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Finding Water In The Home

What would you do if you suddenly found that water was no longer flowing to your home and wouldn’t be for some time?

Hopefully, you have stored some water to last your family for a few days at least (two gallons per day, per person). But if not, you need to look around your home for potential sources of water for the short-term while you make plans to deal with the situation long-term.

There are actually more sources of water in the home than you might think. If the public water system has not been contaminated, you can drain much of the water from your plumbing system.

About 30 to 60 gallons can be found in your water heater (depending on the size of the water heater). There is a drain at the bottom that allows you to access the water. Turn the water heater off, and allow the water in it to cool. Then drain it into clean containers. Sometimes, the first gallon or two will contain rust or sediment that has settled at the bottom. Discard it, if necessary. Better yet, filter it through coffee filters, rags or towels.

If there is a chance the public system was contaminated, treat the water with chlorine, iodine or water-purification tablets, or boil it. Otherwise, it should be fine to drink right out of the tank.

There is also clean water in the storage tank (not the bowl) of your toilets. Treat the storage-tank water before using it.

If you have an aquarium, it contains water you can use, once it has been treated.

Remember, a survival situation is no time to be squeamish. You have to do the things necessary to survive. Using water from your home will buy you a little time to find a more permanent source of water if the catastrophe is going to be a long-term situation.

Hacking, And The Truth About The Cyberwar

Hackers are getting a lot of press lately for using their skills to effect change (or wreak havoc) on a global scale. High-profile cyberattacks on Sony, Nintendo, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Google, the United States Senate and the International Monetary Fund (to name a few) have started a cybersecurity panic. Governments across the globe are calling for international Internet-control measures.

“While some civil liberties campaigners fear giving governments greater control of the Internet would undermine privacy, others say that same privacy is already being undermined by both criminal and state-linked hackers,” read a FoxNews.com article.

But not all hackers are alike.

Anonymous, perhaps the most well-known hacktivist collective, spends most of its time engaging in international cyberwarfare with governments. For example, on Friday Anonymous announced that it had successfully taken down several government websites in Turkey in retaliation for that government’s plans to institute an Internet browsing filter. Anonymous despises censorship.

Anonymous has also helped foment rebellion in the Middle East by spreading the word about government corruption and providing safe havens for rebels online. The group is reportedly planning an operation against Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian regime. One could argue that Anonymous’ support of WikiLeaks has kept the site going, and its editor in chief, Julian Assange, is a hacker himself.

The Federal government says these are the bad guys, by the way.

It’s true not all hacker groups are trying to save the world. LulzSec, for example, has claimed responsibility for the Sony, Nintendo, PBS and Senate hacks mentioned above, among others. And Russia and China are both reportedly at the forefront of military-led cyberwarfare.

“In the view of Mike McConnell, a former spy chief, the effects of full-blown cyberwar are much like nuclear attack. Cyberwar has already started, he says, ‘and we are losing it,’” read an article in The Economist.

And there’s the key. Governments across the world are all telling their citizens the same thing: “We are losing the cyberwar.” To what end?

“The Western power elites have three main thrusts in our humble view to pursue. 1. They have an evident urgent need to continue their lunge toward world government. 2. They have to create war and chaos to do so. (Out of chaos, order.) 3. And finally, they have to ameliorate the damage that is being done to their plans by the Internet,” read an article on LewRockwell.com.

“An Internet false flag within this context would be a kind of masterstroke.”

Has the Internet suddenly become a much scarier place? Or do governments across the globe want us to think the Internet is scary, in an attempt to gain further control over its content? Or is it much, much worse?

The Pentagon will treat cyberattacks from foreign nations as acts of war and may choose to respond, not in cyberspace, but in a coordinated military strike.

With one attack, hacktivists can deprive you of your Internet service. With one attack, the Pentagon can start World War III.

And who are the bad guys?

One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Poison

Many millions of people have digestion problems, and some do all their lives.

How do I know? Just walk up and down the aisle of your local pharmacy or convenience store. There must be thousands of synthetic high-profit products that reach out for your stomach.

