Thursday, December 30, 2010

Star

BMW M5 with Clive Owen and Madonna

LOL - HAPPY 2011!

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again -- for New Year’s resolutions. How did yours work for you in 2010? Are you thinner, drinking less, not smoking, or eating healthier? No? Well, I have a possible solution for all of the above failed resolves and it only takes a commitment to one resolution for 2011 – a vegetable garden. Here’s an inexpensive way to get started.

Most gardens are planted in long rows separated by three foot aisles. This means 80% of your garden (that you water, weed, and fertilize) grows nothing. You just walk on it. The square foot method eliminates that 80% of your garden that you don’t use by planting in blocks.

Using the square foot gardening method, you divide a 4′ x 4′ box into sixteen 1 foot square gardens. You then can plant a different crop in each of the squares. For example, you might plant 16 carrots in one box, four beans in another, and one cabbage in another. That leaves you with 13 other boxes to fill! I think it’s a fantastic system, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Step-by-step instructions and more…

Don’t miss the comments section for answers to questions you might have.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011,

covertress

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Apocalypse 2012 & Severe Space Weather Report

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 1/6)

Do scientists really believe Earth is headed for disaster in 2012? Is our government secretly planning to save and protect the elite - while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves?

Time is of the essence as Jesse Ventura chases down the 2012 conspiracy. It began as an ancient Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end. Now, experts reveal solar storms may lead to catastrophe in the very same year.

Jesse searches for evidence that our government is scrambling to prepare for a major disaster. He discovers signs of secret underground bunkers being built in places ranging from the Nevada desert to the White House, including a massive project under construction beneath a major metropolitan airport. Get a look inside those bunkers and decide for yourself if the government is preparing for some to survive while the rest of us are left to fry in an earthly hell.

[An entertaining 45 minutes if you believe in conspiracies.]

h/t: George Ure, Urban Survival

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 2/6)

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 3/6)

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 4/6)

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 5/6)

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura - Apocalypse 2012 (Part 6/6)

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Related Report: Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts (pdf)

According to a study by the Metatech Corporation, the occurrence today
of an event like the 1921 storm would result in large-scale blackouts affecting more than 130 million people and would expose more than 350 transformers to the risk of permanent damage.

An estimate of $1 trillion to $2 trillion during the first year alone was given for the societal and economic costs of a “severe geomagnetic storm scenario” with recovery times of 4 to 10 years.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Keeping the Home Fire Burning

Wood stove with Christmas dinner cooking on top – pizza in a stainless steel skillet!

Keeping the Home Fire Burning

Learning to use a wood stove to heat one’s house is difficult on the mildest of evenings, but on the coldest, windiest night of the year, it can be down right dangerous.

When the weather forecast read 25F degrees with a wind chill of 17F, I prepared myself for what lay ahead. There was a good chance that I might freeze to death or die of smoke inhalation this evening; I’d have only one chance to get it right.

With no pre-cut wood, no gasoline for the generator and no money, my prospects looked bleak. The added pain from four broken ribs nearly drove me to depression. This is no time to feel sorry for yourself, I mused. It’s time to act!

Packing up my laptop, I drove to the nearest free wi-fi to check my PayPal account. Please let there be a few dollars there. And there were! Money enough to buy a few gallons of gasoline to run the generator, power the chop saw and cut down the 2x6 boards my neighbor had so generously given me last year. Nursing the broken ribs, this took hours, but, at last I had enough wood to see me through the night. Now, if only the wind would die down.

Normally, a 10 mile and hour wind is enough to back draft the wood stove, driving smoke back down the chimney flue and into the basement. From there the smoke quickly rises and fills the house. 25 MPH gusts had already caused this to happen several times throughout the day. Each time I had to open the windows to drive out the smoke, I lost heat. Now, in the late afternoon, the temperature was dropping fast. I couldn’t keep this up all night. The wind had to die down!

Staying up much later than my usual bedtime, I stoked the stove to a crinkling hot inferno of white hot coals, added a few boards, then shut it down and went to bed for a brief nap. These pine boards would not keep lit as long as seasoned oak; I’d need to awaken every two hours to re-stoke the fire again.

1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30. I didn’t even use an alarm clock. I was exhausted but proud of my accomplishment. I lived!

Hot coals piled atop the skillet cook the top of the pizza.

This morning, as I sit sipping a hot cup of café con leche (with powdered milk), I can’t help but feel grateful. The wind abated. The fire stayed lit. The house stayed warm.

Unlike many who are doing without basic services this winter, I have had the opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for nights like last night. Going several months without electricity sure gives one a proper education! Additionally, I have been blessed with good neighbors, both near and far, who have always come to my aid when I’ve most needed their help.

Today, I’m almost giddy with the prospect of a promised truckload of standing dead oak. “All I need is a chainsaw,” my friend said. I have one.

Two more chilly nights and then balmy evenings are forecast again. No worries, now that I know how to keep the home fire burning.

Mmmm… Christmas pizza!

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Happy Side Note

GENEROUS reader donations have aided in stocking the woodpile and in storing gasoline for the generator. I and the kitties thank you so very much! - c

Preparing for the Aftermath--Lessons from the 1930s

This photo was marked Beresford, South Dakota our homestead 1930 via Forgotten Old Photos.


Preparing for the Aftermath--Lessons from the 1930s

By J.E. via Survival Blog

It’s one or two years after an EMP attack and you are safely tucked away in your retreat somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Your storage foods have mostly been used and your high tech electronics are useless. The really bad stuff is mostly past. Now it’s trying to stay fed and alive and pray that civilization as you know it is coming back. You’re going to have to work your environment to live. Ever wonder what life might be like? What would it really be like to have no running water, electricity, sewer, newspaper or Internet? No supermarket or fire department close at hand?

I have a good imagination but I decided to talk to someone who would know first hand what it was like: my mother. She grew up on a homestead in the middle of Montana during the 1920s and 1930s. It was a two room Cottonwood cabin with the nearest neighbor three miles away. She was oldest at nine, so she was in charge of her brother and sister. This was her reality; I feel there are lessons here for the rest of us.

