Thursday, May 31, 2012

George Carlin - Nothing but the Truth


Upside Down Backward Chinese Braille Bible With Half the Pages Missing

Butcher Knives a Frontier Standard

Some Thoughts on Butchers by Gene Hickman

Japan Researchers Expect Massive Quake Soon!

Japanese researchers say a massive earthquake could occur off a peninsula to the east of Tokyo, in an area separate from the one that triggered the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan reported to a government panel on Wednesday that analysis of global positioning system data shows that the tip of the Boso Peninsula has been moving about 3 centimeters north each year since 1997.

The authority says quake-causing strain may be building up in the area, where a marine tectonic plate slides under a continental plate.

The situation is similar around the Miura Peninsula to the south of Tokyo, near Yokohama.

Pressure there was released in the 1923 earthquake, but the area off Boso Peninsula has not had a major quake for at least 300 years.

Researcher Takuya Nishimura says an earthquake occurring in this zone could have a magnitude of around 8. He says the authority will continue its analysis to increase the accuracy of its estimations.

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Prepper Sentenced to 21 Months In Prison For Stockpiling “Destructive Devices” After Insider Rats Him Out

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#1 - The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club.
#2 - The second rule of Fight Club is, you DO NOT talk about Fight Club.
#3 - If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
#4 - Two guys to a fight.
#5 - One fight at a time.
#6 - No shirts, no shoes.
#7 - Fights will go on as long as they have to.
#8 - If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you (and they include 'pork', 'cloud' and 'Mexico')

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Complete List of Every Prepper Book Ever Recommended

What Happens When All the Money Vanishes Into Thin Air?

Turn Out The Lights - The Largest U.S. Cities Are Becoming Cesspools Of Filth, Decay And Wretchedness

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Sunpot 1492 Popping With C Flares

 Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 24/2100Z to 25/2100Z: Solar activity was low. A few nominal C-class flares occurred. Two new active Regions, 1491 (N23W29) and 1492 (S13E65) were numbered today. A few CMEs were observed during the period, but all appear to be limb events and non-geoeffective.

According to the 3D Sun app, another active region is approaching just behind this one and could boost solar activity even more when it emerges in the days ahead. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 25, 2012

CrossFit - Killing The Fat Man - 2

It's about to get real. In episode 7 of Killing the Fat Man—called "it was a very sexy experience"—Gary Roberts divulges how his new body is affecting bedroom time with his wife. "I will say as a fat dude trying to have sex is like a sumo wrestler trying to dance in a China shop," he jokingly says. "It's not very pretty and things are gettin' broken." He also talks about looking at himself naked. Roberts is approaching two months at Oceanside CrossFit, where he's been participating in the 30-day Paleo challenge for four weeks. Now he wants to get his overweight, 67-year-old father in on the action. "I know he can make a change, just like me," Roberts says. Coach Chris Sheets says Roberts keeps getting stronger and his movements are "solid." "He comes in, puts 110 percent in every single time," he says. "And you can see: he has just made huge strides."

Get ready for a svelte Gary Roberts. After two months and 24 days of CrossFit, he's down about 70 lb. to right around 203 lb. "I feel like worlds have gone by," Roberts says. "I just want to get more fit, more healthy, so I don't know where that final weight would be. It really doesn't matter. I'm pretty much feeling mentally unstoppable right now." In Episode 7 of Killing the Fat Man—called "something happened, the last month"—Roberts is clearly a new man. "I was offered sex two nights in a row," he reveals. "I've been hit on (by) at least eight different people in the last three days. And there was a man in there." In this episode, we find Roberts in Portland, visiting his father. While there, Roberts takes him to CrossFit Stumptown, where the 67-year-old tells owner and head coach Tony Edgerton that he's had triple-bypass surgery, aortic valve replacement and pacemaker implantation. "I don't know. I can't ... describe it, how great I feel. And I'd love for other people to feel the same way," Robert explains. "Like, I think if my wife and my daughter—if I can get them on board to kind of go through the same thing, it wouldn't feel so disconnected."

Nearly 50 workouts later, Gary Roberts has gone from being focused on his weight loss to being focused on general healthy living. "Now I'm (going) to concentrate on improving my fitness—not necessarily worried about fat," he says. In this episode of the Killing the Fat Man—called "we've had more sex in the past 7 days then we have had in the past 2 years"—Roberts is once again talking about bedroom time with his wife. "She's now spent the last seven days jumping my bones," he says. "She's been acting like I've never seen her before. Never. Not even in the early days." Roberts also reaches a milestone in his CrossFit career: getting the opportunity to redo his first WOD. When he started CrossFit, the workout took him nearly 10 minutes and the pull-ups were band assisted. This time—as his wife looks on—he knocks out the WOD in 4:31. "I tried to talk to her about what CrossFit is, what it feels like and ... you can describe it all you want, but until you actually see someone gettin' busted and cracked down and (being) as intense as possible (you don't understand)," Roberts says. For his wife's part, she notes how coordinated her husband has become. "It's kind of crazy to watch," she says.

