Wednesday miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on October 31, 2012 · 84 comments

Your health : Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma in new landmark study on humans. Thanks to Scott G for the link.

Emergency first aid checklist: Herbs, medicines and tools for holistic medical safety in any crisis : a quick checklist of things you’ll want to acquire (or grow) to add to your emergency medicine collection. Thanks to Scott G for the link.

Oklahomans Prepare for New Law That Will Make Guns a Common Sight : “A new law takes effect on Thursday in Oklahoma — anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm can choose to carry a weapon out in the open, in a belt or shoulder holster, loaded or unloaded.” Thanks to mtwoman for the link.

Bone-Chilling Science: The Scariest Experiments Ever : Since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the popular imagination has been alive with stories of mad scientists and the chilling experiments they conduct. But sometimes, real life is even more frightening than fiction. From zombie dogs to mind control, here are some of the scariest experiments ever done.

Will The Bottom Fall Out? 15 Signs That Layoffs And Job Losses Are Skyrocketing : “If you still have a good job, you might want to hold on to it very tightly because there are a whole bunch of signs that unemployment in the United States is about to start getting worse again. Over the past several weeks, a substantial number of large corporations have announced disappointing earnings for the third quarter. Many of those large corporations are also loaded up with huge amounts of debt. So what is the solution? Well, the favorite solution on Wall Street these days seems to be to lay off workers.”

Obama’s reelection will ensure complete U.S. economic collapse : “Some analysts are predicting the crash could come as soon as next year. Obama is following the failed policies of President Herbert Hoover which led to the Great Depression.”

The presidential election and the risk of economic collapse : “The global economy is teetering on collapse, and the presidential election may well decide whether another Great Depression is avoided.”

84 comments

JP in MT October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

Job and financial issues abound. Sounds like the scary season has started.

Texanadian October 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Well someone has to be first. I made an interesting discovery last night. I recently ordered a solar battery charger that arrived a day or so ago. Last weekend TW bought two boxes of solar yard lights – 8 lights approx 20 bucks at Walmart. Well last night I am checking out and getting the charger ready for this A.M. and thought I should check out the lights. To my pleasant surprize there is a rechargable AA battery in each of the lights which happens to fit many of my flashlights. So I now have the multi battery recharger and 16 single battery rechargers. That should keep the lights and radio on. :)

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Have solar lights. Interesting. Thanks for the tip Tex.

tommy2rs November 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Tape some aluminum foil 3/4 the way around a mason jar then set the top part of the solar light on the mouth of the jar so that the led is pointing down inside the jar and it makes a decent emergency light. The aluminum foil acts as a reflector for the light.

If you take the wrapping a little further and just leave a small gap on one side it makes a discreet light for times when you need to preserve OPSEC but need a bit of light.

I’ve made usb battery chargers by wiring two of the little yard light solar panels in series and then connecting a couple of those in parallel. Plenty of sites on the web, like Instructables, show you how as well as different and even easier methods. Charges things like cell phones, some tablets and Kindles.

oHIo October 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Stupid media on gun issues. “ZOMG! People are going to be strapping on guns everywhere! It’s going to be like the wild wild west! The sky is falling” We’ve had open carry in Ohio for a while and I’ve yet to walk into a store or restaurant and see a stuffed holster. In fact, the only place I’ve every seen anyone open carry is gun store employees. People keep them concealed in order to not be the initial target of a would be criminal.

Keith October 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I am just glad that after today, I won’t have to worry about accidentally exposing my gun from my IWB holster.

It will be interesting to see how people react here if they see a person open carrying. I won’t be bothered by it.

I’ve been counting the days down, since I heard the open carry law was passed here in Oklahoma.

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Be careful about that, Keith; you can make of yourself of a target, and it might not bode well for you in a lawsuit; what we call “self-defense” is sometimes interpreted as a “pre-meditated act” by a jury or judge.

The other thing is, someone who sees you carrying and has a conflict with another person may try to drag you into their mess, which is exactly why I never wore my “XYZ Police Dept” shirts in public, off-duty. You are then EXPECTED to do something, and you may not have the authority or legal right to do what they want you to do.

