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Daily Digest 12/11 - Brexit Deal In Turmoil, A Bad Moon Rising Over Several Markets

Peak Prosperity - 2 hours 12 min ago
  • Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote
  • Scientists discover billions of tons of 'zombie' bacteria inhabits the ground beneath our feet
  • Justifying Diversity
  • How I Read It: The Veritas Is Out There
  • A Bad Moon Rising – Over Several Markets
  • Verizon says to shed 10,400 jobs by mid next year
  • Ebola 2018 Update: Lying With Statistics
  • Morgan Stanley Slashes Oil Price Forecast For 2019
  • Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks 

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Bungee Cords and Their Uses in Off-Grid and Survival Situations

Ready Nutrition - 5 hours 41 min ago

Bungee cords are one of the most useful devices ever invented by man. Their simplicity is only surpassed by the multitude of uses they can be employed for. They can make life a lot easier: at home, out in the woods, or when a disaster strikes…you want to stock up on these guys and know how to use them.

One of the problems is that they can be “faddish” in terms of selling them. There are so many hardware and big-box stores that sell these plastic tubules with lids with what appears to be a wide variety and array of styles, that are pretty much about a third unusable, either because they are impractical or they’re junk. They have little “mini-bungee cords,” and others that have a nice plastic ball on the end instead of a hook. In a wide variety of fluorescent and highly obnoxious colors, they are also noxious with their “off-gassing” of chemicals from the Chinese factories.

I prefer subdued sets with hooks. They don’t have to be so sturdy as to be able to airlift cargo under a CH-47 helicopter. They need to be able to be carried with ease. One of the things I mentioned is with a field-expedient “hootch” or lean-to. In a previous article, we talked about necessary winter gear and a military issue poncho is one of those items. If you are lucky enough to have a poncho that comes with grommets on the corner, you can take five bungee cords…four on the corners, and one on the point where the hood protrudes.  This latter point: tie off the hood with the drawstring, and then loop one end of the bungee cord around it, and secure the other to a tree branch, for vertical “lift” on your hootch.

Bungees (if you use the old large Alice Pack of the U.S. Army that I use) can be attached to the frame on the inside, so they sit up against your back when the rucksack is on, and then you can just take them off and use them. Bungees secure gear, such as your poncho, to the outside of your pack (if you don’t use a “butt-pack” on your LCE (Load Carrying Equipment) or vest. You can roll up that poncho, and then go around it with the bungee, and secure it to the outside of your gear to break it out if you need it.

That poncho can also be secured overtop of your gear if you want to cover your ruck after grounding it. You already know my rule that I’ll repeat here again: you should have two of everything at a minimum. The bungees can be used to secure all kinds of equipment to the outside of your rucksack, and to a vehicle if need be, from a motorcycle to a truck or car. If you live in a “Twilight Zone” state and out in the middle of nowhere as I do, you’ll come to see that every other vehicle has a broken hood or trunk. Enter the bungee cord to keep it closed. Keep a half dozen of these in your trunk in the event of an emergency or mechanical failure such as I’ve just outlined.

We just covered an article on tarps, and the buddy of the tarp is the bungee cord. They enable you to stretch out just about any length of canvas and use it as a tent. You can use one of them between two trees, and then plop a tarp or canvas over the top. Then you pull out the corners and either stake them down or bungee them off. Voila! Instant tent.

Strong bungees can be secured and stretched out to use multiple fishing lines (called “trot” lines) for survival fishing. Watch doing this normally, as you have to check with your friendly local laws in your happy State. There are some states where you can’t fish with that method, although in a survival situation, you may wish to pursue your own objectives.

You can twine them together or plait them to multiply their strength, but this should only be used as a last resort and in an emergency. They are extremely useful to moor kayaks and boats temporarily to a fixed point. The best ones I’ve used came from US Cavalry, but that one’s been down and out for years. Any suggestions? No, really: I’m asking, as I think that many of the readers will want to know if you’ve found a good source. The bungee cords should always be cleaned and maintained. The better you take care of them, the better they will serve you. Looking forward to your comments.  JJ out!

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 11th, 2018

The People Rise

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:17

The protests in France are extraordinary for their breadth of popular support among the people of France (roughly 75% at the last poll). And for their emotional intensity.

