Thursday miscellany

The Country Of Norway Prepares For The End Of The World : “The concept of a world-ending economic collapse seemed to be a joke several years ago, but as time has pressed on, more and more people have hopped on the bandwagon of a world-ending crisis, be it a natural disaster or economic crisis.”

What Is The Best Place To Live In America? Pros And Cons For All 50 States : “If you could live in any state in America, where would you go? During troubled times like these, what is the best place in the United States to live?” The article gives my state of Tennessee a B-  but if you take the cons he lists ) Memphis, New Madrid fault zone, multiple nuclear power plants, crime, gang violence, rampant poverty) and conpare those to my are “The Redoubt of the East” most of those listed are a non-issue. For example; Memphis is far to the west, as is the New Madrid fault zone.

Where your tax dollars go : Convicted wife-murderer gets taxpayer-funded sex change. Thanks to Gwen C for the link.

Social Security combats bullet rumors : “You don’t use hollow point bullets for target practice,” one Twitter user posted Tuesday. “Sorry we’re not buying it social security agency.” Thanks to mtwoman for the link.

Your health : Vitamin B3 may be the cure for drug-resistant superbug infections. Thanks to Denise H for the link.

Man who fatally shot intruder targeted 3 times in August : “After his house was burglarized three times in a 12-day stretch in August, Earl Jones decided he’d had enough. So when the 92-year-old farmer heard a noise in his basement Monday morning, he got his .22 caliber rifle and waited to confront the intruders. He fired a single shot, killing Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell, 24. Jones said he felt no remorse after shooting Maxwell. “I felt good,” Jones said. “(Monday) was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.” Thanks to Gayle H for the link.

Your health : Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study : “When entire news cycles are dominated by headlines built on a single university study, with editorials attempting to hammer in big-agri talking points, a lobbying effort is clearly afoot.” Thanks to Scott G for the link.

Obama’s Brand of Marxism : “The Obamas were both social climbers from early in their lives. They are good, old-fashioned liberals, and they learned a crucial social skill as teenagers: how to work white academic liberals’ racial guilt. Thanks to Scott G for the link.

Comments

  1. School House says:

    Good job Earl. Now that’s my definition of “GUN CONTROL”…

  2. The sex change article reminds me of my countries (Canada) retarded social health care system. Where a sex change is covered but eye doctor visits (you know, your eyes, the most important sense there is) are not. Meaning if I wanted to get my weiner chopped off, it’s free of charge, but if I get get glaoucoma I’m on my own.

    Left winged thinking pisses me off to no end.

    • Romney’s state of Taxachusetts allowed the sex change . . .

      • It’s a federal judge who allowed the sex change, not the state of Massachusetts. And Romney doesn’t really have anything to do with the taxes we pay in this state. Every so often, the communists here have a brain fart and elect a Republican as governor. If you’ve ever spent time around any truly insane people, you know that once in a while, their insanity disappears for a minute or two and they have flashes of sanity and normal understanding. Once in a while that happens in the group mentality of the insane liberals in Massachusetts, and when it does, they vote for a Republican.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Eyes vs weiner. Weiner vs eyes. Like ‘em both. Hmmmm….

      Oh wait! It’s weiner REMOVAL vs eye CARE.
      Yes…..that does seem a strange prioritization.

      I suspect more Liberal men desire weiner removal or at least want to keep the option open and paid for. Hmmmm….

      • I’ll do the removal job for him. Won’t say how neat it will be but it will be shorter. MSgt

      • They should make him do it real Obamacare style. Give him a rusty razor blade, a bottle of wild turkey and tell him to knock him/herself out.

      • Wonder if I can just get a weiner lift. Mine is sagging a bit lately – all the bad news…

    • village idiot says:

      The good news, Mike, is that all this crap is about to come to an abrupt end. The bad news is that all of us are going to be affected by the crisis that will end the silly crap.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        +10

        • Homeinsteader,you articulated so much so well with a simplicity
          of those of us who wish to live simply and organically.We have farmed this land totally organically for 36 years and the land had
          laid fallow for 50 years so its quite organic. Yes its more chanllenging but possible. We raised beef and dairy also organically. Instead of chemo and radiation-we need other methods to be explored re cancer.I agree its most probably pesticides etc causing health issues. I refuse to buy foods from Mexico .Please pray ,pray pray.Arlene

    • Actually Mike, you’re wrong on that. If you visit the optometrist and have a condition that requires further treament (beyond just glasses or contacts) then the visiit is covered as is the specialist. So if you go and have cataracts, then you don’t pay and your cataract surgery is covered. Same with glaucoma and other serious eye conditions.
      Otherwise, $75 was what it cost me to be told here was no change last check up

  3. Norway and the rest of scandinavia has a Muslim problem , so yes it is the end of their sheltered world as they know it . To my knowledge , Australia is one of the only countries to publicly oppose AND deport certain muslim factions known for problems out of their country . I feel sorry for scandinavians to a point , because they are very naive with the ways of other groups , and dont know how to deal with them when they try to take over . I think the Russians have the best idea on how to deal with unruly muslims ………they send the army in . Not sayin that works the best either , but its better than tolerance or rolling over .

    • T.R., I agree! Good post!