Even if you are duly authorized LE, you may not always want to get in the middle of their mess – strictly “situational”, of course.

I’m all about concealed carry, but the operative word here is “concealed”.

Be careful. That’s all I’m trying to say.

Keith November 1, 2012 at 2:07 am

I appreciate the suggestions you brought up; a couple good points I hadn’t thought about.

I want even deeper concealment than I have now; would like to get a sub-compact 9mm in the future. I currently have a Glock 19 Gen4 for concealed carry. I don’t want anyone to know that I am carrying a weapon.

Open carry is not something I plan to do :) I am just happy that Oklahoma is expanding its gun rights for folks who can carry. Looking forward to the day when we don’t even need a permit to carry in Oklahoma.

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

We have long had open carry here and yet you rarely see someone strapped openly, in public. Especially since the CCW became available and now the conceal carry without permit law.
Best to be discreet anyway.
I don’t recommend scaring the horses unnecessarily { even if it does appeal to the little devil in me ;) }. I have seen folks (Doubtless east coasters) very frightened by someone standing in line at the bank. Robbers with exposed weapons don’t stand in line folks.

I am very pleased for you and other Okies.
Just another restored right.

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I get your point, SD, but if you really want to scare the average east-coaster, just look them in the eye, smile, and say, ‘hey, there! How y’all doin’ today?!”…and watch how fast they grab their wallet or purse, put their head down, and skitter away….experience.

Scott G October 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

ROTFL!

riverrider November 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

home, i prefer “yawl ain’t from ’round here, are ya?” if i want to see yankees get nervous:)

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

RR,
For more effect have Flats n Scruggs “Dueling Banjos” playing in the background. HeeHee!

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Perhaps rr, you might try, “Say…..you got a pretty mouth boy.” That’ll make ‘em really nervous. ;)

HomeINsteader November 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Oooh! Oooh! A new game to play! Thanks, rr!

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

LOL!

axelsteve November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

Sanfrasisco is that way also. Also a white person doing that to a minority.

Charlie (NC) November 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Whoa there fellas. When you say east coasters you need to be saying Urban Northeast coasters. I don’t think you’ll find that kind of attitude or behavior anywhere in the Southeast
except in the cities and most in the cities that would object or be shocked are transplants from the Northeast. Also, you’ll find that rural folks even in the northeast are not scared of or very distant from their firearms.

Open carry has been the law in NC as long as I can remember. Not many folks do but as far as I know it’s still legal although they would look at you funny if you walked in the bank carrying these days. However, in the 70′s I well remember seeing folks walk into the bank with a hogleg strapped to their leg. It just sort of fell out of fashion.

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Hey Charlie, I heard North Carolinians were be replaced by New Yorkers at an alarming pace cause Florida was fulled up!

HomeINsteader November 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

Charlie – we’re southerners. We know the difference between a Tarheel and an east-coaster, and the southeast and the east coast. Our fam lived on the east coast of the Tarheel state for a few years, and it ain’t east-coast!

And never tell a Tarheel they’re not a Southerner – not if you want to take the next breath!

JP in MT October 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

SD:

That’s why more restrictive legislation won’t decrease violent crime, criminals don’t play by the rules!

I did LOL about them getting scared about someone with a gun standing in line.

PJ Prepper November 1, 2012 at 12:55 am

I agree Dan, just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD, especially when referring to OC vs CCW. Of course it is all based on the situation and environment. I’m all for being discreet, being the “gray man” if you will. Don’t attract attention to yourself if at all possible.

I’m not against allowing it however and it will be a decision each person must make for themselves. I just prefer to fly under the radar when out in public.

PJ

Prepper-Resources.com

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

I like walking around with my hand in my purse. Who would think an old lady has a tomcat in her hand. Best security blanket a girl can have. Maybe you should start carrying a computer bag so that it hangs across your chest then in tenuous situations you just unzip a corner and slide your hand in. You could shoot right thru the satchel. Just saying we sometimes find ourselves in uncomfortable surroundings but must maintain covert security.

MtWoman November 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Good idea Tac-G-Ma!

