Category: Economy

Time For The Annual Pharma Cleanup!

Happy New Year, everybody! Hope you had a great New Year’s Eve with your family and friends and I’m confident you’ll build yourself an amazing 2013.

The first MyFamilySurvivalPlan resolution is to get to know you, guys, a little better and hear your opinion loud and clear from now on. So please use and abuse the comments section to the articles you read here, I’d love to see your take on the stuff I write, whether you agree with me or not. We’ve all got different opinions and that I respect all the way. So knock yourselves out!

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Ok, so let’s get to today’s topic and what made me choose this particular subject. Every year, at the beginning of January, I check my stockpile and clear shelves of all the stuff that’s gone bad. Including meds. I’ve got a large drawer where I keep all the pills and the herbal remedies that don’t require any special storage. I’ve got them categorized according to the illness they can treat (or prevent) and I chose not to make extra-categories according to expiration dates, as it seemed a bit too complicated. Therefore, I take the time to check them once a year and throw out everything that’s not safe.

In the past years, I’d put all the outdated meds in a bag and then just throw them in the garbage bin. Wow, was that a mistake! I didn’t even think about what would happen to the pills after I threw them away…But then I read an article on pakalertpress.com saying almost all expired meds end up in the water we drink.

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And not just any kind of pills, but antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a test conducted by Associated Press.

However, the results were deemed as false, after some Big Pharma companies conducted their own tests and miraculously found infinitely smaller amounts of chemicals in the water. Thankfully, AP decided to publish their results anyway. Here’s just an excerpt from the article:

In Philadelphia, sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.

The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.”

Obviously, officials refused to make any comments and denied all requests for interviews. At some point, they realised they had to say something about these test results, so the usual statement was made: “(…) drinking water continues to meet all federal and state regulations regarding drinking water quality in the watershed and the distribution system”.

What regulation are we talking about here? There are NO regulations to address this issue. Just as there are NO regulations to address the quantities of toxic substances that can be found in meds.

For example, the FDA has not yet set the maximum daily dose limits for toxic metals in dietary supplements. They just take products off the market if they’re found to be dangerous for people’s health. But if no one discovers that mercury and lead are main ingredients in a product that’s suppose to make you better, not the other way around… you’ll just end up buying it and feeding yourself cancer and heart disease.

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That’s why I try to buy as many natural remedies as possible. And not off the Internet, cause I hear there are a lot of scammers selling so-called “ayurvedic” medicines out there. It’s best if you can find a trustworthy person who makes these remedies themselves (there are many elderly ladies who’ve got the most amazing recipes for natural treatments, you just need to ask around).

So, to sum up here’s what I’d like you to do these days when you’ve got the time:

– If you’ve got a meds stockpile, check the items for expiration dates. If you don’t have one yet, start stockpiling, cause you never know when you’re going to need it.

– Do not throw outdated meds in the trash bin, as they may end up in the water you drink. Just keep them in a separate bag or box and try to find a safer way to get rid of them (I’ll be asking around, too, and if I find a solution, I’ll happily share it with you, so stay tuned).

– Get as many natural remedies as you can, as a replacement for the outdated chemical meds. But be very careful where you buy them from. If you can’t find a reliable source, get the recipes and make the remedies yourself, at home. It may take more time, but at least you know it’s 100% safe.

That’s it for now, but I’ll certainly write more on this topic in the future, so if you’re interested in it, make sure you bookmark this page. Until then, check out the latest articles posted on MyFamilySurvivalPlan. Stay safe!

By Alec Deacon

What If Electricity Was Only For Rich People?

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What if electrical power in the home was only for rich people? What about heat? What about running water? What if that divide between the rich and the poor could be delineated by who had the ability to turn on light at the flick of a switch and who did not?

