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Survivalism and Preparedness Links
July 10, 2011, 11:05 am
Filed under: agriculture, alternatives, collapse, community, food, health, nuclear war, resistance, water

No Nonsense Self Defense is a website that features many great essays about violence and self-defense, including “High Risk Behavior And Knowing Where You Are,”“Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?,”“The Best Way to Get Attacked,”“The Economy And Stress Violence,”and “Who’s Going To Rob You?.” But my absolute favorite section is “Psychology and Survival.” If I can convince you to read only one of these links, please let it be that last one.

Progressive Backyard Survival: How to Master Survival Skills on Limited Time

EBook: Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

EBook: Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill

E-Book: Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Essential maker skills

Practical Survival Skills 101 – Understanding Emergencies

Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction

Air Force Survival Training Manual – Free Download

Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

11 Ways To Prepare For Civil Unrest

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Collapse Survival Will Be Tribal: Begin Recruiting Now

Arctic Survival::Desert Survival::Jungle Survival::Sea Survival:: Cold Weather Survival

Use Desert Survival Skills to Get Drinking Water During Floods 

Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

100 Items to Disappear First

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Survival Gardening: Part 1

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food

Don’t Leave Home Without It: the Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

The Get-Home Bag

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 1: Nuclear Attack

Nuclear War Survival Skills – E-Book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory



Alternatives: Community Owned Banks, Local Currencies and More
April 9, 2011, 9:20 am
Filed under: activism, alternatives, collapse, community, economy, politics, resistance

Ithaca Hours: An Interview with Paul Glover

JOURNAL: Alternative Currencies

The Local Exchange Trading System (LETSystem) Design Manual

Local Money: How to Make It Happen in Your Community – Introduction by Rob Hopkins

An Interview Introducing and Exploring Parecon

Participatory economics, or parecon, came mainly from the cumulative struggles of diverse populations trying to win liberation from capitalism. Parecon owes, in particular, to the anarchist and the libertarian socialist heritage, to the most recent experiences of the New Left of the Sixties, but also to every historical uprising and project aimed at eliminating class rule from the beginning to the present. It has learned from successes and from failures.

Video Portland, Maine: Community Currency – Swapping Ditch-Digging for Legal Services

Update on “inchvesting” in Detroit

LATIN AMERICA: Community Currencies Offer Refuge from Economic Forces

Vision: Time for a New Theory of Money

We as a community can create our own credit, without having to engage in the sort of impossible pyramid scheme in which we’re always borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

How to Print Your Own Money, Build Community & Not Get Arrested by the Feds

Community bonds: A social finance innovation

A Vision For State-Owned Banking in Wisconsin

Start a Neighborhood Time Bank to Help Out on DIY Projects, Get to Know Your Neighbors [Community]

Oregon State Bank Proposed: Backed by the full faith and credit of…us

Videos: Local Currencies – Replacing Scarcity with Trust

The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks

Campaigning for State-Owned Banks

Solution to the Credit Crisis? The Campaign for State-owned Banks

An Alt Currency that even the IRS Could Love

Real Community Investment – A State-Owned Bank for Maryland

You might rightly be wondering where this idea came from and if it’s feasible.  North Dakota, the only state in the country with budget surpluses and a booming economy, has had such a bank for 90 years and is a primary reason why the state is in such good fiscal shape.  North Dakota has the approximate population of Baltimore city – 600,000.  Over the last 10 years, their state bank has returned a third of a billion dollars back to the state’s general fund to offset taxes and help with funding public sector needs and that’s in addition to its lending.



Alternatives: Rewilding, Remediation and Restoration

Neem: a tree for solving global problems

Charcoal Biofilter Cleans Up Fertilizer Waste Gases

How Mushrooms Eat Oil

Wolves Can Help Restore Ecosystems

300-year-old technology good enough for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Simple wooden structures called rice field trunks do a better job of controlling tidal flooding in Low Country rice fields than more modern technology.

Urban Biofilter Project Plants Bamboo Forests to Clean up Brownfields

How to Plant 60 Million Mangrove Trees in 3 Months (Slideshow)

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers engages thousands in the restoration of public lands

Toxic Soil Busters: Youth Reverse Inner-City Lead Pollution (Video)

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

Reversing desertification with livestock 

Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

The Intelligence of Mushrooms in Environmental Restoration

Mycova: Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation by Paul Stamets

Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up oil spills (video)



It’s Not Over: Gulf Oil Spill News Round-Up

First Report On Fate Of Underwater Dispersants In Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

770,000 Gallons of Dispersant from BP Spill Didn’t Degrade

Permanent Biological Contamination of the Gulf

Toxic blob drifting in Gulf mystifies scientists

Blood Tests Show Chemicals In Gulf Citizens Blood, US Gov Lied About Gulf Seafood , with video

