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By: Joshua Krause, The Daily Sheeple |
After 15 years of fighting the War on Terror, Americans have become thoroughly acquainted with automated warfare. Drones are no longer a novelty, especially after Obama took office and started deploying them like there was no tomorrow. However, there is no reason to think that these machines are the end point of automated warfare. If anything, they are just the beginning. As technology advances, we can expect to see more robots show up in every active and supporting role the military has to offer. That of course, will include land based drones.
Despite spending two decades developing land based drones, it’s not the US who is going to break ground in this field, but a Russian state-owned corporation known as Rosoboronexport. They’ve just developed the very first tank drone, and they are expected to sell it on the international market in the very near future.
Rosoboronexport expects that the robotic combat vehicle will mostly be used to provide fire support for counter-terrorism units, reconnaissance units and possibly light or mechanized infantry forces. “The Uran-9 will be particularly useful during local military and counter-terror operations, including those in cities. Its use will significantly reduce personnel casualties,” the Russian state-owned export company said in a statement.
Each Uran-9 combat vehicle is armed with a 2A72 30mm automatic cannon, a 7.62mm machine gun and M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles, giving the machines a significant punch. The inclusion of the Ataka missiles gives the diminutive robot the capability to engage and destroy the most modern battle tanks from ranges as great as 8,000 meters. The robots are also fitted with an array of sensors—including a laser warning system and target detection, identification and tracking equipment.
The Uran-9 system is not just a single vehicle. It’s a complete system that can be deployed with an infantry unit. The system consists of two robotic reconnaissance/fire support vehicles, a truck to carry those robots and a mobile command post.
Make no mistake however, this has far greater implications than airborne drones ever did. This isn’t just going to be a ground based version of a reaper drone. It’s going to change the game for warfare, and for human society. And even if it doesn’t do this right away, it is a first step towards radically changing society, and not for the better. Here’s why:
The history of human warfare has always been just that. Human warfare. There has always been a person somewhere in the loop. Specifically, there has always been some guy with a gun or a sword or a spear, who is doing the dirty work of someone more powerful than him. He is the lowest common denominator of any military. He is intrinsic. Even more so than naval or air power. The infantryman is ultimately the most important contributor to any war, because every tank, plane, missile, and ship is deployed with the intent of helping him gain and hold ground. The buck always stops with an armed human being.
If we begin to automate land warfare, and start replacing these grunts with machines, it’s going to irrevocably change society. For most of human history, the rulers have always had to find some way to convince other people to fight in their name. They’ve done this either by compensation with money, loot, and slaves, or with some kind of ideology. But what happens when machines take the role of the grunt? What happens if the elites no longer have to convince people to fight for them?
It means that they no longer have to please us. They don’t even have to consider us. Today, even the most tyrannical of regimes have a line they can’t cross if they don’t want a rebellion, especially if their armed forces consist of conscripts. But the day these land based drones start to replace infantrymen, is the day any government with sufficient funds can do whatever they want to their population.
And they don’t have to fully replace human soldiers for this to happen. Every military has a certain number of people who will follow orders no matter what, as well as a number of people who won’t do things like say, round-up private firearms or kill their civilian countrymen. The government just need enough drones that are advanced enough to replace those who are not compliant, and they can do whatever they want to their population.
Of course, the worst case scenario would be a world where no infantrymen are required, because then the success of any rebellion would hinge on nothing more than how many dollars and factories the ruling class control. Even in the United States, the land of the Second Amendment, the population would not have the weapons required counter such a threat.
In other words, every government that can afford land based drones, has the potential to turn into an unstoppable tyranny. In the past, when the foot-soldiers of the government were made of flesh, and the population held weapons that could hurt them, there was only so much a government could do. But with tanks like the Uran-9, and the more advanced land based drones that are sure to come, resistance will be futile more times than not.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.
A Syrian ground war is being prepared for by at least 2 nations in the last few days. On Thursday Feb. 4th 2016, the Iranian news medium PressTV reported Russia as saying they had detected Turkey preparing itself for a ground incursion into Syria. Meanwhile, on the same day, Saudi Arabia has also declared “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria” meaning it is ready to assist the US-UK-Israeli-Turkey-NATO coalition to ostensibly fight ISIS, with the real target being Bashar Al-Assad, President of Syria. This comes right on top of news that the Pentagon is requesting even more money to fight its imaginary enemies of ISIS, China and Russia. The US already outspends all other countries in the world on military expenditure, while allowing shocking levels of poverty to prevail domestically (with around 50 million Americans or 16% of the population on food stamps or food welfare). Is all this indicative of preparations for a Syrian ground war?
Syrian Ground War – The Agenda All Along
None of these geopolitical maneuvers are unexpected if you understand the overall game plan. The New World Order cabal, which is dominated by the US-UK-Israeli axis, wants to take over the whole world, but they have met their match in Russia, China and Iran. The reason Syria has become such a hotbed of activity is because it is a strategic foothold into Eurasia – and a stepping stone to WW3. The US thought it could knock off Syria (just as it had done with Iraq, Libya and many other nations), but Syria has had support from powerful allies – Iran and Russia.
Iran may seem to be a relatively insignificant country, but it has shown tremendous technological and military prowess in recent years. In 2011, Iran brought down the premier spy drone in the US fleet, which crashed into the Iranian countryside. Iran used electronic warfare to bring the plane down by taking control of it mid-flight. Iran actually managed to guide the drone to a peaceful landing inside Iran with the drone “thinking” it was in Afghanistan. Then again in January of this year (2016), Iran captured 2 US Navy boats in Iranian waters by sophisticated electronic jamming. Interestingly, Iranian free energy scientist Mehran Keshe (who now lives in Europe) claims it was his technology that was responsible for the downing of the drone …
Russia, too, has displayed a sophisticated military might in the last few years. According to this article, Russia has superior weaponry to the US, despite being outspent around 7:1.
The Stage for WW3 is Already Set with Key Alliances
Unfortunately for those wanting peace, there can be no denying that the stage is already set for a clash of sides. The Middle East is caught up in centuries-old religious infighting, and these old divisions are now part of grander geopolitical alignments. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Sunni-dominated Islamic nations, while Syria and Iran are Shia-dominated Islamic nations. As Eric Zuesse explains in the article America’s Arab Allies Debate Need for Genocide Against ‘Infidels’:
“According to various measures, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have the most oil (and Saudi oil is the world’s cheapest to extract, so it’s far more valuable); and Russia and Iran have the most gas. Qatar is #3 on gas, and Iran is #4 on oil. So: those are the actual giant players. Syria’s Assad blocks the construction of a Qatari gas-pipeline into Europe, and of a Saudi oil-pipeline into Europe; Europe is by far the world’s largest energy-market. So, there’s a Sunni-versus-Shiite war, between Sunni royals and Shiite governments; and Assad also blocks Obama’s plan to replace Russian oil-and-gas sales with Sunni oil-and-gas sales. Militarily, Sunni nations boost sales of U.S. weaponry, whereas Russia is America’s biggest competitor in the weapons-sales markets, and supplies weapons to Shiite countries. So: it’s U.S. and the Sunni royals, versus Russia and the Shiite leaders. If there will be another world war, those are already the principals in it.”
Syria Still Holds the Potential of Breaking Out into WW3
The situation in Syria has been dragging on for years now, during which the population has suffered greatly. However, that doesn’t mean it’s over. The recent preparations for a Syria ground war show that Syria still holds the potential for breaking out into a World War 3 scenario. Watch the news closely in the coming weeks and months. Look at for calls from US and UK politicians for a Syrian ground war. It may be couched in euphemistic language like “the only way we can defeat ISIS [a fabricated enemy] is by bringing in boots on the ground”. If you hear anything like this, you’ll be able to discern the hidden agenda to push the world into WW3 by pretending to fight terrorism (due to the propaganda of the fake war on terror) and battle ISIS.
Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.
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Clinton Insider, Larry Nichols— the man who exposed numerous Clinton scandals including Monica Lewinsky, Whitewater and others—shares some of the most critical, crucial and concise information about Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the upcoming 2016 election. This information will not only be a major page-turner, but quite frankly, it will enrage the mainstream media giants who don’t want this information leaked out. Please, please don’t miss this vital report…
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Many of us saw it coming a long time ago — increasing confrontation between liberty proponents and the corrupt federal establishment leading to increasing calls by political elites and bureaucrats to apply to American citizens the terrorism countermeasures designed for foreign combatants. It was only a matter of time and timing.
My stance has always been that the elites would wait until there was ample social and political distraction; a fog of fear allowing them to move more aggressively against anti-globalists. We are not quite there yet, but the ground is clearly being prepared.
Economic uncertainty looms large over our fiscal structure today, more so even than in 2008. Global instability is rampant, with Europe at the forefront as mass migrations of “refugees” invade wholesale. At best, most of them intend to leach off of the EU’s already failing socialist welfare structure while refusing to integrate or respect western social principles. At worst, a percentage of these migrants are members of ISIS with the goals of infiltration, disruption and coordinated destruction.
With similar immigration and transplantation measures being applied to the U.S. on a smaller scale (for now) the ISIS plague will inevitably hit our shores in a manner that will undoubtedly strike panic in the masses. I believe 2016 will be dubbed the “year of the terrorist,” and ISIS will not be the only “terrorists” in the spotlight.