    • Homeinsteader says:

      The U.S.A. has a Muslim problem. Dearborn, MI is gone, and other cities aren’t far behind. If you are a Christian, for example, do not expect a fair trial if and when you find yourself in their court system. That has already happened. The judge is a Muslim, determined to establish sharia law. Many LE who have not fled the city are Muslims. It’s no accident, people. It didn’t “just happen that way”.

      When a Muslim can walk onto an army base, in military uniform, and open fire, killing “fellow soldiers” in the name of “allah” (Ft. Hood), we have a Muslim problem.

      Sorry, guys, but I don’t believe any other nationality is any more “naive” than the average American. It’s really not naivete’, however; it’s worldwide demonic deception – a deception so great, in the last days (this, by the way, is not referring to “end of the world”, the Bible makes it clear that the world never completely “ends” as we think of it; just “ends” as we know it – TEOTWAKI!), that “even the very elect (Christians) would be deceived, if it were possible”. Note that Holy G-d has told us that “it” would be on us, He told us what it is, and that it will be so pervasive, so invasive, that the only thing stopping the deception will be the influence of Holy Spirit of Holy G-d in His people. It has no power over those who walk with Him, those filled with His spirit (Believers in Y’eshua/Christ Jesus the Son). It IS spiritual warfare – plain and simple.

      Just because humans can’t see it in this temporal world doesn’t mean it isn’t happening in the eternal world, the spiritual realm, which is more “real” than this temporal world, for it is eternal, without end.

      The spiritual warfare continually taking place is also why there is such an anti-Christian/anti-anything G-d move in this world – it’s under the influence of the enemy of G-d’s people, the old liar himself.

      There is a battle raging for the souls of men; why? Because the enemy hates G-d and his people (he’s still ticked off about that getting kicked out of heaven thing for trying to take G-d’s job, and the 1/3 of the “stars” (angels, now demons) who got kicked out with him), and “roams about the earth, seeking whom he may devour”. The old liar is still trying to get even with G-d; he still wants to BE G-d. That’s all in Holy G-d’s Word, too.

      We see it as wars among humans, because that’s how it manifests itself in this life. But the real battle is in the eternal, spiritual realm. Which EXACTLY why prayer has always been and will continue to be our “sharpest sword”. Which is not to say you should not have “earthly weapons” and know how to use them…but that double-edge sword of prayer is your best defense!

      War and destruction will STOP only when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords intervenes, and He will – in His time. But much evil will be turned loose on this earth from the pits of hell before we get there, and Muslims will have EVERYTHING to do with it.

      Centuries ago, Holy G-d gave the prophets of old these words speaking of Ishmael’s descendants: “he will be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man and every man’s hand shall be against him”. Gen. 16:12 (the “wild man” refers to lawlessness). This is a picture of a people who will ALWAYS be at war; it is their nature. Who are Ishamel’s descendants? The Arabs; the Muslims.

      It’s in Holy G-d’s Word, I did not make this up. Folks, you can read it for yourself any time you want.

      Now, I know I’ll get some hate flak for this, but I must tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I intend to stand tall on my judgement day, and not hang my head in shame because I had the opportunity and did not tell the truth.

      Obama is a part of all this, and he ain’t on the right side, just so you know, y’all.

      You can not like this message if you like; you can reject it if you like. But acceptance or rejection won’t influence it one bit. None of us can change the Word of Holy G-d, and it’s all in His Word – He has warned us, so, none of us should be surprised, either.

      Put it on your calendar. Every word here will prove to be true.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        Based on the reading I have done:

        Which country has the highest number per capita of Muslims in the military that is NOT a Muslim nation? France.

        Which city has the highest number of per capital resident Muslims that is NOT a Muslim city or nation? London.

        Lest we gloat, many US cities are not far behind.

      • Well said Homesteader. No flak from here.

    • T.R. Problem with Scandinavia is the same problem with SanFransisco. P.C. to the point of suicidal.I do not like to hear them suffer it is they kinda shot themselves in there own foot.

      • Well , sometimes they are like the French , only they understand themselves . Some of their attitudes and laws concerning sexuality are pretty strange . Case in point , the wikileaks guy that the Swedes wanted to extradite …………The British authorities had a very hard time agreeing with their definitions of what rape is ……..etc.
        One the subject of a collaps , the only good thing about that would be that if a person or group of people were so inclined to ” clean up ” an area of ” undesirables “………..they would be free to do so , when things were restored ……..its just collateral damage ….

  4. I’ve been watching all the headlines screaming ‘i told you so’ organic foods are not any healthier,just a waste of money! Not once was there a mention anywhere of who funded the ‘study’ , or what the results were ,or how they were acheived. Every few years the big chemical, big agro copanies get their agenda in the headlines to knock down their enemies organics,and common sense.Whether or not the nutritional value was the same isn’t the argument.The pesticides,synthetic fertilizers,hormones,genetic engineering and their effect on the foods,enviroment ,animals,and people that consume them is the the real problem! None of which is mentioned. As preppers sustainable,organic,true organic not guvment certified,is the way to go.After all not going to be running down to the store for pesticdes & chemicals after the zombies attack. The whole point of growing your own food is so that your know whats in it.

    • Or buy Kosher , they dont allow certain things ………if your worried about it .

    • I pretty much said the same thing when one of my friends on Facebook posted an article about it. Its not about the nutritional value at all. Its about the lack of pestisides, hormones or genetic modification that makes Organic or home grown stuff better for you.

