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Out of Control

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Independence, self reliance and control over our own lives is quickly becoming a mirage that we can somewhat see but can’t seem to reach. Is the big train wreck what we have to look forward to?

Under the guise of ‘health’ there is a potential attempt to control us through military force using mandatory vaccinations, nutricide and food ‘safety’ laws? Disinformation is the rule and even medical journals and the MSM tout false studies to keep us confused such as in the BBC report Organic ‘has no health benefits.’ Controlling the message makes a few a lot of money.

Hate crimes, thought crimes, domestic ‘terrorists’ and the multitude of contrived threats are the state’s attempt to get us to shut up and get in line.

The wars of and for the liars who started them and those who perpetuate them are pushed to the background. There’s no anti-war movement to speak of. Innocent people and the ‘volunteer’ soldiers continue to die and there’s barely a squeak out of anybody except for a few in the blogosphere.

Yeah, people are talking about the economy. It’s what effects them the most and is always immediate. Most folks know it’s been a scheme of theft for the bankers but talk is all we get. Will congress stop the Federal Reserve and the Wall Street mafia? Not likely. Those with the most money have many options before they will give up their power. You can count on that.

‘Question everything’ used to be a rallying cry. Now it’s question nothing and maybe you will be safe.

As individuals, we can shut up or we can prepare and be willing to step up, just in case the out of control train leaves its tracks

playlist of some of my personal favorite ‘tools.’

Time to Prepare

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Take the time to prepare for the coming financial woes.


by Gwen Caldwell

The financial stability of our country is in peril. Unemployment continues to rise. The housing market continues to fall. Banks are failing at an unprecedented rate. The stock markets are unstable, as is our dollar. Folks, the new regime in Washington is not going to fix this problem! No matter how many bailouts they want us to pay for, we are only applying a band-aid to a gaping wound in the financial jugular vein of this country! It will not stop the bleeding.

We have got to start facing the facts and preparing for the total collapse of our financial system as we know it. Start downsizing now! Get your pantries stocked with food, water, essential vitamins and medicines. Making these preparations now may not only save your life, but will ensure that your quality of life is not reduced in the face of economic disaster.

I encourage all of you to look around your homes at the things that you could liquidate right now to create storage space for food and that can create extra financial resources for stocking up on food. Quit eating out, avoid fast food and junk food. Eat popcorn, fruits and vegetables for snacks to keep your immune system built up and save money.

Think about those things that will disappear in a crisis and make sure you have them. Oil lamps and oils, batteries, diapers, camp stoves and fuel, guns and ammo, toilet paper are things that come to mind. Think about those things that might be good barter items in your area…get them.

I urge you to go online and purchase heritage garden seeds, so that you can grow your own food. Even if you live in a small apartment you can plant food in containers to help you supplement what is in your pantry. Buy sprouting seeds and a sprouter. Buy canning jars, so that you have a means of preserving your food.

There are many excellent videos at http://www.youtube.com on sustainability, survival skills, long term food storage, growing urban gardens and so forth. Take the time to educate yourselves on these skills.

I believe that our time to prepare is short and would encourage all of you to do what you can now. I have already noticed that the shelves at the stores where I live have less selection and fewer items. It is not inconceivable that one day the shelves will be empty.

We will not be getting a bail out, be assured. Our bail out is how we prepare now and how well we do it.

more: http://www.nolanchart.com/article5864.html

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Survival Gardening: Growing Food During A Second Great Depression

My point for you non-farmers out there, is that you are not going to feed yourself with a Mantis tiller and 1,000 square feet of sandy dirt that requires you to pump endless ground water irrigation just to keep your crops alive. If you committed enough to surviving that you purchase over 20 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammo (a good start) I am suggesting that you need to consider a similar commitment to growing food.

more – Daily Survival

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Food Security

Our high-tech civilization depends on a precarious balance. Our beautiful cities, the urban hives where millions of lives are stacked up and laid out, are like black holes sucking in tons of food every day. Each depends on the produce of acre on acre of industrial factory-farming to feed its teeming masses. To modern humans in developed nations, food comes not from the land but from the supermarket. We are affluent to the point where obesity has become epidemic – how ludicrous, that one of the great plagues of our lifestyle is that we have too much to eat! Well, friends, this is all going to change. Losing immediate access to food is one thing that is going to catch the majority of our population very much by surprise.