There was a Majestic stove that used wood and coal. The first person up at four thirty A.M., usually her father, would start the fire for breakfast. It was a comforting start to the day but your feet would get cold when you got out of bed.

A crosscut saw and axe was used to cut wood for the stove and after that experience, you got pretty stingy with the firewood because you know what it takes to replace it. The old timers say that it warms you when you cut it, when you split it, and again when you burn it. The homes that were typical on homesteads and ranches of the era were smaller with lower ceilings than modern houses just so they could be heated easier. The saw and axe were not tools to try hurrying with. You set a steady pace and maintained it. A man in a hurry with an axe may loose some toes or worse. One side effect of the saw and axe use is that you are continuously hungry and will consume a huge amount of food.

Lights in the cabin were old fashioned kerosene lamps. It was the kid’s job to trim the wicks, clean the chimneys and refill the reservoirs.

The privy was downhill from the house next to the corral and there was no toilet paper. Old newspaper, catalogs or magazines were used and in the summer a pan of barely warm water was there for hygiene. During a dark night, blizzard, or brown out from a dust storm, you followed the corral poles - no flashlights.

There were two springs close to the house that ran clear, clean, and cold water. The one right next to it was a “soft” water spring. It was great for washing clothes and felt smooth, almost slick, on your skin. If you drank from it, it would clean you out just as effectively as it cleaned clothes. Not all clean water is equal.

The second spring was a half mile from the cabin and it was cold, clear, and tasted wonderful. The spring itself was deep (an eight foot corral pole never hit bottom) and flowed through the year. It was from here that the kids would fill two barrels on a heavy duty sled with water for the house and the animals. They would lead the old white horse that was hitched to the sledge back to the buildings and distribute the water for people and animals. In the summer, they made two trips in the morning and maybe a third in the evening. In the winter, one trip in the morning and one in the evening. They did this alone.

Breakfast was a big meal because they’re going to be working hard. Usually there would be homemade sausage, eggs and either cornmeal mush or oatmeal. More food was prepared than what was going to be eaten right then. The extra food was left on the table under a dish towel and eaten as wanted during the day. When evening meal was cooked, any leftovers were reheated. The oatmeal or the mush was sliced and fried for supper. It was served with butter, syrup, honey or molasses.

The homemade sausage was from a quarter or half a hog. The grinder was a small kitchen grinder that clamped on the edge of a table and everybody took turns cranking. When all the hog had been ground, the sausage mix was added and kneaded in by hand. Then it was immediately fried into patties. The patties were placed, layer by layer, into a stone crock and covered with the rendered sausage grease. The patties were reheated as needed. The grease was used for gravies as well as re-cooking the patties. Occasionally a fresh slice of bread would be slathered with a layer of sausage grease and a large slice of fresh onion would top it off for quick sandwich. Nothing was wasted.

Some of their protein came from dried fish or beef. Usually this had to be soaked to remove the excess salt or lye. Then it was boiled. Leftovers would go into hash, fish patties, or potato cakes.

Beans? There was almost always a pot of beans on the stove in the winter time.

Chickens and a couple of milk cows provided needed food to balance the larder. They could not have supported a growing family without these two resources.

The kitchen garden ran mostly to root crops. Onion, turnip, rutabaga, potato and radishes grew under chicken wire. Rhubarb was canned for use as a winter tonic to stave off scurvy. Lettuce, corn, and other above ground crops suffered from deer, rats, and gumbo clay soil. Surprisingly, cabbage did well. The winter squash didn’t do much, only two or three gourds. Grasshoppers were controlled by the chickens and turkeys. There was endless hoeing.

Washing clothes required heating water on the stove, pouring it into three galvanized wash tubs - one for the homemade lye soap and scrub board, the other two for rinsing. Clothes were rinsed and wrung out by hand, then hung on a wire to dry in the air. Your hands became red and raw, your arms and shoulders sore beyond belief by the end of the wash. Wet clothing, especially wool, is heavy and the gray scum from the soap was hard to get out of the clothes.

Personal baths were in a galvanized wash tub screened by a sheet. In the winter it was difficult to haul, heat and handle the water so baths weren’t done often. Most people would do sponge baths.

Everybody worked including the kids. There were always more chores to be done than time in the day. It wasn’t just this one family; it was the neighbors as well. You were judged first and foremost by your work ethic and then your honesty. This was critical because if you were found wanting in either department, the extra jobs that might pay cash money, a quarter of beef, hog or mutton would not be available. Further, the cooperation with your neighbors was the only assurance that if you needed help, you would get help. Nobody in the community could get by strictly on their own. A few tried. When they left, nobody missed them. You didn’t have to like someone to cooperate and work with him or her.

Several times a year people would get together for organized activities: barn raising, butcher bee, harvest, roofing, dance, or picnics. There were lots of picnics, usually in a creek bottom with cottonwoods for shade or sometimes at the church. Always, the women would have tables groaning with food, full coffee pots and, if they were lucky, maybe some lemonade. (Lemons were expensive and scarce.) After the work (even for picnics, there was usually a project to be done first) came the socializing. Many times people would bring bedding and sleep out overnight, returning home the next day.

A half dozen families would get together for a butcher bee in the cold days of late fall. Cows were slaughtered first, then pigs, mutton, and finally chickens. Blood from some of the animals was collected in milk pails, kept warm on a stove to halt coagulation, and salt added. Then it was canned for later use in blood dumplings, sausage or pudding. The hides were salted for later tanning; the feathers from the fowl were held for cleaning and used in pillows or mattresses. The skinned quarters of the animals would be dipped into cold salt brine and hung to finish cooling out so they could be taken home safely for processing. Nothing went to waste.

The most feared occurrence in the area was fire. If it got started, it wasn’t going out until it burned itself out. People could and did loose everything.