      • Rob Crawford says:

        “Its about the lack of pestisides, hormones or genetic modification that makes Organic or home grown stuff better for you.”

        Do you eat wheat? Corn? Any fruit?

        It’s all genetically modified. It’s all packed with hormones. Heck, soybeans are a stronger source for “estrogenic compounds” than any plastics.

        Ever eat a hot pepper? Or black pepper? Just about any flavor except sweet is the result of a pesticide, and just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s any better.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Just as Monsatan, er, Monsanto, under the influence of George Soros and Bill Gates, pushed their GMO seeds that won’t grow anything from re-seed WHILE they direct the building of a facility in Norway for the express purpose of stocking away seeds that will grow food (for their own use when they have control of the world’s food supply), AND just as these GMO chemicals have produced superbugs and superstrains of food viruses that even their own chemicals can no longer kill….just as the scientists”working for the Carnegies and Rothschilds gave us the neurotoxin/cytotoxin fluoride lie….and they all gave us the “artificial sweeteners are safe” lie…

      CONTROL THE FOOD SUPPLY – CONTROL THE PEOPLE.

      Busted! Co-author of Stanford study that bashed organics found to have deep ties to Big Tobacco’s anti-science propaganda
      (NaturalNews) (This article is jointly authored by Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com and Anthony Gucciardi of NaturalSociety.com) Over the last several days, the mainstream media has fallen for an elaborate scientific hoax that sought to destroy the credibility of organic foods by claiming they are “no healthier” than conventional foods (grown with pesticides and GMOs). NaturalNews has learned one of the key co-authors of the study, Dr. Ingram Olkin, has a deep history as an “anti-science” propagandist working for Big Tobacco. Stanford University has also been found to have deep financial ties to Cargill, a powerful proponent of genetically engineered foods and an enemy of GMO labeling Proposition 37.

      The New York Times (http://www.naturalnews.com/037094_Roger_Cohen_New_York_Times_organic_…), BBC and all the other publications that printed stories based on this Stanford study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685) have been victims of an elaborate scientific hoax carried out by corporate propagandists posing as “scientists.”

      The evidence we show here (see below) demonstrates how this study was crafted under the influence of known anti-science fraudsters pushing a corporate agenda. Just as Big Tobacco sought to silence the emerging scientific evidence of the dangers of cigarette smoke, the biotech industry today is desperately seeking to silence calls for GMO labeling and honest, chemical-free food. The era is different, but the anti-science tactics are the same (and many of the quack science players are the same!).

      Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037108_Stanford_Ingram_Olkin_Big_Tobacco.html#ixzz25mi926fY

      • “CONTROL THE FOOD SUPPLY – CONTROL THE PEOPLE.”
        those with the guns make the rules ………..who is to say that all those heavily armed folks in and out of uniform that they trust to keep them safe ……….may decide that they dont need them because they are in a position to just take anything their ” masters /employers ” have . First rule of humanity , ANYTHING material that you possess ( including power )……..can be taken from you at any time . Nobody is immune from this . When the SHTF ……..things may not go how they plan ……….just sayin

    • Rob Crawford says:

      “Organic” is a meaningless BS term that has more to do with a pseudo-religion than with reality.

      “Sustainable” is a code word for enforced poverty and Marxist totalitarianism.

      Why people who pride themselves on being able to see “what’s really happening” fall for this BS is beyond me.

      • Aye that !
        another thing is ………a lot of “organic ” crap sold on the west coast is imported from Mexico ………need I say more . Look folks , from the moment your born ……..your starting to die . Some things accelerate the process faster than others ……..but in the end your gunna die . If somebody wants to eat standard food and not pay a ridiculous price for BS , they are probably wiser . All the BS like organic , low sodium , low fat , on and on jacks up prices !!!!!!!!!! the only reason it exsists is that people are now too lazy to cook for themselves ! seriously ! ask any diabetic , if they want to live , they take controle of their own cooking .

        • Homeinsteader says:

          Many of these comments are oversimplified. Not just yours, T.R., but several posters here who obviously have strong opinions and like to express them in an authoritative, albeit inappropriate, way. I particularly appreciate that you, T.R., are a gentleman.

          I can understand why one would be suspect of “organic” food coming out of Mexico, for the same reason I don’t eat meat out of Mexico (yeah, you’re beef just might be from there).

          True – there is no such thing as “completely organic”; do you think the gubment will allow an “organic farmer” to ignore a pest problem that will destroy food supply for all? Don’t think so. It’ s about MINIMAL chemical exposure in food.

          True, some people take it much more seriously than others, and some don’t take it seriously at all. It’s a choice all are free to make.

          True, we all need to be discerning, for there is so much disinformation, often fed by the fearmongers. There is probably even more disinformation deliberately disseminated by our wonderful gubment for their own evil purposes. That doesn’t mean you can’t sort it out for yourself, and it doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. It is NOT necessary to be a Food Nazi to eat healthier, and the two are not synonymous.

