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    Congressman Bartlett: “Every Citizen Should Develop an Individual Emergency Plan to Prepare for the Absence of Government Assistance for Extended Periods”


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    In the documentary Urban Danger, Maryland’s Congressional Representative Roscoe Bartlett warned those who can to move their families out of major cities.

    Outspoken in his belief that each individual American should prepare for a crisis where the government would be unable to provide for the basic needs of the national population, Bartlett has himself created a hideaway deep in the West Virginia forest. His cabin runs on independent power, he has put away food and canning equipment, stockpiled supplies for the long-term, and is ready for a worst-case scenario should it ever come to pass.
    “We don’t really think of those today, because it’s so convenient to go to the supermarket,” he cautions. “But you know, you’re planning because the supermarket may not always be there.”

    The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he frequently warns. Food would disappear from the shelves. Water would no longer flow from the pipes. Money might become worthless. People could turn on each other, and millions would die.
    Bartlett’s biggest concern, the vulnerability of our national power grid, is justified through extensive research by private organizations and the US government alike. A 2010 report by the Center for Security Policy estimated that 9 out of 10 Americans would die within one year should a catastrophic emergency take down the national power grid and restrict access to key just-in-time delivery systems like food, gas and utilities.

    Sitting down with officials and experts at a conference in Washington D.C., Bartlett has been working to pass legislation that would promote individual preparedness on a national level.
    Bartlett recently sat around a Capitol Hill conference room table with a group of like-minded experts to unveil legislation that calls for “every citizen to develop an individual emergency plan to prepare for the absence of government assistance for extended periods” and for communities to become capable of providing 20 percent of their own power, food and water if necessary.

    The electric grid, everyone agreed, is vulnerable to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. “This is possibly the most serious threat the United States faces right now, because we are so utterly unprepared for it,” said Richard Andres, a senior fellow at National Defense University.

    The grid could be crippled at least four different ways, Bartlett says: terrorist assaults on power substations, a cyberattack, a massive solar storm and an electromagnetic pulse attack.

    Bartlett has for decades warned of the harm of an EMP attack — a nuclear detonation in the atmosphere that could fry computers and anything with an electric circuit — in his writings, in legislation and in late-night speeches on the House floor, though experts differ on the seriousness of the threat. Some agree the dangers are real, while others say such an attack is unlikely and the potential effects remain uncertain.

    “Whatever level you’re concentrating on, being as self-sufficient as you can, as quickly as you can, is going to be the right thing to do,” he says.

    In “America’s Cities,” a separate documentary with similar themes, Bartlett approvingly cites the financial adviser and author Howard Ruff — an influential figure among survivalists — who counseled that “the most important investment you can make” is to have a year’s supply of food for your family, and “the second-most important investment” is a thousand-dollar stash of silver coins and jewelry to bargain with in an emergency.

    “This is great advice for anybody,” Bartlett says. “And maybe you can’t buy a year’s supply of food. All the Lord expects you to do is what you can do.”

    Source: The Washington Post
    An EMP, a massive natural disaster, or a widespread currency collapse that threatens global payment systems could make it impossible for any the exchange of goods across the globe to take place. This means that food and energy supplies would simply stop flowing, and it would leave 320 million Americans without any ability to acquire even the most basic necessities for life.

    The US Government has been actively preparing for natural and man-made emergencies by stockpiling emergency foods, equipment, self defense arms and ammunition, backup shelters, and creating contingency plans to deal with the chaos that would follow such an event.

    They themselves, however, have noted that should a truly large-scale disaster come to pass they would simply not have the resources available to help everyone. FEMA recommends that every American household have at least a two week supply of food, water and critical supplies ready for an emergency. At last count, only about 3 million Americans prepare, about 1% of the population, suggesting that any far from equilibrium shock to the system as we know it would lead to outright panic and chaos as those without reserve supplies would stop at nothing to get their hands on them.

    The government is preparing to deal with it when it happens.

    Are you?

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    Economics and Investing:


    Analysts fear euro-zone capital flight might snowball. (Thanks to Jon M. for the link.)

    Why a Gold Crisis Looms?

    G.O. recommended this: Fed Up With the Euro? Start Your Own


    K.W. sent a link to some dubious predictions: Food prices continue upward. Given the recent jump in corn and other grain prices, I have serious doubts that we will see just a "2.3% to 3.5%" increase.

