Category: Social Security

Cash Is King -The Importance Of A Cash Stockpile

There’s been a serious trend among preppers for the past few years to stock up on gold and silver. And while there are certainly advantages to having a gold bar or two in your possession, far too many people are neglecting to acknowledge the importance of having some good old-fashioned cash on hand.

Granted, in a true SHTF scenario, even cash will soon begin to lose its value as people will eventually revert back to bartering and trading of services. But what about scenarios that don’t involve a complete and extreme collapse? When it comes to dealing with natural disasters or other scenarios that might take the electronic grid down for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, there are very real benefits to having cash readily available on hand.

And you don’t have to go very far back to see this theory in action, either. As recently as Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans and Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, thousands (if not millions) of people found themselves armed with nothing but useless plastic cards as the electricity went down, making electronic purchases impossible. That meant that people who didn’t have cash readily available had no way of purchasing basics like food, water, or fuel. There were no reports of local merchants and grocery stores accepting hunks of gold or silver in exchange for bread and cereal.

The moment the power grid goes down–locally or nation-wide–your credit and debit cards become nothing more than a hunk of molded plastic. Which is why you should keep enough cash safely and readily available to handle at least a few days in a hotel, groceries, gas, and any other necessities. Even in the event of a total financial collapse, it will take the public a while to accept that currency has become devalued, and people will be desperate to sell things for cash.

Cash Stockpile

So what can you do to build up a cash stockpile to match your canned goods and first aid supplies? For starters, remember that it will take time. You should never neglect to pay your bills to stash the cash. What you can do, however, is take a closer look at your monthly expenditures and decide where you can carve out some wiggle room.

cut costFor example, switching from a full cable package to one with fewer channels, ditching the expensive cell phone plan for a more streamlined one, or even making the simple swap between eating out and brown bagging your lunch are all easy ways to carve out as much as a few hundred dollars a month. Tuck that money away, and make sure you don’t touch it unless it’s a dire emergency.

Additionally, you can take the budget you normally allocate towards prepping and redirect it for a few months. In other words, take a break from building up your stockpile for a couple of months and save the money that would normally go towards supplies in your untouchable emergency cash stash, instead. It will take some time, but by cycling the two stockpiles this way, you can build both up together.

By My Family Survival Plan Contributor

When Technology Backfires: The New Warfare

A couple days ago, I stumbled upon this very interesting article on Wired:

When Technology Backfires - The New Warfare

A very trendy subject nowadays, when we’re on the brink of getting into a war or two… when Europe is crashing down to pieces… the Arab world is angry at pretty much everyone… and the Asians are now working on weaponry taken straight from Star Trek…

We’ve got to face it: war is much scarier and more complex than ever before. Cyberspace has officially become the “fifth domain” for warfare, next to the classic: land, space, air, and sea. The Anonymous hacker organization has already won several battles against governments all around the world, with just a touch of a keyboard.

This is the future of warfare: a few brilliant youngsters and their supercomputers. The times of men freezing in trenches, waiting to shoot the enemy without getting bombed first is soon to be over.

Today, the US drones can shoot down a target with one single “laser death ray”, as tests have recently shown.

war plane
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According to CNN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the service’s technology development arm, announced the new Laser Weapon System had successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed a drone in flight, during an over-the-water engagement at San Nicholas Island, California.

Next step on the list: controlling the death ray with nothing more than thoughts. That’s right, as you’re reading this, scientists are working on ways to control machinery with the power of the human mind. And, but the looks of it, it won’t take long until they’ll turn this sci-fi scenario into reality.

3source: www.scientificamerican.com

If you can’t read the chapeau of this article, it says: “The idea that paralyzed people might one day control their limbs just by thinking is no longer a Hollywood-style fantasy”. Indeed, it’s already happening:

I was blown away by this video! That man can move a prosthetic arm with his thoughts. So why couldn’t a trained soldier control a drone in the same manner? Right now, it sounds very likely, doesn’t it?

In fact, a lot of the things we used to watch on Star Trek are now about to take shape into the real world.

According to Russia Today, the National Intelligence Council (a US-based coalition of spy agencies) has just released its “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” report. The most amazing minds of this century have gathered to write this 140-page report and share with us their predictions for the next two decades.

These include: physical enhancement (aka turning yourself into a superhero), limb-replacement, retinal eye implants that enable night vision and neuro-enhancements that could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought. Also, human-like cyborgs could very well walk among us in as little as 18 years’ time.

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It all sounds amazing, doesn’t it? People enhancing their bodies to get stronger and live longer and healthier lives… no more war victims… cures for today’s most destructive diseases… oh, yeah, and mind control over every top-notch machinery. Sounds amazing… and pretty scary, doesn’t it?

After all, if a soldier can fly a drone by focusing his thoughts on his mission… what stops a brilliant hacker from taking over? Can you be 100% sure that a more powerful mind and/or a more powerful technology won’t force a US drone to start shooting its death ray the other way around?