Gary Roberts has reached the turning point familiar to so many CrossFitters: He's completing the Level 1 Trainer Course. In this episode of Killing the Fat Man—called "I found myself again"—our hero is in Oahu, Hawaii, for the seminar. Before starting CrossFit three months ago, Roberts says he never would have thought he'd "be this interested in mastering my fitness and what my personal capabilities are." He adds: "I've never been this excited about fitness. I don't know what's going on." At CrossFit Oahu, he meets HQ trainers Miranda Oldroyd and Todd Widman. "I feel like in three months I've been given a puzzle piece here and there but still kind of not understood the full picture," he says. "I already know how I'm going to apply something during the Fran that I didn't know yesterday." After the brutality that is Fran, Roberts is ready for more. "I just know that no matter what gains I've made in the last three months, this is only Chapter 1 of a 100-chapter book," he says. "I've only begun to tap into my ... unlimited potential."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Common Chemical Names

Why TPTB Should Be Scared, Very Scared: "Bank Run"

Make 'em feel better... Google Search "Bank Run" [and tell a friend!]

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

John Williams: The Recovery Is An Illusion

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby

Well its been building up inside of me
For oh I don't know how long
I don't know why
But I keep thinking
Something's bound to go wrong

But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says "Don't worry baby"
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

I guess I should've kept my mouth shut
When I started to brag about my car
But I can't back down now because
I pushed the other guys too far

She makes me come alive
And makes me wanna drive
When she says "Don't worry baby"
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

She told me "Baby, when you race today
Just take along my love with you
And if you knew how much I loved you
Baby nothing could go wrong with you"

Oh what she does to me
When she makes love to me
And she says "Don't worry baby"
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Everything will turn out alright

Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby
Don't worry baby

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Eat The Weeds: Acorns

Learn about wild food with Green Deane, this time acorns, found around the world.

Obama, it's not where you're at, it's where you're from.

Obama Ancestry

Obama is of mixed African and Caucasian parentage. His father, Barack Obama Sr., is an ethnic Kenyan Luo from the Nyanza province. source

Nyanza Provience, ... exactly where Barack Hussein Obama II was born.

Obama, it's not where you're at, it's where you're from.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Israeli F-15 lands with one wing!

Prepare for Riots: Greece Virtually Out Of Cash One Day Before Critical Bond Maturity

Must See: Greece Explained In One Picture

via Zero Hedge

What is it? It is a picture taken at the Athens ministry of finance.

It is part of a full documentary (go to 24 minutes in for the lack of money shot) released a few days ago by German TV station ZDF called The Greek Lie. It is self-explanatory, and shows where 2 years of bailout funds went, or rather didn't, and why 2 years to the day after the first bailout, not only is Greece not fixed, but is days away from leaving the Eurozone, but at a cost to taxpayers of nearly half a trillion. We urge anyone, even non-German speakers, to set aside 45 minutes and view the clip below. It is unsettling at best. [in German]

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Barter, Post-TEOTWAWKI: The Micro Store

Friday, May 11, 2012

Space Oddities: Bye Bye Bow Shock, HMOs, Binaries, Tyche, Local Fluff, Etc.

Image Credit: IBEX Team/Adler Planetarium

Full Story from New Interstellar Boundary Explorer data show heliosphere's long-theorized bow shock does not exist

New data from the IBEX spacecraft show that the heliosphere’s lower speed, combined with higher magnetic pressures found in the interstellar medium, prevent the formation of a bow shock, which for decades was thought to form ahead of the heliosphere as it moved through the galaxy. Instead, these factors combine to suggest the heliosphere creates more of a bow “wave” as it travels through space. Credit: Southwest Research Institute
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Exercises in Orbital Reconstruction, Simulation and Analysis:

26,000 Years After A High Mass Object:

Orbital Reconstruction, Simulation and Analysis (ORSA):

Planet X - No dynamical evidence in the optical observations ~ E. M Standish:

Video - How I Killed Pluto & Why It Had It Coming - Mike Brown:

Dec 2011, Dr. Lorenzo Iorio paper stating a Mars-Sized body would have to be at least 150 to 200 AU away:

Dr. John J. Matese:

Searching the WISE preliminary catalog for massive planets in the Oort cloud:

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer at IPAC:

IBEX: Glimpses of the Interstellar Material Beyond our Solar System:

Most Milky Way Stars Are Single:

Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars:

Study Shows Our Galaxy Has at Least 100 Billion Planets:

Star Bright...and The Sub-Brown Dwarfs:

Earth Orientation Center:

Estimates of the megaquake off Honshu, Northern Japan Coast:

Local Interstellar Cloud or 'Local Fluff':

Our solar system may be headed for an encounter with a dense cloud of interstellar matter, in 50,000 years:

A Big Surprise from the Edge of the Solar System:

Archived AAS Press-Conference Webcasts:

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Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monster Sunspot 1476 Poses Serious Threat For Earth-Directed X-Class Solar Flares!

Huge sunspot AR1476 is crackling with M-class solar flares and appears to be on the verge of producing something even stronger. The sunspot's 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field harbors energy for X-class flares, the most powerful kind. Earth is entering the line of fire as the sunspot rotates across the face of the sun. 

This morning, May 10th around 0418 UT, sunspot 1476 unleashed an impulsive M5-class solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

Apparently, the almost-X class explosion did not hurl a significant CME toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% chance of more M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.

According to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, sunspot AR1476 is over 60,000 miles wide, or a dozen times wider than our entire planet, and poses a serious threat for Earth-directed solar flares in the next several days. AR1476 will come into direct alignment with the Earth in a few days and any coronal mass ejection would be sure to produce geomagnetic activity.

