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Monday, November 22, 2010

SteriPEN Named one of All-TIME Greatest 100 Gadgets!

The TIME technology editor in October of this year selected the SteriPEN as one the 100 greatest and most influential gadgets from 1923 to the present!

The SteriPEN sterilizes a 16-oz. cup of water in less than a minute with ultraviolet light that eliminates over 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and protozoa that cause waterborne illness. It's portable, packable and powered by AA batteries or there is even a hand-crank model now too.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Food Shortages, Price Hikes are Coming

Friendly advisory: At Safecastle, we work closely with a half-dozen food suppliers to get you the best fresh storage foods on the market. Today's collective inventory situation at those suppliers is unprecedented in my experience. That is, every one of them is experiencing significant backorder/out-of-stock issues on many of their storage foods.

Two main reasons--One, skyrocketing demand for storage food as the headlines wake more and more folks from their slumber ... and two, sourcing shortages for many of the basic food staples needed to keep the production lines moving at full capacity.

And as most of you know, you put these two factors together and the product is price inflation.

We're seeing it here friends. It's happening right now. There is no longer any time to wait if you are putting off laying in your food stocks for what is dead ahead. I just topped off my own personal larder to the roof. Many of my family and friends are doing the same.

New Foods Listed and an Old Favorite is Back!: Canned ghee (clarified butter) is back. When it is available, it doesn't last long, so if you have been waiting for it, act fast.

Got kids? Canned Mac & Cheese is a life-saver, with a long shelf life. It's new!

Canned Pilot Bread Crackers--canned for long shelf life, ready to eat.

Other new foods--canned breakfast cereals, LuRPs, potatoes, egg noodles, and soups to name a few.

And in addition to our long-time favorite brands, we just launched a whole new food line in our store, "American Family Supply," #10 can cases of basic dry foods.

Check out all the newest listings here (two pages).

We still have much to be thankful for as we approach the holiday we especially take the time to express our gratitude to God.

Stock up, stay safe.
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Sen. Lindsey Graham "Sees Confrontation with China, War with Iran"

US Senator sees 'confrontation' with China, war with Iran

by Michel Comte Michel Comte – 53 mins ago

HALIFAX, Canada (AFP) – The United States faces a possible war with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions and a "period of confrontation" with China over its currency, a top US lawmaker warned Saturday.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said his fellow conservatives, fresh from their historic elections romp this week, support "bold" action to deal with Iran.

If President Barack Obama "decides to be tough with Iran beyond sanctions, I think he is going to feel a lot of Republican support for the idea that we cannot let Iran develop a nuclear weapon," he told the Halifax International Security Forum.

"The last thing America wants is another military conflict, but the last thing the world needs is a nuclear-armed Iran... Containment is off the table."
The South Carolina Republican saw the United States going to war with the Islamic republic "not to just neutralize their nuclear program, but to sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard, in other words neuter that regime."


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time for Some Direct Democracy

David Deming today posted a blog entitled "America is Gone" at " He captures much of the current emotion running beneath the rhetorical political strata.

Beyond that, I for one have begun to wonder how long we can continue to go through our election cycles, banging our heads against the wall. Invariably, no matter who is elected, our current political system in the end delivers results aimed to serve only the most powerful constituencies--the wealthy political contributors and the corporate lobbies who buy our elected "representatives."

This is not what our Founding Fathers envisioned. In fact, they did foresee a need for future Constitutional Conventions in order to rein in oppressive government, under Article V of the Constitution. That is long overdue.

Whatever the mechanism for enacting needed change to our system, I believe we have come to a point where elected federal representative government is obsolete. International corporate/political conglomeration and the ownership and sponsorship systems inherent in major media technologies have quite effectively superceded our quaint ideas about what our elected representatives in Washington are chosen to do. Quite clearly--it is not today to listen to and actually represent their lowly voting constituents.

Nor does it or will it change by transfusing different names, faces, or parties into the same outdated superstructure of our massive federal government.

To me, it seems the time is now for a major revision in how we govern ourselves. That is--through a move toward a greater Constitutional Democracy (as opposed to a Constitutional Republic).

Amazing technologies are at our fingertips today that would readily allow for an overhaul in how we think about governance. That is, let us each assume more direct responsibility to decide issues of great import related to our nation.

I know--it can't be done, right? It's too big of a job in a nation as broad and powerful as America. Citizens can't be expected to be smart enough or aware enough of all the ins and outs of each and every issue that requires legislation (never mind our elected reps don't themselves have the time to read the legislation they vote for or against on our behalf).

Well I don't buy that argument. It CAN be done. WE are America.

