Wednesday miscellany

GOP Convention Surveillance Includes ‘Behavior Recognition’ Software : “Police in Tampa, Fla., reportedly will use behavior recognition software as part of their video surveillance of the Republican National Convention and the surrounding area on Aug. 27-30.”

White House Sets Ground Rules for Local Interviews : “The White House is doing something with its local TV interviews that it could not easily get away with in encounters with the White House press corps, which President Obama has been studiously ignoring: choosing the topic about which President Obama and the reporter will talk.”

NKorea completes key step in reactor construction : “A new satellite image shows North Korea has completed a key step in the construction of a light-water reactor at its main nuclear complex.”

U.N. Calls on Nations to Adopt Drought Policies : “The world urgently need to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.”

Thanks to Gwen C for the above links.

California: The Road Warrior Is Here : “George Miller’s 1981 post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who could best scrounge together the artifacts of a long gone society somewhat resembling the present West.” Thanks to Tom B for the link.

‘Zero Inflation’ In The United States = Hyperinflation Warning? : “Thus the serial lies coming from the U.S. government’s statisticians have not become rapidly more ridiculous simply because these Liars are bored – and looking to generate a few, cheap laughs. Rather, the propaganda becomes more and more absurd because it is rapidly becoming harder to stretch these statistical lies so that they report anything other than “U.S. economic collapse.”

It’s “Worth Nuclear War” To Save The U.S. Dollar : “Most Americans are still blind or desensitized to reports of various government agencies procuring, in total, 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition; new Army manuals for “Civil Disturbance Operations” (in direct violation of Posse Comitatus); and acquisitions of ‘sound cannons’, full-body armor and laser equipment design to identify and classify human beings “from 164 feet away.”

40 Reasons That Show Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate : “What a depressing choice the American people are being presented with this year. We are at a point in our history where we desperately need a change of direction in the White House, and we are guaranteed that we are not going to get it. The Democrats are running the worst president in American history, and the Republicans are running a guy who is almost a carbon copy of him.”

How To Survive TEOTWAWKI In 14 Easy Steps

Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10 : “Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive.” Thanks to Janet W for the link.

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  1. “in direct violation of Posse Comitatus”?
    Posse Comitatus is dead, it was killed silently by the NDAA and no one seemed to notice or care.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Posse Comitatus is indeed a relic of the past, of a free nation. The FEDs want all options available to THEM in order to put down ‘civil unrest’. Peaceful protests will be characterized as ‘civil unrest/riots’ in order to use the Army to quell them.
      Dissenters will be traitors. Freedom fighters will be terrorists.
      Disgusted with the gov’t. Too early to drink so I’ll sign off now.

    • To plan and train to deal with Martial Law is not I repeat, NOT a violation anything.

    • It was violated when Eisenhower used the 101st Airborne escorted students to class. It was violated when I and other Marines were brought in to Los Angeles by order of Papa Bush, it was violated by Clinton when we were doing counter narcotics operations to slow the drug and illegal allien flow into the country. It died a long time ago.

      • axelsteve says:

        How about when the ww1 vets were fired on during the 30`s? Military firing on military. Over a demasration for promised benefits.

        • Axel, you are right! General MacAurthor was the idiot that ordered Col. Patton to do it dispute the Chief of Police objections and Presidents orders not to do so.

  2. axelsteve says:

    Speaking about Hildago county. Reminds me of the saying garbage in garbage out.

  3. The more news I look at, the more it becomes obvious…..Prep Now, Prep Deep, Prep for the Long Term. This is really going to get ugly.

  4. riverrider says:

    i’m more concerned with reports on msn that putin is openly warning tdl on syria. and according to alertusa, russians have built a new base on cuba and have threatened to place nukes there, again. will tdl have the balls of jfk?doubt it. he’s not qualified to tote jfk’s luggage, much less lead the free world….add in that eqypt has staged tanks in the dmz “in response to a terrorist attack”…. fox is reporting the arrest of a man near seattle because of an “email threat” against tdl. seriously? seems the man met the feds at the door w/ a shotgun, getting assault of a fed charges added. guess he forgot to renew his turkey hunting license 🙂 jus funnin’…..test yer preps folks. and thanks MD for keeping it real!