The people of France are pissed off.

This is exactly the sort of social unrest that will erupt more and more frequently around the world if the economic and political elites continue to behave as they have. Wealth and power have been stripped from the public and been concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

The imbalances are extreme and obscene. The elites, living in their own bubbles of exclusion, seem to be utterly clueless about the effects their actions are having on the psyches of the billions who outnumber them.

In other words, history is repeating itself.

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Daily Digest 12/10 - How To Quit Google, Why You Can’t Afford A Home

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:40
  • U.K. Tells Supermarkets to Maximize Stockpiles Before Brexit
  • The Comprehensive Guide to Quitting Google
  • Why you can’t afford a home
  • Ammon Bundy Is Quitting The Militia Movement After Breaking With Trump On Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric
  • The FBI says the Proud Boys are not an extremist group after all
  • Dow 10,000
  • The West Slips Down Another Step
  • Solar arrays spark neighbors’ outrage
  • Texas and New Mexico shale basins hold 49 years worth of oil: USGS
  • Did Dow Chemical Fake Safety Studies on Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos?

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids: 5 Awesome Presents that Will Actually Teach Them Something

Ready Nutrition - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 07:02

I am one of those parents who love when my kids receive gifts that have an educational element to them. Those little minds need to get stimulated! It can be difficult finding toys that educate these days.

Over the years, these have, by far, been some of my children’s favorite toys that have taught them something.

5 Awesome Presents that Will Actually Teach Them Something 1. The Ready Nutrition Little Gardeners Starter Kit

Give your little ones something truly wonderful to do this season with the Ready Nutrition® Little Gardeners Starter Kit!

Kids will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons, including basic concepts of agriculture, self-reliance, and fostering a relationship that’s more in tune with their environment.

Everything your budding agriculturalists need to begin their very own garden is included inside! Here’s what you get:

  • 1 compostable egg carton made from 100% recycled post-consumer material
  • 6 individually packaged heirloom seed varieties (carrots, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, green beans, lettuce)
  • 12 fertilized soil pods
  • 6 wooden ID stakes
  • Grown in the USA
  • Pesticide-free
  • GMO-free
2. Illuminated World Globe for Kids

Geography isn’t always on the list of priorities at schools, yet it is such an important subject. Give your kids the gift of worldliness with the illuminating globe. This 8-inch interactive globe is detailed and colorful to keep your child’s attention. With easy-to-read details, your child will learn about deserts, capitals, continents, and states. For such a simple gift, your child will see how large our great world really is.

3. Butterfly Growing Kit

Witness one of nature’s most spectacular transformations up close with this reusable, collapsible habitat. Fine, transparent mesh lets you see butterfly metamorphosis up close. The product includes easy-to-use feeder and complete instructions for habitat. Butterfly larvae with food shipped directly to your home. The habitat collapses for storage when not in use. You can adopt and raise a handful of caterpillars, watch them transform into painted lady butterflies, then lift the garden cover to release your beautiful specimens into the wild. This exciting habitat makes a fabulous introduction to the miracles of nature.

4. KidzLabs Weather Lab Science Kit

Enjoy hours of fun and learning with the 4M KidzLabs Weather Lab Science Kit. Build a mini weather station to record everyday weather changes with this kit. Conduct experiments to discover the science and facts about climate change, the water cycle and other weather phenomena. With a variety of weather measuring equipment, record and measure wind, rainfall, and the temperature outside. In addition to the weather, learn about topics like acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and the water cycle with these experiments. This set includes a weather journal to get started and is recommended for ages 8-15.

5. Model Airplane

Made in the USA, this model airplane is great for your future pilots or those interested in aerodynamics. This easy-to-assemble model recreates the single most important aircraft in the history of air transportation, the DC-3. Series 800 kits are truly model building worthy of the time and effort and contain the best quality materials and instructions. And – don’t forget the pilot’s hat to bring on the imagination!