First study of dispersants in Gulf Spill suggests a prolonged deepwater fate

Gulf of Mexico oil spill was a deadly time for sea turtles, report finds

Toxic Oil Spill Chemicals Showing Up In Gulf Coast Residents’ Blood

Alarming Evidence of a Leaking Macondo Prospect: The BP Gulf Oil Spill Continues

Gulf Oil Spill Blood Tests Reveal Alarming Levels Of Toxic Chemicals In Residents

Questions the Press Needs to Ask About the Gulf Oil Disaster

The Tragic State of the Gulf of Mexico: Sampling Reveals Oil and Dispersants on Mississippi Coast

Kindra Arnesen: EXPLOSIVE New Revelations, “Wake Up America” (VIDEO)

Activist, Mother, and Voice of the Gulf People, Kindra Arnesen sat down with the Project Gulf Impact team, Matt Smith, Heather Rally, and Gavin Garrison recently to reveal shocking new information about the BP oil disaster and why the whole world should be paying attention to the Gulf. A must watch for anyone wanting new information on the Gulf of Mexico, she reveals shocking new information sure to send waves through the country.

BP Oil Spill: Blood Beach Eight Months Later

The beach has washed away there is no longer any marsh grass along the shore.There is billons of baby clam and oyster shells washed up on shore.The sheen which is corexit and oil has loaded the whole beach now.All the sand has a orange color.The smell is of acid.

BP Gulf Oil Spill: ‘Biggest cover-up in US history’

Arrangement with firms taints probe of Deepwater oil spill, U.S. agency alleges

The federal government’s effort to determine what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been tainted because companies with a stake in the outcome have been allowed to participate in an examination of the massive blowout preventer at the heart of overlapping investigations

BP oil disaster’s effects will ‘go global,’ Gulf Coast activist warns

BP Disaster: New Report confirms Poisoned Gulf seafood

The Oil BP Tried To Hide Has Been Discovered In Thick Layers On the Sea Floor Over An Area of Several Thousand Square Miles

Corals ‘Severely Slimed’ After Oil Spill, Expedition Finds



Revolution in Tunisia: News Round-Up

Unity Government Is Sought in Tunisia After Days of Clashes

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

The citizens of Tunisia rise up, burning banks and the mansions of the presidents’ corrupt family

Tunisia: The Revolution will not be Televised

Revolution in Tunisia: When the Media is Silent, Twitter Takes the Spotlight

The long and short of it is that long-time President and dictator, Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, has been run out of the country by the violent protests that have been going on over the last few days, and the military has taken charge of Tunisia, with no end to the riots in sight.

Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains

Bowing to the continuing uprising, the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, an ally of the ousted president, ceded authority to the speaker of the Tunisian Parliament.

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Rulers

Dyab Abou Jahjah, “Notes on the Tunisian Revolution”

Revolution in Tunisia: Al Jazeera Breaks Report of Military Takeover

The protests in North Africa: What’s happening?

Riots sweep Tunisia, police fire tear gas in capital

Tunisia Leader Flees and Prime Minister Claims Power

In Tunisia, Cyberwar Precedes Revolution

Tunisia: Double or Quits

Tunisia: The Last Days of Ben Ali



Update on the Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon Oil in Gulf Traveling Up the Food Chain

BP sued in Ecuador for violating the “rights of Nature”

Scientists Confirm that Dispersants Are Increasing Contamination in the Gulf

Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico

BP Oil Slams Florida

All 40 scientists agree at meeting: “Fish in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to get sick, die or fail to reproduce as a result” of oil — What about the people?

Deep-water dive reveals spilled oil on Gulf floor

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene.  There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website.  Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.

BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

Director of Operations for BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Recovery Efforts and Former Texas Solicitor General Die in Plane Crash

Environmental catastrophe in the Gulf: The spilled oil has settled on the ocean floor

Oil And Gas Leaks Continue Unabated At Macondo: Photos document oily fluid all over the seafloor

Leading Gulf Oil Spill Activist Group Project Gulf Impact Brings Truth of Upcoming Worldwide Consequences From Spill to Seattle University

New WikiLeaks cables detail BP blowout in Azerbaijan 1.5 years before Gulf disaster

BP faces new fines over Alaska spill

In 2006, a corroded pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil on to the tundra in the worst leak in the history of the North Slope. The company was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $20m (£12.5m) in criminal penalties and restitution.

The leak in 2009 occurred when a pipeline at the BP-operated Lisburne oil field burst, leaking nearly 46,000 gallons of crude and oily water near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  After roughly 165 days of low-temperature warnings, BP found ice in the pipe. Fifteen days later, operators discovered the rupture.

Investigators said BP operators had “failed to respond to the alarms and failed to investigate or troubleshoot the cause of the alarms” and argued that BP should have known better, as it had suffered a similar ruptures in other frozen pipelines as far back as 2001.

