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Welcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
This week I purchased a dozen additional 6 gallon buckets with gamma seals. Costco had a special going and although I could of used Rubbermaid tubs, I like the convenience of storing my 1 gallon Mylar bags filled with food in these easy to use buckets.
The other thing I did was to give up my plan to put up a grow camp in my back yard. Alas, I simply do not have the room plus, with the small amount of sun I get, I believe I will get a greater return on my investment by planting my crops in tubs on my desk and porch. Plus, of course, my small square foot garden.
But enough about me. What buzzing around in the prepping and survival world this week?
Local band draws controversy with anti-vaccine song
Last Monday I shared this link on my Facebook page. In case you missed it, a local Seattle area band has created quite a stir with it’s anti-vaccine song. According to KOMO News:
A local band’s controversial song is taking the Internet by storm, but the band’s message has some health officials warning listens about the lyrics. The Refusers make funk rock with a message. The message is that parents can refuse vaccines for their children. Their title song is a rip on the Hippocratic Oath doctors take to practice medicine ethically, to “first do no harm.”
Just a week after posting their music video to YouTube, the clip has had more than 260,000 hits and the band is trending on social media. Lead singer Michael Belkin has been warning about vaccines since the 1990s, when he lived through the unthinkable.
“Our first child, (we) took her to her pediatrician and she said, ‘Bring her in for shots,’ and she died after her first vaccine at the age of five weeks. Hepatitis B vaccine, she died within hours,” Belkin said.
Desperate to reach fellow parents, Belkin turned to music. “I’m not telling parents what to do,” he said. “It’s everyone’s own decision they should make for themselves, but you do have the right to say yes or say no.”
Now what I find interesting about this is that KOMO is actually drawing attention to video and increasing views by including numerous links to YouTube as well as an embedded video. At the same time the story also quotes local physicians and health officials promoting the use of vaccines. Curious indeed.
Will your computer be shut down in July?
Back in November 2011, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital”, and these bad guys set up a botnet that points victims to malicious DNS servers. These malicious DNS servers point to fake sites, give malicious answers, alter user searches, and promote fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware shows users an altered version of the Internet.
On July 9, computers that are infected will no longer have access to the internet.
Want to determine if you are infected, and how you can clean infected machines? To check if you’re infected, click here (no software is downloaded and it only takes a second). If you believe you are infected, you will find instructions on how to clean your computer. I just tested my laptop and came out “green” or clean.
For more information, go to DNS Malware: Is Your Computer Infected at the FBI website. This is legit.
Hat tip to Andrew – AK4EU for sending me this link.
Here We Go Again – This Time it is Mad Cow Disease
We all remember William Shatner citing Mad Cow disease as the cause of his memory loss on Boston Legal, right? Well entertainment and humor notwithstanding, Mad Cow Disease is rearing it’s ugly head again. This time the USDA has confirmed that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow.
This is not something to be taken lightly. You might recall that Mad cow disease, (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE), is the infection that decimated English cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s, and caused hundreds of deaths in humans from a gruesome and lethal brain disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Supposedly, the US cattle industry ceased the feeding practices that could lead to a major pandemic of the disease in the US and as far as the beef industry was concerned, the matter was settled.
Well guess what? There is still a problem, Scotty. More and more I am beginning to think that a plant bases diet is the way to go. I just ordered a copy John Robbins No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution as well as Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes. I still eat a bit of meat but for how long ??
Self Sufficiency Projects
Bernie, the Apartment Prepper, has set up a new page on her site: Self Sufficiency Projects. Here is what she has so far:
I’ve learned that being prepared includes learning skills in addition to storing supplies. I found it is fun, and helps you save money at the same time. These projects are easily done in an apartment or small house, at very little cost. Here are a few easy projects that I’ve done:
Knowing Bernie, she will be adding to this page over time, making it worthy of a bookmark. Oh, and by the way, she started her adventure in bread making with my article Baking bread and why you should do it.
This Week on Wake Up World
My feel-good story for this week comes from Wake Up World: Scientists Prove You Can Think Your Way to Wellness. I don’t know if this is really true, but being an optimist, I sure want to this so.
Today on Strategic Living
We have a doozy for your this week on Strategic Living. George and I are both concerned about our future so turning the tables a bit, I ask George some biting questions about social security, the government, the economy. Fukushima and more.
Ponder the answers as we move beyond the collapse in our “Quest for a Future Framework”.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
. . . Your comments welcome here and at The Buzz.
From the Bargain Bin: Everyone needs a portable pocket survival kit. Here are links to the items in my own Portable Pocket Survival Kit.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.
Paracord Survival Bracelet: Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.
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