[VIDEO] UFO Spotted From The International Space Station

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What some believe to be a UFO was spotted by an Italian astronaut from the International Space Station. While many say the video is nothing more than space debris falling to Earth as a meteor, several others are unconvinced after watching the same video.

The object can be seen entering Earth’s atmosphere at an alarming speed. Although the footage of the most recent sighting came from NASA, conspiracy theorists are suspicious over how quickly the space agency released the video and an explanation it to the media.

Speaking in a video uploaded to the SecureTeam10 YouTube channel, a narrator can be heard saying: “I don’t think it’s a meteorite at all.”

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What many people may not realize, according to SecureTeam10, is that this video is a timelapse. “You’re seeing the earth spinning at a high rate of speed and we see this flash of light coming from space. It does look to be moving at 85mph (136 km/ph). But when you account how fast the earth would have actually been moving, had this not been sped up, it would have been moving much, much slower,” says the narrator of the video.

To back up his claims, the narrator of Secure Team 10 video compares this “meteor” to another still photograph of another meteorite that fell to Earth during the 2011 Perseid meteor shower.

Here is the original video released by NASA and uploaded by The Daily Mail It certainly looks like this video is sped up quite a bit, verifying that SecureTeam 10 was correct about that at the very least.

NASA has once again been accused of covering up the existence of alien life. Despite assurances from the space agency that it is just a meteor, conspiracy theorists remain convinced that it is evidence of extraterrestrials. Of course, it’s likely we won’t know the real truth in the near future.

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Illegal Aliens KILLED Border Patrol Agent By Smashing His Head With ROCKS

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Details have begun to emerge following an attack by illegal immigrants that left one border patrol agent dead and another seriously injured and fighting for his life in a hospital. The agent was killed after illegal immigrants smashed his head in with rocks.

Breitbart Texas first broke the news of the death and injuries and now the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) says that their agents on the ground have stated that the agents were tracking a group of illegal aliens who then beat the agents with rocks until one was killed and the other hospitalized.

Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, also president of the NBPC, stated, “What we know is that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez appears to have been ambushed by a group of illegal aliens whom he was tracking. Our agents’ reports from the ground say that he was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.”

Agent Judd continued, “The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks. These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.”

Shortly after Breitbart Texas broke the news of the incident, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that one Border Patrol agent was dead and another hospitalized in serious condition; however, authorities would not provide more details. Breitbart Texas was unable to confirm the details with CBP and other federal agencies. The NBPC is the organization that represents approximately 16,000 of our nation’s Border Patrol agents. –Breitbart

According to Fox News, details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were “undocumented immigrants” who used likely used rocks to bash the agents. “We strongly believe rocks were what was used,” NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto said.

What is known, is that that two Border Patrol agents working as partners in the Van Horn Station area of responsibility of the Big Bend Sector responded to “activity.” Whether the activity was an activated sensor or something else is currently unknown. This occurred on the morning of Sunday, November 19, 2017. One of the Border Patrol agents later radioed into the communication center saying that he needed assistance and that he was injured. Other Border Patrol agents responded and found one agent injured and unconscious with injuries to his head and body. That agent, Rogelio Martinez, was later pronounced dead. Breitbart has learned that the agent’s family has been notified. The responding agents also found the partner who had radioed for help. The agents transported the injured agent to the hospital where he is in “serious condition,” according to the official. Border Patrol agents and Culberson County Sheriff’s Office deputies have secured the area.

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Congress & Administration Ignore Experts on North Korean EMP Threat

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There was a report by Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner detailing the revelations of former U.S. Marine Tommy Waller’s recommendations regarding the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) threat by North Korea. Waller has staunchly stood in the corner of the EMP Commission, now disbanded through withholding of funding, and currently serves as the Director of Special Projects at the Center for Security Policy. He is urging the President to create a special commission by Executive Order to plan for measures to counteract the threat of an EMP attack.  Waller also said this as reported in the article by Bedard:

“The first and foremost thing he [the President] must write is an executive order establishing his own EMP commission in the White House – a task force that draws from the experience of the previous EMP Commission.  Massive intelligence failures grossly underestimating North Korea’s long-range missile capabilities, number of nuclear weapons, warhead miniaturization, and proximity to an H-Bomb, the biggest North Korean threat to the U.S. remains unacknowledged – nuclear EMP attack.”

