Wednesday miscellany

Food Stamp Rolls in America Now Surpass the Population of Spain : “Since taking office in 2009, food stamp rolls under President Barack Obama have risen to more than 47 million people in America, exceeding the population of Spain.”

Google: The Democrat’s Private Intelligence Agency : “Remember that enormous, sophisticated data operation the Obama campaign had? The one that gave them massive daily data on public opinion trends in almost every segment of potential voters.”

Remember to read this post – I’m always amazed at the folks contacting me about online security, and when I ask what are they doing to protect themselves they say; that they’re doing nothing… 😕

Will Obama Take Control of the Internet This Week? : “As early as Wednesday, President Obama could issue an executive order granting the federal government expansive and unprecedented power over one of the few remaining outposts of uncensored information — the Internet.”

Top Economic Advisers Forecast War and Unrest : “Top economic advisers warn that economic factors could lead to a new world war.”

Petrogold: Are Russia And China Hoarding Gold Because They Plan To Kill The Petrodollar? : “Will oil soon be traded in a currency that is thousands of years old? What would a “gold for oil” system mean for the petrodollar and the U.S. economy? Are Russia and China hoarding massive amounts of gold because they plan to kill the petrodollar?”

Obama: 57 Vacation Days Since Vowing He ‘Will Not Rest Until Anyone’ Can Find A GOOD Job : “Back in 2009, the president promised never to “rest” until the job situation was fixed. Nearly four years later, he’s done a lot of resting.”

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  1. HomeINsteader says:

    China has just bought Canada’s largest oil and gas company. The largest international takeover yet by China…but, wait! There WILL be more to come. – HI

    CNOOC-Nexen Deal Wins US Approval, Its Last Hurdle

    U.S. regulators have approved the $15.1 billion takeover of Canadian oil and gas company Nexen by China’s state-owned CNOOC, removing the final obstacle to the Asian country’s largest-ever foreign takeover.

    The deal to buy Calgary, Alberta-based Nexen had already passed regulatory muster in Canada and Europe. But approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was also needed because Nexen has U.S. interests.

    So, what do you suppose is China’s interest in U.S. “interests”? Hmmmm…. and could it possibly be tied to all of the US land China has been buying up, especially around fresh-water areas? – HI

  2. Rider of Rohan says:

    Obama took control of the internet yesterday afternoon, and the lame news media embargoed the information for several hours even though they knew about it. Disgraceful.

    And if any Democrats show up at your house turn your dog loose on them. That’s what I do, they beat a quick retreat when they see my German Shepherd Arris. She don’t like Democrats, or Republicans for that matter. LOL. She’s smart.

  3. HomeINsteader says:

    If you are considering buying a home that has been vacant for a while, particularly a foreclosure, you might want to read this; be aware that any “short sale” is probably high on this list, BTW.

    Home insurance for a foreclosure fixer-upper

    • My Aunt moved in with her boyfirend and rented out her house (nice 3bd 2 bath ) in a good neighborhood and when the renters left she put it up for sale. About two weeks after that her insurance agent called to say they were canceling her policy since it was an empty house. This is a small town that has not really been affected by the housing downturn much, not to many empty forclosures sitting around. I told her it was probably a corparate policy and not the local agents call. She called a different agent she does business with and he told her to just stick a couple peices of furniture in it and he would give it a regualar rate. Just amazes me that these corparate assholes treat a nice house in small town middle america the same as a empty house in Detroit. Just goes to show you that common sense aint common anymore.

      • Texanadian says:

        A couple of years ago I bought a brand new car. My agent called me up and asked if I paid cash for it, which I had. He then told me the insurance company was going to charge a higher premium because I didn’t owe any money on it. Their argument was that people that don’t owe money on something don’t take care of it. It was a brand new car for pete’s sake.

        Changed companies.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Well, that’s a new one!

          • There is a fatal flaw in the insurance company reasoning. If you buy a car with cash and pay in full .You will still take care of it cause you paid your money for it. The thinking of you wont take care of it is a behavior of the entitlement class not of the producing class.