 

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 10th, 2018

Daily Digest 12/8 - Google’s “Shadow Workforce” Has Demands, Why The Speed Of Rising Greenhouse Gases Matters

Peak Prosperity - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:49
  • American Entrepreneurs Who Flocked to China Are Heading Home, Disillusioned
  • Beige Book report shows economy still solid as workers gain greater power
  • Google’s “Shadow Workforce” Has Demands
  • Wells Fargo reform plans fail to satisfy Fed after scandals: sources
  • Alphabet is coming for Uber
  • Aphria: The Aftermath Of Short Seller Accusations
  • Allegations of G.O.P. Election Fraud Shake North Carolina’s Ninth District
  • Amazon workers hospitalized after warehouse robot releases bear repellent
  • Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert submits $4.6 billion proposal to save Sears
  • 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city, raising new challenges for containment
  • Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
  • Selco on the Riots in France, False News, and Manipulated Rage: “Every riot can be the start of SHTF”
  • World's biggest oil traders paid bribes in Brazil scandal -prosecutors
  • Volkswagen Phasing Out Conventional Vehicles, May Build Cars At Ford Factories In US
  • As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants
  • OPEC and allies agree to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day
  • OPEC members say production cut coming, specifics TBD; U.S. crude oil -4%
  • California Gives Final OK To Require Solar Panels On New Houses
  • California's record wildfire season is set to deliver a new, devastating disaster
  • Mass extinctions and climate change: why the speed of rising greenhouse gases matters

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What To Do Now That The Big One Is Here

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:07
Executive Summary
  • The warnings signs that have our full attention & why
  • What the yield curve is telling us about the next recession
  • What indicators to watch for in the markets over the next few weeks/months
  • The steps to take right now to prepare

If you have not yet read Part 1: Bubble, Meet Pin, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The simple and sad truth is that it’s not different this time.  Everything that was wildly over valued will drop in price - just as with every previous bubble bust in history. The appearance of economic health that was expensively and lavishly placed on the national credit card will evaporate as the bills come due.

The long-awaited correction has arrived.

We're confident in saying this now because there are too many recession indicators to ignore, the major central banks are not positioned to resume additional QE measures, and political and geopolitical tensions are rising that handicap the sort of well-coordinated sovereign partnerships necessary to rescue things from here.

In other words, there’s nowhere for the financial markets to go besides down.

Sure, they'll gyrate along the way; but following a long series of lower highs and lower lows. If we’re lucky.

If we’re not, we could see the sudden kind of dislocation that closes markets, borders, and distribution systems.

Because you’re reading this, you're among the few who can hear this message. More will wake up to it once the panic starts, but for now it’s still a tiny crew who can manage to hold this information in their minds and still move on with purpose through the world.

Now looking towards the immediate future, Who typically gets slammed first and most severely when a credit cycle ends? The answer is clear: it's the...

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Every Bubble Is In Search Of A Pin

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:06

Those of us who have spent the past years watching in concern as the Everything Bubble grew, this is the moment we've been anticipating. Time to put your crash plans into action.

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Bubble, Meet Pin

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:06

Those of us who have spent the past years watching in concern as the Everything Bubble grew, this is the moment we've been anticipating. Time to put your crash plans into action.

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Daily Digest 12/7 - Good News Friday: Adapting The Grid To Clean Energy, Maersk To Cut Carbon Emissions To Zero By 2050

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:42
  • NYC sets $17 an hour minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers
  • A big new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works
  • Neo-Nazis Have No First Amendment Right to Harassment, Judge Rules
  • Human Connectome Project
  • Burger King is giving away 1-cent Whoppers...at McDonald's
  • Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.
  • Shell To Become First Oil Major Linking Emissions With Executive Pay
  • Maersk pledges to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050
  • Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says
  • Colorado Land Returned to the Ute Indian Tribe

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8 Creative Reasons Why Every Prepper Needs PVC Pipe

Ready Nutrition - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 21:06

Ready Nutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to do a segment to stimulate some brain cells with ideas for your home and preparatory stance…regarding PVC pipe uses you may not have thought of. PVC is actually some pretty versatile stuff. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it can be found both in rigid or in flexible forms. There are also different uses as per the variance in capabilities. Let’s jump into it!

PVC pipe can have a heat-resistance ranging from about 212 degrees F all the way up to 500 degrees F. Just be on the safe side: take the product number, make, and model, and find out directly from the manufacturer what the temperature range/rating is. PVC  can hold up to a pretty good beating from a slew of different chemicals, such as salt, acids, strong bases (alkaline, such as fertilizer), liquid fats, alcohol, and other strong solvents. For this reason, it is used in plumbing for sewage, as well as outflow transport for other noxious wastes and chemicals.

