Revenge: Watch As Programmer Floods IRS Phone Scam Hotline With Thousands Of Calls

You’ve no doubt received calls from luxury vacation hotlines, an Internal Revenue Service representative seeking money, and perhaps even gotten an email or two from a twice-removed, long-lost cousin who happens to be a Nigerian prince looking to park money in your bank account.

With advancements in technology, scammers these days have been successful in separating their targets from millions of dollars by targeting thousands upon thousands of victims daily.

One programmer decided enough is enough and found a novel way to fight back.

After receiving a call from someone with a foreign accent claiming to be an IRS agent collecting back taxes, the founder of the Project Mayhem Youtube channel decided that payback was in order. So, he wrote a short auto-dialing script designed to flood the scammers’ phone number with so many calls – 28 calls per second – that they were no longer able to make calls to potential victims, get voice mails or even receive calls from ‘marks’ trying to contact the company to pay their supposed debts.

The results are hilarious, with the scammers getting so frustrated that they start cussing up a storm and admitting they are scammers.

Because they leave voice mails and demand people to call back or be arrested, what if they couldn’t receive calls?

Better yet, what if they got so many calls, that we flooded the scammers, preventing any more scams…

And then recorded everything?

… This should work perfectly, 28 calls per second…

Watch:

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To give you an idea of how unbelievably successful such scams can be, Indian police recently raided an IRS phone scam company and arrested 70 individuals. The company reportedly stole some $300 million from targets in the United States who fell for the con.

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How To Survive A Train Accident

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In one of my recent articles, I talked about surviving an airplane crash. Today we’ll contemplate another catastrophic scenario: how to survive a train accident. I know, it’s holiday season, so let be happy and all that, but better safe than sorry, right? After all, what’s happier than being alive?

The thing is, airplane crashes are a rare occurrence and most of them are not as horrible as one may think, i.e. the survival rate is pretty high. The same is true with train accidents; I mean, they don’t happen very often and the number of casualties is relatively low, all things considered. Now, if you enjoy traveling by train, you’ll have to pay attention to today’s article, as I’ll share with you a number of tips and tricks that may save your life in a rail accident.

With regard to train accidents, there are basically two main things that can go wrong: a head on collision with another train (the worst case scenario), or a collision with a vehicle (truck, SUV etc) in level crossings or derailments.

I know that you’re thinking that trains are safe and all that and I agree with you. However, it’s common sense to maximize your chances of not only surviving, but getting back home in one piece.

To begin with, there’s a lot of debate among rail transportation experts when it comes to what passengers should do in order to survive a train accident. If you’re paying attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed the recent derailments and crashes, especially those involving New Jersey Transit and MTA trains. They’ve been pretty shocking for commuters (and residents alike) in New Jersey and New York.

Here are some facts for your viewing pleasure:

Just to recall a few recent high-profile rail accidents, in February, 2016, 6 casualties were recorded and 15 were seriously injured when an MTA train hit an SUV in the Westchester hamlet of Valhalla, on the Metro-North tracks.

Then there was the Amtrak incident in April, 2016, when a train traveling to Georgia from New York through Philly killed 2 and injured scores more. Finally, there was the one that occurred in September of 2016, when 108 passengers were injured and one died when a NJ Transit train crashed at Hoboken. Three in the same year, though that’s an anomaly at least for passenger trains.

Judging from Federal Rail Administration statistics, in 2014, there were 1700+ train incidents, including almost 150 collisions (most with other vehicles), and 1200 derailments, but the vast majority of the crashes involved freight trains. Between 2011 and 2014 there were only four (4) fatalities from train crashes anywhere in the US.

In other words, your odds of dying in a train crash in the US are statistically less than your odds of drowning or getting bitten by a shark (about 1 in 19 million, actually). Now, let’s see about some tips and tricks for maximizing your chances of not only survival, but also for reducing the odds of getting injured in the improbable eventuality of a train crash.

Just like with airplanes, despite what the Federal transportation authority claims, not all seats inside a plane/train are created equal. Everything in life is about location; hence one’s location (as in where you sit) can really make a difference in the eventuality of a train crash.

