Insanity! Is Barack Obama Going To Unilaterally Slash The Size Of The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal By Another 80 Percent?
“Barack Obama wants to disarm America. There simply is no other way to explain his reckless behavior. On Tuesday it came out that the Obama administration is considering plans to unilaterally slash the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by up to 80 percent. From a military standpoint, this is utter insanity. Early in his presidency, Barack Obama signed a treaty with Russia that restricts both nations to a maximum of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads. But now Obama wants to cut the size of the U.S. arsenal down to as low as 300, without requiring the Russians to do anything. In addition, we don’t even have a treaty with the Chinese, and we have no idea how many deployed nuclear warheads they have. For all we know, it could be in the thousands. Unfortunately, very few people are speaking up about this. Most Americans just assume that we have such a massive nuclear arsenal that nobody would ever dare to mess with us. Well, that was true back in the 1980s, but that is not true today. If Barack Obama does unilaterally slash the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by 80 percent, that would make another world war much more likely. If we are sitting there with far fewer nukes than Russia and China have, they will not fear us nearly as much.”
“Going off-grid also does not necessarily mean abandoning technology, and I was glad to see that Scheben felt the same way. He uses LED’s, not hurricane lanterns. He surfs the internet and keeps up with news events, instead of isolating himself in the backwoods from the concerns of the world. He rides ATV’s back and forth across his land, not horses (though horses are great if you can keep them). There is a serious misconception out there that going off-grid or living through a collapse will automatically necessitate a return to a pre-industrial 18th century type of existence. This is simply not so. The technological advances of today should be mixed and melded with the agricultural skills of yesterday. Neither should be hastily cast aside if we are to find balance once again in our culture.
In light of our current chaotic economic situation, as well as the potential for social breakdown, energy crisis, hyperinflation, freight disruption, and global war, the off-grid life is not just a hobby, but a valuable form of insurance. There may come a day when, whether we like it or not, we will all be forced to survive off-grid. Some will be prepared with the expertise required to make it work. Some will have at least a practical understanding of the methods and philosophies that drive decentralized and independent living. Others will not.
Frankly, if a former New York big-pharma salesman like Rich Scheben is able to wake up to the social catastrophe looming in our country’s future, and the extraordinary significance inherent in off-grid knowledge, then anyone can, and the dismissive excuses I hear so often from those who can’t wrap their heads around the importance of this step in the realm of survival, now tend to ring lazy and hollow…”
Via Alt Market
“This March 8th, the FBI is planning to unplug DNS servers it set up to help eliminate malware from over half of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies still infected in early 2012.
The change could potentially leave a great number of Internet users without access to the Web.
..the feds replaced the criminals’ servers with clean ones that would push along traffic to its intended destination. Without the surrogate servers in place, infected PCs would have continued trying to send requests to aim at the now-unplugged rogue servers, resulting in DNS errors.
Via Activist Post
“It is a fact that our country is more reliant on electrical power today than at any time in its history. Our way of life – from everyday conveniences and the security of local emergency services to commerce and communications – is contingent upon an always on, always available flow of electricity. But an aging infrastructure coupled with a rise in natural and man-made disasters threatens our entire modern day digital infrastructure. According to many experts from the private and public sector, we’re just one major catastrophic event away from a complete meltdown of life in America as we know it today.
So, what happens if and when the grid goes down for an extended period of time? Aside from the aggravation of not being able to determine what is happening through traditional media channels, for the Average Joe, his problems have only just begun. Our dependency to the grid doesn’t just stop at lack of electricity in our homes to power our appliances or an inability to charge our cell phones; it is much broader and affects every aspect of our lives.”
Via SHTF Plan
“Under President Obama’s new budget you would, if the thing passes, be required to pay more for your own humiliation.
According to the Daily Mail, the president wants to raise by $5 the price for the TSA to check out your bad, X-rayed-into-nakedness self and run their hands up and down your precious body.”
“Turns out, that the national debt cost every man, woman, and child just over $700 last year.
That’s not nothing, but it’s down nicely from the ’90s, including the amazing years of fiscal soundness under Clinton and Gingrich.
Check it out. The blue line represents our annual surplus or deficit. The red line is interest payments per person again.
In those years, when the blue line was registering surpluses in the ’90s, interest payments per capita was higher.”
Via Business Insdier
A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies.
“Why is that funny? Becasue Justice Bryer has said in a Supreme Court opinion:”
“I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”
“What I’d like to know is whether Justice Bryer has now changed his mind, or whether he still continues to hold that opinion, and if so, whether he would still continue to do so if the machete-wielding robber had cleved his wife or one of his guests in two!”
Via Market Ticker
“Debbie Squires, education official at the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA), has sparked some controversy after telling the House Education Committee in a hearing for a new school choice package, that teachers know better than parents what’s best for their children, MLive.com reports.
Squires elicited a shocked response from Education Committee Chair Thomas McMillin after testifying on the parent’s role in school operations.
“[Educators] are the people who know best about how to serve children, that’s not necessarily true of an individual resident,” Squires said. “I’m not saying they don’t want the best for their children, but they may not know what actually is best from an education standpoint.”
McMillin responds, “Wow, parents don’t know what’s best for their child…”
Afterward, MLive’s Dave Murray approached McMillin and got this comment:
“I’m surprised I didn’t lose it when she said that,” McMillin told Murray. “They think they know what’s better for children than their own parents, and that’s what I find upsetting.””
Via Huntington Post
“When the Congressional Budget Office first scored President Obama’s first stimulus program, they predicted it would cost $787 billion through 2019. But while $733 billion of Obama’s stimulus was spent through 2011, the law set in motion billions more in spending for years to come.
Last week, when the CBO released it’s annual Budget and Economic Outlook, it upped the final cost of the stimulus to $831 billion through 2019. In an earlier blog post, the CBO explained why the final stimulus price tag has risen by almost $60 billion.”