This extremely active region on the sun has already produced several M-class solar flares, and the threat exists for X-class flares, the most powerful kind. If this were to happen, it could cause serious problems on Earth with a direct impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME). So far, none of the M-class flares have been very powerful, nor have they been Earth-directed and have only produced glancing blows of coronal material so far. states that viewers have been able to see the sunspot on the surface of the sun without the aid of a solar telescope. Under the right conditions, the sun is occasionally dimmed to human visibility and AR1476 is visible.

This morning the sight of the majestic Sunspot AR 1476 was great as the Sun was rising alogside the Basilica of Superga! Canon Eos 5D Mark II; Focal lenght:700mm; Exp: 1/8000 and 1/125 sec; F/40; ISO:50

Potential impacts to Earth from a strong geomagnetic storm include radio blackouts, interruptions to satellite communications, and in the worst case scenario, damage to power grids. One potential benefit from strong solar flares is for sky watchers, as it often causes the aurora borealis to be visible in mid and southern latitudes, which is not typical.

Related: The Sun-Earth Connection

A Guide for Those with Much Money and Very Little Patience Who Want to Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse But Are Afraid to Google It For Fear of DHS Labeling Them A Terrorist.

Iranian Soldiers preparing for war, via Bluegrass Pundit
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A Guide for Those with Much Money and Very Little Patience Who Want to Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse But Are Afraid to Google It For Fear of DHS Labeling Them A Terrorist.
by Hedgeless Horseman via Zero Hedge