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The general rule of thumb when picking a seat on a train is to head for the middle section. If you want to pick the safest spot to sit on a train, disregard what the talking heads on TV are telling you as well as the so-called expert advice; you must go straight to the data, i.e. reports/statistics from federal agencies, the same folks that set the safety standards for both plane and rail companies.

The first thing to take into account: head on collisions are very rare. You should worry about derailments, as a train is 9x more likely to derail at some point during a trip than to slam into another vehicle or train head on. The data was scooped from the Federal Railroad Administration database, and this fact should be enough to change your “seat-choosing” patterns.  According to various studies, in case of a train-derailment, the cars toward the middle of the train are the less likely to tumble off the rails. The same studies revealed that the first to go off track is the lead locomotive/the first vehicle/car, but that’s hardly a surprise.

Bottom line, the sweet spot when choosing a seat is in a car 1 or 2 back from the center of the train.

The next thing to remember when traveling by rail is to not linger in the Café Car. This is not a safe place to be in the eventuality of an accident, whether we’re talking about a derailment or a collision. While the undeniable benefits offered by the Café Car such as overpriced beer and nuked hot-dogs may lure some of my readers, the reality is that you’re better off to eat, swig, and run. The fixed tables and other pieces of furniture will transform in veritable weapons of mass destruction if SHTF and a train experiences a harsh impact or has to suddenly break prior to an accident.

Tables were the main culprits in many crashes, being responsible for countless internal injuries and the Federal Rail Agency is currently redesigning them for improved crash safety. They are contemplating using air bags (yeah, you read that right) for the tables and also crushable edges, the same tricks used in the automotive industry.

A “mainstream” idea pedaled by so-called safety experts is to choose a rear-facing seat. The concept is that a rear-facing seat will prevent you from being thrown forward (in the absence of a seat belt) during a collision. While this may sound like common sense when it comes to a head-on collision, just like all cute but wrong theories, the reality is that side impacts are far more common than rear-end or head-on ones.

Data scooped from the US Department of Transportation d-base shows that side collisions outnumber rear-end/head-on ones by a factor of 9 to 1 (especially on commuter trains), so forget about the nice view and go sit in an aisle seat. And to play it 100% safe, make it rear facing, just to be sure. Bottom line, the safest place to sit is in an aisle  seat, rear-facing, towards the back of the train.

Follow the Instructions

Obviously, in case of an emergency, you should pay attention to PA announcements and follow the instructions to the letter. These guys are trained for SHTF scenarios, especially the train conductor.

If the circumstances really call for it, one should contemplate jumping off the train prior to a catastrophic crash. While this is very dangerous, you should be prepared for the worst case scenario. Try to do this at the end of the last car. If that’s not an option, jump from the door (if you can open it) or from the space between cars.

You can protect your head by using a blanket or something similar (you can secure some padding around your melon with your belt) and the same goes for your elbows, knees and hips. Before you jump, try to pick a landing spot free of trees, rocks, bushes, or  anything that may injure you during the big tumble.

Don’t try to land on your feet because it’s almost impossible to keep your balance, especially at high speeds; get as low to the floor as possible before you jump by bending your knees so you can leap-frog away from the car and jump at a ninety degrees angle away from the train, thus avoiding rolling towards the tracks, and cover your head with your arms while rolling like a log as you land. Keep your body straight so you will absorb the impact over the widest area possible.

Now, following a train crash, provided you’re still inside the car and the train comes to a full stop, don’t linger inside, but go for the nearest emergency exit/window ASAP.

It would be advisable to get accustomed to the emergency procedures prior to an eventual accident. Just like with everything in life, plan ahead, be aware of the situation and the nearest exits, and also try to visualize how to get there.

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Situational Awareness And A 360-Mindset

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Situational Awareness And A 360-Mindset

June 26, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

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What is situational awareness? It is the conscious and subconscious mindset of knowing what’s going on around you. “Around” implies 360-degrees – more than just what’s in front of you…

How many people do you observe during any given day who are ‘tuned out’ as they walk?

Maybe they’re looking only in one direction – typically down towards their feet or path in front of them or into their “smart device”.

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Situational awareness is a mindset. A frame of mind. Awareness. The mindset itself is a learned and eventually habitual behavior of observing one’s surroundings – including your six.

It involves mental conditioning that might be considered ‘forced paranoia’ at first – but eventually becomes natural and almost subconscious.

