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purchase and use of BaoFeng two-way radios

BaoFeng UV-82HP$62.89UHF / VHF128 ChannelsOutput: 7 Watts I have helped well over a dozen people earn their amateur radio licenses. But I recognize the effort to study for, and pass the FCC exam is not for everybody. Much more accessible is The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licensed radio service. A $70 FCC GMRS license has no testing requirements and covers your entire family’s use for 5 years. BAOFENG makes good, affordable radios that can listen to several other bands and legally enable you to transmit, that is communicate, via GMRS channels. Significantly, unlike the inexpensive blister-pack big-box-store radios, these transmit at much higher powers, and are capable of utilizing repeaters for long-distance communications. My favorite of their current offerings […]

implementing 4th Amendment

USofA Constitution, Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Of course these protections are long gone. (Sorry Ben) Warrantless searches of homes, often by violent teams of men above the law number in the thousands every year, and continue to rise. Heavily armed checkpoints on public roads are regularly set up with forced medical investigation of bodies as well as searches of travelers’ vehicles. Phone calls and correspondence are nearly 100% […]

absolute not

You probably thought I meant to write “absolutely not”. Nope. We like to think there are more absolutes in our world than really exist. We are particularly easy to suck in when unusual, distinct numbers or those with decimal places are thrown in. 96.7% of statistics are made up on the spot That sounds much more researched and nuanced than “More often than not …”. People talk and write about the weather a lot (72.3% of conversations include such discussions 😉 ). This is particularly a hot topic when we are in the midst of a record cold snap, such as now. It stands the hair on the back of my scientific neck on end when they all assume their […]

farewell facebook

Maybe I should call it “fakebook”. Nah. Fakebooks are books full of standard charts that musicians use to “fake it” when they don’t have a song down pat. I have several of them… jazz, latin, dixieland… Meanwhile, back on facebook… The Internet, primarily facebook destroyed the drop-dead-certain coronation of Clinton II. The ruling elite and its mainstream media monopoly were so convinced they had it perfectly rigged that Newsweek even printed and distributed a “Hillary Wins!” issue. Boy would I love to have one of those, but they recalled ’em all. However, The Bilderberg Group isn’t inclined to make the same mistake twice. Facebook has to change. They own it too, after all. Zuckerberg isn’t some lucky genius. He is […]

Science in Crisis

It’s Worse Than You Think By James CorbettGuest writer for Wake Up World You may have heard of “the crisis of science” recently. That there is something massively wrong with the way science is being conducted these days is not a fringe anti-science idea anymore. It’s being discussed in mainstream publications like The Washington Post, The Economist and The Times Higher Education Supplement, and even mainstream science publications like Scientific American, Nature and phys.org. So what is the problem? And how bad is it, really? And what does it mean for an increasingly tech-dependent society that something is rotten in the state of science? Let’s take a look at the problems facing modern science, and what is at the […]

war on coal

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he’ll approve a bill allowing Washington state’s largest utility to set aside money for the eventual shutdown of two coal-fired electricity plants in Montana. The Obama administration and friends appear to have declared war on coal energy. This does not seem to relate to coal’s fit in the overall energy production, consumption and environmental impacts. And it very definitely has a negative impact on Montana’s use of our natural resources … which is also jobs and our way of life here. Modern coal mining and energy production is far cleaner than its reputation, and currently meets 34% of this country’s energy needs. Were one to want to reduce coal energy production, intelligent approaches […]

Electro Magnetic Pulse protection

How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival from Backdoor Survival .com Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse. This is a frequent topic in many post-apocalyptic novels and something that most of us are aware of, even if we do not completely understand the science. As I wrote way back when in the article Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares: To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet. In an instant, civilization as we know it would change as we get swept backward in time by a century or two. Understanding […]

powerless

The preppers aren’t the only ones worried anymore about a debilitating attack on the U.S. power grid. ABC News anchor Ted Koppel wrote a book on it. I have published 43 articles and essays here on preparing. See the selection here: PREPARING. This is a big part of what many of us consider to be worth preparing for. The ramifications of our country without electricity are awesome … and very definitely not in a positive sense of that word. Ted Koppel describes an amazingly powerful, but simple to execute way to take out The Grid – the electrical distribution system for our entire country. An EMP (electro magnetic pulse) via a weapon that could be in the hands of a […]