Start growing your own food, this spring if at all possible.

Another thing to keep firmly in mind is that having a ready supply of food is going to make you a target. I’m going to talk about self defense in another post. For now suffice it to say, start thinking about how you’re going to protect your home and your garden.
Long term food security is going to be a bit harder to achieve. If I sound alarmist, it’s because the state of the world has me alarmed; and I happen to live in a province devoted primarily to agriculture. I can only imagine what things could be like for people who live in less rural areas. If the optimists are right, and the collapse decides to give us some breathing room, now would be a very good time to start planting our survival plots, thinking about turning every green space we can find into community gardens, and convincing some of the masses who are being laid off at this very moment to take up urban farming full time. I’m convinced that with some work and technological advance, we can get to the point where cities can provide their own food sustainably without relying on the factory farm infrastructure; but I very much fear that a year, or even two, is just more time that people will spend not thinking very hard about where their next meal is coming from. The habit of depending on people hundreds of miles away to serve us our meals is too ingrained. It may well take a sharp shock to the stomach to remind us that when you can’t feed yourself, nothing else matters.

more – After the Crash

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Growing Edible Sprouts

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As an example, Mr. Obama should have the staff gardener put in an organic garden this spring and report on it via his web site.

Growing Food on the White House Lawn

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My list of easy to grow, in a fairly small space, nutritious vegetables for a moderate climate, in no particular order.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Spinach
Lettuce varieties
Onions
Tomatoes
Peppers, hot and sweet
Carrots
Turnip greens, Kale
Early peas

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My wish list for survival and healthy living includes hemp foods.

There is one thing that we all have in common: this tiny planet we share. Today the world is throwing around terms like “sustainability” and “green living” but what does that really mean? Hemp is one of the most diverse plants on the planet, and could literally supply most of humankinds needs for fuel, food, clothing, building products, and medicine. Despite its usefulness, hemp is illegal to grow in the United States.

This site is intended to be an avenue for the community to empower themselves with information. There is a truth that must be heard!

Why should farmers grow hemp?
Because hemp is the ultimate cash crop, producing more fiber, food and oil than any other plant on the planet.

According to the Notre Dame University publication, The Midlands Naturalist, from a 1975 article called, “Feral Hemp in Southern Illinois,” about the wild hemp fields that annual efforts from law enforcement eradication teams cannot wipe out, an acre of hemp produces:

1. 8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre.

  • When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of
    6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour.

These seed oils are both a food and a biodiesel fuel. Currently, the most productive seed oil crops are soybeans, sunflower seeds and rape seed or canola. Each of these three seed oil crops produce between 100 to 120 gallons of oil per acre. Hemp seed produces three times more oil per acre than the next most productive seed oil crops, or over 300 gallons per acre, with a byproduct of 3 tons of food per acre. Hemp seed oil is also far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than any other seed oil crop.

In addition to the food and oil produced, there are several other byproducts and benefits to the cultivation of hemp.

2. Six to ten tons per acre of hemp bast fiber. Bast fiber makes canvas, rope, lace, linen, and ultra-thin specialty papers like cigarette and bible papers.

3. Twenty-five tons of hemp hurd fiber. Hemp hurd fiber makes all grades of paper, composite building materials, animal bedding and a material for the absorption of liquids and oils.

4. The deep tap root draws up sub-soil nutrients and then, when the leaves fall from the plant to the ground, they return these nutrients to the top soil for the next crop rotation.

5. The residual flowers, after the seeds are extracted, produce valuable medicines.

Our farmers need this valuable crop to be returned as an option for commercial agriculture.

While marijuana is prohibited, industrial hemp will be economically prohibitive due to the artificial regulatory burdens imposed by the prohibition of marijuana. When marijuana and cannabis are legally regulated, industrial hemp will return to its rightful place in our agricultural economy.