Such a system, based on most of the current US Constitution and the Bill of Rights can be phased in. And as a part of that, we need to make sure that voters are qualified to exercise that most sacred of social duties--voting. Why not require that voters pass minimal tests of knowledge to qualify as a US citizen who is permitted to vote in this new direct democracy? A knowledge of the principles of the Constitution, some basic US history, and perhaps even some quick demonstration of an awareness of each particular legislation's pertinent issues would allow for a well-informed popular vote to be taken on major laws brought before us to decide upon.

Those who could care not enough to jump through the hoops should not be counted anyway since their votes otherwise would be ill-informed at best and would not serve the interest of our nation or themselves.

Of course, one of the premises here would have to be that, at least on a federal level, there need not be anywhere near as many laws as what are currently in place. Let our representative state governments return to the role they were intended to have at the time of our nation's forming (while enacting stringent anti-lobbying safeguards). And return the federal government to a position of serving us in limited fashion, rather than them demanding we do more and more to serve them.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Currency War--the Start of a 21st Century Geopolitical Struggle for Resources

Assignment for today, class:

This is a VERY interesting look at the near-term future. Read it (don't skim through it) and think as you go (do you agree or disagree with the writer on each of his his assertions?).

Then listen the the podcast interview with the author linked at the end of the article.
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

"How to Respond to Terrorism Threats and Warnings"

A good reminder from our friends at STRATFOR ... click the link below to view the entire report.


If people live their lives in a constant state of fear, those who seek to terrorize them have won. Terror attacks are a tactic used by a variety of militant groups for a variety of ends. As the name implies, terrorism is intended to produce a psychological impact that far outweighs the actual physical damage caused by the attack itself. Denying would-be terrorists this multiplication effect, as the British largely did after the July 2005 subway bombings, prevents them from accomplishing their greater goals. Terror can be countered when people assume the proper mindset and then take basic security measures and practice relaxed awareness. These elements work together to dispel paranoia and to prevent the fear of terrorism from robbing people of the joy of life.

How to Respond to Terrorism Threats and Warnings is republished with permission of STRATFOR.
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Martenson: "Prediction-Things Will Unravel Faster than You Think"

Chris Martenson is a well-known economic researcher and futurist. Most know him as the creator of the video seminar, The Crash Course. (That is NOT Martenson in the image here.)

Read his article posted today at the "Business Insider."

By my analysis, we are not yet on the final path to recovery, and there are one or more financial 'breaks' coming in the future. Underlying structural weaknesses have not been resolved, and the kick-the-can-down-the-road plan is going to encounter a hard wall in the not-too-distant future. When the next moment of discontinuity finally arrives, events will unfold much more rapidly than most people expect.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Investment-Grade Food Storage Sale

Through September, we are running our final Mountain House cans sale of 2010.

That means:
  • The maximum-allowed discount of 25% off all MH cans.
  • It means free shipping.
  • And it means buyers club members earn up to $1000 and more in free survival gear and supplies with qualifying purchases.
Mountain House freeze dried food is the clear #1 storage food in the world. It boasts a proven shelf life of over 25 years in the #10 cans. It is the kind of food we are all used to eating and it is delicious. 25% off is BIG savings. Shipping is FREE.

This time around, club members have the potential of not only securing the best fresh storage food in the world at the maximum allowed discount pricing, but they also can earn over $1000 in free gear and supplies with qualifying purchases.

This is investment-grade food. You lock-in today's food prices for as long as you hold the food. It will be there for you whenever you need it, and chances are very strong that it will be worth a lot more then than what you paid for it originally.

Check out all the details here.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Military Study Warns of Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis

How about an unusually candid (OK--actually it was leaked) look at official Western views of "Peak Oil" and how all we know could become unraveled in just a few years due to oil shortages?

This is a Der Spiegel summary-analysis of a German military study draft. Be sure to read both pages at this link, as the second page is where the expectations of a global chain reaction are laid out.
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Saturday, September 04, 2010

What Are We Most Afraid Of?

I've seen this question pop up once or twice in preparedness-focused discussion forums. I don't believe I've seen the most bald-faced truth in reply though.

The world is widely recognized to be in a progressive state of relentless ruination today, not in any small part due to ongoing political and corporate manipulation. Few could argue that point today (at least without holding tongue firmly in cheek), though causes are still, I suppose, for some open to debate.

Regardless, when it comes right down to it, the worst possible eventuality is that nothing happens to jolt the train from its tracks and to ultimately reverse course and get us back to a world where common sense is king.

This is what keeps many of us awake at night.
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