America Is About To Change Forever - Episode 1100b



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Vital information “Late-Additions” after the deadline for 2016-10-13

China
China Must Wean Itself Off Debt Addiction To Avoid Financial Calamity


England
Rise of the "Killer Clown" Vigilantes

British lawmaker likens Russia's behavior in Syria to that of Nazis

Divided U.N. Council Fails to Act to 'Save Aleppo'

IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack



Germany
Banks Ponder the Meaning of Life as Deutsche Agonizes


Iran
The Terrorist Networks at Our Fingertips


Japan
Japan's Central Bank Writes Tokyo a Blank Check


Russia
Vladimir Putin cancels Paris trip as diplomatic crisis over Syria deepens 

War Talk Is Back on Russian TV as U.S. Ties Hit Post-Soviet Low

Russia Says U.S. Actions Threaten Its National Security

Gorbachev Warns of 'Dangerous Point' as US-Russia Ties Sour

8 Alarming Warning Signs That Indicate War With Russia Could Be Imminent


South Korea
South Korea Will Shoot at Chinese Boats Fishing Illegally, Says Coast Guard 


Saudi Arabia
For OPEC, a Production Cut Aims to Head off Further Price Drops


Turkey
Russia, Turkey: Why Economic Cooperation Is Accelerating


United States
Yahoo files patent for Minority Report-style 'smart' billboard that will spy on people passing by

Astroturf ‘Outrage Machine’ of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Sued for Blocking Critics on Social Media


Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Mystery Mission Wings by 500 Days in Orbit

Linda Tripp Exposes Hillary’s Temperament: Threw Hard Objects, Endless Screaming, Profanity, Paranoia

Students Flood College Mental-Health Centers


Nuclear-armed Drones? They May Be Closer Than You Think


Commentaries
Prepping As A Form Of Personal Activism

Why Do Evangelicals Prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton?

How Close is a U.S.-Russia War?

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The Unforeseen Side Effects of the Antibiotics Age


This article appeared on Stratfor.com and gives a sobering look at how the age of antibiotics has changed our world. Much of the article takes a world view on how we might be able to limit our dependence on antibiotics, but it brought to my mind the 2009 novel “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. The novel deals with an unexpected electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States as it affects the people living in and around the small American town of Black Mountain, North CarolinaThe parts the struck me the most were the scenes involving people who no longer had their medicines. Many people in the novel died within days, while other held on. But those who were reliant on pharmaceuticals to survive were the most susceptible. It also ties into the visions people have had of society breaking down, where people who don’t have their medicines suffer greatly and rarely survive. This is just a small nudge to remind you to make sure you have the health-related items your family needs in a handy location, and that they haven’t expired. As President Monson says, “When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past.”

When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, he ushered in a new era of medicine: the age of antibiotics. Infections that had once been fatal could now be treated with relatively simple cures. In the decades that followed, penicillin became just one of many antimicrobial drugs that enabled humans and animals to live longer, more productive lives. The proliferation of those drugs seemed to have few, if any, downsides.But over the years, we have gotten into the habit of overusing and misusing antimicrobial medicines. Studies have shown that roughly one-third of U.S. antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. Approximately the same share of antibiotics consumed in Southern and Eastern Europe are taken without a prescription. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of the antimicrobial drugs used in Africa are considered substandard, thanks in large part to the sale of counterfeit medications. Each of these issues, along with drug precursors and untreated medical waste disposal, can help diseases become resistant more quickly than they otherwise would.

Despite the attention that has been paid to humans' reliance on antibiotics, the agricultural industry's use of the drugs may be more important to tamp down on in any campaign against drug resistance. By volume, 70 percent of the antibiotics approved for use in humans in the United States are used to treat livestock. And it is easy to see why: Studies show that a reduction in animal illness corresponds to a decline in human illness as well. The use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock can also promote animal growth and prevent or treat outbreaks among herds and flocks. For producers who are struggling to meet rising global demand for meat and poultry, boosting output is of chief concern.

Though it is impossible to pinpoint exactly how much the agricultural sector contributes to the mounting resistance to antimicrobial drugs, the gains in production it makes from antimicrobial use must be balanced against any risk it creates. But the short-term losses in output that producers might experience if they abandoned antibiotics make it unlikely that the sector will change much of its own volition. A substantial shift would probably come only in response to a massive change in policy — something that, given the power of the agricultural sector in many countries, seems fairly unlikely.

