Accepting Prudent Risk
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You cannot delegate your personal safety or preparedness. YOU are responsible. Accept The Challenge to prepare yourself - and your loved ones - for any threat or emergency that may come your way.
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Operations security (OPSEC) is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by adversary intelligence systems, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information.As they used to say in World War II, "Loose Lips Sink Ships." The message being, if you discussed where your ship was sailing, the enemy might be able to use that information to destroy your ship.
trip·wire (trpwr)In most prepper circles, the word tripwire is used to indicate an event which has occurred, which then results in some sort of response by the prepper. A very simple example would be you losing your job (the event) results in you cutting back on your expenses (the response).
1. A wire stretched near ground level to trip or ensnare an enemy.2. A wire or line that activates a weapon, trap, or camera, for example, when pulled.3. A small military force whose involvement in hostilities will trigger the use of a larger force.
This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office.Alright. Big shock. The federal government can't manage our money. What will they need to do to pay all of the Baby Boomers that are coming online over the next 15 years or so? They'll have to borrow the funds. Big time.
Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, said that although the CBO projection would probably be borne out, the change would have no effect on benefits in 2010 and retirees would keep receiving their checks as usual.
The problem, he said, is that payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned.
Record-low interest rates are still needed to rev up the economic recovery, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Thursday.So. On one hand, with things as they are right now, we have an unprecedented need to borrow funds. On the other hand, we need to artificially keep rates low.
David Zervos, head of fixed-income strategy at Jeffries, told CNBC that the dismal results [of recent Treasury auctions - .ed] may be an indication of how uneasy investors are feeling about the fiscal soundness of the United States, amid big government spending for healthcare and other expensive programs.We see this mind-boggling need for cash by our government. No one will lend us the money. At least in the short-term, we will need to monetize our own debt - the Federal Reserve will buy the debt of the Treasury Department - to keep the cash a-flowin'.
“It’s the healthcare-realization trade,” Zervos told CNBC. “We’re coming to grips with the fact that we have a Congress that’s ready to go, and spend.”
Zervos called the Obama White House’s recent initiatives a “fiscal train wreck,” reflecting a lack of restraint.
Central banks around the world added 425.4 metric tons of gold to their reserves last year, the biggest increase since 1964, according to the World Gold Council.I can't even conceive of such a large amount of gold, yet that is the addition they made to their reserves in the past year. At $1,000+ per ounce, that is just a staggering amount of money.
"Growth alone will not resolve an increasingly complicated debt equation. Preserving debt affordability at levels consistent with AAA ratings will invariably require fiscal adjustments of a magnitude that, in some cases, will test social cohesion," said Pierre Cailleteau, the chief author.The students that have held protests regarding tuition increases and service cuts, are ramping up for more protests, including one today that is planned to be non-violent -
"We are not talking about revolution, but the severity of the crisis will force governments to make painful choices that expose weaknesses in society," he said.
One way to protest education cuts is to block classroom doors, shut down campuses and hurl torches at a chancellor's house. All have been tried recently by students angry at rising tuition and declining quality of California's higher education.I wish them luck. Honestly. I think it helps to bring to light the obscene growth we've seen at all levels of government which are simply unsustainable. Something has to give, and I think we're just seeing the first cracks in the levee.
Then there's the approach thousands of community college and California State University students plan to take today in Sacramento.
"We will be respectful, not disrupt class, and work with our administration," said Lee Fuller, a delegate to the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges, which is sponsoring what they've dubbed the "March on March."
When most people think of Emergency Preparedness, they think of storing food and water, maybe some camping gear and perhaps an emergency phone list. If it is even considered, Personal Safety is well down on the "to do" list.
This can be a very big mistake.
In our Emergency Preparedness classes, we talk about the 12 Impacts that can affect you during any type of emergency. It doesn't matter what's the cause of the disaster: If it's a natural disaster - such as an earthquake - or a terrorist attack, there are 12 things that can impact your life. One of those 12 Impacts is a Lack of Safety.
Consider what has happened during the past few natural disasters that have made the news.
During hurricane Katrina, there was wide-spread violence - even in the supposedly safe, government-controlled Astrodome.
After the earthquake in Haiti, the beatings, rape and looting started the next day. With the most recent earthquake in Chile, the looting and violence started literally as soon as the ground stopped shaking!
Three very different countries. Three virtually identical results.
In an interesting study titled, "Katrina, Natural Disasters and Sexual Violence", they delve into why this type of thing happens during disasters. Their very first point hits right on the mark -
"The collapse of traditional societal support mechanisms (social sanctions, norms for proper behavior, etc.) when refugees are forced to flee or to live in camp surroundings. In particular, the communal support systems for the protection of vulnerable individuals may no longer be present."
Translation: You're on your own.
In most emergency preparedness or personal safety courses, the motto is, "Hope for the best; Prepare for the worst." This is a good motto to follow.
Remember: You never know where you'll be when an emergency strikes. You may be at work, at home or on the road. You just can't know for sure for many emergencies. At the very minimum, you should have a Get Home Bag (GHB) in your car that has enough supplies to allow you to "hold out" for 3 days.