        • In 2002 my dads dream house he built 30 years before had a bad fire in the garage and part of the house. He got 100% payout for rebuild and for the contents and stripped it to the studs and rebuilt it better than before. A month after he moved back in his old insurance co canceled his policy , new company considered it new construction and the new policy was half what he payed before. He probably would have stayed with the old company but I guess they figured they had payed him enough and would cut their loses, to bad for them that he had to pay half for the same coverage from a new company. Guess the bean counters don’t have any common sense either.

      • Black rosé says:

        Make sure she keeps the utilities on. Even if there is furniture the home would be considered vacant and no coverage provided after 30/60 days if there was a loss. I have seen homes with over 50k in vandalism damage not covered as there was no one living in the home. There was a couch but no power or water service for over 60 days therefore the homes considered vacant.

  4. Mystery Guest says:

    #1. Seems like a trend
    #2. Google-smoogle, they have been gathering data for years without the help of google.
    #3. Figure they have all the info on me already no sense in trying to cover my butt now.
    #4. Obama probably already signed the thing and the ink had to dry.
    #5. Well where is this war going to be? I thought we were just policing the world.
    #6. I thought “All the gold was in California, in a bank in someone elses name.” We knew we didn’t have any.
    #7. He has displayed the most couch potato type life as president one could have NOT imagined.

  5. re: democrat intelligence agency

    First observation – it’s an oxymoron.

    Secondly, this can be gamed quite easily with a coordinated effort. Ask a lot of the ‘right’ questions and Google will report those searches as if it’s a social movement.

    If, e.g. most gun owners decided to do a search a few times a day on subjects like ‘gun rights’, ‘Second Amendment intent’, ‘gun registration and genocide’, ‘resisting tyranny’, and ‘American Revolution’, the results would skew way off to the side of pro-gun legislation. If Google thinks they can predict a flu outbreak faster than the medical industry, then they could predict open rebellion fast enough to make the government either back off or try to institute control procedures immediately. In fact, I’d wager that a few good hackers could readily skew those results by themselves. Or maybe that’s already being done?

    • It doesn’t work that way. Google knows who is who and will depreciate searches that are coming from the same or similar sources. Even if you could run a million different unique searches, which you can’t, as you propose it would not skew the results based on trillions of searches.

      And yes, Google will be able to predict open rebellion months ahead of it happening. Why do you think the government loves Google, Twitter, Facebook and all the rest? These sites cost the government nothing and provide data that the CIA, FBI and all the other three letter agencies could never produce on their own. And people are bending over backwards to provide as much information as possible about themselves by using these services.

      The evil is out in the open mocking us and pretending it isn’t there isn’t going to make it go away.

  6. More government, yea!

    We have a fine example that came to our church looking for help. 3 generations under one roof, 4 adults and 3 children, and none have jobs/income that is from honest labor.

  7. “Kill the petrodollar”? What do you think will happen when the wells run dry? That prediction is more than 30 years old, and we’re still pumping faster than we can find more. For a while we can squeeze out more by spending more to get it, but the petrodollar will die like a dinosaur anyway when the oil starts to run short.

    At that point the world economy is in for a rough re-adjustment, and ‘credit’ banking will likely fail entirely. China may move a few million soldiers west to lock up oil fields, but by depriving other nations of oil, they’ll lose their markets (as those others’ economies die) and they will then collapse and have a revolution.

    The US will lose most of our biggest corporations to bankruptcy, and the huge food producers will be the first as they depend on oil for their chemicals and fuel, and to move the product to market. People in big cities will find themselves truly hungry – most of them for the first time in their lives.

    And the only way to avoid all of this is to find something to replace the ‘petrodollar’ before it becomes a ‘petro-dactyl’ and becomes extinct overnight. Right now, it looks like some nations are going back to the ‘gold standard’.

