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Oct 1, 2010

Prepping when your spouse isn't interested.

How hard is it to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency when your spouse isn't interested or worse thinks you're crazy?  I have recently started to see what is going on in the world and not liking what I see.  Like a lot of preppers,  I am now slowly gathering a decent size pile of supplies and equipment in my home.  Needless to say my wife started to look at me a little weird when I showed her my load bearing vest and a few pieces.  Since this was new to both of us it is understandable that she thought I was out of my mind and would get irritated whenever I would watch the news or talk about any political or survival subjects.  Good news to all in this situation, slowly my wife has started to be less irritated when these subjects come up.  Also, she is slightly interested in my prepping for the family.  I do tend to get carried away a bit on occasion, bu now she will just roll her eyes and let me do my thing, until it gets to obnoxious.  Anyway keep at it everyone and thanks honey, for understanding!  P.S. Jus got my new binoculars in yesterday and they are awsome!   

Sep 29, 2010

New Internet "Censorship Bill"! Wow, this is scary!

Internet entrepreneurs are in a panic over a fast-tracking Senate bill they say will censor the Web, stifle Silicon Valley startups, damage the United States' credibility on free speech and ultimately trigger the creation of an alternate-universe Internet. 
The West Coast engineers say they were blindsided last Monday when the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, which could come up for a vote as early as Thursday, has a bipartisan roster of co-sponsors who say it will be a tool for stopping the worst offenders in the world of online piracy. 
The bill would give the attorney general new powers to shut down websites deemed dedicated to counterfeit material -- by going through the courts and by

Sep 28, 2010

New Government X-ray van, No more privacy!

WATCH THIS VIDEO HERE  Modern technology may be working to keep us safe, but many wonder where the line between safety and privacy lands these days.  New technology allows airport security screeners to peak under your clothes and the same x-ray technology is being used by new roving vehicles looking through the exteriors of vehicles and buildings.  American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Mass., has reportedly sold U.S. and foreign government agencies hundreds of these backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in mobile vans.
While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense for security operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Joe Reiss, the company’s vice president of marketing, reports to Forbes that law enforcement agencies have also used the vehicles to investigate terrorist threats within the U.S.

Sep 27, 2010

They really want our guns, hum?

WASHINGTON — A report being released Monday by a mayors group finds that nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states.
Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, says the survey by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an association of more than 500 mayors led by New York‘s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino.

U.S. wants more wiretap authority, internet, Scary

The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday.
National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly "going dark," The New York Times reported, as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone.
The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting messages, raising serious privacy concerns, the Times said.