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    FBI Asks Stores To Spy On Survival Gear Customers And Report

    FBI Asks Stores To Spy On Survival Gear Customers And Report Them As Potential Terrorists

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/0 ... ers-54401/
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    Maine - Big Lawsuit Win Against Smart Meters

    May 25, 2011

    Skelton, Taintor & Abbott Wins Landmark Smart Meter Case

    On behalf of several Maine residents, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott secured a landmark decision that will benefit utility customers throughout the country. Alan Stone, chair of the firm's energy law group, successfully convinced the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to find that it was an unjust and unreasonable practice for Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to refuse to permit residential and small commercial customers to opt-out of CMP’s smart meter program.

    Skelton, Taintor & Abbott represented a group of customers in a complaint against CMP, and convinced the MPUC to order CMP to offer customers the option of opting out of the smart meter program and retaining their existing electromagnetic meters. Stone proved that because of unresolved concerns relating to health, privacy and cyber security resulting from the installation of wireless meters on their homes, customers should have a choice concerning the installation of those meters. CMP argued vigorously that customers should not be allowed to opt out, and the MPUC found that position to be unjust and unreasonable.

    The Portland Press Herald has described the decision as a “landmark” case that represents the first time any state had ordered an electric utility to permit customers the choice to opt out of a smart meter program. The case has been followed by other Public Utilities Commissions and utility experts around the country, and will serve as precedent for others in the determination of how to resolve what has become a growing debate about customer choice and smart meters.

    Alan Stone is also chair of the trial practice group at Skelton, Taintor and Abbott, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the area of Energy Law.

    http://www.skeltontaintorabbott.net/...eter-Case.html

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    Maine Smart Meter Opt-Out To Cost Each Home $144 Yr!

    Smart meter skirmish: Maine PUC explains opt-out fee decision

    Jun 22, 2011

    The Maine Public Utility Commission (MPUC) in May gave Central Maine Power customers who think smart meters are a health risk two opt-out choices, http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/pub ... -3683.html but the commission has since taken considerable flak for charging customers for the privilege.

    We hear from Chris King, eMeter's chief regulatory officer, that the commission today explained its reasoning behind the fees when it issued Part II of its decision.

    Some opponents of the fees have argued that the incremental costs of providing the opt-out choices should not be charged directly to those customers but shared by all Central Maine Power ratepayers. In disagreeing with that decision, the MPUC stated "The AMI meters are now CMP's standard meter. It has been the practice in Maine that customers who desire alternatives to the utility's standard meters pay the incremental costs of the alternative metering... We see no reason to change this practice in the context of CMP's smart meter program. As a general utility ratemaking principle, customers that request non-standard devices should pay the incremental costs of those services."

    The commission went on to say it would be "inconsistent with ratemaking principles and basically inequitable" for CMP to recover its costs from all ratepayers.

    The original decision gave concerned customers a choice between keeping their analog meters or having them re-installed for an upfront fee of $40 and an additional $12 per month charge. The second option was for customers to keep their smart meters but have the transmitters turned off, at an initial cost of $20 and a $10.50 monthly charge.

    More on this topic ...

    Scare stories threaten Maine smart meter rollout http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/pub ... -3327.html

    Central Maine Power asks PUC to drop hazard complaints against smart meters http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/pub ... -3296.html

    http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/pub ... -3777.html
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    Soros & Other Investors Buying Up Farmland

    Gold hits $1,800; but what about farmland?

    August 10, 2011, 12:40 PM

    Nothing can seem to get in front of this gold freight train. The December contract gc1u, the most active, just hit an intraday record of $1,801 an ounce and recently traded up $44.40, or 2.6%, to $1,787.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. But Jon Nadler, an often bearish gold analyst for Kitco Metals Inc. North America, points out in his morning commentary that some of the so-called “smart money” has moved out of gold.. and into farmland? Read Nadler’s past commentary.

    “Amid the chaos and the noise, someone (George Soros) is quietly buying ‘stuff’ you can actually use and which has value way beyond currencies or metals; yep, farmland.” He points to a Bloomberg News story out Wednesday about investors, including a former bond fund manager, jumping into farm ownership, where returns have averaged 16% annually from Jan. 2008. A fund operated by Soros, whose funds shed gold holdings earlier this year, has also gone into farms. Read more on Soros’s move out of gold.