    • village idiot says:

      You know what’s bothering me, river, in addition to the things you just mentioned? Casualties due to our murderous Afghan allies have soared and what do you hear from the media? Crickets! Gasoline prices at all time highs….more crickets chirping. I’m no Bush fan as you well know, but the wars and gas prices drew a daily drumbeat from the media when he was in office.

      As for the difference between Romney and Obama, one will completely disarm us both internationally and nationally. In any incident where the patient is severely injured, he must first survive before he can recover. We won’t survive 4 more years of what is happening right now, I guanrantee you that. What you’ve imagined in your worse dreams won’t come close to how bad TEOTWAWKI will be.

      • riverrider says:

        vi, yeah 12 dead in a movie was a “tragedy of epic proportions” but 31 dead servicemen on the same damn day wasn’t even mentioned. now we find out the shooter went to mental health 3 dif times trying to tell them what he was going to do. a woman beat her husband to death with a coffee mug. ban mugs? not. 8 kids killed in the first few days of august by parents leaving them in cars. ban stupid parents? not! yeah buddy, we’re in for it. i’m hoping for quick and dirty rather than long and drawn out, but i don’t see it going my way. your boy won’t have to deploy again before he gets out, will he? i’m still on the rolls myself, individual retired reserve. what do you wanna bet they trump up a reason to call up every one of us so they can get us in one place, under control, and unarmed?

        • village idiot says:

          No, river, my boy can’t deploy again because he doesn’t have enough time left in. They wanted him to re-up, and his unit is scheduled to go to Africa on the next deployment, Ethiopia I think. I guess he is subject to recall, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if events didn’t play out exactly as you have foreseen.

      • Your media doesn’t report on casualties in Afghanistan? CBC has a piece in their 6 o’clock news every time a NATO soldier is even injured, and Canada isn’t even fighting anymore (just training)

        • village idiot says:

          Dash, the media is covering up for their boyfriend in the WH. The nation and world is going to hell in a handbasket and the only questions the media can think of to ask is, “What is your favorite workout song?”. Pathetic. Rush has taken to calling the President Barack Kardashian, which isn’t far from wrong.

        • riverrider says:

          dash, nope. maybe a sidenote scrolling across the bottom of the screen. i’ll have to check cbc out. thanks.

        • Dash,
          Your media can report anything they want, since you (as a country) aren’t involved and it’s not your personnel being killed, and not your politicians being embarrassed. Fox News and the local AM talk radio station reports these incidents; however, US MSM only reports things not likely to hurt or embarrassed TDL.
          When I want a different and more global outlook on the world I watch BBC America which runs real news from about 0700-0900, it seems that what they report doesn’t seem to have too many artificial limits.

  5. Issac is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow or Friday, and is heading for Florida. If it veers to the west, it will go into the gulf; if it veers to the east, it could skirt the east coast of Florida and keep going.

    And by the way, Joyce is forming right now.

    Smile everyone, hurricane season has official arrived.

    • Copperhead says:

      Stay safe, Bam Bam!

    • riverrider says:

      oh its just a little itty bitty one. i can pass gas harder than that:)

      • LOL, RR. But Joyce looks to be curving up to Virgina.

        • riverrider says:

          oh no, the sky is falling! hahaha, just funning. i do need to tighten up on a few things in that case. all my fuel cans are empty. gas is too high to refill them. good luck down there w/ole ike, i hear he likes to beat up on women.

  6. mountain lady says:

    MD, very nice to see your article on a financial site. You certainly are doing your part in trying to wake up to sheeple.