There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance.  That's just the facts of life."  - Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates
So, you are a successful trader, speculator, investor, money manager, and is typical have little patience.  Something has been bothering you.  You have been reading Zero Hedge long enough that you are now absolutely convinced that TEOTWAWKI is indeed nigh, and it could well be quite violent.  You have also decided that you want to do something to prepare, beyond getting short the equity markets and going long gold and silver coins, but you do not know what to do, exactly.  The HELP function on your Bloomberg terminal is, unsurprisingly, not helpful.  A quick review of the government and Red Cross emergency preparedness websites tells you nothing about guns.  This is problematic as you fear that we all might be returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one's life, and you know that we usually do that in today's day and age with guns, or a knife close in. 
What to do?
Well, you could read several books such as The Long Emergency, Reinventing Collapse, One Second After, Alas, Babylon, Patriots, and Lucifer's Hammer to gain an understanding of what some recent authors believe TEOTWAWKI might look like, and then try to formulate a plan on your own.  You could also read countless blog posts on,, or to see what other people with alleged or unknown expertise are doing to prepare for when TSHTF.  I understand there is now even a television show called Doomsday Preppers that you could watch.  Not surprisingly, you can even hire professional consultants to help you prepare for the possibility of a coming apocalypse.
Alternatively, allow me to provide to you absolutely free of charge and in just one brief Zero Hedge article, A Guide for Those with Much Money and Very Little Patience Who Want to Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse But Are Afraid to Google It For Fear of DHS Labeling Them A Terrorist.  There are some unique aspects to this Guide.  First, because it is for Those with Much Money, it assumes you can afford to drop as much as $25,000 and thus save much time by not trying to do things on the cheap.  Second, because it is for Those with...Very Little Patience, it makes no attempt to explain the rationale behind each recommendation.  One can complete the entire Guide within a couple of months, thus allowing you to put this fear out of your mind and move on to much more productive worries, except for fitness.  Regular exercise should really become a habit for the duration of your life. 
Item 1
Learn that the first rule of preparing for TEOTWAWKI is you do not talk about preparing for TEOTWAWKI.  Tell nobody.  Do, however, make up some lame excuses in advance for when some friend questions you about your actions and purchases.  Say that you are getting ready to visit your rich and crazy uncle whom is a gun nut living in Alaskan bear country, or your friend in Detroit wants you to house sit.  Just do not tell anyone what your plans or preparations are, or even that you have plans or preparations.
Item 2
Develop a basic mindset.  Here are some ideas.  Commit to prepare for zombies, so that currency collapse, EMP, hurricanes, revolution, world war, or anything else will seem relatively mild.  Understand that the time to make a plan and prepare is before, not after a zombie invasion.  Understand that there is no way you can plan or prepare for every contingency, but doing something today goes a long way to peace of mind, and eliminating any regrets should the shit actually hit the fan.  Realize that everything is likely to cost more next year, if you can get it, so better to buy it now.  Acknowledge that nobody really knows if, what, when, or how anything in the future is going to is all just speculation.  Finally, always remember that, "on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero," so don't get too worked up, or go into debt, just because of this little exercise in paranoia.
Item 3
Stick to the plan.  Because you have very little patience, this Guide is not going to be concerned about detailed questions or nuances such as, 1) if you intend to leave or stay at home in case of TEOTWAWKI (also known as Bug In or Bug Out); 2) if you work far from or close to home; 3) if you live or work in an urban or rural area; 4) if you are a 30 years-old ex-marine, or a 55 years-old female florist; or 5) if you expect the zombie infestation to last 48 hours, 5 days, 12 months, or permanently. 
This is a One-Guide-Fits-All (as long as you have the money) and accordingly all the actions and items have been designed and actually tested in real life (by those trained and certified in such things) to work with all the other items and actions in the Guide.  Customize it at your own peril.
Item 4
Get yourself in shape so you can run for your life.  Go running, no matter how slowly, five times per week.  Work yourself up to 30-minutes during the week, and then a longer run on the weekends.  After each run, do three sets of as many push-ups as you can do.  When you go see your doctor to ask for permission to get healthy, ask her to find some way to get you off any drugs you currently require to survive, and to please write you a post-apocalyptic "ditch medicine" prescription for a broad spectrum open wound MRSA antibiotic like Bactrim DS (or something else if you have a sulfa allergy).
Item 5
Purchase the items on the following shopping list to outfit your person with a Get Back Home (GBH) pack (aka Evacuation Pack, aka Bug Out Bag, aka Assault Pack, aka 3 Day Pack, aka Survival Pack).  It includes a First Aid Kit (aka FAK) and a set of clothing so you will not be forced to evacuate the city in your loafers, heels, wool suit, or dress (Read One Second After).  This pack can reside in the trunk of your car if you are a commuter or in the hall closet if you live and work in a city.  Included on the list is an advanced, easy to use, compact, and highly reliable personal-defense weapon system that is made by FN Herstal, currently the largest arms manufacturer for the U.S. military.  The FN FiveseveN pistol (get the model with tritium night sights installed) and PS90 rifle (Tri-Rail model) each fire the same 5.7 x 28 ammunition, which, along with these two weapons, is extremely light to carry.  These weapons' standard magazines hold 20 and 50 rounds, respectively.  Unlike many old-school firearms, these are actually fun to learn to operate, because they are so light, yet still have no felt recoil (aka kick).  A Zeiss Z-Point optic (rifle sight), Urban ERT sling, TLR-1 weapon light, kydex pistol holster, magazine carriers, and spare magazines are all crucial components that cannot be excluded.
The PS90 easily disassembles with the push of a single button into two parts that fit in the bag; because there is no gas system it is also very easy to clean.  The two extra rifle magazine pouches are accessible while wearing the pack.  The lower exterior pocket contains the FAK.  The rain cover keeps things dry and looking less military.
Not if, but when someone advises you to buy an AR style rifle and a Glock pistol, first ask yourself why you have broken the first rule for preparing for TEOTWAWKI, then put an extra 5-7 pounds of lead in your pack to represent the weight difference (including ammo) and go for a 15-mile hike while you try to remember Item 3 from above. 
If you live in California where you are restricted to 10 round magazines, then maybe you should move.  If you live in Illinois, NYC, or DC, then you should definitely move.  If you live on Airstrip One (formerly Britain) where essentially only shotguns may be owned then adjust accordingly.  If you live in Switzerland you probably already know how to shoot and have excellent equipment.  Everyone should know and abide by their local gun laws, no matter how Draconian, illogical, and unconstitutional they may be.  These laws are for your protection/sarc. 
Total cost for this pack life insurance policy is less than $10,000, much of it in "uncivilized" traveling money.