          And yes, we’re all going to die. Big deal. Some of us are always ready to meet our Creator/Judge, but, that’s another story…

          It’s primarily about “quality of life” issues while we’re still living on this planet. Fluoride (has never had anything to do with ‘strengthening teeth’ but it did make the Carnegies richer!) added to water, nano-particle drugs from everyone else in your water supply, toxic chemicals in your food supply, it all adds up to answer the questions as to why we ARE the cancer and Alzheimers generation. That’s without the lifestyle component (stress, pollution, etc.) of the equation.

          Personally, I just lost another family member today to a form of cancer, and it was not a pleasant way to die. She was only 57, has been very sick for too long (chemo and radiation treatments), and spent her last days in hospice care. She will be greatly missed.

          And I’ve dealt with too many Alzheimers patients in my lifetime. I am absolutely convinced that it doesn’t have to be this way. I am further convinced that what we eat and what we drink has EVERYTHING to do with why we ARE the cancer and Alzheimers’ generation.

          Too lazy to cook for ourselves? Probably some people, but, certainly not all. There are lots of people on this blog who grow their own, process their own, cook their own, and some who even hunt their own food supply.

          Thanks to my agricultural roots, I have ALWAYS known how to and actually done my own cooking from scratch, I make my own mixes when I want a “quick mix”, I grind my own grains and bake from scratch; I home can everything; I can’t keep chickens but do purchase free range eggs (and yes! there IS a difference, in both flavor and nutrition); I watch ingredients carefully, I grow as much of my own food as possible and the rest I purchase locally raised from trusted sources (which isn’t necessarily “totally organic”), and have not consumed city water for over 30 years. I don’t buy commercially canned or prepared foods; I avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners like the plagues they are, and limit natural sugars, preferring locally-produced raw honey or molasses for sweetening foods. I know how to grow a “nearly” chemical free garden and how to raise and butcher livestock. If need be, I can even hunt for my food supply. Lazy? Nobody here.

          Organically grown food is also more labor intensive; it takes a lot more effort, time, and energy to grow food without being able to conveniently spray it with chemicals at the first sign of pestilence, or, even before there is a sign of pestilence. Thus, it will be more expensive, unless your grow your own.

          BS? Probably to some degree, but not entirely. Wiser for not caring? Don’t think so.

          Fear of dying? Absolutely not! I have nothing to fear. But I do care how I get there.

          I did all this, bore and raised our children, worked outside the home for 30 years, and cared for an invalid family member, so I would not like to hear about someone “just not having the time” to do these things. We all have the same 24 hours each day, as long as we are given the gift of that day.

          If you don’t think eating fewer chemicals or sucking down fluoride, etc., is an issue, then, enjoy! But don’t be so harsh on those who have a different opinion. You just MIGHT NOT be as “right” as you think.

          • First of all ………im always right ;) seriously tho , the proof is all around you . I call it as I see it . Look at all the fat asses walking around , especially in the younger entitlement generation . You and I both grew up rural …..but we are a minority these days . Most young Americans really dont know how to cook for themselves if they cant put it in the microwave or on a cookie sheet . Preppers/survivalists are NOT the majority in attitude but rather a fringe group way out in left field ……the fact that on this blog and others we generally all have the same mind set …..dont think for one moment that is how the rest of america is . Look around you , WE ARE FAT !!!!!!!! , we refuse to exercise and then start looking everywhere for a panacea cure in organic , yadda yadda yadda to correct bad health caused by our bad lifestyle . I work out every day if I can …..its 50/50 for me , 50% health and 50% vanity . I am over 40 , have the body of a fit man in their early 30s , and can eat anything I want without worry because Im not sedentary . Clothing is no longer made for NORMAL people anymore ……….its made for FAT ASS AMERICANS . Just try to find a good shirt designed for a fit slender man ……. you will have to search very hard or buy on line from Europe . The best fitting shirts I have , I bought in Puerto Rico when I was on a job there …..why ? they are made for a fit slender person …NOT A FAT ASS . I even look at some of our military guys when I am in the airport and say to myself ” hey junior , you need to lay off the cheeseburgers ” WTF ! these guys are defending our nation ??!!!!! I guess once boot camp is over they ( the army ) don’t care . I call it as I see it all around me . Yes Im opinionated , opinionated to me is a good quality , it tells me that a person has beliefs and sticks to them , it tells me that they can and do think for themselves . As a Confederate American ( the PC term I call myself ) I most certainly do have attitudes and opinions , most are very contradictory to current PC ideals , attitudes and propaganda . Being an older gentleman yourself , you already know just how liberating it is when you reach the point where you are comfortable in your own skin and no longer CARE or live your life based on what OTHER people think .
            Best wishes ,T.R.

            • Also , God already knows when the last grain in our hour glass is going to drop , how and why ………..we have no controle over it ………it has already been determined ahead of time . All our choices , decisions , etc. have already been determined by God ……for better or worse by our perception of life . Weather I eat organic , smoke , drink , etc. etc. doesn’t matter ………….when my number is up , its up ! there is nothing I can do to stop that , I will go …….but its not going to happen one moment BEFORE its SUPPOSED TO happen . just sayin

            • Homeinsteader says:

              It DOES matter, T.R. – how we treat our bodies. It makes all the difference. For Believers, it’s a mandate to take proper care of the body; 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Do you not know that your body is the holy temple?”…it’s talking about Believers now being the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit…and that “we are not are own, but bought with a price”. We have a MANDATE from Holy G-d to NOT abuse our own bodies in any way, but to make ourselves a “holy, presentable sacrifice”. That which we did, we no longer do, and that which we would not, we now do (the Apostle Paul). The difference between walking in this world and walking with Him. So, yeah, it matters very much how we treat our own bodies. This is not given just so we can have more “rules”, but because it is in our best interest – like every other “rule” we are given for how to conduct ourselves.