While scanning the pages of mainstream propaganda machines like Reuters, I came across this little gem of an article, which outlines plans by the U.S. Justice Department to apply existing enemy combatant laws used against ISIS terrorists and their supporters to “domestic extremists,” specifically mentioning the Bundy takeover of the federal refuge in Burns, Oregon as an example.
“Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a “clear and present danger,” John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. “Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we’re in a heightened environment.”
“Clear and present danger” is a vital phrase implemented in this statement from Carlin and he used it quite deliberately. It refers to something called the “clear and present danger doctrine or test,” a doctrine rarely used except during times of mass panic, such as during WWI and WWII. The doctrine applies specifically to the removal of 1st Amendment rights of free speech during moments of “distress.”
What does this mean, exactly? “Clear and present danger” is a legal mechanism by which the government claims the right not only to prosecute or destroy enemies of the state, but also anyone who publicly supports those same enemies through speech or writing.
Recently, the prospect of allowing the Federal Communications Commission to target and shut down websites related to ISIS has been fielded by congressional representatives. Many people have warned against this as setting a dangerous precedent by which the government could be given free license to censor and silence ANY websites they deem “harmful” to the public good, even those not tied to ISIS in any way.
Of course, overt hatred of Islamic extremism amongst conservatives is at Defcon 1 right now, and with good reason. Unfortunately, this may lead constitutional conservatives, the most stalwart proponents of free speech, to mistakenly set the stage for the erasure of free speech rights all in the name of stopping ISIS activity. The greatest proponents of constitutional liberties could very well become the greatest enemies of constitutional liberties if they fall for the ploy set up by the establishment.
The Reuters article outlines the future implications quite plainly:
The U.S. State Department designates international terrorist organizations to which it is illegal to provide “material support.” No domestic groups have that designation, helping to create a disparity in charges faced by international extremist suspects compared to domestic ones.
It has been applied in 58 of the government’s 79 Islamic State cases since 2014 against defendants who engaged in a wide range of activity, from traveling to Syria to fight alongside Islamic State to raising money for a friend who wished to do so.
Prosecutors can bring “material support” terrorism charges against defendants who aren’t linked to groups on the State Department’s list, but they have only done so twice against non-jihadist suspects since the law was enacted in 1994. The law, which prohibits supporting people who have been deemed to be terrorists by their actions, carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.”
The Justice Department goes on to explain that they are “exploring” options to make “material support” charges more applicable to “domestic extremists.”
So what constitutes “material support?” Well, as mentioned earlier, John Carlin just told us. His use of the phrase “clear and present danger” denotes that 1st Amendment speech will be restricted, ostensibly because some speech will be labeled “material support” of terrorist organizations. The liberty movement, likely in the near future, is about to be outwardly defined by the establishment as a terrorist movement, and those who support it through speech will be designated as material supporters of said terrorism.
To be utterly clear, this could apply to any and everyone who promotes anti-government sentiments online, and will likely be aimed more prominently at liberty analysts and journalists. The argument for this move is rather humorous in my view — bureaucrats and others complain that it is “not fair” that Islamic terrorists are being treated more harshly than “white rural domestic extremists” and that material support laws should be enforced against everyone equally.
Yes, that’s right, the 1st Amendment is under threat because the Justice Department does not want to appear “racist.” At least, that is their public excuse…
I’m not sure whether it is depressing or hilariously ironic that the U.S. government (along with many other governments) is preparing the groundwork for prosecution of liberty activists for material support of terrorism when it is the government that has been proven time and again to be by far the most generous material supporter of terrorist organizations.
Will this all take place in a vacuum? Of course not. Something terrible is brewing. Another Oklahoma City-stye bombing, perhaps. Or a standoff gone horribly awry. The standoff in Oregon continues without Ammon Bundy and is about to get worse in the next week according to my information (you will see what I mean). The point is, the narrative is being finalized in preparation for whatever trigger events may be in store, and that narrative closely associates ISIS with liberty activists as being in the same category.
“As law enforcement experts confront domestic militia groups, “sovereign citizens” who do not recognize government authority, and other anti-government extremists, they also face a heightened threat from Islamic extremists like the couple who carried out the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California.”
This is why I have consistently argued against giving any extra-judicial powers to our already bloated federal system. I am a staunch opponent of Islamic immigration and terrorism, but some people are so desperate to fight one monster that they are willing to give unlimited powers to another monster thinking it will give their minds ease. These people are fools, and they are putting the rest of us at risk.
If you want to fight ISIS, then fight them yourself. Do not give the same government that helped create ISIS and then deliberately transplanted them to Europe and the U.S. even more legal authority over our lives to supposedly “stop” ISIS. This would be absurd.
In the meantime, I would point out that regardless of how the federal government wishes to label us, the liberty movement could not be more different from the Islamic State:
1) We don’t enjoy covert funding and training from the government at large as ISIS does. (Though according to leftists, we all take our marching orders from the Koch Brothers).
2) Most of us were born in this country and are rather attached to it.
3) ISIS fights to dismantle traditional Western values. We fight to restore traditional Western values, and we will not only fight ISIS but also cultural Marxists and collectivists who share the same disdain for liberty.
4) Many of us are far better trained than ISIS goons, so if anything, we are a more severe threat to the enemies of free society. (We actually look down our sights when we shoot rather than hiding behind cars with the rifle over our head and squatting like a constipated dog. We can also operate their AK-47s better than they can).
5) We are as opposed to Sharia Law as we are to martial law. In fact, we see them as essentially the same unacceptable circumstance.
6) We don’t cannibalize our enemies. (Who would want to take a bite out of Henry Kissinger’s spleen?)
7) We might look down on the insane ramblings of today’s feminists, but at least we would not stone them, enforce female circumcision, then rape them, then throw acid in their faces, then slap a hijab on them and take away their driver’s licenses. So maybe, just maybe, we toxic masculine conservative barbarians aren’t as bad as they seem to think we are.
8) We understand that black pajamas are not the best camouflage, but ISIS may have better fashion sense than we do.
9) Our beards are all-American. Their beards are just plain creepy.
10) They fight to be martyred. We fight to win.
When all is said and done, who is the greater threat to you and your freedoms? A psychotic theocrat that has taken his religion so far into the forbidden zone that any evil, no matter how heinous, is justified through the circular logic of zealotry? The criminal government that funded that psycho, trained him, slapped a rocket launcher in his hands and then gave him a free plane ride to your favorite shopping mall? Or, some weirdo that stores lots of food and gas masks in his basement and every once in a while talks to you about 9/11? Come on, think about it…
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Everyone paying attention by now has probably noticed it’s “virus-scare” season. It’s that time of the year when vaccine makers get to market their product to a frightened humanity hoping to be “saved” from scary viruses and diseases while they save themselves from massive profit losses. Consider that without these virus-scare seasons it’s very likely the vaccine industry would be increasingly ignored by the general public as the masses slowly become more educated about natural health cures and nutritional habits to keep your body and immune system strong. Without these virus and disease scares which mark the money-making time of the year for the vaccine industry, they would likely be looking at significant profit losses for the overall year. Don’t forget this is an industry that like any other industry relies on money and profit to survive. Therefore, realize first that the winter season is to the vaccine industry what Christmas season is to the department stores. It’s a make-or-break time of the year.
And just as with the 2014 Ebola scare they put together for the general public, once again they are making sure these virus scaremongering stories take a back seat to no other stories, and that they pile on one after another to bombard you with this scare. Can anyone remember ISIS doing anything that was news worthy during the Ebola scare of 2014? Back then even ISIS seemed to stop their activities to make sure Ebola made headline news for a season and only Ebola. The same is with the current virus boogeyman psyop that the general public is being played with. And instead of mass shooting staged events or a big ‘ISIS is now in space’ story we’re being told to think “virus” and be afraid.
So no one should be surprised that right before the weekend begins we’re being hit with yet another wave of the virus-scare psyop. This time it’s the Norovirus (formerly known as the Norwalk virus) another self-limited, no-big-deal virus that causes gastrointestinal issues before it clears. Nevertheless in perfect timing and on cue with the current Zika virus psyop the latest virus scare involves 150 people who all contracted Norovirus on a ‘Diamond Princess‘ cruise ship in Australia.
The important thing to note is the timing of the story and the fact that it is being put out as headline news. All critical thinkers should consider the possibilities that this event may have been engineered if for no other reason, the timing of it.
To further demonstrate how the media times their stories, in another story story put out in just the last 24-48 hours the media is reporting that at the University of Kansas Marillac hospital 10 people have been diagnosed with suspect Norovirus and that therefore they are to treat everyone with a “rash of illness” as if they have Norovirus.
The mass media virus-scare timing doesn’t end there though. In yet another story just released, we’re being told that up to 50 students and staff at the Boston Public School system may be sick with the Norovirus.
There are two possibilities at play here to explain all of this and perhaps the truth involves both possibilities. One is that these are all engineered stories where the viruses are being purposely released to create the scares. The other is that these viruses like Norovirus are simply doing what they’ve always done. Like most viruses (including Measles), Norovirus is a self-limited disease that humans will usually recover from and thus warrants no mass media hoopla. In this case what we are looking at is mainstream media deliberately making a story out of something not very unusual just to endorse the Zika virus engineered scare and whatever ultimate agenda is behind this.
Either way, get used to it and reconcile that it’s virus-scare season because they say it is. Brace for more virus-scare stories and updates from the very same mainstream media who is working with the vaccine industry, Agenda 21, the depopulation agenda and the new global order that is slowly trying to rise.