This all comes on the heels of the disbanding of the EMP Commission, a panel of the foremost experts on EMP threat, to include Dr. Graham and Dr. Pry, mentioned in numerous, previous articles. These experts and others, to include Tommy Waller, have been warning the Administration that North Korea is actively mapping out a plan of attack via EMP against the United States. These warnings have not only gone unheeded, but as mentioned, the former EMP Commission was the only such organization to address such a threat, and it has been dismantled, although its members did not accept any pay for their expert analyses and recommendations.

Dr. Peter Pry went a step further and said that Obama administration “holdovers” undermined the now-defunct Commission’s clearances, operational funds, and reports (such as briefings and conferences) … even though the experts worked for nothing and took many expenses upon themselves out of pocket. Such was their level of commitment and the priority placed upon the threat…a threat that has been largely ignored even before the Obama years.

Since the North Koreans have “slowed down” their nuclear tests, it’s no longer an issue that is televised to the public daily. Akin to a nation suffering from “Attention Deficit Disorder,” most of our news is sensationalistic drivel only fit for tabloids (therefore not news), or geared by the liberal Mainstream Media (MSM) to attack the President and push communist-social justice issues. The Media and the Universities are the hammer and sickle being used to destroy our country from the inside…funded by oligarchs and protected by politicos.

The President’s tour of the Asian-Pacific theater did not cause North Korea to take one step backwards in the development of its nuclear arsenal. As the days pass, their ability to make good on their threats increases. North Korea already threatened the U.S. with an EMP attack months ago. Breitbart reported this on 9/7/2017. You can read it in this excerpt here:

According to the Associated Press, shortly after North Korea launched its sixth nuclear test using an H-bomb, the “Hermit Kingdom’s” leader Kim Jong-un issued a statement through its state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claiming the weapon “is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack according to strategic goals.”

North Korea has not backed away from that stance nor retracted the threat. Over the weekend, it has been reported from several news sites that North Korea is nearing completion of its work on submarines that can launch ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles), termed SLBM’s (Submarine-launched Ballistic Missiles). The rhetoric between Kim Jong-Un and President Trump has not ceased: it has just taken an occasional hiatus. How much longer of a hiatus will Congress and the Administration have before they follow the recommendations of the experts? Perhaps the greater question is what will North Korea do when its period of inactivity comes to an end?

The next world war will begin with an EMP weapon detonated over the continental United States, followed by a nuclear exchange and then warfare with conventional forces.

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Intelligence: North Korea Readies A New Round Of Missile Launches

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A South Korean spy/intelligence agency says that North Korea is getting ready to launch a new round of missiles. This is spiking new concerns of a clash between the regime and a coalition of American, Japanese, and South Korean forces should a test accidentally strike land.

According to Foreign Policy, the South Korean spy agency “is closely following the developments because there is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year under the name of a satellite launch and peaceful development of space, but in fact to ratchet up its threats against the United States,” South Korean lawmakers told reporters after a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials.

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile programs is in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions. The communist regime has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan.

The reclusive state appears to have carried out a recent missile engine test while brisk movements of vehicles were spotted near known missile facilities, Yi Wan-young, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee which was briefed by Seoul’s National Intelligence Service, said. These tests would also potentially include a nuclear test which is concerning some that Donald Trump could order a preemptive strike on Kim Jong-Un’s regime. But,  Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have discussed such scenarios and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike.

“If it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen?” Hyten said. “I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works.”

In addition to another round of missile launches, commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicated that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine, according to 38 North.

North Korea defends its weapons programs as a necessary defense against U.S. plans to invade.  The U.S. of course, has repeatedly denied the allegations that an invasion would occur.

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Black Death Warning: The Plague Is Impossible To Eradicate

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An expert is warning the plague that has sickened over 2000 people in Madagascar since August is impossible to eradicate. Even though the number of those infected has dropped in recent weeks, the plague will never truly be gone.

Since the airborne version of the plague can kill a person in just three hours, experts warn that its too soon to think that since there hasn’t been a person infected in recent days, that it won’t pop up again. That’s because the bacteria that causes plague is now so widespread in wildlife, that humans can’t do anything to get rid of it, said Dr. Allen Cheng, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at Monash University in Melbourne.

“It’s not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence,” Cheng wrote on The Conversation“Outbreaks, generally, are managed reactively by ‘firefighting teams’, deployed to clear houses of fleas, identify and treat cases and give pre-emptive treatment to contacts at risk. A more preventative approach, such as the identification of areas at risk using climate models and animal surveys to focus flea and rat control efforts, would be better,” he said. “But, this requires a better understanding of transmission pathways in each region where disease persists.”