    Read Bloomberg story about farming and Soros.

    “Welcome to the next bubble; only this one, well, it might have quite some time left to inflate,” writes Nadler. — Laura Mandaro

    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell...bout-farmland/


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    Quote Originally Posted by AirborneSapper7
    Soros & Other Investors Buying Up Farmland

    Gold hits $1,800; but what about farmland?

    August 10, 2011, 12:40 PM.

    “Amid the chaos and the noise, someone (George Soros) is quietly buying ‘stuff’ you can actually use and which has value way beyond currencies or metals; yep, farmland."

    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/20 ... -farmland/
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    Soros has been doing this for months, especially along the Missouri River in states where the floods caused by massive snowfalls forced flooded farmers to 'quick sell' their farmlands. They couldn't plant crops, so it was either auction it off of let it go back to the banks.
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    How To: Ballroom Tango for Beginners by Michael Thomas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGM39EE4k4o



    Feb 24, 2009

    A video summary of a 1 hour Tango lesson in the Intro to Ballroom Series. This is a good video to get you on the dance floor dancing the Fox Trot! Visit www.michael-thomas.com for more free videos. Record 02/21/09 in Cartersville GA.


    How To: Cha Cha for Beginners by Michael Thomas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rUa-1hu ... re=related



    Mar 11, 2009

    A video summary of a 1 hour Cha Cha lesson in the Intro to Ballroom Series. This is a good video to get you on the dance floor dancing the Cha Cha! Visit www.michael-thomas.com for more free videos. Record 02/21/09 in Cartersville GA.


    How To: Waltz for Beginners by Michael Thomas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1wPywALl5U




    Feb 24, 2009

    A video summary of a 1 hour Waltz lesson in the Intro to Ballroom Series. This is a good video to get you on the dance floor dancing the Fox Trot! Visit www.michael-thomas.com for more free videos. Record 02/21/09 in Cartersville GA.


    How To: East Coast Swing ECS for Beginners by Michael Thomas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dy9uyIA ... re=related



    Mar 11, 2009

    A video summary of a 1 hour ECS lesson in the Intro to Ballroom Series. This is a good video to get you on the dance floor dancing the ECS! Visit www.michael-thomas.com for more free videos. Record 03/10/09 in Cartersville GA.


    many other dance videos to the right of the pages on each of these videos

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    Build a solid grape support and grow wonderful grapes

    By Paul & Liz Stevens

    Like many we wanted to produce grapes, and like many that dream seemed to always end up in disappointment, as the grapes would come on and seem to just dry up before they matured. We did the typical 4 x4 post with wire strung between them, but after the first few years when the grapes were really starting to take off the post were crooked, the wire was sagging and no matter what we did the vines always ended up touching the ground.

    In touring the Amish country we began noticing one more step they use in supporting their grapes. They use the post and wire, but they take one additional step. At about 54” high they run a solid pipe through the post and drill through and bolt it at each post.

    When we moved to Texas we decided to take that next step and built our new support using three post set so that we could run a 20’ 1-1/2” galvanized chain link fence top rail through the post. This meant we had to subtract 4” off each end of the 20’ so that the pole would go from end to end, with one post in the center. Before we set the post we wedged them plum and used a string level on our chalk line and snapped a line level at 54” high, then another line where we wanted the top to be. We numbered the post took each one back out and drilled strait through the center of each post on our drill press using the chalk line as our horizontal center point. We used the next size up forstner bit from the actual pole size to give a bit of wiggle room. We then drilled a series of 3/8” holes in each post space 16” apart starting at 12” from the ground. This is where we ran our wire through to attach the vines as they grow up to the main pole. We cut the post to length and set the post back into the ground. With some extra hands we went ahead and slid the pole through the tops, drilled through the end post and bolted them, after we had the end post plumb, we plumbed the center post and drilled and bolted it.

    We set the post with just a little bit of concrete just to fill the post hole, plus we only needed to go down around 2’. With this system all the tension is held by the pipe at the top, so we didn’t need to attack it with a 3’ deep hole and several bags of concrete. That was our first clue that we were really going to really like this approach, a lot less work! To add a bit of fancy to the project we purchased the ball tops and screwed them into the top of each post. After the post cured we ran our wire through the holes having the pole across the top keeps the post solid, thus we were able to really stretch the wire without worry of pulling the post inward.