              It is always good to know what you believe and why you believe it; it is not good to express it in such a way it closes all doors to the fact that there just might be something left to learn, as some here have done (and I did not say it was YOU, by the way). I was addressing several such posters.

              And what makes you think I am a MAN? I assure you, I am not so old I can no longer tell the difference! My DH is falling out, laughing! ; )

              Has to be a conclusion reached based on “something”, but it wasn’t from me….just sayin’…..

            • There is always something left to learn …….thats not what I said , I said our paths are determined ahead of time …..we think we have real choice but in actuality we do not because the creator has full knowledge of the begininning and the end . Its not for us to understand that , we wouldn’t comprehend it anyway in our current form . I could always be wrong , but thats just the way I understand it . I call a spade a spade , I know that rubs people wrong at times but it is what it is . Why candy coat things like the PC crowd ? Im sorry about my assumption that you are a man ……my apologies , but the same still holds true for the ladies , as we get older and the liberating realization that we can say what we actually think and live our lives in the way we see fit weather others agree with it or not vs. a younger person who is fearful of their image ( that doesn’t exist ) and easily caves in to their peers opinions . This is a productive chat we are having .
              Stars & Bars !

    • GoneWithTheWind says:

      None are so blind as those who won’t see. The magic organic god has been exposed as a fraud but your blind faith and religious like belief in the organic genie will not be changed by facts or logic. It must be better because, because… Well you really don’t know but you read it once on the internet.

  5. SurvivorDan says:

    A quick comment on the hollow point bullet thing:
    Indeed, my former agency (sheriff’s dept.) uses cheaper round nose for practice and qualifying. But ‘rich’ agencies practice with the ammo they carry. And money aside, that is the best way to do it. I don’t think federal agencies worry about saving money.
    Just sayin’……

    • Rob Crawford says:

      You can’t reason people out of a position they never reasoned themselves into, so people are going to keep on being terrified by this story.

    • Dan Did your sherrifs use hollow points in 45 and 9mm? Some guns do not like them unless you tune your gun for them.

  6. Well, I live on the New Madrid fault and work in Memphis. I guess I’m screwed.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Yep. Head west about 4 hours and call me, Harold…I have a place for you.

      • Thanks. It’s always good to have friends. I carry my BOB with me to work every day and we actually have a farm about an south.

  7. re: the best place to live in amercia. what is that guys problem with flat?!?! mountains are beautiful, but the montana prairie (you know, “big sky”) will take your breath away. a long view is awesome. yes, i live in little mobilehome on the prairie, but grew up visiting the mountains frequently. im afraid id feel blinded if i looked out my window at a wall of trees. i like my long view, even if its only a few miles of flat.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      My wall of trees is high on a mountain, and I have a view of valleys and lakes for miles around. Nope. Give me the mountains, any day! ; )

    • Well, I was born and raised in flat and currently live in flat, but I would love to have mountains nearby again. I have to go with Homeinsteader on this one.

      The article itself wasn’t worth a second thought though. Being from Montana, you should realize that what city or town you are in might be worth considering but what state – nonsense. What does Eastern Montana have to do with Western Montana? What does the upper peninsula of Michigan have to do with Detroit?

  8. Judy, another one says:

    I read the article on where the best place in the US of A is to live. (Getting on my soapbox shaking my head.) Did this person actually visit any of the 50 states he was talking about or was he quoting someone else he did not credit? Sorry, but I think the article is flawed and I think he is regurgitating information from several sites that I have read in the past on the Internet. And I thought those articles were flawed when I originally read them.

    First off, was he talking about Eastern Kansas or Western Kansas? There is a world of difference between the two. Take a ruler and line it up on Wichita and Salina (or use US Highway 81) and draw a line. Roughly on the east side of that line you get about 30 to 45 inches of rain a year and on the west side of the line you get 18 to 25 inches of rain a year. The East Side of that line is hilly with flood plains and the West Side of that line is rolling plains. And this observation can be applied to Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska that I’ve seen in my travels. Then you can add Eastern Colorado and Eastern New Mexico to the western side of the three above mentions states and you have the Great American Desert that was on all the maps in the early to late 1800’s. That area wasn’t settled for farming until there was a wet period for about 20 years or so before the Dust Bowl.

    And just exactly when did Western Kansas stop having dust storms? When I lived out there in the early 70’s I distinctly remember a dust storm that caused the power to go out for several days and when Hubby was teaching out there, they had a milder one for several days in the spring of 2010.

    I think the ‘best place to live in the USA’ is subjective. My idea of paradise is not the same as, say, Jarhead03’s or BamBam’s or even MD’s. Each of us is looking for something different. I like clear skies, a brisk wind and the distant horizon from a hilltop without trees blocking the view. The gray of Michigan gave me the heebie-jeebies. We moved back to Kansas for my sanity (Hubby thinks I’m crazy enough without any help from the weather! LOL)

    So I would take that and any other article with a big grain of salt! Are you comfortable year-round with the weather? What ‘s the tax structure like? Is there a constitution amendment that requires the legislature to balance the budget each year? What’s that state’s stand on firearms and defending yourself and your property? How does that state feel about home schooling? Water Rights? Land use? Cost of living? Does enough rain fall to grow a garden? Where are the military installation, nuclear power plants, fault lines, coastlines, and big cities in the state? Is common law English, Spanish, or Napoleonic? Add any other question important to you. Here’s another one USDA Plant Hardiness Zones?

