“North Korea amps up worries about potential threat to the U.S. power grid”

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Well, it finally looks like a few cupcake newspapers are starting to realize that North Korea and their nukes can, with one missile and an EMP/nuke warhead on top of it, can end grid-life as we know it here in the USA and Canada for six months or much, much longer.
Original story source:  The San Diego Union-Tribune, Reprinted by the Jacksonville, Fl, Times-Union Newspaper.

Tiny Home Blog

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I’ve added another blog to read. The author is a young single girl living completely off-grid in a “Tiny Home” in Western Wyoming. If you’re thinking of a tiny home for a retreat or home to live in, she shows what it’s like. Good writer and excellent photographer.

It’s located in the VAN DWELLING, RV LIVING, BOV’S and the link name is Fy Nyth… Tiny Home Living.



Update; 3½ Months Since Hurricane Matthew

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It’s slow going!
Looks like some of the home repair contractors are beginning to free up from the major ‘keep the rain out’ and ‘get us back in our homes and out of the motel’ jobs and get back to my area. The first of the seven blue tarp’d homes just had the repairs made to it. They were lucky in that the tree fell onto and into the garage and not the living area, otherwise they would be living in a motel all this time. The damage was about a couple dozen rafters had to be replaced because they were crushed, a bunch of drywall and plywood sheeting, re-roofing, trim and painting.

If you live in hurricane country, earthquake or forest fire areas plan ahead. Your home could be completely destroyed and have to be re-built from the ground up. This takes a lot of time. Always remember when making emergency or disaster planning concerning shelter, your home may not be repaired for a year or more. Plan now with family or relatives well outside your area to move in with them or if you have an RV park it with power on their property.



TURD Humor

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Do You Know Someone Suffering From Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD)?
Know the signs, spot the symptoms, and save a life.

TURD is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.

Sufferers of TURD often exhibit pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of rage, rioting, uncontrollable crying and “unfriending” on Facebook.

TURD is caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal, Socialist parasite in such ill health she got chucked into the back of a van like a kidnap victim.

Research is ongoing, but TURD appears to correlate closely with the following environmental and behavioral factors:

  • Membership in the Democratic Party.

  • Identifies as an Actor or Artist.

  • Exposure to a Liberal Arts college professor.

  • Works for the Federal, State or Local government.

  • Living in a densely populated metropolitan area.

  • Massive student debt.

  • Spotty or non-existent work history.

Patients with TURD are very resistant to treatment and dangerous in large groups. Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality. Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TURD, urge them to seek treatment. Together we can beat this scourge, and Make America Great Again.

New Template

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I’m trying a new template to make the blog easier to read and after 8 years a little different look. Right now I’m having a little trouble getting the title block image to size properly. So you’ll see a number of attempts at it including the blogs background colors.

Protesting in Mexico

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Why are they protesting?
Mexicans were enraged by the 20 percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation of the energy sector. The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about .90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico’s just raised minimum wage for a day’s work – 80 pesos (about $4.00).

$4.00 a day minimum wage! No wonder they are running our borders.

Link to story and photo’s:

Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead, 600 arrested

by: MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Updated: Jan 5, 2017

Link to another story and photo’s worth reading:

Border Bridges Closed Amid Mexican Gas Price Riots

by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ 10 Jan 2017 Nogales, AZ, Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/border/2017/01/10/border-bridges-closed-amid-mexican-gas-price-riots/

People “LOCK YOUR CARS”

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Yesterday, 01-05-17 @ 1:40am, my sleepy little subdivision of 84 homes, had 2 cars stolen (one next-door to me) and 8 others vandalized. The crime element of the city has finally migrated into my area. I live in a very remote S.E. part of the city. There are no other homes around us, just virgin woods, the Intracoastal Waterway on two sides, the Mayo Clinic campus (hundreds of acres) on another and AIG Insurance campus (again at least 150 acres) on the other. However, we are separated from those campus’ by 6 lane roads. There is never any foot or bicycle traffic past our neighborhood entrance, which is only one way in and the same way out, not very inviting for thieves as a target area because they can get trapped. Today, they have recovered one of the cars on the far North Side of town (25 miles away), no news on the other.
I have been contemplating adding video cameras on my home, not that they will stop anything but having images of the thieves may help catch them and put them away.