The most used weapon was the .22 single shot Winchester with .22 shorts. It was used to take the heads off pheasant, quail, rabbit and ducks. If you held low, the low powered round didn’t tear up the meat. The shooters, usually the kids, quickly learned sight, picture and trigger control although they never heard those terms. If you took five rounds of ammunition, you better bring back the ammunition or a critter for the pot for each round expended. It was also a lot quieter and less expensive in those days than the .22 Long Rifle cartridges.

If you are trying to maintain a low profile, the odor of freshly baked bread can be detected in excess of three miles on a calm day. Especially by kids.

Twice a year the cabin was emptied of everything. The walls, floors, and ceilings were scrubbed with lye soap and a bristle brush. All the belongings were also cleaned before they came back into the house. This was pest control and it was needed until DDT became available. Bedbugs, lice, ticks and other creepy crawlies were a fact of life and were controlled by brute force. Failure to do so left you in misery and maybe ill.

Foods were stored in bug-proof containers. The most popular were fifteen pound metal coffee cans with tight lids. These were for day-to-day use in the kitchen. (I still have one. It’s a family heirloom.) The next were barrels to hold the bulk foods like flour, sugar, corn meal, and rice. Everything was sealed or the vermin would get to it. There was always at least one, preferably two, months of food on hand. If the fall cash allowed, they would stock up for the entire winter before the first snowfall.

The closest thing to a cooler was a metal box in the kitchen floor. It had a very tight lid and was used to store milk, eggs and butter for a day or two. Butter was heavily salted on the outside to keep it from going rancid or melting. Buttermilk, cottage cheese and regular cheese was made from raw milk after collecting for a day or two. The box was relatively cool in the summer and did not freeze in the winter.

Mice and rats love humanity because we keep our environment warm and tend to be sloppy with food they like. Snakes love rats and mice so they were always around. If the kids were going to play outside, they would police the area with a hoe and a shovel. After killing and disposing of the rattlesnakes (there was always at least one) then they could play for a while in reasonable safety.

The mice and rats were controlled by traps, rocks from sling shots, cats and coyotes. The cats had a hard and usually short life because of the coyotes. The coyotes were barely controlled and seemed to be able to smell firearms at a distance. There were people who hunted the never-ending numbers for the bounty.

After chores were done, kid’s active imagination was used in their play. They didn’t have a lot of toys. There were a couple of dolls for the girls, a pocket knife and some marbles for the boy, and a whole lot of empty to fill. Their father’s beef calves were pretty gentle by the time they were sold at market - the kids rode them regularly. (Not a much fat on those calves but a lot of muscle.) They would look for arrow heads, lizards, and wild flowers. Chokecherry, buffalo berry, gooseberry and currants were picked for jelly and syrups. Sometimes the kids made chokecherry wine.

On a hot summer day in the afternoon, the shade on the east side of the house was treasured and the east wind, if it came, even more so.

Adults hated hailstorms because of the destruction, kids loved them because they could collect the hail and make ice cream.

Childbirth was usually handled at a neighbor’s house with a midwife if you were lucky. If you got sick you were treated with ginger tea, honey, chicken soup or sulphur and molasses. Castor oil was used regularly as well. Wounds were cleaned with soap and disinfected with whisky. Mustard based poultices were often used for a variety of ills. Turpentine, mustard and lard was one that was applied to the chest for pneumonia or a hacking cough.

Contact with the outside world was an occasional trip to town for supplies using a wagon and team. A battery operated radio was used very sparingly in the evenings. A rechargeable car battery was used for power. School was a six mile walk one way and you brought your own lunch. One school teacher regularly put potatoes on the stove to bake and shared them with the kids. She was very well thought of by the kids and the parents.

These people were used to a limited amount of social interaction. They were used to no television, radio, or outside entertainment. They were used to having only three or four books. A fiddler or guitar player for a picnic or a dance was a wonderful thing to be enjoyed. Church was a social occasion as well as religious.

The church ladies and their butter and egg money allowed most rural churches to be built and to prosper. The men were required to do the heavy work but the ladies made it come together. The civilizing of the west sprang from these roots. Some of those ladies had spines of steel. They needed it.

That’s a partial story of the homestead years. People were very independent, stubborn and strong but still needed the community and access to the technology of the outside world for salt, sugar, flour, spices, chicken feed, cloth, kerosene for the lights and of course, coffee. There are many more things I could list. Could they have found an alternative if something was unavailable? Maybe. How would you get salt or nitrates in Montana without importing? Does anyone know how to make kerosene? Coffee would be valued like gold. Roasted grain or chicory just didn’t cut it.

I don’t want to discourage people trying to prepare but rather to point out that generalized and practical knowledge along with a cooperative community is still needed for long term survival. Whatever shortcomings you may have, if you are part of a community, it is much more likely to be covered. The described community in this article was at least twenty to thirty miles across and included many farms and ranches as well as the town. Who your neighbors are, what type of people they are, and your relationship to them is one of the more important things to consider.

Were there fights, disagreements and other unpleasantness? Absolutely. Some of it was handled by neighbors, a minister or the sheriff. Some bad feelings lasted a lifetime. There were some people that were really bad by any standard and they were either the sheriff’s problem or they got sorted out by one of their prospective victims.

These homesteaders had a rough life but they felt they had a great life and their way of life was shared by everyone they knew. They never went hungry, had great daylong picnics with the neighbors, and knew everyone personally within twenty miles. Every bit of pleasure or joy was treasured like a jewel since it was usually found in a sea of hard work. They worked hard, played hard and loved well. In our cushy life, we have many more “things” and “conveniences” than they ever did, but we lack the connection they had with their environment and community.

The biggest concern for our future: What happens if an event such as a solar flare, EMP, or a plague takes our society farther back than the early 1900s by wiping out our technology base. Consider the relatively bucolic scene just described and then add in some true post-apocalyptic hard cases. Some of the science fiction stories suddenly get much more realistic and scary. A comment out of a Star Trek scene comes to mind “In the fight between good and evil, good must be very, very good.”

Consider what kind of supplies might not be available at any cost just because there is no longer a manufacturing base or because there is no supply chain. In the 1900s they had the railroads as a lifeline from the industrial east.