We don’t have eyes behind our head. However we do have pretty good peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is a part of vision that occurs outside the very center of gaze and is good at detecting motion. 120-degrees or thereabouts.

Related: 3 More Drills To Practice Situational Awareness

 
A problem (with situational awareness) is that our world is spherical — left, right, up, down, and all around. To achieve the highest level of awareness you must have a mindset of 360 degrees.

A ‘360 mindset’ is one in which we keep tabs on what’s going on all the way around us – the entire environment that we’re in. We see, we hear, we smell, we “sense”.

How do we successfully utilize our senses to accomplish effective situational awareness?

First, WE MUST NOT BE TUNED OUT. Which begs the question,
“Why do so many people stare into their ‘smart phones’ all the time?”

 
Here’s what you need to do. Train yourself (force yourself) to be 360-aware. The next time you go out in public, do it.

Lets say you’re going to the grocery store. From the time that you walk out the door of your home, simply glance around to be aware of what’s going on. Same thing in the grocery store parking lot. What’s going on around you as you’re walking to the store? It’s simple really, but most people don’t do this.

At first it may seem odd to be purposely observing what others are doing around you. After awhile it should become natural as your subconscious begins to take over the task.

On a related note, there’s a “color code” of situational awareness that may help:

Cooper Color Code For Readiness

Condition White (unaware and unprepared)
Condition Yellow (relaxed alert)
Condition Orange (specific alert)
Condition Red (fight)

You should always be in condition yellow when out and about…

 
Another example, while in your vehicle and having reached your destination – before you get out, take a few brief seconds to have a quick look around first.

Give yourself a specific drill – Look at people’s hands. Look at their eyes. Read their body language. It should take a micro-moment to categorize most people as potential “friend or foe”.

Next time you’re out in public, observe how few people actually look like they even know what’s going on in front of them – let alone around them!

Observe how many people walk with their head tilted downward towards the walkway in front of them as they walk with their thoughts – tuned out of their surroundings and environment. Observe how many have their heads tilted down in their electronic gadget as they walk. It really is quite amazing. Don’t be them!

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Tensions Across The World Are Rising: “Investors Have Resorted To Putting Their Money Into Safe-haven Assets To Guard Themselves”

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We are officially in the first innings of a 2017 gold rush, as gold demand threatens to outstrip supply for the first time in decades—but it’s not going to be costly underground mining that brings in the profits …

And many will be turning to Canada… where the government is now welcoming open pit mining in the “land of gold”… Nova Scotia.

Pressed for novel solutions, geologists in places like Canada are now working to pull gold from football field-sized open gold pits rather than seeking the yellow metal in more cumbersome and expensive underground operations.

As every investor knows, gold remains the pre-eminent and time-tested safehaven asset for hedging against macroeconomic upheavals.

One explorer, right in the center of Nova Scotia’s gold rush is a small-cap company sitting on a potential $560 million in gold.

A little-known company called Osprey Gold (TSX:OS.V; OTC:OSSPF) has moved into the largest historic gold producing area in Nova Scotia–armed with unprecedented new technology that gives it cheaper access to gold in open pits. Across the street, Atlantic Gold Corp. turned its similar project into a $250-million gold mine, and now Osprey is gearing up to pursue the same success.

Enter … The Nova Scotia Gold Rush

While everyone was moving out West to San Fran in 1848…The “little known Nova Scotia gold rush” was minting millionaires on the East coast.

Canada is the world’s 5th largest gold producer, and Nova Scotia is a classic high-yield brown field gold province. And it’s home to some of the highest-grade gold fields in the country. Here, grades as high as 14g/tonne are not uncommon.

So well-endowed is Nova Scotia that it has supported three major gold rushes that churned out about a million ounces of the metal in the process.

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Nova Scotia’s mines have been closed since World War II due to disruptions by the war and things never got going again… until now.

A new discovery has opened up a wealth of opportunity, and you can expect to hear about a new Nova Scotia gold rush soon.

It’s hardly surprising that miners… with new technology… are rushing back in to scoop up the easy pickings. The first companies to take advantage of this technology are almost guaranteed of fat returns.

