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Friday, December 31, 2010

$5 gas prices? Bold prediction could spell doom for some business, commuters

$5 gas prices? Bold prediction could spell doom for some business, commuters

If gas prices hit $5 per gallon as an oil expert predicts, Doug Davidson’s business could under. Davidson, along with: To read full story follow this link: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/dec/30/5-gas-prices-bold-prediction-could-s

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sing the health praises of parsley and sage

(NaturalNews) Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair". Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of parsley and sage are worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.


Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:

*It is a diuretic which helps the body produce more urine to keep the urinary system operating smoothly and which helps prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections.

*It is wonderful for removing toxins from the body, such as heavy metals.

*It is an effective breath freshener. It is believed that the practice of including parsley on a dinner plate began due to its breath freshening abilities and not merely for its decorative effect.

*The root and leaves are good for the liver and spleen.

*It helps relieve bloating during menstruation.

*It provides relief for edema, often helping when other remedies have failed

*Parsley root and seeds help relax stiff joints, often making stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.

*It helps remove gallstones when used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.

*It is beneficial for the adrenal glands.

*It is a powerful therapeutic aid for the optic nerves, brain and sympathetic nervous system.

*Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels.

Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.


Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.

Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage`s other health benefits include:

*It is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins help dry up perspiration.

*Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years. It helps provide better recall and research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer`s.

*There`s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin`s action.

* The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive for cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity.

In an upcoming article, we will also sing the praises of the other two herbs mentioned in the popular song - rosemary and thyme.

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About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030824_parsley_sage.html#ixzz199I8Iy00

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Possible Terror Threat to Food

Not really a new idea, but perhaps new intel on a potential threat.

CBS) In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons - simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend.

A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as "credible." Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Cold weather coming.

Though cold weather is here...even colder is predicted for next week. Make plans to cover or bring inside any sensitive vegetation, pets or insulate exposed pipes. This mostly applies to the northern section of the state with 30's extending as far south as Orlando. Low lying interior regions might experience frost to freezes. Check you local NWS for details...the front should pass through late Sunday to Mid Monday.

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Malaria Case Duval CO. Florida

Though the cold weather will probably put the kibosh on this. It is something to keep in mind for when the weather warms back up. The source of the malaria (where the mosquito picked it up) is unknown at this point.
The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) has identified a case of
_Plasmodium falciparum_ malaria in a 31-year-old female resident of
Jacksonville with no history of international travel.

Although the risk of ongoing transmission is low as the weather
becomes cooler and drier, the health department would like health
care providers and residents to be aware of additional malaria cases
and requests that any suspect cases be immediately reported to DCHD's
Epidemiology Department at 904-253-1850. An investigation is underway
to determine whether this case of malaria was possibly locally
acquired. The DCHD is working with City of Jacksonville (COJ)
Mosquito Control, the Florida Department of Health (DOH), and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better understand
where this infection originated.

Florida has reported 111 cases of malaria since the beginning of
2010, all imported from other countries. Duval County has reported 5
imported cases of malaria this year [2010]. The 6th case in Duval
County appears not to be connected to recent travel, making this
possibly the 1st case of locally acquired malaria in the last 10
years for the county.

Communicated by:
Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H.
State Surgeon General
DCHD Communications

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Florida Preppers Roll Call

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dengue Fever locally contracted in Miami

The first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years was confirmed Thursday by health officials. They warned people to take precautions against the mosquitoes that carry it.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Game time...

High probability of a storm strike. We are slated to, at the very least, be on the NW quadrant of a passing tropical system...usually not the best place to be. Granted we need the rain...but be aware for possible short term power outages and water system contamination.

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New Florida Members

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Hello all,

My name is Michael from Port Charlotte. I am new to this forum and looking forward to participating.


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Hi all, just joined the site. I'm in Duval County & looking forward to learning alot here.