location, item, qty, description, cost    
c=Carry / i= In Pack / o=On Pack       
  • o,Belt,1,Webbing riggers belt,$8.00
  • o,Pants,1,NorthFace Horizon Falls Convertible Nylon Pants (summer),$50.00
  • o,Shirt,1,Vented Nylon Long Sleeve Shirt (summer),$25.00
  • o,Shoes,1,Merrell Moab Ventilator low-top (summer),$85.00
  • o,Socks,1,Wrightsock CoolMesh II,$11.00
  • o,Undershirt,1,UnderArmor (Summer) / Patagonia (Winter),$20.00
  • o,Underwear,1,UnderArmor (Summer) / Patagonia (Winter),$20.00
  • ,Backpack,1,Maxpedition Falcon II w/ 3 liter H2O bladder,$130.00
  • o,Pack Leash,1,Pre-tied 20' 550 para cord leashed to top of pack w/ biner,$10.00
  • i,Dry Bags,2,Sea to Summit lightweight dry sack (2 liter),$24.00
  • o,Bag cover,1,Mountain Hardware Backpack Cover,$35.00
  • o,Jacket,1,Waterproof jacket w/ hood (tan or sage),$100.00
  • i,Underwear,1,Spare UnderArmor - Black (in dry bag),$20.00
  • i,Socks,3,Spare socks - Wrightsock CoolMesh II (in dry bag),$33.00
  • o,Poncho,1,Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Tarp-Poncho (Gray),$85.00
  • o,Hat,1,Tilley and/or wool beenie (seasonal),$25.00
  • o,Bandana,1,Khaki ,$5.00
  • o,Gloves,1,Work gloves w/ leather palm,$15.00
  • i,Water Filter,1,Katadyn Pocket water filter,$300.00
  • i,Water Purification Tablets,1,Katadyn Micropur tablets,$13.95
  • i,Energy bars,12,Power Bars -Energy,$4.00
  • i,Food,2,Datrex 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Pouch,$14.00
  • i,Dried fruit,8,Dehydrated Figs,$8.00
  • i,Electrolytes,6,PowerBar Gel ,$6.00
  • i,Lighter/Matches,2,Bic/water proof matches,$2.00
  • i,Toilet Paper,1,Backpaking style-no tube,$2.00
  • c,Knife,1,Benchmade 760 LFTi,$200.00
  • i,Multi Tool,1,Leatherman Skeletool,$40.00
  • o,Flashlight,1,Streamlight MicroStream w/ extra AA battery,$15.00
  • i,Gorilla Tape,1,Small 1-inch roll wrapped in wax paper,$3.95
  • o,Zip Ties,6,"14"" black heavy duty zip ties",$2.34
  • o,Tubing,1,6' surgical tubing (emergency tourniquet/syphon),$6.00
  • i,Mirror,1,Metal unbreakable survival mirror,$7.00
  • i,Sewing kit,1,"Heavy nylon thread, needles, seem tape, buttons",$4.00
  • i,Wet stone,1,Smith's Pocket Pal,$9.00
  • i,Hack Saw,1,"Mini Hack Saw w/ 6"" blades (master key for bike lock)",$9.50
  • i,Patch kit,1,Tube patch kit w/ CO2 airfill,$3.00
  • i,Towel,1,Lightload backpacking towel,$2.00
  • c,Watch,1,Casio Pathfinder solar,$150.00
  • i,Maps,1,Laminated state map(s),$2.00
  • i,Compass,1,Suunto MC-2 Global,$56.35
  • i,Paper,1,Rite-In-The-Rain all weather notebook-small,$5.00
  • o,Marking pen,1,Sharpie,$0.50
  • c/i,Sidearm,1,"FN FiveseveN pistol w/ tritium sights, 4 mags (keep 2 in pack)","$1,000.00 "
  • c ,Holster,1,Kydex FBI cant on paddle,$65.00
  • c,Mag carrier-pistol,2,Kydex on paddles ,$30.00
  • o,Mag carrier-rifle,2,Tactical Tailor molle to attach on pack,$25.00
  • i,Rifle,1,"PS90 w/ Zeiss Z-Point, Urban ERT sling, TLR-1 light, 4 mags","$2,000.00 "
  • i/o,Ammo,250,FN 5.7 x 28 (100 in PS 90Mags + 3 x 50 boxes),$112.50
  • i,Cleaning kit,1,"Rod, ends, brush, patches, lubricant, 3mm hex wrench",$15.00
  • i,Earplugs,3,Small foam w/ string,$1.50
  • i,Monocular,1,Zeiss MiniQuick 5x10 T,$139.00
  • i,Extra Rx Glasses,1,RX sunglasses w/ keeper,$50.00
  • i,N95 masks,2,Floor mask w/ eye shield,$0.50
  • i,Nitrile gloves,2,Latex examination gloves (pr),$0.20
  • i,Sunscreen/Chafe Balm,1,Dermatone,$3.00
  • i,Trauma Pack,1,BoTach Tactical Tac-Pack Battle Pack Option #2,$120.00
  • i,Celox,1,CELOX-A Hemostat syringe,$23.00
  • i,Sutures,2,4-0 Monofilament w/ curved needle,$30.00
  • i,Betadine scrub,1,B-D Easy Scrub Brush,$1.00
  • i,Betadine swabs,4,Foil packed single betadine swabs,$2.00
  • i,Gauze roll,2,Israeli battle dressing,$4.00
  • i,4x4s,8,Sterile 4x4 gauze pads,$0.40
  • i,Coban,2,"2"" roll (tan)",$7.00
  • i,Rx ABX,60,Bactrim DS (CDC open trauma dosage is 1 po 3x day x 10 days),$60.00
  • i,Rx ABX ointment,1,Bactroban (Mupirocin) ointment,$18.00
  • i,Fever/Pain medicine,6,Excedrin travel packets-Extra Strength,$4.02
  • i,Mole Skin,1,2 inch roll,$5.00
  • i,Alcohol prep,10,Alcohol prep pads,$1.00
  • i,Benzoin,10,Tincture of Benzoin ampulet,$5.00
  • i,Passport / DL / CHL,1,Copies of ID, $                -  
  • i,Important numbers,1,Laminated list of emergency contacts, $                -  
  • i,Cash,5,USD/CAD/MXN,"$1,250.00 "
  • i,Coins,20,0.1 ounce barbaric relics,"$3,400.00 "
In general, when given a choice, always choose the lighter weight and/or more expensive option.  Lighter weight is fast.  Lighter weight uses much less energy.
Item 6
Purchase the items on the following shopping list to outfit your home.
·         5,000 rounds ammo for training; $2,500.
·         Purchase and install Door Jamb Armor and dead bolts on all your exterior doors; $1,000 for 4 doors.
·         A bullet proof vest; $500.
·         Install a professional alarm system, or better if you live in the country get a big dog and have you both protection trained; $50/month.
·         12 months of food storage (2,400 cal/day) with > 20 year shelf life ;$4,500.
·         If you have well water get a SimplePump.  If you rely on city/municipal water, and there is not a swimming pool in your backyard, then get at least one waterbed; $1,000.
·         A hand-crank emergency radio and a couple of hand-crank flashlights; $50.
·         Purchase and store several cases of liquor; $500.
·         If it gets cold where you live, then purchase
o   A mummy style sleeping bag like a Wiggies; $250.
o   At least one set of heavy wool pants and wool parka, such as Columbia's Gallatin Range ; $350.
o   A pair of warm boots, wool socks, warm gloves, and a wool hat; $350.
o   Two sets of Patagonia long underwear; $120.
Item 7
Complete the following courses in this order:
1.       One half-day tactical folding knife class; $150.
2.       2-3 weekends of Tactical Pistol Courses; $1,000.
3.       2-3 weekends of Tactical Rifle Courses; $1,000.
4.       One day of Self and Family Emergency Medical Aid/Trauma Kit Course; $150.
5.       A series of several two-hour self-defense classes (not martial arts classes); $200.
6.       Fulfillment of requirements for concealed handgun permit; $250.
You should learn in these classes how to safely conduct dry-fire training with your firearms and a dummy knife.  Do this on a regular basis, such as once per week for at least 5 minutes.
Item 8
Gain, store, and maintain the knowledge, skills, and special equipment that would enable you to do at least one third-world job.  If you are a dentist, doctor, farmer, cowboy, mechanic, miner, fisherman, lumberman, mason, blacksmith, whore house piano player, plumber, butcher, or similar, then you are already set.  If you are a derivatives trader, banker, realtor, healthcare administrator, politician, actuarial, benefits coordinator, DMV clerk, compliance officer, or similar, then get cracking.
In Conclusion
Truly, it does not matter how good my reasons are for each suggestion, or how qualified I am to make these recommendations, because I can absolutely guarantee an endless number of critics on the internet, at REI, or at your local gun store advising you of just the opposite of what I have said, on each and every point, and claiming far greater expertise on these matters.  It is even likely some will respond critically to this post here on ZH in the comments below.  However, I believe that an average plan that is well implemented is usually better than a great plan that is never implemented. 
Now, it is on you.  Follow this Guide and if the shit hits the fan then you are likely to be far better off than most people will.  The best part, however, is the hedge on this zero hedge investment.  Even if TEOTWAWKI does not occur, but your course instructors have at least average ability, then after completing this Guide you will no longer be a sheep, but rather a sheep dog.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.  Everyone else is.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Apollo 11 - UFOs