Source Article
https://www.stratfor.com/image/unfor...8-7b7f6dba7371


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What Can We Learn from History About Food When SHTF?


This wonderful article was written by an anonymous guest columnist on the Prepper Journal website. It really opened my eyes of ways I need to better prepare my food supply. It is a long article, but I assure you that it will change your perspective and give you plenty to think about. There are six sections, and at the end of each section is a “lesson” to learn. I have chosen not to highlight any particular sentences, because the things you need to implement into your own life might not be the same things I do. It isn’t a religious article, but I felt the Spirit guiding me as I read it. Dive into it, and share it with others who could use these insights.

I’m always surprised, and often more than a little disturbed, when I hear folks say that when SHTF occurs, they’ll just go hunting, or they’ll trade for the food they need, or they’vegot a few boxes of MRE’s, so they’ll be fine. Such attitudes show a dismal lack of familiarity with history and what really happened in previous collapses. By learning about what happened, and knowing that history repeats, we can prepare better and avoid making the same mistakes when SHTF again. 

I. Confiscation
Many countries around the world already have laws in place banning citizens from storing food in their homes. Fortunately, we have no such laws currently in the United States. However, we do have plenty of executive orders allowing FEMA to confiscate food for emergencies (and, of course, they get to define “emergency”). And we have historical precedent for the federal government to outlaw food “hoarding” and arrest individuals found in violation (see “Navy Man Indicted for Food Hoarding“). This man was betrayed by the grocer, but anyone from whom he purchased large quantities could have betrayed him, as well as anyone who could have observed the foodstuffs being carried into the home.Lesson:Don’t discuss how much food you have with anyone. Don’t do all your shopping in one location. When you unload your groceries, do so in the garage with the door shut so that inquisitive eyes can be avoided.


II. Rationing
Whether in the name of fairness—making sure the poor are able to eat as well as the rich, making sure food gets to the troops, or merely controlling who gets the food—governments will ration food in times of crisis. During World War II, sugar was the first item to be rationed. Before ration books were received, individuals had to declare how much sugar they already had at home, and coupons in the books were adjusted accordingly. The allotment was one-half pound of sugar per person per week, so 26 pounds per year.

Households preserving fruits by canning were allowed a special allotment of 25 pounds of sugar per person per year. This was about half the normal annual consumption at that time. Currently, Americans consume an average of 120 pounds of sugar per year. The next foods added to the rationed items were coffee (though there was an abundant harvest in South America, all shipping was being diverted for the war effort); meat, excluding chicken (for the troops); cooking oils (most oils at that time came from lands occupied by the Japanese, and lard was used by the Navy to grease their guns); processed foods (due to a tin shortage); and, canned milk (to ensure babies and children had enough).

Lesson:Build a generous food storage supply, and especially include those items are entirely or largely imported, including sugar, cocoa, coffee, and oils.


III. Gardening

As food becomes scarce, the need to grow one’s own becomes readily apparent. Fresh produce wasn’t rationed during any of the recent wars, but at times it was just unavailable. So everybody had gardens. One debate currently raging in the prepper world is whether to plant heirloom seeds or hybrid seeds. In reality, there should be no debate. Both kinds should be stored. Heirloom seeds should be used because they breed true generation after generation. Hybrid seeds should be planted as well because they tolerate a greater range of adverse conditions and have higher yields.

In addition, the most fortunate families already had several fruit trees producing on their property. While we may not need to worry about government confiscating home-grown produce, that doesn’t mean that our gardens are necessarily safe. Unfortunately, even today, before we have yet collapsed, we hear reports of gardens being raided. Invading armies in ancient times took whatever they easily could and frequently destroyed crops in the field that they couldn’t carry with them. But they generally avoided the so-called peasant foods—root crops such as potatoes, turnips, carrots, and beets. They were too much work.

Lessons:Grow your own food to the extent possible. Plant some fruit trees. If possible, harvest root crops only as they are needed.


IV. Hunting
People who say they’ll just hunt when food gets scarce must either believe that no one else will be hunting or that all the game will reproduce and grow to harvest size overnight. It just doesn’t happen that way! In times of turmoil, wildlife becomes scarce quite rapidly. In fact, game in many areas were hunted to the point of near extinction during the Great Depression.