    Several good articles from ETF Daily:

    Our Economy Has Been Collapsing, It Continues To Collapse, and The Collapse Is Going To Accelerate Dramatically


    Eric Sprott Cautions Investors To Fear The Financial System

    Doug Casey Predicts Day of Economic Reckoning Is Near


    Items from The Economatrix:

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    Practical Non-Martial Arts Training and Learning How to Survive, by OMK

    All too often those of us who have been in the martial arts leave behind the non trained person in our conversations and training advise. I would like to highlight a few areas for those that have no formal training and how they might approach a fist to fist conflict.
    This is not intended to be all inclusive for no article can cover every aspect of a fight; what I do want to cover is a few make are break concepts for those that have never trained or are just beginning to train.
    The motivation to write this article comes from conversations I have had with many people over the past few years. They have been everything from Ministers, Mothers, to Business owners and have never been in a physical fight. What they do have is a desire to learn something but not necessarily spend years in the dojo or the boxing ring.
    Hopefully I can assist in their learning and motivation.
    Attitudes
    If you want to win then you had better have the proper attitude/mindset. Corporate America is full of cliché lines like “Just Do It”, Play to Win”, and “Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win”. These speak to our human nature and attempt to remove our inner doubts. We all have them and they are trained deep into our psyche from childhood.
    “Play Nice”, Don’t Cheat”, Don’t Throw Rocks” represent deprogramming responses that we learned as children to be able to coexist within a polite society.
    The difficulty is how do you reacquire that primal survival and animalistic kill or be killed attitude. Most of us never will. We have lived in polite society for so long and our mothers did a wonderful job reprogramming us. But there is hope.
    The military can do a great job instilling the combative survival mindset but it is interesting to note that so many of the older service people are some of the calmest individuals I have ever met. Does this mean they have lost the attitude to win a physical altercation, not in the least, they have simply moved to a level of quit confidence.
    This confidence I am referring to is built upon being tested in many ways. For some it was boot camp for others it was a bad home environment, and for some it was simply learning at an early age they had to keep part of their inner beast close to the surface in order to survive.
    In building this confidence to actually do real harm to someone we are going to look at a few examples that help build the inner confidence and then come back to the attitude.
    How to Take a Hit
    If you are going to be involved in a physical conflict you must accept the fact that you are going to be injured. You can try to do everything in your powers to not be struck or injured but in reality you will be injured. The naysayers will respond that I have this great technique or can draw my weapons so fast.
    That may be, you could be the fastest shot and the biggest hombre on the block but in the real world if you can’t accept the fact that fighting someone leads to self injury you’re kidding yourself.
    So where do you begin? We as children liked to wrestle. Some were better than others but most of us did it at some point with our friends. In these play matches we learned that you were going to get rug burns, popped in the nose, and catch the occasional knee to the groin. Did this stop us; not a chance.
    We need to look at this fun activity as an adult and realize we learned many things about ourselves from this child’s game. The first thing we learned is that loosing stinks and being on your back with someone on top trying to pin our arms was humiliating. We wanted to cry, we wanted to bite, and we just wanted to win. But we had already learned that there were rules to this game and if we did not follow the rules your opponent was going to use those same dirty tactics on you the next time.
    A real life encounter has the same problem. We default back to our level of training and this training was to play nice. We all remember the bully down the street, he was mean! No one liked him and he scared us. The reason he scared us was he did not play by the rules and would actually hurt you.
    So let’s take this situation and add some real life training to the equation. At some point we must learn to be hit, take the hit, and keep fighting. How to get over this fear of breaking social norms and accepting damage can be accomplished in a couple of ways:
    One: Be a sociopath. This is not necessarily desirable but it can work. Unfortunately we don’t realize we are the sociopath and it takes society to recognize this pitfall in personality and give us a social reeducation. I don’t promote this but it is an interesting exercise in one’s self reflection.
    or,
    Two: Go get hit. Join a boxing gym, full contact martial arts school, or just get a group of friends together and have a round robin king of the mountain match. You can have rules to keep from getting overly injured but you need to realize that getting smacked in the face hurts and if it happens once you will learn two things very quickly; keep your guard up and hit first.
    If you do the round robin realize that you have to keep a level of civility to the exercise. These are your friends and you might not want to go to work the next day with a black eye and chipped teeth. Boxing gloves do wonders to stop the heavy injuries but they still let you feel the smack. In my school we call this getting “Thumped” everyone gets thumped from time to time. Some by design and others by surprise; it does wonders for making your mind work under stress.
    The point to remember is the confidence we discussed earlier is built in many layers. Learning to be hit is just one of those layers.
    How to hit something
    Many people think they are the king of the mountain when it comes to laying down the hurt on someone else. That may be, but in truth we are not. Take a group of ten and place yourself in the group. Odds are five will be better than you and five will be worse. You have no guarantee that you are the biggest dog on the street. And if you think you are then you might need to reread option one in the above section.
    Countless hours are spent in martial arts schools learning how to do a correct punch, hit with an elbow just right, or snap your foot out for a precise kick. This is all sound knowledge to have but in reality the person that hits first and hits hardest will tend to win. Remember this is not sparring class and the only point awarded is that the winner gets to go home and have dinner with their wife and kids. The looser just says on the ground.
    To hit something, simply close your hand and punch/push straight out hard and fast, you may break your hand but that is probably a fair trade for winning. Or pound down with your fist like a hammer. If you can kick then do so and do it hard and hit their legs. Forget about kicking to the head or ribs unless you have lots of training. Remember if the legs go the opponent falls down.
    As you get closer hit with your elbows instead and hit until you’re completely worn out. You have the ability to hit through their blocks if you keep swinging and if you damage their arm or hands in the process all the better. You are in this to win. Only soccer matches are won with one goal. A fight should score like a basketball game; lots of baskets and as fast as you can make them.