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Among others, I always have a .32 Tomcat and extra mag on my support side. Prior to an unfortunate serious social encounter I carried a Keltec there. The premature mag release I experienced and the less-than-menacing appearance of the tiny weapon was nearly a problem. Consequently, I now prefer the Tomcat. Reliable and sturdy little .32. Good choice G-Ma.

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

SD,
You reminded me of years ago I hooked up with a bunch secret service agents when we were all TDY to Lackland. They carry 24/7. Anyway, we went clubing and while shaking our booties my dance partner shook his service revolver out of his shoulder holster and when it landed on the dance floor hardly anyone reacted. Haha! Only in Texas!

PJ Prepper November 2, 2012 at 1:18 am

Tactical G-Ma

I guess if you are going to purse carry having your hand on your weapon would be the way to go (faster). My wife USED to purse carry. I took her shooting out in the country one day. I told her to stand there with her purse on her shoulder, go for her gun and take a shot. I stood behind her and said “go.” I then sprinted in the opposite direction. I would guess I easily made it 25 to 30 yards before she was able to get the shot off.

Lesson learned. Have your gun accessible at all times. While having it in a purse is better than NOT having it, it certainly is not optimal. If you carry with your hand on the gun itself, that is obviously a different story…

PJ

Prepper-Resources.com

Linda October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

In reference to the next to last article. The Keystone XL pipeline WILL NOT create 100,000 jobs. That’s just wishful thinking or an outright lie. Certainly not local jobs along the pipeline route. The jobs constructing it will be company people or union that travel with the pipeline. A few temporary jobs might be available to locals but they won’t be the good-paying ones or permanent. The people so hot for this pipeline to be built aren’t the ones who will be living near it. My home is about 3 mi. from the proposed route and I don’t want it. Who in their right mind would want it, with it’s potential for leaks of unknown chemicals and tar sands oil into the nearby water supply? To top it all off, Trans Canada has clearly stated that the pipeline will raise gas prices in the Upper Midwest because the refined fuel will be for export, NOT U.S. consumption, thereby lessening the supply of Canadian oil used for U.S. gas supplies and raising the prices. Canada should build its own refineries and pipelines to the coast to do their exporting, except I believe their environmental laws prohibit it. All we along these pipelines will see is grief.

axelsteve November 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

Linda. For one thing pipelines must be welded by certified welders. They are not dime a dozen people , they are trained and proven craftsmen.

Backwoods Prepper November 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I live in gas well country (southern WV) and believe me there is always a possibilty for leaks. But the issue we have is the fracking of gaswells has contaminated alot of folk’s water supply. I would not want it coming near me. the alaskan pipe line incidents. The pipeline has at times been damaged due to sabotage, human error, maintenance failures, and natural disasters. By law, Alyeska is required to report significant oil spills to regulatory authorities.

An explosion on July 8, 1977, Pump Station No. 8, killed one worker, injured five others, and destroyed the pump station. A US House of Representatives Committee later announced the cause was workers not following the proper procedures, causing crude oil to flow into a pump under repair at the time.[158]

Since the startup of the Alaska pipeline on June 20, 1977, to August 15, 1977, seven incidents and accidents have caused the pipeline to be shut down periodically. The NTSB investigated the system, and made recommendations.[159][160]

The largest oil spill involving the main pipeline took place on February 15, 1978, when an unknown individual blew a 1-inch (2.54-centimeter) hole in it at Steele Creek, just east of Fairbanks.[161] Approximately 16,000 barrels (2,500 m3) of oil leaked out of the hole before the pipeline was shut down.[153] After more than 21 hours, it was restarted.[162]

The steel pipe is resistant to gunshots and has resisted them on several occasions, but on October 4, 2001, a drunken gunman named Daniel Carson Lewis shot a hole into a weld near Livengood, causing the second-largest mainline oil spill in pipeline history.[163] Approximately 6,144 barrels (976.8 m3) leaked from the pipeline; 4,238 barrels (673.8 m3) were recovered and reinjected into the pipeline.[164] Nearly 2 acres (8,100 m2) of tundra were soiled and were removed in the cleanup.[165] The pipeline was repaired and was restarted more than 60 hours later.[166] Lewis was found guilty in December 2002 of criminal mischief, assault, drunken driving, oil pollution, and misconduct. He was sentenced to 16 years in jail and ordered to repay the $17 million cleanup costs.[167]