  7. I realize we aren’t supposed to live in fear, but I am in fear. Things are really really bad. And it looks like they are going to get a lot worse, and probably real soon. We keep prepping and praying.

    • Copperhead says:

      I understand what you’re feeling! I like to think of it as DEEP concern, but it’s there just the same. I just have to rely on my Lord and what preparing I and my family have done. We’ll all keep praying!

      • Soggy Prepper says:

        I can relate to your feeling DJV and agree with Copperhead.
        I’m doing a LOT of praying. Money is kinda tight now so Praying and knowing I do have my stores up pretty good (been working on it 4 yrs now). Still the feeling it’s going to go bad FAST and SOON is looming large.
        I’m so glad my brother is up from Kommiefornia and living here now! He also feels something “wicked this way comes”. So many people I mention things to have the same feeling.
        I just hope we make it to the elections!

        I did see on one news feed Israel might be thinking of an emp on iran. Now wouldn’t that be fun!

    • Grocery prices have skyrocketed just this week. A can of fruit is now $2 at Publix. I paid $10 for 8 cans of peaches at Sam’s. The peaches were $6 for 10 cans just a few weeks ago.

      Campbell’s soup (tomato and the like) are more than $1 per can. A four pack costs $4.99 now. People who have been living paycheck to paycheck with no savings or food storage will soon be screwed.

      • button crazy says:

        Brought Mayo at Wal Mart today,64 oz. The price is up over $2.00 since last time I purchased mayo, Just a couple of weeks ago. Made a run to Sam’s last week. Prices were up on the tp. We have better hold on our hats. The prices will go thru the roof in next few months. PAID $5.00 for a pound of local honey last week. Brought Del Monte Spag. Sauce at Dollar General for a $1 a can. Also brought vinegar that is 6% instead of 5% mix. Will be great for cleaning.

        • SurvivorDan says:

          I went to get milk yesterday and bought a boot load of pasta at $0.39/lb. Got a lot of sugar on sale as well. Everyone has to be prepared to make such purchases wherever you can.

          but prices overall are indeed skyrocketing.
          Just had dinner with a friend who told me that after taxes he had a net gain on investments of 7.5% from last year and was pleased. I pointed out that inflation negates his gains and he is lucky if he is holding even. I talked about the Carter years where we all lost money and even after recovering under Reagan were still behind because of the reduced buying power of our paper money. I pointed out that it could happen again. Likely, will. I may have ruined his dinner.

      • I have to get to Wal-MArt. M&M’s were $8+ last week. Saw that they had gone up at a local “warehouse” store. Must get more NOW!!!!!

  8. riverrider says:

    you know, i have to wonder if things have been this bad always, but we just know about it more now. cuban missile crisis, ww2,ww1, depression, each generation has had their own struggles. maybe we’re making too much out of all this. i’m sure people during those times felt the same as we do now,like the end was near….just a thought…..yes, i’m trying to convince myself…..not working…..

    • rr…yes, things have been bad before, and yes each generation has had it’s own ‘fears’. But this is ours, now, and the fear is real….at least for me. My father (a depression baby) and I argue about that sometimes; he claims that things have always been bad, and it’s just instant media that makes it seem worse now. I disagree. Things ARE BAD. I don’t need media to tell me. And I find it interesting that my father says this, but takes actions to PREP, even though he wouldn’t call it that. I don’t want to get into what he does for opsec reasons, but let’s just say he ‘hoards’ some shiny things.

      I also want to add that I’d rather prep out of concern/fear, than not, and then be caught off-guard. So, bad or not, I prep on as best I can.

      I do think things are bad and getting worse, and I think there is a reckoning coming in some form, whether it be social, environmental, or something else…alien invasion anyone?? 🙂

      • MtWoman,
        There is indeed an alien invasion going on as we speak. Ask the governors of TX, AZ, or NM.