SAHM to 2 :shakeyes:

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I have been researching what is going on in this country for several months now and the more I learn the more I realize that I need to prepare for life as we know it to change drastically soon. How soon I have no idea but probably I think within the next couple of years. I bought an old motorhome that I am rebuilding so that we will have somewhere to live. Also we may use it to move to somewhere better suited for what is to come. Maybe Mo. or OK? Been hearing lots about these two states and what they are and have done to make sure that the Fed does not overun them. Knowing I am not living in a good place to be self reliant in reguards to food and such. We are also working on our food storage and trying to find a group here in case we don't get moved before whatever happens happens. I have a background in many things. Mostly fixing things. I can usually fix most anything I need to fix. I also have training in law enforcment and Emergency Medicine but several years ago. I think I know how to get prepared and what is needed just have to find it all and get to a good place.

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Howdy, folks. I'm new to the forum from NW FL, specifically in Bay County. I'm quite active on the Florida Concealed Carry forum, and an FBI certified firearms instructor. Looking forward to learning a bunch of good stuff here.

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Hey all, new to the Preppers Network.
live in Palm Beach County, FLA, single father of 3 wonderful boys and I am just now starting to take these preparations issues seriously I am sorry to say. Always stored canned and long term food, that has come in quite handy lately, been out of work for about a half a year like lots of folks. Thank goodness for family. Anyway, got the idea to start getting things together for me and my family, and then because I am an inveterate entrepreneur, I decided to start a company to do the same for others. Going into long term storage, GMO free and MSG free dried food, solar, and a couple of other things. Capital is an issue when you're out of work so its going slow but I am getting there. Thanks for the network, getting all kinds of ideas.

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My wife found this network and I thought I would join aswell.

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New to the site, but long time prepper... Currently in Florida --- moving back to Washington State...



41yr old MWM Retired USAF Cop, NRA Police Instructor and Glock Armorer living in Tampa Bay. Hoping to meet those in my area that would like to form a Meet Up group or Alliance.


I've made a couple posts, so I figure I better introduce myself! My husband and I have always known one day stuff was going to hit the fan. My in-laws recently figured this out too, and got us re-interested in prepping. It's nice to see so many other ppl have figured this out too! Anyway...we're "thirty-ish" and we have 2 sons, 11 and 13 years old. We live in a pretty big city, but we are blessed enough to be in a house and not an apartment. We have a 10k gallon pool that I guess we could purify water from for a while if we had to.
Five or so years ago a truss was dropped on my husband head and he was forced to go from residential framing to civil take-offs after a couple years of not being able to work. Then economic hardships hit us a couple years ago, with 2 lay-offs in 2 years. He can shoot, fish, cook, hunt, and do a lot of manual stuff, but heavy stuff hurts his back and then he's laid up for a day or so. The boys and I have strong backs, though my sons work ethic needs to improve! LOL I love to garden and am working on getting our yard ready to grow food. So far I've just grown tomatoes and a jalepeno plant. The hanging tomato basket did really well, but the one tomato plant might need a mate or something, since it flowers but doesn't give us anything to eat. I guess I'm getting into a topic for another thread though! :offtopic: We're both really good with computers, but I have a feeling that will be a useless skill at some point.
Our family is active in Boy Scouts, and has a lot of camping gear, so we're ahead of some I suppose1 We still have a LOT to do though!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Article from A.N.T.S. re: 'Superbug'

This is getting alot of attention in the news lately, though frankly not surprising...nature adapts good or bad.

From A.N.T.S.
A.N.T.S - Americans Networking To Survive Antibiotic resistance is a type of drug resistance where a microorganism is able to survive exposure to an antibiotic. Genes can be transferred between bacteria in a horizontal fashion by conjugation, transduction, or transformation. Thus a gene for antibiotic resistance which had evolved via natural selection may be shared. Evolutionary stress such as exposure to antibiotics then selects for the antibiotic resistant trait. Many antibiotic resistance genes reside on plasmids, facilitating their transfer. If a bacterium carries several resistance genes, it is called multiresistant or, informally, a superbug or super bacteria.The primary cause of antibiotic resistance is antibiotic use both within medicine and veterinary medicine. The greater the duration of exposure the greater the risk of the development of resistance irrespective of the severity of the need for antibiotics.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to Join The Florida Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

The Preppers networks are all about volunteering our knowledge and skills with each other. We share ideas, tips and basically network with each other to survive any type of disaster whether natural, man made, or economic. Information that you learn and share with others will help everyone learn how to find "Freedom Through Teaching Others Self Reliance."