Putting it to use will depend on you researching the types available in your local hardware stores and performing an accurate assessment of them for what you intend. Let’s explore some of those “thinking-outside-the-box” uses for PVC pipe.

  1. Cache tubes: Yes, PVC pipe (especially the type known as uPVC, or unplasticized PVC) resists solvents and things such as salts and alkaline substances that you find in the soil. You can find some “biggies,” believe me, if you go to a pipe or plumbing warehouse that specializes in large-diameter pipes.  You can cache all sorts of things, such as firearms, freeze-dried foods, or anything you wish to hide from the IHM (Incredible Human Mob) that will come “hunter-gathering” through your neighborhood when it hits the fan. Always good to have a surplus stashed away to fall back on, akin to the squirrel and his acorns. Ensure anything that has moving parts is properly coated with oil, grease, etc, and then packed away. There are “pop-on” end caps that you can place on the ends of sections you cut that will stay without needing threading. Here the only thing to limit you is your imagination. As mentioned in earlier caching articles, learn and remember your frost-line. Here in Montana, it’s about 5 feet. Unless you have one that’s about 1-2 feet, you may have to build an “in-ground” passage or aperture to get to your stashed supplies in the wintertime.
  2. Protective tubing: With end-caps, just as mentioned before. Squirrel away fishing rods, long poles for things such as chimney brushes or tent-frame poles in these guys…strong against impact, weather-resistant, and not too heavy to carry with you.
  3. For a frame/structure: with “corner-caps,” and “three-way” pieces for where the structure connects, you can make a portable shower point, or even a latrine-shield for yourself out of these, out of (8) 4’ pieces, (4) 6’ pieces, and (8) of those tri-attachments for the corners. Then you can cover/shield the structure with something as simple as some ponchos, small tarps, or (if push came to shove) dark trash bags that you slit open…attach these with either clamps or clothespins. The objective is to make it light and portable.
  4. Water transport: If you load about a dozen 8 footers (especially the plumbing types that have a sort of “funnel” end that permits them to be attached together), you can make a small sluice to channel water toward your camp…to fill up water cans, or even a small cistern that you can create by digging a “pond-shaped” depression and lining it to prevent water loss.
  5. Clothes Drying apparatus: can be built of its own using connection pieces, or just simply by lashing a horizontal pipe between a couple of trees. Hey, in “The Day After Doomsday,” your washing machine and dryer are no longer going to be used.
  6. Greenhouses: This will take some extra planning on your part, but it can be done. You will also need UV resistant rolls of plastic to cover this greenhouse frame. Once again, its main “selling point” will be that you can break down the greenhouse at a moment’s notice and set up shop somewhere else. You could even use it to create an aquaponics system. Use your imagination and experiment with models that can fit your needs. Here are some other ideas for using plastic sheeting.
  7. Field-Expedient Raft: If you have them thick enough (preferably a big pile of about 3 dozen, with a diameter of about 4 to 6 inches, and (2) end caps for each), you can make a raft by lashing them together after capping the ends. The air inside will make them buoyant. You probably won’t make it that far…but for a short distance, it may be just what you need…to feasibly tow a whole bunch of gear with you…while it’s tethered to your rowboat or kayak. If there’s no rowboat or kayak, it may be what you need to cross a river or small body of water.
  8. Miscellaneous Uses: Just to have a good supply of it around the house cannot hurt, and it certainly won’t break your bank to buy different sizes a little at a time. This is a visualize and construct type-of-thing. It may be that you just need it to make an emergency repair on some existing plumbing in your home, or to provide some measure of protection or insulation for an outdoor electrical cord, or such.

We’d love to hear any of your suggestions as to what uses you have found to employ PVC pipe. It is inexpensive, sturdy, and can be put to a wide array of uses of which we have just scratched the surface here. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who may wish to put a greenhouse together or a would-be Yanomamo blowgun champion, PVC pipe is very versatile stuff that may give you a few things that are more lightweight, portable, and durable than you may have considered with the standard fare at the big-box store. It is all a matter of imagination and inventiveness. Let us know what you’ve done with it in the past.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 6th, 2018

Daily Digest 12/6 - The Trade Truce Won't Last, How Low Will Gas Prices Go?