Furthermore, as animal populations decrease, the time required to hunt increases. Hunting may well become a luxury. Setting snares may prove to be a much better way to go.
Lesson: Don’t plan to feast on local wildlife when SHTF. At best it will be supplemental dog food.


V. Cooking
Particularly disturbing is the number of people who really do not know the basics of cooking and baking, not to mention having no familiarity with how to use camp stoves or Dutch ovens to prepare a simple meal. Most people, even preppers, eat from cans or packages that they pop in the microwave. Increasing numbers of people cannot make a simple loaf of bread. While it wasn’t a time of war or political or economic turmoil, a rather alarming percentage of the 49ers in the United States’ California gold rush died of disease because they were malnourished. Ninety percent of the 49ers were men; very few had brought their wives with them. Men wrote home to their families, apologizing for not recognizing the work they did in preparing food, and pleading with their wives and mothers to teach them how to cook rice and make biscuits.

Lessons:Learn how to cook and have hard copies of recipes.


VI. Trading
I’m always puzzled by the staggering number of people who proclaim that when SHTF they will simply barter for the food they need. Why not just store what you want so that you know you have it? Those that have food available for trading will be in the driver’s seat and setting the terms. Farmers prospered to an unbelievable degree in WWII Germany. Very early on they had all the hired help they could use—people who worked solely for meals and a place to sleep. As the war dragged on and even the wealthy were struggling to obtain food, the farmers began accepting Turkish rugs and handcrafted furniture in trade for a little food. Their wives had rings on every finger. The farmers needed nothing and could command the highest “prices” imaginable.

Towards the end of the war, one man’s unrelenting begging finally persuaded the farmer to accept as payment an $8,000 family heirloom pocket watch as payment for a twenty-five pound bag of beans. That bag of beans sells for less than twenty dollars today. Just sayin’. But a person didn’t need to be a large-scale farmer to do well. I had an acquaintance whose friend in the Depression raised chickens. He bartered the chickens for items he wanted, but didn’t necessarily need. He would usually propose a trade that he knew would initially be rejected, but eventually the other guy would come around within a week or so. In one case he traded three chickens for a motorcycle the family could no longer use because gas was unavailable.

This gentleman built wealth for his family by offering goods that were in demand. Because we have drifted so far from our agrarian roots, many city and suburban dwellers will be easily fooled. Two families in Germany pooled their valuables to trade for a goat to produce milk for their children. Unfortunately, the city dwellers lacked some critical life skills. They ended up having to give the butcher half of the Billy goat as payment for butchering.Lessons: Be able to raise your own food. Raise chickens or rabbits for barter. Learn some life skills. FFA and 4-H are good programs for children (and parents!) to learn to raise small and large livestock.

During World War II ration books enabled governments to control the food. The move toward a cashless society where every purchase is recorded on cards will make controlling food—and tracking who has it—much easier. Gather your food now. You can never really have too much. Learn principles of food storage—how and what to store, where to store it, how to cook it, how much you need. Pay with cash—no store rewards card, no Costco or Sam’s cards. Don’t lead the government to your door. Certainly don’t shop where you are known—don’t lead acquaintances to your door. In closing, remember what Henry Kissinger said in 1970: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

Source Article
http://www.theprepperjournal.com/201...ory-food-shtf/


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Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus



This General Conference address by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles easily generated the most comments on AVOW and in prepper circles, but I have refrained until now to comment on it. I admit my blood pressure climbed just a little following his statement about “expensive preparations.” Like many listeners, I first thought he said “extensive preparations” and it felt like he was contradicting other statements by the brethren. It also seemed that he was picking on a very small group of active Mormons who are seeking to do good, but once I read it in print I saw his overall purpose was to give an emphasis to “looking beyond the mark.”

I did worry Elder Cook’s comment would lead to more persecution, but I was happy to see that Salt Lake’s anti-Mormon station KUTV was too busy following 20 members of the Ordain Women group marching around Temple Square. They were too wrapped up in that to pay attention to anything being said over the pulpit. So we dodged a bullet there.

If Elder Cook had spoken during the Sunday morning session, we likely would have had more backlash, but thankfully the address was given during the Saturday afternoon session, and therefore wasn’t heard by most of the vocal critics who limit their General Conference viewing to the Sabbath.