The best way to stop the plague spreading was to focus on flea and rat control in the most at-risk areas, he said. Cheng’s comments came after at least 171 people died in Madagascar over an outbreak of plague. Nine countries were urged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare for a black death attack, at the end of October.

It’s been reported that plague has been transmitted to humans by camels, goats, prairie dogs, rock squirrels and guinea pigs since the 1960’s. There are only a few remaining hotspots for plague in the world – Madagascar being one of them. This outbreak was also highly “unusual”, in that several different parts of the island were affected, including areas with lots of people.

WHO has reported 2119 cases of the plague as of November 10. 171 have died of the disease so far.

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The Yield Curve Has Not Been This Flat In 10 Years, And Many Believe This Is A Sign That A Recession Is Imminent

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

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Whenever we see an inverted yield curve, a recession almost always follows, and that is why many analysts are deeply concerned that the yield curve is currently the flattest that it has been in about a decade. In other words, according to one of the most reliable indicators that we have, we are closer to another recession than we have been at any point since the last financial crisis. And when you combine this with all of the other indicators that are screaming that a new crisis is on the horizon, a very troubling picture emerges. Hopefully this will turn out to be a false alarm, but it is looking more and more like big economic trouble is coming in 2018.

The professionals on Wall Street take the yield curve very, very seriously, and the fact that it has gotten so flat has many of them extremely concerned. The following comes from Business Insider

In the past, including before the Great Recession of 2007-2009, an inverted yield curve, where long-term interest rates fall below their short-term counterparts, has been a reliable predictor of recessions. The bond market is not there yet, but a sharp recent flattening of the yield curve has many in the markets watchful and concerned.

The US yield curve is now at its flattest in about 10 years — in other words, since around the time a major credit crunch of was gaining steam. The gap between two-year note yields and their 10-year counterparts has shrunk to just 0.63 percentage point, the narrowest since November 2007.

If the yield curve continues to get even flatter, it will spark widespread selling on Wall Street, and if it actually inverts that will set off total panic.

And with each passing day, even more of the “experts” are warning of imminent market trouble. For example, just consider what Art Cashin told CNBC the other day…

Investors may want to take cover soon.

Art Cashin, UBS’ director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange, says a “split personality” is manifesting itself in the stock market, and it could hit Wall Street where it hurts at any moment.

“We’ve been setting record new highs, and often the breadth has been negative. We’ve had more declines than advances,” Cashin said Thursday on CNBC’s “Futures Now.”

When the financial markets finally do crash, it won’t exactly be a surprise.

In fact, we are way, way overdue for financial disaster.

Since the last financial crisis, we have been on the greatest debt binge in human history. U.S. government debt has gone from $10 trillion to $20 trillion, corporate debt has doubled, and U.S. consumer debt has now risen to nearly $13 trillion.

Debt brings consumption from the future into the present, and so it increases short-term economic activity at the expense of long-term financial health.

But we simply cannot continue to grow debt much, much faster than the overall economy is growing. I have never talked to anyone that believes that our debt binge is sustainable, and I doubt that I ever will.

The only reason why we have even gotten this far is because interest rates have been pushed to historically low levels. If the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt even returned to the long-term average, we would be paying more than a trillion dollars a year in interest on the national debt and the game would be over. Unprecedented intervention by the Federal Reserve and other global central banks has pushed interest rates way below the real rate of inflation, and that has bought us extra time.

But now the Federal Reserve and other global central banks are reversing course in unison, and global financial markets are already starting to decline.

The only way we can keep putting off the next financial crisis is if we continue our unprecedented debt binge and if global central banks continue to artificially prop up the financial markets.

Of course more debt and more central bank manipulation would just make the eventual financial disaster even worse, but that is what we are faced with at this point.

Most people simply don’t understand the gravity of the situation. Nothing was ever fixed after the last financial crisis. Instead, we went on the greatest debt binge that humanity has ever seen, and central banks started creating trillions of dollars out of thin air and recklessly injected that hot money into the financial system.

So now we are in the terminal phase of the largest financial bubble in human history, and there is no easy way out.

We basically have two choices. We can have a horrific financial crisis now, or we can have one a little bit later.

Usually the choice is “later”, and that is why our leaders have been piling on the debt and global central banks have been recklessly creating money.