Congratulations if you are world-aware enough to have noticed that this was a trick question: The answer? Electricity, globally speaking, currently is only for rich people. Don’t be shocked. According to World Energy Outlook 2015, an astounding 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity and more than 2.7 billion people rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking, which causes harmful indoor air pollution.

In the developed world, many people take electricity for granted. It’s simply there when you flick the switch – and so we have come to be highly dependent on it. We don’t think too often about the simple fact that an event like an unusually large solar flare could wipe out electrical power, casting us back about 200 years. We’d have no refrigeration, no transportation, no climate control and no lights. But in that situation, we’d all be in the same boat. No matter how wealthy you are, any unprotected electrical items would still be useless and we would be in utter chaos.

Across the world, the prices of electricity are rising dramatically. Customers have been warned that they will face increases. Smart meters have been installed nearly everywhere. Many places are instituting time-of-day pricing, making it only affordable to do your laundry in the middle of the night. The UK has announced that people can expect rolling blackouts beginning sometime next year and their power costs have risen 31% since 2010.

Part of the reason Americans will face higher prices is President Obama’s War on Coal. (In his own words he promised to bankrupt the coal industry.) If Obama can’t close down power producers through the front door, he does it through the back door, via the EPA, who are passing laws to reduce our “carbon footprint” and thus raise the prices on power. Obama has shut down 8 coal mines across 3 states, and he and his buddies at the EPA have plans to scale back production at over 200 coal-powered plants.

The United Nations carbon taxes have forced many areas across the globe into power monopolies. While small companies will go out of business struggling to meet the new regulations, General Electric has received a waiver, exempting them from meeting these new standards.

In providing the likes of GE with a waiver, the White House is greasing the skids for a giant consolidation of the energy industry, shutting down competition and creating artificial scarcity – thereby driving up costs for the American people.

The deliberate deindustrialization of America has nothing to do with protecting the environment. Whereas the competitiveness of America’s energy industry is being crippled by the EPA and the White House,China and Mexico are building dozens of new power plants every year which fall well short of the clean-burning technology standards adhered to in the United States.

This is about the implementation of theUN’s Agenda 21, which operates under the guise of “sustainable development” yet is clearly part of a stealth agenda to centralize control over energy, bankrupting America in the process as part of the move towards a crony system of one world governance.

We are facing dramatic global increases in the prices of food, water, and power. This will serve to widen the divide between the rich and the poor and effectively end the middle class.

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In Jackson County, Alabama, for example, the price of water bills has quadrupled, making an average monthly water bill over $300. Lizzie Bennett writes that many residents no longer have running water in their homes because of these exorbitant bills.

“Many people have opted to buy drums of water from petrol stations rather than pay their ever increasing bills. They use these drums of water for drinking, washing and in their portable toilets which can be seen dotting backyards across the area, the modern version of the outhouse. They pay a fee to a sanitation company to remove the waste. It’s cheaper than letting the city take care of it.”

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A popular culture comparison would be with the movie, The Hunger Games. In the movie, citizens of the Districts were relegated to cooking over open fires and lighting their rooms with candles. No one had transportation or power. They were not allowed to hunt to supplement their meager food allotments and in the heroine’s District, they were not allowed to use the coal the area was rich with. Uniformed “peacekeepers” patrolled the districts to ensure that the rules were strictly adhered to and that the excruciating poverty was the standard for all residents.

However, when the main characters went to the Capitol, a mere train ride away, it was another world, with advanced technology, power at the touch of a button and enough food at each meal to feed a family for a week. The Capitol glowed with industry, cleanliness, and light and the difference of living standards was like the difference between night and day.

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The increased prices of modern day necessities can be used as leverage for many types of governmental control. Consider Agenda 21, right from the website of the UN Department for Sustainable Development.

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

To make sure that’s totally clear: A plan of action. Got it. To be taken globally…okay – everyone must participate. In every area in which human impacts on the environment….yep, that covers everyone and everything in the entire world. It’s a way to take over the world that sounds so warm and fuzzy that people will pay money to get in on it!