    Your knees are wonderful tools. They automatically rise to the level of the groin. Use them! If you fall to the ground get up fast and keep swinging. If you both fall to the ground get up and keep swinging. Yes some will say I will just jump on top of them and pound them into the ground. Maybe you can, but the opponent certainly will do everything in their power to not let it happen. Don’t wrestle, hit; don’t try to pin them, hit.
    Biting is good. Your mother told you no biting and she may have been right. But in the realm of a street fight biting is good. So is sticking your finger in their eye. J hooking their lip and tearing is brutal but works. Head butts work! You need to keep a sane attitude about how you would use the technique but when you are close and their guard is down, slam their nose with your forehead.
    There are two rules to winning the fight. Rule one is to hit hard and fast and rule two is to hit again. Remember this is about winning a physical altercation in which you or your loved ones lives are in danger. So hit and hit again.
    How to Think
    If you lose control of your brain odds are you will lose the fight. I have seen many people say “I just saw red” and went berserk. Their going berserk breaks the social and norm and can work to your favor but if you lose too much control you won’t see the guy behind you or the knife slip out of the opponents pocket just before they move in.
    This too is a learned skill. Boxers take a beating but can still keep their brains in a fight. They learned how to take a hit and accept that fact. You must learn to not lose your brain. This is where getting over the stress of being hit helps.
    How to Fall down
    Adults hate to fall down. I actually classify it as one of the three hardest things to teach new students in the martial arts.
    You need to learn to fall down and not get hurt or lose your bearing. It is not difficult to master in theory. The problem comes from our adult minds. Children fall down, adults don’t fall they look silly.
    I will argue that point; Sports people fall all the time and we expect them to. Downhill skiers do it at 60 mph and just shake it off. Why in the world would an adult not be willing to learn to fall down with some level of skill or proficiency?
    Falling down is just like sitting down. The lower you can sit to the ground the less distance you have to actually fall from a height. Extremely simple in its practical explanation but how many adults would be willing to walk out into the middle of a parking lot and fall down? Not many, but those with training would do it without a second thought. Will it ruin your clothes and scuff your shoes? Good chance, but if your life depended on it who cares about your pants.
    It does not matter if you are being thrown to your side or pushed straight back; the foundation of the action is the same. Sit down on your heels and then let your body roll to the side or rear. Will it hurt? Maybe, but a bruised ego, some road rash, and sore muscles are a lot better than a split skull because you fell down like a timbering tree.
    Weapons
    Weapons exist everywhere and I don’t mean the knife or slug thrower in your pocket. Your baseball cap is great for disorienting the opponent, throw it in their face as you close in to hit. Throw a handful of pocket change at their eyes. Scream a blood chilling yell as you come to blows.
    The voice is a great weapon and can buy you that split second of delay for you to hit first. Pick up anything that is available and throw it. It does not matter if you make hard contact just remember a weapon can distract as well as do damage.
    If the opponent has a weapon seriously consider running away or at least keep backing up. Pick up something to help keep a solid object between you and the weapon. Your shoe works, a rolled magazine, purse; the options can be endless if you keep your brain.
    If you do get stuck with a knife don’t stop fighting. Do everything you can to lock down the knife but don’t stop hitting. The odds of then finishing you off with one poke from a knife is extremely limited, it is when you lose your brain and stop fighting that the knife will most assuredly keep coming in. Again, if you are faced with a knife seriously consider running away!
    How to block
    You must have some basic understanding of how to block a punch or simple kick coming at you. First off remember you are not trying to be some 95th level black belt or a MMA star. You are just trying to not get your head knocked off by the person or persons in front of you.
    Here are three simple rules:
    One, make a fist and keep both fists in front of your face about one foot in front of your nose with your elbows down. As a punch comes towards your face slightly shift your forearm in or out to help deflect the blow. This is not perfect but is better than keeping your hands down at your side with your face sticking out like a big balloon.
    Two, don’t reach out to try and block the punch. The further you move your fist away from your body the less strength your block will have. Let the punch come in and use the strength of your forearm and upper arm for the block.
    Three, if you see the punch or kick coming at you try to move off to the side. You are much better off letting the strike miss you completely than letting the opponent keep hitting your arms.
    Know When to Run Away
    If you can’t win or know the outcome is not going to benefit from your fighting then leave. Only get in the fight if you absolutely have to. If they start pounding on your car don’t get out and bring the fight to them. Drive off, call the police, or try and wait them out. You have car insurance for a reason. The macho response is to go out and beat them up, the rational response is to use your brain and only engage in the fight if absolutely necessary.
    If you are protecting your family have a prearrange command word or phrase that tells them to run to a predefined safe location(s) and what to do when they get there. Remember, you are in this to win and winning might be as simple as delaying the conflict for the family to leave the area so you can follow after them. If the spouse and children would just stand around and gawk then you have deeper problems to start addressing.
    Do I need to practice?
    Yes, no, maybe. Some people have that self preservation instinct very close to the surface and some can train for years and never find it. Do you want to spend years in the dojo working to master a martial art style or are you just looking to get in touch with your inner beast and how to take care of yourself?
    These are questions that only you can answer. But I will throw out a bit of hard earned wisdom. Learning to be involved in a martial sport, martial art, or any hands-on smacking type martial activity will change you. You will learn things about yourself you wish you never knew as well as be surprised by some of the great things you took for granted.
    Training in a marital style may not be necessary but in the long run learning some basics and being able to develop a different attitude about physical conflict realities would benefit anyone.
    My Children are with me
    When you change the equation and add family to the encounter scenario the conflict takes on a completely different reality. You may be able to handle yourself and escape without much injury but what do you do if you must win or survive long enough for mother to get a couple of young children into the car and secure.
    This situation gets a whole lot more difficult if you are faced with two or more assailants. Do you fight to win or do you fight to delay and give time for the wife to exit the scene?
    This holds true for women. Can you really survive an attack by a 250 pound man or will your mind shut down with the first confrontation? How about when you are struck the first time in the face?
    These questions are presented for thought and lead into the poem “No Man is an Island” by John Donne.
    What ever you do you have to realize it must take into account everyone else around you.