Rest assured the brand new Norovirus scare will be used to sell the Zika virus stories, and to sell you a vaccine if not to force you into taking your new vaccine.
More than ever it is time for all Americans and people around the world to study how the immune system works and how vaccines theoretically work. It’s time to hold biotech companies for their wild and illegal experimentations which often amount to crimes against humanity.
It is also time to research and demand disclosure from every doctor, every nurse and every health center, so that they reveal every single component found in the vaccines they claim you and your child need to take. Let’s force them to put hug posters on the wall with each component on it. Without full disclosure of each vaccine component and without your full approval of those components, all of this is simply medical tyranny.
Ultimately, this is all about exposing medical tyranny and upholding the freedom to choose what goes into your body and the body of your child. Everything else is propaganda and marketing efforts to scare you into taking their vaccines.
Will you give in to their mass media advertising and scaremongering tactics or will you think on your own and do your own research? Whose body is it anyway? Does it matter? Will you blindly do as you are told by a system that thinks your existence on this planet is the problem and depopulation is the solution?
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Bernie Suarez is a revolutionary writer with a background in medicine, psychology, and information technology. He is the author of The Art of Overcoming the New World Order and has written numerous articles over the years about freedom, government corruption and conspiracies, and solutions. A former host of the 9/11 Freefall radio show, Bernie is also the creator of the Truth and Art TV project where he shares articles and videos about issues that raise our consciousness and offer solutions to our current problems. His efforts are designed to encourage others to joyfully stand for truth, to expose government tactics of propaganda, fear and deception, and to address the psychology of dealing with the rising new world order. He is also a former U.S. Marine who believes it is our duty to stand for and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A peace activist, he believes information and awareness is the first step toward being free from enslavement from the globalist control system which now threatens humanity. He believes love conquers all fear and it is up to each and every one of us to manifest the solutions and the change that you want to see in this world, because doing this is the very thing that will ensure victory and restoration of the human race from the rising global enslavement system, and will offer hope to future generations.
The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.
The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.
“It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating,” NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me. “NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn’t they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?”
Zika is the latest health scare to dominate the headlines of the MSM (Mainstream Media). The WHO (World Health Organization) declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” on February 1st, 2016. They stated that “the experts agreed that a causal relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected, though not yet scientifically proven.” Did you catch that – not scientifically proven? However, the lack of scientific proof has not stopped all sorts of fearmongering by the MSM and Governments around the world. Apologists for this may claim it’s better to be prepared than not, but you have to wonder about that kind of preparation when Governments like those in El Salvador have actually instructed their citizens not to have sex! Before getting overly scared, paranoid or doing a “zika freaka”, it’s worthwhile investigating the issue further. Is zika a real threat? If so, is it a bioweapon or an agent of bioterrorism or biowarfare? Or is this another fake pandemic like ebola, SARS and many others before it?
The Zika Virus – Another Fake Pandemic Like Ebola?
It’s pretty early on in the life of the current zika phenomenon – and at this stage I would suggest calling it the zika phenomenon rather than the zika outbreak. However, the zika virus itself has been round a long time – since at least 1947. Guess who owns the patent for the zika virus? None other than at the Rockefeller Corporation. The Rockefellers are, of course, one of the most wealthy and powerful New World Order families. And, we know that Western Medicine is Rockefeller Medicine, all the way …
During the ebola scare of 2014, which turned out to essentially be a fake pandemic, I wrote the article Ebola: Hoaxing It Up! I pointed out the clues which showed that the whole thing was a fearmongering scam, and that whatever danger the virus posed was being blown way out of proportion. For instance, people were treating a supposedly delay virus in a ridiculous way, e.g. by walking through ebola-infected water with sandals. The Government was clearly using crisis actors, just as they do with all the false flag events of recent years. At the time, almost all the MSM and even many in the alternative media were hyping the threat, knowingly or not.
However, there was one man who stood his ground and insisted the whole thing was a hoax: Jon Rappoport. Jon has studied these pandemics very carefully over the years, from AIDS to SARS to ebola and more, and in my opinion, has the best grasp of these issues. His conclusion with zika is the same as with ebola: the zika phenomenon is a hoax, using the cover story of a “deadly virus” to hide other uncomfortable truths. It is full of unfounded assertions and presumptions, and based on little or no evidence.
Some Key Zika Questions
1. Where is the evidence of a “epidemic”, i.e. a sizeable number of disease cases in a geographic area, or a “pandemic”, i.e. a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world? The latest figures via Rappoport (who quotes from a Sao Paulo newspaper article) are that 4783 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported, that only 404 cases of the 4783 have been confirmed as having microcephaly, and that only 17 cases of the 404 have been linked to the zika virus. (Microcephaly is defined as “abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development”; there are an average of 25,000 cases annually in the US alone.)
Remember, this is a final figure of 17 in Brazil, with some more reported in some other countries. Yet, the BBC dutifully reports the WHO predicting upwards of 4,000,000 zika cases in 2016! That’s 17 vs 4 million!
2. Even if there were tens of thousands of cases spreading rapidly, where is the evidence that zika is the cause of the microcephaly? After all, microcephaly can be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental factors, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some of these “factors”, as it were, are actually deliberate pesticides poisons such as glyphosate, atrazine and metolachlor (all sprayed in Brazil). Often the real causes of a disease, whether it is an outbreak or not, are not as sexy, sensational or “newsworthy” as the MSM and Government likes them to be: lack of sanitation, lack of hygiene, lack of nutrition, endemic poverty, exposure to toxins, vaccine damage, pesticide intake, Big Pharma drug effects, etc. It becomes even more interesting when you consider that the toxins potentially causing the disease are the very ones sold by people and corporations (e.g. Big Biotech pesticides) that also own those same MSM channels and outlets …
3. Even if there were a true epidemic or pandemic, what is the justification for calling for people to not have sex, and for women to have abortions at sea? Is this not utterly insane and tyrannical? The fearmongering has reached the point where people are being manipulated into killing their babies just because they might have zika – and that zika might cause microcephaly in their children?
The 2 Useless Tests that Form the Basis of Pandemic Propaganda
Whenever a story of disease epidemic or pandemic breaks on the MSM, if you want to know the truth of it, here’s a handy litmus test. See if the reports are based on either the Antibody test or the PCR test. Both of them fail to ultimately prove whether the dreaded virus in question is the cause of a so-called pandemic. As Rappoport explains:
“When a test shows that antibodies geared to a specific virus/villain (like Zika) are present in the body, it means the body has contacted that Zika virus—if the test was done well and didn’t come up with a falsely-positive result. False positives are frequent. But more disastrously, proving the body had contact with a specific virus says absolutely nothing about whether the patient is sick or will get sick. In fact, before 1985, a positive antibody test was generally taken to be a good sign: the body’s immune system had encountered and overcome the invader. After 1985, the “science” was turned upside down: a positive test meant the person was sick or going to get sick.”
So much for the Antibody test – it only shows if the body has developed antibodies to a particular virus. That doesn’t tell us if the virus is still present, and what the implications are for the person’s current and future health. Here’s what the PCR test does:
“The PCR is a very sophisticated and tricky test to run. It is prone to errors. It takes a tiny, tiny amount of material assumed to be a fragment of a virus, and it amplifies (blows up) that fragment so it can be observed. The first problem with the test is: did technicians indeed choose a tiny sample that actually is a piece of the virus in question? Or is it simply a bit of genetic debris? The second problem is: the test, despite claims to the contrary, says nothing reliable about the amount of virus (like Zika) that is in the patient’s body. Why is this important? Because you need a great deal of virus in the body to begin to say it is causing disease. A very small amount is trivial.”
The PCR test is qualitative, not quantitative. It shows if a virus is present, but it tells us nothing about the quantity or virulence of the virus. It is inconclusive. It simply can’t tell you whether it a virus is present enough in large or dangerous enough quantities to actually cause disease.
Zika: From Rockefeller Virus to GE Mosquitoes to Potential Zika Vaccine?
Step back and take a look at the whole zika phenomenon for a minute. First, it began a long time ago with a Rockefeller patent in 1947; then, it gets triggered by GE (genetically engineered) mosquitoes released by Oxitec (with funding from Bill Gates); then, Oxitec makes the mistake of not taking into account the amount of tetracycline in the pesticides in the area, thus rendering their GE mosquito idea null. Then, what are the solutions that the MSM and Government propose? More Big Biotech, Big Agra and Big Pharma intervention, of course: more GE mosquitoes (they’ll be better this time, we promise!), more pesticides and more vaccines.
Are you beginning to see a pattern in these fake pandemics?
If Nothing Else, Zika is At Least a New Angle at Population Control
Knowing the penchant that the New World Order criminals have for depopulation, we can at least say, if nothing else, that zika is a novel angle at population control. The NWO conspirators have found a new excuse to tell people not to have sex and to promote more abortion. Eugenicist Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, which describes a future society where reproduction is strictly controlled by the State, would have been proud.
Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.
Pictures from ABC “News”
Why do the winners in this picture look like losers . . .
. . . And the loser look like a winner?
And again . . .
And again . . .
Surely they smiled at least ONCE when they won!
Then why are no smiles shown except on Clinton?
Guess who ABC “News” favors in this picture? . . .
Here is how ABC News Presents Themselves . . .
Humm . . . I thought scowls were in style???
They chose scowls for others they dislike . . .
Yet not for themselves.
