Our own preparedness expert Peggy Layton and her family are featured on a new one-hour TLC special, “Livin’ for the Apocalypse,” that premieres Sunday night at 10 p.m. EDT. The show covers four families and the things they are doing to prepare for hard times and protect themselves against the collapse of the economy or civilization. I encourage you to watch it. It’s sure to provide you with some ideas you can incorporate into your own preparedness strategy.
On Aug. 2, 1939, Albert Einstein penned a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt informing him that, according to a manuscript provided him by two scientists, the ability to use the element uranium as a new source of energy would soon be available. Einstein encouraged the President to remain abreast of the development.
Einstein’s letter also proposed that the energy produced could be used as a weapon, writing, “…that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed.” He suggested the bombs could be carried by boat into a port and used to destroy the port and some of the surrounding territory, but that the bombs may prove to be too heavy to be delivered by airplane.
A little more than six years later, on Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb, dubbed “Little Boy,” was dropped over the center of Hiroshima by the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay. The bomb detonated about 2,000 feet above ground and killed an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 people, including at least 11 American prisoners of war. Tens of thousands died of their injuries and/or radiation poisoning in the months and years that followed. According to some estimates, about 90 percent of the city’s buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed.
Three days later a second atomic bomb, named “Fat Man,” was dropped from the B-29 Bock’s Car on Japan. Originally destined for the city of Kokura, poor visibility forced the plane to its secondary target, Nagasaki. When it detonated about 1,600 feet above the city, about 70,000 people were killed, including about 100 prisoners of war. Another 75,000 were injured.
On Aug. 14, 1945, delegates of Japanese Emperor Hirohito accepted Allied surrender terms and World War II ended.
Almonds are considered to be a well-balanced food — and the most nutritious of all nuts. According to a study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, this tasty little nut may lower your “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while not affecting your “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
In the study, both men and women who ate a handful — about 1 ounce — of almonds each day lowered their LDL by an average of 4.4 percent. And those who ate two handfuls a day decreased their LDL by a whopping 9.4 percent. And crunching these nuts caused no weight gain in any of the patients. So grab a handful today and reap the health benefits of almonds.
In 1929 when the Great Depression started -gold was backing the U.S. money currency BUT we still had a DEPRESSION. When Nixon took us off the GOLD standard it was many years before we got to this point WITHOUT Gold. It seems to me that whether a currency is backed or NOT backed with gold is irrelevant. What is relevant is whether CORRUPTION and not STICKING to a BUDGET is the reason for our money problems – hence the FREE markets without GOVERNMENT intervention. My understanding is that a FREE market would NOT let excesses get out of hand and bring everything back to the norm.
In your August issue you blame government agencies that are there to protect the common worker, as being useless. I disagree to a point as long as those agencies DO THERE JOBS as INTENDED without BRIBERIES or CORRUPTION. Any Government agencies that ACCEPTS Taxpayer money is there to WORK for us—right??
ANY Form of GOVERNMENT that is CONTROLLED by CORRUPTION is bound to FAIL sooner or later. As you know Governments (should) WORK for the PEOPLE.
In your opinion – how long has the U.S. been bankrupt – I’m thinking as far back as 1970.
Also, I think that Social Security is a GOOD thing – just ask anyone who lives on JUST Social Security. And, if the Government would have left it as just Social Security and NOT Added Medicare or Medicaid, and if they would have left their GREEDY hands off Social Security and NOT BORROWING from it and NOT paying it back, we would not even have a problem with SS today.
Any Response would be appreciated.
Your understanding of the causes of the Great Depression is flawed. To better understand it, I recommend the book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Great Depression and the New Deal, by Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D.
As to government agencies being there to protect the common worker, in theory that is true. In actuality it is not. Government agencies now work for government. Bureaucrats will not go against their employer. The government acts to create problems, then legislates to solve the problems it has created. Tyranny grows.
The bankruptcy (default) began when the Federal Reserve was formed in 1913. It was completed when President Richard Nixon removed the U.S. from the gold standard in 1971.
Regarding the Social Security Ponzi scheme, it is government-sponsored theft. Anyone who understands government understands that it is infested with greed. There was no way the elites would see that money pot sitting there and be able to keep their hands out of it. All government programs are begun under altruistic, Pollyanna-sounding language and with feel-good motives. But governments are out for one thing only: to steal what is yours and use it for their nefarious purposes. Believing differently is naivete.