They are beautifully packaged, but most of them are worse than worthless. They are downright harmful, especially if they mask the symptoms of digestive problems.

Digestive distress is a strong signal that something is wrong. Either you are low on stomach acid or you have food allergies.

The truth is that some foods just don’t like us. But when most foods don’t, we need to be concerned. It is not something to fool around with.

A doctor offered me Prevacid® a few years ago with the straightest face. Not to worry. This is what American medical schools are turning out.

Prevacid® is one of a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Doctors prescribe them to people suffering from “excess” stomach acid. But most people who think they have excess acid actually have too little… at least of the good stomach acid, hydrochloric acid (HCl).

With too little HCl, foods don’t digest properly. Instead, foods putrify in the stomach. Taking PPIs only compounds the problem of having too little stomach acid. To eliminate problems like acid reflux, you should increase the HCl in your stomach. Apple cider vinegar or sea salt mixed with water will do.

Taking PPIs impairs the digestive process and leaves foods to rot in the stomach, which leads to cancer.

Well, just so long as we know.

It is not the good whole foods that our stomachs don’t like. It is processed foods that give the trouble. And you know what, most folks don’t know the difference!

Gluten sensitivity is a well-known stomach problem for many unfortunate souls. Lectins are to blame. They accumulate until they translate into headaches, skin problems, stomach cramps, bloating, weight gain, daily fatigue, mucus buildup, joint stiffness, inflammation, belching and flatulence. These are the symptoms of the saturation of lectin in our digestive system.

Dr. Joseph Mercola writes: “Lectin is a defense mechanism for the wheat plant, designed to ward of (sic) its natural enemies such as fungi and insects. Unfortunately, this protein is also very resistant to breakdown by living systems, and it easily accumulates in tissues where it interferes with normal biological processes and acts as an anti-nutrient.

“Typically, sprouting, fermenting or digestion can help to negate some of the harmful effects of such anti-nutrients (as in the case of fermenting soy, which removes many of its anti-nutrient properties). However, lectins are resistant to these types of processes.”

America No Longer The Land Of The Free

The President and all 535 members of Congress take oaths to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. One has to wonder how many have ever read it. They certainly seem hell-bent on disregarding it.

Article 1, Section 1 says all legislative powers are vested in Congress, which consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives. That’s apparently no longer the case, although I can’t find where that was legally changed through an Amendment.

The Environmental Protection Agency believes it holds legislative power. According to U.S. News & World Report: “Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.”

There is no Constitutional authority for an EPA, nor is there Constitutional authority for Congress to cede its lawmaking powers to the EPA. But apparently, Congress doesn’t care.

The EPA is just one of dozens of Federal agencies that have taken it upon themselves to regulate and control the lives of Americans while Congress sits idly by. Many of the bureaucrats who run these regulatory agencies are appointed by the President, so they do his bidding.

When Boeing decided to build 30 percent of its 737s in South Carolina, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint in an effort to force the company back into the unionized Washington plant. In effect, the President — through his politically appointed board — was telling a company where it could and could not conduct business. This is Third World thuggery.

The President, ordered by a court to resume granting drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico, directed his Secretary of Interior to disregard the court. No drilling permits are issued. The feckless court system does nothing. There is no rule of law left in America.

We currently have wars going on in five Middle Eastern countries — Afghanistan (which should be over, since we supposedly fulfilled the goal of killing Osama bin Laden), Iraq (which should be over, since we supposedly fulfilled our goal of toppling Saddam Hussein), Pakistan (undeclared and illegal), Libya (undeclared and illegal) and Yemen (undeclared and illegal) — with no end to them in sight.

Aside from a few lone voices — Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — Congress, which alone has the authority to declare war, says nothing. In fact, 265 members of the House — Democratic and Republican alike — voted against a resolution to end the unConstitutional war in Libya.

There are grave doubts that President Barack Obama is a natural born citizen and eligible to hold the office of President. He refuses to release any documents that would show who he is and where he comes from. He finally released a long-form birth certificate that he says proves he is natural born, but more and more document experts have come forth to show the document a forgery. It is apparently a compilation of birth certificates from others born in Hawaii at the time of Obama’s reported birth. There is increasing evidence Obama committed some kind of fraud to obtain his Social Security number, which came from Connecticut, a State in which Obama never lived or worked.