  8. well looks like they got ol dorner burned out. i won’t take up for the murderer, but it should turn a light on in even the darkest head that due-process is dead and so are you if you run afowl of the machine. thats fine by me, i’m too pretty to go to prison, but you might want your day in court at least seeing as there are daily reports of inmates being released after the truth comes out years later. dorner was a screw-up but he has shown the mulitude of weaknesses in the machine. he had a good plan, but poor execution. he practices counterintel by leaving false clues at the border, airport and train station. he had pre positioned gear and a solid plan. but for a broken axle, we’d still be looking for him. one nut tied-up thousands of police, scared the crap out of them, and they made themselves look like keystones….he probably failed to actually rehearse his plan or he might have found the trail in big bear too rough for the jap truck he used. but then it could have just been private murphy at work:) the ptb never let a disaster go to waste, we shouldn’t fail to use this as a training event either.

    • My question is this: how did the fire get started that burned down the cabin? Did the police start the fire to burn him out? I am really surprised journalist didn’t ask. That would have been one of my first questions–exactly how did the fire start?

      • Considering they were opening up fire on innocents in a truck and the fact that the last article I read stated the cops told the fire department to let it burn itself out… I’d say they probably did. Just like Dredd….Judge, jury, and exocutioner.

      • I am assuming that the fire was started by the tear gas they shot into the house but I am no expert.

        • News casters said it was an incinerary tear gas canister thrown into the cabin. It is meant to drive occupant from building with choking and fire.
          The madman x-cop had every opportunity to surrender but chose his path of destruction, knowing full well he could have had a trial.

      • Mystery Guest says:

        I heard on the news this morning that the news helicopters were ordered away about the time the place went up.
        Ordered away.

      • riverrider says:

        yeah they used flashbangs and cs gas that can catch fire but who knows. i thought it was telling that they opened fire on the house, “suppressive fire”, before they even knew if it was occupied. suppose the homeowner was there. so hostages don’t stand a chance around leo when they’re pissed off, well, except their lack of marksmanship. their total lack of care for bystanders, hostages, innocent motorists shows us how they will act in the future. the thin veil of civility is lifting.

        • Reminds me of a youtube video about the Russians in Chechnya . It showed an armored personel carrier ram a hole into the side of a building , a regular soldier then shot a rocket into the opening …..then a squad of Spetsnaz poured in .

      • Yes they did start the fire. LAPD taking credit for it. However since it was in San Bernardino’s baillywick, that is probably wrong. In an old wooden house a flash/bank can start a fire, but there have been reports it was intentionally set by LE

    • If the building burned to embers, and charred body was found, how did a wallet & license survive?

      • So the Lady that owned the cabin watched it burn on tv wonder if her insurance will cover it or if she will have to sue the police and go to court for 10 years before she see a penny???

      • Hunker-Down says:


        Maybe the cops carry a ‘throw-down’ wallet, just like a ‘throw-down’ gun.

      • PJ, depending upon how a body falls to the ground, the body often provides enough “insulation” and lack of oxygen to what is underneath it. So yes, the wallet could have been under the body and thus preserved. Don’t ask me how I know this………I won’t tell ya

  9. HomeINsteader says:

    Take a look…does “1984” come to mind? The flat-screen on the wall, monitoring your EVERY move in the tiny little space allotted to you? Will an “off” switch actually turn it off?

    Intel Confirms It’ll Launch A New TV Box And Streaming Video Service This Year
    Steve Kovach | Feb. 12, 2013

    As has been widely reported, Intel confirmed today that it is working on a set-top box for TVs that lets you stream video content. It will launch this year.

    Speaking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media conference, Intel’s media boss Erik Huggers said the set-top box will have an accompanying service that streams content over the Internet.

    It’ll also include the ability to watch live TV and on-demand content.

    Huggers said the device (he wouldn’t say what it’s called or when it’ll launch) will have a beautiful industrial design and include a camera that knows when you’re watching TV.

    The device’s camera could be used to recognize who is watching the TV and recommend shows for that person to watch. Huggers also said the camera could allow for a social viewing experience for multiple users with the device. Users will have the option to switch off the camera if that concept freaks them out.