Joining the Florida Preppers Network is simple, and most of all, it's Free! To join, just follow these few steps.

1) Register to become a member of the American Preppers Network www.AmericanPreppersNetwork.net The registration page is here: http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/ucp.php?mode=register

2) Once you have your account, go to the index page of the forum and do your first post by introducing yourself in the new members area. http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/index.php

3) Once you know how to do posts, visit the Florida forum and introduce yourself. The Florida forum can be found by scrolling to the lower section of the index page where you will find a list of states, or you can go directly by following this URL: www.FloridaPreppersNetwork.net

4) After you've visited the Florida forum, follow this link to learn how to join the Florida Preppers Network group:

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Product review...S.O.Tech Go Bag Ext. and Mission Go Bag

S.O. Tech has 2 products I like, Go Bag Extended and Mission Go Bag. I was looking for something in the bailout bag arena. Something to basically get me home should a sudden disaster occur. Something I could easily stash in my truck that was much smaller than a standard bug out bag. I think these fit the bill. these certainly aren't cheap items...but you get what you pay for.

The Go Bag Extended is perfect for compact carbines (broken down) with side pouches for spare mags, loops for attachments and larger pockets for other necessities.
In mine: AR-15, 6 spare mags, 2- G21 mags, IFAK, water container, water filtration, energy bars, weapons cleaning kit, Wiley goggles, RMJ Loggerhead, shemagh, survival tin fishing kit.

The Mission Go Bag is similar to a messenger bag, but with plenty of pockets inside....the problem is I tend to over stuff it.
Glock 21, 2 spare mags, 2-AR-15 mags, water, silver coinage, binos, notepad,multitool, knife sharpener, knife, flashlight, blowout kit, radiac meter, stripped MRE, gloves.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Atlantic activity to watch.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Quick note..Health Alert..Eastern Equine Encephalitis

A 3rd case of eastern equine encephalitis [EEE] in a horse, this time near
Reddick, was reported in Marion County this week [week of 9 Aug 2010]. It
is the 2nd case in less than a month and caused the county health
department to issue a notice to advise residents of the risk.

Though rare in humans, EEE can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infection
affects a small number of humans every year, mostly in the Atlantic and
Gulf Coast states. Most of those affected have no symptoms, but in severe
cases headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting are common. Severe cases
can be fatal.

Article is HERE

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Economic warning of things to come?

The City of East St. Louis has laid off 30% of it's police force and defaulted on bond payments, or in government speak, has deferred payment. Concerns now arise that crime will now run rampant.
"It’s open field day now," said Tracy, the pastor of Straightway Baptist Church here. "The criminals are going to run wild."
Gang activity. Drug dealing. Cold-blooded killing. Tracy worries that a decision to shrink the police force by almost 30 percent will bring more of everything.

Additionally a town in Greece has also defaulted....are these initial signals the economic maneuverings of governments is failing?

An article addressing both looks at the economic band aides and the result.

Though both areas far away from us Floridians, this might give us advance warning of more dire things to come close by. Cities, towns and counties may decide to reduce or even stop certain safety services, this has already happened in several areas around the country.

Stay vigilant!

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Report on EMP effects.

Though an old report (2004-2008), something to always keep in the back of the mind when thinking about possible disaster events. Several reports from the EMP Commission. For us Floridians this would be similar to the effect of hurricanes though more widespread with the major impact being many modern vehicles would be rendered inoperable.

The EMP Commission was established pursuant to title XIV of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-345). Duties of the EMP Commission include assessing:

1. the nature and magnitude of potential high-altitude EMP threats to the United States from all potentially hostile states or non-state actors that have or could acquire nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles enabling them to perform a high-altitude EMP attack against the United States within the next 15 years;
2. the vulnerability of United States military and especially civilian systems to an EMP attack, giving special attention to vulnerability of the civilian infrastructure as a matter of emergency preparedness;
3. the capability of the United States to repair and recover from damage inflicted on United States military and civilian systems by an EMP attack; and
4. the feasibility and cost of hardening select military and civilian systems against EMP attack.

The Commission is charged with identifying any steps it believes should be taken by the United States to better protect its military and civilian systems from EMP attack.