The pipeline was built to withstand earthquakes, forest fires, and other natural disasters. The 2002 Denali earthquake damaged some of the pipeline sliders designed to absorb similar quakes,[168] and it caused the pipeline to shut down for more than 66 hours as a precaution.[166] In 2004, wildfires overran portions of the pipeline, but it was not damaged and did not shut down.[169][170]

In March 2006, corroded feeder pipelines on the North Slope gave way, spilling at least 6,310 barrels (1,003 m3) of oil.[171] In August 2006, during an inspection mandated by the United States Department of Transportation after the leak, severe corrosion was discovered.[172] The transit pipelines were shut down for several days that month, and replacement of 16 miles (26 km) of transit pipeline began. The project was completed before Christmas Day 2008 at a cost of $500 million to BP.[173]

In May 2010, as much as several thousands of barrels were spilled from a pump station near Fort Greely during a scheduled shutdown. A relief valve control circuit failed during a test of the fire control system, and oil poured into a tank and overflowed onto a secondary containment area. [174]

A leak was discovered on Jan 8, 2011, in the basement of the booster pump at Pump Station 1. For more than 80 hours, pipeline flow was reduced to 5 percent of normal. An oil collection system was put in place, and full flow resumed until the pipeline was again shut down while a bypass was installed to avoid the leaking section

k.fields November 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Linda -
You are sooo correct! TransCanada’s original permit application to the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline would create “a peak workforce of approximately 3,500 to 4,200 construction personnel” in temporary jobs building the pipeline.

By 2010, facing growing opposition to the pipeline, TransCanada had inflated these numbers (using undisclosed formulas) to 20,000.

Now people are saying 100,000? That’s simple absurd.

axelsteve November 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Construction jobs are by nature temporary.

SunnyD November 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I guess no one wants a crude oil pipeline in their neck of the woods. I assume to make your point you will stop using gas and other energy. But most of us simply have to accept that we need oil, NG, hydro and maybe even nuclear. As for the jobs: It is likely it will create far more then 100,000 long term jobs. First of all almost everyone’s job depends on oil and cheap energy. With the oil coming down that pipeline it is easy to imagine at least 100,000 direct jobs in the energy industry and perhaps a million in jobs that depend on cheap energy and oil in particular. Europe is sufferring high unemployment as a direct result of their decision to convert to green energy. The higher costs to manufacture is causing them to ship jobs overseas. Ironic, huh?

village idiot November 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you for that clarification, Sunny D. I have a crude oil pipeline less than 1/4 mi. from my house, and it doesn’t bother me at all. It gathers crude oil from throughout the area, and then moves it to a refinery in El Dorado, Arkansas. There are tens of thousands of oil and natural gas pipelines throughout the nation. They rarely cause any problems, but if one is to have civilization, then of course there are some dangers. People get hurt working in factories, on farms, or doing anything other than laying on their butts doing nothing.

Here’s my take on it: I’ll believe climate change is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis. But having huge homes, jetting around the country and consuming huge amounts of energy leads me to believe these folks like Al Gore, Bloomberg, and many others don’t take climate change/global warming very serious.

Tactical G-Ma November 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

VI,
Truer words have never been spoken. But ya know elitests poop don’t stink!

BC October 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This video is long, but it thoroughly explains the biggest and scariest experiment in human history, GMO food.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao_Hs2nNQDA&feature=youtu.be

selfRightousBiddy November 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

The video started off with outright lies:
1. It claimed Americans get sick more often the Europeans. Not true our rate of illness is almost identical just as it is in most 1st world countries.
2. The number of Americans sufferring from at least three chonic illnesses have doubled. Not exactly. Diagnoses of illnesses has gotten much better. That is the rates have remained the same but now we diagnose them much earlier.

3. Americas infant mortality and lifespan has plunged. Both false. Our infant mortality rate is statistically identical with all the other 1st world countries. Admittedly we do have a problem with mothers who are addicted to drugs causing infant mortality. And our life expectancy has increased every year for the last 50 years and is statistically identical to every other 1st world country.