How long would it take us to rebuild the tools for recovery to the early 1900 levels?

One of the greatest advantages we have is access to a huge amount of information about our world, how things work and everything in our lives. We need to be smart enough to learn/understand as much as possible and store references for all the rest. Some of us don’t sleep well at night as we are well aware of how fragile our society and technological infrastructure is. Trying to live the homesteader’s life would be very painful for most of us. I would prefer not to. I hope and pray it doesn’t ever come to that.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' Short Story as told by Vincent Price

The Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' Short Story as told by Vincent Price (1949)

Vincent Leonard Price II (May 27, 1911 -- October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens's sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed as an indictment of nineteenth century industrial capitalism and was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

Whilst the phrase 'Merry Christmas' was popularized following the appearance of the story, and the name 'Scrooge' and exclamation 'Bah! Humbug!' have entered the English language, Ruth Glancy argues the book's singular achievement is the powerful influence it has exerted upon its readers. In the spring of 1844, The Gentleman's Magazine attributed a sudden burst of charitable giving in Britain to Dickens's novella; in 1874, Robert Louis Stevenson waxed enthusiastic after reading Dickens's Christmas books and vowed to give generously; and Thomas Carlyle expressed a generous hospitality by staging two Christmas dinners after reading the book. In America, a Mr. Fairbanks attended a reading on Christmas Eve in Boston, Massachusetts in 1867, and was so moved he closed his factory on Christmas Day and sent every employee a turkey. In the early years of the 20th century, the Queen of Norway sent gifts to London's crippled children signed "With Tiny Tim's Love"; Sir Squire Bancroft raised £20,000 for the poor by reading the tale aloud publicly; and Captain Corbett-Smith read the tale to the troops in the trenches of World War I.

According to historian Ronald Hutton, the current state of observance of Christmas is largely the result of a mid-Victorian revival of the holiday spearheaded by A Christmas Carol. Hutton argues that Dickens sought to construct Christmas as a family-centered festival of generosity, in contrast to the community-based and church-centered observations, the observance of which had dwindled during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In superimposing his secular vision of the holiday, Dickens influenced many aspects of Christmas that are celebrated today in Western culture, such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit.

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Merry Christmas, readers!

And a special holiday thank you to all who have so generously donated this year!

Much Love,

Puter, Kitty Kitty and covertress ;D

Living Aboard Magazine



Here is a free copy the November-December Issue of Living Aboard Magazine. In this messed up economy we can't send you what we'd like, (a new Inflatable with outboard!) so I had to settle for the next best thing. Enjoy! -- Bob Bitchin, Latitudes & Attitudes [Thanks, Bob!]

WikiLeaks Keeps Leaking

Frost over the World - Julian Assange

The WikiLeaks founder talks about secrets, leaks and why he will not go back to Sweden.

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Norwegian Newspaper Has Entire WikiLeaks Cable Haul -Reporter

A Norwegian newspaper in possession of WikiLeaks's entire trove of 250,000 diplomatic cables is scouring the documents for new revelations, one of the reporters assigned to the story said Thursday.

"There are many stories that haven't been told yet, and we're looking forward to telling them," said Kristoffer Ronneberg, one of the 20 reporters that Aftenposten, Norway's largest daily newspaper, has poring over the cables and crafting news stories from that material. "Our main concern is to bring news to our audience and to the public, and as far as what we choose to report, we will take the same factors under consideration with these cables as we would with any other information we obtain through our reporting."

He said the cables include large amounts of background on Osama Bin Laden's activities before the 9/11 attacks, including his dealings with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudan.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/12/23/norwegian-newspaper-entire-wikileaks-cable-haul-reporter/#ixzz192qqZepl

Massive Market Shift

Following the Fund Flows Charles Biderman CNBC December 23, 2010

A massive shift in fund flows is currently underway among investors. Charles Biderman, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research, has the details.

Story: After Nearly Two Years Of Searching, TrimTabs Still Can't Figure Out Who [among retail investors] Is Buying Stocks

[With The Fed as the only equity purchaser, what happens to the market when The Fed stops buying?]

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Tutorial Cartoon (1952) - Stock Market Basics: How the New York Stock Exchange Works Worked

JP Morgan Silver Manipulation Explained - Pt 2

JP Morgan Silver Manipulation Explained - Pt 2

"Promptly after those two cuddly bears explained how the JP Morgue is manipulating the silver market, and the xtranormal video went viral, forcing the FT to release an indemnification that "according to sources" JPM had covered a major portion of its silver short (only to subsequently end up with 90% control of other metals markets), here they are back, explaining in Part 2 of the series just what the next steps in the unwind of the biggest metal manipulation scheme will look like. The kicker: a JPM insider has told one of the bears that there is no commercial silver left, "it's all smoke and mirrors, and the CFTC can do nothing about it other than pray." Other topical items explained: silver backwardation, that there are two commissioners at the CFTC on the JP Morgue's payroll, the BIS' fractional gold system and the usage of side pockets for sovereign gold, and pretty much everything that ties the loose odds and ends in the PM manipulation story." -- Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge

Related: JP Morgan Silver Manipulation Explained - Pt 1

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Apocalyptica - Sacra

Apocalyptica - Sacra

From the album, "7th Symphony". Written by Eicca Toppinen and Mikko Sirén. "Sacra" is partly inspired by the Finnish folk song "Peltoniemen Hintrikin Suruarssi". Video Edited by Kiaagh. -- Read More.

My Tracking Kit

My Tracking Kit

"An inventory of what I carry in response to several requests." -- Joe Callum, The Pathfinder School

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mixed Bag from an Old Hag (LOL) a New Witch

Young woman or old hag?

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Remember those Stuxnet Anagrams I was playing with last month?

stuxnet + deadfoot

next t us (next the U.S.?) ate d food (ate the food?)
don’t eat of suet
next dust food eat
next date t us food

Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food - video

[Spooky or tptw plan? (Pass S.B. S510 then… Ω.) - Regardless, just grow your own.]