In this week’s episode of Conspiracy Corner News, I will discuss how the press, which is supposed to be impartial, overtly and covertly trains the public to vote for the Elite’s preselected candidate. Did I mention that the Elite own all 99% of all newspapers and television networks, through which they cleverly and manipulatively do this?
Even if the Elite’s candidate loses, they still win anyway! Sanders, for example, received 60% of the vote in the first primary of New Hampshire, while Clinton received 38%. This means, in proportion to Clinton, that Sanders receive 50% more votes than she did. Nevertheless, due to the “Democratic” party’s “peculiar” rules, “peculiar” being the politically correct word for fraudulent, unconstitutional, and very un-democratic, even though Clinton lost by this incredibly wide margin, she is already ahead in “delegates” (actual votes) by a whopping 800% !!!!!!!!
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People need to ask an important question – Why would the Fed hike interest rates in the first place when no one ask them to do it? Why would they do that? ~Brandon Smith, The Daily Coin
I wanted to sit down with Brandon Smith, Alt-Market, for a very specific reason. Brandon is one of very few people that stuck to his analysis and said the Federal Reserve would in fact raise interest rates in December 2015. Not only did he say that the interest rate rise would happen, he predicted almost the exact date. Brandon made this prediction in August 2015 based on his analysis of what the global banksters have published, have said publicly and proven time and again through their actions they do what they say when they say they are going to do it.
This was an important interest rate adjustment, at a very important time. Our world is floating on an ocean of debt. The global economy is either in a recession or full blown depression. It is not in recovery nor will it be in recovery ever again. The dollars days are numbered and the American economic and financial systems days are numbered. Are you prepared for the transition into a new currency, a new economic system and a new way of life?
This is not me being overly dramatic. If you have been following “alternative” news, the liberty movement and preparedness news, this is exactly what we have been discussing for the past several years. It is here and it is happening right now. Are you prepared for a new way of life? Are you prepared for widespread panic, widespread civil unrest and widespread rioting in your neighborhood?
Brandon’s call on the Fed raising the interest rates was a reminder of the Fed’s mandate – steal all the wealth of the nation, kill the host nations economy and move to the next system. This is accomplished through federal level policies that are instituted through the U.S. Treasury and made into law by Congress. The lies and corruption that go along with these policies is how these criminals are able to convince societies masses that our economy is in perfect health with rainbow spewing unicorns as far as the eye can see. Once a person simply scratches the surface it becomes all too clear the bank robbers are running the banks.
When monetary policies are thrust upon an ailing economy, that run counter to what is happening with the economy, one has to take a serious look behind the curtain. Who benefits from an interest rate raise at the wrong time? Why is an interest rate raise, at this time, necessary? How does this benefit the overall economy?
The retail season of 2015, officially beginning on “Black Friday”, was a complete bust. Overall sales were down for Q4-2015 and now we are beginning to see the repercussions of eight years of failed monetary policies. Stores closing, company earnings are falling, employment, in real terms, is skyrocketing and the Federal Reserve thought this was, after eight years of zero percent interest rates, the ideal time to raise interest rates! Fits perfectly with their mandate – to steal all the wealth of the nation.
A great many people have it their head in 2008 when there 401k became a 201k that all the “money” in their account went “poof” in the night. Well, it didn’t. It actually went into other accounts as there were people buying these stocks, shares, whatever as the prices continued falling. This is called a wealth transfer. Your account is selling what is perceived as distressed stocks and someone else is buying what they see as future wealth generating stocks. While your 401k has recovered, imagine if your “account manager” had not sold any of your shares of stocks and instead was buying stocks? How much more would your current account be “worth”? How much more would your digital blips on a screen be showing?
The SDR is the currency of currencies. ~ Christine Lagarde. They (the IMF) have outlined this pretty clearly for everyone. The SDR will replace the U.S. dollar first as world reserve currency. So, you will see the SDR basket used in place of the dollar for major international trade, for oil trade…Most people will retain their national currencies for a time, so, we’ll still have our dollars, with the Presidents on them. So, it won’t seem as though we are losing our currency system…I prefer a national currency system to an international currency system…~Brandon Smith, The Daily Coin
This time it’s different. This time the global banking criminals have made it very clear the current U.S. dollar based system is coming down and it will not return.What will replace it? What new currency will we be using? Dollars will still be in circulation, but they may be outlawed – the actual paper dollars. You have been hearing a lot of talk about “cashless societies”, right? What if paper dollars were outlawed, what would you do? What if you had to turn in all your paper dollars and, like in 1934, a few months later your digital blips on a screen lost value to the tune of 40-65%? Then what? Its already happened once, why wouldn’t it happen again?
Let’s listen in to Brandon Smith as he explains what the global banking criminals have been telling us about their plans to steal your wealth, implode the current U.S. dollar system and move to their next wealth generating scheme.
Rory Hall, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Coin, has studied the precious metals market, economic and monetary policies as well as geopolitical events since 1987. I have written well over 700 articles and produced more than 200 videos. Beginning in 2014 The Daily Coin became his latest incarnation. Prior to launching his own website and YouTube channel, Rory began working with SGTReport.com in 2012 and still contributes to their website daily. The YouTube Channel, The Daily Coin, was launched in February 2014 and website TheDailyCoin.org was launched April 2014. Rory’s original articles have been published by such notable websites as Zerohedge, SHTFPlan, Sprott Money, GoldSilver and The Sleuth Journal just to name a few. He has interviewed some of the top professionals, in their field, from around the world, including Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Marc Faber, Eric Sprott, Gerald Celente and Peter Schiff, to name but a few. The Daily Coin is enjoying global growth for both original works and delivering some of the best economic, precious metals, geopolitical and preparedness news from around the world.
It’s an option. It’s always an option, a choice. We can submit to outside influences or we can be driven by the truth we know in our hearts. We can honor life, creativity, love, cooperation and unity or we can let would-be controllers make our decisions and set our courses of action for us.
Who hasn’t witnessed this mindless humdrum called “normal” human existence and been bewildered? We’ve seen it in ourselves and those we observe walking in the repetitive monotony of life. Socially and economically maintaining an existence on this planet is so completely contrived, deliberately backbreaking and monotonous you really have to wonder why more people don’t wake up and rebel against this insanity.
It’s pathetic when you come right down to it.
We all see it, we’ve all experienced it. It’s subtle, yet completely obvious. The curse of the parasitic meme-setters is that it appears, and in fact has become apparently necessary, for our compliance to their staged channels and parameters. Scarcity, the money system, hierarchy and all that construct is something humanity has willingly, as well as forcibly, bought. It’s just that it eventually becomes almost unbelievable that so many can fall for such contained oppression without questioning the entire construct around them.
It’s like being forced by some bully to be thrown into a pit and told now it’s necessary for you dig yourself out – forever. Like Sisyphus having to roll the rock up the hill over and over again.
Economic manipulations, staged geopolitical machinations and increased social restrictions attest to this, while the fear mongers’ sirens wail for the scattering and reduction of humanity’s sanity.
It’s time to wake the hell up.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat – Then Do It Again
The insanity of living in the so-called modern world is beyond description. How people can succumb to these 9 to 5 slave positions to pay for their prison cells is beyond me. And on top of that, has anyone even stopped to notice the restrictions closing in on them, or how they now even police each other?
It’s surreal. Yet people on a massive scale are falling for it in the programmed name of “security”.
Remember, everything coming from the wrong source is fear based. Just think of that condition of being security bound. Willing to sell yourself short for pretend protection from the local/state/federal mafia system hierarchy. How pathetic of a worm can humanity possibly be? Yet this is the mainstay default mindset of so many. It’s staggering. People willing to sell their souls to the state or their belief system just to survive – and all based on lies.
This action is repeated again and again and again all over the globe, not only in so-called industrialized countries, but it’s a disease of mankind worldwide. When will people wake the hell up and step out of the madness and start turning upstream and make a damn difference?
Don’t Dishonor Life
Perhaps the most profound aspect about this is the nature of those who choose to be asleep, or willfully ignore the truth for whatever reason. I see it as a disdain for life. Real life. True life. Freedom in its most simple and basic form. To love those around you, to live in harmony and understanding and sharing, finding our own ways of interacting and maintaining our basic life functions without external governance and oppressive control mechanisms.
I admit it’s a major deviation from the so-called norm. But that’s the issue. Who set the norm? Why are we in the mess that we’re in? Something is clearly fundamentally wrong.
A true resurgence of truth and awakening requires a metanoia, a complete turning about. Revolution has many bad connotations but it comes close. There needs to be a complete turn around, in fact transcendence, from the crap we’ve been handed by this parasitic force attempting to harness, corral, and siphon our energy for way too long.
Honor life. To be a subservient slave is to dishonor it. It’s time to rise and simply be.
Not In Sync – Shake It
This ridiculous world is so out of sync with anything real and native and natural it’s off the charts. Don’t look to it or its belief systems for salvation or any kind of help, and don’t even pay it too much attention. Just know it’s there and understand it so you can work around it.
But for Truth’s sake bust free from it and make a difference.
I don’t care how you do it. Just shake this paradigm off like a stinky, moldy old bug ridden coat and run for daylight.
We’re not here to entertain someone else’s madness. We’re not here to fulfill the wishes of on or off planet parasites. We’re here for the love of life and truth and to live in abundance and harmony. This is our home. Do not give it up without doing your part in this conscious, mental and physical fight for freedom.
Much love and keep on plowing ahead. It’s ours to respond, and respond and activate we will!