Apollo 11 - UFOs 

by Cary (LunaCognita)

Hi everyone. In this presentation, I wanted to give you a closer look at a very brief segment of anomalous 16mm DAC motion picture footage from the NASA Archives that was originally shot back in July of 1969 during the flight of Apollo 11. This particular bit of stop-motion footage was taken through one of the windows of the Command Service Module during the trans-lunar coast phase of the mission, while astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were on their outbound journey through cis-lunar space, travelling between the Earth and the Moon. At some point during this TLC phase, one of the Apollo 11 crew did some unscheduled filming out the window with the 16mm DAC motion picture camera, and in the process, managed to film several unidentified objects moving around outside the spacecraft.

In this presentation, we will examine this very brief (11-frame) sequence of 16mm stop-motion DAC footage, looking at both raw and stabilized versions of the scene at various playback rates. I also briefly touch on how this particular stop-motion footage was digitally archived by NASA in such a way that the space agency shows the raw scene in their public Apollo archives at an incorrect playback speed that is some 12 times faster than the rate the footage was originally exposed at.

I do not think this is an accident or just a coincidence that this specific segment of DAC footage showing several UFOs outside the CSM was archived incorrectly, but rather I believe this was done on purpose by NASA in order to help bury this UFO footage so it could effectively be hidden in plain sight within the public archives. Rather than trying to delete or remove this footage from the public archives entirely in order to hide what it shows, NASA instead just archived it in such a way that the raw footage plays back so quickly that the scene would be essentially impossible to interpret without both dramatically changing the playback speed and stabilizing it.

This kind of obfuscation technique that exploits frame-rate issues can indeed be effective at helping the space agency bury potentially controversial footage like this within their public archives, and just to prove that point, keep in mind that this specific short sequence of 16mm DAC footage has been sitting in the NASA archives for over 40 years, yet most people have never seen it until now.

One other point that I did not specifically bring up in this video but that I feel is worth mentioning here - this particular bit of 16mm film appears to have been a totally impromptu, spur of the moment filming, as if one of the astronauts suddenly saw these unidentified objects outside the window of the CSM and quickly grabbed the 16mm DAC camera and started filming them. There is no other reason whatsoever that this specific 11-second segment of stop-motion footage looking out into the blackness of the cis-lunar void would have been shot otherwise. I think it is clear that these unidentified objects were definitely seen outside the spacecraft by the astronaut shooting this sequence and were deliberately being filmed here.

Take care everyone, and I hope you enjoy the presentation!

Buzz Aldrin talks about the 'UFO' which the Apollo 11 crew saw on their way to the moon.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fun in the Sun: Coronal Holes, CMEs and AR1476

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the opening on May 8th.
 Coronal Holes

A dark hole in the sun's atmosphere (a 'coronal hole') is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth. The impact of the stream, expected on May 9-11, could add to the effect of the incoming CMEs, boosting the chances of strong geomagnetic activity later this week.

 Coronal holes are places where the sun's global magnetic field opens up and allows some of the sun's atmosphere to escape. The outflow of gas is the solar wind. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of geomagnetic activity on May 9-10 when the stream arrives (along with the CMEs of May 7th).


A pair of solar eruptions on May 7th hurled coronal masss ejections (CMEs) toward Earth. Forecast tracks prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab suggests that clouds with arrive in succession on May 9th at 13:40 UT and May 10th at 07:54 UT (+/- 7 hours). The double impact could spark moderate geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

Amateur astronomer Alan Friedman sends this picture of the behemoth from his backyard in Buffalo, NY.


One of the largest sunspot groups in years rotated over the sun's northeastern limb on May 6th. With a least four dark cores larger than Earth, AR1476 sprawls more than 100,000 km from end to end, and makes an easy target for backyard solar telescopes.