If it were my decision I’d move from here tomorrow because it will get worse, but she who must be obeyed doesn’t see the need! The city has 3 murders a week and 8 shootings a week. Who does 90% of these? The sub-humans. I’m sure they are waiting for the opportunity to start protests and burning down the city. It’s the only thing that makes them and apparently our politicians happy.

Local News Video, you’ll have to scroll down a page or two to find the video.

Title of video:

“2 cars stolen, several broken into in Intracoastal West neighborhood


When should you replace older ‘Smoke’ and ‘CO’ alarms?

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This time of year the news media and fire departments are urging people to install fresh batteries every year in their Smoke and CO alarms and even if it appears functional to replace the entire alarm with a new one if your not sure of its age. Most models sold today have a manufacturer stated ten-year life span but some have only three! Read the packaging before buying. I just purchased three new CO alarms, made by Kidde. They had a nice feature where it will give warning chirps at the end of ten years use. The internal timer starts the minute you install the batteries in it.
For a reminder to replace the batteries in all my alarms I use Christmas, easy to remember for me. Also, I use a file folder label on each alarm that has the date of install and a reminder for the annual battery replacement.

This photo shows the Smoke and CO alarms I use in my van when using a catalytic heater.


Blogger screwed me again

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Yesterday, I added a new blog to follow on my blog list. Last night is was on there but this morning they were all GONE! I haven’t been good at keeping a separate back-up list so now I have to go by memory and rebuild the list. If I’ve left someone off I’m sorry, it wasn’t intentional. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll recall all of them and get you on the list again.

Tropical Storm COLIN

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If COLIN was already a hurricane it would be of real concern but it doesn’t appear it will turn into one. If nothing changes, COLIN will be directly on top of me at 1:00AM Tuesday as a ‘Tropical Storm’ with sustained winds less than 73mph.
Currently, the NOAAHurricaneCenter says, 50mph sustained winds with gusts to 70mph (at 70mph the house sometimes creaks and groans like a wooden boat). It’s not life or serious damage threatening except for the possibility of falling trees. Most of mine are old-growth 24-30 inches in diameter and not in prime shape. Should one fall on the house they’d do serious damage if not totaling the house.

I’m not worried too much about serious damage, just not looking forward to the yard and neighborhood clean-up afterwards.

They are also predicting 8 inches of rain, so for many home flooding will happen. As for me, flooding is not likely as all our rain run-off flows into the Intracoastal Waterway just a few feet away.

Storms are one of the biggest reasons I prepare and prepare for the worst. So now we just sit back and wait it out.

1,000,000 Page Views, WOW!!! Time for a Change??

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That really is amazing that so many people have found and made use of the information here at L.P. Thank-you to all who have stopped by since 2008, the beginning of “Living Prepared” and to those who have been kind with your many thoughtful and constructive comments.

I never intended this blog to be a daily blog about my preparedness life but only to be a personal depository or holding place for my technical thoughts, posts and my actual preparedness methods. In the beginning around Y2K time, I belonged to several survival forums. Many of the questions and comments were the same between the forums, so rather than rewriting the information again and again and again, I made it a lot easier on myself by creating the Living Prepared Blog and posting my thoughts there. Then during conversation I could simply refer to the detailed post with the link back to Living Prepared. And that’s how Living Prepared started.

Living Prepared is 8 years old and as with most Prepping blogs you begin to run out of new material and you start to post more trivial information than hard facts that Preppers need to know when they begin their Prepping. That’s where I feel I’m at today, decision time. I’ve thought about closing the blog down but that is hard to do because of all the work I have in it plus a lot of worthwhile information would be lost. Then there is a need to update or re-write the older posts including better photo’s and with some video’s using today’s current information which makes sense. I can still keep the blog alive to serve the new people who stop by.

So my decision is to keep Living Prepared alive.

I’m going to take a little break and get some other things done that I’ve been putting off, so posting will be slow for a while. Upon returning, I’ll start with better organization of the topics, many need corrections/editing and re-writing and new photographs of most of the subjects.