Hemp may be the plant that started humans down the road toward civilization with the invention of agriculture itself. All archaeologists agree that cannabis was among the first crops purposely cultivated by human beings at least over 6,000 years ago, and perhaps more than 12,000 years ago.

Restoring industrial hemp to its rightful place in agriculture today will return much control to our farmers, and away from the multinational corporations that dominate our political process and destroy our environment. These capital-intensive, non-sustainable, and environmentally destructive industries have usurped our economic resources and clear-cut huge tracts of the world’s forests, given us massive oil spills, wars, toxic waste, massive worldwide pollution, global warming and the destruction of entire ecosystems.

Prohibiting the cultivation of this ancient plant, the most productive source of fiber, oil and protein on our planet, is evil. In its place we have industries that give us processes and products that have led to unprecedented ecological crisis and worldwide destruction of the biological heritage that we should bequeath to our children, grandchildren and future generations.

Restore hemp!


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"The Permaculture Concept" – Part 1

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– Part 1

“The Permaculture Concept” – Part 2


“The Permaculture Concept” – Part 3


“The Permaculture Concept” – Part 4

“The Permaculture Concept” – Part 5

“The Permaculture Concept” – Part 6

Bill Mollison explains the history and make up of his way of living for the future; Permaculture.

Because it is easy and ANYONE can do it…we will not see the arrogant “Establishment” pushing it. If “they” can’t control it and make a Trillion dollars off it, they wont support it.

The fact that Permaculture living makes you independent of the “System” makes the bureaucrat shiver.

From: QuoVadius

Your First-Response Team – Can Your Spouse and Kids Shoot?

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On April 19th I attended my first on-site rifle training course. I’ve had loads of pistol training but if you’re in a gunfight a knife is better than nothing, a pistol is better than a knife, but a rifle is best to have. A rifle can reach out and touch someone and do so far more accurately than the other weapons.

A few years ago I hired a gun trainer to come to my home and give me personal rifle training but it was the prone, long-distance kind of shot training. The problem is we have no “long ranges” where we live.

My class in April was close-range, combat rifle training using what many call a “carbine” rifle. A carbine shoots out to about 250-350 yards reliably. Some carbine-class rifles do better, some not as good, but the general carbine category is considered fairly short distances where you can easily see your targets without binocs.

Today, I want to convince each and every one of you to:

  1. Master short-range combat shooting skills.
  2. Do so with your mate by your side.

I don’t address this article to shooters. I address this to freedom-loving people who know little about guns, know they should know more about guns, but don’t know where to begin.

Shooting Short Distances

We live in a part of Oklahoma called “Green Country.” That’s not some faux environmental label; it was called that long before the environmentalists invented Global Cooling as something we should pay to fix (the 1970s), and long before they then had to scramble to invent Global Warming as something we should pay to fix (the 1980s to present). Northeastern Oklahoma is called “Green Country” because of rolling hills of dense trees and numerous lakes all around us. When you think of Oklahoma you might think Grapes of Wrath–like dust bowl plains but that’s not reality in the eastern 2/3rds of the state.

Here, when you look outside, you see trees. Lots of trees. When you walk anywhere that’s not paved you’ve got to watch out for limbs poking you in the eyes. When you want to plant a garden you must cut down trees. So far, we’ve cut down about 75 trees around our home and I have my sights on about 30 more I’d like to take out within a year or so.

I love to cut down trees. It makes the environmentalists seethe with anger, it makes my property look cleaner, and I have it on good authority that a tree is never as happy as when it’s used as a piano or baseball bat or something else exceedingly useful.

In spite of the clearing we’ve done, the typical distance one can see from our home before dense trees close down the horizon is about 100 yards. When we shoot, a shot of 500 yards simply isn’t possible because there is no 500 yards within miles of here if you don’t count the highways. As much as I want sniper skills, and as moved as I am to attend an Appleseed Project course, the reality is that if I must ever use my rifle skills to defend myself, my wife, my home, or my neighbors, it’s close-range shooting that I will be doing.