By Zen Gardner at ZenGardner.com.
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The present-day definitions of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis were arbitrarily conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the early 90’s and then projected upon millions of women’s bodies seemingly in order to convince them they had a drug-treatable, though symptomless, disease.
Osteopenia (1992)[i] and Osteoporosis (1994)[ii] were formally identified as skeletal diseases by the WHO as bone mineral densities (BMD) 1 and 2.5 standard deviations, respectively, below the peak bone mass of an average young adult Caucasian female, as measured by an x-ray device known as Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, or DEXA). This technical definition, now used widely around the world as the gold standard, is disturbingly inept, and as we shall see, likely conceals an agenda that has nothing to do with the promotion of health.
Deviant Standards: Aging Transformed Into a Disease
A ‘standard deviation’ is simply a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group as a whole, i.e. within any natural population there will be folks with higher and lower biological values, e.g. height, weight, bone mineral density, cholesterol levels. The choice of an average young adult female (approximately 30-year old) at peak bone mass in the human lifecycle as the new standard of normality for all women 30 or older, was, of course, not only completely arbitrary but also highly illogical. After all, why should a 80-year old’s bones be defined as “abnormal” if they are less dense than a 30-year old’s?
Within the WHO’s new BMD definitions the aging process is redefined as a disease, and these definitions targeted women, much in the same way that menopause was once redefined as a “disease” that needed to be treated with synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) therapies; that is, before the whole house of cards collapsed with the realization that by “treating” menopause as a disease the medical establishment was causing far more harm than good, e.g. heart disease, stroke and cancer.
As if to fill the void left by the HRT debacle and the disillusionment of millions of women, the WHO’s new definitions resulted in the diagnosis, and subsequent labeling, of millions of healthy middle-aged and older women with what they were now being made to believe was another “health condition,” serious enough to justify the use of expensive and extremely dangerous bone drugs (and equally dangerous mega-doses of elemental calcium) in the pursuit of increasing bone density by any means necessary.
One thing that cannot be debated, as it is now a matter of history, is that this sudden transformation of healthy women, who suffered no symptoms of “low bone mineral density,” into an at-risk, treatment-appropriate group, served to generate billions of dollars of revenue for DXA device manufacturers, doctor visits, and drug prescriptions around the world.WHO Are They Kidding?
Osteopenia is, in fact, a medical and diagnostic non-entity. The term itself describes nothing more than a statistical deviation from an arbitrarily determined numerical value or norm. According to the osteoporosis epidemiologist Dr. L. Joseph Melton at the Mayo Clinic who participated in setting the original WHO criteria in 1992, “[osteopenia] was just meant to indicate the emergence of a problem,” and noted that “It didn’t have any particular diagnostic or therapeutic significance. It was just meant to show a huge group who looked like they might be at risk.”[iii] Another expert, Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center, criticized the newly adopted disease category osteopenia by saying ”We have medicalized a nonproblem.”[iv]
In reality, the WHO definitions violate both commonsense and fundamental facts of biological science (sadly, an increasingly prevalent phenomenon within drug company-funded science). After all, anyone over 30 years of age should have lower bone density than a 30 year old, as this is consistent with the normal and natural healthy aging process. And yet, according to the WHO definition of osteopenia, the eons-old programming of our bodies to gradually shed bone density as we age, is to be considered a faulty design and/or pathology in need of medical intervention.
How the WHO, or any other organization which purports to be a science-based “medical authority,” can make an ostensibly educated public believe that the natural thinning of the bones is not normal, or more absurdly: a disease, is astounding. In defense of the public, the cryptic manner in which these definitions and diagnoses have been cloaked in obscure mathematical and clinical language makes it rather difficult for the layperson to discern just how outright insane the logic they are employing really is.
So, let’s look closer at the definitions now, which are brilliantly elucidated by Washington.edu’s published online course on Bone Densitometry, which can viewed in its entirety here.
The Manufacture of a Disease through Categorical Sleight-of-Hand
The image above shows the natural decrease in hip bone density occurring with age, with variations in race and gender depicted. Observe that loss of bone mineral density with age is a normal process.
Next, is the classical bell-shaped curve, from which T- and Z-scores are based. T-sores are based on the young adult standard (30-year old) bone density as being normal for everyone, irregardless of age, whereas the much more logical Z-score compares your bone mineral density to that of your age group, as well as sex and ethnic background. Now here’s where it gets disturbingly clear how ridiculous the T-score really system is….
Above is an image showing how within the population of women used to determine “normal” bone mineral density, e.g. 30-year olds, 16% of them already “have” osteopenia” according to the WHO definitions, and 3% already “have” osteoporosis! According to Washington.edu’s online course “One standard deviation is at the 16th percentile, so by definition 16% of young women have osteopenia! As shown below, by the time women reach age 80, very few are considered normal.”
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Above you will see what happens when the WHO definitions of “normal bone density” are applied to aging populations. Whereas at age 25, 15% of the population will “have” osteopenia, by age 50 the number grows to 33%. And by age 65, 60% will be told they have either osteopenia (40%) or osteoporosis (20%).
On the other hand, if one uses the Z-score, which compares your bones to that of your age group, something remarkable happens: a huge burden of “disease” disappears! In a review on the topic published in 2009 in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 30-39% of the subjects who had been diagnosed with osteoporosis with two different DXA machine models were reclassified as either normal or “osteopenic” when the Z- score was used instead of the T-score. The table therefore can be turned on the magician-like sleight-of-hand used to convert healthy people into diseased ones, as long as an age-appropriate standard of measurement is applied, which presently it is not.
Bone Mineral Density is NOT Equivalent to Bone Strength
As you can see there are a number of insurmountable problems with the WHO’s definitions, but perhaps the most fatal flaw is the fact that the Dual energy X-ray absorpitometry device (DXA) is only capable of revealing the mineral density of the bone, and this is not the same thing as bone quality/strength.
While there is a correlation between bone mineral density and bone quality/strength – that is to say, they overlap in places — they are not equivalent. In other words, density, while an excellent indicator of compressive strength (resisting breaking when being crushed by a static weight), is not an accurate indicator of tensile strength (resisting breaking when being pulled or stretched).
Indeed, in some cases having higher bone density indicates that the bone is actually weaker. Glass, for instance, has high density and compressive strength, but it is extremely brittle and lacks the tensile strength required to withstand easily shattering in a fall. Wood, on the other hand, which is closer in nature to human bone than glass or stone is less dense relative to these materials, but also extremely strong relative to them, capable of bending and stretching to withstand the very same forces which the bone is faced with during a fall. Or, take spider web. It is has infinitely greater strength and virtually no density. Given these facts, having “high” bone density (and thereby not having osteoporosis) may actually increase the risk of fracture in a real-life scenario like a fall.
Essentially, the WHO definitions distract from key issues surrounding bone quality and real world bone fracture risks, such as gait and vision disorders.[v] In other words, if you are able to see and move correctly in our body, you are less likely to fall, which means you are less prone to fracture. Keep in mind also that the quality of human bone depends entirely on dietary and lifestyle patterns and choices, and unlike x-ray-based measurements, bone quality is not decomposable to strictly numerical values, e.g. mineral density scores. Vitamin K2 and soy isoflavones, for instance, significantly reduce bone fracture rates without increasing bone density. Scoring high on bone density tests may save a woman from being intimidated into taking dangerous drugs or swallowing massive doses of elemetal calcium, but it may not translate into preventing “osteoporosis,” which to the layperson means the risk of breaking a bone. But high bone mineral density may result in far worse problems….
High Bone Mineral Density & Breast Cancer
One of the most important facts about bone mineral density, conspicuously absent from discussion, is that having higher-than-normal bone density in middle-aged and older women actually INCREASES their risk of breast cancer by 200-300%, and this is according to research published in some of the world’s most well-respected and authoritative journals, e.g. Lancet, JAMA, NCI. (see citations below).
While it has been known for at least fifteen years that high bone density profoundly increases the risk of breast cancer — and particularly malignant breast cancer — the issue has been given little to no attention, likely because it contradicts the propaganda expounded by mainstream woman’s health advocacy organizations. Breast cancer awareness programs focus on x-ray based breast screenings as a form of “early detection,” and the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s entire platform is based on expounding the belief that increasing bone mineral density for osteoporosis prevention translates into improved quality and length of life for women.
The research, however, is not going away, and eventually these organizations will have to acknowledge it, or risk losing credibility.
Journal of the American Medical Association (1996): Women with bone mineral density above the 25th percentile have 2.0 to 2.5 times increased risk of breast cancer compared with women below the 25th percentile.
Journal of Nutrition Reviews (1997): Postmenopausal women in the highest quartile for metacarpal bone mass were found to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, after adjusting for age and other variables known to influence breast cancer risk.
American Journal of Epidemiology (1998): Women with a positive family history of breast cancer and who are in the highest tertile bone mineral density are at a 3.41-fold increased risk compared with women in the lowest tertile.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2001): Elderly women with high bone mineral density (BMD) have up to 2.7 times greater risk of breast cancer, especially advanced cancer, compared with women with low BMD.
Journal Breast (2001): Women in the lowest quartile of bone mass appear to be protected against breast cancer.
European Journal of Epidemiology (2004): Women with highest tertile bone mineral density (BMD) measured at the Ward’s triangle and at the femoral neck are respectively at 2.2-and 3.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women at the lowest tertile of BMD.
View additional citations on the breast cancer-bone density link.