Then they try to parley these lies into somehow being connected with GMO with no evidence or even legitimate reason to believe GMO is a problem at all. The movie was produced by The Institute for Responsible Technology which is a cover organization for Jeffrey Smith’s business ventures. “He’s particularly adept at getting his message out via the latest online methods, which he uses to spread his misinformation about biotechnology, in particular, to an ever-widening audience. In his most recent self-published book, Genetic Roulette, Smith claims to show 65 different “documented health risks” associated with biotech foods. Not one of them has been found to be scientifically valid by Academics Review.” Smith makes a living promoting himself and his self published books even though he has no experience or training in this field. His expertise is in Fairfield’s Maharishi religious group and the state’s Natural Law political party. He is a quack, pure and simple.

Kate October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

In reference to the layoff article. I can vouch for that as I was just laid off this week! Was originally laid off in 2010 & can’t find anything stable. Oh, well…least it’s almost November & deer season & squirrel season are coming up!!

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

“Oh, well…least it’s almost November & deer season & squirrel season are coming up!!”

Indeed. One has to look at the bright side of things!

riverrider October 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

facebook took down an anti-obama add by the specialops2012 group. funny how they left up obama’s “i’ll burn this m…f…down add.

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Well, FB has now issued a “disclaimer”:

http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/2012/10/31/facebook-claims-accidental-mistake-in-censoring-navy-seals/?subscriber=1

Facebook Claims — Accidental Mistake — in Censoring Navy SEALS
By Bobby Eberle October 31, 2012 12:34 pm

tommy2rs October 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It’s been restored. Facebooks is claiming an oops moment. Yeah, right. I loved the graphic…lol.

worrisome October 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Of course it was pushed back up……….Romney and Seal supporters buy stock too, and there’s is in bad shape, they can’t afford to this…so like the roaches they are, they put it back up when the light was shown on them.

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

That would be the power of the light side…..capitalism.

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Mike Huckabee: Tuesday’s votes will be recorded in eternity (and I agree with him!)

http://www.newsmax.com/US/huckabee-campaign-ad-election/2012/10/31/id/462212?s=al&promo_code=108D5-1

PJ Prepper October 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Reference the election, I would state that no matter WHO gets elected the economic collapse will happen. While Romney *might* slow it down a bit, both will continue to support measures which will lead our country further down the road which we are already traveling on. We have been on this road for generations, regardless of which party holds power in the White House or Congress. Remember our politicians are just a reflection of those who put them in office (for the most part). We the people only want solutions which will ensure the status quo is maintained, this prosperity brought on by mountains of debt.

True solutions?? 40% cuts of every government program, 50% taxes on every citizen, that might start to bring us back to where we need to be. Who would support that? Thus the can gets kicked further down the road…

Something that can not go on forever, WILL STOP. It’s just a matter of time.

PJ

Prepper-Resources.com

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

How about some federal taxes on every citizen? For the upper poor and lower middle class it doesn’t have to be a lot….just something….anything! A huge part of the Democratic base doesn’t care about federal income tax increases….because they don’t pay any! And in fact, often get back more than they ever pay in (if anything) via the Earned Income Credit and other freebies.
Don’t get your knickers in a twist if you fit that category of redistribution via the federal tax laws. The laws provide that benefit for you. It’s not criminal abuse in anyway. I’m not knocking y’all. Just saying that every different give-back / loop-hole was designed to appeal to one electorate group or another. We have to bite the bullet somewhere. But what pol would do that?

As PJP commented:

“We the people only want solutions which will ensure the status quo is maintained, this prosperity brought on by mountains of debt.”

and of course politicians would be cutting their own careers short to take folk’s ‘stuff’ , so ……..

“Thus the can gets kicked further down the road…”

Romney may slow the Slide but none of his Republican career politicians have the stones to tackle the problems with any gusto. Might cut short their Washington careers. Couldn’t have that.
So the Collapse is inevitable….