Companies like Atlantic Gold Corp (TSX:AGB), which is working on the rich Moose River Consolidated project, is one. Atlantic is currently expanding known regions and finding disseminated zones of mineralization. Not only that, their first pour is scheduled for September this year.

And…

Osprey Gold (TSX:OS.V; OTC:OSSPF) is starting down the same track. Osprey has now moved into the largest historic gold production area in Nova Scotia–Goldenville.

Goldenville

A gold miner’s dream.

A place so legendary and rich in gold that it has churned out more gold than any other historic mine in Nova Scotia.

Here are five key reasons why you should keep an eye on this junior gold explorer.

Reason #1: Ideal Location

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Osprey’s gold assets are located in a prime geological area.

In fact, Goldenville, Osprey’s most highly-prized asset, is Nova Scotia’s most prolific gold camp. The property produced 212,300 oz of gold between 1862 to 1942. As recent as 2005, Acadian drilling found 109,676 tonnes grading at 10.76g/tonne and another 533,799 inferred tonnes grading at 14.26 g/tonne.

And, Goldenville happens to be in the same stratigraphy as Atlantic Gold Corp’s rich Moose River deposits. Osprey’s approach is similar to Atlantic’s in that it seeks to define open-pittable deposits in the gold fields. Atlantic Gold Corp’s share price has risen over 113 percent since January, and now it’s worth about $245 million, creating enormous investor returns.

If you missed out on the Atlantic Gold Corp. wave, Osprey could offer the next best chance to enjoy super-sized returns.

Not only is this the BEST location…but it’s “right across the street” with infrastructure already in place.

Goldenville Infrastructure and Claim Blocks

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This is a secure political jurisdiction with great infrastructure that allows the company to do cheap exploration. Canada is exactly this: If you can produce gold in Canada and sell it in U.S. dollars it’s a huge advantage due to the strength of the U.S. dollar.

Reason #2: New Technology + Open Pit Mine

Gold miners in Nova Scotia have traditionally tracked high-grade veins in underground operations. But geologists have recently developed a technology that allows miners to assess mineralization of host rocks through which gold veins run. For the first time in the history of the gold industry in Canada, it’s now possible to mine gold in open pits rather than underground mines. This comes with obvious advantages:

  1. Lower production costs,
  2. Reduced risks,
  3. Improved ability to scale.

The Goldenville property has the potential to benefit from these advantages. It consists of a structurally controlled slate belt with vein hosted disseminated mineralization. Up to 46 sequenced vein packages have already been identified.

This is unlike any other place in the world because rocks from nearly every age of earth are exposed. From 1.5 billion years… to today. And in one simple strip… you can find this Nova Scotia gold.

Goldenville Geology and Mineralization

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Two drill holes sunk in 1997 about 3km to the west of the Osprey property returned 1.33g/tonne of ore held in veins and slate host rocks at a depth between 54.2 meters and 74.4 meters.

Reason #3: Excellent Growth Runways

One of the major criteria that successful investors use to identify potential winning investments is a sound business model and a fair valuation.

And that’s precisely the reason why Osprey Gold (TSX:OS.V; OTC:OSSPF)  offers such an attractive value proposition.

The company already has a clear path to owning at least four gold assets in Nova Scotia: Goldenville, Lower Seal Harbour, Gold Lake and Miller Lake projects.

The company’s assets hold 447,000 ounces of gold uncapped.

That’s at least 447,000 ounces of gold by Osprey!

So basically we are talking about a $10.3-million market cap company sitting on $560 million worth of gold!

That’s a potential 75x increase in value for Early-in investors!

Orex Exploration (OX: TSX-V) another listed junior, recently merged with Anaconda. It also owned a single similar asset in Nova Scotia. This asset is at only a slightly advanced development stage than Osprey’s assets, yet the company was valued at $11.1 million. That’s 1.5X higher valuation than Osprey currently.

Whichever way you slice it, Osprey Gold seems like a solid investment with very good potential for strong returns.

Reason # 4: Mining Legends With Hand-On Experience

There is a highly competent team behind Osprey Gold (TSX:OS.V; OTC:OSSPF)  driving this vehicle, which is a huge plus in the highly competitive gold industry.

Adrian Fleming, Chairman and Director–has accumulated more than 35 years in the mining industry. He was the president of Underworld Resources of the White Gold Project. Underworld was recently acquired by Kinross Gold for $139 million. He also played a big role in major discoveries, including Hope Bay and Porgera.