The talk itself is powerful and a good reminder to all of us to keep the Savior at the center of our lives. We shouldn’t become extreme in any aspect of the gospel. I have included the section of the talk concerning “looking beyond the mark” and it is worth carefully reviewing.

Looking beyond the Mark Is a Stumbling Block

The prophet Jacob referred to ancient Jews as “a stiffnecked people [who] despised … plainness, … killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall.”While there are many examples of looking beyond the mark, a significant one in our day is extremism. Gospel extremism is when one elevates any gospel principle above other equally important principles and takes a position that is beyond or contrary to the teachings of Church leaders. One example is when one advocates for additions, changes, or primary emphasis to one part of the Word of Wisdom. Another is expensive preparation for end-of-days scenarios. In both examples, others are encouraged to accept private interpretations. “If we turn a health law or any other principle into a form of religious fanaticism, we are looking beyond the mark.”

Speaking of important doctrine, the Lord has declared, “Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me.” When we elevate any principle in a way that lessens our commitment to other equally important principles or take a position contrary to or which exceeds teachings of Church leaders, we are looking beyond the mark.

In addition, some members elevate causes, many of which are good, to a status superior to basic gospel doctrine. They substitute their devotion to the cause as their first commitment and relegate their commitment to the Savior and His teachings to a secondary position. If we elevate anything above our devotion to the Savior, if our conduct recognizes Him as just another teacher and not the divine Son of God, then we are looking beyond the mark. Jesus Christ is the mark!

The 76th section of the Doctrine and Covenants makes it clear that being “valiant in the testimony of Jesus” is the simple, essential test between those who will inherit the blessings of the celestial kingdom and those in the lesser terrestrial kingdom. To be valiant, we need to focus on the power of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice to overcome death and, through our repentance, to cleanse us from sin, and we need to follow the doctrine of Christ. We also need the light and knowledge of the Savior’s life and teachings to guide us on the covenant pathway, including the sacred ordinances of the temple. We must be steadfast in Christ, feast upon His word, and endure to the end.

Source Article
https://www.lds.org/general-conferen...jesus?lang=eng


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ACLU: Police Use Twitter, Facebook Data to Track Protesters




This article by Andrew Tarntola on Engagdet.com is another testament that the social media accounts we so willingly sign up for can easily be used against us. Law enforcement officials are becoming more open and brazen about the tactics they are using to track down troublemakers. In the cases of Ferguson and Baltimore, it appears they didn’t fully act on the information they had obtained, but it lays the groundwork to use such techniques during the next round of rioting. The focus right now is on controlling protesters, but with the way religious rights are being steadily eroded, it isn’t too far of a stretch to have government officials track those who “like” certain religious practices or who post photos taken at locations such as LDS temples. The battle lines are being drawn, whether the average Mormon knows it or not.


According to an ACLU blog post published on Tuesdaylaw enforcement officials implemented a far-reaching surveillance program to track protesters in both Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland during their recent uprisings and relied on special feeds of user data provided by three top social media companies: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Specifically, all three companies granted access to a developer tool called Geofeedia which allows users to see the geographic origin of social media posts and has been employed by more than 500 law enforcement organizations to track protesters in real time.

Law enforcement's ability to monitor the online activities of protesters could have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights, the post asserts. "These platforms need to be doing more to protect the free speech rights of activists of color and stop facilitating their surveillance by police," Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director for the ACLU of California, told the Washington Post"The ACLU shouldn't have to tell Facebook or Twitter what their own developers are doing. The companies need to enact strong public policies and robust auditing procedures to ensure their platforms aren't being used for discriminatory surveillance."

Facebook (which owns Instagram) provided Engadget with the following comment, "This developer only had access to data that people chose to make public. Its access was subject to the limitations in our Platform Policy, which outlines what we expect from developers that receive data using the Facebook Platform. If a developer uses our APIs in a way that has not been authorized, we will take swift action to stop them and we will end our relationship altogether if necessary."

All three companies have sought to restrict Geofeedia's access to their data in recent weeks. Instagram and Facebook reportedly terminated access to their respective APIs on September 19th. Twitter renegotiated their contract with the subsidiary that granted Geofeedia access with additional terms to safeguard against surveillance and sent the analytics company a cease and desist letter on Monday before shutting down access altogether earlier today.

Source Article
https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/11/...ck-protesters/
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