I tend to believe the US intelligence is overestimating their technology and their staff… while underestimating our enemies. It’s not the first time they do it. Right after the government set up TrapWire and installed “hi-tech” surveillance cameras all across the country… hackers have already found a way to cheat the system.

Here’s just a comment one of them left on a forum: Pretty awesome hack to make your face invisible to cameras!”

And let’s not forget about the computer virus that infected a nuclear plant in Iran, controlled from a PC miles away:

5source: news.cnet.com

Today, you can control anything with technology and, soon enough, you’ll be able to control any technology with the power of your thoughts. That will be the moment when the human mind becomes the most sought-after battlefield. As the article on Wired very well puts it:

This new battlespace is not just about influencing hearts and minds. It’s about involuntarily penetrating and coercing the mind.”

By Alec Deacon

Corporations ‘Fracking’ With Our Future Again

Corporations ‘Fracking’ With Our Future Againphoto source: setyoufreenews.com

In case nature hasn’t been harsh enough on Americans lately, here’s an interesting piece of news: companies such as Encana Oil & Gas, Noble Energy, and ConocoPhillips have decided it’s not enough just to poison our water and our air, so they decided to produce earthquakes and possibly genocidal explosionsas well.

According to rt.com, “plans are afoot to drill a well that will use fracking technology only a mile from a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. The parties involved say they are unconcerned, despite evidence showing fracking increases the incidence of earthquakes. (…)

Studies have already linked fracking to the 4.0 earthquake in Ohio last year and several others in Texas and Canada this year.

However, “environmental authorities approved plans to construct a shale gas well near the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport earlier this month. State rules require any such well to be more than 500 feet from the edge of plant territory, though data indicates that there are no fracking wells that close to nuclear power stations anywhere in the US.”

If you aren’t aware what fracking is and what it does to the environment, here’s a short description from www.dangersoffracking.com:

“Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”,is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. There are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US.”

Nuclear Power Station

Unfortunately, the “fluid” injected proved to be filled with chemicals such as lead, uranium, mercury, ethylene glycol, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, formaldehydeand other toxic substances. In fact, there are up to 600 chemicals used in this fracking fluid… and most of them end up in the groundwater.

Here’s a video that shows the untold story:

So, basically, the fat cats are playing God with millions of people across the US and there’s no one there to stop them. Not even EPA, even though they’ve acknowledged the dangers of fracking publicly.

EPA

photo source: naturalnews.com

NaturalNews reports on the first study linking fracking to water contamination released by the Environmental Protection Agency. This report “identified fracking as the source of poisons, including the carcinogen benzene, in the groundwater of a central Wyoming community.

In fact, we have to thank people in Wyoming for repeatedly urging EPA to check out the contaminated water they were forced to drink and wash with.

After companies like Encana Oil & Gas, Noble Energy, and ConocoPhillips started drilling for gas in the area, using the fracking technique, people started to develop new illnesses. They assumed it had to do with the water they’d been drinking because it started to smell and taste funny. According to NaturalNews, one of the residents of Pavilion, Wyoming, described it as “a cross between something dead and diesel fuel”.

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A Pavilion residents shows water contaminated by fracking
photo source: blog.terrain.org/

So people contacted the EPA again and again over the years, but no one came to check out the problem until 2009 (a decade after Pavilion residents noticed their water was contaminated). When the agency finally looked into the problem, they found methane, xylenes, and hydrocarbons such as diesel in the groundwater.

So what did they do about it? First of all, they forced the drilling companies to deliver clean, fresh water to 21 households in the area. Second of all… yeah, I have to stop here, because there is no second of all. Not yet, anyway, because the full official report will be released in December 2012.

Until then, they’re putting on quite a show to distract us from the all the drilling projects that are being approved as you’re reading this. EPA accused drilling companies of “shoddy drilling practices”,which lead to water contamination. Encana and the gang, on the other hand, are accusing the EPA of contaminating the water themselves, while doing the tests.

contamination

photo source: dangersoffracking.com

In the meanwhile, people are dying from cancer, they suffer liver and kidney damages and expose their babies to the risk of developing congenital malformations. And, by the looks of it, more and more Americans will have to go through the same hell. And I’ll tell you exactly why.

Apparently, the American Dream needs a push, so they thought turning the USA into the world’s biggest gas producer, alongside Russia, will do the trick. This means gas has to come out on the surface somehow. And that somehow is fracking, since it’s the most popular method in our country.

It doesn’t matter that European countries have started to ban fracking because they realized it’s poisoning their water and air. The USA is fine with that, just get that gas out already!

According to TheExaminingRoom, “so far the states that have been most affected are Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Wyoming and Louisiana. Thousands and thousands of these wells have already been drilled. And all of this has occurred in one mere decade. However, there are plans in the works to drill wells in at least 34 of the 50 states.

But everything will turn out fine because Obama will fix it. At least that’s what he said. That his administration would “take every possible action” to make sure that fracking is done correctly, without putting the public’s health or safety at risk.

I don’t know about you, but I’d really appreciate it if things didn’t get “fixed” Obama-style, just this once.

By Anne Sunday