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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Doomsday Fear Mongers Get It Right Again

By now, you’ve likely come across the recent 60 Minutes segment titled State Budgets: Day of Reckoning. If you have yet to view it, you can do so below.

Millions of Americans who have been told that our economy is now in a period of recovery may be surprised to learn that most states are so broke that they are left with no other choice but to cut spending on literally everything. Governor Christie of New Jersey is, according to 60 Minutes, the canary in the mine:

We spent too much on everything. We spent money just crazily. The credit card’s maxed out. It’s over. It’s over.

For readers of this web site and other alternative news and contrarian outlets this report was to be expected. We’ve been reporting on, and our readers have been contributing their insights via comments for quite some time - at least a couple of years now - about the fundamental problems facing our country. For those who have questioned their own sanity, or have had their sanity questioned by friends and family when trying to spread the message of preparing for the Greatest Depression, Governor Christie just proved that you’ve been right all along:

Where am I getting the money? I don’t have it. I literally don’t have it.

It’s not like you can avoid it forever because it’s here now. We all know it’s here. And the Federal government doesn’t have the money to paper over it anymore either for the states. The day of reckoning has arrived. And it’s going to arrive everywhere.

Unlike the federal government, states don’t have the ability to issue debt and print as much money as is needed via the digital presses at the Federal Reserve. They are left with no choice but austerity measures via spending cuts. And, as Charlie McGrath pointed out recently, Austerity will hit America like an Eight Pound Sledgehammer.

Earlier this year, we discussed the Collapse of Dysfunctional States as Another Step To The Federal Bubble Detonation, and according to mainstream reports as of late, we’re well on our way to complete destruction of the way of life as we have come to know it in our spend and consume society.

If you thought the housing bubble was bad, consider what financial analyst Meredith Whitney has to say about state and local governments. Take note that it was Whitney who blew the doors open on the problems in housing and the excessive leverage in the banking system - which led to the collapse that has left us where we are today. And while investment houses and ratings agencies are still promoting municipal bonds as a great way to preserve wealth, you might want to sleep on Whitney’s latest comments before you go all in:

It has tenticles as wide as anything I’ve seen. I think next to housing this is the single most important issue in the United States and certainly the largest threat to the US economy.

When asked why no one is doing anything about it, Whitney provides an answer that is as true today as it was before the housing bubble pop:

Because they don’t pay attention until they have to.

It is only at the precipice of disaster that people, especially politicians and vested interests, are willing to change.

The worst thing about all of this, is that, as Meredith Whitney suggested, the states will likely find a solution to their problems. Our view is that this solution will come down to massive, unprecedented bailouts from the Federal government. Not billions - not trillions more will be printed.

We maintain our previous forecast, though we can’t put a specific timeline on it, that the collapse of state governments will eventually lead to the largest bubble detonation in history - financier George Soros refers to it as the Super Bubble and trend forecaster Gerald Celente calls it the Government Bubble:

How long will this be?

It’s hard to say, but in terms of the states, we’re likely looking at sooner rather than later. States are already broke, with California, Illinois and New Jersey already showing serious fiscal strain. In the near future we’ll begin seeing states requesting bailouts directly from the federal government. Eventually, we suspect that the majority of states will be standing in the welfare line looking for hand outs.

For now, the US dollar remains fairly strong given our economic problems. In fact, any time a financial emergency spreads across the globe, investors seem to be running to US bonds for safety, so there is still confidence in the US government’s ability to service our existing debt.

However, we believe that once the states begin to require federal involvement to pay government workers, emergency responders and pensioners, we will be much closer to a serious collapse of not only our economic system, but the monetary system as well. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world realizes that we’re completely broke and takes action accordingly.

The states blew a government spending bubble, and that bubble is about to pop. The federal debt bubble will not be far behind.

Naturally, there will be skeptics. In fact, most are skeptical of the possibility of a complete collapse of the US Dollar and our way of life, but it is in process as we speak.

Just like the states, the federal government will soon be on the precipice.

Meredith Whitney says that municipal bond defaults will start occurring in scores over the next 12 months. We’ll see what the federal government does, but our guess is more bailouts - hey it worked before!

But who will bail out the $150 Trillion (official figure) government debt bubble?

Any takers?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: December 22nd, 2010
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sing the health praises of parsley and sage

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair". Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of parsley and sage are worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.


Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:

*It is a diuretic which helps the body produce more urine to keep the urinary system operating smoothly and which helps prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections.

*It is wonderful for removing toxins from the body, such as heavy metals.

*It is an effective breath freshener. It is believed that the practice of including parsley on a dinner plate began due to its breath freshening abilities and not merely for its decorative effect.