Homegrown Food to be Outlawed in U.S.

Senate Quietly Passes S.B. S510 Bill

Julian Cribb is a scientist and author of The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It.

The UN predicts that by the year 2050 the globe will be home to more than 9 billion people. In a recent presentation to The World Congress of Soil Science, Cribb said global demand for food is going to more than double over the next half century.

Famed investor and author of the "Gloom Boom and Doom" report, Marc Faber has appeared on CNN telling viewers the best long-term investment today is farmland and a focus on stocks that may benefit from food and water shortages.

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A great resource for all WikiLeaks news is: WikiLeaks CableGate

Recent stories of note:

WikiLeaks dump on a US bank could leave regulators in a pickle

System Was Insolvent In 2008 (And Still Is)

Today's WTF Data Point: Meet To The CIA's WikiLeaks Task Force

09OSLO337: NORWAY: CI/KR RESPONSE FOR USNORTHCOM

I've been unable to verify that this alleged TOP SECRET WikiLeaks cable discussing the "HAARP/CERN spiral anomaly" and "activation of 2012 Project ALICE Bunker for POTUS/SECDEF" is real. However, like the Gulf of Aden Vortex story (also un-verified) it makes a good read.

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An interesting note from George Ure at Urban Survival:

Perpetual Motion

Don't know how closely you've been following the zero-point energy crowd (extract energy from curious behaviors of magnets or the Dirac Sea) but the Bendini Ferris Wheel is picking up true believers...

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Kellene Bishop at Preparedness Pro gives a fine introduction to Do It Yourself Colloidal Silver but leaves the recipe details to Steve Cox.

Make High Quality QS

This ain't rocket science so pay attention. Don't email for more information. I haven't the time for hand holding! (Note from Chet: Click here to see Steve Cox's improved design.)

1. Buy a 6 volt DC transformer for about 5 clams. Better yet, pick up one at a flea market for fifty cents. The current doesn't matter as this method uses less than one ma. Regarding the size of the little wall transformer, Radio Shack has 300 ma. and 800 ma. The maximum current our process uses is 1/2 ma. so any will do just fine. We are beginning to receive many reports of efficacy for all kinds of problems. There is no down side risk in these concentrations. One can use four 1.5 volt flashlight batteries in series. They will last a long time.
2. Clip the connector off the end of the wire.
3. Get two alligator clips from Radio Shack for a buck.
4. Carefully separate the two wires. Strip the insulation off for about 1 inch.
5. Connect each lead to the clip.
6. You need two electrodes. Don't waste $15.00 for 1/4 oz. pieces of silver wire. Go to a any coin store and buy two Canadian Maple Leafs for about $6.50 ea. Each has 1.2 oz. of .9999 pure silver, enough to make more CS than you will ever use.
7. Buy a gallon of distilled water for about seventy cents.
8. Buy a tiny fish tank bubbler machine for about eight bucks. They will have the neoprene tubing as well. You will need about two feet.
9. Be sure the coin is squeaky clean. Clamp them to opposite sides of an 8 oz. glass of distilled water.
10. Place the tubing to the bottom of the glass.
11. Fill the glass with distilled water ONLY up to the bottom of the clips. One does not want the metal, from the clips, in contact with the water, only the coins.
12. Plug in the little transformer and oxygenation machine.
13. Run for about five hours.
14. Carefully remove the coins. There will be residue on them and you don't want that in the solution. For even more purity, use the neoprene tubing and siphon the solution into a clean glass/or plastic container. (In these parts a siphon hose is referred to as an "Arkansas credit card".)
15. Keep the CS out of sunlight in an air tight bottle.
16. Clean the coins thoroughly preparing for the next batch.

Now you have high quality CS in about 5 PPM. Some scoundrels claim their CS is 100-800 PPM. This is rubbish. At such concentrations the particles would agglomerate forming much larger particles. Basic chemistry.

Last night I spoke with Frank Key, the scientist who owns the laboratory (visit their site.) He observed, "You have stumbled on to a fine way to make CS." He did state that the potency would diminish over time and suggested that one make a new batch every fortnight. Considering that costs you nothing it makes sense.

He said the secret was the low voltage and the fish pump. I thought it was due to more oxygen in the water. He stated it was because of the introduction of carbon dioxide, explaining in chemical terms which were over my head. The fish pump is 100% vital to the process.

(Click here to see Steve Cox's improved design.)

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Research conducted by Professor Bill Napier, from Cardiff University, this past year states that the mini-ice age we experienced 13,000 years ago was caused by a single hour-long hailstorm from space, and that when coupled with Dr. Stepanov’s research places the blame for this catastrophic event squarely on this massive mysterious object orbiting out beyond the Ort Cloud.


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What a Crock

I've always maintained that Obamacare was just a ruse to keep the people's attention off of the state of the economy.

20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law- AP

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Safe sales soar as worried bank customers keep money at home

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Gems via J.S. MineSet:

“Many years ago I spoke to a man who lived through the Weimar Republic. He said that their warning was when there was no longer any change or small bills around before things got bad”. -- CIGA BT

“I have given a number for gold $5,000 that is very conservative. If we take U.S. gold reserves at 252 million ounces and we divide that amount into the national debt of 14 trillion that yields a staggering amount of $53,639 per ounce. Even taking the world official gold reserves divided into the US debt of 14 trillion we still get $15,873 per ounce.” – Martin Armstrong


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Fed Munitions Renovations

by CitizenPete via Zero Hedge

“Interesting note (not making this up):

“A couple months ago I was in Downtown Cleveland Ohio and the Federal Reserve depository was getting a complete face lift. Sand/water blasting the stone work, removing the statues (with a crane) to replace the underlying rusty support structure, etc. I walked by the project and chatted with the workers, who told me the night before 3 (three) 50mm machine guns were removed from under the statues and the steps as part of the renovation. During the renovation it was clear that the space under the two statues was hollow and built out like two small rooms. You could not see under the steps, as they were not R&R'd, just cleaned. The question is...

