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►This will begin a new Ukraine updating thread.. the war is at a pivot point.
Please feel free to visit and keep current with the latest updates on this escalating event.
►Yesterday, Oct. 20th was a pivot point in weaponry, tactics and assault by the Kiev oligarchy. The battle lines haven't changed... but they will. I will add more as news and ground attacks evolve against the self defense forces of Novorossiya.
The Ukr. has (now) begun using 1980's vintage weaponry against infrastructure, militiamen and civilian population centers.
First I am sorry for this post, I needed to get this off my chest and didn't know of another place where I am anonymous enough to not warrant friends and family trying to talk. Sometimes strangers are more comforting. So thank you ahead of time for being the people that I feel comfortable talking to.
Life is hard, life moves fast, life doesn't take prisoners. It is cold, calculating and knows no mercy. It is nothing but a set of events that happen because of choices you make. Recompense must be paid, your ledger must be balanced and karma really is a bitch.
As my marriage is breaking up, and my wife is moving on and out... I find myself becoming more reflective. Who knew, that for someone who thought they were preparing for the end of the world, matters of the heart were just as bad if not worse than a collapse of society. That there really are no guards, or protections that seem to fit the situation. Those amazing highs when falling in love, getting married, having children, and just being around your soulmate are such a double edged sword... for when that one decides its time, it makes the lows seem all the worse.
NOT ME IN THE VIDEO!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdPJyBUFN0 On Friday Oct. 17th I saw what appeared to be a police swat team raid in Tracy, Ca. I just so happened to live behind the house that was being raided when I was a kid 15 years ago. Our landlord from when we lived there owned and lived in the house that was being raided.I dont know if he still does or not, but he was a friend of my Aunts. So I had a particular interest to film what was going on.
After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident before an audience of 800 people.
If you want to watch the UN speech itself (Advance to 8:50):
Best speech I have heard this week.
By Kelsey Sheehy | US News
Between deciphering college financial aid awards and settling into a shoe-box sized dorm room with a perfect stranger or two, making the move from high school to college can be a shock to the system for even the most put-together teenager.
The transition, many may assume, would be even more jarring for students coming from a home-schooled environment.
"Transitioning from home school to college can be a daunting experience, especially with the lack of socialization that is associated with home schooling," says Los Angeles-based therapist Karen Hylen, who counsels people she says have not made the transition successfully.
But parents and students from the home-schooling community say the nontraditional method yields teens that are more independent and therefore better prepared for college life.
Could not resist the "Halloween" title, but this is really a VERY cool story!
"A historic fishing season for coho salmon opened Friday on the Clearwater River, giving anglers a unique chance to catch an "extinct" fish.
It's a fascinating story in Idaho's effort to save and restore salmon, but in this case, the Nez Perce tribe pulled it off."
"Everyone is stoked that the latest versions of iOS and Android will (finally) encrypt all the information on your smartphone by default. Except, of course, the FBI: Today, its director spent an hour attacking the companies and the very idea of encryption, even suggesting that Congress should pass a law banning the practice of default encryption."
"One of NYPD's finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations. He continues to sing as he is being handcuffed. A "fuck the police" chant subsequently follows."
As the officer is reading the law out loud, he realizes that the man is indeed permitted and changes the word to prohibited.
"The poll had quite a large sample of 13,397 people from all over Switzerland who participated in the first phase of the 20 Minuten online survey on October 15.
The poll shows that 45% approve the Swiss gold initiative and 39% are against. There are 29% firm yes voters and 28% firm no voters (see graph). The poll shows 16% are leaning towards a yes or are “more yes” and 11% are leaning towards a no or are “more no.” "
The Prepper's Workbook: Checklists, Worksheets, and Home Projects to Protect Your Family from Any DisasterSubmitted by Chris Hurlothru... on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:06
By Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazzo (2 great Scotts imo)
The first section is a workbook with a cacophony of fill-in-the-blanks, food needs per family member/allergies, blood types etc, and lists of and information on basically everything you'd want recorded ahead of any general emergency scenario. Example - page 92 explains the differences between aspirin, acetaminphine and ibuprofen. Part 2 outlines specifics for 7 scenarios ranging from tornado and earthquake to riots and civil unrest.
The appendix lists websites and books by other authors on prepping, survival, wilderness cookbooks, other great sources of info online.
A great 'library return rack find', and especially to know that others in my neighborhood are planning ahead for will come what may.
avg. 4.7 out of 5 stars, 39 reviews, Free look inside on Amazon:
The Cato Institute has some bones to pick with the Federal Reserve.
The Washington libertarian think tank this week will launch a new Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Its goal: challenge the central bank’s policies and explore alternative ways to manage the U.S. money supply, including but not limited to a return to the gold standard.
“I think we can do better than the Federal Reserve,” said George Selgin, the center’s director and a former economics professor at the University of Georgia. “We should be exploring how to do better. We should be exploring alternatives that could do better, instead of dismissing that entire inquiry as something that should be only of interest to people on the fringe.”
By John W. Whitehead | October 14, 2014
The Rutherford Institute
“It’s been over five months since the night a SWAT team broke into the house in which we were staying…We were staying with relatives and my whole family was sleeping in one room. My husband and I, our three daughters and our baby (nicknamed “Baby Bou Bou”) in his crib. Dressed like soldiers, they broke down the door. The SWAT officers tossed a flashbang grenade into the room. It landed in Baby Bou Bou’s crib, blowing a hole in his face and chest that took months to heal and covering his entire body with scars…
“Doctors tell us that my son will have to have double reconstructive surgeries twice a year, every year for the next 20 years… [I]n five short months our family has taken on nearly $900,000 in medical bills, some of which have now gone into collections… After initially offering to cover the medical expenses, the county has since refused to cover any of our medical costs, all of which would never have happened if the SWAT team hadn’t broken into the home.”—Alecia Phonesavanh
Who pays the price for the police shootings that leave unarmed citizens dead or injured, for the SWAT team raids that leave doors splintered, homes trashed, pets murdered, and family members traumatized and injured, if not dead?