Tactical G-Ma October 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

SD,
When I was a child I was taught excepting welfare or charity is a shameful thing. Take nothing you haven’t earned. But that thinking was confined to the working class that barely made ends meet. Now everybody wants a piece of the action. I know I want mine because I did earn it. Eventually nobody will be paying in and there will be no money going out. It’s bound to get ugly.

worrisome October 31, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Sorry, I believe that every citizen of this nation should pay taxes of some amount. I also believe that illegal aliens should have to carry a debit card, where employers who pay them, have to do so on the card where 35% is withheld for the free emergency room care, their use of our highways and byways. Failure to pay them in this way needs some heavy penalties to “encourage” compliance. Makes me a Nazi I know I know.l

Mexneck October 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm

+1
Not a nazi by any means, but if you saw what they are really doing along the border you would be screaming for more than 35%. It’s an invasion of drugs and child slaves!

worrisome November 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

I know Mexneck………..I have a friend in Laredo, as soon as he retires he is leaving. People that are successful there keep their “nice” car in the garage and drive junk back and forth to work and for errands. They are afraid of being robbed, kidnapped or worse………….and LE is not able to keep up with it at all They only use their “good” car for trips heading due north.

HomeINsteader November 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

This hardly makes you a “Nazi”, worrisome. Nazi’s would have simply exterminated them.

Tactical G-Ma November 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Worrisome,
I am with Mex and HI on this one. Your desire to better our governments financial position by having everyone pay a fair share is hardly non-republican. In fact, it is very republican IMO!

worrisome November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

Great point Home………..I feel better for writing it already! :) BTW the dog ya named is doing great………..getting huge, but great! Thanks again

GA Red November 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This is why I support a national sales tax (as long as income taxes are gone) – it is one way to get EVERYONE to pay taxes.

PJ Prepper November 1, 2012 at 12:49 am

Dan

You are correct, which politician has the stones to make any decision which contradicts the party line (either party) of self preservation? Even those with the best intentions are bound by promises made on the way into office, and once there they don’t change Washington…Washington changes them. Priority #1: re-election. Priority #2: toe the line.

Think about how many political ads we have seen over the years which blast “Washington insiders” for being “out of touch.” Elect me and I’ll change everything!

Right…

PJ

Prepper-Resources.com

MtWoman November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

PJ…”once there they don’t change Washington…Washington changes them”…says everything. This is so obvious if you look back over any election and the promises made…then look at the actual activities once they’re in the WH. This is true of EVERY President I’ve experienced. I don’t think one can know the full extent of the influences and pressures that go along with being Pres. And I don’t think a candidate can know before they’re in there, so how CAN they promise things and know for sure they can fulfill them? I don’t bother with what they say as much as how they ACT as they run for office, and how they’ve acted in their other elected posts and their lives.

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I would like to believe that I am a good and decent person of faith who would do the right thing as a congressman.
But I wouldn’t trust ME! Corruption is endemic in Washington.
Power corrupts. Egos are grossly inflated as everyone toadies to you. I wonder how that feels? (not the ego thing – the toadying part)
Lobbyist suck up to you. Even four star generals have to call you sir and Mr. Congressman. Ahhh…the POWER!! I must have it!!!

No…I shall go into the woods and diminish. I shall remain SD…

{stole that line from Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings}

Seriously…all will be corrupted by power. Yesterday, a conservative chum told me Romney is incorruptible (he’s mega-rich) and has no reason to run for Prez other than altruism. Naive. It’s for the power. Better him than Barry, I suppose……

HomeINsteader November 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Who was it who said, “Power corrupts and Absolute power corrupts absolutely”?

PJ Prepper November 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

Exactly Dan.

You are a freshman rep who arrives in Washington, ready to change the world. You then are assigned your entourage who ask “how high” when you say jump. You are oogled over by people who want your attention and vote. You are treated like quasi royalty and encouraged by your peers and leadership to toe the line. You are wined and dined, all in the name of civil service. You start to like this lifestyle and realize that while you could rock the boat you probably would never do much of anything except ensure a quick exit from your post when it came to re-election time.

Thus you take the path of least resistance, and we all know where that leads.

PJ

Prepper-Resources.com

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

By the way….I gladly took my home owner’s tax deduction for decades so I ain’t no saint.

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

By the way….I gladly took my home owner’s tax deduction for decades so I ain’t no saint.

