Wednesday miscellany

CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad : Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one. Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types.

Feinstein’s Indefinite Detention Amendment May Actually Expand Executive Power : “Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with regards to “indefinite detention” that was approved in the Senate last Thursday.”

New Millennium Concepts has reevaluated their position on Berkey® Products shipped to CA and have made a Decision: Sales of the following systems are now available to customers in the state of California – list of items now available in California.

Also is offering a 5% discount to Wolf Pack members with the coupon code “survivalist” this is good for every order with no time limit set.

Our Collapsing Economy and Currency : “Is the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used.”

34 Signs That The United States Is Headed Down The Wrong Path : “The United States is clearly in an advanced state of decline. Many people around the world (and even inside America) rejoice at this, but not me. I mourn for the country that I was born in and that I still love.”

Monster Sinkholes An Indication That Major Earth Changes Are Coming Along The New Madrid Fault? : “The most powerful earthquakes in the history of the United States happened along the New Madrid Fault in 1811 and 1812. Those earthquakes were reportedly felt more than 1,000 miles away. Scientists assure us that one day we will once again see very powerful earthquakes along the New Madrid fault. It is only a question of when it will happen. Today, the New Madrid fault zone covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.”

New Madrid fault

City: Give Us Your Guns, Get A Free Flu Shot – And A Wegman’s Gift Card : “The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is asking citizens to bring their weapons to the police department next weekend as part of the city’s annual “Goods for Guns Buyback Program.” In return for the guns, the city will offer gift certificates, and – a free flu shot.”

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  1. Reminder to self: Get flu shot!

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Might want to do some serious reading before you agree to that, JP.

      • cooolwoods says:

        this page also has a link to the cdc page for vaccine additives, or if you like

        nice stuff! and you get to pay for it!!

        stay safe

        • HomeINsteader says:

          There have been studies done that have linked vaccines to “autism”, and such conditions, as well. I’ll leave the reader to do the research and find them, but they were published some time ago.

          • There have been quacks and movie starlets who claimed vaccines caused autism. The only real study concluded there was no connection, none, zero, nada.

            Ironically the flu shot is statistically 10 million times safer then not getting the shot.

            • SurvivorDan says:

              My folks get flu shots and they have not had the flu for years. I am nearly 60 and have never gotten a flu shot and i can’t remember the last time I got the flu.
              I do remember the flu shots under the Ford administration. Yeah. They were really safe. Tell that to my dead cousin.

              There are pros and cons I suppose. I just don’t like the absolute certainty of both sides on this issue.

              If you have faith in the development, use and procurement of the flu shots then go for it. If, like HomeINsteader and myself, you have doubts then…power to you.

              I pray that everyone stays free of this years flu bug..

            • SurvivorDan says:

              …and free of the flu shots!

              Oh! I’m so partisan! 😉

            • Pineslayer says:

              SunnyD, from my point of view, our house has never gotten flu shots and never get the flu. My mom and other friends here in our neighborhood always get the shot and they are always getting sick. There are many other factors, I’m sure, but I say quit getting the shots unless you have severe immune issues.

            • HomeINsteader says:

              I have a severe immune issue, and I still refuse vaccines. I used to get them. Have learned too much about them. I have had the flu (which strain is anyone’s guess) once in 10 years.

              What I find much more effective is to be very careful: use disposable paper towels ONLY for drying hands after washing (have done this for 15+ years); wash hands using disinfection technique: turn on water, wet, lather, wash hands thoroughly (water still running); rinse; dry; use paper towel to touch water faucets to turn off water. Use another paper towel to touch door handle to open door, if in public. Many public restrooms use “air dryers”, which are trouble waiting to happen for germ spread. I carry tissues for just such need.

              Use a bath towel only once between washings.

              Never eat or drink after anyone else.

              Clean with bleach water or vinegar water often – especially bathrooms and kitchen counters.

              I find these simple precautions quite effective for staying as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.

            • Every strain of flu is different. Some are extremely communicable AND serious. This combination is what creates a pandemic. Some flu viruses are not nearly as communicable. We have been lucky in that the flu viruses we have seen for years are the less communicable kind. You can still get them it is a simple matter of getting a statistical number of the viruses into your body. It will not be prevented by having a great immune system. It is a simple equation if you get the flu virus in your lungs, eyes or nose you will get the virus unless you have had the shot or had that virus previously. There is no magical herbs or vitamins you can take to prevent it. Most of us live in a fool’s paradise (look it up if you don’t understand it) and think that since we “never” get the flu we must be superman and we don’t need no stinking flu shot. I wish you continued luck. Knock on wood or kiss a cross or take vitamins and garlic or whatever voodoo you think protects you and hope for the best. For those of you who are not luddites I suggest you get the shot. It is the only known scientifically proven method to protect yourself.