    On the TV service side, Huggers said Intel is working with content providers to offer streaming content. AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka and Walt Mossberg asked Huggers if that meant Intel will offer a la carte channels, but Huggers said that’s not the case.

    Instead, Intel will curate and bundle content. For example, an ESPN subscription would give you access to other Disney content.

    Huggers did not comment on pricing, which leads us to believe that this won’t save so-called cord cutters any money, but will act as a useful cable alternative.

    It’s not a value play,” Huggers said. “It’s a quality play.”

    Read more:

    • This will never see the inside of my house. The camera on my laptop that connects to the internet is covered over… so is both cameras on my cell phone.

  10. Food stamps and spain ? well thats an interesting feature but what exactly are they saying ? not much . What is the entire population of the US and then turn it into a percentage . Then you will have a more accurate picture . The numbers given would sound even more dramatic if they would have said something like ” food stamp use is 5 times the total population of Lichtenstein ” . Beware of number drama . Turn things into population percentages to see a clearer view . Just sayin .
    Internet control ? It was only a matter of time , the internet has been gradually controlled more and more sense the mid 2000’s . The golden years of the free internet ( 1990’s ) is over . I miss it .
    Russia and China hoarding gold ? Yes , but we need to take another look at those types of countries to start with . Russia has historically hoarded gold . The Imperial government did so ( as did most in the time period ) because as other nations of the time , backed their money by something real . The Soviet government hoarded gold for use as a means of paying for trade with other nations as their money was almost worthless outside their own country . Gold hoarding is not unusual for the Russians , they have always done so . China is in the same trap as everybody else with unbacked fiat currency . Unlike us , they may be doing it in order to put themselves in a more stable position for when the inevitable fiat world money collaps hits .

    • chad in kentucky says:

      Good point on the food stamps and gold. The largest % increase to food stamp recipients occurred during the last president Bush’s term but that is rarely mentioned.
      Perhaps the USA should be hoarding gold also. I don’t trust Russia or china much.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        I belief your information on food stamp recipient increase is wrong. The greatest increases in history have been since Obama took office, according to the reports I receive.

  11. HomeINsteader says:

    Fort Hood heroine criticizes Obama; files suit

    A former police sergeant said President Obama has broken his promise to her that the victims of the Fort Hood massacre would be well taken care of.

    Kimberly Munley, who stopped the 2009 rampage along with her partner, told ABC news in an exclusive interview that instead of being taken care of, the victims have actually “been neglected.”

    There was no immediate comment from the White House, ABC said.

    Munley was shot three times as she and her partner, Sgt. Mark Todd, confronted accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan after he opened fire on soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan.

    Todd fired the five bullets credited with bringing Hasan down while Munley lay wounded.

    Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome for the two officers, Munley has been laid off from her job on Fort Hood’s civilian police force.

    Munley and dozens of other victims have filed a lawsuit against the military.

    The suit charges the Fort Hood victims are receiving lower priority access to medical care and financial benefits because the massacre is classified as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related.”

  12. Food Stamps – well, yeah, the country has been in a pretty serious recession over the past few years in case nobody noticed. Food Stamp usage follows unemployment numbers, unemployment goes up, food stamp usage goes up and drops in food stamp usage will lag behind any drop in unemployment numbers.
    Would it be better for the country if those who qualify for the program do without food? It’s not like those folks are eating high on the hog – benefits come out to about $1.50 per person per meal and as everyone knows, the cost of food at the local grocery is constantly rising.

    • K. Fields,

      I think it would be better if food stamps were limited to “food” and not junk food and soda pop, and by “food” I mean actually contains essential nutrients. I think America’s poor should get basic staples–exactly the sort of food the Mormons give hungry people–rice, beans, oatmeal, powdered milk.

      • riverrider says:

        bam, i’m with you on that. i watched an ebt user check out the other day with a whole basket of frozen junk. then the power went out and i read they screamed bloody murder that they had no food until next month, wanted more ebt….personally i think we should drug test them. i was, for all 29 years of service. it was proposed in va, but shot down. i will be hammering my rep for that for the next year.