“What were these machine guns replaced with?

“This is a depository of the FED so there are some sort of defenses beside the private armed military guarding the place I am certain. So what is under the statues and the steps now? Here is my guess: ??? http://www.lradx.com/site/ ???

end the fed protest in cleveland Nov 22, 2009

“Has anyone from any of the other 11 cities were the FED Banks are located noticed any ‘renovations’ going on?”

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The following lists are a sampling of edible wild plants. Consult a field guide for a more extensive listing.

Salad plants

Amaranthus spp. ( Amaranth) [leaves]
Bidens alba (Spanish needle) [flower petals]
Cercis canadensis (Redbud) [flowers]
Commelina spp. (Dayflower) [leaves]
Hydrocotyle umbellata (Dollarweed) [leaves]
Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass) [leaves & seed pods]
Micromeria officinale (Micromeria) [leaves]
Mitchella repens (Partridge berry) [berries]
Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken fern) [fiddlehead under 6"]
Rhexia virginica (Meadow beauty) [leaves & flowers]
Scirpus validus (Bullrush) [young shoots]
Smilax spp. (Catbrier) [tender new shoots]
Stachys floridana (Florida betony) [tubers]
Stellaria media (Chickweed) [leaves & stems]
Typha spp. (Cattail) [young shoots]
Viola spp (Violet) [leaves & flowers]

Potherbs

Amaranthus spp. (Amaranth) [young leaves]
Bidens alba (Spanish needles) [young leaves]
Chenopodium album (Lamb's quarters) [young leaves]
Hydrocotyle umbellata (Dollarweed) [young leaves]
Phytolacca americana (Pokeweed) [plants under 8"]
Pontederia cordata (Pickerelweed) [young leaves]
Portulaca olecacea (Purslane) [young leaves]
Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken fern) [fiddlehead under 6"]
Rumex acetosella (Sheep sorrel) [young leaves]
Rumex crispa (Curly dock) [young leaves]
Smilax spp. (Catbrier) [tender shoots]
Stellaria media (Chickweed) [leaves & stems]
Tradescantia ohiensis (Spiderwort) [young leaves]
Typha spp. (Cattail) [young shoots]
Viola spp (Violet) [leaves & flowers]
Youngia japonica (Hawk's beard) [young leaves]

Beverages & Teas

Diospyros virginiana (Persimmon) [dried leaves]
Monarda punctata (Horsemint) [leaves & flowers]
Passiflora incarnata (Passion flower) [fruit]
Pinus spp. (Pine) [young needles]
Rhus copallina (Sumac) [fruit]
Rosa spp. (Wild Rose) [rosehips]
Rubus spp. (Blackberry) [dried young leaves]
Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) [dried blossoms]
Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) [bark & roots]
Viola spp. (Violet) [dried young leaves]

Jellies

Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry) [berries]
Diospyros virginiana (Persimmon) [fruit]
Gaylussacia spp. (Huckleberry) [berries]
Morus rubra (Mulberry) [fruit]
Opuntia spp. (Prickly pear cactus) [fruit]
Passiflora incarnata (Passion flower) [fruit]
Prunus spp. (Wild plums & cherries) [fruit]
Rhus copallina (Sumac) [fruit]
Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) [berries]
Vaccinium spp. (Blueberry) [berries]


Wild Garlic butter

10 green stalks of wild garlic & 1/2 lb. of butter
Blend cleaned stalks and softened butter in a
blender until the pieces are relatively small and the
butter takes on a green tint.


Wild Edibles Books

Angier, Bradford. How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere. Collier Macmillan: New York, NY. 1962

Angier, Bradford. Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Stackpole Books: Harrisburg, PA. 1974

Bowers, Priscilla G. I eat weeds. Buttercup Press, 4599 Palmer Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32210. 1996

Deureling, Dick & Peggy Lantz. Florida's Incredible Wild Edibles. Florida Native Plant Society: Orlando, FL. 1993

Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the Good Life: My Love Affair With Nature.. McKay Co., Inc. New York, NY. 1971

Gibbons, Euell Stalking The Wild Asparagus. McKay Co., Inc. New York, NY. 1975

Hunt, David, Editor. Native Indian Wild Game, Fish, and Wild Foods Cookbook: New revised and expanded edition (Cooking). Castle Books: Edison, NJ. 1992

Michael, Pamela. Country Harvest. Peerage Books: London, WI. 1986

Peterson, Lee Allen. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guide). Houghton Mifflin: Boston, MA. 1977

Tatum, Billy Joe. Billy Joe Tatum's Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook: An Illustrated Guide to 70 Wild Plants, and over 350 Irresistible Recipes for Serving Them Up. Workman Publishing: New York, NY. 1976


“In some parts of Sweden, yarrow is said to be employed as a substitute for hops in the preparation of beer, to which it is supposed to add an intoxicating effect.” – Sturtevants Edible Plants of the World

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by Jerianne Van Dijk via All Posters

Observations from the Other Side of Life

Sheesh, I’m 46 today!

Mid life, they say, can lead to a personal crisis event or it can be an opportunity to healthfully reflect, re-evaluate and reconsider one’s direction. Not surprising to me, since I have done so many different things, I have discovered a new career path. (Former jobs included: tutor, clerk, computer programmer, systems analyst, recording mixer, tarot card reader, interior painter, massage therapist, 130’ wooden schooner deck hand, WWII PT boat first mate, retail manager, service business owner, … and I’ve forgotten the rest .) Now, I’m preparing myself for a TEOTWAWKI career as an herbalist, or as I like to think it will be called again, Medicine Woman.

After realizing how difficult a TEOTWAWKI pioneer life will be, I’ve decided to take a path that will give others the opportunity to barter with me for goods (herbal remedies) and services (yes, I’m dusting off the cards – people will need entertainment too) that are not so physically taxing. So, from now on, you can pretty much call me the neighborhood witch. Just make sure those torches you bear are to help light my wood stove, not my funeral pyre!