  2. Fiscal Cliff Real?

    I’m not sure what problems Congress is looking at in 2013, but I’m looking at rising costs and decreased income.

    Keep on Preppin’!

    • SurvivorDan says:

      You put it all in perspective JP.
      They say that if your neighbor is out of work, it’s a recession.
      If you are out of work, it’s a depression.

  3. HomeINsteader says:

    Want to use some seriously good hand-made goat’s milk soap AND support an animal rescue effort at the same time?

    Check out:

    PS: I don’t care for the liquid soap (too thin!), but I do love their bar soaps for everything – including the furbabies.

  4. New Madrid earthquake?

    Now that will be a real mess and divide this country East-West for years!

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  7. SurvivorDan says:

    Since I have never gotten a flu shot, I am not tempted to turn over any guns.
    Maybe a gamma globulin injection though and dipth’ shot and Malarone or primaquine. I’ll trade my non-firing, rusted, ancient Browning.

    • Cliff in Douglasville says:

      The Air Force dutifully gave me a flu shot every year for 23 years and one year they gave me 3 different ones (swine flu and all that stuff). So I doubt I’ll ever need a flu vaccine again, but that dang mad cow has got me worried.

      • Me too. After 20 years in the military I have gotten every shot and some of them most people never heard of.

      • SurvivorDan says:

        Oops! I forgot. I probably did get a flu shot in the military. Even the DOD made us get a butt full of shots. What with gamma globulin, tetanus, Malarone, etc…..God only knows what shots I received.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Exactly. And they will never own up to it, either.

          • SurvivorDan says:

            Maybe those darn Gov’t shots are why I didn’t grow after 18!
            I’m vertically challenged and it’s the FED’s fault!
            Yeah…that’s it!

            • SurvivorDan says:

              I demand reparations!!!

            • SD:

              Nope, it was sushi! That’s why there are so many short Asians!

              New law…no eating bait!

            • Or maybe warning labels. The FDA could be in charge of them. I understand that the new ones for cigarettes are so large that the brand name is hard to find.

            • SurvivorDan says:

              Hey JP! That’s some good eatin’ bait. But I understand.
              I could lightly sear some ahi tuna for ya.
              Now squid…..that is definitely bait.

            • SD:
              Deal, but where are we going to meet?

  8. HomeINsteader says:

    Could it be the gubment wants to scare everyone into getting these “flu shots”? For what purpose, I wonder? Hmmm…..conspiracy theorists? Maybe. Maybe not.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Who makes money from these flu shots????
      I was exposed to it this past weekend, without being aware. One of our friends works at a school. 400 were out of school they shut several down for the rest of the week. I had cold sores start yesterday, so I upped the things I do for virus yesterday afternoon. blisters are gone tonight.. Not sure which thing worked, but I know the combination.

  9. I’ve already had the flu once this year, back in October. My youngest has it now. I got the flu shot while recovering from the flu too AND I didn’t have to give them a gun in exchange. Hopefully, the young one won’t get me with her version of it. I don’t need another stupid cold.

    • HomeINsteader says:

      As I’m sure you already know, there are many different strains of flu, and they are perpetually evolving; a flu shot covers the flu virus strains for which it was created – only.

      • Oh, I know. Sometimes it can be multiple strains. I remember being in high school and there only being about five of us in class one day thanks to the flu going through the whole school.

  10. Cliff in Douglasville says:

    I wonder what the reaction would be if I set up a tent across the street from the cops saying “buying guns, best prices paid” and be paying 50 bucks for handguns and 75 bucks for rifles. Person to person transfer, no questions asked. Might be a good way to end up with a lot of junk but might get some good stuff too. Heck, I’d even buy bullets for 3 cents each, no matter what caliber.

  11. The Last American says:

    In regards to the earth quake item. It’s good to see that the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa are in the safe zone. Makes up fo all the rotten snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain, freezing fog and artic temps we get each winter.
    Maybe people from Florida will start moving to Fargo?…NOT!

    • we cant wait to see Kalifornia drop away ……..Yuma beach !!!! AZ will then have a port , then can Join Texas and drop out of the country .

  12. When you stop backing your currency by anything tangible ………that currency becomes worthless and is worth something only because a group of nations agree that they will honor it ……in extreme cases , nations without a good ol boys network to agree to honor it ……it becomes worthless outside the borders of their own nation ( soviet union as a example ) in either case once you stop backing your money by tangible means , it can collaps at ANY time .