Series of reports can be found HERE.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Financial Advisors recommending getting out of the markets. UPDATE

BMO Capital Markets is now telling it's investors to get completely out of equities (stocks) and go to cash.
Several Investing advisers and one investing house is basically screaming the markets are about to go under....depression style.

The global credit environment is worsening. Cost of capital is going up and availability is going down. There are large gaps between where the credit market prices risk and where the equity market is priced. Equity is lagging the deterioration in credit conditions. Moves in currency, equity and commodity markets are mirroring the moves in the credit market. Global growth, in a credit-constrained environment, will slow. Profits will be squeezed by the higher cost of capital...We advocate a zero weight toward equity, and that investors convert their equity positions to cash."


Anthony Fry of Evercore Partners and Bob Janjuah of RBS are in get out of dodge.

Fry.."“I don’t want to scare anyone but I am considering investing in barbed wire and guns, things are not looking good and rates are heading higher,” he said."
"The comments mirror those of bearish Bob Janjuah from RBS, who told CNBC on Friday that we are facing big stock market losses and told investors to get into gold before G20 governments attempt to throw another $15 trillion in quantitative easing in a bid to jump start the economy.


Though probably not the most cohesive suggestion on how to prepare...it shows that economic collapse is looking like a real possibility to investment advisers and they are worried.

In other news in Spain..strikes and protests begin.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hurricane Season is Here!

Ok folks Hurricane season is here and the remnants of TS Agatha (from the Pacific) has decided to come our way. Begin your preps now it could be a long season according to the National Hurricane Center

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gold and Silver buying Panic in Europe.

A $1 Trillion bailout of Europe is in place and has begun, but for some reason Europeans aren't too confident in it. They are panic buying Gold and Silver for security believing that measures will fail. Basically they are anticipating a collapse of the EU economy.
Earlier we noted that the Austrian mint was on its way to depleting its gold reserves following "panicked buying" from Europeans, who now openly fear the demise of their currency. Now, courtesy of Slim Beleggen, we understand that the situation in the silver market is just as bad and has also spilled over to Germany: the contagion is no longer one of sovereign debt, but of precious metal physical inventory. The primarily silver focused (but holding gold as well) Kronwitter precious metal online retailer is not only not accepting any orders, but has entirely taken down its website.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

We just went mainstream...

After yesterday's plunge even big economic websites are going survivalist..

Today, millions of Americans say that they believe that the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression. But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for that to happen. The sad truth is that the vast majority of Americans would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Financial dive...

Well in case you were in a bubble today or bunker....the stock market briefly dove some 900 points before recovering and closing a mere 300 points down. The cause is actually under investigation.

Was it the bankers sending a message to congress not to break up the banks?
Was it a trader pressing the wrong button?
Fear over the Greek financial situation and possibly all of Europe?
Possible cyber attack?
....or have people started to realize debt based currency and life style might be a bad idea?

Regardless, it shows just when everything seems to be heading in the right direction something can trigger a reversal. Hurricane season starts next month...lets start getting ready now.

Water supply week is next week (yes I made that up)...let's get started. I'll post some articles about getting that aspect covered.

Scouts Out!

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pending Oil disaster...

Being in Florida, everyone is aware of the approaching oil slick to our coastline. The location of where and time line of when is purely up to mother nature at this point. A professor at the University of Florida is worried about the east coast of Florida more than the west.
Media reports said Y. Peter Sheng, coastal and oceanographic engineer at UF, believes the six-day ocean current models released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal that the slick "could get caught in what's called the 'Loop Current' 35 miles south of the slick, which flows through the Florida Straits and becomes the Gulf Stream."
According to Sheng, Florida's west coast from Big Bend to Cedar Key could be spared while eastern coastal beaches are threatened.

Obvious impact to fisheries is already being felt in some gulf coast areas as fishing has been shut down and local seafood has ceased coming in. At a minimum the result to Floridians could be the same...possibly for an extended period. The economic cost could be staggering. The Gulf economy is ~ $2.2 Trillion. 83% of all US shrimp come from the gulf...56% of all oysters. Tourism is of course a huge aspect...

The impact to Florida and Floridians is as of yet unknown. Job losses? Increase costs (seafood is a given), increase in other prices are possible if shipping lanes are diverted or cut off. Frankly. folks..this is one crisis I hadn't planned for....and I need to ponder the possibilities more.

