Wednesday Miscellany



1x1.trans Wednesday Miscellany

Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

1. Pentagon Concerned by China’s New High-Speed Missile : “China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday.”

2. Poor sleep quality may accelerate cancer growth : “Poor quality of sleep marked by frequent waking can speed cancer growth and increase the disease’s aggressiveness, according to new research.”

3. Spineless – GOP ready to surrender on debt ceiling : “House Republicans are getting ready to surrender: There will be no serious fight over the debt limit.” Folks, looks like it might be a good time to look into the Tea Party and vote accordingly, in your state.

4. Are We On The Verge Of A Massive Emerging Markets Currency Collapse? : “A lot of Americans have always assumed that the U.S. dollar would be the first currency to collapse when the next great financial crisis happens. But actually, right now just the opposite is happening and it is causing chaos all over the planet.”

5. Aljazeera – Cyberwarfare greater threat to US than terrorism, say security experts : “Cyberwarfare is the greatest threat facing the United States – outstripping even terrorism – according to defense, military, and national security leaders in a Defense News poll, a sign that hawkish warnings about an imminent “cyber Pearl Harbor” have been absorbed in defense circles.”

6. Big Sis Says Cyber Attack WILL Bring Down Power Grid : ‘When Not If’ : Outgoing Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano issued an ‘open letter’ to her successor warning that a cyber or physical event that knocks out the power grid will occur – and it is not a question of “if” but “when.”

7. U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to Enemy Attack, Lawmakers Say : “Our enemies have the motive, the means, and the capacity to attack our grid with potentially catastrophic consequences,” Representative Ed Markey.”

8. The Next Pandemic: Not if, but When : “New forms of infectious disease make headlines, but not at the start. Every pandemic begins small. Early indicators can be subtle and ambiguous. When the Next Big One arrives, spreading across oceans and continents like the sweep of nightfall, causing illness and fear, killing thousands or maybe millions of people, it will be signaled first by quiet, puzzling reports from faraway places — reports to which disease scientists and public health officials.”

9. EMP Blackout Could Be Closer than You Think : “While Mother Nature can also be a source of EMP disasters, this article deals with the possible threats posed by man.”

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  1. #9- Gosh I hope so! I look forward to a time without power. Less distraction from what is actually important and a more rewarding life. True, Harder, especially at first, unless you’ve been practicing the old ways. Then it’s much better. Look at the facts- Electrical power has been widely available for what 110-120 years Maybe? People have been thriving for thousands and thousands of years without it, Building pyramids, creating artwork and symphonies, ETC. No more bored kids playing “knockout game” they’ll be too hungry or too busy with chores!!!!!

    • ” No more bored kids ” because they would be dead. Period.

      There is no way America can go back to a pre-electricity economy because of EMP without at least 90% reduction in population. There would be no water, no food, no heat, no sanitation, no hospitals, no medications, no police, no National Guard. Virtually no one who knows how to make anything work would survive. No ability to extract resources because all the easily gotten resources have already been extracted.

      The chemical spill in West Virginia would be nation wide when chemical plants fell apart. The Mississippi would be a chemical sewer, as would rivers all over the country. Nuclear power plants which weren’t shut down properly…imagine entire continents of Fukushimas with no one coming to mitigate. They would just keep spewing.

      That would be a collapse which would make Pol Pot’s Cambodia look like the Garden of Eden.

  2. riverrider says:

    the pentagon is even more concerned with the 8 german subs the chinese bought. the subs are fast, virtually undetectable with a new type of propulsion, and carry a heavy payload of nukes. they plan to by more and if history is any guide, they will reverse engineer them and build hundreds more for cheap. they have modernized their helos, and fixed wing aircraft and are working feverishly on aircraft carriers. they have long had anti ship missiles capable of sinking carriers. if their economy doesn’t collapse, we will be a second rate military power for the first time since wwii.

  3. I am worried about the Islamic nut jobs more than the Chinese, since the Chinese are at least logical. The Islamic loon want to take us all on, including the Chinese, who they view as ancient aggressors. I believe that if/when we suffer a economic collapse, the Chinese will suffer as much as or more than us, since they depend on us so much, I fear that is when the Muslim terrorists will strike, thinking we will be unable to respond, which most likely be correct. I do not look forward to the power grid going down, since it will cause a lot of environmental problems, look at the chemical spill into the river earlier this month, no power means safety systems can not be monitored, responses can not be activated, fires will break out with out the ability of control. I live in the west, and fear of fires is a real thing. With the grid down, fires will burn without the ability to fight them well.and this effect those in the east too, The game you depend on, the rivers that water the woods and fields, can be effected for months or years after a fire or major chemical spill. You may have a well, but if a spill hits the aquifer, will you be safe? No, I am not looking forward to the coming times. I wish that we could elect serious, practical leaders that do not want to line their own pockets but want to lower taxes, protect our boarders and keep us safe and stay out of law abiding peoples lives. I do not have a lot of faith that this will happen, I only pray that it does, in the mean time I slowly prep. I wish I did not have to!