Cooper Quinn, President and Director– former Senior Geologist with Underworld Resources, Mr. Quinn has worked extensively at several exploration and development companies in North America, Europe, South Pacific Islands and Greenland.

Jeffrey R. Wilson– has 20 years of experience in mining exploration and investment industries. Current president and CEO of Precipitate Gold Corp. Has raised seed capital of more than $50 million through his vast wealth of contacts in the industry. Mr. Wilson has been involved in several successful and profitable buy-outs by major mining companies.

Another director, Greg Beischer, is also the President and CEO of another successful project generator, Millrock Resources, and he’s been involved in mining and exploration for three decades.

So Osprey has a great team at the helm, with team players that know how to grow a company from ground to bar!

Reason # 5: The Gold Bug Bites Again

With geopolitical tensions across the world on the increase, investors have resorted to putting their money into safe-haven assets to guard themselves against possible currency devaluations.

Most notably, there has been a dramatic increase in cryptocurrency investment, with Ethereum up 4,500 percent year-to-date.

But with cryptocurrencies being notoriously volatile, falling up to 96 percent in one day, attention is returning to gold, and fast!

The gold bug has bitten again!

That means GROWING demand for gold for years to come.

Gold exports for all major producers except the Middle Kingdom fell in 2016 for the first time since 2008.

Gold supply is already in the first stages of a cyclical downturn, meaning supply is bound to grow even tighter in the coming years.

Old mines that use outdated mining technologies are no longer profitable for a lot of miners, forcing them to fold up operations in droves.

Gold belts such as Nova Scotia where new techniques such as open-pit mining are now possible will realize significant cost savings and higher margins than their older counterparts. You can bet that this is where many miners will be swarming over the next few years.

Companies like Osprey Gold that have already secured the richest mining areas stand a good chance of enjoying the best returns for years to come.

Major Announcement Coming Soon

Osprey recently located and acquired a package of digitized historical data for all its four major assets. The data includes ground geophysical surveys, diamond drill logs, and surface geochemical data. This includes data that was previously not in the public domain.

The latest Resource Estimate Update by the company showed a 60 percent increase in inferred resources at the Goldville project.

Osprey has continued assessing and acquiring drill cores from other companies that have explored the Goldenville resource, and is currently assessing other opportunities as well. The company plans to kick off the first drill program at Goldenville during the third-quarter and provide an updated resource estimate for the entire body of works during the fourth quarter of the current year, or the first quarter of 2018.

The company’s unique prospecting approach means that not only are its gold resources likely to increase over the coming months, but it’s also likely to find NEW opportunities to buffer the single asset risk. Don’t be surprised if the company’s management announces another acquisition on the cheap before long. After all, this is a team of expert negotiators and anything is the cards with these guys.

Remember … with the company currently valued so cheaply, any significant progress or new discoveries could possibly drive sizable price action for Osprey shares.

So, Osprey Gold (TSX:OS.V; OTC:OSSPF) could be the next Atlantic Gold Corp. in the making.

By. James Burgess

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Tensions Across The World Are Rising: “Investors Have Resorted To Putting Their Money Into Safe-haven Assets To Guard Themselves”

North Korean Nuclear Threat “Top Priority” For Donald Trump

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The imminent nuclear threat from North Korea was addressed by CIA director Mike Pompeo during an interview with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt which aired Saturday.  Pompeo said that the topic was “at the top” of President Donald Trump’s mind.

Trump is concerned about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities daily.  The rogue nation has made many threats, and through tightening sanctions, have continued to test ballistic missiles and work toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. But Donald Trump is taking the threat of a nuclear-capable North Korea very seriously.

Pompeo said he and Trump talk for almost an hour every day, and that “I hardly ever escape a day at the White House without the President asking me about North Korea and how it is that the United States is responding to that threat.”  Pompeo added, “For 20 years, America has whistled past the graveyard, hoping on hope, that North Korea would turn colors and become part of the Western civilization. There’s no evidence that that’s going to take place, absent a very real, very concrete set of policies that put pressure on the North Koreans to denuclearize. I think that’s what you see Secretary Tillerson trying to do around the world.” Pompeo was referring to the State Department’s continued efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program.