    Winning does not mean physically beating the opponent
    You do not have to beat the opponent into the ground to win. You may have to but the goal may simply be to survive and escape. This statement will greatly offend many, so if it does then you might need to reread option one above again. We are not talking about a macho encounter where there has to be a top dog. We are taking about survival.
    This is where we learn from our childhood again. In the school yard we learned very quickly how to disengage from the bully. The same thought process and motivation needs to be kept in this type of encounter. Don’t stand and fight unless absolutely necessary.
    Back to Attitude and Mindset
    I cannot give you the attitude or mindset to survive a hand to hand encounter; nor can anyone else. But many good trainers do exist that can help you find and develop some basic skills that will allow you to get beyond the polite society rules of the school yard. This confidence is what will allow you to find your survival attitude.
    In moving beyond this trained response for being nice to everyone you will find that you will become more nice; that is until it is time to stop being nice and save your hide. - OldManKarate

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    Emotional Survival And Stress Relief In A Disaster

    August 27, 2012 by Peggy Layton

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    Taking deep breaths relieves stress.

    We live in a very unpredictable world. There are so many wars. And there is so much hatred (especially among religions), so much violence, so much rage, so much fear of the government, so much fear of the future, so much fear of losing our money and materialistic possessions, and so much fear of losing our loved ones. How do we make it through tough times? What is it going to take to make mankind realize that we are destroying our planet and the very societies that live on it?

    How do we find peace within ourselves and stop animosity between races, religions, cultures and relationships? How do we live in a troubled world and make it a better place? If we revert to living like our forefathers, who lived off the land and promoted peace, we could do our little part in reversing the negative energy and make this world a more peaceful place. If this thought went viral and billions of people read it and caught the vision there would be a new harmony that could save mankind and the planet.

    It sounds too good to be true; but if we start now to do our part, then future generations can live in peace.

    Personal Responsibility
    Taking back our power means taking total responsibility for our own lives.

    We must never allow ourselves to become victims and blame someone else because something happened to us. We must all be self-reliant, self-sufficient and responsible for ourselves first. We cannot control what others do — only what we do.

    Do not make the mistake of thinking the government, the church, your neighbors or family will save you in a crisis. I like to live by the motto “if it is to be, it is up to me.”

    How is this done? It starts within every human being. We have no control over anyone other than ourselves. We must be balanced emotionally so we can handle life’s challenges and disasters. If we are balanced within our own selves, we can help others who are in need.

    Disasters Happen To Good People

    Fear of the future based on the past is what holds us back from moving forward.

    Emotional trauma can be caused by any number of events in our lives. It’s not the event that gets the best of us, but how we handle it after it happens that matters.


    • What would you do if a tornado ripped your house apart, and all that was left was a pile of rubble?
    • What if you lose a family member to death?
    • How would you face divorce or a breakup of a relationship?
    • How would you face an economic crash, not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you will pay your bills?
    • What if the government went bankrupt and no one got their Medicaid, Social Security checks or welfare?
    • What if you had an emergency medical condition that leaves you thousands of dollars in debt and unable to work?
    • What if you or your spouse loses your job or one of your children loses his job and moves home with his spouse and children?
    • What if a fire burns up all our worldly possessions?
    • What if someone harms one of our family members?
    • What if your bank closes its doors and you can’t get out your money?
    • What if your retirement money gets lost in a stock market crash?
    • What if? What if?
    • Can we find it within ourselves to start over?