We live in the middle of nowhere. You must drive a mile on dirt roads to get to our house. Our little township has only one municipal building and it stays empty except once a month when the residents meet to discuss local concerns. (Talk about small government!) I suspect the majority of you live in the cities, or at least live in towns with more than one mostly-empty government building. I suspect very few of you live 40 or more acres from your nearest neighbors with scores of trees between you.

In spite of our different living situations, mastering carbine-like rifle ranges is as important for you as it is for me. See, you may not have trees but can you look across your street and see more than 100 yards without houses and buildings impeding your view? Perhaps some Kansas and Wyoming residents can but for most people the reality is that if you ever need your rifle to defend yourself you will be doing so at short ranges. As a matter of fact, that’s the whole point of rifle defense; if you ever want to start a rifle fight, you prefer to be as far away from your target as you can with as a high-powered rifle and scope as possible, firing one-shot/one-kill and moving off point as quickly as you can before being spotted or shot back at.

Most of us never want to start a rifle fight. That means the odds are exceedingly great that we’ll be defending ourselves from 25 to 150 yards if the need ever arises.

It turns out that short distance rifle training is far different from long-range rifle training. You’d better have both but it’s probably more critical to put short-range training skills in your bag of tricks first.

Kalashnikov Kombat

I celebrated the historical April 19th by attending a 2-day combat rifle training class taught by Gabe Suarez. Maybe it didn’t exactly look like a celebration of the first volley in the American War of Independence though, because all 18 students came to train with Commie AK-47s.

I joke a lot in these articles about calibers and preferred guns. We all have our favorites and I’m always harping on the AR-15/M4/M16 owners (basically that rifle is what most American soldiers carry in the Middle East) because of its weak .22-like caliber that requires multiple enemy hits before taking down the target and that too often just ricochets off glass. When I write things like that, those of you with AR technology write back to correct all the ills of my words. (You never write much about what I say about the weak caliber though…!)

I prefer the AK-47 for several reasons. It takes under 4 minutes to learn to clean and operate as opposed to 3 hours to master cleaning and basic operation of ARs. The AK-47 works reliably when dirty and seems to work even better the more beat up and dirty it gets. (It’s Russian after all.) It uses a 7.62×39 caliber round which is basically a 30-caliber bullet. That bullet causes lots of hurt, more easily drops its target with a single hit, punches through brick and glass without a whimper, and is the round most often used by the enemies shooting back at American soldiers in the Middle East.

AK-47 ammunition is about half the price of AR-15 ammo. You can buy an old AK-47 online for $250–$350 and expect it to work.

Best of all, the liberals despise the rifle because it looks so mean. Try to get a bayonet for your AK because it really makes them furious.

What Is Your Excuse?

In that April 19–20 class, some of us showed up having never really touched an AK before. Gabe Suarez taught us to operate our AKs, shoot reliably from 25 to 100 yards (the most typical rifle defense range), transition to pistol when needed, move when shooting (because it’s far better to not get shot than to shoot your opponent) (shooting your opponent is a close second though), and shoot ambidextrously from left-handed and right-handed positions. By the second day we were shooting as much from the left-handed position as from the right which emphasized how vital that skill is to master as well as how simple it can be.

Simple is the key.

Is all this too much for you to want to do? Gabe’s 2-day AK class costs $400 so price is not an issue. Difficulty is not an issue because I can do it. The name of the game in a Suarez course is “caveman simple.” Every single skill must be caveman simple or it’s tossed out.

Some of you know I have a few physical annoyances, namely a grand total of 3 deformed fingers and one leg. Caveman simple? Heck, combat AK rifle training is so simple even I can do it.

So, I ask again, what is your excuse for hesitating to get training that might save your life?

Gather and Prepare Your First-Response Team Now

Who do the odds say will be by your side if a situation breaks out? If you’re married your spouse is the person most likely to be at your side when a situation breaks out. In spite of Annie Oakley, gun training is overwhelmingly attended by men so let me address you. You are responsible, not your wife, for her safety. You are responsible for her falling into one of three categories:

  1. Getting shot when the fight breaks out
  2. Running when the fight breaks out
  3. Helping you win the fight when the fight breaks out

See, she is part of your problem or she’s part of your solution. She can be your First-Response Team. So can your children if you have them.