High Bone Density: More Harm Than Good
The present-day fixation within the global medical community on “osteoporosis prevention” as a top women’s health concern, is simply not supported by the facts. The #1 cause of death in women today is heart disease, and the #2 cause of death is cancer, particularly breast cancer, and not death from complications associated with a bone fracture or break. In fact, in the grand scheme of things osteoporosis or low bone mineral density does not even make the CDC’s top ten list of causes of female mortality. So, why is it given such a high place within the hierarchy of women’s health concerns? Is it a business decision or a medical one?
Regardless of the reason or motive, the obsessive fixation on bone mineral density is severely undermining the overall health of women. For example, the mega-dose calcium supplements being taken by millions of women to “increase bone mineral density” are known to increase the risk of heart attack by between 24-27%, according to two 2011 meta-analyses published in Lancet, and 86% according to a more recent meta-analysis published in the journal Heart. Given the overwhelming evidence, the 1200+ mgs of elemental calcium the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends women 50 and older take to “protect their bones,” may very well be inducing coronary artery spasms, heart attacks and calcified arterial plaque in millions of women. Considering that the NOF name calcium supplement manufacturers Citrical and Oscal as corporate sponsors, it is unlikely their message will change anytime soon.
Now, when we consider the case of increased breast cancer risk linked to high bone mineral density, being diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis would actually indicate a significantly reduced risk of developing the disease. What is more concerning to women: breaking a bone (from which one can heal), or developing breast cancer? If it is the latter, a low BMD reading could be considered cause for celebration and not depression, fear and the continued ingestion of inappropriate medications or supplements, which is usually the case following a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis.
We hope this article will put to rest any doubts that the WHO’s fixation on high bone density was designed not to protect or improve the health of women, but rather to convert the natural aging process into a blockbuster disease, capable of generating billions of dollars of revenue.
[i] WHO Scientific Group on the Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis (2000 : Geneva, Switzerland) (2003). “Prevention and management of osteoporosis : report of a WHO scientific group” (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-31.
[ii] WHO (1994). “Assessment of fracture risk and its application to screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Report of a WHO Study Group”. World Health Organization technical report series 843: 1–129. PMID 7941614.
[iii] Kolata, Gina (September 28, 2003). “Bone Diagnosis Gives New Data But No Answers”. New York Times.
[v] P Dargent-Molina, F Favier, H Grandjean, C Baudoin, A M Schott, E Hausherr, P J Meunier, G Bréart Fall-related factors and risk of hip fracture: the EPIDOS prospective study. Lancet. 1996 Jul 20;348(9021):145-9. PMID: 8684153
Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of www.GreenMedInfo.com.
Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.
(The Real Agenda) Technology advancements do not have to be risky. It is upon consumers to demand that their privacy and security be protected.
Imagine a world where you are connected to anything and everything you want whenever you want. Imagine a world where you don’t even have to think about what you want because the Internet of Things (IoT) is out there ready to think for you.
Today, the proponents of having a society where everyone is connected to everything, all the time, are the convenience and continuous connectivity which will allegedly make your life easier and more pleasant.
The details that those proponents usually leave out are security and privacy, and when they do bring them up for discussion they are rapidly dismissed as unimportant or something that will somehow solve itself.
In fact, the only impediment that proponents of the IoT see as an obstacle to its complete takeover is price. They highlight how hardware used to keep us connected nowadays is cool and innovative, but also how people refuse to pay for their high prices.
Being part of the IoT is being paraded as the next trendy thing. “People are connecting with products and services these days not just for what they do, but for what they say about them. Technology is becoming as much about personal identity as it is about hardware and silicon,” says Christopher Caen.
According to Caen, at some point in time, convenience and utility will overcome price. He says that price concerns “do not take into account convenience, value, or most importantly the power of identity.”
He is right. Many people buy things not because they need them or because they are cheap, but because it is trendy to own them. There are a number of examples we can cite: smartphones, headphones, cars, clothing and more. So those who seek to impose total control over the population can count on the ignorance and hollowness of a great majority of zombies who will do anything to get the latest gadget to show off their trendiness.
The commercial pitch used by lovers of the IoT is, as Caen points out, “all this fabulous hardware will be centered on you, your data, and your identity.” If you think that selfies are a sign of egocentrism, arrogance and so on, just wait until millions of trendies realize that there is a new nirvana out there waiting for them. According to Caen, it is all about technology being able to smell us, sense us and doing everything we find pleasurable. It is a technological orgasm every single time.
What about Security and Privacy?
While the trendies and tech crazies salivate as they wait for their car to greet them every time they enter it, tell them what is the right temperature for the cabin or how fast they should drive, people who still want to have complete command of their lives are concerned about two aspects that are real issues when it comes to the IoT.
Lack of security and violations of privacy are two very real facts that stop people from stepping onto the IoT gravy train.
“Household devices have led the charge with smart thermostats, refrigerators, and washing machines. We have seen security devices like home security cameras and baby monitors, and health devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers. And we all know about wearables like fitness trackers and watches,” explains Cate Lawrence.
All of the devices cited above have been proven to be unsafe. Some of them have been hacked and in the case of wearables, they have been found to “share” personal information with their manufacturers without the consent of people who wear them.
According to Lawrence, “there’s been a number of reported cases of parents discovering hackers watching and talking to their children at night.” In New York, the Department of Consumer Affairs investigated the lack of security of baby monitors. It issued subpoenas to four manufacturers of baby video monitors and the Federal Trade Commission issuing warnings about breaches in security for these devices.
“There are plenty of devices without cameras that are vulnerable to attack. From the Toyota Prius to insulin pumps to wifi kettles. Some are hacked as demonstrations into the ability to do so rather than with malice, but it’s still sobering stuff,” reveals Lawrence.
Drones, the unmanned aerial vehicles, used both for recreational and military purposes, have been hacked. What else do people who dismiss security and privacy concerns need as proof to provide an adequate forum for discussion? “It’s not unreasonable to believe that a person who buys a connected device and utilizes it according to the manufacturer’s instructions has a right to privacy, security and a relatively hack-free existence,” insists Lawrence.
While most trendies concentrate their attention on the convenience and status update that they will gain by owning a device connected to the IoT, they are completely oblivious to the lack of security and privacy. Not even the existence of legislation that asks manufacturers to create devices with a guarantee of security and privacy has been enough to make both issues relevant. A report published by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 already asks that manufacturers provide the minimum security and privacy to users:
- build security into devices at the outset, rather than as an afterthought in the design process;
- when a security risk is identified, consider a “defense-in-depth” strategy whereby multiple layers of security may be used to defend against a particular risk;
- consider measures to keep unauthorized users from accessing a consumer’s device, data, or personal information stored on the network;
- monitor connected devices throughout their expected life cycle, and where feasible, provide security patches to cover known risks.
Lawrence provides a clear example of manufacturer negligence, to say the least, when it comes to respect for privacy and lack of security:
“The FTC filed a complaint against security camera maker TrendNet for allegedly misrepresenting its software as “secure.” In its complaint, the Commission alleged, among other things, that the company transmitted user login credentials in clear text over the Internet, stored login credentials in clear text on users’ mobile devices, and failed to test consumers’ privacy settings to ensure that video feeds marked as “private” would in fact be private.“
In the case of TrendNet, hackers were successful in accessing the devices to take over live feeds as well as private surveillance cameras kept up by individuals in their homes.
Perhaps, something worse than lack of rules for manufacturers is government intervention to decide what is safe enough and what is not. The Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act, enables government to set standards, via a rating system, about how well a car ‘protects passengers’. Legislation such as the Spy Car Act is a step forward to letting artificial intelligence (AI), not a human, decide what is best.
Among many of the recommendations provided in the law are:
- Requirement that all wireless access points in the car are protected against hacking attacks, evaluated using penetration testing;
- Requirement that all collected information is appropriately secured and encrypted to prevent unwanted access; and;
- Requirement that the manufacturer or third-party feature provider be able to detect, report and respond to real-time hacking events.
As of today, no device maker can claim that its products are completely safe from hacking or illegal surveillance, which makes ironic that government asks companies to provide just that.
So, what is the profile of the average user of current forms of IoT technologies?
When interviewed about the role of If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular tool that allows devices to connect to the internet to carry out a simple task, Linden Tibbets, the CEO and co-founder, explained that people who use it generally look for creative ways to control their devices and to have the ability to adapt their environment to their needs.
“Right now, it’s typically someone who’s looking to get something more out of the services they currently have. Folks that have some deep experience with one or two or three individual services, these could be services like Gmail or Google Calendar, Facebook, or perhaps someone who is big into sports and ESPN, or wearables…,” said Tibbets.
When asked about what is the future of IFTTT and other tools as they become part of the IoT, Tibbets explained that the move is towards the so-called SmartHome. “The home is incredibly popular and we’re going to see a ton of connected home channels. We now have over 70 connected-home channels, but we are going to see that number explode… The home is just a small piece of the general excitement around the Internet of Things,” he confesses.
A home that is connected to the internet via sensors or appliances on a 24/7 basis is the perfect instance for both malicious hackers and government agencies with unlimited power to keep an eye on everyone who decides to adopt the IoT as the future of life and society. Tibbets explained that his company’s goal is “enabling seamless experiences for consumers”.