    There are so many unforeseen disasters. Many people I talk to every day are in fear. At least one or more of these things probably will happen to each of us at some point in our lives. I know the government is doing many things that are harming the people. I know there are evil people conspiring to do harm at all costs. We may fall victims to these evil designs, but we will not remain victims.

    We can face the future better because of the emotional trauma we have already been through in our lives. We need to know how to handle situations like this. So what do we do when faced with these overwhelming emotions we have inside of us? I am going to give you some simple techniques or processes that will help balance your emotional state in a crisis situation.

    Techniques To De-Stress

    I am a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and I have learned many different processes that can calm someone down if they are in stress. Fear is the No. 1 cause of stress in any situation. I believe that if we practice skills of peace and calming that we can face any situation that may occur in our lives.

    Take A Deep Breath

    Take a deep breath into the lungs and release it. Continue it again and again until you feel the pressure-relief valve letting off steam and releasing the stress. I like to do it lying down in a comfortable position.

    With every breath I take in, I visualize the pressure of the negative feeling; and as I release the breath, I visualize the stress releasing. Doing this for five minutes straight will bring a peaceful, calming feeling to our souls that will help in a time of crises. It also helps children to calm down when something unpleasant has happened to them. It is a simple form of self-hypnosis. This skill is invaluable in a crises situation because remaining calm is very important. If we can keep our wits about us when others are suffering, we can help others instead of looking for someone to help us.

    Tapping To Relieve Stress

    There is a tapping technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Try this stress-relief technique for any issue that comes up. Use the breathing technique while tapping and repeating the affirmations three times on each part of the body stated.


    1. First state the negative feeling or belief. Write it on a piece of paper, then turn the negative feeling into a positive thought and write it down also. For example: “I am stressed out” turns into “I am calm and peaceful.
    2. Repeat the words “I am calm and peaceful” three times, tapping with your middle three fingers above each eyebrow. Use your right hand above the right eyebrow and your left hand above the left eyebrow. Continue tapping as you repeat the phrase “I am calm and peaceful.” Move to the side of the eye and repeat the process.
    3. Move to the bone just under your eye socket and tap again repeating the same message three times.
    4. Move to the bone under the nose and above the upper lip. Then to the chin bone, tapping under the lower lip. Use both hands as you tap.
    5. Move to just below the collarbones on the chest and tap on both sides. Continuing to repeat “I am calm and peaceful.”
    6. Tap under both armpits and repeat again.
    7. Tap on the inside of each hand, on the side of the palm and below the little finger. By the time you are finished with tapping each position, the message you are repeating will be imprinted in your subconscious mind. You will be amazed at how the stress releases out of the body.



    This diagram of the tapping points is courtesy of ThrivingNow.com and joy-connection.com.

    If you are interested in any of the books I have written on food storage, self-sufficiency and survival, or if you are interested in ION (stabilized oxygen water treatment), check out my website.

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    Just In Case: State of Alaska to Stockpile Mass Amounts of Food and Supplies in Giant Warehouses

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    With its remote location and dependence on the uninterrupted flow of supplies from the lower 48 states, the Governor of Alaska has made disaster readiness a hallmark of his administration.
    Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

    For some in the lower 48, it may seem like an extreme step. But Parnell says this is just Alaska.

    “We have a different motivation to do this, because help is a long ways away,” said John Madden, Alaska’s emergency management director.

    The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups. To put that number into perspective, Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has about 295,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Juneau, its third largest, about 31,000.

    It’s not unusual for states that routinely experience hurricanes or other large-scale disasters to have supplies like water, ready-to-eat meals, cots and blankets. But Alaska is interested in stocking food with at least a five-year shelf life that meets the nutrition, health and cultural requirements of the state’s unique demographics.

    An estimated 90 percent of commodities entering Alaska are delivered through the Port of Anchorage. Air service is also a critical link to the outside world and generally the only way to reach many rural communities. A volcanic blast emitting a large amount of smoke and ash could disrupt supply lines by air and water for an extended period, Madden said, and an earthquake could knock out airport runways or ports. Those are just some of the disasters that might require emergency supplies.

    State officials have been working to encourage individual responsibility, with talks at schools and public gatherings. Emergency management officials plan to have a booth at the Alaska State Fair. A statewide disaster drill is planned for October.

    Over the past year, the state has acquired or purchased water purification units and generators designed to work in cold climates, including units that could power facilities like hospitals, Madden said. Officials also are determining what the state needs in terms of emergency medical supplies and shelter, he said.

    Source: Business Week
    Alaska’s Governor understands the fragility of modern just-in-time supply lines, and rather than leaving his state completely unprepared for a disaster as Louisiana did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he is taking steps to have at least the bare necessities on hand in the event of a worst-case scenario.

    Of note is that the State will only be stockpiling about five days worth of food and critical supplies for its population. Definitely a good start, but certainly not enough for any prolonged disaster that may strike their ports or the Continental United States. That’s why they are urging individuals to take it upon themselves to prepare as well.