One of the topics I intend to spend more time with is “The Economy or Collapse”. The USA is in a very unsettling downward spiral. Some of you may know that I have been retired for a few years now and in the next couple months I will turn 70. I don’t have one of those golden pensions like government workers do, I had to save my own money. Here’s where I see the danger we’re in. I do have a Financial Advisor because retirement planning/investing is complicated and can be dangerous with all the hidden income tax penalties etc. but trying to keep your money safe and grow to keep up with inflation is almost a waste of time today. All we can do is sit tight and ride it out. If a financial collapse happens what would we citizens be looking at, what would everyday life be like, what about utilities, food availability, jobs and transportation. These are just some of the issues I want to bring up forward for us to review and discuss. Should be interesting.

Later,

Mike

Morons, Alcohol & Guns should be the name of this video

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I know this video is supposed to be funny but it is sad that we are all surrounded by such dangerous people or in this case, ‘sub-humans’. However, there are a couple lessons within. One and the most disturbing to me are the women who have made such bad life decisions to be involved with these morons. And two, when any person who is going to fire any gun for the first time, have only one round in it.
Video link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blu-M6zyzAU

Most Heavily Armed States

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Just some worthless information but I find numbers fascinating sometimes, like the amount of legal and documented guns we citizens admit to owning! Who can guess as to how many undocumented, under the radar private sales there are.
Here’s a list of the 50 states from the least to the most number of legal guns in each:

Six Bears got shipwrecked!

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A sad day for a fellow blogger http://sixbearsinthewoods.blogspot.com/ He lives in the extreme Northeast corner of the USA, almost Canada and he, his wife and their dog come down here to Florida and sail the coast and islands all winter long while escaping the nasty cold at home.

This winter would have been special because they just purchased a new sail boat (new to them) and were really looking forward to all the extra room and comfort they now have while sailing the coast and islands.

Normally, it’s always a good time for them until the other day when making a night time passage between islands from the open water Gulf into the Intracoastal Waterway. They were seeking a good anchorage and protection from the heavy winds they were in most of the afternoon.

Then it happened, the fear all sail boaters have, the charts call out the waters depth at 17 feet but the reality was a lot less. This time for Six Bears it was so shallow he grounded the boat hard and was stuck grounded until the morning when a tow company could try and get it off. Sadly after the night of waves bashing the grounded boat it gave up and the boat sank.

The only good news is all are OK.

SURPRISE! You’re Eating Fukushima Radiation

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SURPRISE! You’re Eating Fukushima Radiation; Bloody Cancerous Tumors in Fish & Seafood

Americans and Canadians have been eating radioactive fish filled with bloody, cancerous tumors, as a result of contamination with radiation in the Pacific ocean from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Why hasn’t this cancerous fish been banned from our consumption????

Ground water, flowing from inland, IS STILL seeping beneath the blown-up rectors, coming into contact with the melted-down reactor cores, becoming highly radioactive, then flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This issue is far from over and looks like the Pacific Ocean may become a waste land. Why aren’t the world governments on top of this as a Priority? It has been 5 years since the disaster and still no proven solution.

In March, 2011 an earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a Tsunami which hit the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, causing three reactors to melt down and explode.

Read the rest of this very disturbing story and cancerous fish photo’s at this link:

Why the U.S. Pays More Than Other Countries for Drugs

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Interesting article. If our politicians weren’t in the back pockets of the drug companies could we also could enjoy these lower drug costs?
Mike



Visit link for pictures and graphs.
Why the U.S. Pays More Than Other Countries for Drugs

Norway and other state-run health systems drive hard bargains, and are willing to say no to costly therapy.

By Jeanne WhalenNovember 30, 2015 10:14 PM (Wall Street Journal)

Norway, an oil producer with one of the world’s richest economies, is an expensive place to live. A Big Mac costs $5.65. A gallon of gasoline costs $6.

But one thing is far cheaper than in the U.S.: prescription drugs.

A vial of the cancer drug Rituxan cost Norway’s taxpayer-funded health system $1,527 in the third quarter of 2015, while the U.S. Medicare program paid $3,678. An injection of the asthma drug Xolair cost Norway $463, which was 46% less than Medicare paid for it.