*The root and leaves are good for the liver and spleen.

*It helps relieve bloating during menstruation.

*It provides relief for edema, often helping when other remedies have failed

*Parsley root and seeds help relax stiff joints, often making stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.

*It helps remove gallstones when used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.

*It is beneficial for the adrenal glands.

*It is a powerful therapeutic aid for the optic nerves, brain and sympathetic nervous system.

*Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels.

Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.


Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.

Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage`s other health benefits include:

*It is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins help dry up perspiration.

*Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years. It helps provide better recall and research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer`s.

*There`s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin`s action.

* The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive for cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity.

In an upcoming article, we will also sing the praises of the other two herbs mentioned in the popular song - rosemary and thyme.

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About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".

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Terrorist may poison the food supply (but the food companies already have)

Always on the terror streak, the mainstream media is now warning Americans that terrorists may strike the food supply by dumping poison into restaurant salad bars and buffets, for example. CBS News broke the story, quoting anonymous "intelligence" sources who insist that terrorists might use ricin or cyanide to poison foods in salad bars.

I have news for CBS, the federal government, and the terrorists: If you really want to poison the U.S. food supply, just use aspartame. It causes neurological disorders and yet remains perfectly legal to dump into foods such as diet sodas and children's medicines. You don't even have to dump it into the food supply in secret, either: You can do it right out in full view of the public. Heck, you can even list this chemical right on the ingredients label!

Or get into the MSG business. MSG, which is often hidden on "natural" foods under an ingredient called yeast extract, is a potent neurotoxin that promotes obesity and even cancer, according to some experts. Feed people enough MSG and they'll probably die of cancer sooner or later, and that counts toward the goal of terrorism too, doesn't it?

If you really want to get nasty and up the body count, start a hot dog company and dump sodium nitrite into your processed meat like all the other hot dog companies do. Sodium nitrite promotes aggressive cancers -- even in children -- and yet the USDA and FDA allow its use in the food supply (http://www.naturalnews.com/007133.html).

Better yet, feed the population genetically modified corn and then wait for the mutations to kick in. GMOs might actually be called a biological weapon because they cause so much harm to humans and the environment. (http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html)

Why be a terrorist when you can do so much more damage as a processed food company?

If you're a terrorist looking to poison the U.S. food supply, get in line, buddy! The food companies have beat you to it!

In the U.S. food supply right now, you can find toxic mercury, BPA, acrylamides, petrochemicals, dangerous preservatives, synthetic chemicals like aspartame, pesticide residues and artificial colors that alter brain function. The FDA doesn't seem to care about any of this, of course: All these poisons in the food supply are legal!

So here's a message to Al-Qaeda and all the other terrorists trying to kill Americans: Don't bother with bombs and missiles... just get into the processed food business!

Or, heck, if you really want to kill Americans with poison, get into the cancer industry! The "Al-Qaeda Cancer Clinic" could really rack up some body bags by doing what all the other cancer clinics do: Inject patients with chemotherapy and watch them die (http://www.naturalnews.com/029996_c...).

Seriously, if you want to kill Americans, all you really need to do is keep supporting conventional medicine and the FDA with its do-nothing position on dangerous chemicals that threaten the health of Americans right now. FDA-approved drugs kill well over 100,000 Americans each year -- a statistic that dwarfs the body count of any terrorist group.

Come to think of it, how do we know the FDA isn't already being run by terrorists? Their actions, which blatantly endanger American lives, are entirely consistent with the aims of a terrorist organization. (http://www.naturalnews.com/001894.html)

By the way, this is all depicted in a CounterThink cartoon I created in 2006 called The Food Terrorists: http://www.counterthink.com/The_Foo...

This cartoon anticipated today's terror news alerts by four years. That's because when it comes to the U.S. government's rhetoric on terrorism, it's not that difficult to see where they're taking it.

Want to know what the next four years will bring us? I'll soon be publishing a list of predictions for 2011 and beyond. Watch NaturalNews.com for that announcement.

In the mean time, you might want to steer clear of FDA-approved foods and drugs, because you just never know what's really in them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Mainstay Emergency Food Ration Bar

Here are the Mainstay ration bars.

Between last night and today, ate one of the 3 block bars... 1200 calories... reminded me of a shortbread type cookie with a hint of lemon. Granted I'm not the most picky eater but I didnt think they were terrible. Couple of those in the Bug-out-bag and you've got human fuel for 2 days easy. One small downside is that unlike the Datrex bars, they are not individually wrapped however you can purchase them in different sizes so any amount not used could be minimized. Chances are good anyway that if you are breaking into an emergency ration bar that not finishing the whole package is the least of your worries. Size, weight make them more efficient IMO than MRE's.