Peak Prosperity - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:16
  • The Trade Truce Won’t Last
  • GM lobbyists go into full crisis mode over layoffs
  • Les Gilets Jaunes – A Bright Yellow Sign of Distress
  • Don’t Worry About the Gold Price — China’s Got Your Back
  • Construction spending falls as public works edge out home building
  • Asian stocks pare losses after China hails ‘successful’ trade talks
  • Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, 'democracy, world order'
  • Beef recall expands to 12M pounds after more than 200 get sick
  • Another Day Older and Deeper In Debt
  • Robot janitors are moving into Walmart
  • Is This The Most Crucial Factor For Oil In 2019?
  • How low will gas prices go?
  • Iraq could be the next to break ranks with OPEC, analyst says
  • From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted

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5 (MORE) Natural And Healthy Ways To Beat The Holiday Stress

Ready Nutrition - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:25

After experiencing the hustle and bustle of the holiday season year after year, many of the best of get burned out, stressed out, and out wallets get wiped out.  But this year, we’ve compiled a handy list of some healthy and natural way to de-stress this snowy holiday season.

If you have read our previous article, you know that taking stress-reducing supplements prior to the event is extremely helpful in reducing stress. As well, aromatherapy is a powerful tool to use to help calm the mind and unwind after a long day of shopping or Christmas tree decorating.  You could also light a candle and have a piping hot cup of relaxing tea.  But here are a few more ways that you can soothe your body and your mind when the stress of the holidays begins to creep into your body.

19 Foods That Eat the Stress Away

Stretching or Yoga

Yoga practice combines breathing exercises along with stretching and relaxation.  If you don’t know how to do yoga, try taking a class locally.  You’ll notice it’s serene and calm and soothing inside where most others are there to destress too. If you’ve never done yoga or you prefer, you can just do some simple stretching.  Just take a good 10-15 minutes to really get your muscles stretched to help your body alleviate any soreness from the day’s stress. Yoga works by integrating physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety better.  A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce both stress and anxiety while it will also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. But practicing yoga can also help to reduce the risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

Take A Hot Bath

Taking a hot bath can have many benefits on the mind and body.  The heat of the water helps with circulation and can loosen up those sore muscles. But a bath is a perfect opportunity to add some calming and soothing scents and use aromatherapy to de-stress. Lavender is universally calming, and just a few drops of an essential oil will fill your bathroom with the scent of relaxation. Another good addition to a bath is Epsom salts. Epsom salts (aka magnesium sulfate) create a wonderful soak for your body. You’ll absorb some of the magnesium through your skin to help relax your tired muscles, and the baking soda neutralizes acids on the skin and dissolves oil and perspiration.  Light a few candles to really amp up your relaxation, as candlelight helps destress too!

Take A Walk In Nature

It may seem like a daunting task to put on your winter boots, hat, mittens, and scarf just to take a walk outside, but it might be worth it.  Studies have shown that just being surrounded by nature’s beauty has a de-stressing quality that is hard to beat. “Nature can be beneficial for mental health,” says Irina Wen, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Steven A. Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center. “It reduces cognitive fatigue and stress and can be helpful with depression and anxiety.” Breathing the fresh air and taking in the beautiful sights of nature will surely have you smiling and glad you took the time to bundle up for a walk in a winter wonderland.

Read A Book

Another great way to destress is to read a book! Just cracking open a book to begin the journey can be a powerful way to escape the stress of the holidays.  A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%! Reading works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as lighting a candle or drinking a hot cup of tea because your mind is tossed into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.  It’s like a little vacation for your mind. So grab a book that piques your interest or a magazine that has an article in it you’d like to read, curl up on the couch, and let your mind take a much-needed vacation from wrapping those holiday presents.

Pet Your Dog Or Cat

Having a pet that you’ve bonded with and care for may help reduce stress and improve your mood and interacting with your cat or dog may help release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood. The simple act of having a pet may also help relieve stress by giving you purpose, keeping you active, and providing companionship especially if you live off the beaten path and your friends don’t have the ability to come to visit often. Just the act of a cat purring in your lap can be therapeutic for both your mind and body. When a cat purrs within a frequency range of 20-140 Hertz, nearby humans may be therapeutically benefiting from these vibrations. Even after my cat falls asleep on my lap, I’ll often scratch her head just to hear her start to purr again. Purring has been linked to lowering stress, decreasing symptoms of Dyspnoea (difficult or labored breathing), lessening the chances of having a heart attack, and even strengthening the bones. Our own animals may have the ability to relieve us of our troubles, or at least make our worries seem less important. The bond between pets and their owners may never be fully understood, but the simple act of scratching your dog’s head and ears can be a powerful stress relieving tool.