Drug prices in the U.S. are shrouded in mystery, obscured by confidential rebates, multiple middlemen and the strict guarding of trade secrets. But for certain drugs—those paid for by Medicare Part B—prices are public. By stacking these against pricing in three foreign health systems, as discovered in nonpublic and public data, The Wall Street Journal was able to pinpoint international drug-cost differences and what lies behind them.

What it found, in the case of Norway, was that U.S. prices were higher for 93% of 40 top branded drugs available in both countries in the third quarter. Similar patterns appeared when U.S. prices were compared with those in England and Canada’s Ontario province. Throughout the developed world, branded prescription drugs are generally cheaper than in the U.S.

The upshot is Americans fund much of the global drug industry’s earnings, and its efforts to find new medicines. “The U.S. is responsible for the majority of profits for most large pharmaceutical companies,” said Richard Evans, a health-care analyst at SSR LLC and a former pricing official at drug maker Roche Holding AG.

The reasons the U.S. pays more are rooted in philosophical and practical differences in the way its health system provides benefits, in the drug industry’s political clout and in many Americans’ deep aversion to the notion of rationing.

The state-run health systems in Norway and many other developed countries drive hard bargains with drug companies: setting price caps, demanding proof of new drugs’ value in comparison to existing ones and sometimes refusing to cover medicines they doubt are worth the cost.

The government systems also are the only large drug buyers in most of these countries, giving them substantial negotiating power. The U.S. market, by contrast, is highly fragmented, with bill payers ranging from employers to insurance companies to federal and state governments.

Medicare, the largest single U.S. payer for prescription drugs, is by law unable to negotiate pricing. For Medicare Part B, companies report the average price at which they sell medicines to doctors’ offices or to distributors that sell to doctors. By law, Medicare adds 6% to these prices before reimbursing the doctors. Beneficiaries are responsible for 20% of the cost.

The arrangement means Medicare is essentially forfeiting its buying power, leaving bargaining to doctors’ offices that have little negotiating heft, said Sean Sullivan, dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington.

Asked to comment on the higher prices Medicare pays compared with foreign countries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said: “The payment rate for Medicare Part B drugs is specified in statute.”

In the U.S., few payers, public or private, cite cost as a reason to deny drug coverage, partly owing to a traditional emphasis in the U.S. on doctor and patient autonomy. “They don’t want to impinge on individual choices,” said Neeraj Sood, a health policy and economics expert at the University of Southern California.

Medicare Part B, for example, typically covers drugs and services deemed “reasonable and necessary.”

“If it’s a [Food and Drug Administration]-approved drug and prescribed by a duly licensed physician, Medicare will cover it,” said Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare and Medicaid in the 1990s.

U.S. drug prices—showing regular increases, sometimes steep—are increasingly a focus of congressional probes and vocal criticism by insurers, doctors, politicians and consumers, who bear part of the cost.

Renee Andrews, an Oxford, Mich., resident whose son has juvenile arthritis and other conditions, said she can’t believe how low medication costs are for families overseas who post messages in her online support group. “Their out-of-pocket costs are considerably less than what we’re paying,” she said.

Research spending

The pharmaceutical industry says controls such as those seen in Europe discourage investment in research and deny patients access to some drugs. “The U.S. has a competitive biopharmaceutical marketplace that works to control costs while encouraging the development of new treatments and cures,” said Lori Reilly, an executive at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade association.

If U.S. pricing fell to European levels, the industry would almost certainly cut its R&D spending, said Mr. Evans, the health-care analyst. “Does the U.S. subsidize global research? Absolutely, yes,” he said.

The higher U.S. prices also help drug makers afford hefty marketing budgets that in the U.S. include consumer advertising—something Europe doesn’t allow. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the S&P 1500 earn an average net profit margin of 16%, compared with an average of about 7% for all companies in the index, according to S&P Capital IQ.

For its analysis, the Journal started with Medicare Part B’s top drugs by payments to medical practices in 2013, the latest such data available. These are mostly drugs administered in a doctor’s office. Costs of drugs sold by U.S. pharmacies are harder to compare because of discounts and rebates.