      • village idiot says:

        MtWoman, with all the trolling on this weeks WDYDTPTW thread, I decided to come over on this thread and comment on your post. You were talking about getting a little .22 cal Single Action revolver. Let me tell you what, that was the first handgun I ever owned, and I can’t tell you how many copperheads, water moccasins and other snakes I dispatched with that little revolver. One of the worst days of my life was when I loaned that little gun to my BIL, and it was stolen out of his truck a few days later. It would also do a job for self-defense if you did your part and placed the bullets in the right spot. So I say go for it, and get that little single-action, I promise you won’t regret it. And I wish I still had mine.

        • Thanks VI!!! My son wants me to get something “more substantial”, but I’m pretty set on it. He also says it’s not good for carry because of the hammer, but I’ll figure it out. I need something I can handle what with my arthritic hands and lack of experience. I feel that if I’m comfortable with it, and get really, really good with it, it will be a decent defense weapon, at least to start with. Thanks for the encouragement!!!

          • Also it’s AFFORDABLE!!!

            • village idiot says:

              Exactly, you are being smart by not spending all your prep money on firearms. I see this all the time, people who have the latest in firearms and stockpiles of ammo with no food stored. Makes me wonder whether they have good sense.

          • MtWoman:

            Strap a laser on it and point it at the bad guy’s zipper. He won’t care what caliber it is!

          • MtWoman,
            If you’re set on a single action .22, then I would recommend the Ruger Single Six. It was my first handgun (I still have it) and comes with twin cylinders for both .22 Rimfire and .22 Magnum. A little more power and versatility, and a fine firearm (mine was bought new in 1974 and still works like the day I got it.
            I concur with the opinion that a .22 single action is not the best gun for carry and self defense; however, it easily beats the 9mm or .40 that you can’t handle well enough to be effective.

          • MtLady… Lotta people have an opinion on how we should all arm ourselves. My old Uncle Bronk made a point of always carrying the same ‘piece’ .. in the same rig .. on the same hip .. every day .. and never appologizing to anyone. Everybody knew old Bronk had this old break top 5 shot loaded with 2 snake and 3 softpoint loads. I own it now. I’m comfortable with it, and really really good with it. It lives in my GetHomeBag. Be comfortable with your choice Ma-am.

          • riverrider says:

            mt, there was a test on the lethality of 22lr. the army standard of penetrating 3/4 inch plywood under a uniform shirt was used. 22lr penetrated the board out to 440 yards, the limit of their range. 22short even penetrated up to 7 yards. train, train, train, though.

      • Mtwoman, your words are sage advice. Prepping is a n insurance policy we hope we never have to use. However, when the storm clouds are gathering, that’s when it is time to double down. And that is exactly where I think we are all at thought wise right now. Too may clouds to ignore!

    • River, that’s been my thoughts. And with each event there had been a small percentage of people that saw the writting on the wall. With that we can prepare the best we can to make things a bit better as others struggle.

  9. Encourager says:

    WARNING – This is so horrible and shocking.
    “Video captures Michigan man’s shooting by police” on July 1st, 2012. The man was shot as he turned his back on police and was walking away. Six officers shot at him 40 times….yes, 40 times.

    • Encourager…this is clearly a bad, bad thing. He was WALKING AWAY. You can see that on the tape…..

    • They must have been “real afeared of him”; he should have posed such an “imminent threat”.

    • riverrider says:

      they never heard of tazers? oc spray? beanbag rounds? baton? jeesh, this is what your tax dollars are buying. this is what happens when you limit your response capability to guns only. i’m guilty myself. i need to refresh my hand to hand and non-lethal training….

  10. Politicians, there’s not a nickel’s worth of difference between them. They’re all professional liars and will sell themselves to highest bidder like any common whore. Only reason to vote for one is to vote against the other.