    As we have seen with every major disaster in the world over the last century, when an emergency strikes the government will be overwhelmed. Help will not be on the way – police, medical personnel and local government could potentially disappear in a serious emergency as first responders would go home to be with their families, or simply be out of contact due to downed communication lines.

    Like Alaska, every American should prepare for the absence of government assistance and create a well rounded preparedness plan to deal with the aftermath of a disaster, whether natural or man-made.

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    Sprouts: Organic food that you can grow in 24-36 hrs

    Submitted by OpenSkies on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 14:58
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    Hey Everyone,

    This is for those who would like to grow their own food but just don't have the time or energy to do it. Sprouting grains is very easy and requires very little effort and they are highly nutritious. Sprouts have significant amounts of proteins and minerals. You can sprout pretty much any grain.

    Let me give you a step by step protocol

    1) Wash and soak the seeds in a vessel, typically overnight. The seeds will double in volume so use a large container. You can never put too much water but you can put too little. So be liberal with the water. You know they are completely soaked when they are not hard (stone like) to chew on.

    2) Drain the water and transfer the seeds to a colander. Rinse the seeds for a few minuted under running water.

    3) Cover and place the colander in a dark area. I put it in the oven that is NOT turned on. The moisture, darkness and ability to breathe (that's why you have to use a colander) will help the seeds to germinate and sprout.

    4) On completion of sprouting, rinse seeds and consume immediately or store in fridge for a few days.

    The soaking and sprouting times vary with the seeds.

    I am from India (been in the US for 5 yrs), and sprouts are very common in our staple diet. The steps I have mentioned above are what I have learnt when watching my mom. Here is a website that has more information on sprouting techniques, nutrition etc

    (The Grooviest Sprouting Seeds on Our Planet!). I have never bought anything from this site so I can't comment on their products but the information they give is good.

    Here are the soaking and sprouting times for the seeds that I use regularly
    i) Mung bean (Mung bean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

    ii) Moth beans(Moth bean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) : 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

    The above two are the easiest, you cannot go wrong with these.
    iii) White, green chickpeas (Chickpea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): 12-18hr soak time, 12-18hr sprout time.

    I buy these grains from my local Indian store but I am pretty sure you will find them in the regular food stores too.

    I usually steam cook the sprouts and make curries (http://www.cookingandme.com/2011/11/moong-usal-recipe-popula...). But you can eat them raw (in salads), steamed or roasted.

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    Sprouts: Organic food that you can grow in 24-36 hrs

    Submitted by OpenSkies on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 14:58
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    Hey Everyone,

    This is for those who would like to grow their own food but just don't have the time or energy to do it. Sprouting grains is very easy and requires very little effort and they are highly nutritious. Sprouts have significant amounts of proteins and minerals. You can sprout pretty much any grain.

    Let me give you a step by step protocol

    1) Wash and soak the seeds in a vessel, typically overnight. The seeds will double in volume so use a large container. You can never put too much water but you can put too little. So be liberal with the water. You know they are completely soaked when they are not hard (stone like) to chew on.

    2) Drain the water and transfer the seeds to a colander. Rinse the seeds for a few minuted under running water.

    3) Cover and place the colander in a dark area. I put it in the oven that is NOT turned on. The moisture, darkness and ability to breathe (that's why you have to use a colander) will help the seeds to germinate and sprout.

    4) On completion of sprouting, rinse seeds and consume immediately or store in fridge for a few days.

    The soaking and sprouting times vary with the seeds.

    I am from India (been in the US for 5 yrs), and sprouts are very common in our staple diet. The steps I have mentioned above are what I have learnt when watching my mom. Here is a website that has more information on sprouting techniques, nutrition etc

    (The Grooviest Sprouting Seeds on Our Planet!). I have never bought anything from this site so I can't comment on their products but the information they give is good.

    Here are the soaking and sprouting times for the seeds that I use regularly
    i) Mung bean (Mung bean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

    ii) Moth beans(Moth bean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) : 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

    The above two are the easiest, you cannot go wrong with these.
    iii) White, green chickpeas (Chickpea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): 12-18hr soak time, 12-18hr sprout time.

    I buy these grains from my local Indian store but I am pretty sure you will find them in the regular food stores too.

    I usually steam cook the sprouts and make curries (http://www.cookingandme.com/2011/11/moong-usal-recipe-popula...). But you can eat them raw (in salads), steamed or roasted.

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    Broccoli sprouts are good as well and take about 4-5 days ..Here is where I have bought seeds and also a "sprouter" that is easy to use. The name of the site is called "the sprout people" they have lots of instructional videos and loads of other information...plus they sell the seeds.

    Sprouting Supplies - Sprouters

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    Dehydrating Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

    September 10, 2012 by Peggy Layton

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    Food dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. Drying fresh fruits and vegetables is quite simple. You will need a food dehydrator, or you can use your oven.
    Fruit and yogurt leathers, dried fruit, beef jerky, herb seasonings, tomato powder and many other great dried foods can be made at home and stored for use at a later time.