  4. riverrider says:

    sunspot ar1967 turning toward earth, emitting m-class flares with potential for x-class. spaceweather.com

  5. I wonder how many Islamist/Jihadist nut job terrorist sleeper cells are here already – thanks to our exposed southern border.

    #3 – what bothers me about this is actually the comments posted below the article. So much hate – party and race division. Its really sad.

    • The borders are secure,according to janet napalotano. she said tghat when governer jan brewer was begging the government to help arizonians fend off the invading army of infiltrators and cartel thugs began coming across, to commit violence and murder inside our borders.

  6. #3, Debt Ceiling, Folks I agree with Representative Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), “The time to fight for spending cuts is when you’re talking about spending, not at debt ceiling time. So when people caved on the budget and caved on the [Ryan-Murray] agreement, it’s really hard for them to come back and say, ‘We don’t want to increase the debt ceiling’ when they’ve already voted for something that increases the debt.”

    At home I can’t tell the bank I won’t pay my credit card bill because I don’t believe I should have spent the money!!

    Focus on balancing the budget, that is where the authority to spend comes from. When the budget is balanced, then the debt ceiling will be a non issue. A couple of ideas; get out of foreign wars, close military bases that are not needed, stop the agricultural supports that are hurting farmers around the world, raise some (not all) taxes. Probably the readers have more examples of unnecessary spending; Homeland security, airport security gone crazy, etc etc.

    • Art P: You have hit the nail on the head.

      IMHO the Republicans, with possibly two or three exceptions, have exactly zero interest in reducing overall spending.

      Imagine Republicans waging successful campaigns for any office by calling for ending payments to the agricultural welfare queens which infest the farm states.

      Imagine them running successful campaigns on platforms to end subsidies to corporate welfare queens.

      Imagine them promising to shut down the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education. BATFE. They couldn’t even shut down the National Endowment for the Arts.

      The problem isn’t that they won’t do it. The problem is that it cannot be done. The voters won’t allow it. The voters will not allow spending to be reduced, and they will not allow their own taxes to be raised to cover the spending.

      With almost half the people paying no federal income tax at all, the incentives are to demand more spending because so many of the recipients won’t pay anything at all for it: they foist it off on others.

      That is why we are in such a mess: The current system cannot continue, but we cannot shut it down in a responsible manner. We cannot force the beneficiaries to pay taxes at all, but they can force us to pay them benefits. Any vote to gradually extricate ourselves from the mess will be reversed in the next election: the rent seeks will not allow their welfare to be ended.

      Imagine how far candidates would get who promised to impose federal income tax on everybody who has an income. Since the feds consume 24% of GDP, try taxing everyone 24%.

      Anybody who tried would not merely lose, they would be lynched.

      That is why the system is highly unlikely to be gradually fixed in a responsible manner. That is why it will collapse, maybe with the same results German had after the inflation of 1921-22.

      Oh, Joy.

      Not that I am pessimistic, or anything.

      • PS: And, of course, deficit spending is just part of the problem. The other part is regulation at every level of government which destroys liberty and makes it ever harder for people to create jobs, even for themselves.

        I think that the collectivists have won, and that it will be a Pyrrhic victory with a vengeance. After a collapse we are more likely to elect a Hitler than a Thomas Jefferson to fix the mess.

      • PGCPrepper says:

        Best. Post Ever.

      • worrisome says:

        Nicely done Penrod. I just wonder if it will collapse quickly or just grind us down until nobody cares anymore.

        • Thanks, worrisome. I have no idea how fast it will come apart. It really could be a very long, gradual falling apart. But maybe not. While the 1970s were pretty bad, Reagan et al made things a lot better for a while, but we are now way back on our way to a centrally planned command economy for the benefit of the politically adept.

          People have started to realize that the best money they can spend in their business is the money they spend on lobbyists to get them tax and regulatory subsidies, especially if it hurts their competitors.

          Look at the ban on incandescent light bulbs. Know why that happened? It wasn’t because some enviro-dweebs decided it was Good For America. It was because the small number of very big companies which developed hi efficiency compact fluorescent bulbs discovered that they were so expensive up front that no one would buy them. All their research, development, and production money was about to go right down the drain.

          Solution: Pay your lobbyists to get the government to put their cheaper competitors out of business. Make their competitors illegal. Result: money pours into the Correct corporate coffers, not the ones the consumers want to buy from.