The American government’s favorite industry is war.
It is making war on five nations right now: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya. The drumbeats for war on Iran are sounding, growing louder and louder. But before Iran will be Syria, as the United States tightens the noose around Iran.
President Barack Obama promised to extricate the U.S. from foreign wars. Instead, he’s starting new ones. The silence of the anti-war left is deafening. Where they loudly opposed President George W. Bush’s wars, they support Obama; if not openly, then through their silence.
The Republican Presidential contenders — save Representative Ron Paul — all want more war. In the debate prior to the Ames Straw Poll, they all indicated a desire to make war on Iran.
Neocons, especially, love war. But the war crowd exists on both the right and left sides. They are two sides of the same coin.
The war machine is at full throttle and has been for more than two decades. Do you realize there are now adults who have never lived during a time when the United States was not at war with a Middle Eastern nation? We are at war with Eurasia, or is it Eastasia? It’s both, and it projects to continue for decades.
The elected elites love war at home, too. They are fomenting war among the American people, and it is breaking out. As surely as class warfare was behind the riots in Great Britain, it is on the cusp of erupting here.
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The elites play classes off one another. They denounce the rich as the evil. They promote a lie, lumping into a group both hard-working and innovative entrepreneurs who made it by the sweat of their brow and the crony capitalists they created themselves, and then call them all rich.
They take an arbitrary figure, pulled out of thin air, and set it as the Rubicon. Cross it and somehow you were luckier than most, got a break someone else never got. Yachts and airplanes are demonized, while the elected elites vacation on yachts bought by others and are ferried about in private jets paid for by others.
They accept “campaign contributions” from Wall Street, then, with a wink and nod, demonize Wall Street. Then, they print billions of dollars to prop up Wall Street; rewarding it for bringing down the economy. This keeps the contributions flowing and themselves in power.
They demonize Big Oil, Big Medicine, Big Pharma and Big Tobacco. Then, they enrich those industries with special subsidies and tax breaks and laws passed to their benefit. They are rewarded with more campaign cash and, when their time on Capitol Hill is done, cushy jobs lobbying their replacements.
Their policies destroy the middle class. They preach fairness and set themselves up as the arbiters of fairness. They create a parasite class with an entitlement mentality. Then they work to grow the parasite class to keep themselves in power by taking more and more from the wages of the middle class.
Tax freedom day this year fell on Aug. 12. That’s how long it now takes for the middle class worker to fulfill his “obligation” to the leviathan. The Ponzi scheme that is our fiat money system is insatiable. It inflates away the savings and investments of Main Street America.
While the middle class struggles, the entitlement class grows. High unemployment (almost 14 million are unemployed), directly caused by government policies, pushes more people out of the middle class and into the parasite class. One in five American children now lives in poverty, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
But the parasites live well off the producers. They get “free” housing, “free” food, “free” cable television, “free” cell phones. Their kids eat “free” at school. These “entitlements,” along with ever-extended long-term unemployment benefits, become so attractive that the incentive to work is suppressed.
The workers look with disdain on the parasites. The parasites look with envy on the workers, wanting not their jobs but what they have. Recent riots in Great Britain demonstrate what happens when the parasites decide they want more.
Meanwhile, even the working class is at war with one another. This is encouraged by the elites, but the current Administration has doubled down. Just one example is the case of Boeing’s decision to build an airplane in right-to-work South Carolina. Obama’s National Labor Relations Board sued.
The thugocracy of the Labor Unions terrorize non-union workers and companies large and small. In Michigan last week, a man investigating after he noticed his security light had come on was greeted by a gunshot to the arm. On the side of his truck the word “scab” was scrawled. The man owns the largest non-union electrical company in his area.
Also last week, Verizon, which is in contract negotiations with the Communication Workers of America, reported that cable lines had been destroyed and equipment stolen in a number of States. Striking workers are the chief suspects.
According to news reports, union members in New York were encouraged to deal harshly with “managers and scabs.”
A phone hotline set up for union members said it was open season and told them to torture management and scabs with noise and chants.