But it is inevitable that our bad choices will catch up with us eventually, and when that happens the pain that we are going to experience is going to be absolutely off the charts.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

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Experts 2018 Warning: Earth Had It ‘Easy This Year’ With Only 6 Severe Earthquakes

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Scientists are warning that 2018 won’t be as “easy” on us as 2017 was when it comes to the number of severe earthquakes they predict. In 2018, Earth, and one billion of its inhabitants could face 20 severe earthquakes due to the slowing rotation of the planet.

Tiny changes in the speed of our planet’s rotation will trigger huge seismic activity by releasing vast amounts of underground energy causing severe earthquakes, experts claim. Although their research has been rejected by some scientists, they are intent on sounding the alarm. The slowing of Earth’s rotation could disrupt the crust of the Earth making it possible to see 20 severe earthquakes next year.

According to the Daily Mailthe planet’s rotation is slowing down because of tidal forces between Earth and the moon. The side of Earth closest to the moon feels its pull the strongest, while the side farthest from the moon feels its gravity less. That difference in gravitational pull stretches the Earth, which causes tidal bulges. These bulges pull the moon closer or farther away from Earth by around 4cm per year. The moon exerts the opposite force on them, pulling them back toward it, creating friction and slowing down the planet’s rotation. The time the Earth takes to make a complete rotation on its axis varies by about a millionth of a second per day. While the rotational rate hasn’t declined evenly,  the average day has grown longer by between 15 millionths and 25 millionths of a second every year.

Researchers found five periods in the past century when there were more earthquakes than other times. On these five occasions, there was a 25 to 30 percent increase in the number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or above. These all coincided with a slowing in the rotation of the Earth. Scientists from the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Montana say that even fluctuations of a millisecond could increase seismic activity.

The minuscule variations in Earth’s rotation cause a shift in the shape of the Earth’s iron and nickel “inner core.” This, in turn, changes the liquid outer core on which the Earth’s tectonic plates rest. “The mechanism we’ve come up with is that as the Earth slows down it’s like a skater spinning on ice. As the Earth slows down its equatorial diameter reduces,” Dr. Rger Bilham of the University of Colorado told BBC Inside Science. “Its (the Earth’s) waistline gets smaller, but its clothes, the tectonic plates on Earth, remain the same size, which means they get rumpled up. These tiny changes to the overall shape of the Earth are enough, if there are faults that are already ready to go … to kind of kick them over into failure,” he said.

“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Dr. Bilham said.

This research comes just after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran, leaving at least 400 people killed and more than 6,000 injured. The quake hit 19 miles southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20pm on Sunday, when many people would have been at home. More than 100 aftershocks followed.

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Social Security – How to Make the Most Out of It

Many of us are depending with trepidation on Social Security for our retirement years. It’s not that we want to depend on Social Security; it’s that we don’t have any other option. We don’t have retirement from the companies we’ve worked for; we don’t have fully-funded retirement accounts; and we don’t have the money we need sitting in bank accounts or investments.

The problem is, Social Security was never intended to be the only source of retirement income for senior citizens. The plan was based on providing 40% of a retired person’s income, not 100%.

Yet it is often a much higher percentage of a retiree’s total income, simply because they don’t have other sources.

With this in mind, it just makes sense to get the most out of your Social Security benefits. That means getting the biggest payments possible, so that you have enough to live on.

How Much Did You Make?

As with anything else that government bureaucrats control, your actual Social Security check depends on a formula that is used for calculating your benefits. There are several important factors which are used to determine how much you will earn at retirement.

Of these, the top three are:

  • How much you made during your working years – Your total earned income affects how much you and your employer(s) have paid into Social Security, which ultimately affects how much you receive. The more you’ve earned, the larger a check you will receive.
  • Your age at retirement – The longer you wait to file for Social Security, the more you’ll earn. We’ll talk more about this in a moment.
  • What year you were born – The “full retirement age” has changed over time. So the year you were born affects the age at which you are eligible for full retirement. Retiring before that age reduces your benefits.

Since Social Security is intended to pay a “portion” of your retirement, the amount you earned during your working years is important. Social Security assumes that you will work for 35 years, so any year that you do not work ends up counting as zero earnings. Of course, of you work more than 35 years, that’s not an issue; it’s only an issue for the years that you learn less.

While I’m sure that you have been trying to earn as much as you can throughout your working years, the amount you earn in your last years is especially important.