    Okay, I’ve proselytized enough. Your turn.

    • village idiot says:

      Judy, you eviscerated the dude. I’ll give you another perspective from my point of view. IMHO, the two best places hardly ever mentioned are west central Arkansas/east central Oklahoma, and north central Arkansas/south central Missouri. I’m sure there are places just like these in every state that would be acceptable under most circumstances. If everyone moved to Idaho, it wouldn’t be a good place for a retreat anymore. To me, a good climate and a sparse population are the two best things to look for when establishing a retreat. Obviously, most of us have to make a living, and can’t afford two places, so we have to compromise. And that’s what most of us do. Thank you, Judy for a thoughtful responce.

    • Judy. I agree with you. I live in the northern end of California and I agree with the insane politicians and etc. I do though like the weather.I can find a low population spot that I can have a garden .I live in the wine /pot growing section of the state . I can deal with earthquakes but am in dread of tornadoes so I guess no place is perfect. I would give my area a f plus at least. Isn`t that what tdl grade his first 4 years incomplete?

      • Judy, another one says:

        Axelsteve, tornadoes, to me, are no big deal. I respect the power of Mother Nature but am not afraid of it. They don’t happen that often and they aren’t that long. Probably the same feelings you have with an earthquake.

        How can you tell someone is a Native Kansan? When the wind stops blowing they are nervously scanning the sky, grabbing kids, and heading for the cellar because it’s about to get wild. LOL

        I wouldn’t be as generous as a F+ for treasonous slime-balls that populate the White House and Congress.

        • Homeinsteader says:

          “treasonous slime balls” – BULLSEYE!

        • Judy, Another one. My grandparents were from Kansas and they had a cellar or basement in every home that they owned after moving. They even bought a house in Anacortes Washington with a partial basement. Not many folks on island owned basements but they did.

    • Very well said, Judy, another one. I think the area we grow up in, or the area we move to as adults and learn to love, are the places that each individual may feel is the “best” place in America to live in. Every area has advantages and disadvantages. Some folks never learn to make the most of the advantages in the area they live in, and some of us folks learn to adapt and overcome the disadvantages of the area we live in. For those folks who are looking for Utopia, a place with all advantages and no disadvantages, they will have a long wait.

  9. Just watched TDL and Joe give their speeches. More great sounding promises. Problem is I think this is what I heard 4 years ago.

    I really enjoyed the voice vote on revising the party platform.

    • JP, they are just like used car salesmen… if their lips are moving…

    • Hitler’s speeches were pretty much the same tired crap over and over also .

      • T.R.,

        It is not truth that matters, but victory. Adolf Hitler

        Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. Adolf Hitler

        All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach. Adolf Hitler

        By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. Adolf Hitler

        Sounds a lot like our politicians here in the good old U.S. of A…

  10. Way to go Norway. Thank you for preserving these seed hundreds of miles from arable land.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      It aint’ for you dawlin'; it’s for the “elite”, you know…George Soros and Bill and Melinda Gates…those who are funding the GMOs that can’t grow anything…your job is to starve…their job is to save the world? (Well, the people they deem worthy of saving). Got it?!

    • …and hundreds of miles from anybody.

  11. I appreciated the article about saving heirloom seeds but this is really nothing new. They have had this seed bank in operation for years. I don’t think this has just occurred overnight. I remember giving donations to this seed bank through a company I ordered seeds from over five years ago. Good luck to them anyway.

  12. Homeinsteader says:

    The earth is groaning…

    These stories are all from, “The Extinction Protocol” on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012:

    Hurricane Leslie and category 3 Michael stir in the Atlantic Ocean
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/hurricane-leslie-and-category-3-michael-stir-in-the-atlantic-ocean/

    Unemployment in Greece hits 24% – jobless Greeks clean toilets in Sweden
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/unemployment-in-greece-hits-24-jobless-greeks-clean-toilets-in-sweden/

    More than 500 aftershocks rattle Costa Rica
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/more-than-500-aftershocks-rattle-costa-rica/

    Pressure under Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano rising
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/pressure-under-japans-mt-fuji-volcano-rising/

    Tremors stir dangerous gas emission from Indonesia’s Mount Tangkuban Perahu volcano
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/tremors-stir-dangerous-gas-emission-from-indonesias-mount-tangkuban-perahu-volcano/

  13. Rob Crawford says:

    “You don’t use hollow point bullets for target practice,” one Twitter user posted Tuesday.

    *sigh*

    Yes, you do. First, you have to make sure your weapon cycles properly with them. Second, if you have the budget it’s always best to practice with the exact same ammunition you’ll be using “in the field”.

    Is it a tremendous waste of money? Yes. Is it a sign the gubmint’s planning to gun us all down? No.