        • +100

        • Dean in Michigan says:


          I’m with you on the drug testing. They shot that down in Michigan too. Being close to Detroit, I see people using food stamps/WIC/bridge cards all the time. However, they always have money in their wallets and usually are driving a decent vehicle.

          I’m sure some people actually use it as it was designed, but most are just TDL minions. I know you know that though.

          • I think each state regulates the food stamp program qualifications, even though the feds supply the funds for it.
            A co-worker checked to see what qualifications are needed for food stamps. He said here in Minnesota total assets can’t be over $3,000–in money, housing, vehicles, rec vehicles, phones, appliances, etc., per household. I also heard on the news with a government agency investigation, that HALF the food stamp recipients are NOT qualified to receive them. So why does the government who knows this, aren’t they stopping this fraud?

            They give $150 worth of food stamps per person. Heavens! I spend $60 a month for food for my budget.

      • Bam Bam –
        I agree there should be some limits on what can be purchased, but I don’t agree that it should be limited to rice, beans, oatmeal and powered milk. There is certainly nothing wrong with fresh (or even frozen) vegetables, fresh fruits, a number of breakfast cereals besides oatmeal, pasta, bread, butter, peanut butter, meat, etc., etc. One good trend is that food stamp use at farmer’s markets is up 70% in resent years.
        I feel cutting down the abuse and providing better education on how to stretch that $1.50 per meal to be the keys.

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        Bam Bam
        I agree 100% it should be limited to the staple foods only. Food stamps were designed to help families with there grocery bill not as a soul source provider. It irks me and I have seen it, a food stamp recipant to walk out of wally world with 1 cart of microwave food and 1 cart of pop and little debbie cakes. I knew a family with 6 kids that got over 800.00 a month in foodstamps they would take the truck and go buy a whole bed load of pop bring it home and go back to get the groceries. I know there are families that need them and use them the right way and I have seen them buy 50lb bags of flour 20lbs of pinto beans cornmeal 50lb bag of potatoes. And not one month but every month.

      • I copy that! Food stamps originally were meant as an emergency to keep people from starving, and NOT a smorgasbord of luxury and junk food.

        One time I got one paper bag of food from a church when my daughter, a friend and I faced hard times, it contained the food essentials that lasted 3 people for a week. I will remember that bag of essentials more than any bag of food I ever bought. Essentials taught me to make things stretch and how to make meals from scratch for the first time. I always look back to that bag of food as a blessing, even though it was the flour, beans, powdered milk, etc.

        • I forgot to mention- I now give donations monthly to a mission for starving people and the food is rice with bits of veggies and full nutrition. I help bring them medicine, housing, and tools to make their own living, and donate to their church building fund. What a church did for me 40 years ago, I give a hundred fold back.

    • Dean in Michigan says:

      k. fields…………………….

      Shill or Sympathizer???? You choose

      Most people who are on food stamps have been for years, and the same most don’t even bother to look for work. If you choose to support this plague, that’s your decision, but then you must also choose your position in life.

      Shill or Sympathizer?? Then ask….Do any of those people actually care about YOU?

      • Dean –
        I freely admit that I am sympathetic to families who are out of work and having a hard time making ends meet. I’ve always shared the surplus my homestead produces to local folks who need a hand and feel the country would be better off if more people did the same.
        My life experiences have shown me that if I care about the welfare of those around me, the rewards I receive are far greater than anything I’ve given up.
        I guess you’ll have to decide if that makes me a “shill or sympathizer.”

        • Dean in Michigan says:

          k. fields…..

          You still have yet to answer the question of…..”Do any of these people actually care about YOU”? You are willing to give to all these people, and that is admirable. However, that earns you one more title to choose from. Victim???

          But I don’t buy that title. If you are willing to support the ban of OBL skeleton targets to sympathize with the muslim nation, then your propaganda has lead me to one direction……SHILL……..

          Did you not recall MD’s last post to you, or do you think we are all stupid?