Are you training and then training some more but you do not include your family? Sure you take them to the range maybe sometimes but do you take them to gun training classes too? If not, then your First-Response Team is incomplete and your family members are possibly casualties-waiting-to-happen.

Last weekend, just thirty days after my 2-day AK combat rifle training class, I packed Jayne in the car and we drove to Houston to attend another AK combat rifle training class with Gabe. It was review for me (always good) and new for her. Our class had a whopping 28 students all armed with AK rifles, many of whom had never touched one before.

She went with major back troubles that broke out just the week before. We were not certain she could even pick up a rifle. Yet, the smell of gunpowder in the morning brings out the best in all of us. Jayne performed each and every drill and skill with as much – and often more – precision than anyone else. She was a trooper.

Her previous rifle skills were zero. After last weekend, my Primary Response Team is skilled and ready: she and me.

Do you have children? How well can they wield a rifle if the time ever comes? Don’t want them to be in that position? Nobody does. Unfortunately good guys rarely get to pick the time and place for a gunfight. You can either set the odds up they will survive and help you survive or you can keep the current odds that they will be a burden in such a situation. The odds are stacked against you anytime you must respond to an attack. Do you want to stack the odds against you even further by making your children a liability?

In the 1990s, Clinton’s Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders said we should never give children toy guns. I tend to agree with that. Make sure you give your kids real guns and make sure everyone in your family can shoot. (Even a broken wristwatch is correct twice a day… although I doubt Elders was ever correct twice. You’ve got to give her this one even though it would appall her to learn why she was correct.)

I think it was Boston’s Gun Bible that discusses what happens when we try to teach our wives shooting skills. You have less patience than you would with a stranger and she gets more sensitive than usual and the dynamic doesn’t usually go well. That’s why she needs to be by your side at a class.

Right now, the caveman-simple class is the hot one to take. That would be any class from Suarez International, and yes, I’m biased. But I have recent and firsthand knowledge so I have reason to be biased. More important, I have a wife whom I would trust by my side if tonight someone begins a fight so I have even better reason to be biased.

Today Isn’t Too Soon

My First-Response Team is in place. It’s insurance we hope we never need.

Jayne isn’t a gun gal who looks forward to shooting. She isn’t comfortable with guns any more than I’m comfortable with our oven. I’ve already told you about my physical annoyances. I’ve also told you about the major back and muscular pains that come and go on a regular basis with my wife.

Yet, Jayne was at my side at this weekend’s AK combat rifle training class. She loved it and she was dreading it before we went.

If you aren’t making plans for your wife’s training right now, I ask again, what is your excuse?

Get your first response team ready. Sign up now while you’re thinking of it. Like the price of 7.62×39 ammunition, class prices can’t stay this low forever. Even if class prices double tomorrow, though, how much is your most-likely First-Response Team’s life worth to you?

May 24, 2008

Greg Perry [send him mail] is the pistol-packing author of more than 75 books. He loves to combine his favorite hobby – guns – with his second favorite – online auctions – by teaching others how to buy and sell firearms, knives, and ammo in online auctions legally and easily! eBay may not respect your freedoms but the free market does. You can comfortably buy and sell weapons-related items in a simpler-than-eBay environment by getting his profit-boosting book, Guns Galore! How to Buy and Sell Guns, Knives, and Ammo in Online Auctions Easily Without eBay!

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10 Things To Do Before The 2008 Election:

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1. Clean your rifle.

2. Clean your handgun.
3. Sharpen your knives.
4. Make sure everyone in your household knows how and when to use the items in 1, 2, and 3 above.
5. Lay in stocks of water purification supplies, ammo, any required medicines, and food in that order.
6. Make sure your vehicles’ gas tanks are always at least half full.
7. Map out escape routes from the cities to your SAFE area (Selected Area For Evasion). Try to pick routes away from major traffic arteries.
8. If possible, preposition supplies from #5 at your SAFE area.
9. Since the trend is to burning property during riots, buy several inexpensive fire extinguishers.
10. KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT about your preparations.