“They are ever-closer to having the capacity to hold America at risk with a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo added.  Though the US and China have agreed on the urgency and goal of possible talks with North Korea, the topic of denuclearization remains completely off the table for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Under Kim, North Korea has rewritten its constitution to include nuclear weapons as a guarantor of its safety, and the threat of nuclear North Korea is growing.

In the meantime, the dictator of North Korea is living in fear that South Korea is working with Donald Trump on a plan to take North Korea’s tyrant down.  And South Korean intelligence services claim that the coordination between the US and South Korean forces have made Kim “extremely nervous,” according to the Korea Herald. Apparently, Kim has been riding in his subordinates’ cars and making fewer public appearances.

Trump is not the only person in the United States government taking a nuclear North Korea seriously. Although the Pentagon maintains that the US does not train for decapitation strikes of any kind, the threat from North Korea growing hotter every day.  Civilian casualties like Otto Warmbier may also signify that the US is preparing a quick strike option in case of an untenable provocation from the Kim regime.

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Growing Food: What to Use Instead of Soil

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Not everybody has a ton of space to grow food, and even for those who do, there are many reasons to use mediums other than soil. Not only that, it’s always a good idea to know your options.

We live in a land of what if, and our goal is to always be prepared, right? Then you need to know how to grow food in a soilless medium.

Why Use Soilless Mediums

Anybody can poke a plant in the dirt and it will grow, or so people seem to think. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Well, OK, sometimes you may get lucky, and there are plants that are almost impossible to kill, but it you want quality plants, there are many reasons why dirt may not be your best option.

For instance, you may live in an area where the soil isn’t ideal. It may be too wet, too dry, or lack nutrients or the proper texture. Even the best soil may contain bacteria and fungi that can be harmful to your plants. You may live in a small place where you need to grow in containers and you don’t want to deal with the mess of soil.

Speaking of which, if your soil has been contaminated with certain parasites, fungi, bacteria, or viruses, you may HAVE to let the soil rest. Then what are you going to do? You’re going to have other options.

Another reason to use soilless mediums is that you can control every aspect of your plant’s growth cycle: the nutrition, the texture, and the moisture. It’s not so easy to do any of that when you’re using soil.

Discover the golden days’ practice for getting all you can eat food without buying from the supermarket!

What Soilless Growing Mediums are There?

You’re probably thinking that soilless growing means that there are no “dirty” materials. That’s not always the case. Yes, aquaponics and hydroponics are certainly options, but there are also several different organic growing materials that make great growing mediums.

Organic soilless potting mixes

For instance, sphagnum peat moss is coarse but it’s sterile and lightweight. The one problem with it is that it doesn’t hold moisture well; it’s hard to get wet to begin with.

To combat that, you can vermiculite, which is a compact form of mica, a group of silicate minerals that form in layers, and are lightweight and fairly soft. Vermiculite does a great job of holding water in the peat, but it doesn’t provide much aeration. That’s okay, though. Our next product does.

To help keep the mix from becoming clunky and dense, use perlite, which is a form of expanded volcanic rock. It’s usually white – if you’ve used commercial potting soil, you’ve probably noticed the little white beads. That’s perlite. Because it’s basically lava, it’s light and airy and does a great job of keeping your mix aerated. Without air, your medium will literally suffocate the roots of your plant.

So, now you’ve got a sterile base, something to help the mix hold water, and something to keep it light and fluffy so the roots can grow. The only piece of the puzzle that’s missing is drainage. Course sand is great for that because it doesn’t retain water at all, but it doesn’t clump so tight that water can’t flow through it.

Coconut coir, which is the fiber on the shell, can be used in place of moss. Tree bark, rocks, gravel can also be used to help with drainage and so can tree bark, rocks, gravel, and even crushed seashells can be used for drainage.

When making any of these mixes, you’ll probably need to add some limestone and fertilized to add the necessary nutrients.

Hydroponics

This is likely a term that you’ve heard and is simple. It’s just a matter of growing your plants in water. You start them as seedlings and then place them in water to continue to grow. When using hydroponics, you need to add fertilizer and keep the water flowing so that it stays aerated, and keep adding it as the plants absorb it.