A part of that should be some sort of defensive tool. Here in California - where it is very difficult for an average citizen to possess a handgun outside of their home - at a minimum, you should have a pepper spray, stun gun or Taser in your GHB.
Also keeping one of these defensive tools in your purse, backpack, or briefcase is a very inexpensive way to ensure you have some means of defending yourself if an emergency strikes while you are at work (or school). Obviously, read and understand the laws regarding where you are allowed to possess these defensive tools - there ARE some prohibitions.
At home, you are generally allowed to possess firearms for self-defense (again: read and understand these laws). If you don't have the funds or the inclination to have a firearm at your home, safely secured pepper spray, stun guns or Tasers will provide you with a reasonable amount of personal protection.
Bottom line: Do something. Assuming an emergency will never "visit" you is foolhardy. Assuming your safety will be ensured by someone else could cost you your life.
Next Issue: Defensive Tactics
It won't stop Greeks from rioting, however. Just as in the UK, US and everywhere else, ordinary workers can't see why they have to swallow pay cuts, tax rises and cuts in services as a result of incompetent politicians and mendacious bankers.What has been somewhat alarming, though, is that the demonstrations have begun to morph from large groups demonstrating in unison, to individuals targeting specific government departments or officials. Here are just a few of them:
March 2010 Man Opens fire on PentagonAnd these don't include the Islamic terrorist attacks at the recruiting depot in Arkansas, the mass murder at Fort Hood, and the Panty Bomber from Nigeria. These types of things used to happen very rarely. Now, it's (almost, but not quite) becoming commonplace. I would not want to be a government official right now.
February 2010 Plane flown into IRS building
January 2010 Man opens fire on Federal building in Las Vegas
January 2010 Ohio police officer ambushed
December 2009 Pope attacked on Christmas Eve
December 2009 Two Washington State officers ambushed
December 2009 Italian Prime Minister Assaulted
November 2009 Four police officers killed at Washington State diner
October 2009 Two Police officers in Seattle shot in their car
May 2009 LA City council Attack
Internet sellers who don't report their sales will no longer be under the radar. Starting next year, any bank or other payment settlement company that processes credit cards, debit cards, and electronic payments such as PayPal will have to issue information returns telling the IRS what merchants receive. The new returns are Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third-Party Payments.Yes, their are some thresholds that must be met for the reporting to occur. But as we have seen with recent politicians telling us, "Only the rich will see their taxes increase", the threshold for being considered "rich" seems to be moving downwards very quickly.
"Mommy's Milk Cheese" is exactly what it sounds like: cheese made from the breast milk of a nursing mother.Yeah. Breast milk.
In Angerer's case, that mother is his longtime fiancee, Lori Mason, who was producing more milk than she knew what to do with while nursing their now 10-week-old daughter, Arabella.
Being just as curious, I also gave it a try, and while I found it to be slightly softer, a little more gelatin-like, than a standard slice of deli cheese, if anyone had told me it was a piece of provolone, I easily would have believed them.I don't know - it just doesn't seem right to me. It is interesting, though, that like most other mammal milk, it can be processed into other forms.
Angerer said that's exactly what he was going for with this batch.
"The one you tried was more like a cheddar or provolone cheese," he said enthusiastically.
"Consumption of breast milk could unknowingly expose consumers to infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV," FoxNews.com Managing Health Editor, Dr. Manny Alvarez wrote in the Fox News Health Blog.Yeah, as opposed to drinking cow's milk that is all "juiced up" on antibiotics and hormones.
SNAPS provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels. It provides a "snap shot" of key variables for consideration in guiding and tailoring health education and communication efforts to ensure diverse audiences receive critical public health messages that are accessible, understandable, and timely.What initially looked like some boring data actually had some nuggets of information to help me as an individual judge the potential impact a large scale emergency would have on public emergency resources.
New York, Florida and Pennsylvania are among the 16 first-round finalists in the federal grant competition known as Race to the Top, in which states compete for a share of $4 billion in school improvement funds, the federal Department of Education said Thursday.We've got these states, begging for treats like trained seals at the amusement park. And just like the amusement park, you and I are paying for those treats through a part of one of the stimulus plans. Sadly, because of the wording of the Sixteenth Amendment, we won't necessarily get any benefits for those payments.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.The highlighted section means that they don't have to spend the money in the states in proportion to the amount they took.
According to those nonbinding federal guidelines, Florida and New York could win $350 million to $700 million. Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania could win $200 million to $400 million. Indiana, Massachusetts and Tennessee could win $150 million to $250 million.Hmm. There's that pesky 'apportion' word again. Click here (PDF) to see Section 14006(b) granting him unilateral power to decide how our money is spent.
In addition, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina might win $60 million to 75 million, and Delaware, the District of Columbia and Rhode Island might win $20 million to $75 million
But since those rules are nonbinding, the secretary of education, Arne Duncan, has the power to apportion winnings any way he wishes.