    We started our grapes and carefully nurtured them as they grew to the top. We choose Muscadine Grapes as we know someone living in the Florida panhandle suggested them. They have much of the same climate as we do in central coastal Texas, and have tried several of the varieties from up North with no success, except for the Muscadine, with that said where you live will have a lot to do with the varieties that do well in your climate.

    Well with all this work we thought we were ready to cash in on a great grape crop, nope after they started to really mature about five years ago, the same old story, they came on strong and then just shriveled up like a pea and dropped off. We have them in the irrigation system so we knew they were getting plenty of water. We did notice that we were getting a fungus on the leaves and would spray but that didn’t really help either.

    As we drove through Texas we would always admire the wonderful grape vineyards and wondered just what the secret was that we were missing. As we began to look closer we noticed there were no leaves up to around 4’ from the ground. At first we thought this was just because the plants were more mature. We went home and peeled off all our leaves that were close to the ground and kept new growth from coming out at that level. We also fertilized the plants and to our surprise the fungus went away the plants filled out the grapes came on stayed and we had a great crop that year. This year will mark our 3rd year with a strong crop of grapes. Last year off four plants spreading across that 20’ section we were able to harvest enough grapes to make jelly and nearly five gallons of wine.

    In total it has been eight years since we planted our grapes, the support is still as plumb and straight as the day we installed it, and it appears it will be that way for some time. We are really sold on this system, as for what made the grapes finally take off, we are not sure which has more benefit the removal of the leaves or the fertilizer but we plan to keep a good thing going. Hope this helps someone else having the same problems with their grapes.







    http://www.missouripreppersnetwork.c...-and-grow.html
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    Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times: Stock up on three months worth, fast!

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    When a summertime monsoon storm is on the way, I quickly track down my kids, bring them indoors, and prepare to hunker down. It’s a mom-instinct. We unplug the computers, make sure all the windows are securely closed and locked, and if my husband isn’t home, I call to make sure he’s okay.

    A storm of a different kind is on its way to America and has already been wreaking havoc with family incomes and our sense of security. No one knows what the extent of the damage will ultimately be, but moms everywhere are responding to their maternal instinct to gather everyone together. Since food and meal preparation is part of our responsibility, food storage is a basic step to take in order to keep our families healthy.

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    Having enough groceries on hand for a period of three months is a good first goal, but if buying enough for three months is too daunting and not in the budget, start with buying enough to have a pantry fully stocked for one month.

    If you’ve been losing sleep over the state of our economy or your own personal finances, there’s no time to waste. Use coupons and grocery store sales to get the most bang for your buck, examine your budget for anything that can be cut (temporarily) until you’ve reached your food storage goals.

    To get you started, here are some of the simplest ways to stock up.

    1. Stock up on ingredients to make 15 batches of soup. That’s a little more than one batch of soup per week for three months. If you make a double batch, you’ll have leftovers for the next day. Buy high-quality bouillon in bulk, such as Shirley J’s chicken or beef bouillon. I like this brand because you can buy it in larger quantities and it’s double-strength, so you use half of what a recipe calls for. In addition to bouillon (and yes, you can always make your own stock), buy:
    • 1-2 #10 dehydrated potato dices. This will provide potatoes for both soups and chowders.
    • 1 #10 can of each vegetable (dehydrated or freeze-dried) you typically use in soup: onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, corn (for chowders), mixed vegetables, etc.
    • 1 #10 can tomato powder for tomato based soups. You can also use this to make homemade pasta and enchilada sauces.
    • 1 #10 can instant milk for chowders
    • Rice, beans, and small pasta can be added for extra bulk, calories, and variety.
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    2. Learn how to bake a loaf of homemade bread. If you already know how to do this, stock up on enough ingredients to make a loaf of bread per day if you have more than four people in your family, or a loaf every other day for smaller family units or individuals. Keep the recipe very simple, as your goal is to stock up quickly, using every penny and dollar wisely. You’ll use bread for sandwiches, toast, garlic bread, French toast, bread crumbs, etc. If you don’t have a grain mill for grinding wheat, buy enough flour for not only bread but other, occasional treats such as cookies. Before storing the flour, place it in a container with a tight lid and freeze it for at least ten days. This will kill off any microscopic insect eggs so there won’t be any nasty surprises when you’re ready to use the flour.