You’ll need something to hold the roots, too. You can use stones, marbles, sand, or any number of synthetic mediums. The traits that you’re looking for is that it doesn’t hold water, the matter has holes that the roots can grow through, and that it’s not something that’s going to degrade in the water.

Hydroponics is a great method to use as long as you have electric of some sort to run the pump. It’s a sterile system that allows you to add exactly the nutrients that you need for each plant in the system to grow.

Aquaponics is similar to hydroponics, but it takes it a step further. Whereas hydroponics requires fertilization to get nitrogen and other nutrients to the roots, aquaponics does not. It’s more of a self-propagating system that uses aquaculture, usually fish, to provide the nitrogen and other nutrients to the water.

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Aquaponics is an interesting system to many people who are trying to become more independent because you can scale the system up and integrate larger aquatic creatures, and grow more plants. Of course, you’re going to need more space, but it’s a system that works. Fish waste is nutrient-dense, and the plants keep oxygen in the water. It’s a win/win.

Cost is a big difference in aquaponics and hydroponics, especially when it comes to the fertilizer. Fish food is dirt cheap; commercial fertilizers aren’t. Also, you have the whole chemical vs. organic debate, too. You can, of course, use organic fertilizer in hydroponics, but most people don’t.

Plants are firrigated (fertilize and irrigate) differently, too. Hydroponic systems typically flush the water through every 4-6 hours. In an aquaponics system, it’s flooded for 15 minutes every 45 minutes.

As you can see, there are several different soilless mediums that you can use to grow plants. Not only is dirt not required to grow plants, it’s not even the best way in many circumstances.

As a matter of fact, if you’re shooting for food independence, you may want to consider other options, especially aquaponics, because it allows you to grow an ecosystem that is easy to maintain and provides both protein (fish) and the vitamins and minerals that you need from plants.

Find the joy in being able to take care of yourself, even if it’s in small ways.

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Obama Secretly Set A War With Russia Into Action Before He Left Office

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Barack Obama was either very secretively cunning, or someone in his administration was.  Before there was an investigation into “Russian hacking,” which we’ve seen no shred of proof even happened, the former president ordered a retaliation against our Cold War foe, which could lead to war.

Before the tears of the saddened liberals dried after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president, Obama was at it with his “pen and phone,” determined to destroy any chance Trump had at being a success. Obama, who was upset that Hillary Clinton would watch Donald Trump inaugurated as president, decided to shift blame to Russia. He authorized a covert cyber operation to deploy “implants” in Russian networks that could be triggered remotely in retaliation to any future cyber aggression by Moscow, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Since we have yet to see any evidence that Russian hacked the election, and admission from intelligence officials confirmed that no votes were changed because of the fabricated “meddling” story, Obama’s ticking time bomb of cyberwarfare could blow up in our faces.  After demanding the NSA infect Russian networks with the implants, he also made said implants difficult to remove.  Should the Russian government attempt to undo the actions of the emotional temper tantrum by Obama, they will be extremely discomforted.

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The implants, developed by the NSA, are designed to hit Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted,” a former U.S. official told The Washington Post. Note the use of the word “adversary,” almost as if Obama’s goal was to begin a war with Russia. And to make matters worse, “U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from (President) Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it,” the Post reported. “The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so.”

These implants could be “activated” if Russia interferes with another election, which is code for: should Trump win re-election in 2020.  They could also be used if Russia takes action against the United States, although there is no reason to suspect that they would. Vladimir Putin does not see the US as an enemy, so it appears that Obama is simply attempting to incite a war with the former Soviet Union.  It’s not really a secret that Obama and Putin didn’t like each other.

Putin is coming out of this looking like the bigger man.  He’s taken the evidenceless blame on his country with a grain of salt. Democrats and their warmongering leader, Obama, seem to insist on poking the Russian bear. Putin has so far, downplayed the retaliations against him, and his attitude regarding the media hysteria, which is leading to an another war, is actually cool and calm compared to those in our own government.  Actions taken by Barack Obama during his term could result in a war with Russia, in which the left with blame on Donald Trump.

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Prep Blog Review: Gardening Tips For Summer

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Gardening and self-sufficiency go hand-in-hand and summer is my favorite time of the year when it comes gardening. From watering or dealing with the summer heat, to pest control and weeds, there are many things to do in the garden during the summer if you want to develop healthy, productive crops.