So in true Agenda 21 fashion, wiping out power to outlying regions rich with their own natural resources will be a great way to corral the hungry cold masses into the megacities that have been designed for us. According to alternative journalist Susanne Posel, “Humans are now being compared to invasive species that commandeer territory, disburse indigenous wildlife and destroy the planet in the process…The move out of rural areas and densification of urbanized centers is being pushed in the American mainstream media as the answer to the devastating effects of humans on the environment. The elimination of suburban areas as compact cities become inundated with more people, there is a need to reinvent these centers to accommodate these swelling numbers.”

Not only will the loss of affordable utilities help round people up geographically, it will perpetuate a massive die-off as people living in homes that were not designed to function without electrical power succumb to many different fates. People will freeze to death in their homes in the winter, burn to death or die of carbon monoxide poisoning as they try to keep warm in homes not designed with proper chimneys and ventilation, perish of food poisoning as they consume items that have been left unrefrigerated, die from being unable to keep life-saving medications at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage or contract diseases like typhus from improper sanitation when water no longer flows from the taps.

So, what can we do to maintain our independence as the powers that be try to return us to serfdom through limiting our access to affordable necessities?

First, you must learn to provide for many of your necessities alone. Grow food, join a co-op, raise chickens and rabbits. Even a small salad garden in a kitchen window can help you to offset high food prices.

Second, reduce your dependence on the power grid. Use rain barrels to collect water, direct the gray water from your washing machines to reservoirs, hang your clothes to dry, and use solar lighting whenever possible.

Find other ways to stay warm. This can be difficult if you rent but it can still be done. Consider making modifications to allow for the use of portable wood heaters, look into different types of camping heaters and make your plans and purchase your supplies well before you need them. Learn how to safely store fuel for these secondary devices. Invest in battery operated C02 monitors (and extra batteries). Get sleeping bags with a warmth rating for low temperatures, consider a small tent where you and family members can sleep in your living room to pool body heat, and stock up on cold weather clothing like hats, fingerless gloves, long underwear and heavy sweaters. Find ways to insulate and separate one main living area off from the rest of the house by closing doors, hanging curtains in doorways, etc.

Watch the prices of your utilities. As the prices begin to rise, more and more people will be unable to pay their bills and eventually their power will be shut off. Check your bill each month and as prices increase, use less power. Redefine necessities. You can hand wash your clothing, cook on a woodstove or outdoor grill and can foods to preserve them instead of relying on a large chest freezer. None of these are the way things are commonly done these days, but if you can manage to keep power on for the most basic necessities, like running the pump for your well, running a refrigerator, and maybe powering up a laptop, you’ll be living in luxury in comparison to the neighbors who now have no power, no heat, and no running water.

Prep, prep and then prep some more. The end of the American way of life is upon us. Stock up on beans, bullets and bandaids. If you’re new to the idea of prepping, check out some sites like Ready Nutrition (especially the 52 Weeks to Preparedness Series), Survival Blog, The Survival Mom, and SHTFplan. The clock is ticking.

Instead of a huge, life-changing calamity, consider that it may be the culmination of many small events, rising prices and lower incomes, and the deliberate erosion of our self-sufficiency by those who would control us that cause TEOTWAWKI. (The End Of The World As We Know It)

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By Kimberly Paxton – www.dailysheeple.com

The Good Old Days Are Over

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Do you remember “the good old days”? It’s a simple question, but a question that induces different images to different people. I have found myself spending a lot of time lately thinking of the way things used to be and hoping that someday our country can somehow get back to those days again. Looking at our current state of affairs in this nation and around the world, there is only one conclusion that can be made…the good old days are over.