On a side note the financial markets are reacting badly to the debt crisis in Europe...I surprised no one has realized how bad it is here...

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Beware of March...economy.

A really fantastic article is up on one of my favorite blogger sites. Jesse's Cafe Americain always has great economic articles. Sometime a bit technical, but well worth the read.

Pictures of a Market Crash: Beware the Ides of March, And What Follows After
There are a fair number of private and public forecasters with whom I speak that anticipate a significant market decline in March. As you know I tend to agree, but with the important caveat that we are in a very different monetary landscape than the last time the Fed engaged in quantitative easing, the early 1930's. The biggest difference is the lack of 'external standards.'

He paints a not so pretty picture for the very near future.

The overseas (European situation) is about to get really ugly.

LEAP/E2020 is of the view that the effect of States’ spending trillions to « counteract the crisis » will have fizzled out. These vast sums had the effect of slowing down the development of the systemic global crisis for several months but, as anticipated in previous GEAB reports, this strategy will only have ultimately served to clearly drag States into the crisis caused by the financial institutions.

Therefore our team anticipates, in this 42nd issue of the GEAB, a sudden intensification of the crisis in the second half of 2010, caused by a double effect of a catching up of events which were temporarily « frozen » in the second half of 2009 and the impossibility of maintaining the palliative remedies of past years.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekly news sum up.

I was thinking perhaps a sum up of events for the week that caught my eye. Unfortunately there are many and none of them positive.

-So far tonight 2 banks and 2 Credit Unions were shut down.

-US GDP was revised up, but the move was all due to inventory reshuffling..sales actually declined.
A closer look at the economy’s 5.9% growth rate in Q4 reveals that two temporary factors, inventories and stimulus, accounted for at least 80% — perhaps over 100% — of that growth.

-Unemployment continued to rise, though the not seasonally adjusted weekly declined...long term is still nasty.
-New and prior owned home sales declined again.

Urban meltdown as Detroit Mayor wants to move residents to consolidate the population and shut down sections of the city.

From Business Insider: The Radar: 10 Brewing Stories You Must Start Paying Attention To

1.Failed Turkey Coup Re-Ignites Doubts Over European Union Membership
2.Falklands Flare Up Has UK And Argentina Back In Conflict
3.Austrian Banks (in trouble)
4.A New War In Kurdistan?
5.John McCain's primary campaign for the soul of the Republican party.
6.China Continues To Tighten As World's Dominant Economic Power Dictates Play
7.Shipping Set To Return To High Amounts Due To Belief In Sustained Global Rebound
8.Health Care Takes Center Stage Again As Obama Continues To Draw Down On Waning Political Capital
9.British Pound Under Threat As New Doubts Emerge Over Country's Ability To Counter Debt
10.Greece Continues To Teeter On The Brink As Bailout Fails To Materialize
Bonus: The Bloom Box (This....if true...will end US dependence on foreign energy...and probably topple a few energy companies).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Winter walk....signs of food #1

I was out on a little walk today, and thought OK let's do a little prepper thinking. What if....I needed to find food, start a fire etc. It's winter time and things are looking a bit bleak where I am hiking, what food is available quickly? I immediately went to my favorite place, the fallen tree.
With my trusty, always on me leatherman, I popped open the bark to find.

Food! Termites...though a bit intensive to collect, they are nutritious with high levels of protein and fat (badly needed in cold weather).

I decided to think a bit bigger. Looking on the ground I was surrounded with pine cones...ooo pine nuts!

Unfortunately these pine nuts had been on the ground a bit too long and had turned to mush. So I moved on and spotted a good sign.

The game trail was well used with some fresh sign from the night before by a raccoon.

The great thing about racoons, especially in Florida, is they are excellent scavangers. Find where a racoon has gone to eat and you can find some good eats (crabs, mussels, etc.). Raccoons themselves are also very good eating though they run a risk of carrying diseases (true of most wild animals).

Then I found the big sign..

Wild boar tracks which lead to a large wallow area. This gave me the indication of a good size group of wild pigs in the area. Setting up a dead fall or careful hunting position could produce a large amount of food in short order. So next time you are out on a walk...look around and see what food is available. Don't worry salad fans, I'll get to plants next.....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Seed starting time is coming.