In New Jersey, a judge had to issue an injunction against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which is also on strike against Verizon. The injunction prohibited, “Dropping, spreading, throwing, placing or otherwise causing nails, glass, cinder block, spikes, feces clubs, rocks, screws, or puncture devices of any kind, or other object or debris to be thrown or strewn in, on, or about Verizon’s driveways, parking lots, entrances, exits, vehicles and adjoining roads to any of Verizon’s property or any work site.”
Internal emails promote violence against management and workers crossing picket lines, suggesting first the use of tire irons and then a reminder that a strike is underway.
Isolated incidents? Hardly, but the mainstream media ignore them, preferring instead to parrot the elite’s lies and distortions of Tea Party members as terrorists, implying guilt by association even though there is no association. The MSM shrugs its collective shoulders as Vice President Joe Biden calls members of Congress terrorists for trying to hold fast to Tea Party ideals.
The MSM tries to link every act of violence to the Tea Party. Jared Loughner and Anders Breivik right wing? Those were lies. Doublespeak.
Tea Party members, at least those who gathered in 2009 and much of 2010 before the Republican Party began to co-opt the movement, are blue collar and white collar, owners of small businesses, retirees, former military, salt-of-the-earth people from all political spectrums. And while they indicated they are fed up with the status quo, Tea Party rallies were peaceful and orderly gatherings: Americans engaging in their right to petition government.
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The elites love war abroad and at home. It distracts the masses from government’s ongoing theft and manipulation. Anger with one another allows them to continue their looting. It promotes threats and violence, which allows them to further clamp down on freedom.
Endless wars, abroad and at home, equal totalitarianism. It’s totalitarianism under the sweet-sounding name of democracy.
Despite the best efforts of the mainstream media and the Republican apparatchik to ignore him or paint him as a kook, Representative Ron Paul can win the Republican nomination.
The MSM is finally recognizing that Paul’s message of liberty, sound money and ending foreign intervention is resonating with a growing segment of the American electorate. How can we tell? Candidates — particularly Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich — are trying to steal his message, indicating it’s not so kooky after all. And no longer do all articles and discussions about Paul’s candidacy include the footnote “but he can’t win” after a mention of his name — although most still do.
Paul’s success in the polls has the neocons, warmongers and RINOs in the Republican hierarchy all atwitter. They can’t stand the thought of starving the military-industrial complex, which would cut off their gravy trains. They can’t stand the thought of cutting off the Federal Reserve, which supplies their largess while stealing the wealth of all Americans. They can’t stand the thought of a challenge to their corporatocracy.
Americans now realize — even if the elected elites can’t — that the status quo can’t be continued. Printing more and more money to support unsustainable spending has finally caught up with us. And the people are tired of it. They recognize that Paul is the only politician — in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere — who is saying the same thing he’s been saying for more than 30 years: that an increasingly fascist government and the Federal Reserve are enemies of liberty and financial freedom.
Republican insiders and the media conspired to choose the Republican candidate in every election since 1988: George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain. They are trying to do it again with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry — neither of whom is conservative.
Elect Mitt Romney and you’ll have Barack Obama light. Elect Rick Perry and you’ll have George Bush on steroids.
If you want to continue to see your money squandered on military missions that would have our treasure fighting and dying on foreign soil, installing friendly dictators, nation building and imposing systems of government that the people don’t want, then don’t say you cherish liberty. And if you want to continue to sit back and do nothing while your savings are inflated away by the Federal Reserve, then don’t say you love freedom. If you want a government that blatantly violates your 4th Amendment rights in the name of “safety” and dictates what you eat, where you go, what type of light bulb or toilet you can have your home, whether you can protect yourself, how you can invest, whether you have to put harmful drugs in your body and what type of car you can drive, then vote for the establishment candidate. Because all of the candidates in the GOP field, save Ron Paul, will continue the status quo and you will continue to get what you’ve always gotten.
Americans, if you long for freedom, you need Ron Paul. If you seek a real change in the way Washington works, you need Ron Paul. If you quit saying that Ron Paul can’t win, he will. If you will support Ron Paul, he’ll win, despite the MSM and the Republican Party. If you cherish liberty and value freedom, Ron Paul is the only choice.
If he’s not your choice, then stop pretending you want a free America. It’s that simple.