    • village idiot says:

      The question I have Rob is this. What is the necessity for all these agencies to have police forces? Why does SS need an armed police force when there are plenty of police to assist them in anything they might need, and at a much lower cost to the taxpayer? Why does NOAA need a police force when we have the Coast Guard? All this stuff is redundant, and costs the taxpayer loads of money plus it militarizes government agencies. No good can come from it.

      • Exactly. It’s not a question of the type or amount of ammo they buy, it’s there very existence that’s concerning.

  14. Rob Crawford says:

    “Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study”

    How does that invalidate the findings? It doesn’t.

  15. Homeinsteader says:

    As War Looms Canada Closes Iranian Embassy And Expels Diplomats

    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=11060

    Global economy entering into financial hurricane season

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/global-economy-entering-into-financial-hurricane-season/

  16. Homeinsteader says:

    http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=43&Click=28179

    MyPatriotSupply is offering 20% off all heirloom seeds through 9/12/12; please encourage them to advertise where you found this!

    They also posted this statement in their email blast:

    20% OFF HEIRLOOM SEEDS – THIS WEEK ONLY

    The US drought is expected to result in a massive heirloom seed shortage and increased food prices. Protect your food supply before it’s too late.

  17. Homeinsteader says:

    At least Canada hasn’t lost all common sense, unlike our own country.

    Canada severs all ties with Iran

    Canada’s Conservative government said Friday it is shutting its embassy in Tehran and severing diplomatic relations with Iran, which Canada says is providing military assistance to Syria.

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

    Baird, who serves in a government that is a staunch ally of Israel, said Iran is the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.

    “The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime; it refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide,” Baird said in a statement.

    “It is among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the Government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.”

    Read the rest of the article here:
    http://onenewsnow.com/ap/world/canada-severs-all-ties-with-iran

  18. The wife murderer sex change thing ………………….keep him in prison and the inmates will let him know whos woman he is for the night …….problem solved .

  19. Homeinsteader says:

    Nearly spit out my teeth on that one, T.R. – and I don’t have false teeth! U so baaad…… ; )

  20. Uncle Charlie says:

    The Norwegians starting saving seeds in 1984. It’s not because they fear the end of the world but a lack of bio diversity. “The Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks. While the popular press has emphasized its possible utility in the event of a major regional or global catastrophe, it will certainly be more frequently accessed when genebanks lose samples due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts and natural disasters. Such events occur with some regularity. In recent years, some national genebanks have also been destroyed by war and civil strife. There are some 1,400 “crop diversity collections” around the world, but many are in politically unstable or environmentally threatened nations.” On the other hand, it is nice to have if some kind of disaster wipes out most of the world’s crops, like Monsanto.

    As far as the court ruling regarding a felon’s sex change operation, I hope the state will appeal. A significant number of US. District Court Judges are appointed because of who they know, not what they know. I gave up worrying about district court rulings years ago. They really don’t mean anything until a Circuit Court rules on it, and then only in that circuit. But considering it’s MA, it may not be appealed but it will still only affect the local area.

    Not sure why KY got a C and TN got a B. No offense MD. Really not sure why Louisville is a minus and Nashville is a plus especially in light of their respective crime rates and flooding of downtown areas. Also as MD pointed out previously, the New Madrid fault is to the extreme western part of the state. Those areas east of I-65 shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

  21. Homeinsteader says:

    Costa Rica earthquake awakens Nicaraguan volcano, which last erupted in 50 B.C: alert level raised

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/costa-rica-earthquake-awakens-nicaraguan-volcano-which-last-erupted-in-50-b-c-alert-level-raised/

  22. Homeinsteader says:

    Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Blood Red

    “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;” Revelation 8:8

    A stretch of China’s longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don’t know why. Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first noticed that the Yangtze River, called the “golden waterway,” had a spreading stain on its reputation yesterday (Sept. 6).

    Though the bright-red water was concentrated around Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial center, it was also reported at several other points along the river, according to ABC News.

    Investigators have yet to determine a cause, but the Telegraph reports that environmental officials are considering industrial pollution and silt churned up by recent upstream floods as possible sources for the color.

    One natural explanation for red water that can likely be ruled out is color-producing microorganisms, according to Emily Stanley, a professor of limnology (the study of inland waters) at the University of Wisconsin.

    “When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide,” Stanley told Life’s Little Mysteries. “But the algae that causes red tide is a marine group and not a freshwater group, so it’s highly, highly unlikely that this is a red-tide-related phenomenon.”

    Fresh water does occasionally turn blood-red for biological reasons (a lake that turned red during a drought in Texas last summer led to talk of the end times), but Stanley said this is most often due to incursions of color-producing bacteria that arrive when a body of water has less oxygen than normal. Because rivers move constantly, struggling and mixing with the air above them as they go, they rarely ever get the oxygen deficiencies necessary for a life-based red dye job.

    After reviewing a few images of Chongqing’s shockingly red river, Stanley put her money on a man-made cause.

    “It looks like a pollutant phenomenon,” she said. “Water bodies that have turned red very fast in the past have happened because people have dumped dyes into them.”

    Read the rest of the article here:

    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=11072

    • Maybe its because they are communists-only kidding.
      Could be a sign of the apocalypse or a bacterial issue.They just had a large earthquake.
      NYS just got hit with tornadoes -one in NYC Rare for these parts.
      Trees down here in upstate areas.Arlene

  23. Homeinsteader says:

    FALL IS IN THE AIR! WOO-HOO! And I found (and tweaked) this recipe to share; haven’t made it yet, but, oh, man! Does this sound heavenly to any one else out there?!