Today, in part due to your donations, I’ll be adding a copy of The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry & Therapeutics of Herbal Medicines to my library and enjoying a nice bottle of liquid pain killer cabernet (to ease the broken ribs - sorry, clif) as my birthday presents. Thank you, thank you, thank you. They’re just what I wanted!

May the other side of TEOTWAWKI be as personally rewarding for you as mine promises to be.

Always My Best,

c

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Cooking with Clara - Biscotti

Holiday Cooking with Clara - Biscotti

Biscotti (pronounced /bɪˈskɒti/, Italian pronunciation: [bisˈkɔtti],Turkish: Selanik gevreği) more correctly known as biscotti di Prato (English: biscuits of Prato), also known as cantuccini (English: corners), are a twice-baked cake originating in the Italian city of Prato. The cakes are large almond biscuits, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven. -- Wikipedia

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Book: Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice (Dec. 21, 2010)

For the first time in 372 years, northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse. On Dec. 21, 2010, the date of the northern winter solstice, the full Moon will pass through Earth's shadow, turning the lunar orb a delightful shade of coppery-red.

Sky watchers in North America are favored with an overhead view as the eclipse unfolds on Tuesday morning between 02:41 am and 03:53 am EST.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for full coverage of the event including live webcasts, observing tips, and a look at the surprising connection between lunar eclipses and Earth's climate.

TOTAL Eclipse! December 21 (A Viewer's Guide)

Ten Essential OTC Medications to Stockpile by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

Via Survival Blog (http://64.92.111.122)

Are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs really worth stockpiling? As a family physician my answer is a resounding yes. Most of the following were actually prescription medications when first released. (In higher dosages, several still are.) Although other OTC drugs are worth considering, these ten have been selected due to their ready availability, affordability, safety in both adults and children, and multi-use potential. Used alone or in combination, they can effectively treat dozens of conditions including: headache, fever, sore throats, ear ache, menstrual cramps, heartburn, arthritis, ulcers, diarrhea, allergies, hives, congestion, dizziness, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, ringworm, eczema, insomnia, backache, gout, diaper rash, yeast infections, and many more common illnesses.

1. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) - Among the OTC anti-inflammatory medications, ibuprofen is probably the most versatile. Primarily indicated for pain and inflammation, it may also be used to relieve headaches, earaches, sore throats, sinus pain, stiff neck, muscle strains, menstrual cramps, arthritis including gout, and back pain. It is also effective at reducing fever and is generally safe for use in children. It is not advisable for most stomach-related pain, although may decrease the pain of kidney stones, kidney infections, and possibly bladder infections. The most common side effect is stomach irritation or heartburn. When combined with acetaminophen it is nearly as effective as codeine, tramadol, or hydrocodone in relieving more severe pain.

2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) - Acetaminophen is the only OTC pain-reliever that is not an anti-inflammatory drug. It will not irritate the stomach like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen. It is useful for the same conditions as ibuprofen, though effectiveness varies according to patient. As mentioned above, it may be combined with ibuprofen in full doses for more severe pain. Side effects are very few, though in high dose, especially when combined with alcohol, it can lead to liver failure. It is available in several pediatric dosages, both for pain relief and fever reduction.

3. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - An inexpensive antihistamine, diphenhydramine is primarily used for drainage due to respiratory infections and nasal allergies, in both adults and children. It is also indicated for hives and itching, including itchy rashes such as poison ivy. Although not all patients become drowsy when using diphenhydramine, many do so, making this medication useful for insomnia as well. Some people find the drug relieves nausea or mild anxiety.

4. Loperamide (Imodium) - The most effective OTC medication for diarrhea is loperamide, which is available both as tablet form and liquid for children. It is often useful for relieving intestinal cramping.

5. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) - Pseudoephedrine is effective at relieving congestion of both the upper and lower respiratory tract due to most common causes including infection, allergy, chemical irritation, and mild asthma or bronchitis. It frequently has a stimulatory effect, similar to caffeine. The most common side effects are those resembling a burst of adrenaline: rapid heart rate, palpitations, and increased blood pressure. Years ago this drug was used in young children, even babies, though now most pediatricians do not advise it in patients younger than about six years old.

6. Meclizine (Bonine, Dramamine) - This antiemetic drug is available both over the counter and by prescription. It relieves nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, and vertigo-like dizziness. For some patients it causes drowsiness, and therefore may be used as a sleep aid. It is related to medications for anxiety and may help with this as well.

7. Ranitidine (Zantac) - Although several medications are available OTC for the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, and other acid-reducing conditions, ranitidine is among the best-tolerated, is inexpensive, and is also useful for relieving hives. Doctors often advise an acid-reducing medication such as ranitidine for patients who experience stomach upset when taking ibuprofen, though this must be done with caution.

8. Hydrocortisone cream - The 1% version of hydrocortisone is the strongest steroid cream available over the counter. It is safe for use in both adults and children in treating inflamed and/or itchy rashes such as eczema, poison ivy, diaper rash, and other minor genital irritations.

9. Bacitracin ointment - This ointment is best used to prevent skin infections when the integrity of the skin has been breached, as by an abrasion, laceration, insect bite, or sting. It also may be used to treat a superficial skin infection such as a mildly infected wound or impetigo. It is less likely to produce a topical skin allergy than other topical antibiotic preparations that contain neomycin. It cannot be used to treat deeper infections, however, which generally require an antibiotic by mouth.

10. Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) The same antifungal medication, clotrimazole, is contained in both Lotrimin and Gyne-Lotrimin. Gyne-Lotrimin may be used to treat both female yeast infections and any other yeast or fungal infection that Lotrimin would treat, including athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, diaper rashes, and skin fold irritations.

Conclusion
For under $50 total a good supply of all of the above can be purchased. Several of these medications are also available at higher doses by prescription, and may actually be less expensive if obtained from a physician (ranitidine, meclizine, loperamide, and diphenhydramine), even paying full price. All of the above drugs and many more are discussed in detail in my book, 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care. The book includes dozens of sections on treating yourself. Available for under $10 online, the book offers practical advice on treating: respiratory infections, pink eye, sore throats, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, urinary infections, allergies, arthritis, acne, hemorrhoids, dermatitis, skin infection, lacerations, lice, carpal tunnel syndrome, warts, mental illness, asthma, COPD, depression, diabetes, enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and much more.