Make no mistake, being connected to the internet all day to access anything you want when you want it is beyond convenient; it is a dream for anyone who is hooked up to technology. However, those who seek to live the rest of their lives connected to the IoT, or whatever else manufacturers come up with in the future needs to understand that there is no need to give up privacy or security in exchange for convenience, comfort or continuous connectivity.
Technology advancements do not have to be risky. It is upon consumers to demand that their privacy and security are protected.
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Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.
America created global terrorist groups at least since the CIA’s involvement against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Virtually all headline-making groups are US creations, or offshoots from them, used as imperial foot soldiers – recruited from scores of countries, armed, funded, trained and directed to serve Washington’s pure evil agenda, its quest for unchallenged global dominance, its endless wars of aggressions, its ravaging and destroying one nation after another.
At a Rome news conference with his Italian counterpart Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, John Kerry was interrupted by a woman, accusing America of “creat(ing) Daesh,” shouting a vital truth in public, reported on Italian state-owned RAI television.
Many others continue to explain the same thing, this writer numerous times. Last August, former US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) head/retired Lt. General Michael Flynn cited official US documents, proving creating ISIS was “a willful (Obama administration) decision.”
The so-called war against it and America’s “war on terror” are complete fabrications, proliferated by US officials and supportive media scoundrels.
Washington consistently violates Security Council Resolution 2178 (September 2014), calling on member states to “suppress the recruiting, organizing, transporting, equipping and financing of foreign terrorist fighters” (ISIS and related groups).
A declassified 2012 US report said “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime” and replace it.
Russia’s intervention last year appears to have foiled Washington’s best laid plans, aiming to redraw the Middle East map, destroying Syrian sovereignty key, increasingly looking like a failed objective.
The region remains on the boil, a cauldron of endless violence, instability and chaos – America’s pure evil agenda entirely responsible.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Here’s a major alert that you will appreciate no matter where you live in the US or another nation: Regional Governance is solidifying. Why should you care about something that sounds a bit dull? Because right now you have the shreds of the ability to influence what happens to you. When regional governance is fully in place AND FUNDED, you will sliding down that official slope to totalitarian authoritarian rule. That’s it. It’s really that simple. Official regionalization, funded, takes us from the conceptual to the actual. From ideology to REALITY. Now read this:
Last month the San Jose Mercury News and other news outlets reported on a new FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND Parcel Tax in the San Francisco Bay Area. The “emergency” that the SF Bay is facing, the environmental devastation in the SF Bay, you are told, must be dealt with, and $500 million is urgently needed. You were told that this tax concept is new because people of the 9 counties around the San Francisco Bay will have every one of their parcels assessed a $12 tax annually to ‘save the Bay.’ A ballot measure will be on the June 2016 ballot so that the people of these counties can essentially vote to empower an obscure agency that has been taken over by powerful Silicon Valley Agenda 21 corporate interests.
Never before have the 9 counties been taxed as a single entity. Why? Because they are NOT A SINGLE ENTITY. THEY ARE NINE SEPARATE COUNTIES.
THIS IS A TEST. The environmental issue is a smokescreen, a GREEN MASK, for the major play here: empowering AND FUNDING a new form of government, regional, that destroys representative government. What does this mean for you? The new ‘region’, the Bay Area, becomes the political and financial gorilla that crushes your ability as a voter to control your life. Instead of working with local, county, and state representatives you’ll be subjected to the power of the OneBayArea: 9 counties / 101 cities where you have no meaningful representation. This is what happened with PlanBayArea. We are suing to stop this, but we lost at Superior Court and are appealing, with your help.
The core danger of regionalization is that you have no vote, no voice, no ability to influence this unelected board / commission. Regions break jurisdictional boundaries and destroy representative government. A region is a supra-governmental organization. Full globalization can only happen with the interim building block: regionalization. The same group sponsoring this, Silicon Valley Regional Forum, hosted futurist Paul Saffo recently, who said that in 50 years the United States would be erased and replaced with Mega-Regions. What voice, what power, will you have if this goes forward? None. These people have an agenda: UN Agenda 21. Before you scoff at it and roll your eyes, take a moment and take a look at the truth behind Sustainable Development. This is not about recycling. This is about full globalization, mega-regions, and handing what little power you have left to an unelected board with a ‘vision.’
Now those Silicon Valley corporations that have been using their money to establish their power will be using YOUR money to maintain and grow their power.
VOTE NO …WHILE YOU STILL CAN. IDENTIFY IT. EXPOSE IT. RESIST.
FIGHT UN AGENDA 21
Rosa Koire, ASA, is the executive director of the Post Sustainability Institute and the author of BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN Agenda 21. She is a retired forensic commercial real estate appraiser specializing in eminent domain valuation. As a District Branch Chief at the California Department of Transportation her nearly 30 years analyzing land use and property value enabled her to recognize the planning revolution sweeping the country. While fighting to stop a huge redevelopment project in her city she researched the corporate, political, and financial interests behind it and found UN Agenda 21. Impacting every aspect of our lives, UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is a corporate manipulation using the Green Mask of environmental concern to forward a globalist plan. Rosa speaks across the world and is a regular blogger on her website Democrats Against UN Agenda 21. Her book, BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN Agenda 21 is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, and Nook, at her websites:www.PostSustainabilityInstitute.org and www.DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21.com
By: The Voice of Reason |
Anyone who has not been living under a rock the last 2-3 years, and has watched the number of Americans out of work rise to 94 million people without a job, a number that is just below 30% of our total population, knows this country is going over a cliff very soon. In the video below, the Dr. of Common Sense goes off on Obama, as well as the American people for being such fools, and rightfully so.
Of course, there are those among us who believe ignorance is bliss, and don’t want to know about anything because “news is too depressing.” Under normal circumstances, those folks wouldn’t know anything was awry until whatever it is smacks them in the head, and by then it’s normally too late. BUT, these aren’t normal circumstances, and our situation is SO obvious, that just about every American that is still on the right side of the dirt and still breathing, should have absolutely no doubt that this country is not even going to tap the breaks as we go off the cliff into the abyss and the ash bins of history.
It makes ZERO difference who wins the election. Zero. None. John Adams once famously said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” At this stage in our nation’s storied history, we are a nation void of anything with even the same letters as the words morals or religion,
Despite the fact Barack Obama was known by several aliases, had used as many as three different social security numbers in his life (NOT ONE coming from the state he was allegedly born in, indicating fraud on at least SOME level), paid MILLIONS of dollars to seal his past tighter than everyone in witness protection program combined, was such close friends with convicted terrorists that he felt comfortable enough to leave his children with them, and when offered $50 MILLION DOLLARS to disclose his college transcripts, he refused to do so (not like that gives any clear indication something is being hidden), Americans somehow still chose to elect Barack Obama to the Oval Office not once, but twice.
Seven years into the Obama presidency, it’s safe to say the most valuable thing people got for their votes were the free bumper stickers. Now, we have a current president that we KNOW usurped the most powerful office on the planet illegally, and yet we the American people STILL do nothing. Not only do we do nothing, we sit back and we watch as both Obama, and his would be successor Hillary, break more laws than John Gotti did as the two of them work tirelessly to cover-up their illegal activities by committing even more illegal activities. Still, we do nothing.
Our situation is not solely the fault of the communists that have taken over the Democrat Party though. Republicans are just as disgusting. Republicans have a presidential front runner who has more temper tantrums than a four year-old with a soiled diaper who’s told to stand still on a hot summer day with 100% humidity. Despite having both the House and the Senate in Republican hands, rather than do their jobs, members of Congress throw elbows and lob verbal grenades at one another fighting over table scraps, in hopes that they can squirrel away enough of those scraps so that come election time, they’ll be able to dole those scraps out to their constituents in exchange for a vote when their term is up.
All this happens in plain sight, and no one is tapping the breaks as we rocket toward the edge of the cliff. No one is speaking out and demanding an end to the corrupt cesspool in Washington, and demanding better for our children, because we owe it to them. How can we say we love them, when we let our own selfishness destroy their futures?
Americans, we KNOW Barack was a fraud. Period. He is an embarrassment to himself, to his family, and to this country. Every day we allow him to remain in the office of the President of the United States of America makes us equally as big of an embarrassment as he is. Do the right thing. Call your representatives and demand Obama be Impeached!
Since Barack Obama first became president, he has been doing everything he can to ensure that his college records remained sealed. He was very successful in this endeavor: until now.
Recently, “Americans for Freedom of Information” released copies of Obama’s transcripts from Occidental College, and what they revealed could get him impeached. According to America’s Freedom Fighters, the documents reveal the future president received financial aid as a student from Indonesia under the name of Barry Soetoro.
The transcript shows that when Obama applied for financial aid, he was awarded with a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must first claim foreign citizenship.
This could finally be the proof that birthers need to get Obama impeached. This coupled with the fact that Obama was born in Kenya and that there is no record of him ever applying for U.S. citizenship certainly does not help his case at all.
The White House is reportedly in panic mode at the moment as they work to find a way to spin this in their favor, but there’s only so much they can do. The reality is that our Constitution states that a president must be born INSIDE this country in order to lead it. Clearly, Obama was not born here, so it’s time for him to get OUT!