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Smarter Than a Rothschild or a British Prime Minister?

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March 20, 2008

“Financially, the US is not an independent country.” ~ Paul Craig Roberts

Gold surpassed $1000 on Friday, March 14, to the collective silence of the financial advisors and investment columnists of the mainstream US media. When the economic gurus of the MSM missed the predictable, seven year rise of precious metals, their ignorance was obvious.

Have you ever watched that TV show: “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Deliciously wicked fun and rather subversive, especially coming from ultra-conservative Fox.

Apparently most Americans are not smarter than the kids on the show. Most of the adult guests boast a college degree but their worldview is incredibly narrow. Predictably, the adults perform like buffoons when asked even the simplest of questions, to the delight of children and subversives like myself.

We then realize many of these so-called educated adults, stumbling over simple questions of logic or knowledge, represent many of our leaders today.

I am not an educated man, nor do I possess any advanced degrees, but I do enjoy reading a wide range of subjects. The most important thing I’ve learned is not to trust learned people at face value, but seek a second, third or fourth perspective, oftentimes from other, equally uneducated people like myself. Humans, especially many college educated ones, possess a predictable tendency to lie, cheat and steal, or otherwise hoodwink lesser educated or more gullible souls (like myself). Later these shysters run for high political office on their vast, prior accomplishments.

For example, in 1999, Gordon Brown, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, (Brit Treasury Secretary), sold more than 450 tons of British gold for around $275 an ounce. You do the math in the money lost by that idiotic economic policy. Less than 50 years ago, the British government possessed nearly 3,000 tons of gold.

Thanks to the brilliant Brown, or to the powers behind the throne as they say, England currently possesses 300+ tons. Which brings us to the question: How could any high government official, who costs his government some $8 billion, become Prime Minister? What sort of wanker would sell his country’s national treasury?

The current British prime minister, of course, someone who does NOT seem to be smarter than a 5th grader. Certainly Brown appears to be an educated fellow, judging from his curricula vita, but nonetheless an ignorant ass happily masturbating members of the New World Order, for fun and profit. By creating chaos out of order, in order to profit by the coming disorder, Brown helps wreck the British economy.

But $5-10 billion is chump change compared to the wastefulness of Bush/Cheney LLC. While Bush supporters sold American voters on the wisdom of voting for the only US president with an MBA, his business degree appears to be fraudulent. Harvard Business School should be ashamed, an investigation commenced, as an MBA degree from an Ivy League school does not appear to make one smarter than a 5th grader.

The average STR reader seems twice as smart as anyone serving in Washington DC. How do I know? Because I only learned what little I know about the gold standard and fiat currency (used to think it was an Italian car) by reading STR rather than the business section of the local newspapers. Seems the local papers rarely mentioned gold or inflation in the past seven years. No newspaper I read ever mentioned Ron Paul or Murray Rothbard and the monetary system. None mentioned what $200 billion more paper parachutes would do to the US dollar in the long run, nor whose benefit the recent bailout was intended for.

Are YOU smarter than the average 5th grade? Apparently twice as smart as those who got their financial advice from a government official, or a newspaper columnist, in the past seven years.

As dumb as I am about money, about personal finances, at least I had the smarts to ignore any advice about gold from a Rothschild.

In an STR column called, Buy Gold–Before They Sell Out, I quoted Jay Taylor: “Two articles from the Financial Times relating to gold are excellent examples of how the mainstream media is spinning lies to keep the public out of the gold markets. The first article, titled, ‘Rothschild To Pull Out Of Gold Market’ by Charles Pretzlik, was published on April 14. When I first read this article, my suspicions immediately were raised to a very high level. First of all, the Rothschilds are very private. This is one of the most private families and many believe absolutely the richest family on the face of the earth . . . . When I first read this article, I suspected what the Financial Times article was being used by the Rothschilds to mislead the public into thinking they were ‘getting out of gold’ as in selling all the gold they owned, when in fact, I suspected they were actually getting out of the business of lending gold ”

Taylor continued: “When this financial debacle that is still being created by Greenspan and his partners in this crime eventually blows up, economic participants of all sizes and shapes will demand gold as a medium of exchange and store of value. Otherwise they won’t lift a finger to do any work or buy anything, because paper money will be exposed for the worthless scam it is.”