Self-care is important and we often forget about ourselves while focusing on money or what we need to get done this busy holiday season.  But there is nothing wrong with realizing you are stressed out and taking a positive, healthy, and natural approach to calming the mind and relaxing the body.

 

 

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Originally published December 5th, 2018

Daily Digest 12/5 - Hungry Venezuelans Selling Heirlooms To Buy Groceries, What Happens If PG&E Goes Bankrupt?

Peak Prosperity - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:19
  • Hungry Venezuelans are selling gold rings and family heirlooms just to buy groceries
  • Highland Park to hike property tax levy nearly $1M to pay for pensions
  • When Burning Cars in Paris Gets You a Tax Freeze
  • CALMatters: What happens if PG&E goes bankrupt?
  • Puerto Rico lost $43 billion after Hurricane Maria, according to govt. report
  • Cash Is a Star in Rocky Year for Global Markets
  • Batten down the hatches: British bond investors brace for Brexit
  • Missouri State Employees Retirement System likely to need more help from lawmaker
  • Dow dives nearly 800 points on fears of economic slowdown
  • Why it's not time to panic over the bond market's recession signal
  • Wells Fargo computer glitch blamed as hundreds lose their homes
  • It’s Possible (but Unlikely) That the Brits Could Get Another Vote on Brexit
  • Palladium Threatens Gold’s Reign as Most Precious Metal
  • White House Seeks To End EV Federal Tax Credit

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Reality Bites!

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:24

I’ve monitored numerous online investing chat boards for a long time. "Average Joe" traders have been licking their wounds since the October correction, but they've been trying to remain bullish. Many were excitedly talking about their dip-buying “strategies” as recently as yesterday as the Trump-Xi trade "agreement' euphoria hit the tape.

But now? After todays’ nearly 800 point drubbing on the Dow and far worse percentage losses on the Nasdaq and Russell 2000, I’m seeing people starting to throw in the towel.

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Charles Hugh Smith: Preventing The Final Fall Of Our Democratic Republic

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:02

There's mounting evidence that the Age of American Exceptionalism is grinding to an end.

Demographically, in the U.S. (as well as many other developed nations), the prospects of the younger generations are substantially less than those of the Baby Boomers. The same is true socioeconomically as well; the wealth gap between the 1% and everyone else continues to accelerate.

What's been the root cause of this slide towards greater and greater inequity? Can anything be done to reverse it?

Economist analyst and author Charles Hugh Smith addresses these core questions in his new book Pathfinding Our Destiny: Preventing The Final Fall Of Our Democratic Republic. Charles concludes that we are the terminal end of a multi-century process of centralization that is no longer working for society's benefit:

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Daily Digest 12/4 - Security Services Cinema, Oil Jumps On Trump-Xi Trade Truce

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:30
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  • Investor pressure drives Royal Dutch Shell to take action on climate change

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The Healing Power of Frankincense

Ready Nutrition - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:52

Many people have heard of frankincense because it has a long history in myth and folk medicine, especially in India and in African countries.

In the Bible, frankincense is one of three gifts that the wise men offered to the infant Jesus, possibly because of its healing powers.

What IS frankincense? 

Frankincense – also called olibanum – is made by extracting the milky white sap of the tree’s bark and then hardening it into a resin. The resin is made into an oil via steam distillation. Then, the oil is either used on the skin or by inhalation.

Frankincense oil is sourced from Boswellia carteriiBoswellia ferreana or Boswellia serrata trees that grow in African and Arabian regions, including Yemen, Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

There are many types of frankincense, and its quality is based on color, purity, aroma, age, and shape. The trees can produce different colored resins. Silver and Hojari are generally considered the highest grades of frankincense. Brown-yellow and muddy frankincense are typically the cheapest and easiest to find.

Benefits

Substances found in frankincense have a number of possible health benefits.