What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
THE VOICE OF REASON is the pen name of Michael DePinto, a graduate of Capital University Law School, and an attorney in Florida. Having worked in the World Trade Center, along with other family and friends, Michael was baptized by fire into the world of politics on September 11, 2001. Michael’s political journey began with tuning in religiously to whatever the talking heads on television had to say, then Michael became a “Tea-Bagging” activist as his liberal friends on the Left would say, volunteering within the Jacksonville local Tea Party, and most recently Michael completed law school. Today, Michael is a major contributor to www.BeforeItsNews.com, he owns and operates www.thelastgreatstand.com, where Michael provides what is often very ‘colorful’ political commentary, ripe with sarcasm, no doubt the result of Michael’s frustration as he feels we are witnessing the end of the American Empire. The topics Michael most often weighs in on are: Martial Law, FEMA Camps, Jade Helm, Economic Issues, Government Corruption, and Government Conspiracy.
Few can deny the common sense behind preparing for something that is definitely going to happen, yet every year, an impending winter storm sends people rushing out to the store at the last minute, prepping for a blizzard that is due to hit in mere hours. Every winter, if you live in certain climates, blizzards are going to occur. Usually, at least one storm will hit that will cause you to be snowed in. Often, those storms mean you will also lose power. There is the inevitable rush to the store for milk and bread, during which people battle it out for the last supplies left on the shelves.
But you can avoid all that. You don’t have to be a bunker-dwelling, MRE-chomping, camo-clad prepper to see the logic behind keeping some extra food and other supplies on hand for something that happens every single year.
This year, avoid the last minute panic and the discomfort of being unprepared. This article is full of links to previous articles that will help you in prepping for a blizzard. Put together a at least the bare minimum kit for riding out the storm. (Camo is optional.)
Everyone knows that clean drinking water is something you can’t live without. In the event of a blizzard and power outage, the water may not run from the taps. The pipes could freeze, or, in the event of grid failure, an electrically driven pump will not work.
“I’ll just eat snow.” No, this is a horrible idea. First of all, snow is mostly air, and you’d have to eat 20 quarts of it to equal 2 quarts of water. Secondly, if you eat that much snow you will lower your core temperature and put yourself at risk for hypothermia. If you already don’t have water, you have enough problems. You don’t need hypothermia. For a small amount of money, you can have a 5-gallon jug of water sitting in your closet, instead of melting snow, crouched beside a fire in the backyard, watching the pot. You aren’t in the wilderness fending off bears. This really is not a good plan. First of all, the snow picks up all sorts of pollution as it falls through the atmosphere. The impurities can potentially make you sick. If you really get yourself in a poorly thought-out situation in which snow is your only hope for survival, boil it for 10 minutes before drinking it. Then, when the crisis is over, please store some water so you never have to do this again.
Each family should store a two week supply of water. The rule of thumb for drinking water is 1 gallon per day, per person. Don’t forget to stock water for your pets, also.
You can create your water supply very inexpensively. Many people use clean 2-liter soda pop bottles to store tap water. Others fill the large 5-gallon jugs with filtered water from the grocery store. Consider a gravity fed water filtration device and water purification tablets as well. Other filtration options are the small personal filters like the Sawyer mini or the Berkey-to-go.
- Gravity-fed water filter
- Water purification tablets
- Water Brick 28 gallon system
- Water Bob 100 gallon system for the bathtub
- The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide
Food and a way to prepare it
Enough with the milk and bread already. Do you even consume milk and bread on a regular basis? This is really not the food you want to propel you through shoveling a driveway 17 times until the plow goes past, at which point you shovel it again.
There are two schools of thought regarding food during a power outage. One: you need a cooking method that does not require the grid to be functioning. Two: you can store food that doesn’t require cooking. This is a good idea if you don’t have an emergency stove or wood heat.
If you opt for a secondary cooking method, be sure that you have enough fuel for two weeks. Store foods that do not require long cooking times – for example, dried beans would use a great deal of fuel, but canned beans could be warmed up, or even eaten cold.
- Click HERE to find a list of foods that require no cooking
- Click HERE to build an emergency food supply that you park in your closet and forget until you need it
- Click HERE for a short term food storage list
- Click HERE to learn to build a healthy food storage pantry
- Click HERE for emergency food buckets (There is also a gluten-free option)
Freezing to death in your own home would be a terrible way to go, wouldn’t it? It’s pretty anticlimactic. There’s no grand story of adventure. You just basically didn’t have enough blankets and common sense to stay warm in a house. Don’t be that person.
During the first 24 hours after a power outage, you can stay fairly warm if you block off one room of the house for everyone to group together in. Keep the door closed and keep a towel or blanket folded along the bottom of the door to conserve warmth. You can safely burn a couple of candles also, and in the enclosed space, your body heat will keep it relatively warm. As well, dress in layers and keep everything covered – wear a hat, gloves (fingerless ones allow you to still function), and a scarf.
However, after about 48 hours, that’s not going to be enough in very cold weather. You will require back-up heat at this point. If you are lucky enough to have a source of heat like a fireplace or woodstove, you’ll be just fine as long as you have a supply of dry, seasoned firewood.
Consider a portable propane heater (and propane) or an oil heater. You have to be very careful what type of backup heat you plan on using, as many of them can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in a poorly ventilated area. If you plan to use off-grid heat methods, pick up a carbon monoxide alarm with a battery back-up. The gas has no smell, and often people who die from inhaling it simply drift off to sleep, never to awaken.
- Click HERE to learn how to stay warm with less heat (or even no heat at all)
- Little Buddy Propane Heater (and propane)
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm
- Learn more about off-grid heat options HERE
A common cause of illness, and even death, during a down-grid scenario is the lack of sanitation. We’ve discussed the importance of clean drinking water, but you won’t want to use your drinking water to keep things clean or to flush the toilet. If the pipes are frozen or you have no running water for other reasons during a winter storm, you’ll need to consider sanitation needs.
For cleaning, reduce your need to wash things. Stock up on paper plates, paper towels, and disposable cups and flatware. Keep some disinfecting cleaning wipes and sprays (I don’t recommend using antibacterial products on a regular basis, however in the event of an emergency they can help to keep you healthy.) Use hand sanitizer after using the bathroom and before handling food or beverages – there may be a lot more germs afoot in a disaster.
Look at your options for bathroom sanitation. Does your toilet still flush when the electricity is out? Many people discovered the hard way that the toilets didn’t work when the sewage backed up in the highrises in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. At our old cabin, the toilet wouldn’t flush without power because the pump was electric.
If you are on a septic system, with no risk of the toilet backing up into the house, simply store some water for flushing in the bathroom. At the first sign of a storm, fill the bathtub for this purpose. Add the water to the tank so that you can flush.
If this is not an option, another solution is to stock up on extremely heavy duty garbage bags (like the kind that contractors use at construction sites) and kitty litter. Place a bag either in your drained toilet or in a bucket. Sprinkle some kitty litter in the bottom of the bag. Each time someone uses the bathroom, add another handful of litter. Be very careful that the bag doesn’t get too heavy for you to handle it. Tie it up very securely and store it outside until services are restored. (Here are the complete instructions.)
- Supplies for a kitty litter toilet
- Disposable disinfecting wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Paper plates and paper towels
- Quick hacks for cleaning without running water
- Portable camping toilet
- Hand and surface hygiene without running water
- This book discusses methods like latrines, outhouses, and disposing of human waste safely
Lighting is absolutely vital, especially if there are children in the house. Nothing is more frightening than being completely in the dark during a stressful situation. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to plan for, as well as one of the least expensive.
Candles are the first things that most people think of in the event of an emergency. While they can be a great solution, they do increase the risk of house fires. Be sure to use them safely and keep them away from children and pets.
- Flashlights (don’t forget batteries)
- Matches or Lighters
- Glow sticks (Great for kiddos – learn more HERE)
Other tools and supplies
Some basic items will make your life much easier during an emergency. The good thing is, most folks already have the supplies on the “bare minimum” list. All you need to do is collect them and put them in one easily accessible container.
- Lighter/waterproof matches
- Batteries in various sizes
- Manual can opener
- Basic tools: Pliers, screwdriver, wrench, hammer
- Duct tape
- Crazy glue
- Survival Knife
- Bungee cords
- Magnesium firestarter
- Sewing supplies
- If you’d like to expand on the basic supplies, a more detailed list of tools and hardware can be found HERE.
First Aid kit
You probably won’t need a field trauma kit that allows you to amputate limbs or remove a bullet, but you definitely want to have a few things on hand. It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on hand at all times, but particularly in the event of an emergency. Your kit should include basic wound care items and over-the-counter medications.
- Antibiotic ointments
- Disinfecting sprays
- Pain relief capsules
- Cold medicine
- Cough syrup
- Anti-nausea pills
- Allergy medication
- Anti-diarrheal medications
- First aid book
- Prepper’s Natural Medicine (dealing with all sorts of illnesses and injuries with home remedies)
- Fully stocked medic kit
- The Survival Medicine Handbook
- If you want to put together a more advanced medical kit, you can find a list HERE.
This is something that will be unique to every family. Consider the things that are needed on a daily basis in your household. It might be prescription medications, diapers, or special foods. If you have pets, you’ll need supplies for them too. The best way to figure out what you need is to jot things down as you use them over the course of a week or so.
Prepping for a blizzard is just common sense
You can learn more about being prepared for all sorts of disasters with Tess Pennington’s fantastic and comprehensive book, The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster.
Don’t feel like you are crossing over to the tinfoil hat side by preparing for all eventualities during a winter storm. This doesn’t mean you’re loading up on gas masks and decontamination suits. It doesn’t mean your house is stacked to the rafters with ammo and body armor. It’s just plain old-fashioned common sense to keep a naturally occurring event from becoming a crisis.
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author ofThe Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]