For comparison sake, I ran my own numbers on Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator. A $10,000 a year difference in earnings from now till I reach retirement age in seven years, works out to a difference of $106 per month once I retire. I chose a $10,000 a year difference, as that’s about what I could earn with a part-time job.

If you are planning on starting a retirement business, it would e worthwhile to start working on it now and add to your current income and subsequent Social Security benefits. Granted, you’ll end up paying more in taxes as well, but you’ll still end up with more in your pocket; and that’s what matters.

But Watch Out for This in Your First Retirement Year

While I’m a firm believer in retirement businesses, you have to be careful how much you make… at least during the first year of retirement. There’s a cap on how much you make that year, before it affects your Social Security benefits. That cap is somewhere around $16,000.

One way around this is to put your retirement business in someone else’s name, like your spouses. If you aren’t the same age or don’t retire at the same time, your spouse can earn the income from your business that first retirement year, then transfer the business over to you for subsequent years. That way, they won’t have that income showing up their first year of retirement.

When You Were Born

Once upon a time, the normal retirement age was considered to be 65. Actually, that was the understanding for a long time. But in recent years, that’s changed. Not only have companies been changing their retirement policies, but the Social Security Administration has been changing what it considered to be the age of retirement.

While you can file for and start receiving Social Security retirement benefits at 62 years of age, full retirement is based upon the year you were born. This is important, because early retirement (at 62) reduces your monthly income from social Security by about 30 percent.

So, let’s take a look at the full retirement age, based upon current law:

As you can see, the full retirement age, according to the Social Security Administration, has been gradually increasing from 65 years old to 67 years old. What this means is that if you were born in 1951 and your company retires you at 65 years of age, you’re stuck in a difficult situation.

If you apply for Social Security benefits at 65, you won’t get full benefits; they will be reduced by some percentage. You would have to wait a year, until you are 66 and apply then, in order to be able to receive full benefits.

What can I say; one more way in which your government is serving you.

Your Retirement Age

The biggest factor in determining how much you’ll receive in Social Security benefits is how old you are when you apply for them. Each year you retire before your full retirement age reduces your benefits from five to seven percent.

But the opposite is true as well. Each year that you wait, after reaching full retirement age will increase the amount you receive per month.

Take a look at this chart:

As you can see, we’re talking a huge monthly difference between retiring at 62 and retiring at 70. To put some real numbers on that, just for comparison’s sake, let’s look at a theoretical person’s monthly Social Security benefits upon retirement:

For comparison’s sake, the average Social Security benefit paid per month is $1,342 and the maximum amount that can be paid is $2,687 a month. As you can see, our theoretical person will be making a little less than the average, if they retire early at 62.

But they will make almost the maximum if they wait until 70 to retire.

These numbers actually work out to roughly the same amount of total Social Security benefits, depending on when the individual dies. If we assume that this theoretical person dies at 80 years of age, their total Social Security benefit works out to:

Looking at this, it’s clear that the maximum benefit is realized when one retires at Social Security’s full retirement age. But the issue for most of us isn’t how much total benefit we receive, it’s how much we receive per month.

In that case, the maximum benefit is actually realized by waiting until age 70 to apply for Social Security. Waiting longer doesn’t add anything to this amount, but applying earlier reduces the monthly income received.

Of course, you have to take your health into consideration on these decisions. If you are in good health, there’s no reason why you can’t live to 80 or older. But not everyone does. Some die considerably younger.

So if your health is not good, you might want to consider taking the younger retirement, even though you won’t receive as much of a Social Security payment per month.

Spouse’s Benefits

If you are married and die, your spouse is entitled to receive your Social Security benefits, or if they die, you are entitled to receive theirs. But you can only receive one. Your spouse can’t receive theirs and yours both, they have to choose between one and the other, obviously the one that will give them the larger payment.

One way to handle this, so as to get the most overall benefit, is to have the spouse with the lower expected social security benefit retire either at 62 or their full retirement age and the spouse who is going to receive the larger Social Security benefit retire at 70. What this does is leave the larger retirement in the pot longer, increasing the payments made when they are finally applied for.

Let me give you an example, using the same figures I’ve used above, with a couple who are both the same age. One spouse retires at 62, receiving $1,178 per month, but the other spouse doesn’t apply for Social Security, or applies and asks that their benefits be put on hold.

Then, regardless of which spouse dies first, when the survivor reaches 70 years old, they switch to the retirement of the other spouse, upping their monthly income to $2,329 per month.