These substances include terpenes and boswellic acids, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties and protect healthy cells. Boswellic acid inhibits 5-lipoxygenase, and it might also target free radicals and cytokines, according to the authors of a study published in Planta Medica. All of these play a role in inflammation.

Frankincense also can…

  • Help control bleeding and speed up the wound-healing process
  • Fight inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and improve uterine health
  • Be used to help alleviate stress and relieve pain
  • Kill germs – it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It works especially well when combined with myrrh
  • Help keep your mouth clean and healthy – there are natural kinds of toothpaste made with frankincense because of its antiseptic properties
  • Treat dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars, and stretch marks
  • Relieve colic and intestinal gas (flatulence)
  • Provide relief for respiratory irritation due to colds, the flu, asthma, and bronchitis

In aromatherapy, frankincense oil is typically used for the following conditions:

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion
  • Ulcers

As you can see, frankincense oil has much to offer therapeutically.

But perhaps most impressive, frankincense may actually help fight cancer.

Cancer

Frankincense appears to attack cancer cells directly. Some researchers believe it could benefit people with certain types of cancer, including that of the pancreas, breast, and bladder.

Current research is limited, but so far, findings are promising.

It is known that chronic inflammation can damage DNA and lead to cancer. It is possible that frankincense helps fight cancer via its anti-inflammatory properties,

But, some research suggests it may directly attack cancer cells. In one study, researchers found that the oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. In other words, it is possible that frankincense oil might target cancer cells without harming healthy cells (unlike chemotherapy and other conventional cancer treatments, which kill both).

At least two other studies have produced similar findings, according to a recent report from Medical News Today:

In 2015, further lab research found similar effects in breast cancer. The investigators found that frankincense could kill breast cancer cells and disrupt the growth of future cancer cells.

In 2016, scientists describing the properties of frankincense noted that it contains substances that have anti-tumor properties. These could prevent cancer cells from growing and lead to controlled cell death, or apoptosis.

The findings of two older studies also suggest that frankincense may help fight cancer.

In 2013, researchers in China studied the effects of frankincense and myrrh on five tumor cell lines in a lab. They found that human breast and skin cancer cells showed increased sensitivity to the combination of oils.

A 2012 study found that a chemical compound in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy.

More research needs to be conducted, including human trials, but frankincense may be used as a safe cancer treatment in the future.

How to use frankincense

Frankincense essential oil is used by either inhaling the oil or by applying it topically.

Be sure to purchase the essential oil and not “fragrance oil”, which usually does not offer the same health benefits. With essential oils, a little goes a long way; usually, one to three drops is all that is needed.

Before applying the oil to the skin, be sure to blend it with a carrier oil like coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, hemp seed, jojoba, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil. Used this way, frankincense may help alleviate joint or muscle pain, promote hair root health and stimulate healing of cuts, acne, insect bites, or boils. You also can combine the oil with a little lotion, or apply a few drops to a compress. Again, remember – a little goes a long way. When essential oils are applied topically, they are absorbed by your skin, and it is possible to overdo it. Always do a patch test when using a new essential oil (dilute it with your carrier first!) to make sure you don’t experience irritation, an allergy, or a burn.

To inhale the oil, you can use an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. You can make your own by using a small container, the carrier oil of your choice, the essential oil, and a little vodka. For instructions (and additional oil combinations to try) please see DIY: How To Naturally Make An Essential Oil Diffuser {Plus Aromatherapy Oil Blends}. This type of therapy interacts with the “emotional brain” or limbic system. During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system.

You can add a few drops of frankincense oil to a vaporizer, or add it to your bath (try combining it with a little whole milk first so the oil mixes with your bath water).

Special precautions and possible side effects

Frankincense is generally believed to be safe, but there are some possible concerns and guidelines to understand.

First, be sure to purchase therapeutic-grade oil.

Store essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

Do not ingest the essential oil, as it may have toxic effects (and can even be fatal) when taken internally.

Avoid getting essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after working with the oils. Wearing gloves while working with pure essential oils is a good idea, especially if you are making various products with them. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.

Be sure to dilute the oil with a carrier oil or lotion prior to topical use. Because essential oils are concentrated, using them without diluting them may cause skin irritation.