Official: “We will NEVER get all of the oil off the beach, that’s just something we have to come to grips with” (VIDEO)

*CONFIRMED* Chemist: That’s BP oil on Southwest Florida beach — “Should put to rest any doubt” over origin of 173 ppm oil found in sand near Sarasota

‘Shadow’ of oil spill seen in Gulf of Mexico plankton

Recent tests “using HUMAN cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage” says university director

“We’re more concerned about the dispersant and the dispersant mixed with oil–the dispersed oil, if you will–than we are about the crude oil itself.”  Tests conducted in recent months by[University of Southern Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health director John] Wise’s lab, using human cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems.

BP OIL SPILL: Kindra Arnesen Talks About B.P.’s “Blue Plague”

Women Around Gulf with Internal Bleeding & Mysterious Bruises on Torso

Gulf Fishermen Haul in Oil-Covered Shrimp from Newly Opened Waters (Video)

Unexplained Avian Deaths in Gulf of Mexico May be Due to Heavy Metal Toxicity Caused by Oil “Spill”

Multiple boats of fishermen sickened on November 1 — One still hospitalized after “bleeding in his esophagus”

Dallas surgeon “has treated many people from the Gulf that have been made sick by BP’s toxic chemicals”

“I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage” says toxicologist — “They’re sniffing for something they can’t detect”

Scientists worry about “a cascade of events that will lead to the collapse of entire Gulf species” — May have pushed a variety of sharks “to their tipping point”

Doctor: “Dead people don’t talk, dead people don’t sue, dead people don’t tell the truth, and dead people don’t bother BP”

Gulf Fisherman’s Son Poisoned By Corexit, Kidney Stones at Age 10

BP Oil Spill Worker Sues BP, Nalco and Tidewater Marine Over Corexit Exposure

Multiple independent lab tests confirm oil in Gulf shrimp: “I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage,”

Illness Plagues Gulf Residents in BP’s Aftermath

New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf

BP Oil Spill Victims Sickened and Dying, Local Physicians Clueless

The Video NOAA and The FDA Are Afraid You’ll Watch. Lab Finds 193 ppm Oil in Gulf Shrimp



Update on the Disaster in the Gulf – Ongoing Dangers and Emerging Evidence

MUST WATCH: Oil and Dispersants are Changing the Gulf Ecosystem

Video: Shrimper witnesses visible oil in shrimp and crabs

Gulf still loaded with chemicals, but FDA says seafood safe to eat

Fresh Oil Dead Fish Cover Grand Isle As Crews Bury Fish On Public Beach

Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety

Senior EPA Analyst: Government “Doing a Cover Up” Regarding Dispersants, Trying to Reassure the Public Instead of Doing Honest Scientific Testing

Report: BP dispersants are making people sick

Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Oil Spill: Mission Accomplished or Ongoing Crisis?

BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’

Riki Ott: ‘People Now Dropping Dead’ In the Gulf

Healthy 16 y/o goes gulf swimming, then hospitalized with “compromised lung” & “enlarged heart”

NOAA Official Asks EINNEWS to Withdraw Story Questioning Safety of Gulf Seafood

AP Video: The Surface Of The Gulf Of Mexico Is A Dead Zone

“We saw nothing alive above 35 feet.”

NEW TEST RESULTS: 8 out of 8 Blood Samples from BP Cleanup Workers Test Positive For Toxic Chemicals Found in BP Oil

Pensacola Bay Lab Results ‘Extremely Toxic to Human Health’

Panel Says Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill

Environmental expert for the City of Gulf Breeze, Florida: “I would not recommend going into the water.”

BP’s Environmental Disaster: Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil

Another BP Oil Rig is a “Ticking Time Bomb”: Whistleblower

US sets up security zone around BP oil spill site

Local doctor links spill to symptoms

Rodney D. Soto, medical doctor for the Younger You Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, recently started testing and treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents in the blood stream that he says may be linked to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf. “What I am concerned most about is a long-term effect, that won’t even show up for years, but are going to have tremendous implications in human immune system and hormonal function and brain function,” Soto said. These compounds (petroleum and dispersants) are liposoluble; meaning they have a “high affinity for fat,” Soto said. While the clinic specializes in “anti-aging and aesthetic medicine,” Soto points out that he is a medical doctor licensed in two states. He said the medical community has been monitoring the spill’s impact but has failed to develop adequate treatment methods.

Project Deep Spill: Feds had deep water “blowout” 10 years ago

The goal was to simulate a blowout or pipeline rupture in deep water.  The results from these measurements show that the rising of the oil through the water column represents a kind of a “stripping” process of some of the most toxic compounds in the oil, resulting in a portion of the most toxic compounds is left in the water column.