          • M.D.’s last post to me:

            k. fields,
            Now that was a good and helpful comment – thank you.

          • riverrider says:

            dean et al, please lets not become like the progressives, shouting down any alternate view! if WE want freedom, WE have to acknowledge the FREEDOM of others. those freedoms include freedom of speech and thought. we do not get to pick who has liberty any more than the progressives do. k is a prepper and therefore one of us and deserves the respect associated with that unless k disrespects the pac. also, there are people that worked hard all their lives and thru no falt of their own find themselves in need. they shouldn’t all be vilified together with the freeshit army. i’m all in favor of a hand up, not a hand out. if good men are to do battle for your freedoms, they need to know its freedom for all, not just exchanging one tyrant for another.

            • Dean in Michigan says:


              You are right sir. I know that there are honest people out there that need help. It’s just that in my area, all the people that I see nursing the teet are the ones abusing the system. Clearly, my tolerance for that has reached it’s boiling point.

              Sorry to offend.

            • RR:


      • simple man says:

        I just want to say I sure am glad some of those crack heads get that EBT/foodstamp card. Thats where most of my preppin comes from. I usually buy as many as I can for .40 to .50 cents on the dollar every month.

    • These people learned how to game the system a long time ago. They purposely don’t get married so their benefits don’t go down. Yet live together in the same house with more kids than I can afford because we all pay their way. It’s time for all the food stamp, reduced lunch, guberment dole people to be inspected for how they really live. My heart stopped bleeding for these people a long time ago and I’m tired of giving up things I want and need for my family so congress, who don’t look like they’ve missed many meals, can have social justice which is really theft since it’s something for nothing.

  13. After being kicked out of class last week for dyeing her brown hair auburn, an honors student at a Utah middle school has been allowed to return to school—but only after she toned down her hair color.

    Though Rylee MacKay, 15, had been dyeing her hair the same shade every six weeks since September, it wasn’t until earlier this month that the school took issue with the color.

  14. HomeINsteader says:

    And then more investigative oversight, perhaps? So we don’t have college students (on gubment loans) eating steak on the gubment while others go to work 40+ hours a week and squeak by on peanut butter and jelly…or people collecting for people who don’t even live with them…or people collecting for the same person in more than one state….I’ve run into people who joked about all of these situations, over the years.

  15. HomeINsteader says:

    DARPA Endorse New Tracking Technology: ‘Event’ Set for Valentines Day

    In recent months much has been said in the news regarding Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. School children have been told they are required to wear them and there is talk about mandatory chipping as a condition of treatment in the Obamacare bill.

    There is however, a newer kid on the block that takes the technology of tracking individuals to a whole new level. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has been working for a considerable time on developing transient electronics. Small, hair fine, bio-gradable electronic devices that can be implanted into humans and will disappear at a time that has been programmed into the chip prior to its implantation.

    Read the rest of the article here:

  16. Unconfirmed police audio from the standoff Tuesday evening with alleged cop-killer Chris Dorner suggests the fire in the cabin where the suspect was holed up may have been started by the police, the Guardian speculates.

    In the police audio, which was broadcast on CBS affiliate KCAL-TV on Tuesday, frantic voices of officers can be heard, including one officer apparently saying “Burn it down” or “Burn him out,” while another officer appears to shout, “F***ing burn this motherf****r!”

  17. HomeInSteader,

    this link on the new generation of chips is interesting, and in particular the experimentation planned with military. Am in the process of going thru my physical to get out. In the past tons of us were excluded from flu shots when there were shortages. Recentnly I was told I would have to have this shot to be processed out even though I have less than 60 days left on active duty. This is strange to me. Fortunately, due to a medical condition I ended up being deferred for the shot – thank God! No telling what is really in the vial.
    Also, thanks for the info on insurance and foreclosures.

    • HomeINsteader says:

      You are very welcome, marti. And you are right – no telling what is in that “vaccine”. Glad you’re getting out; hope “Plan B” works out very well for you! Blessings,

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