If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid using frankincense oil because it may trigger contractions, prompt menstruation, and lead to a miscarriage.

Frankincense is not known to interact with any medications, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk. If you are concerned about interactions or have special health concerns, you may want to see your healthcare provider prior to use.

 

 

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 3rd, 2018

Daily Digest 12/3 - NAFTA Formally Canceled, Our Deficits May Finally Be Coming Home To Roost

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:28
  • Trump will formally cancel NAFTA to press Congress to approve new trade deal
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  • Our deficits may finally be coming home to roost
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  • Dozens injured as 22 tornadoes reported in central Illinois
  • We broke down what climate change will do, region by region

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas For Preppers

Ready Nutrition - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:29

Hi, Happy Holiday Shoppers and Ready Nutrition Guys and Gals!  JJ here with a list of 10 things you can order to round out your Holiday Cheer with not relaxing your stance on being prepared! Let’s run down the list: We’ll do three for the guys, three for the gals, and the rest for the kids, and for the home overall. Let’s do it!

For Dad and His Preparedness Supplies 1. FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS 533 4-16×50 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight (30Hz)

The Ultimate Night Vision Scope – FLIR (This is Forward-Looking Infrared) If you want Dad to have the best, well here’s the best for the buck.  No “Dollar Tree” prices on this one, but when your home defense, ability to see bad guys, and ability to hunt at night is priority, then it will be money well spent. You can record digitally with it, and mount it on the top of a weapon or use it as a monocular.

2. Gerber Mark II Knife 

Best there is, and the only one I rely on. I’ve written about this baby in the past, and it’ll serve you well. Double-edged with rip teeth that will cut through cloth or leather. It’ll even fit in a stocking – imagine that!

3. CMMG Offical US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass 

Just in case you forgot about the Lensatic Compass I keep mentioning (and wrote an article on), here is one you can order for a song!

Don’t be without a dependable compass…especially one you can read without a flashlight in the dark…Tritium-powered, and it never “goes out.” Now it can find its way into that stocking!

Now for Mom and Her Preparedness Gear! 4. Shady Lady Shooting Rifle Case 

 

How about a good rifle case?  The Shady Lady Shooting Rifle Snowfall in pink should be something to bring a smile to her face. Just the thing: camo, but not overboard, and simple for her to heft into the trunk or the back of the blazer.

5. SITKA Gear Womens Downpour Jacket  

How about an ensemble for your wife? Goretex Top and pants! Sitka makes stuff that is almost comparable to military Gore-Tex, without being hard on the eyes.

6. SITKA Gear Womens Downpour Pant  

 

7. Casio Women’s STL-S300H-1CCR Solar Runner Digital Display Quartz Black Watch  

 

How about a good watch to put on when the going gets tough? This watch is just what she needs, and a good stocking stuffer to boot (no pun intended!).  It’s solar powered and is stylish enough for her, yet can take a beating.

Now for the Kids and the Whole Family! 8. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent  

Here’s a nice tent that will provide room for all of you wherever you decide to camp! The Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent has plenty of space with an awning and you don’t have to be under 6’ tall to enjoy it! This is a seriously high-quality tent that will sleep 8, and more than comfortably house half that number.

9. Chefman Food Dehydrator Machine  

How about drying some food to go with that canning? Try this dehydrator, the Chefman Food Dehydrator Machine. “Electric Multi-Tier Food Preserver, Meat or Beef Jerky Maker, Fruit Leather, Vegetable Dryer w/ 6 Slide Out BPA Free Drying Rack Trays & Transparent Door, Black.” That’s quite a description!  Make fruit, jerky, and everything else you need for snacks or storage.

 

10. Rosso Motors Kids ATV Quad 4 Wheeler

 

Last but not least, how about an ATV for the kids...that can be used for other things.  This one is powered by a 36V battery…ones with an engine cost thousands. The kids can play with this and YOU CAN RECHARGE THE BATTERY AND USE THIS THING TO HAUL LIGHT STUFF WHEN THERE’S NO FUEL! Look at the specs on it, and you’ll see that it is more than just a toy, but you can control it for the kids, and use it in a pinch.

 

So, that’s the “Preparedness Top Ten” by JJ, and you be sure and have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season, and stay prepared!  JJ out!

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 3rd, 2018

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