    3. Plan at least 15 pasta meals. They can be inexpensive and pasta is very versatile. You can buy 15 jars/cans of ready-made pasta sauce or buy enough ingredients to make 15 batches of homemade sauce. Plan on eating a hot vegetable and slices of garlic bread with each meal. This utilizes your homemade bread and hot veggies can either be from your stash of dehydrated/freeze-dried OR canned veggies from the grocery store.

    4. A batch of white sauce is easy to whip up with flour, some butter, and milk. Add garlic, salt, and rehydrated vegetables for a meal of pasta primavera or served over egg noodles. 12 bags of egg noodles and a #2.5 can of butter powder, along with seasonings, is all you’ll need to add to the ingredients already listed here. Buy a #10 can of sausage crumbles and make your own sausage gravy served over homemade biscuits. If you’re stocked up on ingredients for bread, you’ll only need to add a can of shortening for this quick meal.

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    5. Tuna casserole is a simple budget-friendly dinner. Multiply the ingredients in your recipe times 12 in order to serve it once a week for three months. Keep in mind that the tuna content has been decreasing, much like those containers of ice cream that keep getting smaller and smaller! You might have to buy more cans of tuna in order to have the same amount of actual tuna. My recipe includes cream of mushroom soup, canned mushrooms, and sometimes cheese. Buy 12 cans of the soup, 12 cans of sliced mushrooms (or use freeze-dried mushrooms), and splurge on a #10 can of freeze-dried jack or mozzarella cheese.

    6. The classic meal of beans and rice is versatile and the ingredients can be stored for years.

    7. For more simple dinner ideas, buy 100-day Pantry by Jan Jackson. Choose a recipe, multiply the ingredients by 12, and start shopping!

    8. Your dinner menu will be complete with soup/chowder 1-2 times each week, a pasta meal or two each week, tuna casserole, white sauce with vegetables served over noodles, and a rice/beans dish.

    9. Oatmeal makes a healthy and filling breakfast and has the added advantage of being versatile. It’s also inexpensive. Some stories carry oatmeal in their self-serve bins, along with beans, cornmeal, etc. Three pounds of oatmeal will provide 30 servings. Figure out how much you need to buy in order to have an oatmeal breakfast 3-4 times per week, one serving per person, per day. Buy extra if homemade granola, oatmeal cookies, and homemade granola bars sound good to you. In addition, buy 6 pounds of brown sugar and/or 2 quarts of honey, extra cinnamon, raisins, and any other add-ins you and your family enjoy.
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    10. Plan on eating pancakes, French toast, homemade muffins, gravy and biscuits, and eggs for the remaining breakfasts. Leftovers are good, too. Keep breakfast quick, easy, and filling.


    11. Cooking three meals from scratch will get old fast. There’s nothing wrong with planning on canned ravioli, chili, tuna sandwiches, canned stew, peanut butter and jelly, and even Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (stock up on instant milk and butter powder).

    12. Freeze-dried cheese is pricey, but it can be used in quesadillas with homemade tortillas, sprinkled over a baked pasta dish, pizza, and so much more. When it’s rehydrated, it melts and tastes just like real cheese. In my opinion, it’s worth splurging on a can or two, and then using it as a luxury ingredient, sparingly. I keep cheese in my freezer and have started waxing cheese to preserve it longer, but for long-term storage AND a quick way to reach your food storage goal, freeze-dried is a really good option.

    Finally, make sure you have at least one alternative way to cook your food and heat up water. If a Sun Oven is too pricey, many people make their own solar cookers. Many moms on this blog have been using an energy efficient rocket stove, such as EcoZoom, and find them easy to use. Should your power go out or energy rates skyrocket, cooking a few meals off the grid will be smart.

    What other easy food storage ideas do you have to share?

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    HOW TO LOCK YOUR CAR AND WHY!

    I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!

    Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars.

    Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening. While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, briefcase--you name it. He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic--there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.

    They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door by hitting the lock button inside the car--that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you!

    When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.

    Look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote just to be sure we remembered to lock them-- and bingo, someone has our code and whatever was in our car!

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    Rense & Jonathan Emord - New FDA Trick To Take Supplements - Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA3LY0M_gI8

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