    CARAMEL APPLE STRATA (for breakfast, dessert, whenever!)
    – Sounds like a great “make ahead” dish!
    • Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing Yield: 12 Servings
    Ingredients

    • 2 cups packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sweet cream butter, cubed
    • 1/4 cup locally-produced, raw honey OR brown rice syrup
    • 3 large apples, peeled and chopped
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
    • 1 loaf (1 pound) day-old cinnamon bread
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    • 10 eggs
    • 1 cup 2% milk
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions
    • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and raw honey or brown rice syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.
    • In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon of sugar (you need sugar here so it will caramelize) and pie spice. Arrange half of the bread slices in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spoon apples over bread; drizzle with half of the caramel sauce. Sprinkle with pecans; top with remaining bread.
    • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, salt and vanilla. Pour over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining caramel sauce.
    • Remove strata from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
    • In a small microwave-safe dish, microwave reserved sauce, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle over strata. Yield: 12 servings.

  24. Homeinsteader says:
  25. This week what I did to prep was stocked firewood under cover for the winter .(yes I can barely move today but I wanted to beat the severe thunderstorms-yes for getting rain !!!!)I read almost all of the current and many past posts.Watched National Geo preppers but turned it off as it was re peats. Attempting to dehydrate apples for the first time.
    Attended a draft horse gathering and saw how corn is harvested by horse
    pulled equipment (this was in our town) .We own a draft horse but still need equipment and a mentor.
    Went big food shopping for a shut in elderly friend .Arlene
    PSSorry if this is out of order but I couldnt get on the usual way.

  26. Homeinsteader says:

    Food for thought from “The Survival Mom”, lisa@thesurvivalmom.com

    7 Reasons Why You Might Actually Eat BETTER After the SHTF

    Many people believe that most Americans will be on starvation rations, at best, following a massive crisis, but you might be surprised to learn that your food storage pantry may actually ​improve ​your diet and health in 7 significant ways.

    If you haven’t started storing food, it may be the most important step you take toward preparing for a future that will certainly include, “everyday disasters,” such as freak weather events or a long-term job loss as well as worst-case scenarios. The price of food continues to increase and every year there are reports of devastating events that affect our food supply, such as this year’s drought.

    With a solid 3 months (minimum) of stored food, here’s how your diet may be healthier even after the S hits the fan:
    (1) You and your family will be eating homemade meals 100% of the time. Food shortages and rising prices impact the restaurant business and any worst case scenario will cause the closure of virtually every restaurant. Homemade is almost always a healthier route than restaurants.

    (2) If you’ve been following my advice to store mostly ingredients rather than prepared foods, you’re already a step ahead in the healthy-eating game since most freeze-dried and dehydrated foods contain no additives. A #10 can of dehydrated carrots contains…carrots! Your meals will be healthier because you have healthy ingredients in your pantry.

    (3) Fast food meals will be a thing of the past, the distant past. No more 700 calorie Whoppers with 37 grams of fat or fries soaked in oil. You may drop a quick 5 pounds in the very first week post-SHTF!

    (4) You’ll likely be eating far more homegrown produce, either direct from your garden or preserved by canning or dehydration. Additionally, your produce won’t be genetically modified and it won’t contain unwanted additives.

    (5) Your body will be healthier because you’ll be consuming far fewer processed foods and the various additives they contain. Say goodbye to high fructose corn syrup, massive amounts of sodium, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial colors, MSG, pyrophosphates, and the list goes on.

    (6) In order to avoid food fatigue, many Survival Moms (and dads) get creative with their food storage choices by including out-of-the-ordinary grains, such as quinoa and millet, many varieties of beans, etc. These types of choices can greatly increase the nutritional value of your meals.

    (7) Your serving sizes will be in the normal range rather than the massive servings many restaurants offer. Today I shared a salad with my daughter at a favorite Italian restaurant. The salad was served on a platter that could hold a small turkey! After the SHTF, we’ll be watching our food supply carefully and sticking with serving sizes that are friendlier to our waistlines.

  27. Uncle Charlie says:

    TR: I’m confused. You say that God predetermines everything but then complain how out of shape and fat people are. I’ve always thought that God helps those who help themselves but if it is all predetermined, why even prep or not play in traffic?

    • Because that is what we are supposed to be doing and that is what they are as well , I dont have controle over gods plan . on the day to day side of it , I complain about fat people because they jack up food prices with all the too lazy to cook items and bogus fussy dieting , they make it hard for the now relatively few non sedentary people like myself to find cloths that are not a sack with sleeves attached ……in short , there are so many of them its embarrassing to be an american .

      • We may disagree on many things, but I definitely know the frustration of trying to find clothes that fit a fit person. Last time I bought t-shirts they were as wide at the waist as at the shoulder. I’ve got some of my dad’s old shirts from the 70’s that I love because they’re cut to fit my build

    • predestination is not a christian teaching. You days are numbered as far as so many years.However smoking etc is not factored into that. Time and circumstances befall us all according to the good book.You can live 88 years or 5 you don`t know.