After excluding drugs that faced generic competition in 2015 and those for which prices elsewhere weren’t available, the Journal compared 2015 third-quarter prices paid in the various jurisdictions. The analysis didn’t examine Medicare’s coverage of pharmacy-dispensed drugs, known as Part D, which is run by insurance companies that don’t reveal their pricing.

Name One Good Leader

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Below is copied from “Thoughts from Frank and Ferns” blog. I follow their blog and find them two of the smartest blogging people out there. Check them out. Today they posted “Name One Good Leader”. After reading, you’ll probably come to the conclusion we as a country are in deep and irreversible trouble.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Frank and I were having a discussion over lunch today involving the immigrant invasion in Europe. Frank asked me how the leaders of these countries could continue to make such poor decisions. Decisions that will ultimately lead to the demise of their countries and populations. My response? Name one good leader of one country in the world. We couldn’t think of any.

Name one leader that is making sound financial decisions.

Name one leader that is protecting the rights and freedoms of the citizens.

Name one country that is making decisions that are boosting free enterprise and the independent businessman.

Name one country that is providing healthy food that is not laced with pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and GMO poison producing seeds.

Name one country that has enough jobs.

Name one country that has maintained it’s infrastructure so that it can withstand the onslaught of population growth.

Name one country that can produce enough food to feed it’s people.

Name one country that can withstand a major cyber attack of it’s electrical grid, financial institutions or military infrastructure.

Name one country that gets along with all the other countries.

Name one leader that is not a power hungry, control freak.

Name one country where the freedom of the people has increased instead of decreased over the last decade.

Name one country where bigotry and hatred has not increased over the last few years.

Name one country where privacy has not been given away in the name of protection and security.

Name one country where the leaders have not done all in their power to disarm the populace.

Name one country where the government doesn’t have an us against them (the people) attitude.

Name one………..

I wish we could.

Where does this leave us? We have yet to find out, but it won’t be long. It really doesn’t matter who the leaders are anymore. They all belong to the same club, drive the same cars, eat the same food and spout the same mantra. Some of them try to put their own special, personal twist on the message, but it’s all the same. Everything else is a distraction. You have to dig down really deep to get beyond all of the everyday lies and deception to see what is happening to the world. What you uncover is unbelievable, gets worse every minute of every day, and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do but watch it unfold and try to prepare for a survival scenario of unknown origin. Don’t be fooled by the stupidity and distractions placed before you. Keep your wits about you or this thing that is coming will devour you. Don’t get on the truck.

Until next time – Fern

Thanksgiving

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I hope all of you can get your families together for this day, a day that is only a time for families and good friends. No presents exchanged, no false “Oh Thank You I Always Wanted This”, just family and friends simply talking to one another.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Zero to Cruising

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I’ve added the “Zero to Cruising” website to my Blog List. They are fulltime live aboard sailboat sailors. They have a lot in common with Preppers, as they must find a safe place to anchor and live, find and store fresh water, buy and store food and eat all within their sailboat. I have followed these two for a while now. They have an interesting, honest life and lifestyle I wish I could afford! I hope you enjoy reading about their adventures.

Health Insurance, one of the many reasons it costs so much.

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One of my health insurance policies is Blue Cross Blue Shield and EVERY year they send this 1 3/8 inch thick stack of updated directories along with a new set of documents letting me know what they are not going to pay for anymore and the reduced coverage for hundreds of other procedures. Everyone who has a BCBS which I assume is millions, gets one of these annual update packages.
I can’t imagine the number of employees, proof-readers, printing costs and UPS delivery costs that this annual nonsense costs. There has to be a better way, maybe like a user-friendly website and do it now rather than reduce benefits or continually raise premiums.
The 2016 stack of waste and most of it when you try reading it is not understandable.

Hurricane coming next week Tuesday

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Looks like this coming Tuesday I’m going to have a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane at my front door. If they’re correct it’s going to roll up the entire east coast of Florida. I don’t expect much damage other than some flooding of low areas along with branches blown out of the trees and the rich people who have ocean front property getting more of their beach washed away.

At least I’m not going to be standing in line at the stores getting supplies as I am always stocked for these events. I do get to test run my new Honda generator tomorrow just to be sure everything is good to go then just sit back and watch the show!