JWR Adds: Dr. Koelker has recently started a new blog on TEOTWAWKI medicine at www.ArmageddonMedicine.net.

A Firewood Sawing Reality Check

Via Survival Blog (http://64.92.111.122)

A letter from F.M. in Western New York to JWR of Survival Blog:

As a devoted prepper, I have been trying to be diligent in practicing what I preach. This past weekend was a bit of an eye-opener for me and should be for most of my fellow travelers. In anticipation of future gas shortages and the impossibility of maintaining reasonable security while running a chain saw, I recently purchased a one-man, 36 inch, made in Germany, crosscut saw. Saturday morning, I spent a couple of hours building a sawbuck. Then the education began.

At this point, I need to interject that I’ve been burning wood for the past 30 years and typically cut (chainsaw), split (hand maul) and stack 12-to-14 face cords of hardwood per year. I’m in good shape and used to hard work. In fact I also put a truckload of hay in the barn and went horseback riding before putting the new saw to work. I went into the hedgerow next to my pasture and took out a fairly small ash tree and a section of a dead cherry tree with my trusty Stihl gas chain saw.

I then cut them in sections which would yield three or four stove-length logs and sawed these lengths by hand. After an hour, I had produced maybe three armloads of wood. My arms were sore and my grip was shot. I woke up pretty stiff on Sunday morning but finished sawing up my “pile” later that afternoon. The soreness worked out and I felt fine on Monday. I also found that if I cut every third log with my left hand that I could keep from over fatiguing my arms. Still, it became abundantly clear that supplying my home with heat in this manner will occupy an hour a day year round!

Sawing firewood, in addition to gardening, caring for animals, hauling water and providing security will be more physically taxing than most people can imagine. I don’t find many truly committed preppers as it is, but of those that I have encountered (mostly in tactical weapons training), I’ve only met one or two that would be up to the physical rigor. This is no joke. I would estimate that not one percent of the general population is doing anything to prep for TEOTWAWKI while maybe 10% of preppers are fit enough to see it through. Gear and even knowledge will be of little use to the ones that collapse from exhaustion. As Vince Lombardi said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” That is truer for us than for the NFL players for whom he intended it.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Holidays

From Puter, Kitty Kitty and covertress,

Merry... Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice,
My Birthday (Dec. 22), and my personal favorite...
-- None of the Above --
Just be good to one another. :)

Dear Readers,

Those who read the blog directly (as opposed to subscribing) know that I'm having an especially difficult holiday season -- no electricity and now, four broken ribs. Yes, it does make it very hard to load the wood stove and now impossible to cut my own firewood. :/

Fortunately, good neighbors, both near and online (through donations) have been coming to my aid. Gifts of fish, wild hog, wild turkey and cut firewood have been pouring in.

Thank you so very much for your support!

May you all enjoy the warmth of true friendship this holiday season.

Always My Best,

c

Perry Como - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Show Opening from 14 Dec 1960. Meredith Willson wrote the song in 1951. Perry Como had the first hit, recording it with The Fontane Sisters and the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Police - Every Breath You Take

The Police - Every Breath You Take

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you

O can't you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches with every step you take

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you

Since you've gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby please

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you

I'll Be Watching You

The lawless Wild West attacks WikiLeaks

Just look at what the U.S. Government and its friends are willing to do and capable of doing to someone who challenges or defies them -- all without any charges being filed or a shred of legal authority. They've blocked access to their assets, tried to remove them from the Internet, bullied most everyone out of doing any business with them, froze the funds marked for Assange's legal defense at exactly the time that they prepare a strange international arrest warrant to be executed, repeatedly threatened him with murder, had their Australian vassals openly threaten to revoke his passport, and declared them "Terrorists" even though -- unlike the authorities who are doing all of these things -- neither Assange nor WikiLeaks ever engaged in violence, advocated violence, or caused the slaughter of civilians.

Those wishing to donate to WikiLeaks can still do so here, via Options 2 (online credit card) or 3 (wire to bank in Iceland). [Go Iceland!]

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After BofA Escalates, Refuses To Process Wikileaks' Payments, Wiki Retaliates, Advises Americans To Put Their Money "Somewhere Safer"

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Homeland Security Recruiting Neighborhood Busybodies as Informants

There were the infamous Gestapo, Stazi and Red Guard. They all sought and maintained civilian armies of snitches to help their rogue governments maintain absolute power. These government thugs wanted any information they could use against the victims they selectively targeted.

Today we have the Department of Homeland Security that is quickly stepping into this role in the United States. They are massively expanding their authority, reach and budget to smash dissent, and any resistance to government repression and violation of our Civil Rights.

If you have not noticed, our government has suspended the Fourth Amendment in the name of anti-terrorism. If you haven’t noticed, It’s our own government that has become the terrorist.

Places to avoid:

More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign today (December 6, 2010), with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks.

"If You See Something, Say Something" partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

Read Homeland Security’s new snitch program press release here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Egyptian Archaeologist Admits That Pyramids Contain UFO Technology

Via U-FO-Online

In a shock statement, head of the Cairo University Archaeology Department, Dr. Ala Shaheen has told an audience that there might be truth to the theory that aliens helped the ancient Egyptians build the oldest of pyramids, the Pyramids of Giza.

On being further questioned by Mr. Marek Novak, a delegate from Poland as to whether the pyramid might still contain alien technology or even a UFO with its structure, Dr. Shaheen, was vague and replied “I can not confirm or deny this, but there is something inside the pyramid that is 'not of this world'”.

Delegates to the conference on ancient Egyptian architecture were left stunned, however Dr. Shaheen has refused to comment further or elaborate on his UFO and alien related statements.

Related: CNN: Object shot out of sky above Israeli nuclear plant, military says