"AR1476 is firecrackler," says Friedman. 

Indeed, the active region is crackling with impulsive M-class solar flares. Based on the sunspot's complex 'beta-gamma' magnetic field, NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of more M-flares during the next 24 hours. There is also a 10% chance of powerful X-flares.

"This one is going to be fun as it turns to face us!" predicts Friedman. He might be right.

If You’re Not Worried Yet…You Should Be

The White Shark Kayak Story

 Economic Alert: If You’re Not Worried Yet…You Should Be

by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

For the past four years I have been covering the progression of the global economic crisis with an emphasis on the debilitating effects it has had on the American financial system.  Only once before have I ever issued an economic alert, and this was at the onset of the very first credit downgrade in U.S. history by S&P.  I do not take the word “alert” lightly.  Since 2008 we have seen a cycle of events that have severely weakened our country’s foundation, but each event has then been followed by a lull, sometimes 4 to 6 months at a stretch, which seems to disarm the public, drawing them back into apathy and complacency.  The calm moments before each passing storm give Americans a false sense of hope that our capsized fiscal vessel will somehow right itself if we just hold on a little longer...

I don’t have to tell most people within the Liberty Movement that this is not going to happen.  Unfortunately, there are many out there who do not share our awareness of the situation.   Debt implosions and currency devaluation NEVER simply “fade away”; they are always followed by extreme social and political strife that tends to sully the doorsteps of almost every individual and family.  The notion that we can coast through such a tempest unscathed is an insane idea, filled with a dangerous potential for sour regrets.

There are some people who also believe that the private Federal Reserve with the Treasury in tow has the ability to prolong the worst symptoms of the collapse indefinitely, or at least, until they have long since kicked the bucket and don’t have to worry about it anymore (the ‘pay-it forward to our grandkids’ crowd) .  I can say with 100% certainty that most of us will live to see the climax of the breakdown, and that this breakdown is about to enter a more precarious state before the end of this year.  You can only stretch a sun-boiled rubber band so far before it snaps completely, and America’s financial elasticity has long been melted away.

A pummeling hailstorm of news items and international developments have made the first half of 2012 almost impossible to track and analyze.  The frequency at which negative information has surfaced is almost dizzying.  However, a pattern and a recognizable motion are beginning to take shape, and, I believe, a loose timeline is beginning to form.

At the end of January, I covered the incredible nosedive of the Baltic Dry Index (a measure of global shipping rates that signals a fall in global demand) to historic lows.  I pointed out the tendency of stocks and the general economy to crash around 8 months (sometimes a little longer) after the BDI makes such a dramatic downturn.  Mainstream analysts, of course, attributed the fall to an “overproduction of ships”, which is the same exact excuse they used when the BDI collapsed back in 2008 just before the derivatives bubble burst.  It would seem that the cable TV talking heads were wrong yet again, as the international market facade quickly evaporates right in line with the BDI’s almost prophetic knack for calling an economic derailment in advance.

Here are some of the most important reasons why every American should be prepared for much harder days, especially before the end of 2012:

The European Union Is Officially Dead In The Water

Stick a fork in er’, the EU is done!  We are talking about full scale dismantlement, likely followed by a reformation of core nations and multiple collapse scenarios of peripheral countries.  The writing is all over the wall in the wake of the latest election results in Greece and France, where, as alternative researchers have been predicting for some time, the battle between the government spending crowd and proponents of austerity has reached a fever pitch.

The Greeks and the French are royally pissed over draconian cuts in public programs and the destruction of pensions which have been a mainstay of their economies for quite some time.  They are also furious over being sold off like collateral to the IMF and World Bank.  Rightly so.  Like the American taxpayer, the taxpayers of floundering EU nations are wrongly being held responsible for the financial mismanagement and fraud of their governments and global banks which have remained untouched and unpunished for their trespasses.  The problem is, the voters of both countries are signing on to the socialist/quasi-communist bandwagon in response.  In Greece, the Left Coalition Party, a splinter group of the traditional communist party, has now taken a primary position of power:

In France, voters have elected socialist Francois Hollande (a Bilderberg attendee), whose latest promise is to spend France into recovery through his “pro-growth agenda”:

I have no doubt that the elections of the EU are as manipulated by elitists as they are here in the U.S., and I’m sure false paradigms abound.  Have Europeans forgotten that it was overt government spending that set them on the path to calamity in the first place?  Or, are they like Americans; just desperate for any change in the ranks of leadership?  One would think that they would take note of the problems here in our country and realize that electing a socialist to replace another socialist is no way out of economic hardship.
Former officials like Nicolas Sarkozy may have claimed to be distanced from the socialist ideal, but, as with all globalist puppets, their actions did not match their rhetoric, and they have always supported policies of centralization and big government.  The French and the Greeks have essentially replaced closet collectivists with outspoken collectivists, and will see NO relief from the crisis in the Euro-zone as a result of the political reordering.  In fact, the stage has now been set for a volatile chain of dominoes. Germany, which is the only economy left holding the EU together, has been unyielding on austerity cuts.  A conflict between France and Germany is now inevitable.  Neither will compromise their position, and I can see no other eventual result than a reexamination and perhaps abandonment of the EU charter.