  11. A change in Washington hopefully is on the horizon to slow the downward spiral the U.S in now experiencing. My parents grew up during the Great Depression and survived. Many of the lessons they learned were taught to me growing up. Needless to say the lessons did not fall on deaf ears and we as a country can survive just like that generation did.
    As bad as the economy appears the real focus should be on Israel. Conflict in the middle east involving Israel post “Arab spring” is very troubling. A middle east breakout of war could be a ‘coup De grace’ for the world’s economy. World oil prices would soar immediately when the Strait of Hormuz is shut down. We are already seeing $4/gal gasoline but it would get much much worse. Can you imagine $10/gal or higher gas prices? I have no idea what Israel might due prior to the U.S. fall election (hopefully nothing) but if war were to break out you can bet our economy will be negatively affected. Unfortunately so will Russia and China’s and who knows what might happen. Just my two cents worth but that’s what I’m watching very closely the next couple of months.

    • Col. D,

      I agree with you. Israel doesn’t not have the military capacity to destroy an completed Iranian underground nuclear facility. The U.S. has that capacity. But Israel would be foolish to wait too long to attack Iran–that would make Israeli national defense contingent on the goodwill of the U.S.

      The more immediate concern is with the Egyptian tanks lining the Israeli border.

      • mountain lady says:

        Wm. Forstchen was on C2C last night. He is scared, and he thinks Israel will go in before the election. He thinks they will start with an EMP even though he knows it will be the first nuke used since WWII.

  12. My response to that 40 reasons article. (posted on that site),

    So after pulling 40 totally absurd interpretations put of your rectum, you are baciclly telling us to do the following.
    1. Dont vote at all.
    2. Stay home and wallow in ron paul libertarian feces and perform mental masterbation over how much brighter we will be then all of those “sheeples”.
    Good luck with that.
    YOU are either part of the problem or part pf the problem.
    My name is Ron and I approve of this message.

  13. In the “For What It’s Worth” department…Had to travel to another Montana town today and found gas was about $.20/gal more expensive than here. I figure it will get here soon. Diesel is setting at $3.99/gal.

    I saw an article that said average Montanans pay 14.2% of their income for fuel.!

    • mountain lady says:

      Gas is $4.20 up here today. It goes up almost daily, but then, this is Kalifornia, comrade.

  14. Just got home from the hospital. I have a couple days to catch up on preps. This week will be slow.

    • Jar!!!!! That bad??? Need anything? Did they help you? If it was/is that bad, I’m glad you went to the hospital. Hang in there.

    • village idiot says:

      I hope you get better soon, man. The swine flu did that do me a couple of three years ago, and I finally had to go to the hospital to get rehydrated. Take it easy for a few days and let yourself get well. We’ll be thinking about you, and saying a little prayer.

    • So sorry to hear you ended up that sick but grateful you are better!

    • wow, Jarhead, have been reading your posts regarding your stomach bug, but didn’t realize it managed to sneak up on you and land you in hospital…

      All the recent overtime, lawn/garden chores, moving etc…may have overtaxed your body/physical strength and compromised your immune system…

      May I suggest a bottle (60 capsules) of probiotics – to get your gut flora up and strong again, to keep the bad flora under control…much faster acting than yoghurt, however some yoghurt and canned soft fruits will be good for the next few days, as that is what I ate until I was able to handle heavier food…

      Take it easy, seriously, you are prepped – can afford to take some time off…and prayers for you to make a full and fast recovery…cheers.

      • Chloe, I have been trying to take it easy. The preps this week have slowed down and I did meet up with someone before I started work. I slept in today and feel better,I watered the plants last night because I missed a couple days and lost some plants due to the sun and heat.

        • Jar, good to hear you are on the mend…just goes to show, a nasty stomach bug can stop us in our tracks with little notice…take care and catch up next time…cheers.

    • Two IVs and a shot to boost the immune system and kill the virus. With some sleep I was better off and was able to meet up with someone before work.

  15. Copperhead says:

    Jarhead 03

    So sorry you have been in the hospital…hope you get to feeling better real soon.

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