attempts to Coverup Chaos

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As the mainstream media feverishly attempts to cover up the ongoing crisis in Sweden, the Associated Press is reporting that Riots have yet again broken out in Rinkeby, just north of Stockholm. […]

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Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Spring Cleaning Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! While snow is on the ground in the grips of winter, for me that means spring cleaning. I confess, I’m a bit of a hoarder. There’s a very fuzzy border between stocking up & stock piling & I tend to lead more to the “pile” … Continue reading Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Oroville Residents Brace for Disaster: But it’s not Just Oroville; California’s entire Water System is at Risk

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Experts warn areas throughout northern California are in danger of flooding and many of the area’s dams and levees face disasters similar to what’s going on at Oroville Dam. […]

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The D.C. Shadow Government and How the Pentagon is Planning for Dystopian Type War in Megacities

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A look at what the Pentagon is preparing for, and how government insiders are running a shadow government in an attempt to create chaos right here in the United States. […]

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Oroville Dam Evacuations Remain in Effect as Officials try to Make Repairs Before New Storms

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California officials have extended evacuations below Oroville Dam and say it could be some time before they allow residents back into their homes. Over 180,000 people were told to evacuate areas downstream from the Oroville […]

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Left-Wing Thugs Continue War of Free Speech: Rioters Storm NYU and Attack another Conservative Speaker

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After last night’s attacks at UC Berkley, left-wing terrorists have decided to start violently attacking conservatives in an attempt to continue their war on Free Speech. […]

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Left-Wing Terrorists Rioting at UC Berkley in attempt to Stop Free Speech on College Campuses

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UC Berkley is on lock down after left-wing terrorists started fires, riots and attempted to takeover the campus to stop Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on Campus. […]

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Get Ready for Large-Scale Civil Unrest: Elites Turning into Preppers, Buying Survival Retreats

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If the last week is any indication of what’s to come, get ready for a very bumpy ride, because the agitators of the world are gearing up to cause some major trouble. […]

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Media Cover Up: Violent Leftists & Terror Groups Behind Airport Protests, Radicals Attack Innocent Trump Supporters

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As the media goes into overdrive attempting to divide the country, radical leftists, in league with Islamic terror groups, have begun organizing against the working class citizens of this country. […]

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WHO/CDC Issues Bird Flu Warnings: High Alert Over Proliferation of Bird Flu Outbreaks

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This year’s global spread of multiple strains of the Avian Flu has health officials throughout the world on high alert. […]

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Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers

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Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers Host Barbara Fix “Off Grid Preppers” Audio in player below! Most of us have heroes. Mine happens to be Dr. Katherine Albrecht who is considered one of the world’s foremost privacy advocates.  If you want to know how smart phones, GPS, RFID, facial recognition, and remote … Continue reading Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers

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Wackos at CNN Float Story on How Obama can Stay in Power if Trump is Killed

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When it comes to fake news, CNN has really gone off the deep-end this time, trying to push a bizarre story on how President Obama can appoint a member of his cabinet to the presidency if Donald Trump is killed during the inauguration. […]

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allahu akbar strikes again: Islamic Extremist Hits Florida Airport

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The jackasses in the mainstream media — the ones that claim sites like this are “fake news” — are yet again attempting to cover up the latest terror attack under the Obama administration. […]

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Avoid the Fake News Trap: 9 Tips to Get Accurate Information

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fake newsMany of us in the prepper world feel like the news is biased, or at best, incomplete. Lately, “fake news” has been in the headlines, reaffirming that we can’t believe what we see or hear when it comes to the news fed to us by mainstream media.

One prime example happened toward the end of December, 2016, when The Washington Post reported with the sensational headline, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to electrical grid security, officials say.” Wow. In the prepper community we are more aware than most of the grid’s vulnerability. Immediately, this story raised concerns — but then just as quickly, fell apart. Turns out that a laptop computer belonging to the Burlington Electric Department had acquired malware. The malware may have been written by a Russian — but malware is readily available for sale on the open market and most computer owners have had malware issues many times. The laptop wasn’t connected to the grid, the malware was removed, end of story. There was never a “Russian operation hack” — not even close.

So why would an established newspaper of record rush to publish a story that was so quickly debunked? Basic fact checking would have saved The Washington Post from much embarrassment, especially after having published this article, condemning “fake news” and listing “fake news” websites.

Even without fake news as an issue, it’s hard to get the full picture in a 30 second “story” or a brief headline. Additionally, many of us assume that when SHTF, mainstream news sources will be unreliable or consist of pure propaganda. And there’s just so much information out there that it seems overwhelming at times. It’s tempting to just ignore it all, and, if you’re smart, you’ve figured out that there’s very little “news” that’s completely believable.

But making wise and effective preparedness decisions means having a somewhat accurate view of what is, and is not, happening. After all, how will we be able to discern an accurate picture when it really matters if we don’t practice discernment now? If you can’t rely on the accuracy of information, then what do you base your survival decisions on?

Avoiding the fake news trap

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you watch or read the news:

What has geo-political significance?

In my history classes, I tell my students to think of this in terms of what might be in history books 40 years from now. In other words, the type of events that could change history. A celebrity marriage or divorce? Unlikely. Two countries ending portions of a nuclear containment agreement? Very likely. Pay attention to those things with geopolitical significance, and ignore the rest. Not every news story is worth your time, and this is a fast way to decide what to pay attention to.

Who, what, when, where, why, and how?

Every story, no matter how short, should cover these bases at a minimum. If, for some reason, the information isn’t available yet, the aspect should still be addressed. For example, if the police are still looking for the bank robber, the “Who?” can’t be answered just yet, but the story should still say they are “following several leads” or something similar. Identify what pieces of the story are missing from the reporting. It’s possible the missing information has been purposely left out.