There’s a lot of strategy that you can use in this, if you take the time to think it out. The big thing to do is to use the Social Security Administration’s online Retirement Estimator to determine how much you will receive, in a number of different scenarios.

Then, based on that and your other income, you can make the decision of what will work out best for you!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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Christmas Gift For A Non Prepper

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Here’s a thought… Buy a prep related Christmas gift for a non prepper. A gift that’s actually discretely a prep item. What might that be?

Those of us who are already preparedness minded would likely enjoy watching a friend, relative, or child appreciate the value of a prep oriented Christmas gift.

Although some prep gifts would be obvious as such, the recipient might not even fully realize that you’ve purposely gifted a prep item. Depends what you get, their age group, interests…

What are some prepper gifts (for a non prepper) that might be good choices for a Christmas gift? These would be items that also have good practical general use besides being specific for prepping.

Prep Item Christmas Gift Ideas For A Non Prepper

A few ideas come to mind.

Emergency Wind up Radio
Great for power outage emergencies. They also include the weather alert frequencies. Some of them will even charge up your smart devices via USB.
Kaito KA500

Flashlight
How about a nice compact flashlight to leave on the nightstand? Or maybe one to keep by one’s recliner? They make some really small flashlights for a key chain too. Also, what child does not love to play with a flashlight?
Streamlight Stylus Pro
Streamlight Nano Keychain Flashlight

Headlamp
I use a headlamp quite often. Nothing like a hands-free flashlight! One with an additional ‘red’ mode will preserve night vision.
Headlamp with White & Red LED’s

Pocket Knife
Who wouldn’t like to get a pocket knife as a Christmas gift?
Ontario RAT Folding Knife

Hurricane Lantern
Not only can they be decorative, but a hurricane lamp will also be an emergency light source as they were originally intended.
Genuine Feuerhand Hurricane Lantern

Leatherman Multitool
Similar to a pocket knife, who wouldn’t love to get one of these for Christmas?
Leatherman Sidekick

Fleece Blanket ‘Throw’ for chair, sofa, bed…
Fleece is excellent for holding warmth. A great winter prep gift.
Fleece Blanket

Cast Iron Cookware
There’s something about cast iron cookware that intrigues people. Might be a good gift to inspire more home cooking.
Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Interesting Reference Book
Some people might like this popular reference book:
The Encyclopedia of COUNTRY LIVING

Field Notes Kit
I use the following items in conjunction as a field notes kit. Might make for a unique gift:
Bullet style ‘Space Pen’
Field Notes 3-Pack
Field Notes Moleskine Cover

Pocket AM/FM Radio
A little radio for on-the-go or anywhere. You might inspire a young one to listen to good old ‘radio’ rather than nose in the smart phone? Teach them about long distance ‘DX’ listening at night…
Sony Portable AM/FM Radio

Compass
A young boy or girl might become inspired to experiment with a compass. Thus learning a little more about the real physical world around them. Might get them outdoors!
Compass

 
Alright, let’s hear your further ideas of Christmas gifts for non preppers but gifts with a prepping and practical purpose…

Christmas Gift For A Non Prepper

From a Homesteader’s Handbook: How To Survive Kitchen Disasters

Whether you cook a little or a lot, you’re eventually going to have some sort of kitchen disaster. It may be a fire, or you may just burn the cookies or put too much salt in the soup.

Relax, because we’re going to talk about the solutions to many of these problems over the next paragraphs.

Keep reading!

1. Kitchen Fire

Fire is a tricky thing, especially in the kitchen, or if you’re cooking on a wood fire. Most of the time, the fires isn’t started by burning food, but rather by burning oil. And throwing water on an oil fire is a bad thing, to say the least.

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You should always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or in your camper but if you don’t have one handy, at least have salt or flour.

It’s a huge mess to clean up, but either will smother a fire – flour is better than salt – and a mess on the stove is much better than a burned-down house, camper, or forest.

2. Burned Coffeepot

We’ve all done it – forgotten to turn off the coffeepot. When you do that when there’s just a tad left in the bottom, it’ll burn into a crunchy, caramelly mess. And since you can’t get your hand down in there, how are you supposed to clean that?

Easy, actually! Drop some ice cubes in there, then sprinkle salt in over the ice and swirl it around. In just a few swirls, you’ll see a noticeable difference and it won’t take more than a minute to have it all cleaned off.