  13. HomeINsteader says:

    You’d probably get a few days of free room and board, courtesy your local government. They’d find a reason.

  14. HomeINsteader says:

    From Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, “Doom and Bloom”, today:

    Natural Remedies for Respiratory Infections

    • Thanks for the link. The youngest is fighting the flu this week and I was able to check for some nausea remedies. I have fresh ginger too.

  15. michael c says:

    Those sinkholes could be caused by super-massive microscopic black holes which affect the weather here on earth. This web site seems to connect our weather, strange going on’s (Bermuda Triangle) and crop circles with an explanation of what is happening. He predicts trouble from 2 comets coming into the solar system right now.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Michael C.,
      Just watched a show on TV, The Universe, that explained dark matter, gamma rays, and space stuff that can hurt us. I must say, I was much happier when I was ignorant. The Earth and it’s occupants are extremely fragile.

  16. Monday Miscellany, Wednesday Miscellany, Friday Miscellany – and never any discussion of actual miscells? False advertising MD…

    Paul Craig Roberts:
    “the Federal Reserve can create new money with which to purchase the dumped financial instruments, thus maintaining their prices. But the Federal Reserve cannot print gold or foreign currencies with which to buy up the dollars that foreigners are paid for their US stocks and bonds. When the dollars in turn are dumped, the exchange value of the dollar will collapse, and US inflation will explode.”

    Therein lies the rub. As the USD is the reserve currency of the world it might take years or even decades, but it’ll happen eventually. Don’t succumb to normalcy bias just because it hasn’t happened in your lifetime. Paper currency always fails, gold never has. .02 Happy Humpday all.

  17. Alittle2late says:

    Anyone that would trade a gun for a flu shot doesn’t deserve to have one in the first place. Just my 2 cents.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      You’d rather suffer the flu than give up , say….an 1895 guide gun?
      Neither would I! I wouldn’t give up my rusted little inoperable Browning. I’d rather keep it for a paperwork than turn it in for any ‘buy back’/’trade-in’ program.
      Only a Commie would do that.
      Yes…I mean all you Commies out there. 😉

      • SurvivorDan says:

        “paperwork” ? English is so difficult for me. – paper weight

        • SD:

          English an issue? No problem. We have plenty of area’s in the US where English is not a requirement, especially English grammar; wait, that was for a US High School English teacher position.

          Sorry, my bad.

    • Pineslayer says:

      I agree Alittle2late, but I once did trade in a POS little 22 short that was hopeless for a new pair of basketball shoes that I wore out. It was a good trade. A flu shot probably costs less than $5 until you factor in fraud, fear, greed, and greed.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      There will be people willing to do foolish stuff like that.
      Here is my quandary:
      What I should do as a decent person and good Christian is intervene and save this person from themselves. But isn’t that the thinking that has gotten us to this point? Haven’t we allowed the weakest of our species to have the same benefits of the strong, intelligent, and able?
      Option 2 would be to look the other way and let some other family benefit from the idiot.
      Option 3 would be to intervene, buy the gun for the price of the shot plus a few bucks. Then let nature take its course.
      What would you do in a SHTF situation?

  18. SurvivorDan says:

    Not y’all, but the federal employees that are sifting through the comments. 😉

  19. Pineslayer says:

    So here is my anti-Republican/Democrat rant concerning the latest BS debate in DC. Lots of anti-tax the rich or middle class from the Repubs, they did not gripe once here in CO when license plate fees went up by 400% making it really hard for the less than rich here. The Dems didn’t fight for us either. How about Medicare fraud, the numbers are huge, but that would take money out of rich crooks pockets and keep it out of our wallets. Obamacare, forces those who can’t afford it or don’t need it to buy it, without any regs, puts lots of money into big Insurance Co’s pockets. Here’s another little solution that will save billions, quit policeing the world. Make Europe and others pay for their own security. We the people of the USA need to fix our own stuff. W and his buddies were spending like drunken sailors and Obama is piling it on, why? If Americans really want to fix things, quit voting for the a-holes that keep screwing us, seems simple, worth a try. “Americans will always do the right thing after they have tried everything else”, we have and it is time we do. In 2 years, if we make it that long, we can start the process. This fiscal cliff sh*t is all a ploy to make us think that they will fix it, they all will line their friends pockets with our retirement funds. Freedom isn’t for sissies.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      And now it’s the Boehner Show!
      He is punishing the conservatives, many of whom are backed by the Tea Party. Congressmen who won’t cave to the Obama economic plan are being removed from important committees. They are being threatened that they will lose financial support from the RNC when election time comes.
      THEY all dance to the tune of THEIR masters.

      “We, the people…” has no concern among the elites of either party.

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