With these things in mind, for this week’s Prep Blog Review I’ve gathered five articles on this topic. If you have other gardening tips for summer, share them in the comment section below.

1. Start Gardening Differently

“Preparedness and self-sufficiency usually turns to food production at some point. Whether we’re old hats or just getting started, there are some set standards that tend to take place in the veggie garden. Sometimes they’re very well deserved. Sometimes, though, changing things up can make a difference in our ability to produce foods.

Small scale or large, when it comes to the veggies, doing things differently can buy us the time and space to get started or expand our harvests.”

Read more on The Prepper Journal.

  1. Watering The Garden: How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes

“When it comes to watering the garden, how, when and how much you water makes all the difference! Although watering vegetable plants can seem like a trivial task, there really is a science behind proper watering techniques.

Bad watering habits can damage plants and reduce harvest levels dramatically.

Of course, watering needs vary based on location and the specific plants grown. But no matter where you live, there are a few simple rules of watering that can really help power a successful garden.

Here are 3 of the most common mistakes folks make when watering the garden, and how to avoid them!”

Read more on Old World Garden Farms.

  1. Learn How To Water Your Garden Wisely

“As a gardener, you will learn the hard way that suitable irrigation is crucial for developing productive crops. As summer sets in it is important to water your garden regularly to keep you plants healthy. More importantly, you need to learn how to conserve water and make the best decision for your garden.

Keeping your plants well irrigated aids in healthy foliage growth and the production of large yields. During heat waves, it is crucial to water your garden following a precise schedule.”

Read more on Prepper’s Will.

  1. 5 Everyday Items You Can Use To Fertilize Your Garden

Your options for garden fertilizer are either Miracle Grow Plant Food (whose Amazon page includes a legal disclaimer that their phosphorus-containing fertilizer may cause harmful water runoff), or organic fertilizer. Easy choice.

If you’re reading this, then organic is probably very important to you. You aren’t okay with a little pesticide on your salad or using spinach picked from farms in China with questionable regulations. Instead, you want clean produce.

Read more on Urban Survival Site.

  1. The Ultimate Guide To Natural Pest Control In The Garden

“Are you looking for natural pest control options for the garden? Like many home gardeners, I started growing my own fruits and vegetables in part to avoid the toxic chemicals used on most commercial produce. After all, why put in all that time and effort to eat poison? It didn’t make sense to me.

Just walking down the chemical isle in the hardware store, i.e., the “garden helper area” or whatever they call it, gives me a headache. Sometimes I purchase certain organic pest control products, but often you can get rid of garden pests with what you have on hand.”

Read more on Common Sense Homesteading.

This article has been written by Drew Stratton for Survivopedia.

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Caught On Tape: Democratic Party Official Says He’s “Glad [Scalise] Got Shot, I Wish He Was F*cking Dead”

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‘Progressive’ democrats in this country are seemingly becoming completely unhinged.  A party that is run by the ‘peaceful’ hippies of the 60’s who, at least at the time, considered themselves among the most vocal advocates of free speech, now openly supports the suppression of free speech on college campuses.  A party that abhors violence saw one of it’s voters last week carry out an attempted assassination of numerous Republican congressmen…not to mention the several violent protests that erupted after November’s election that resulted in untold amounts of property destruction.  A party that promotes itself as the party of women, simultaneously defends the ‘rights’ of people to practice Sharia law which specifically allows for domestic violence when women are ‘disobedient.’  The outrageous hypocrisy is truly mind boggling.

Meanwhile, just the latest example of ‘unhinged’ Democrats behaving badly comes to us courtesy of Phil Montag, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Technology Chairman, who inadvertently got caught sharing his true feelings on Steve Scalise’s shooting:

“This motherfucker, like his whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off fucking health care. I hate this motherfucker.  I’m fucking glad he got shot.  I’m glad he got shot.”

“I wish he was fucking dead.”

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Meanwhile, Phil also seemed to get himself in some trouble last February after spending a little too much time on a Bernie Facebook page “trolling hard for hours.”

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Perhaps Tom Perez of the DNC should take notice of Phil’s dedication…he’s recently unemployed and we hear the DNC is ramping up staff.

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