What part of the story is missing or leaves basic questions unanswered?

If you find that a story is missing some aspect of basic reporting, try to find the missing pieces from another source. For example, many recent domestic terror attacks have involved people of a similar religion or origin, but many mainstream news reports were leaving out this information in reporting, even if it was known. This was an instance where alternative news sources were reporting the information immediately. Details like that could matter immensely when it comes to identifying or categorizing threats (or lack thereof) to your family or personal situation, and you should try to find them.

One very popular strategy by many in the media is using unnamed sources. “An unnamed source reports…” Who is the unnamed source and why isn’t their name being disclosed? Is it possible the source doesn’t exist and the information being passed along is the author’s own opinion? Or maybe the unnamed source is the journalist 2 cubicles over or the political enemy of the main person or cause presented in the story. Be very wary of news reports that frequently resort to this tactic.

What are you observing on the ground and how does that line up with the story that is being reported?

In the most recent election cycle, my friends and I kept counts of political yard signs and bumper stickers. Although our counts weren’t statistically accurate, there was a significant discrepancy between our observations, and polling numbers reported. If a political poll as reported just doesn’t match up with what you are observing, then you might wonder if the polling is accurate. ALWAYS trust what you observe over what you are told. This skill will be absolutely crucial if the SHTF, as most “official” reports are going to be untrustworthy.

Find the original quote or document–what does it say in context?

It’s very common for headlines to say one thing when, in context, the meaning of a statement is completely the opposite. If a statement being reported seems particularly shocking or hard to believe, take a few moments to find the statement from its original source and read it in context. You might be able to find the original speech or interview on YouTube, for example. Watch or read as much of the original context as you can, and decide for yourself what the person meant by the statement. Always trust your own interpretation of any original source over a second-hand account or third party interpretation of what happened.

Are the same descriptors used in similar cases?

A friend of mine just shared an article about political corruption where the political affiliation of the accused was left out. This is a detail that is directly related to the nature of the story, and its omission may indicate a bias on the side of the reporter or news agency. Be alert to missing details, and allow them to tell you something, too.

Similarly, be aware of optics. Images can be used to sway opinion, even if it doesn’t exactly reflect the facts in the news story itself. Journalists know that most people will read the headline, glance at the image, perhaps read the caption, and then draw their conclusions. One particularly obvious example was in the unfortunate shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman back in 2012. Even when the facts emerged that Trayvon was a very tall and mature looking 17 year old, media reports continued to publish a photo of the young man when he was 12. In comparison, they used a mug shot of George Zimmerman taken 7 years earlier and continued to use that photo for weeks. Neither photo was accurate and that did a disservice to readers and viewers everywhere.

Who or what benefits?

This might also be known as “follow the money.” Recently, there have been major headlines about various pharmaceutical drugs becoming very expensive, literally overnight. Why is this happening? The answer to those situation and many others can be answered by asking who benefits from these changes. One caution: it’s not always so obvious as saying, “The greedy companies, of course!” You may have to go back a few layers. Sometimes, alternative news sources will do this for you.

How has the narrative changed?

In the book 1984, George Orwell wrote, “We’ve always been at war with Oceania.” For news stories that have been going on for a while, compare older stories with more recent ones to see how the terminology or perspectives have changed. For example, at the beginning of the Syrian war, there was a “refugee” issue. More recently, the news stories refer to these displaced peoples as “migrants.” Sometimes, the change is because more details have emerged, but more often, it’s because the story is being spun a certain way.

Why now?

In an election year, this question is easy to answer: the information is likely coming out at a certain time in order to hurt a particular candidate or sway voters. But in other times or situations, it may be harder to discern. For example, 24/7 coverage of police shootings overshadowed passage of CISPA, while arguments over flags and bathroom signs covered up the release of 28 pages from the 9/11 report and news of coup d’état’s around the world, and so on. Did you wonder why all the evil clown stories were suddenly in the news? Gotta wonder what was going on at the time that we weren’t supposed to know about. In many (perhaps most) cases, inflammatory issues are probably just being used as a distraction from something that is actually more important.

Action steps to get accurate information and avoid fake news

  • Pick just one or two of these questions posed above and apply them to every news story you hear or read this week.
  • Find a few alternative news sources including at least one overseas news source just for the different perspective. Even if they don’t align with your personal political viewpoints, you will still get information from a different perspective. Then, judge that information next to news from another source or two. For example, you could try:
    • ZeroHedge
    • The Daily Sheeple
    • Stratfor
    • Drudge Report
    • Federalist
    • Slate
    • Shadow Stats
    • InfoWars
    • Blacklisted News
    • The Jason Stapleton Program
    • Storm Clouds Gathering
  • As for overseas sources, you could try the BBC, UK Telegraph, Canada Free Press, or similar. While I’m not necessarily endorsing these sites or their contents, they can at least provide alternative information or perspectives, and get you thinking more critically about news in general.
  • Read books like James Rawles novels, or any of the Economic Hitman booksThe Fourth Turning, or The Next 100 Years. These books offer new perspectives, and they could certainly help shift your paradigm on news reporting and current events.
  • Learn how to recognize false arguments. The Fallacy Detective makes this very easy and helps you identify such tactics as strawman arguments, faulty appeals to authority, an ad hominem attack, and many others. With this information in hand, watch a political debate on YouTube and try to identify the false arguments made by the candidates.

Eventually you will find that single sentences or even phrases in new stories will pop out at you as significant, and you’ll be more comfortable relying on your own observations and conclusions.

Having a more accurate view of the news, and being able to identify what is and is not important, could one day be the difference between your timely decision to act, or missing a critical window of opportunity.

What steps are you going to try this week?

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