    The advantages of drying your own foods are:

    • None of your excess garden produce goes to waste.
    • Dried foods take up much less space.
    • Dried foods can be eaten as a healthy snack.
    • You will know that the food is organic without chemicals, pesticides or additives.


    Using a Food Dehydrator


    I use the Nesco American Harvest Garden Master.

    If you are planning on drying your harvested produce, you will need one or two of these machines. I keep two dehydrators going at all times in the fall. The food dehydrator takes the guesswork out of drying foods. If the food is cut uniformly, the food should dry in about 12 to 24 hours. The Nesco American Harvest Garden Master dehydrator has good circulation.

    The trays have plastic screens that come with them to keep the dried food from falling through the trays. The plastic mesh screens pull up easily which aids in getting the dried food out much easier. The American Harvest Garden Master comes with stacking trays so you can dry several different foods at one time.

    ION

    I soak my vegetables in a solution of 20 drops of ION (stabilized oxygen) per gallon of water. ION (stabilized oxygen) will kill any bacteria on the vegetable. This is especially helpful if the produce is from Mexico or other countries. Using ION (stabilized oxygen) ensures that the vegetables will be free of harmful bacteria, and it helps the produce stay fresher longer as well as helps it retain its beautiful color.

    Drying Fruits And Vegetables

    To prepare fruits and vegetables for drying, wash and remove all dirt. Peel, trim and cut them evenly, making sure to cut away any bruises or decaying parts. A food processor can be used for more evenly cut pieces.

    Blanching is necessary for most vegetables, but not fruit.

    Blanching is a process of heating the vegetables to a temperature high enough to kill all bacteria. It also stops the enzymes from breaking down the food, which can cause color and flavor loss in the drying process.

    Vegetables are more alkaline and, therefore, must be dried until brittle. Fruits are more acidic and do not need to be blanched because of high sugar and acid content. Tomatoes are also very acidic, so they do not need to be blanched either. They will go mushy if put in boiling water.


    1. To blanch vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, corn, peas and potatoes, use a wire basket to hold them and dip them into a pot of boiling water for about three minutes depending on the thickness of the vegetable. Take the basket out of the water and place the vegetables on the drying trays. The heat from the boiling water helps them dry faster.
    2. Optional: Add salt, sugar or spices to flavor the cut up produce.
    3. Load your fruit and vegetable slices single file onto the dehydrator trays, being careful not to overlap them, as this will slow the drying time. Keep fruits and vegetables on separate trays as to not mix flavors. Turn your dehydrator on immediately after loading to start the dehydration process. Most foods can be dried at about 140 to 200 degrees F. Consult the owner’s manual for recommended drying times, but expect the process to take between eight to 12 hours on average.
    4. As you reach the end of the drying time, check your produce frequently for dryness. To do so, simply remove a slice of food from the dehydrator, allow it to cool and then feel it with your fingers. If the slice feels dry to the touch, it should be adequately dried to the brittle stage. Allow your vegetable slices to cool to the touch before packing them in jars or plastic bags.
    5. To further evaluate the dryness of fruit, cut several fruit slices in half and check the cut edges for moisture. If any wet or sticky spots are present, the fruit is not yet dry enough and needs to be returned to the dehydrator until it passes inspection.
    6. Dried fruits need to go through an additional conditioning period before they are ready for storage. Place them in loosely packed jars and shake once a day for one week to ensure the remaining moisture is evenly distributed between the dried. Then store them away for a rainy day. You don’t want any moisture in the food, because it will mold.


    I like to keep my dried foods in glass jars with lids and store them on my pantry shelves where I can see and use them.

    Dried vegetables will last about six months and fruits will last one year. To extend the life of your dried foods, place in airtight plastic freezer bags and store them in the freezer until ready to use.

    Dried foods can be eaten dried as a snack or reconstituted in water to use in recipes calling for fruit. Even dried bananas can be reconstituted and used in banana bread.

    Tomato powder, dried onions, herbs and all other dried vegetables can be added to soups and stews without reconstituting to add extra flavor. They will soak up the water in the soup as they cook.

    Fruit Leathers

    For fruit leathers you can purchase plastic liners that fit over the trays in the Garden Master Food Dehydrator. These trays hold fruit leather and dry it evenly so it can be peeled off the plastic and rolled up. The liners are pliable so the fruit leather rolls up easily without having to use plastic wrap.

    How To Dry Zucchini

    The end of the season means lots of zucchini. Instead of giving them all away, why not dehydrate them to use later in zucchini breads, cakes, muffins and soups.