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Datrex Emergency food ration bar review

These are Datrex Food Rations. If your familiar with Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies, they smell EXACTLY the same. As far as taste goes, they are very loosely compressed so they can fall apart easily and are not a sweet as chessman cookies. My Wife says they taste like Italian cookies (which I've never had so I'll have to trust her on that one).

Each mini-bar is 200 calories, The white blocks are 2400 calories (about $4.50) and the blue packages are 3600 calories $6.95.

They seem to promote thirst a little bit more than the Mainstay Bars and another difference is the package itself. The Datrex are split up into smaller, self contains 200 calorie bars where as once you open up the mainstay, its ALL open.

Im comfortable with having both Datrex and the Mainstays as part of either a vehicle kit or just to have handy. Review of the Mainstay bars will be up shortly.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Hampshire Preppers Roll Call

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Welcome new members

Welcome new members:


Newbie here from NH. Started prep'ing about 6 months ago, several friends in MA that are into the scene but haven't hooked up with anyone in NH yet. Skills are outdoor survival, hunting, navigation, firearms/marksmanship, sewing, camouflage and concealment.

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Hello from New Hampshire!!!

Would love to connect with others in the New Hampshire area........

be well.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How To Join The New Hampshire Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

The Preppers networks are all about volunteering our knowledge and skills with each other. We share ideas, tips and basically network with each other to survive any type of disaster whether natural, man made, or economic. Information that you learn and share with others will help everyone learn how to find "Freedom Through Teaching Others Self Reliance."

Joining the New Hampshire Preppers Network is simple, and most of all, it's Free! To join, just follow these few steps.

1) Register to become a member of the American Preppers Network www.AmericanPreppersNetwork.net The registration page is here: http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/ucp.php?mode=register

2) Once you have your account, go to the index page of the forum and do your first post by introducing yourself in the new members area. http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/index.php

3) Once you know how to do posts, visit the New Hampshire forum and introduce yourself. The New Hampshire forum can be found by scrolling to the lower section of the index page where you will find a list of states, or you can go directly by following this URL: www.New HampshirePreppersNetwork.net

4) After you've visited the New Hampshire forum, follow this link to learn how to join the New Hampshire Preppers Network group:

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Who Is Peter Schiff?

Here's one of two US Senate candidates I'm supporting this year, Peter Schiff. You'll see why when you watch the video.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Transferring Fuel

The final touches are being done on the (yet to be named) device for transferring unleaded fuel from one place to another. This can be used to either transfer fuel from a tank to a gas-can or to another tank. Based on rated specs (fuel filter not included) the Holley Red should transfer 97 GPH of fuel. I suspect this number will be much lower given the two filters in place. There are many pumps available for the transfer of Diesel however I've yet to find a production unit built for unleaded so I decided after someone recommended a regular fuel pump, to build my own.

**Note: Test has not been done to verify that the Holley fuel pump will run in this orientation but there should be enough room to move things around if its not optimal.


First, the container... $19.00 on-line 11"W X 16"H X 5 3/4"D


All fits neatly into the ammo can for transportation/storage


The components, mounted on a piece of 1/2 inch plywood and some pine...
starting from the "goesinta" side (left)... Visual fuel flow filter and mesh, into a priming bulb, Holley Red 97 gph hour fuel pump, fuel pressure gauge, fuel filter and water separator with visa-bowl drain, onto the "goesouta" Fuel pump powered by 12V maint free battery.


The yet to be installed 12V switch, mounting plate and of course the fuel lines for in/out.

This setup is not yet tested because of both the switch needing to be installed and the weather... Since I will be doing a live test with a few gallons of gas, I'd like to do this well away from the house when its NOT raining.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rechargeable batteries

Last year we spent some time both investigating as well as experimenting with small scale solar panels as well as rechargeable batteries. Although I do not have any pictures currently the two panels shown here keep a rotation of 3 separate 12V 105 amp hour deep cycles (from TSC) topped off and ready for use. A small inverter with two 110V plugs gets attached to the deep cycle and is ready when we need it. In the last few years, with the advent of CFL Compact-Fluorescent-Lights, you can now maintain a very good backup lighting system without the need for oil, propane lanterns and its 100% renewable for longer term use. Running these lights is not quite as efficient as running 12V lighting however having an inverter that will power up your more common household items has its advantages as well. Each of these is listed as a 15 Watt panel and under ideal conditions should be able to put 1 AMP of power back into a battery for each panel for each hour in the sun. Another example would be for every hour of Sun these panels have, we get 2 hours of light from a 40W equivalent bulb... The 105 amp hour battery can be used for approximately 27 hours or 20% draw down for optimal lifespan. During bad weather, car battery chargers do the work of keeping the 12Volts topped off.