          Politically adept groups using the government to determine the winners and losers, rather than letting the free market decide one consumer at a time, is what fascism is all about.

          So yes, I do believe we have a fascist country. We used to have something approaching a free market capitalist system, but the 20th century put an end to it, and it was bi-partisan.

          Just to be clear: I am not saying we have Nazis running things. Nazis -National Socialist German Workers Party- was fascist, but all fascists are not Nazis. The Italians of the 1920s and ’30s were fascists, but they were not Nazis. Same with the Spanish fascists under Franco, or the Argentinians under Juan & Eva Peron. The Germans were fascists, but they gave their National Socialism it’s own genocidal twist, which is not inherent in fascism as a social/political system. Thuggery is, though.

          People say we need to get the money out of elections, but that money is inevitable when stunning grants of wealth can be captured or lost by controlling or failing to control who gets elected and what they do in office.

          If we want to reduce the cost of elections, we have to reduce the importance of the results. That means ending corporate subsidies to the Correct companies, and stop using government to screw the Incorrect ones.

          i don’t think that is going to happen.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Now you know why the Founding Father’s didn’t allow just anyone to vote. Because no people should be able to vote themselves benefits from the public treasury. It was first Aristotle, then the Frenchman De Tocqueville, who pointed out this great weakness in democracies. That’s why the FFs set up a Republic with checks and balances.

        They hardly expected(or maybe they did, as Ben Franklin said they gave us a Republic, if we could keep it) that stupid changes like the popular election of Senators would ever be allowed. The Senate was set up to represent the states, the House was set up to represent the people. The US Senate would look much different today were it elected by the legislatures of the individual states. Over 50 members would now be Republican based on state legislative makeup around the country.

        I know I won’t be popular for saying this, but if someone gets welfare, etc.(not SS, people paid for that) from the gov’t, then they should have no right to vote in an election. I see no other way out of this mess other than complete collapse as Penrod pointed out.

        • I think you are right about direct election of Senators, Rider, and very few people realize how it has changed the power of Washington. Look at how long it taken to truly have its effect- ending the state legislatures’ representation in the Senate has been a slow motion train wreck since the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913.

          I cannot believe that the Senators today would allow an amendment to repeal the 17th A, as they do not want to be beholden to their state legislatures, and a Constitutional Convention is something so scary -they could do anything, include repeal several of the Bill of Rights- that that course is pretty unappealing as well.

        • “I know I won’t be popular for saying this, but if someone gets welfare, etc.(not SS, people paid for that) from the gov’t, then they should have no right to vote in an election.”

          Indeed!

          The legislator who robs Paul to pay Peter can always count on Peter’s support.

          Our country has now evolved into more than 50% Peters and dl is fanning the flames of jealousy as hard as he can.

          But as a very bright English woman once said: Sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.

          I believe we’re about there as we speak.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      How can the budget be balanced when there is no legislative process for spending bills, but one Continuing Resolution that funds all of government? I’m not taking up for all Republicans here, as there are many who are big spenders as well. But many Republicans, and not one single Democrat, are trying to restore the legislative process, where bills are proposed, hearings are held before a committee, amendments voted on, and then a recommendation to the full House or Senate. You know, the way it has been done throughout history.

      But the Senate and the President refuse to hold hearings or allow legislative budgeting, so how is the House to proceed other than a grand meeting with the Senate for another CR, with no hearings and no amendments. Until Harry Reid is kicked out of the Senate leadership position, the process is locked up in the CR nonsense. Some Republicans have tried to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining tool, and I can’t blame them given what they face working with Obama and Reid, who think money can be printed, borrowed and taxed in infinitum.

  7. Texanadian says:

    It’s Wednesday already? Hey, what happened to Survive Tuesday?

  8. Like Matt Drudge tweeted over the weekend, “Have an exit strategy” .

    • what most people arent seeing,is thew rest of that tweet bt drudge. if you expand his tweet,there is one more word,,,,,,,,,,,,,,COLLAPSE! The tweet went like this:

      Have an exit plan,,,,,

      COLLAPSE!

  9. worrisome says:

    Of all the scary things out there it is #8 that I fear the worst. I have letters back and forth from family in 1918. One of the many brothers in the family was in Washington DC, got the spanish flu and diec from it as did several of his children – his wife and two other children lived through it. The letters chronicle the tale for him and his family as well as the sisters and brothers in Washington State who had to make arrangements, try to get back there on trains and take care of the estate etc. I have those letters put away and can hardly force myself to get them out and read them……………and I knew none of those people…they were my great grand parents family on my mom’s side.