Hey Floridians!

It's getting close to that time again to start those seeds (if the south Floridians haven't started already).The Mothership (American Preppers) is running a free seed giveaway. The seeds are non-hybrids/non-GMO and the company running the giveaway, Hometown Seeds has a great selection.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

7.0 Earthquake strikes Haiti

Though an initial tsunami watch was issued....it has since been cancelled.

Since I am at the coast this issue has crossed my mind a few times.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
18.451°N, 72.445°W
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
140 km (90 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
145 km (90 miles) WNW of Barahona, Dominican Republic
1140 km (710 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
NST=103, Nph=103, Dmin=365.7 km, Rmss=1.14 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Event ID

To: U.S. and Canadian Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Information Statement #1 issued 01/12/2010 at 6:03PM AST

A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the coasts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states, and Eastern Canadian provinces. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.

Based on the earthquake location, magnitude, and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic, Eastern Canadian and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Earthquakes of this size can generate destructive tsunamis along the coast near the epicenter. Authorities in the epicentral region should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

At 5:53 PM Atlantic Standard Time on January 12, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.3 occurred in the Haiti region . (Refer to the United States Geological Survey for official earthquake parameters.)

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii will issue messages for areas in the Caribbean outside Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

This will be the only statement issued for this event by the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center unless conditions warrant. See the WCATWC web site for basic tsunami information, safety rules, and a tsunami travel time map and table. (NOTE: Travel time maps and tables indicate forecasted times only, not that a wave was generated.)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Unemployment numbers December...Update

Update at the bottom


Many, incuding myself were hoping for an improvement to the employment numbers...unfortunately bad news. The economy seems on life support.

Size of Labor force -661,000 vs -272,000 (revised down) last month.

No Longer in Labor Force +843,000 vs +326,000 (revised up) last month....this is really huge....
In the last 3 months 1.162 MILLION workers are gone...no longer counted.

U6 (those on UE long and short term plus those with part time jobs that want full time) is now 17.3% +0.1%

Over 1.1 million people are no longer counted in the BLS stat in the last 3 months alone because they have given up looking...thus they are no longer in the stats.

Dec 2008:
6.6 million people were unemployed 14 weeks or less(but still on benefits)
4.3 million people were unemployed 15 weeks or more (but still on benefits)
Total: 10.9 Million

Dec 2009:
6.2 million people were unemployed 14 weeks or less (but still on benefits)
8.5 million people were unemployed 15 weeks or more (but still on benefits)
Total: 14.7 Million (or a 74% increase over Dec 2008)
(from BLS Table A-9)

Actual unemployment is probably ~13% for the U-3 numbers and ~20.5% for the U-6 numbers....we are reaching depression era numbers.

This all suggests to me things are not only worse but will continue to stay bad. Not to be a doom and gloomer, but eventually something has to give. Either the government will have to print even more money (which causes inflation) or states will begin to default.

I worry to prevent default, many will begin to cut some crucial services such as fire and police. This leads one to reassess security and fire prevention protocol/plans. If ifr services are cut back do you need more fire extinguishers? A larger first aid kit? Should a AED be a part of your kit if you have someone in your house that could be a candidate for heart attack?

All things that should be considered.

In my mentioning of defaults by states....a new article came out today about California and it may not pay some bills that come due in March. This is called a default in the real world, much like what happened in Dubai when they said they wanted to delay payments on bills.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hard Freeze Warning

I know this isn't breaking news for anyone in North Florida, but 2 nights in a row make things really tough on plants and animals. I was trying to cheat and get a 3rd cycle of tomatoes from my plants...managed to get a few before the plant had had enough.

Be careful Friday into Saturday with the rain coming followed by a possibility of freezing temps. Could be areas of ice on roads especially bridges and shaded roads.

Stay warm out there!




Saturday, January 2, 2010


Hey Florida Preppers!

I am back from my long (badly needed) vacation in the Caribbean. I have alot of catching up to do, as you can see by the new masthead as well as the rapid changes at the American Preppers website.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and will have a safe and prosperous New Year. Any suggestions or submissions you wish to make to the board or areas that need to be covered, let me know.

Tom H

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