3. Burned Pan

I’m a baker. I’m also extremely busy and tend to rabbit trail, especially when I’m on a deadline, have company coming, have to clean my house, and need to take the dogs out all within the same 10-minute span. Needless to say, dinner is occasionally burned.

That means that your saucy, delicious lasagna is now a baked-on caramelly mess on your glassware. There’s no need to throw it away a perfectly good pan, though. Depending on the type of pan you’re using, you can just soak it in hot water, scrub it, and call it done.

This is perfectly fine for cast iron, stainless steel, copper, or aluminum. If you’re using Teflon, this won’t work, though. Yet another reason I avoid Teflon.

If it’s particularly stuck on, put water in the pan and warm it up on the stove or in the oven, whichever is appropriate, then, while it’s still warm, use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides. Again, this won’t work on Teflon.

4. Baking Gone Wrong

Baking isn’t like cooking – it’s serious chemistry. Ingredients work together to form chemical reactions that determine whether it rises, whether it’s light and fluffy, dense, crispy, or soft and chewy.

If you don’t use the right combination or the right ingredients, or if they’re old, you’ll have brownies that turn to cake, cake that turns to brownies, biscuits that break windows, and cookies that fall apart when you pick them up.

So, know your ingredients. Also, always use fresh ingredients and follow directions. Now that we’ve said that, how can you fix baking errors? Well, really, you can’t. If it’s important, I always do a small test batch to see if the recipe is good and to make sure that my ingredients are fresh.

This Timeless Collection of Forgotten Wisdom Will Help You Survive!

A few hints to prevent baking from going wrong:

  • Let butter soften naturally because it and your sugar, and possibly eggs, work together to form the structure of the cookies or cakes. The sugar creates air pockets in the butter, then they’re filled with flour and CO2 from baking soda.
  • The process of kneading activates the gluten proteins in flour. This is a good thing when you’re using yeast in breads, but a horrible thing when you’re making biscuits or cookies that have no yeast. Handle them as little as possible.
  • Set your timer for a couple of minutes before what the recipe says. If your oven cooks hotter than what it should even by a few degrees, those couple of minutes will be the difference between done and burned, especially with cookies or breads of any sort.
  • Let your eggs come to room temperature before you add them to your recipe. There are a few different reasons for this depending on the situation, but it’s always a good idea.
  • Cream your butter and sugar before anything else for a lighter, fluffier texture cookie or cake.
  • Always measure when baking. You can get away with a pinch of this and a shake of that when you’re cooking, but not when you’re baking. The only change that it’s really ok to make is to back the flour off a couple of tablespoons (up to 1/4 cup) in cookies to make them moister.

5. Too Much Salt

Oh my goodness! You’ve just tasted your soup and realized it’s WAY too salty. The best way to fix this is to taste, then add a little, then taste again because you can always add more, and it will get saltier the more it cooks down.

Taking it out is sometimes another story. If you’re making soup or something liquid, it’s a fairly easy fix as long as you still have some cooking time left. Just peel a potato, cut it in a few pieces, and toss it in. It will absorb the extra salt, and when your meal is done, toss it.

Supposedly, recent reports show that this doesn’t work, but it always has for me.

Another option if you have some cooking time left is to simply take out some of the liquid, then add more in. I always keep some chicken and beef broths in the pantry just in case this happens. You can also buy veggie broth in case it’s for a vegetable soup.

Random Tips

These are just one-offs that may help.

Make sure you’re using the proper container for the proper appliance. Some pans are good for the oven and microwave, but not the stove, and vice versa. You’ll only blow up one Pyrex pan by leaving it on a too-hot stove to learn this lesson.

To skim fat off the top of a sauce or gravy (or even soup) skate a couple of ice cubes across the top. The grease will stick to it, or at least stiffen, and you can scoop it right out.

And finally, don’t rub grease on a burn, no matter how many old wives tales you hear. It holds the heat in and actually makes the burn worse. As long as the skin is closed, run it under cold water, then but some burn cream or Aloe Vera on it.

There isn’t such a thing as being totally safe even in your own home, because small disasters can and would happen. Be prepared to face them too, and think about them as a small rehearsal for the bigger game! Learn the tips and train your skills to find the best way to solve them too!

Do you have any other good suggestions about how to help with kitchen disasters? If so, please share them with us in the comments section below.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

From a Homesteader’s Handbook: How To Survive Kitchen Disasters