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Frustrating getting my comment in the right spot….media challenged, ya know.

Was trying to reference this remark so no one would think I was criticizing them or being a hypocrite:

” I’m not knocking y’all. Just saying that every different give-back / loop-hole was designed to appeal to one electorate group or another. We have to bite the bullet somewhere.”

By the way….I gladly took my home owner’s tax deduction for decades so I ain’t no saint.

Scott G October 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Personally, I’d have a graduated national sales tax with luxury items taxed at a percentage point higher. This way everyone would pay their fair share and those with money who can’t live without luxury items will pay a bit more.

I’d exempt certain things that are essential to life, like housing, food, medical, guns and ammo. Not sure what else I’d exempt, but it’s a start.

worrisome November 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

That works too :)

GA Red November 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Exemptions, yes. Rebates, no. Rebates give politicians something to dangle in front of voters to get their votes – “vote for me and I’ll increase your rebate.”

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Like it. Lot of problems in the details and in means testing (for the poverty stricken). But I like it.

jsam November 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Absolutely THE best idea. A national sales tax system would be fair to everyone and no new bureaucracy needed – the collection systems are already in place in almost all states. Do away with the IRS – that would go a long way toward balancing the budget and making everyone’s life a little easier with no more April 15th filing stress. Think of all the paperwork that would eliminate!

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

For those who never hear anything good about Mississippi, here is our church leader – a man whom we all love and appreciate! OH, and there is SO MUCH good about Mississippi….but let’s not tell too many people!

HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm
HomeINsteader October 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

A composting toilet we can afford? One that isn’t a challenge to use? Well, closer, anyway. Check it out:

http://www.c-head.com/BJ_Better.html

“The Boonjon”

Scott G October 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Yeah, but the smell! Even the cockroaches will find another place to live.

Tactical G-Ma October 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I am ready too hunker down. How about you?

JP in MT October 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Watching the problems in NYC and NJ. There’s good news as people are working together, but the whining from those that barely plan for tomorrow is starting. The subways and power won’t be up until this weekend, maybe. I’m sorry people are suffering, but that is what you are supposed to learn from. And it’s not like they didn’t have any advance notice. 5 days is plenty of time to at least have food and water in your home for 5 days. The coasties had quite a surprise as it was as bad as the weathermen said it would be.

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

My youngest daughter lives in Brooklyn which was hit head on.
She is fine and has 3 weeks worth of emergency food in a closet – on top of her regular food supply. She has candles, sterno, alcohol stoves, a mini-hibachi, flashlights and a solar charger on her balcony. I do worry because she only has 30 gals of water. But she messages on the net (the phones are out) that their water supply is still okay.What DO city folk do when the toilets don’t flush? Carry it out in buckets and throw it in the sewers I suppose. On a mega-scale, that could be gross.
And no power for the stove and fridge.
Her attitude seems to be upbeat.

SurvivorDan October 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

She says she can always go out and hunt rats and pigeons. I believe she would. She hates pigeons… ;)

GA Red November 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Your daughter sounds like a smart girl. I saw a picture someone took of their front yard in NJ. There was a small shark swimming past their porch. Dinner?

Backwoods Prepper November 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that photo was a fake seen it this morning all the fake photos people where posting.

worrisome November 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

I am glad she is ok Survivor Dan, despite all the comic relief I am sure you are worried about her.

SurvivorDan November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thankfully, i just had some contact on the net. She’s fine. Tough kid. Not sure of her boyfriend but she’s a survivor.

PJ Prepper November 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

Dan

I’m glad your daughter has skills and supplies, many do not. I’m sure her job keeps her there in the big city, but that is a place I would avoid at all cost. Thankfully she is able to make the best of a bad situation, good on your for teaching her the ropes. When I go to the store with my daughter she checks expiration dates for me, she knows how to shoot and how to make fire. Daddy’s little girl….

PJ

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Scott G October 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I have no sympathy for those who had the resources, but failed to plan ahead. My heart goes out to those, who through no fault of their own could not get ready.

axelsteve November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

You would thank that people in New York would be better prepared after 911.

Backwoods Prepper November 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Amen

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