I wrote this article because children being born today, in my opinion, will not be able to look back and remember the near future as “the good old days”. As I write this, the US national debt is at $16.2 trillion with unfunded liabilities of $123.3 trillion. With Uncle Ben’s QE3 promising to print fiat money perpetually can there be any doubt that the days of the US dollar being the world currency are numbered. Everyone reading this article has a share of $442,881 of the nation’s debt and liabilities. If your children or grandchildren can’t read yet, please tell them that they also owe $442,881 as well and thank them for supporting our wasteful spending that got us to this point. Source: http://usadebtclock.com/

But don’t worry, there are elections coming. Surely the American public can see the dire straits our nation is in and elect leaders who can recognize and deal with the nation’s problems and bring us back to becoming a nation of producers instead of consumers, right? Leaders will be elected who will make the extreme sacrifices necessary to bring forth a United States where the outstretched hands of the masses will be filled with charitable donations from a robust society instead of being empty, waiting for them to be stuffed with their entitlement from the government, all the while feeling as though they earned it because they stand unproductively on dirt within our border.

I have to apologize for the last paragraph; I have always wondered what it would feel like to write fiction. The hard cold reality is that there is no possible orderly way out of the financial mess our society is in and the above mentioned dirt was probably the last thing made in the USA. To break it down simply, here are some simple and easy to understand economical facts:

1. You need to produce more than you consume or you are broke.

2. You cannot pay off a credit card with a credit card without consequences.

3. There is no possible way the nation’s debts and unfunded liabilities will ever be paid.

Currently, the Federal Reserve purchases the vast majority of the US Debt. There simply aren’t many buyers left who believe it to be a sound investment anymore. In 2011, congress waited until the last minute to raise the debt ceiling after much political wrangling back and forth. Was there ever any doubt by anyone that it would happen? Is there any doubt that it will happen again? What happens when it hits $50 trillion? As long as we have the ability to continue to print more money to fund our yearly deficit and make payments on the interest of existing debt, it will continue. As it continues, the US dollar will continue to be worth less and less. Commodities such as food, gas and all physical goods purchased will get more and more expensive, leaving less and less purchasing power for the American people.

You don’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that we are on the cusp of a major financial collapse. I’m not only talking about the United States, I’m talking about the world. The can has been kicked down the road almost as far as it can be kicked and we just passed a dead end sign. We will soon see massive inflation or hyperinflation, riots in the streets as we have seen around the world and as I have heard stated many times, people with nothing left to lose will lose it.

So what can we do? The answer can be summed up in one word. Prepare. Prepare as though it may happen tomorrow. Prepare as though your life and the lives of your loved ones depend on it because it does and they do. Start exercising and working out to prepare your body for the tough times coming. Prepare yourself mentally so that when it hits the fan you don’t find yourself in the panicked state that 95% of the public will be in. Prepare to be warm when it is cold outside or cool when it is hot outside. Prepare a plan of what you and your family will do at different levels of collapse. Prepare to eat when grocery store shelves are bare. Prepare to drink when the tap fails to deliver water. Prepare for what to do when your neighbors or family or friends show up at your doorstep because they were too busy watching television. Prepare to defend what needs to be defended. Prepare prepare prepare.

Realize that at this point there is nothing you can do about the debt of this nation. There is nothing you can do to change what is coming in the Middle East. Regardless of the result of the upcoming election, neither candidate has dared utter the words broke or sacrifice. Your only job at this point is to get yourself and your loved ones you choose to help through what is coming, whatever it may be. This isn’t being selfish. This, my friends…is survival.

I truly believe that when the dust settles, we will emerge as a great and free nation. Life will be hard, but there will be more meaning to the tasks of the day. Communities will be stronger. People will be healthier. Families will be closer. To get from this point to that, there will be much misery, but the greater the struggle, the greater the victory. It is up to us in the prepping community to get our families and loved ones through the upcoming collapse. I pray that someday, my children and grandchildren will be able to look back and say “Those were the good old days.” because I chose to prepare.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

Take refuge, my friends.

God Bless,

By Norse Prepper

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