How does this affect America?  Being that international banks and corporations have forced our countries into interdependency through the engineered chicanery of globalization, any collapse in Europe is going to strike hard around the world, but the worst will hit the U.S. and China.  Which is probably why China is disengaging trade away from the U.S. and the EU and focusing on other developing nations:

If you thought the Greek roller coaster was a pain in the neck for investment markets, just wait until the whole of the EU is in a shambles!

Spain is next in line, with a 25% official unemployment rate and a massive black market economy forming.  As I have been saying for years now, when governments disrupt the financial survival of the people, they WILL form their own alternatives, including black markets and barter markets.  It is about survival.  The Spanish government does not care much for these alternatives, though, and has now banned cash transaction over 2500 euros in a futile attempt to squeeze taxes out of the populace through digitally tracked payment methods:

Another major concern for Americans is the fact that Europeans are inching towards an abandonment of the dollar.  Francois Hollande has openly called for an end to the dollar’s world reserve status, and with a majority backing of the French people, he could easily make this happen, at least where France is concerned.  All it takes is for a few key countries to publicly and completely drop the Greenback and the dollar’s reputation as a safe haven investment will be quashed.  This could very well happen before 2012 is over.

QE3 Is The End

Here is the bottom line; U.S. growth is a theater of shadows.  There has been no progress, no recovery, only the misrepresentation of statistics.  Millions of Americans have fallen off unemployment rolls because they have been jobless for too long, which lowers the unemployment rate, but does not change the fact that they are still without work.  Durable goods orders are dropping like an avalanche.  U.S. credit has been lowered yet again by rating agency Egan-Jones.  With China making bilateral trade deals in numerous countries on the condition that the dollar be dropped as the primary purchasing mechanism, and with the EU turning to economic mulch, the currency’s safety is nonexistent.  Traditional investors who cling to the idea that a falling Euro spells dollar strength will be sorely disappointed when the currency is suddenly being rejected in international currency markets.

The Federal Reserve has already stated that any signs of “relapse” into recession (the recession that we never left) will be met with all options on the table, including QE3:
I believe that QE3 will probably be announced this year (due in large part to trauma from Europe), and, that this will trigger a mass movement by foreign nations to drop the dollar as the world reserve.  QE3 will be the straw that broke the camel.  How exactly this will play out socially and politically, I do not know (I could take a good guess though).  But, the technical results are predictable.  The Fed will respond to the lack of treasury purchases by ramping up fiat printing in order to cover the ever increasing costs of the government machine.  The Greenback will immediately lose a large portion of its value, at least in terms of imported goods, causing inflation in prices.  Oil and energy prices will skyrocket if OPEC follows suit (which they will, though the Saudis may still honor dollars for a time).  Doing any traditional business will become nearly impossible, and price inflation will dominate the lives and the minds of average unprepared citizens.            
The amount of time that it will take for these difficulties to unfold is also not clear.  We are operating in uncharted territory, and dealing with a collapse scenario on a truly planetary scale.  My best advice is to assume that the avalanche will move fast.

While markets in our country have seen only mild disruptions so far this year, their solidity is predicated on a host of props and costume pieces, any one of which could pull the rug out from under America’s suspension of disbelief if it strays but a little from the illusion.  As long as the dollar holds, stocks can be infused with bailout juice through major banks.  So can major companies and even desperate state governments on the verge of bankruptcy.  The Dow will remain relatively friendly, and day traders and the public will remain happy.  As soon as the dollar comes into question, all bets are off…

Does This Mean Doom, Or Just Another Bad Day?

The real beginning of today’s collapse is tied to the events of 2008.  The pace of it has been deceptive, but also, in a way, it is a gift.  Over the past four years, I have personally seen the awakening of thousands of people that may have never had the chance if the system had gone into full spectrum breakdown right away.  The question now is, how much longer can the U.S. wobble along on one wheel?  In my view, and from the evidence I see in markets at the moment, not much longer.

It is hard to set aside any expectations that the next leg down will be easy to digest for the populace.  The reality of our predicament is starting to hit home.  All the tax return checks have been spent.  The credit cards have been maxed.  The new cars have been sold off and traded in for ghetto-mobiles.  The good jobs have been replaced with Taco Bell slavery.  A trip to see The Avengers is now the family vacation.  And, the distractions of reality TV just aren’t buttering our bread anymore.  It’s the little things at first that really signal the financial mood of a society, as well as reveal the more vital and looming issues just over the horizon.
All indicators suggest that this year will be unlike any other before.  In 2008, we saw the first trigger events for the collapse.  In 2008/2009, we saw the creation of the bailout culture, setting the stage for inflation and dollar disintegration.  In 2010, we saw the first bilateral trade deal cutting out the dollar between China and Russia, which is now the template for trade deals all over the globe.  In 2011, we saw the first downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and the crisis in the EU become epidemic.  In 2012, I see not just another difficulty to add to the mountain, but a culmination of all these detriments to produce something entirely new; a vast and subversive realignment forcing many of us to take a more aggressive stance in the fight for an economically and socially free America.

Financial disasters have always been a convenient catalyst for a host of even more frightening obstacles, including civil unrest, and blatant totalitarianism.  This is the cusp.  It is one of those moments that people of later generations read about in awe, and sometimes horror.  The “doom” is not in the event, but in the response.  What we make of the days approaching determines the darkness that they cast upon the future.  It is a test.  It is not something to be dreaded.  It is something to be seized upon, and dealt with, as great men and women before us have done.  At the very least, we know that it is coming.  That, in itself, could well seal our success…