    1. Slice up the zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. If they are too large, cut the rounds into halves or quarters.
    2. Blanch the pieces as explained above.
    3. Place the rounds onto the dehydrator trays and dry at 140 to 160 degrees F for 12 hours or until brittle. I call these zucchini chips, and I eat them like potato chips. Before drying them, I like to add seasoning salt.
    4. If you are grating the zucchini, blanch it the same way you do for rounds. The drying time will be about six hours instead of 12.
    5. If you are reconstituting the zucchini for bread, you must rehydrate it by adding 2 cups of water to every 1 cup of dried zucchini. Let it set and soak up the water before using in a recipe. Drain any excess water that is on it. Use it in any recipe calling for zucchini.







    Tomatoes And Onions


    1. Tomatoes and onion tops do not need to be blanched.
    2. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and larger tomatoes into slices. I put a little salt and pepper on them for flavor and dry them at 140 degrees F.
    3. Tomatoes can be used in any recipe calling for sun-dried tomatoes, as well as soups and stews.
    4. I like to blend my vegetables into a powder and use it as a seasoning salt. Tomatoes can be pureed and dried like fruit leather, then used in soups and stews to add extra flavor.
    5. I also dry the tops of all my onions then blend them into onion powder. It is delicious and adds onion flavor to meats, soups and stews.

    This information came from the books Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook and Cookin’ With Home Storage written by Peggy Layton.

    –Peggy Layton

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    Government Says Get Ready For Zombies

    September 10, 2012 by Bryan Nash


    The Homeland Security Department urged citizens on Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, according to The Associated Press.

    The rationale behind the warning is that if you are prepared for zombies, you’ll probably be able to survive a national disaster.

    The government recommends that you have an evacuation plan in place, a change of clothes, water, medications and flashlights.

    This isn’t the first time the government has warned citizens about the zombie apocalypse. In May 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a post urging people to prepare.

    At that time, the following supplies were recommended:

    • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
    • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
    • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
    • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
    • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
    • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
    • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
    • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

    Earlier this year, following Rudy Eugene’s cannibalistic attack in Miami, the CDC denied the existence of zombies.

    Agency spokesman David Daigle wrote in an email to the Huffington Post: “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”

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    Modern-day wheat is a 'chronic poison,' says doctor

    Monday, September 10, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes

    (NaturalNews) All set to order that next sandwich on wheat bread? Using wheat-based pasta instead of regular spaghetti noodles tonight because you've been told wheat-based foods are better for you?

    Not so fast, says one doctor.

    William Davis, a cardiologist, calls modern-day wheat a "chronic, perfect poison" in a new book all about the world's most popular grain.

    What gives?

    Davis says the wheat we are currently eating isn't the same thing your grandparents used back in the day.

    Modern wheat is "an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he told CBS' "This Morning" program in a recent interview.

    "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten," he said.

    "I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate," Davis continued. "This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year."

    Can you say expanding waistline?

    'We're seeing hundreds of thousands' lose weight

    In the interview Davis was asked if the agriculture industry is capable of changing back to using the grain it once produced.

    That's possible, he said, but it would be costly to farmers because the old-style wheat doesn't produce as much yield per acre, and in a hungry world where the population is growing, food is becoming more scarce and prices are already on the rise, that choice would be a tough sell to today's agriculture giants.

    Nevertheless, Davis notes that a movement is afoot to drop the weight-causing grain, and that those who have done so have said goodbye to wheat are dropping clothes sizes.

    "If three people lost eight pounds, big deal," he said. "But we're seeing hundreds of thousands of people losing 30, 80, 150 pounds. Diabetics become no longer diabetic; people with arthritis having dramatic relief. People losing leg swelling, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and on and on every day."

    Those are real results and they are widespread, Davis said - not isolated or fluky.

    Okay, so someone decides to shun the wheat; what are their alternatives? "Real food," Davis suggested, like avocados and olives, olive oil, some meats and, yes, veggies.

    "(It's) the stuff that is least likely to have been changed by agribusiness," he said. "Certainly not grains. When I say grains, of course, over 90 percent of all grains we eat will be wheat, it's not barley... or flax. It's going to be wheat."

    So, this is "really a wheat issue," he said.

    Smart diets, sans wheat, will help trim the belly

    There are those health resources and dieticians, he said, that are serving up and advocating a more balanced diet, like the Mayo Clinic, that does not include wheat. But in his interview, Davis said what they are offering is just a poor alternative.

    "All that literature says is to replace something bad, white enriched products with something less bad, whole grains, and there's an apparent health benefit - 'Let's eat a whole bunch of less bad things,'" he told the program. "So I take...unfiltered cigarettes and replace with Salem filtered cigarettes, you should smoke the Salems. That's the logic of nutrition, it's a deeply flawed logic. What if I take it to the next level, and we say, 'Let's eliminate all grains,' what happens then?"

    "That's when you see, not improvements in health, that's when you see transformations in health," he added.

    Without question, the nation is in the throes of an obesity epidemic. Cheap foods (for the most part) like wheat-filled pastas and other fillers have caused the country's collective waistline to expand to bursting. But as Davis notes, you don't need fad diets and gimmicks to lose the belly fat and cut back on the calories. You just need to eat smarter.

    Sources:

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