People who bring up these issues are automatically dismissed by the corporate media talking heads as quacks and labeled “Birthers” in an effort to marginalize them. Congress, with the duty to investigate and remove the President if he is found to be ineligible for the office, runs from the issue. Again, the members of Congress refuse to uphold their oaths to the Constitution.

The Department of Homeland Security and local police forces have vans and trucks patrolling our streets with the capability of looking inside passing cars and into homes. The Transportation Security Administration forces airline passengers into choosing between harmful naked-body scanners or full-body groping sessions for the “crime” of buying an airline ticket. The grope-and-peek procedures are being expanded to include rail travel and attendance at sporting events and concerts, and technology is being developed to allow agents to funnel large crowds of people through mobile command centers so they can be questioned while computers monitor their physiology as they respond.

Law enforcement uses parabolic antennas to listen in on far-away conversations, video cameras to follow people’s every move and face recognition software to identify them — even if they have not been charged or convicted of a crime.

These actions are blatant violations of the 4th Amendment. Congress does nothing… and says little.

When States do try to take a stand — as Texas did recently in considering legislation to ban the TSA from performing its gropefest/pornshow activities there — the thugocracy in Washington that is the Obama Justice Department threatened to impose a no-fly zone. This is a direct assault on Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution, which states: “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.”

Any time a State attempts to nullify a law or regulation that it deems unConstitutional, it is threatened by the Justice Department, sued or refused funds. Those funds, by the way, go to the Federal government after they are taken from workers who have no choice but to comply with the onerous tax code or go to prison.

The 4th Amendment, the one that guarantees Americans the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, was eviscerated by a recent Supreme Court ruling that gave police license to enter a home without first obtaining a warrant if they hear what they deem suspicious sounds inside.

The USA Patriot Act, passed while the rubble of the World Trade Center still smoldered following the false flag terrorist attack of 9/11, gave the Federal government license to create all sorts of reasons and excuses to surreptitiously listen in on electronic conversations, rifle through bank records and imprison people without trial.

Local police departments are becoming increasingly militarized. In Chicago, an armed SWAT team forced its way into a home and stole the daughter of a woman who chose an alternative treatment option for her child’s behavioral problems — a treatment she originally sought voluntarily. In Pima County, Ariz., police fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a former Marine who had served two tours of duty in Iraq. Saying they were there to serve a narcotics search warrant, officers first claimed Jose Guerena shot first. That lie fell apart because the safety of his weapon was still on.

According to a report by the Cato Institute, this sort of thing is becoming increasingly common: “Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

“These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.”

The streets are no longer safe from police harassment and overreaction as, more and more, it seems police believe they are above the law. All across the country, thanks to the growing proliferation of cell-phone and video cameras, law enforcement is shown to be abusing citizens for simply doing what people do: taking photographs, talking to one another and observing police actions. It is not uncommon for people to be detained and have their cameras and cell phones taken away or destroyed if police officers believe they will be cast in a bad light.

We now have a quasi-military roaming the streets terrorizing citizens, a Congress neglecting its authority, a Supreme Court disregarding the Bill of Rights and a President — who may not even be eligible for the office — taking on the powers of a dictator through his regulatory agencies and so-called Justice Department.

America, land of the free? Not anymore.

Swiss Annuities Still Recommended

Dear Bob,

Do you still recommend Swiss annuities? Do we have to report them to the Internal Revenue Service beginning June 30, 2012? An IRS tax consultant I talked to said I do. The IRS tax consultant also said I owe an excise tax on the Swiss annuity. If this is correct, do you have any information on how to figure that or know someone who does?

Thanks,

John Hansen

Dear John Hansen,

Yes, I still recommend Swiss annuities. There is no excise tax required to be paid. Congress tried to have that inserted in the bill, but it was removed. The IRS requires the reporting, but the annuity company is not required to disclose it.

Best wishes,

Bob