But where will that leave the rest of us, I wondered then; those of us whose wealth is measured in microliters by comparison to the Rothschilds’ metric tons? “The Rothschilds are not stupid,” Taylor continued. “And they wouldn’t get out of gold exactly at one of its lowest points in history, to enter a real estate market that is at its peak in history. Smart money simply doesn’t behave that way. So when I read this Financial Times article, I was sure I smelled a rat.”

True then and true today. Taylor, and many others like him, were far smarter than a 5th grader, refusing to be waylaid by the Gordon Browns, Greenspans and Rothschilds of the world. Indeed, perhaps the Rothschilds bought that gold from the Bank of England at Gordon Brown’s fire sale.

But gold is not the only answer. Gold is only one small, personal, life raft for those of us standing on the sloping deck of the US Titanic. If you own gold you suddenly discover gold owns you; you’ve become a gold minder.

“The problem with gold/silver is that when the chips are down, they are worthless, wrote a fellow named Brant in When Governments Print Money, Buy Gold. “After Katrina the most important thing you could have to trade/barter with was toilet paper or bottled water. Basically you can’t eat gold . . . For years, my father-in-law has about a 1/2 acre hobby garden growing beans, corn, tomatoes, etc and his neighbor has some egg laying chickens. I would think that given three people, one with a garden, one with chickens, and one with a suitcase full of gold, the one with the gold is the one left out.”

No, we are not smarter than a 5th grader. Indeed, the school children of today will justly accuse us all of ignorance bordering on madness, for allowing the twin crime families of Clinton/ Bush to devastate the country.

In the likelihood of an economic meltdown—becoming more and more predictable each day—invest in what will offer you the best return. Certainly, precious metals are safer than paper currency, but precious friendships, those that test our true mettle, are safe bets too. Invest in those; secure your own borders; lay in a store of food and a greater store of personal faith. Another Great Depression, like the ill-fated pleasure cruise of the Titanic, is underway as I write this. Build those lifeboats now, in any shape or form you find comfortable or provident.

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Post-economic collapse emergency survival list: Food Storage Ideas & Misc

Reference: EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS for Martial Law (very long but ‘important’ if you want to live)

1987 stock market crash redux – Global economic collapse to occur?

Found the list at Good Earth Health Food store.

Food Storage Ideas

Family Size: 1

Time frame 1 year

Wheat……………….175 lbs
Flour……………….20 lbs
Quinoa………………30 lbs
Rolled Oats………….50 lbs
White Rice…………..80 lbs
Pearled Barley……….5 lbs
Spaghetti Or Macaroni…40 lbs
Dry Beans……………45 lbs
Dry Soy Beans………..2 lbs
Dry Split Peas……….2 lbs
Dry Lentils………….2 lbs
Dry Soup Mix…………7 lbs
Peanut Butter………..1 qt
Almont Butter………..1 qt
Nonfat Dry Milk………14 lbs
Granulated Sugar……..40 lbs
Molasses…………….1 lb
Honey……………….3 lbs
Beef Gelatin…………1 lb
Salt………………..8 lbs
Dry Yeast……………0.5 lbs
Water……………….28 gal.

Multiply items 1x per additional family size

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Found the list on a web site, here’s the list for posterity

100 Items to Disappear First

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war – death of parents and
friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.

6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.

7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches

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For more references on survival, google “emergency survival” & “emergency food” for the myriad of links to relevant sites. Even reading the how-to survival books might help (check out the list at Amazon by inputting “survival” in Books section and search around for particular books).

Of course, if one can afford and get over the ‘irrational fear’ of firearms (unless the city, state or national law where you live expressly forbid the ownership of certain firearm with the threat of jail and penalties, like New York state and Australia), the ownership of firearms will be essential to survival. A bow, set of arrows and field dressing kit & manual might help in hunting wild game for roasting & consumption. Just my idea.

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