Here is a tiny charge controller that can accommodate up to seven 15W panels and attaches to your 12V deep cycle.


Another side project was to start maintaining a supply of rechargeable batteries for flashlights, radios and other small devices. In case you have been out of the rechargeable battery world for a while (I know I was) you may find it interesting that they only come in the AAA an AA sizes, shown here. In the event you want to use the battery in a device that takes C or even D sized cells, most of the kits come with the plastic blanks that are the same size as normal C or D cells which keep the AA in the center as shown in the bottom left. A plastic Ammo carrier for large rifle cartridges keeps them nice and organized. + up means the battery is full and - side up means that it needs to sit on a charge next time its convenient. These are readily available from Amazon and you can add a few at a time every once in a while... In theory they should be capable of recharge up to 1000 times. If you end up getting a couple kits you can recharge 8 or even 12 at a time.


Being a 100% renewable option was important here as well for any kind of long term need. Run time on these rechargeables has been about equal with any of the standard throw aways, so I'm very happy with their performance.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Recently Joined NH Prep Network

Hi All,

I ran across the site and decided to join after it was mentioned on another forum that I follow regularly. Sounded interesting and I was hoping to learn from others as well as share what knowledge that I have... A little about myself/family… My Wife and I have been on a path toward a more self sufficient lifestyle for almost three years now (to varying degrees) and that path has morphed and branched out in many different directions, especially in the last year or so, given the current conditions. I’ve always considered myself to be on the slightly more prepared side than most and you wouldn’t find me in lines at the grocery store for batteries or milk before a storm because well, I would tend to already have those things. My wife works very hard on several fronts including raising chickens and taking care of dogs. We decided three years ago to build an off-grid camp with limited assistance and none of your standard infrastructure or supplied services. This meant that we would try to build it from the ground up to have its own electrical power, water and hopefully someday a percentage of food growing capability. More on camp life later as I’d like to start contributing to the community on some more manageable items that anyone can do. My personal areas of interest/knowledge include: General Survival skills, All associated gear, Firearms, Firearms Safety, Water Filtration, Archery, Solar Power, Rechargeable battery technology, Security, First Aid, Communications, Small Engines, Generators Any form of Carpentry/building, Tools (Hand Powered, Gas and Electric) and cooking. My Wife has some specific areas of interest as well including Firearms, Firearms safety, Food Preservation, Food Gathering, Gardening, Raising Poultry for meat and eggs and caring for our two dogs (training, medical needs where possible etc).

Things have sure changed over the years…. If you were to ask me ten years ago what survival meant, I probably would have replied that I was all set because I had a Hunting knife, AR-15 and three MRE’s and that would be enough. Looking back, that wasn’t even a good plan for 24 hour period. Instead of starting my first posts with Firearms (because well, its common and there are many resources) I figured I’d start with one of the other three areas that I consider extremely important. Food, Water and Shelter as these are the first three things that will challenge someone in any kind of short or long term situation. If your stuck in your house for a week due to an ice storm/blizzard or if something were to happen that would require you to stay indoors longer these items are going to be on everyones mind very quickly.

Starting with Water Filtration…

Several months ago, our whole house water filter broke, fortunately within a 48 hour timeframe we were able to get the replacement parts from the vendor and get things working again. What occurred to me during that time was that we were VERY unprepared to clean our own water in any kind of quantity and definitely not enough to provide for a family of four, two large dogs and 10+ Chickens. Sure, there are small personal water filters that we use regularly for hiking in the white mountains and we always have a few days worth of water (in bottles or gallons) but none of which can get you beyond a few days. The search was on for a good filter that had one very important criteria (gravity fed with NO power usage). This specific filter came highly recommended via several web recommendations and reviews. I have seen similar setups that are much less expensive through a popular shooting catalog (CTD) and from a DIY perspective if you had the filter cartridges you could fashion something similar with a few buckets and a spout, very easily and cheaply. One very nice advantage to this filter (other than not requiring any power or moving parts) is that with the addition of multiple cartridges you can increase the output. The “crown” which is the largest unit they make will hold 6 gallons and can also filter 6.5 gallons per hour with (two supplied cartridges)… This can be increased to a maximum of 8 cartridges all working together to produce 26 gallons of fresh water per hour.


Water is one of the most important things we’ll need in any kind of disruption to day-to-day life and if you are unable to get it clean you will very likely introduce illness to the group or yourself very quickly…. That would really make a bad situation worse IMO. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know, I also found a very reasonable resource for this unit through ebay/paypal as web searching will return a rather wide range of prices.
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