  10. Frugalmom3 says:

    #2. Hmmmm, us poor moms with young kids haven’t got a chance for any peace then! I guess I will sleep when I am dead, huh?
    #7&#9. Downed grid and EMP- one way to ready yourselves and your family would be to primitive camp. I guess that would really be one good way to “practice”. In 2012 when we had the Deracho rip through central Ohio, we were out of power for 6 days in sweltering heat. It was tough but one of the things that got us through was having a family “camping” trip in our yard and the thought that there were US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have it far worse than we… It helps be thankful and content

    • ‘pray that it not be in winter.’
      Bible quote. don’t want to camp in these temps. it would be suicide.

      • Frugalmom3 says:

        Wasp, you are absolutely right! It would be suicide. Just take a look at this: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/29/crooksville-natural-gas-outage.htm
        We placed our BOB’s on the kitchen table in the event that this would happen to us in the middle of the night. A few days prior, when temps dipped to -30F where we live, someone wrecked into a transformer while driving in 6″+ of snow and it knocked power out in a several mile radius. Needless to say it got cold real quick!!! Thankfully our neighbor, who happens to work for the electric co. texted us to say it would only be out a few hours at which time my hubby broke out the kerosene heater and warmed up the kitchen, dining, and living room areas.
        So, yeah, in this frigid weather, “camping” would not be feasible

  11. If we are to ever have a “Civil War” it will be over the gun issue. I say this because it is the one issue most emotionally charged. The Communists in Washington seem hell bent to push the point, just like J.Q. Adams, Lincoln, and the rest of the anti-slavery crowd back then. While the general attitude of we gun owners is , “Come and get them!”.

    The sad fact is America can no longer afford to build up our military like the Chinese due to out of control spending. The same thing happened to Rome I believe.

    I read where Barry proposed a new retirement plan last night where all of your savings goes into Gov. Bonds. I believe that this is the first step towards the eventual grabbing of all IRA’s/401K’s by the criminals in D.C. It will become real when we have the economic collapse.
    When the Economy crashes it will be massive, swift, and deadly. A new Dark Age, American Soviet States, Christ’s Return, only God knows?

  12. We just found out a good friend has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma (stage IV). Michelle and our other herbalists, is that something that soursop might be worth looking into for? Any thoughts or insights anyone may have to share would be appreciated.

    • worrisome says:

      Lantana! Wow! My daughter had a friend with that also stage 4, she was treated, lost her hair, was pretty much cured and has been cancer free for about 7 years now.

      I have zero herbal advice, but she has been added to my prayer list!

      • Worrisome, thank you for sharing a bit about your daughter’s friend; that is an encouragement to hear. May she have many many more years of good health to come.

        You are a peach to lift up our friend in prayer. As the good Lord already knows, R.A.’s actually a he; thought I should clarify that, out of respect for his manhood.

    • Frugalmom3 says:

      I am so sorry to hear this- a friend of mine used the Gerson therapy method when her husband was diagnosed with cancer on the lining of his brain. With out the physical healing of God and the Gerson therapy http://gerson.org/gerpress/faqs-general/
      Dave would not be here with us! It’s worth a look. We employ many of their methods in our own family by eating organic foods and juicing A LOT.

      • Frugalmom3, I appreciate your kind thoughts, and thanks for sharing your friend Dave’s testimony and the Gerson therapy link.

        Improving nutrition and avoiding unnecessary toxins no doubt help the body to work as God intended, and I look forward to learning more about the approach that helped your friend so much.

    • Rob in Ontario says:

      My father had that for several years , he took pills for several weeks to combat it then was in remission,he missed a 3 month check-up and by time was re-checked was to late, that was 16 years ago

      • Rob, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad.

        Thank you for sharing some of your father’s experience. It’s an important message to cherish every day you have–and to be diligent, to give yourself the best opportunity to respond. We’ll put that wisdom to bear in supporting our friend.

  13. I have said, around here that at home, the next financial “target” is going to be the 401k/IRA’s. Progressives see that money as “just sitting there” and “not doing anything productive”. So what are we seeing? A new government sponsored retirement plan WITH NO RISK! Words fail me when I try to describe how pompous a statement that is. Although I missed the details (visualize head caught in ceiling fan) I can only assume they will be putting this money into a new GOVERNMENT BOND! Yep, that makes it real secure. I wonder if they can get the Cypriots to buy any?

    • Government bonds…………..when he said it, I flashed back to my mom and dad, who bought bonds from their employers for years and years and years…….$25 and then $50 at a time……….When they died and I went through the stuff in their bank deposit boxes, I had the devil’s own time getting them all processed and paid off..

    • riverrider says:

      i thought thats what social security was supposed to be.

      • RR:

        But this time we should trust them because they mean it.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          LOL….that made me laugh, JP. Low interest rates, gov’t bonds, all under the control of the federal gov’t, who could ask for anything more?